Wednesday, June 19, 2013
As preposterous as it may seem, illegal immigrants with drunk-driving, domestic violence, aggravated assault and child abuse convictions will qualify for amnesty under the immigration bill pending in the U.S. Senate unless an amendment introduced by a Texas lawmaker is adopted.
Incredibly, groups that would normally be vocal on these sorts of issues have remained silent. For instance, the nation’s largest organization working to stop drunk driving and support victims of the violent crime—Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)—refuses to criticize the proposed law even though it will essentially reward those convicted of driving dunk. Through a spokeswoman, MADD said it “doesn’t get involved in immigration matters.”
Under the current legislation, crafted by the bipartisan Gang of Eight in the senate, illegal aliens convicted of the crimes mentioned above are eligible for probationary legal status, officially known as Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI). This means they can qualify for a Social Security number and state driver’s license as they embark on a 10-year path to permanent residency. Three years later, candidates become eligible for American citizenship.
Here is a gut-wrenching example of who could benefit from this; an illegal immigrant who killed a 28-year-old father and seriously injured his two young children over the weekend while driving drunk on a New Jersey highway. The illegal alien, Manuel Gutierrez Vazquez, did not have a valid driver’s license yet had been arrested a few weeks earlier for driving drunk in another state, according to a local news report.
Though the outcome of the first DUI arrest is not clear, it’s not unreasonable to assume it wasn’t a felony because the illegal alien was released and he kept driving. Even if he was charged with misdemeanor DUI after the arrest weeks earlier, Vazquez would have been eligible for amnesty under the measure pending before Congress because it allows up to two misdemeanor convictions. Drunk-driving statutes vary by state and are often handled as misdemeanors settled with fines and community service when there are no serious injuries.
In many cases, as in this one, drunk drivers become repeat offenders. This week prosecutors in New Jersey’s Mercer County charged Vazquez with multiple felonies, including death by auto and causing serious injury while unlicensed. Convictions for those DUI felonies would forbid the illegal alien from receiving amnesty but it shouldn’t take the atrocious murder of an innocent person and serious injuries of his kids to exclude a candidate.
An amendment recently introduced by Texas Senator John Cornyn would change this. It aims to prohibit illegal aliens convicted of “serious misdemeanors,” such as domestic violence, aggravated assault, child abuse, violation of a protection order, and drunk driving from receiving RPI status under the immigration reform bill, which is being heavily promoted by Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio, the Gang of Eight’s self-appointed captain.
Via the all-new BadBlue Report.
...There are millions of young people who graduate high school and want to go out and start their careers and make some money and move up the ladder. There are others who have dropped out of high school. We cannot turn our backs on those young people. They need jobs as well. If young people — young high school graduates, for example — are unable to find entry-level jobs, how will they ever be able to develop the skills, the experience, and the confidence they need to break into the job market? And if they don't get those skills — if they don't get those jobs and that income — there is a very strong possibility they may end up in antisocial or self-destructive activities...
Now, why is this issue of youth unemployment relevant to the debate we are having on immigration reform? The answer is obvious to anyone who has read the bill. This immigration reform legislation increases youth unemployment by bringing into this country, through the J-1 program and the H-2B program, hundreds of thousands of low-skilled, entry-level workers who are taking the jobs young Americans need...
...At a time when youth unemployment in this country is over 16 percent and the teen unemployment rate is over 25 percent, many of the jobs that used to be done by young Americans are now being performed by temporary guest workers.
Right now, what we are talking about is hundreds of thousands of foreign workers coming into this country not to do great scientific work, not as great entrepreneurs to start businesses, not as Ph.D. engineers, but as waiters and waitresses, kitchen help, lifeguards, front desk workers at hotels and resorts, ski instructors, cooks, chefs, chambermaids, landscapers, parking lot attendants, cashiers, security guards, and many other entry-level jobs. …
The J-1 program for foreign college students is supposed to be used as a cultural exchange program — a program to bring young people into this country to learn about our customs and to support international cooperation and understanding. That is why it is administered by the State Department. But instead of doing that, this J-1 program has morphed into a low-wage jobs program to allow corporations such as McDonald's, Dunkin Donuts, Disney World, Hershey's, and many other major resorts around the country to replace American workers with cheap labor from overseas. Each and every year companies from all over this country are hiring more than 100,000 foreign college students in low-wage jobs through the J-1 summer work travel program...
...Unlike other guest worker programs, the J-1 program does not even require businesses to recruit or advertise for American workers. What they can do is pay minimum wage. They don't have to advertise for American workers. And guess what. For the foreign worker, they do not have to pay Social Security tax, they don't have to pay Medicare tax, and they don't have to pay unemployment tax. So, essentially, we are creating a situation where it is absolutely advantageous for an employer to hire a foreign worker rather than an American worker.
I'll reiterate: "Amnesty will destroy America."
Via the all-new BadBlue Report.
• US, Taliban to start talks on ending Afghan war - AP, June 18, 2013
The Taliban and the U.S. said Tuesday they will hold talks on finding a political solution to ending nearly 12 years of war in Afghanistan, as the international coalition formally handed over control of the country's security to the Afghan army and police... The Taliban met a key U.S. demand by pledging not to use Afghanistan as a base to threaten other countries...
Afghanistan: Taliban 'Admit' US Troop Attack - Sky News, June 19, 2013
The Taliban has said it was behind an attack that killed four US troops in Afghanistan, just hours after Washington announced planned talks with the insurgents...
