All of the reasons that led to the defeat of the 2007 Bush amnesty remain valid today. When it comes to the economic reasons why it was defeated, those reasons are even more valid today. In 2007, there were 7.4 million Americans unemployed. Today there are 12.3 million Americans unemployed.
It’s important to realize that the 12.3 million number is understating the problem because of the millions that have dropped out of the labor work force. A more realistic estimate of under employed and unemployed Americans stands at about 23 million. It is estimated that 8 million jobs are now occupied by illegal aliens.
What possible justification is there for elected officials, who are supposed to be governing on behalf of their citizens, to support any initiative that would be cause for this trend to continue and grow? How is it in the best interests of the constituencies of the supporters of amnesty to allow 8 million jobs to remain occupied by people who broke our laws, violated our sovereignty and don’t belong here in the first place?
Not only is the employment situation much bleaker this time around, government spending is out control and threatens to bring down the entire economy. How would adding 12 million people to the Obamacare roles improve that situation? It won’t. It will worsen it by billions. State and local budgets are equally strained. Providing social benefits for illegal aliens keeps them that way. We couldn’t afford amnesty in 2007 and we certainly can’t afford it now.
Then there are the brainwashed open borders liberals, and some republicans, who spew the “but illegal aliens do pay taxes”. I’ve already seen this popping up on comment boards and forums. But just like in 2007 when they tried to spread this hollow propaganda, it is false this time around too. Yes they do pay taxes. But what they pay pales in comparison to what they cost.
It’s not just about costs or the economics of illegal immigration. It’s about the rule of law. One set of laws for everyone with no one above the law. The rule of law is a pillar upon which this country was founded.
Amnesty provides a separate set of laws for illegal aliens and puts them above the laws that the rest of us must follow. Amnesty directly erodes this pillar. Especially at a time when the current administration has trashed the rule of law time and time again with bailouts, executive orders, gun running, gun confiscation and on and on. It is clear that the political elite no longer have the consent of the governed and if you don’t know what that ultimately leads to; maybe time for a little research.
So why is amnesty being pushed by our political elite? For the democrats, they want the votes. They will get them too as they very adept at buying votes with taxpayer paid goodies. The vast majority of the illegal alien population is needy. They will vote with their pocket books and put anyone in office that promises them freebies. For republicans, it’s votes too. Somehow they’ve been convinced against logic and history that if they cave to amnesty, they will reap Hispanic votes. History, of course, does not support this.
On a different note…
In a letter to Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas), ICE Union President Chris Crane says the Gang of Eight’s bill, S.744, is flawed because it places “new restrictions on interior enforcement.” Crane writes that the bill would make the current situation worse and more hazardous and urges them to reject S.744 and instead focus on Rep. Trey Gowdy’s (R-S.C.) interior enforcement bill and Rep. John Barrow’s (D-Ga.) border security and interior enforcement legislation introduced in the House.
As for us, the absolute tragedy even discussing this mess of an immigration bill is as follows: What the Hades is the Senate trying to accomplish. Far be it from me, an original Business Management with emphasis in Mass Communication as an undergraduate at university, soon only to change for Organizational Communication.
Let’s look at a “model” for addressing matters of success. Some people use Business plans, others use Marketing plans but to be successful one needs to have a plan.
First, what is the stated objective of the Gang of Eight’s Comprehensive Reform Bill? Once the objective has been publicly stated then as a must the Senator’s in the Gang of Eight must begin to set goals, and more objectives, and then as if on a timeline the narrowing and whittling away to gain on those stated objectives until completion.
We should never do anything halfway insofar as it is just wrong. Just as a reminder for tonight it is important to remember the meaning of objective. Objectives are free of bias, based on facts, observable, exist independently of mind, and at times objectives can also be goals, targets, purpose, intent, and unprejudiced.
Prior to going berserk and launching into a tirade about a few misnomers that are happening especially by the “more seasoned” portion of Congress, that being the Senate there are just a few issues we should address if we ever again have a hope of reclaiming this nation.
Issue #1 – Is the unlegislated supply of arms and machinery of war that is being doled off to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Today we read shockingly for us that,
“Damnable U.S. Senators Send Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood – 20 U.S. Taxpayer F-16 Fighter Jets and 200 Abrams Tanks: While They Crucify Our Christians! Senators Must Be Stopped!”
