There should not be any dissenters given this little fact. Has the U.S. government ever created a business entity that experienced success? It is a quagmire indeed when one thinks about the United States inclusive of “The American Dream” and the grandiose amounts of money given away each year in funding nations that do not deserve it. It is very much like yesterdays squib about how illegal immigrants are really abusing the kind system that we offer.
All we are doing here is making an educated statement about how government entities should stay the heck out of private business’. When one takes a mild look at what the U.S. government has done to effectuate business it is a sorry and indeed expensive process to stare at.
We are not big enterprisers’ when it comes to the Social Security Administration. As long as I’ve been alive they have been regulating, stealing, and sure as anything they have created just another hog. Does anyone know what the Federal Aviation Administration does? Regulate? Whew! My father should be rolling in his urn about now – he spent over 30 years with the FAA, although what do they do in regards to the National Transportation Safety Board? These are the gang that goes out and cleans up the human parts, luggage, and try to set a course of how it happened.
Sadly however no agency is not without its bad apples. You come up upon just an arm…it is intact, very little blood albeit sporting a Rolex watch and rings loaded with diamonds. Do you think for a split second that the first person on scene is not going to be the new owners of that property?
Seriously if one were to look at government owned utilities there would be shock. All one needs to do now if look at the various phone companies. Anytime you have a chief executive on 60 Minutes who could not begin to tell you what the small excise taxes are for on your bill, there needs to be a change…another way, the guy is stealing.
Just a couple of severe concerns to pass along to you; When Henry Ford got done with the assembly line and Model T’s, just like his very rich mate Thomas Edison I don’t think this crew sat around talking of money or how to make it.
Nah, I err on the caution that a person with that kind of brain is already working on ways of getting out of the combustive engine business knowing full well that there would be future problems.
In the short of it most politicians are either lawyers, or poly-sci geeks that want to be so assuring that they learn the language of the jargon they speak – which really amounts to nothing, except for the “oh you have hurt yourself, let me get you a band aid.
Governments and their workers should stay the heck away from business. Leave insurance coverage to those who have spent 30 or so years in it. Because if you do not…you’ll soon be the pathological liar.
It is a Matter of Common Sense NOT too…
Weeks after a government audit revealed that the Internal Revenue Service doled out $33 million in fraudulent electric-car tax credits, a separate probe says the agency paid out over half a billion dollars to “homebuyers” who did not qualify. When one examines data analysis, hard numbers, and the eyewitnesses at the banks and other institutions, is this type of leadership that caused the first federal stimulus?
It’s simply the latest of many blunders for the perpetually troubled government agency that’s awarded prison inmates tens of millions of dollars in bogus tax refunds in the past decade. Last year alone, more than a quarter of a million prisoners filed tax returns with the IRS and nearly 50,000 claimed more than $130 million in refunds without bothering to report wage information, according to the Treasury Inspector General.
Last month the Treasury IG, the IRS’s watchdog, found that the Obama Administration’s aggressive push to reward consumers who buy costly “advanced-technology” vehicles resulted in rampant corruption because claims were automatically granted without scrutiny. In many cases the lucrative tax credit—worth up to $7,500—was awarded to gas-guzzling sports utility vehicles and even a bicycle.
Some people got multiple tax cuts for the same vehicle and dozens of prisoners received nearly $50,000 in alternative vehicle credits even though they were behind bars. This month’s audit du jour says the IRS has dished out more than $513 million in credits to unscrupulous filers who claimed first-time homebuyer exemptions of up to $8,000 as part of Obama’s disastrous stimulus plan.
A chunk of the money—about $326 million—went to nearly 50,000 people who already owned a home, the Treasury IG found. Nearly $8 million in credits went to more than 1,000 prison inmates and about $98 million to 13,400 taxpayers who never even bought homes.
Even some IRS employees who did not qualify for the first-time homebuyer refund received it. In its report, the Treasury IG makes a rather simple suggestion that is perhaps too common sense for the IRS; require taxpayers to provide documentation to support eligibility for all refundable tax credits. Here’s another good recommendation from the agency’s watchdog; that the IRS deny refundable credits when supporting documentation is not provided.
