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Letter: The source of our problems

There are so many areas to blame for today's problems. However, in my opinion there are two that really stand out, illegal immigration, and high gas prices

As far as illegal immigration is concerned, according to figures recently released by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, more than $600 million was spent last year on welfare benefits for the children of illegal aliens. He also revealed that those costs have now increased to $53 million for the month of November, which puts America's largest county on track to spend more than $600 million for 2010 -- up from $570 million in 2009.

When you combine the cost of food stamps and welfare benefits from a program known as Cal Works with the cost of public safety and health care, suddenly the total becomes over $1.6 billion for 2010. Remember, that's only for one county in America, without considering the millions that are spent for education.

In spite of the fact that children of illegal aliens born in this country are automatically U.S. citizens, and therefore entitled to the same benefits, the parents are still illegal aliens. Consequently, the vast majority of the costs still have to be attributed to illegal immigration.

As far as gas prices are concerned, the laws of physics dictate that everything that goes up must come down. However, that formula doesn't apply to gas prices because there is too much market interference between oil speculators and the White House. Obama's Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, is reported to have said to the Wall Street Journal during a 2009 interview, "Somehow, we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe," which now range from $7.24 to $7.95 a gallon.

This is why I feel that illegal immigration and high gas prices, were, and still are, responsible for a large majority of our problems.

Last year, as you recall, the price of gasoline topped $4 a gallon. In my opinion, they both played an important role in creating the last recession. To what extent, still remains to be seen.

Norm Baker