Lately we’ve been getting our fair share of what we refer to as “Comments of Dissention” where our readers of those nations who are suffering at the hands of radical governments or other mean of religious cleansing. Folks this is just about more than we are able to stand.
Recently whilst poll gathering and reporting we came across a stupefying statistic that we are having serious doubts about now. We read that the only measure of similarities that exist between nations, according to the United Nations, is the notion of religious tolerance, or as reported Religious Rights along with freedom for a person to worship as they wish.
Today we are well-aware of Coptic Christians being persecuted in Egypt; moreover, we now find that other Christians are being decimated in Nigeria, Sudan, as well as regions of the Congo. Now if we tie in the atrocities of violence in Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Yemen again aimed at Christians one would think that the U.S. would be a bit more discretionary on who and where these huge sums of money are being sent as well as whose side the U.S. is taking in Syria.
The following is from an article written by Jennifer Rubin, in the Washington Post:
“Amid the discussion of the feckless White House stance toward Syria and its implications for preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapons capability, we should not lose track of the human rights catastrophe.
In a cruel (maybe clueless?) bit of timing, on May 1 the White House blog recited the following:
On April 23 of last year, President Obama visited the Holocaust Museum, and unveiled a comprehensive strategy to prevent mass atrocities.
In his remarks at the Museum, the President reflected on places where the United States’ efforts had helped prevent or mitigate surges of violence and had saved innocent lives. One year later, the U.S. Government has done… the U.S. Government has done much to keep faith with this commitment. At the President’s direction, we have stood up an interagency Atrocities Prevention Board, which monitors emerging threats, focuses U.S. Government efforts, and develops new tools and capabilities. In January 2013, the President signed expanded war crimes rewards legislation, giving the State Department a new tool to promote accountability for the worst crimes known to humankind. Earlier this month, the United States supported the U.N. General Assembly’s adoption of an Arms Trade Treaty with robust safeguards against export of weapons for use in genocide, crimes against humanity, and other enumerated atrocities.
Oh, but it’s done nothing about 75,000 dead Syrians or Syria’s use of chemical weapons, itself a war crime. The White House’s passivity with regard to Syria is stunning.
Issue #2 – Why are we arming factions of rebels in different nations; furthermore, why are we (the United States) doling out substantial amounts of money, food, and other forms of aid when we should be using these entitlements as leverage.
Issue #3 — What is it with the more seasoned legislator’s referred to as the Senate, doing with the outright plagiarism of a bill (please have a look here or, please read the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.)
Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act in 1986. The act made it illegal to knowingly hire or recruit illegal immigrants, required employers to attest to their employees’ immigration status, and granted amnesty to approximately three million illegal immigrants who entered the United States prior to January 1, 1982, and had lived in the country continuously.
Critics argue that the employer sanctions were without teeth and failed to stem illegal immigration. Upon signing the act at a ceremony held beside the newly refurbished Statue of Liberty, Reagan said, “The legalization provisions in this act will go far to improve the lives of a class of individuals who now must hide in the shadows, without access to many of the benefits of a free and open society.
Very soon many of these men and women will be able to step into the sunlight and, ultimately, if they choose, they may become Americans.” Reagan also said, “The employer sanctions program is the keystone and major element. It will remove the incentive for illegal immigration by eliminating the job opportunities which draw illegal aliens here.” Nothing is new with the exception of the nation’s Senators being deceptive.
The Results of BIG government Please be advised that this writing is a catharsis of sorts.
There are a lot, enormous amounts of “We the People(s)” that are talking today, yesterday, and we’re sure tomorrow about the notion of keeping track of a large family. Then again there will be those given over to coaching that will be espousing I need assistant coaches to keep this mob of young athletes in order. Just about anything bigger than a normal sized youth football, baseball, or soccer team these days will need to be molded by way of militaristic means.
Let’s apply these principles to government. Unless one is trying to make a huge family, that literally can support millions if not hundreds of millions of people at any time why is the need for big government?
This is where we at The Contemplative Thinker, believe that the early colonists may have had the opportunity to view life and the realities thereof in a far different way than we do. And nowhere is that more pronounced than in the U.S. Constitution.
Specifically the entire Constitution; albeit, more so in the Bill of Rights insofar as it is there that the provisions for humanity’s assurances of protection and the deliverance of their own rights are reflected.