“Believing that they won the recent shutdown fight, President Obama and the Democrats think they have momentum to browbeat the House into passing some version of the Schumer-Rubio amnesty that was approved by the Senate in June,” says Mark Krikorian in National Review.
“Representative Paul Ryan has been actively working to help the president achieve his chief goal for the second term. Many conservatives fear that Speaker Boehner and the rest of the House GOP leadership share Ryan’s desire to pass a bill that would legalize the present 11 million–plus illegal aliens and double future legal immigration.”
First of all that “option” is pathetic. That Trojan-horse legislation is H.R. 1417, the Border Security Results Act of 2013, authored by Representative Mike McCaul (R., Texas), chairman of the committee. But the first sign of trouble comes when you note one name on the list of the bill’s original co-sponsors: Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D., Texas), a vice chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.”
We are admittedly aware that Ms. Jackson Lee does not need an introduction to this writing. All one really needs to do is think of the 2001 World Conference on Racism in South Africa whereby the “Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee” a Democrat, created a substantial raucous near disaster in that nation. On April 28, 2006, Jackson Lee, along with four other members of Congress and six other activists, was arrested for disorderly conduct in front of Sudan’s embassy in Washington. They were protesting the role of Sudan’s government in ethnic cleansing in Darfur.
A U.S. Senator just released a report featuring enraging examples of how the government blew billions of dollars on wasteful things like a $10 million remake of a popular American kids show for Pakistan and $35 million for political party conventions in 2012.
Sorry about being a spoil sport gang, but that is $45 million dollars that went to kids we have never seen and would most likely like to have enough medicine, parents, relatives, and equal rights within the community. We here at the offices have been too many a great show that have costed the artist’s and organization’s maybe one million dollars.
In fact, if a person is committed to the point of political efficacy they would feel honored anywhere they landed and very much like the Tea Party of America who we are sure could find something a lot better than thirty-five million dollars to lavish.
This type of frivolous spending is the last thing Americans need to hear just as the federal debt tops a whopping $17 trillion. Already, public opinion of Congress is at an all-time low and this report, appropriately called “Wastebook 2011” will only add to the fury and mistrust of those running the country.
Coburn, a Republican who is known around Washington as “Dr. No” for his opposition to excess spending, said in a press release Tuesday that his “Wastebook 2011″ details the “most egregious ways your taxpayer dollars were wasted” — items he claims total more than $6.5 billion in “unnecessary” spending.
“Video games, robot dragons, Christmas trees, and magic museums…what next. This is not a Christmas wish list, these are just some of the ways the federal government spent your tax dollars,” Coburn said in a statement.
Among the items on Coburn’s list include $10 million for a remake of “Sesame Street” for Pakistan and $764,825 to examine how college students use mobile devices for social networking.
Two million dollars helped pay for a wine exhibition and culinary center in Washington State and $765,000 were blown on a pancake franchise that was supposed to get built in an underserved community of Washington D.C. but instead went to an upscale neighborhood known as a shopping hot spot for well-to-do yuppies.
A video game preservation center in New York got $113,000 and $550,000 financed a documentary about how rock music contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union. (Collapse?) This is the fourth or fifth direct mention of video tapes — something that the President seems to know about.
“Instead of cutting wasteful spending, nearly $2.5 billion was added each day in 2011 to our national debt, as well as $48,700 for a festival promoting Hawaii’s chocolate industry which now exceeds $17 trillion,” Coburn said.
The list goes on and on with too many examples to list here, though one more expenditure merits mentioning. Nearly $200,000 went to a university study involving how cocaine enhances the sex drive of Japanese quail. You cannot make this stuff up. Just check out Senator Coburn’s 98-page report, which is linked above.
Epilogue: Insofar as the real poverty rate in our country is very close to 22 percent one would or should be thinking about such heinous and ridiculous spending.
Obesity in the Government
As for us here at The Contemplative Thinker (’s) there are more issues, let me correct that – there are more heinous, obscene, and ridiculous issues that confront Americans every day then what any mainstream media organization has the overall ability to critically process and never a word gets reported.
