Thursday, January 15, 2009

More good news...

U.S. military report warns 'sudden collapse' of Mexico is possible

Mexico is one of two countries that "bear consideration for a rapid and sudden collapse," according to a report by the U.S. Joint Forces Command on worldwide security threats.

The command's "Joint Operating Environment (JOE 2008)" report, which contains projections of global threats and potential next wars, puts Pakistan on the same level as Mexico. "In terms of worse-case scenarios for the Joint Force and indeed the world, two large and important states bear consideration for a rapid and sudden collapse: Pakistan and Mexico.

The full article is here.

New Calfornia law requires HMO's to provide translators.

The state's diversity is cited as a reason for its torch-bearing role: 42.6 percent of Californians do not speak English at home, according to 2007 census figures. In some populations, such as Vietnamese and Korean communities, 60 percent of the population has limited English proficiency.

Well...if the article is correct and 42% of Californians don't speak English at home the state is gonna have all kinds of problems down the road. I've got to say I never suspected the number was that high.

I can see the utility of this law, having understandable doctor visits is just common sense. But by forcing the health care companies to bear this cost you've just raised every one's premiums to in effect remove one of the incentives that people used to have to learn English.

When I lived in Lincoln Nebraska I knew a family of illegal immigrants. After having lived and worked in this country for more than a decade, neither of the parents were able to speak any English whatsoever. If Mrs. Rodriguez had to find ...and possibly pay someone to translate for her...well that was a burden...a burden that in time, would encourage her to learn English.

This is a classic example of how in trying to solve an isolated problem, lawmakers have likely made the situation worse. Whatever you subsidize, you get more of. No wonder California is going broke.

The full article is here.