We need to express this issue more than everything else does on earth. How many of us can with all honesty can say that we trust our very own government? We’ve got the Department of Justice and their law apportioned outfits – F.B.I., DEA, AFT, running willy nilly around not only our own country, but put us in flux of international embarrassment when operatives on the inside are discussing with who will listen to them what straw-man operation the G-Men have running in Mexico commonly referred to as Fast & Furious.
And since when does the POTUS have the authority or where-with-all to commit troops and/or America’s Air Forces at will to where he thinks it will do him light in an election? Try the “No Flight Zone” over Libya with subsequent bombings of military targets. No, no, no now – war activities are always conducted by Congress as mandated by the U.S. Constitution.
You may want to call this person – Barack Obama – your Commander-in-Chief, but I refuse too. No CIC would allow Americans to die in Benghazi, Libya. Ask yourselves who got the most steamed at the “no-go” orders. You betcha, it was the combat troops who were on the ground ready to go help and save their buddies.
Someone please tell me here…who is it that is authorizing millions of illegal aliens into our nation through his plan of backdoor amnesty? I mean grow a set, please! Will it cost the BIG FAT GOVERNMENT MORE to ship every one of the illegals back to the place of origin? We don’t think so…all things being equal, if anyone were to look to the costs of entitlement programs, social security, and on down the line, it would cost considerably less just to send them back.
Take it easy gang…we understand that America is “the land of immigrants.” So what? We also maintained being the most mightiest nation militarily until we found ourselves in the position of having men fight in consecutive tours, or four or five six or seven of them. All the while what were those illegal “land of immigrants” doing other than having babies, working at some job the vet had planned to come back too, maybe knocking off the local 7-11 store, or even killing a family member without a valid driver’s license whilst being inebriated? All of this and more compliments of “…our inactive federal government to do its job”… Barack Obama.
So now…thanks to Malkin’s book “Culture of Corruption” which is dedicated to the whistleblowers of our nation by the way; we now have a President who is blaming Congress for activities that any normal and ethical person would have done. Short one here gang, who gave the orders to have the world’s largest news organization, the Associated Press, International (AP) an executive (?) order, court order or whatever order to allow the pursing of journalists secret email, and phone numbers to file charges that their doing something egregiously wrong that would fit into a terrorist label?
Now this expressive cliché has been around as long as anyone’s language in whatever country. “Duh, you got to hit em’ where it does the most damage…take a person’s money and they’ll do anything for ya’.” This of course brings us to the next segment of Government gone badly. The world’s largest negotiator of cash to nation’s around the world and to everyone who lives in this country – the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targets whomever they want too…just don’t tell anyone you’ll vote for another candidate other than Barack Obama.
Nothing and we mean NOTHING would ever be able to start the President from not knowing this was going on. There were so many filed complaints in Congress alone for someone not to have spoken about this issue – moreover, how do we account for the ridiculous amounts of visits to the White House by the IRS Commissioner?
Here is the pathetic summation: Does any of you remember the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) or the immediate follow-up called The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) (Pub.L. 111–5), commonly referred to as the Stimulus or The Recovery Act, was an economic stimulus package enacted by the 111th United States Congress in February 2009 and signed into law on February 17, 2009, by President Barack Obama.
To respond to the late-2000s recession, the primary objective for ARRA was to save and create jobs almost immediately. Secondary objectives were to provide temporary relief programs for those most impacted by the recession and invest in infrastructure, education, health, and renewable energy. The approximate cost of the economic stimulus package was estimated to be $787 billion at the time of passage, later revised to $831 billion between 2009 and 2019. The Act included direct spending in infrastructure, education, health, and energy, federal tax incentives, and expansion of unemployment benefits and other social welfare provisions.
Now least I forget the most monumentous being to take place on American soil. You’ve got it – Obamacare! All during the time that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 or the “Stimulus” was going on to create immediate jobs and relief programs to those most impacted, whilst at the same time “…we have shovel ready jobs now…our infrastructure and especially energy needs to be worked on”…Barack Obama.
Then what happened…Solyndra happened. Some $534 million dollars of taxpayer funds went swirling down the john. Our problem was to find out if this program had even been around long enough to receive and lose that kind of money – about a year.