However, if one were to focus on heinous issues, obscene outcomes, and truly ridiculous matters that we see everyday maybe just one or two people will catch on and start saying something about it – and if they tell their friends and their friends begin to talk openly, then we will have a bonafide “movement.”
If we take enough issues and pin-point the established reasoning; moreover, what someone in Congress thought would be better still, then lets amend the entire issue. What happen in the end of all such reasoning are chaos, corruption, crimes, and commotion.
Let us call them oxymorons. People in the mainstream-media want Americans to look directly at the obesity pandemic that apparently the country is suffering from. Can we please STOP for a moment and look at the size of our central government?
Of course there is Head Start. Some of the procedures that workers at Head Start programs would love to achieve are: Listening and Learning About Early Learning Tour – Early Childhood Initiative – Early Childhood Education Programs – Other Early Childhood Education Programs – Parent Programs Resources for Parents – Resources for Teachers and Administrators – and Research and Evaluations – Publications.
Sure this sounds great to anyone who reads it. However, one need to ask either at the local level – the actual grade level teachers is these programs are effective. If the programs are not effective why then are they being used, and are we paying for it? Or from a greater data pool consider if it is effective at all.
As President Obama gracefully has pledged to use only one test when determining which education programs to fund. “It’s not whether an idea is liberal or conservative,” Obama stated, “but whether it works.” HHS’s third-grade follow-up evaluation makes it unequivocally clear that Head Start fails that test.
So what is it that we can say? For starters the health care program known as ‘ObamaCare’ or The Affordable Care Act is beyond question one of the ingredients that will take down America. But do you think that first, Democrats even care and second, that given his up to date record of lying and fabricating the truth, that Obama is in the group that knows it will kill us – No!
Therefore at the cost of perhaps the USA experiencing its first ever default on any loan incurred, does it make sense to you that President Obama would refund Head Start for a newer, healthier direction.
One matter that I wanted to say earlier is why not call it what it really is – oddly when looking up at the paragraph as to what Head Start is supposed to do – is primarily what should be done in the home by dedicated parents.
Head Start is just another name for child daycare, eating and nutritional entitlements, another pay in – and pay out program for the government much the same as educational loans. Given the results of the data I question myself as to why anyone would consider this program as anything but archaic.
We will over the next several days be looking at some real ‘bottom of the barrel’ programs funded of course by the US government which as you know really means the US taxpaying citizen.
What we, the American people need to do is to tell these paper-mache blowhards who are allegedly supposed to be representing us – the people – in fact paid by the people to get the cushiest seat for bribing, lying to, or even exhorting members of the various special interest groups ostensibly for their own gain and profit because it sure is not that way for us.
Again today being driven by the inspiration of Ms. Jedediah Bila, a FoxNews contributor, who just like the little bunny rabbit for Ever-ready batteries she has such passion about issues and voices them when she is called on to contribute. In short I think that we mentioned her in a writing (Oct 9, 2013) last week about political correctness and how well she managed to pacify a crowd on as a nation one is insane if they think they can create something new for every sensitivity happening today in this nation [author paraphrasing…]
Today Ms. Bila was charged and imbuing passion once again – only this time she certainly did not need my assistance. She laid out the exact same principles that we have over here. Meaning of course it is beyond time to shrink or downsize a very hefty fat federal government.
Not long ago we wrote the first few posts of what needs to happen in America with regard to spending; moreover, a reasonable blueprint for how it could be done – realistically and the only people who would know are those bureaucrats who are not working anyway.
Let us ask you something – Does the Department of Education need cut backs? Of course we vote yes it does. In fact, we could get at another agency who indeed takes more funding to run – The Department of Health and Human Services. This idea of Democrats and Republicans, as well as Independents and Libertarians to choose a “program” target it, then start cutting away at it will not work. We have raw evidence of those ‘never working condition’ compliments of the Democrats.
Therefore our expressed concern is to take every government expenditure known inside and out of the Capital beltway (area that goes around the nation’s capital) and first, see if it is needed; second, how much money are we putting into it, and third ask if we need the program or not.
From the Mission Statement at Head Start: “Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Predicated upon the release of this Report as well as findings there are those who feel that Obama deliberately left out the Report until after the November 2013 general election.
