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Whose ox is getting gored?

2014-07-18T00:00:00Z Whose ox is getting gored? The Billings Gazette
July 18, 2014 12:00 am

Listening to commentaries regarding the influx of hundreds of thousands of "refugees" into the U.S. from southern socialist countries, it is clear that there is a contest among journalists and politicians to lay claim on the most compassionate position. Should they be allowed to stay or sent back to their countries of origin? Who shall take care of them? What care do they require?

The discussion is embedded in an old adage my dad would say: "It just depends on whose ox is being gored." "Ox" in this case could be an antonym for any of the following -- your wealth, your reputation, your chances for re-election, your government subsidy, your tax bracket, the safety of your community, schools, medical resources, environmental quality and natural resources.

Everyone feels compassion for any person who is unfortunate enough to live in a country where dictators rule and crime runs rampant. But for border state residents and border guards, Washington and the press have little compassion when resources are stretched to limits and the security of personal property and community is in a state of constant erosion — a direct result of the open border chaos.

For lack of any better solution, the government is now transporting refugees to different locations in the U.S., much to the disapproval of many of the local residents whose oxen are sure to be gored.

Perhaps, the Washington elite should be moved to Nogales, Ariz., where bureaucrats could live with their decisions. We might hear less about compassion and more about getting the border secured. A welfare state and open borders cannot co-exist without negative consequences. The consequences are that everyone's oxen are going to get gored.

Christy Lovegrove

Billings

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