Now after wittingly and knowingly in the middle of this scam – why wouldn’t the President, his DOE appointee, and V.P. Joe Biden think that the IRS would not target those groups that may or may not vote against him in 2012. So sorry folks for my own peace of mind I need to bring this notion forth. We were the ones who wrote about Barack and Michelle’s personal trainer flying out from Chicago, Ill two maybe three times per week for those intimate work out sessions; we furthermore lauded on paper the costs of flying to and from Hawaii and back during his holiday time.
Someone correct me if I’m wrong or incorrect – why does Barack Obama list his place of residence as Hawaii? He has no relatives alive there; no property owned there, and who knows if he has many friends there?
We also brought to you the overly-lavish spending that went on during Michelle Obama and the “girls” trip to Spain or Brazil. Altogether this family has cost the country far more than what he or anyone of his elite cronies combined has taken out. Suffice it to say, I love Tiger Woods, but Barack the weekend excursions to Florida to visit and playing golf with Mr. Woods must stop. Do you realize that it cost Air Force One $180,000 dollars per hour of operation?
How long is it going to take America – before you rip off the blind folds, tear out those ear plugs, and meet the man who is running this nation into oblivion? Reckless spending, ridiculous programs, reek all too much of words I don’t care to use at this time. But I will say that this person as well as his trusted mate, Eric Holder, and Napolitano must go if we are to recover. Just one last issue before we go….why when the world powers are upgrading all of their ordnance does Barack Obama still have the military budget as his lowest priority?
The Obama administration is secretly carrying out a domestic surveillance program under which it is collecting business communications records involving Americans under a hotly debated section of the Patriot Act, according to a highly classified court order disclosed on Wednesday night.
The order, signed by Judge Roger Vinson of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in April, directs a Verizon Communications subsidiary, Verizon Business Network Services, to turn over “on an ongoing daily basis” to the National Security Agency all call logs “between the United States and abroad” or “wholly within the United States, including local telephone calls.”
The order does not apply to the content of the communications. Oh please…then why are they being collected?
The four-page order was disclosed Wednesday evening by the newspaper The Guardian. Obama administration officials at the F.B.I. and the White House also declined to comment on it Wednesday evening, but did not deny the report, and a person familiar with the order confirmed its authenticity. “We will respond as soon as we can,” said Marci Green Miller, a National Security Agency spokeswoman, in an e-mail.
Inasmuch as we would like to say the most obvious – we will not. Albeit, on the other side of the street we would be negligent if we did not mention that this type of activity – causes scandals!
As previously mentioned this four-page court order was dug-up by British journalists; furthermore, this is where the White House, the FBI, Obama administration officials, declined to report or to engage in saying anything. Therefore, what has been so true in the past with this particular president, he finds a woman spokesperson (Mother complex?) at the National Security Agency (NSA) to come forward letting us through the mainstream media know that they’ll respond as soon as they can.
We have stated this in as many writings, which it is the notion of avoidance or no information at all that beget scandals.
For several years, two Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon and Senator Mark Udall of Colorado, have been cryptically warning that the government was interpreting its surveillance powers under that section of the Patriot Act in a way that would be alarming to the public if it knew about it.
In other words from Senators Wyden and Udall have been informing the appropriate governmental officials that they are “outside” the parameters of the Patriot Act with the levels of surveillance as well as the means by which that information was being used.
The provision was expanded by Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which Congress enacted after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The disclosure late Wednesday seemed likely to inspire further controversy over the scope of government surveillance. Kate Martin of the Center for National Security Studies, a civil liberties advocacy group, said that “absent some explanation I haven’t thought of, this looks like the largest assault on privacy since the N.S.A. wiretapped Americans in clear violation of the law” under the Bush administration. “On what possible basis has the government refused to tell us that it believes that the law authorizes this kind of request?” she said.
With all due respect to Ms. Martin, who in typical liberal fashion has apparently tried to defer any debate or malfeasance toward the Bush administration? However, why is she making the attempt to change the subject when there has been a new president at the helm, now into his second term? This is how scandals break out!
Soon enough – please be aware – that all of this Patriot Act rubbish will try and be dropped into the Bush Administration when in all reality those provisions ran out years ago. They have only been resurrected by President Barack Obama during the National Defense Authorization Act.
“We believe most Americans would be stunned to learn the details of how these secret court opinions have interpreted Section 215 of the Patriot Act,” they wrote last year in a letter to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.