The timing of the release raises questions about whether HHS was trying to bury the findings in the report, which shows, among other outcomes, that by third grade, the $8 billion Head Start program had little to no impact on cognitive, social-emotional, health, or parenting practices of participants. On a few measures, access to Head Start had harmful effects on children.
In 2010, HHS released the findings of the Head Start Impact Study, which tracked the progress of three- and four-year-olds entering Head Start through kindergarten and first grade. Overall, Head Start had little to no positive effects for children who were granted access.
Alarmingly, access to Head Start for the three-year-old group actually had a harmful effect on the teacher-assessed math ability of these children once they entered kindergarten. Teachers reported that non-participating children were more prepared in math skills than those children who participated in Head Start.
Impacts on Cognitive Development for example showed cognitive development, the third-grade study assessed 11 outcomes for the original three- and four-year-old cohorts. Access to Head Start for each group had no statistically measurable effects on all measures of cognitive ability, including numerous measures of reading, language, and math ability.
President Obama has pledged to use only one test when determining which education programs to fund: “It’s not whether an idea is liberal or conservative,” Obama stated, “but whether it works.” HHS’s third-grade follow-up evaluation makes it unequivocally clear that Head Start fails that test.
We must take all due-diligence when making reference to where an individual originally came from and do so with the proper initiative as to their status as it stands today. For example, a Californian is a person who makes their home of record (including paying CA taxes) whilst, it is not nor will it ever be acceptable referring to an “undocumented, illegal, holder of HB-1 passports, or just telling it…illegal alien” as anything other than what they are — certainly NOT Californian’s.
In 2009, Los Angeles County became one of the first in the nation to partner with ICE in a program called Secure Communities, which allows federal agents to access the fingerprints of anyone who has been arrested to see if he or she is subject to deportation. This partnership led to the transfer of nearly 20,000 inmates from jails in L.A. County to ICE custody in 2011. Those transferred mostly Hispanic males who had committed nonviolent crimes, spent an average of 39 days in custody. In its first three years, the program led to the deportation of nearly 12,000 people, nearly half of whom had no convictions or had committed misdemeanors.
But the new Transparency and Responsibility Using State Tools Act, known as the Trust Act and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Oct. 5, aims to limit ICE’s power to hold and deport minor offenders, a reform long sought by both immigrant-rights advocates and law-enforcement officers.
We really openly admit that this is not news! The Fed stopped using Section 287g the “Secure Communities Act” at least two years or more ago. Rather than hope to getting some identification and a database organized the noncompliance with 287g started within Obama’s first term in the White House. This is when he felt above the rule of law, above American public policy, above what anyone had done previously and started mandating by “Memorandum” the actual act of not arresting illegal aliens for their mere presence in our nation as put forth by the Immigration and Naturalization Act.
Obama has no respect for any matters contained within The Constitution, especially the Bill of Rights. This person has done his level best to create such notions as racial profiling, family unity – especially when those have with reckless disregard for the institution of marriage and maintaining a family – because they just left all others behind.
What then do we say about these words? Timing and here is another one location. What we do have to say about each one of these words is that what they represent is essential to every decision and the other advocates – location is everything to a business – location, location, and location.
Timing is everything. And just as Congress’s focus seems to be drifting from Obamacare’s ravages on the economy, Americans are learning the reason this law’s implementation was postponed until after the presidential election.
That reason is becoming clear as person after person opens the mail. Insurance costs are going up. For many, not just going up—skyrocketing.
Ross, a married father of three small boys in Florida, tells us his insurance will be going up $525 per month. “I feel completely helpless,” he says.
Kevin, who also has three small boys, just found out his wife’s individual health insurance premium will be jumping from $79 per month to $311.82 per month. “For whom exactly is the Affordable Care Act making care affordable?” asked Kevin, who lives in Alabama.
But this isn’t all. While people are receiving notices that their premiums are going up or perhaps their health plans are being discontinued, there’s a secret in Obamacare’s exchanges, too.
One of the reasons the Obamacare website has been so slow and glitchy? It requires people to enter personal information before they’re able to see insurance plan options. Health and Human Services does this so that if you’re eligible for a subsidy, you won’t see the true cost of your health plan.
