Bob Franken

Borderline Futility

June 7, 2007
Borderline Futility (Bob Franken)
@ 1:22 pm

I’d like to borrow from the debates and ask everyone who thinks the immigration problem is about to be solved to raise his/her hand.

Oh come on: NOBODY? Congratulations, everybody.

But what we’re witnessing is not about fixing this problem. It’s about politicians trying to finesse the issue —t rying to make as much political capital as they can and then moving on to something else.

And of course, we in the media, who have the collective attention span of a gnat, are all too happy to move on to something else. I mean, Paris Hilton is out of jail for crying out loud.

And besides, how many stories can we do about the “Human Side of the Immigration Debate” (“This is Maria — she doesn’t want her name used because she is here illegally, etc., etc. —”)?

But here’s the dirty little secret: A lot of our biggest challenges cannot really be overcome. Not really. Healthcare? Give me a break. It’s true. Our current system is a grossly unfair mess. But the various one-size-fits-all proposals out there are really one-size-fits-NO ONE.

Same with education: In so many cities (and some suburbs, too), if you don’t got money, you don’t got decent schooling. That’s private schooling, because the public education system which is the backbone of our country is broken.

I am trying to make two points here: First of all, the battle between politics and good government has been won. By politics. And secondly, if you want to see real change in our country, you’re going to have to make sacrifices.

Notice I said “YOU.” Because I sure as hell am not going to sacrifice. Are you kidding? So: I’ve seen the problem, and it’s — ME. And all of us.

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