They added: “As we see it, there is now a significant gap between what most Americans think the law allows and what the government secretly claims the law allows. This is a problem, because it is impossible to have an informed public debate about what the law should say when the public doesn’t know what its government thinks the law says.”
President Obama has been caught overreaching in the use of his powers: Terrorists are a real menace and you should just trust us to deal with them because we have internal mechanisms (that we are not going to tell you about) to make sure we do not violate your rights.
(Please click here for information on Section 15 — it’s must reading!)
Scandals…what! Accountability Issues
Let’s look at simple accountability; and how it relates to transparency. For the longest period of time we have been writing about accountability on this site so much that it is the biggest “TAG” we have. Where we stand there is more than duty, honor, and trust when it comes down to holding public office in this country.
Anytime that a person – regardless of who they work for – accepts a position of leadership they also are accepting responsibility, liability, culpability, and answerability for issues that may occur in their charter of responsibility.
This is not a new concept. There is a reason why the POTUS carries the title of Commander-in-Chief. Most of all dimensions of government have been set up with accountability added in. Let us never forget the cliché, “That’s why you get the big bucks…”
Therefore knowing that accountability is part of the job what exactly does this mean. According to our dictionary being held accountable means taking the responsibility to somebody or for something. Furthermore, accountability lists the amplitude to explain what it is that has happened and every reason why.
Please join me in making the most heinous, make-shift accountable people, in the world known and let’s ask for some accountability.
We would be shirking in our own responsibilities if we did not at least mention Ann Coulter and what she pronounces in most all of her best-selling books. Just as in the way she describes how liberals will change (or try to change) the subject being debated to something that will better suit their needs and agenda than the original topic.
Let’s just have a look at some specifics using Ms. Coulter’s theory. The left has come up with the illusion of scandals that have been created and nurtured by those on the right. How could this possibly be?
The notion behind a scandal is a situation or event that causes public outrage or censure. Taking this definition just a bit further we find that a scandal is caused by public outrage as a consequence of a particular event. All of these illusions, situations, that cause public outrage as a consequence of an event that ends up being malicious talk; however, we would argue even more so that the malicious talk comes from one of the consequences of abusing a people’s trust.
So then who started all of the Benghazi-gate fiasco in the first place? Well I can assure you it wasn’t anyone from the right who concocted a story about an eight minute video that insulted Islam. Furthermore, I not going to try and make you believe that it was me who believed that the infamous “Talking Points” used by our Ambassador to the United Nations, Ms. Susan Rice, in a mass media situation. Just so you know those “Talking Points” were edited several times by the CIA, FBI, and members in the White House.
Therefore using a line of common sense how much of those talking points were used in the public disgrace offered up by Eric Holder and the Justice Department for gaining access to private information of James Rosen?
And no! Hell no it is not considered piling on when we find out that the nation’s keeper of the money has been targeting not only organizations but individuals as well. This is a matter that caused the resignation of President Nixon.
Now then…back to good old fashioned accountability. Enough of the “I don’t recall, or I don’t know” a la Eric Holder and back to Fast & Furious. Now we have people within the IRS saying the exact same thing albeit they are still being paid and receiving promotions.
A little noticed provision of the Obama health law is likely to become a big roadblock to immigration reform. Obamacare makes legal immigrants eligible for subsidized private health plans on the exchanges, regardless of how recently they arrived.
The Gang of Eight immigration plan is expected to double the number of legal immigrants coming into the country with permanent visas over the next decade. That would add at least $100 billion to the cost of Obamacare health plan subsidies, depending on how many new arrivals aren’t covered through an employer.
Actually this started off for us by a minute or so public service announcement (PSA) provided by Fox News. The PSA covers a short story of a 50 year old woman who swam across the Rio Grande River from Mexico to Texas and then she’s relocated to the state of Florida.
The individual is now collecting about $240.00 per month in food stamps; lives in government housing, collects a minimum of $700.00 per month from the Social Security Administration; and, her navigator states that she receives some assistance for Medicaid and other incidentals.
So naturally those of us who saw this PSA which after review is a topical advertisement for State Inspired Insurance Exchanges and the new “Navigators” who are placed in charge of illegal immigrants making the transfer from illegal status to legal residents.
We broke this scheme of arrangement down to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or the medium in which the entitlement of Food Stamps is funded. (Please read this sections article.)