Obamacare is laden with mandates that are driving up the cost of health insurance. And it didn’t stop with the original law. Federal bureaucrats are continuing to write more Obamacare regulations. One estimate is that these paper
pushers have added 30 words of regulations for every word in the original law.
No small tweak to Obamacare can fix this. No small tweak can give relief to these hard-working dads who are supporting their families and getting the wind knocked out of them by hundreds of dollars in insurance hikes.
If Congress does anything less than defund Obamacare, it is turning its back on all of these suffering Americans.
Heritage Foundation on Obamacare
The public recriminations continue surrounding Obamacare’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week and the myriad problems plaguing health insurance exchanges. But the concerns about flawed websites and consumer privacy are also symptoms of trying to mask the massive premium increases due to Obamacare.
The Associated Press (AP) explains that many of the flaws on the federally run exchange stem from the fact that consumers cannot “window shop” for health plans without first establishing an account. IT consultants called the exchanges’ lack of anonymous shopping capabilities a “major design flaw,” because it creates potential bottlenecks in the system as soon as the customer enters the site and needs to register. It’s one of many reasons why companies like Amazon and Orbitz let their customers browse anonymously before creating an account. But the Administration took a completely different approach when designing the federally run exchange, and the AP explains why:
Health and Human Services spokeswoman Joanne Peters said Tuesday the government omitted a window-shopping function because officials first wanted consumers to know the amount of the subsidy they might be eligible for. Those income-based tax credits can dramatically reduce premiums for people with modest incomes, and personal financial information is needed to calculate the subsidies.
“Our process allows us to show consumers plans with prices that reflect what they will pay with the tax credit they may be eligible for,” Peters said. “Window shopping would not allow for this.”
One obvious reason why the Administration wants to highlight the cost of health insurance after the application of premium subsidies is that the law is new mandates and requirements dramatically raise the cost of insurance before those subsidies are applied. But compiling and processing all the subsidy information for consumers has overwhelmed the exchange website—the warnings that “the federal exchange was not ready to launch” were not heeded, and the results have been obvious.
While running for President in 2008, then-Senator Obama promised his health plan would lower health insurance premiums by $2,500 per family. As many Americans are realizing, Obamacare is raising, not lowering, the cost of health insurance. Unfortunately, it appears that the Administration’s unwillingness to acknowledge this broken promise may have been at the root of the ongoing technological debacles with Obamacare’s exchanges.
As many of our readers know — We do not make it a habit of making “Further Reading” a process of our reporting. However, just as soon as we admit that open policy — we stumbled upon an “every promise broken, every lie told” what you need to know about Obamacare. Please enjoy this easy but skillful writing.
Well here we are at day two of the government shut down. We still have gravity, electricity, water,and food. The private sector is still operating. In short, the world goes on without a Federal government.
Apparently there are no negotiations going on to end the shutdown. That the parties do not even sit down and have discussions shows how broken the process is. For this as the leader I blame Obama and no one else.
How can that be? I loved the extreme step of “closing” Mount Rushmore and other National Parks. As if you cannot walk around in the woods if a Federal bureaucrat is not there to guide you. Ridiculous. Or I
cannot go look at a mountain because there is no bureaucrat there to point it out to me?
I do not know how you negotiate this one because there are different factions on both sides of the aisle with different interests. This is really not solely about the next budget. Are you aware that the Obama White House has never submitted a budget?
As we have said so many times before, I think the root of this is Obama acting like a Dictator for 5 years. He shoved Obamacare, a needless HHS mandate for contraception, debt, deficits, and increased government down our throats. Has he not trampled religious liberties with his scheme of enforcement?
Furthermore, he took on significant issues without seeking bipartisan consensus and frankly seemed to consider it a badge of honor he plowed on. All of that is coming home to roost. On any of the above issues, anywhere from 40-60% of the American people oppose the President’s position. I hope this goes on for months, teach us all how to be more self-reliant you selfish pigs born with silver spoons in your mouths. The Affordable Care “ObamaCare” Law is not for you and your staffs. Likewise, with big industry and huge corporations, and soon enough within the unions and therefore education – teachers and administrations will all be exempt just like you.
We believe here that a confessional comes to terms negotiation with the American people is in order – please inform your constituencies why it is that you don’t belong in The Affordable Care Act inclusive of your staffs – while you are at it please prepare for a battery of questions as to the hundreds or thousands of waivers Obama has issued. Oh we’d also like to know just how many waivers have been issued and for what reasons.
You see we are very confused as to how you can reject either the ACA while others get waivers and then what is left over must pay for penalty fee or the ACA premiums.
Well it has happened; the government has shut down. But seriously now, is anyone surprised? Nah…not those of us who work for The Contemplative Thinker where we have interns, volunteers, and some very nominally paid authors.
I have been wanting to say all day – that we admittedly did not want to start any kind of bad berries – through coverage of our disrespectful and reckless Congressional officials and of course, who could ever leave out President Barack Obama.
Compliments of CNN News: With a series of potential disasters hovering over the nation like a demon storm, the most prominent words of a Washington-based word cloud would be: government shutdown, continuing resolution, debt limit and Obamacare.
Although a potential shutdown and the need to raise the debt limit are different issues, they are interrelated and have one big thing in common: They are both products of a crisis manufactured by Washington. And both are being used for leverage in attempts to undermine Obamacare.
The federal government’s fiscal year starts next week — October 1. And Congress’ one key duty laid out in the Constitution is to pass spending bills that fund the government.
This time around, the House of Representatives, led by conservative Republicans, has linked this funding process — known as a continuing resolution — to defunding President Barack Obama’s signature health insurance law, the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. It passed its bill last Friday and sent it to the Senate.
What is important here is that if Congress does not pass the $986 billion continuing resolution, or CR, in the next week, the national parks could close, airport Transportation Security Agents might be furloughed, and agents might be unable to process Social Security checks.
Remember that time when you maxed out your credit card? That is what the debt limit is all about. The U.S. is on the verge of maxing out its $16.699 trillion credit card.
A maxed-out credit card does not mean you can stop spending. While you have to pay your credit card bill, you also have to continue to buy groceries and pay the electric bill, so you might have to open up a new credit card.
That is similar to what the U.S. government must do. The government cannot just stop paying on its previous debt or spending money, even though its credit limit is maxed out, because it has too many obligations to meet. It has to have access to money to pay for the interest on that debt, as well as pay soldiers’ paychecks, doctors’ Medicare reimbursements, expenses like bridge repairs, and so on. So the president must ask Congress to raise the limit of the country’s credit card, or debt limit.
But many think Republicans in Congress may also try to link raising the debt limit to defunding Obamacare. Sound familiar?
Sometime around the middle of October — unless Congress votes to raise the debt limit — the U.S. government will be out of options. This past spring it already implemented “extraordinary measures” where accounts were reshuffled to enable the U.S. to continue paying its bills.
At home, it would also be devastating. That 80-year-old woman who relies on her Social Security check to pay her rent might not be paid. That means her landlord will not be paid.
The doctor who sees Medicare patients will not be reimbursed, so he might not purchase that new flat-screen TV he was planning to buy next month. The government contractor who is owed for providing food at military bases will not be paid, and she will have to lay off line cooks.
So where does ObamaCare come in? While the health care law is not directly tied to funding the government – the CR – or paying bills already incurred – the debt ceiling – It is being used as a powerful bargaining chip.
A group of Republicans, led by freshman Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, despises the health care law so much that it is willing to risk government shutdown or default.
And we feel that with never-ending spending and government intrusion in part of our everyday lives it is time to step up and do what the American people have elected you to do.
The House, which is controlled by Republicans, voted on a measure that would fund the government until December 15 — but in exchange for keeping the government open, the health care law would be defunded. The offer and negotiating point is right there.
However, the Democratic controlled Senate vows that Obamacare defunding will have no part in efforts to keep the government running and is expected to strip that provision out of its version of the CR sometime this week.