The Affordable Care Act includes a variety of provisions designed to promote accountability, affordability, quality, and accessibility in the health care system. Yet, that’s not all it does… The Affordable Care Act creates new competitive private health insurance marketplaces – called the Affordable Insurance Exchanges or “Exchanges” – that will provide millions of Americans with opportunities.
Exchanges will help individuals and small employers shop for, select, and enroll in qualified health plans. Exchanges will also assist eligible individuals to receive premium tax credits and cost sharing reductions or help individuals enroll in other Federal and state health care programs such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Although through a pinnacle campaign promise – those of a different working man’s Washington, no back room deals, and the campaign was alleged to support the most transparent government in modern history – we ask you have you received transparency or the complete lack thereof with a monstrous executive branch agency targeting conservative and who knows what other industries as in the case of the IRS.
Additionally, we wonder how many of you were aware of the implications of Obamacare during the health reform’s courtship. Section 1311(i) of the Affordable Care Act requires each Exchange to develop and implement Navigator grant programs. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is open to eligible entities and self-employed individuals (see Section 1311(i)(2) of the Affordable Care Act) applying to serve consumers in States with an FFE or State Partnership Exchange.
It seems to be getting deeper and deeper into the dung heap…
The Washington Post is confounded by its own poll. Only 18 percent of Americans support the Gang of Eight’s legalization-first approach to illegal immigration, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll. Yet the Post began its story on the poll with, “Comprehensive immigration reform moves to the Senate floor next week with solid overall support from the public.”
Now hopefully, although doubtful just maybe the Washington Post as well as those 100 elite senators could come to the realization that not only are they sounding extremely stupid but confused as well.
What we find as pathetic is in the notion that one of the nation’s largest and leading newspapers let something so terribly disgusting as a super low percentile factor completely slip through the hands of an editorial staff that many claim has no rivals.
Even more egregious is the reporter had to get it from somewhere – and in this case it was no doubt a member of the Gang of Eight. If we were to look at the congressional approval rating still hovering at a 34 year low, and consider that the members of the Senate and their glorified attitudes of we’ll get it done with blazing speed just slowed down to see what it is the American people want.
Subsequently, that is the problem we are faced with currently. Whilst other agencies of the US government are embarrassing themselves with scandal amid another greater one and still lying about what really happened let’s admit it – from the White House to the Justice Department to the State Department onward to the Internal Revenue Service and wind that up with an Attorney General that can’t keep his fabrications straight on a day-by-day basis.
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.
How does 18 percent translate into “solid overall support”? The Post reporters drew their conclusion based on 58 percent of poll respondents saying they would support “a program giving undocumented immigrants now living in the United States the right to live here legally if they pay a fine and meet other requirements.”
That is even worse! There is clear evidence that reporters should not be involved in surveying or polling in any way – in this case they have responded to an incorrect statement [right to live/remain in the USA legally once fines and fees are met], furthermore, they only cited a little more than half [58 percent] to support a very stupid assertion.
Time for how others feel – this is a great comment that indeed inspired mine as well as over 3600 more at The Washington Post Social Reader comments section:
How ironic that the clueless Washington Post still portrays the immigration bill debate as being between “liberals” and “conservatives”. It’s more like between Washington’s clueless elites and the entire rest of the country that has to do deal with the real world and hard-core concerns about economics and survival, you know, like jobs and wages. That means liberals, conservatives and moderates together. And you wonder why your subscriber base and readership are shrinking so severely?
This corrupt immigration bill would increase non-immigrant guest worker visas so much that American workers, already facing high unemployment, decreased wages and worsening debts from student loans and other factors would be placed in even worse shape. That’s especially the case with the ridiculous H1-B visa which would get massively increased while corporations would have a pass to ignore American workers altogether. That’s also the case with other guest-worker visa types, it’s all about cheap labor. You really think that this is something that liberals or Independents (let alone conservatives) would support?
Maybe wake up one day from your delusional fantasy world, and realize that the 99% of Americans don’t care about the stupid inside-the-Beltway horse races or politicking. They care about jobs and wages above all else, and this arrogant immigration reform bill is an attack on the basic support structures of American communities. Any politicians, of either party, who support this disgusting bill are dooming their political careers and their private careers once they’re ousted, because they will hounded for such an arrogant attack on American workers.
People do support reasonable immigration policies, which the President can accomplish with Executive Action to better enforce the law. But look at the labor force participation rate, the the U-6, the number of Americans in poverty and using food stamps (hint– they’re all records) and maybe you’ll see why Americans oppose this.
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Nothing, so help me Lord, has there been such mockery, indecision, and corruption that just seems to go by – and so remarkably so that everyone, except the Ringmaster himself seems to be in awestruck and left wanting.
I will readily admit that in my experience there has never been such excrement – literally feces, dung, and various other remnant parts – floating around a Ringmaster and his Court we refer to as an executive branch of government.
The hilarious oddity given this situation is that either it will be very hard to seize the orchestrating culprits if for no other reason than “We the People” seem to buy what the latest flavor of dung is – or the most monumental excuses are proffered enough for everyone in the world to see the U.S. as complete and utterly incompetent.
And we will be taking challenges for the following two weeks if there is anyone out there who has seen or experienced factions within a government that this one under the leadership of Barack (Barry) Obama (Sotero) and the stupid people who are falling on their swords by the minute…moreover, by the scandal and in doing so what has been lost…nothing!
I really do apologize on behalf of The Contemplative Thinker as well as those who work here that have to put up with me. I beg your apologies my dear readers if it seems as though I am coming undone. Allow me to preempt some thoughts…
Currently we have in the United States investigations going on like parties; subsequently, for goodness sakes people ask yourselves this question: Are we investigating the right people for alleged crimes they’ve committed. If there is anything that we learned from Watergate it was twofold: the first part was aiming at the right person – let’s forget about the little guys and the bugger flickers; and at least President Richard Nixon had enough class to resign before the articles of impeachment were even dry.
America was set up with tolerance and a measured response to how much human nature it would take from rebellious factions. The United States were set up and anyone who is reading this should take the time to read the documentation that was used in the preparation of the guiding principles. The Declaration of Independence is one of the most astounding documents they relied on. Just a few worthy of mentions here:
The Rights of the Englishmen, just about anything from John Locke and Adam Smith, England during the Middle Ages was an officially Christian nation. Many ideas on how things should be done in law therefore had their origins in Judeo-Christian thought, from the Bible and from Christian theology.
Like it or not folks – however the fact remains that there is far too many references made throughout American history to justify otherwise. America’s social mores and constructs, counter culture analysis, and the way in which we live are the direct results of those who believed this to be true.
Therefore, as we continue to embarrass ourselves in the eyes of the world perhaps there is something that each person would be willing to contribute as a “collective article” here at The Contemplative Thinker. Okay it seems to me that approximately one year ago, or precisely April-May 2012 there was a press inundated with score sheets that Barack Obama carried with him and many people often checked to see if they were on any of “those lists.”
Now when one takes legitimate power entities such as the Associated Press International, Benghazi Libya, the Internal Revenue Service, and the State Department, Justice Department, the FBI, C.I.A., almost every intelligence agency truly known, as well as today’s ‘get back’ by Eric Holder to an AFT agent whistle-blower and hey, why not, Fast & Furious as well, the Attorney General of the United States finding newly acquired information to bring charges…this stuff is in a heap.
Veterans are highly skilled, dedicated individuals who bring to the civilian workforce those same qualities. However, transitioning from the battlefield to civilian life can be difficult. The panel of veterans and philanthropists at Heritage’s Protect America Month event, “Serving Those Who Serve,” gave some insight on how communities can help.
Different veterans need different kinds of help. Some have serious physical injuries, others have psychological wounds still others experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PPST), and others have traumatic brain injuries. Some families have been destabilized through one member’s military service.
Are you ready for this news? We hope so; subsequently if you are not prepared for the data espoused please do as we have done and contact your local Veteran’s Administration. Please understand that the following story is true.
Ike joined the Army at age 18 in 2008. In Afghanistan in 2009, he was hit by multiple bomb blasts, including one that threw him across a road like a horse-shoe. Sophisticated armor helped him escape with just bruises, but the blasts battered his brain. Ever since, he has been hit with heart spasms and seizures.
Ike is in many ways the typical modern disabled veteran. He survived combat with barely a scratch but later was diagnosed with what have become the most common wounds of a decade of war — traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, which together likely affect more than half a million veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said.
What happened when he came home is increasingly typical, too. At Fort Carson, the damaged soldier racked up punishments for being late to formation, missing appointments, getting in an argument, and not showing up for work. All of these alleged offensives are quite typical in a military environment where one is making the transition between a “war-time Army and a peace time Army.”