The majority of American people do not want ObamaCare in the position that it is now. This is the bill you remember the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi stating loudly, “Well, as soon as we can write the bill, we will be able to tell everyone what is in it…”
This is one of those rare times where an uber-liberal, Catholic and Women of Religion, have met in Marin County just north of San Francisco, California and persuaded a gullible editor to display her Op-Ed in the county press. In black and white are her writings; I responded not nearly as sever as I should have but nonetheless allowed people to see my writing which is a different color.
“THE SENATE passed an important immigration reform bill in June; now we pray that members of the House, reconvened after a summer recess, will work together to pass potentially historic legislation, addressing an issue that touches us all.
The only issue that will make this legislation historic is simply the notion that the Senate did not consult the American people, yet rather left matters up to a “Gang of Eight” who obviously had a completely different agenda in mind.
One agenda that regardless of the will of the American people sought fit to include matters in this bill that have been defeated at least twenty times by different Congressional officials. Moreover, at different times during the last generation, or 30 years, our countrymen did not have a president who conspired with the Department of Homeland Security to make way for 14 million more illegal immigrants.
This month the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael joined a national movement launched by the Interfaith Immigration Coalition: Fast Action: 40 days of Prayer, Fasting and Advocacy for Immigration Reform. Now this I am truly sorry to hear; whereas most of the time we would hope any organization would do their due-diligence before making this monumental discrepancy.
However, being a servant I have always been taught that if there exists a difference of opinion in the ways of our Lord, we are to address those matters silently and speaking only for the need of the saints. In other words, the steadfastness of an office or rectory are two such places that come to mind.
As it is I remain closed to discussing “Interfaith Immigration Coalition: Fast Action: 40 days of Prayer, Fasting, and Advocacy for Immigration Reform.” It is time to stand up, hold steadfast to our faith, and not be shifted away by any words of doctrine that simply do not measure up.
If they were born here, their parents were immigrants. We are familiar with our own families’ stories of economic hardship, religious discrimination, or political repression that forced them to uproot themselves from all that was familiar to re-make their lives in a new country.
However this guarded and obscene description is about as true as Fool’s Gold, another item they must have information on. I hasten to remind The Right Honorable Sister Maureen McInerney that we are not dealing with your shortened and sweet version. We are talking about people who come knowing about the entitlements and other freebies to be awarded them.
As women religious we stand up for justice and compassion for all people.
In 1981, we sisters voted to take a stance to support political refugees from El Salvador and Guatemala by declaring our convent on Grand Avenue a public sanctuary in accord with the United Nations Convention and Protocol Relating to Refugees and as adopted by the United States Refugee Act of 1980.
A huge mistake insofar as many a majority of gangs are directly from Salvadorian gangs and other cartel nations such as Guatemala. And I say this…”What do you think gives you the right to declare any property with sanctuary status?”
In 2009, after much study, reflection, and conversation, we chose to take another stance, this one in favor of compassionate immigration reform. We take every opportunity to reach out to our immigrant brothers and sisters through our ministries in health care, education, local parishes and social services.
Good for you! It is not America’s fault that fathers and husbands, wives and mothers openly decided to ignore America’s rule of law, therefore abandoning other family members until they found a place better.
We have listened to heartbreaking stories about people terrorized in their home countries, and then being exploited by those who offer to lead them over the border to safety.
We know how every able-bodied member of the family works two or more jobs to be able to afford the fees for immigration attorneys and others to help them comply with a confusing mass of legal requirements in the quest for citizenship.
We invite everyone in Marin County to study the issue of immigration reform. Talk to people in the community who have suffered from our country’s lack of a just, compassionate approach to the realities in today’s world.
Join us in praying, fasting, and advocating for true reform that will honor the dignity of every person.
Please contact your representative in Congress and ask for justice for our neighbors. With unprecedented vigor I and we have done that particular order managing within the political process. But all too often we are just tired of being ignored. If any of us is lucky enough to receive any correspondence back regardless of national welfare, individual support, or let us just put it out there.
The total lack of respect that is shown to us by mental midgets like Representative Elijah Cummings who astoundingly showed his metal prowess by declaring in an Op-Ed piece in the Washington Post how the IRS investigations need to be more focused and less based on politics.
And only prior to that action, the ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee felt the need to publish Rep. Darryl Issa’s entire trip to Libya.