It only gets worse for Ike so stay with us. These behaviors can be symptoms of TBI and PTSD, and Army doctors recommended Ike go to a special battalion for wounded warriors. Instead, his battalion put him in jail, and then threw him out of the Army with an “other-than honorable discharge” that stripped him of veteran’s benefits. He was sent packing without even the medicine to stop his convulsions.
After the longest period of war in American history, more soldiers are being discharged for misconduct than at any time in recent history, and soldiers with the most combat exposure are the hardest hit. A Gazette investigation based on data obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) shows the annual number of misconduct discharges is up more than 25 percent Army-wide since 2009, mirroring the rise in wounded. At the eight Army posts that house most of the service’s combat units, including Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, misconduct discharges have surged 67 percent!
All told, more than 76,000 soldiers have been kicked out of the Army since 2006. They end up in cities large and small across the country, in hospitals and homeless shelters, abandoned trailers and ratty apartments, working in gas fields and at the McDonald’s counter. The Army does not track how many, like Ike, were kicked out with combat wounds.
To us this hard-line attitude amongst the cadre to all fellow soldiers is unconscionable. This is bringing up some very painful decisions made by politicians, such as the amount of tours of duty a soldier is allowed to serve.
This sure made me start thinking when I heard a soldier interviewed about tenured service whereby he was just starting his fourth combat tour and according to him, it was to be his last. Well he did make it miraculously through two additional tours before being medically returned to the United States.
Last week, Gallup asked Americans if they approve of the job that Congress is doing. Not surprisingly, only 16% said they did. Yesterday’s vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sen. Jeff Sessions’ amendment to reduce the legal immigration levels proposed in the Gang of Eight’s bill is a prime example of why that support is so low.
Every member of the committee besides Sen. Sessions voted against the amendment. In essence that is a vote of 1/17 or 0.058 percent of one. In order to make this completely real and accurate the Gallup results support that less than 1/100th of a penny is the favorable percentage of at least Senator Jeff Sessions’ amendment to try to improve the amounts of legal immigrants allowed within the first decade of the Eight’s legislation.
So what do you think a very mild mannered investigative journalist would do when confronted with this kind of reported data? Insofar as the majority of us here at TCT knew something was
up and we have prepared and over-prepared with our information gathering and research.
The Gang of Eight’s bill would grant 33 million green cards in the first 10 years if enacted. Sen. Sessions’ amendment would reduce that number to 23 million.
However, let’s be transparent here, unlike some of those involved with government. Under current law, the U.S. would grant about 11 million green cards in the next decade, so Sen. Sessions was still offering to DOUBLE the current level, and no one went along.
How many are there of you that believe that there is a disconnect between Congressional members and the U.S. public as a whole – and not just with immigration reform – but also rather just about in all matters.
“After two weeks of “markup,” Senators have done little more than prove to the public that we critics have been right all along about what this immigration legislation would turn out to be.
As amended, this bill virtually assures that Congress will be considering demands for the next amnesty in just a few years” this was the sentiment brought forth by Roy Beck, President and founder of NumbersUSA.
During a long period of research we are not so sure that Congress’s approval rating is that so disproportionate with the American people. Additionally, we do have some (including moi) that believe that the majority of congressional officials don’t care about public policy, autonomy, and anything that resembles sovereignty.
This is an OUTRAGE! The people that some vote into office are supposed to be looking out after our best interests – insofar as our property and the rights to enjoy them. One year ago in 2012 the Congressional approval rating dropped 10 percent twice. The only other time in U.S. history that indicates such low approval rating numbers is around the middle and late 1970s.
However, it has been made abundantly clear through this website that these very people are more into the “rights taking away group,” than otherwise. Just look around you – research clearly indicates that illegal immigration is 60 percent blatantly disregarding America’s rule of law; whilst the other 40 percent is with those international students who just don’t tend to their prearranged agreements.
So as for now I am totally sickened by what wants to be considered as leadership of this nation. Folks from top to bottom, starting with our not so coveted White House that looks as though it will survive the barrage of missiles in the form of Benghazi-gate, AP Press-gate, with other assorted people who are vying for the next White House or Congressional houses still lying through their teeth first to themselves, then for whomever will listen to their chicken—sheeit.