• Afghan leader backs away from Taliban talks - AP, June 19, 2013
Afghanistan's president said Wednesday he will not pursue peace talks with the Taliban unless the United States steps out of the negotiations... Hamid Karzai's strong response and the Taliban attack deflated hopes for long-stalled talks aimed at ending nearly 12 years of war in Afghanistan...
• Karzai, angry about Taliban's Qatar office, suspends peace, security talks - CNN, June 19, 2013
Afghan President Hamid Karzai lashed out Wednesday at the United States over the opening of a Taliban office in Qatar, pulling out of security talks with U.S. officials and refusing to take part in peace talks with the Taliban that he said would only benefit "foreigners' strategies and goals."
NationRubio helps kill border security amendment he claimed to support: Boyle
Mark Levin goes rounds with Paul Ryan on immigration reform: Scoop
Rubio flips again, helps defeat border security visa: Picket
But We Should Trust Them Now: Ace
DHS wants same cyber-spying powers as NSA: Josh Peterson
FLASHBACK: DHS Frees Illegals Arrested For Violent Crimes: JW
Impeach Eric Holder: Dexter Wright
Who Are the Oath Keepers?: Dean Scoville
CNN: Is the IRS targeting whistleblowers? Sure looks that way: Scoop
EconomyCBO’s Unicorn Cost Study on Amnesty: Daniel Horowitz
Amnesty Would Cost Taxpayers $6.3 Trillion: Amy Payne, Foundry
NLRB’s Continuing Mischief at the Expense of Worker Rights: Wszolek
First Take on CBO Report: Amnesty Hurts U.S. Workers: Foundry
Media ignores record numbers on food stamps, trumpets 'cuts': BizzyBlog
But, Sequester! Obama's Lavish Trip to Africa: Hannity
Scandal CentralThe IRS Immigration Fraud Scandal: Jeffrey Lord
MADD Silent on Amnesty Law That Rewards Drunk Drivers: JW
Confidential Administration Document Details Plan To Sell Obamacare Through Social Media: Buzzfeed
Climate & EnergyThe lessons of Fukushima: Liberty Hollow
North Dakotans Building First Oil Refinery in 57 Years: ObjStd
EPA’s Pinocchio nose grows with farmer privacy scandal: Chris Bennett, Western Farm Press
MediaGerson, Wehner, and the Losing Old Ways Crowd: Jeffrey Lord
The Feeling is Mutual, You Shrink-Wrapped Hag: WZ
FreedomWorks’ Director of New Media Ribali calls Mark Levin an “Angry Elf”: Jen Kuznicki
Halbig v. Sebelius: ‘All of ObamaCare Hangs on the Outcome’: Kelly William Cobb, Cato
Organizing For Action Tweets Political Threat From Joe Biden: Glob
OFA To Release Propaganda Film On “Undocumented Immigrants” Saved By Obama’s Executive Order: WZ
“100% Security”: Obama’s Cradle-to-Grave Surveillance: Ian Huyett
Lil Wayne the American Flag Stomper: MagNote
Rand Paul: Clapper lied to Congress: Aaron Blake, WaPo
WorldImmigration: No Job Needed for Green Card – Border Agents Put Under Civil Rights Div of DOJ: MagNote
State Dept. Wages War of Intimidation Against Cover-up Whistleblower: Lid
Snowden and the NSA reflect a millennial climate change: Robert X. Cringely
Sci-TechTools for Mobile UX Design: Steven Hoober, UX Matters
Mystery on Venus: 'Super-Hurricane' Force Winds Inexplicably Get Stronger: Space
Visualized: this is where the Higgs Boson was discovered: Engadget
CornucopiaLittle League Requires More Documentation Than Voter Registration: LoneCon
"Because Hope is Contagious": MOTUS
O border fence, border fence! wherefore art thou border fence?: William Jacobson
Image: Lil Wayne the American Flag Stomper
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QOTD: "Obama's campaign promises and election gave me faith that he would lead us toward fixing the problems he outlined in his quest for votes. Many Americans felt similarly. Unfortunately, shortly after assuming power, he closed the door on investigating systemic violations of law, deepened and expanded several abusive programs, and refused to spend the political capital to end the kind of human rights violations like we see in Guantanamo, where men still sit without charge." --NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
PREVIEW OF COMING OBAMACARE ATTRACTIONS: Veterans Administration patient information found in recycle bin
The Fayetteville VA Medical Center announced Friday it's notifying the 1,093 affected veterans whose consultation reports from the optical shop were incorrectly placed in a recycle bin over a three-month period. The documents found April 17 contained patients' names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses and prescriptions.
Officials say there's no indication the information has been misused. But the hospital is notifying veterans who visited the optical shop between Jan. 11 and April 16 and offering them free credit monitoring services.
The hospital says the staff member who had been collecting the documents was retrained on what items should be shredded.
BUT DON'T WORRY, I'M SURE THE WHITE HOUSE WILL TREAT YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS WITH THE UTMOST RESPECT FOR PRIVACY, just as they do with your tax returns at the IRS.
Hat tip: BadBlue Science & Tech News.
As you probably know, the immigration amnesty bill is on the Senate floor.
This is a status report on where we are, and we will attempt to give you regular follow-ups over the next two weeks.
For starters, why should gun owners care about immigration amnesty?
Second: Victory feeds on itself; but so does defeat. If anti-gun Senator Chuck Schumer passes this bill out of the Senate with a strong bipartisan majority, he has already said he intends to bring gun control back by the end of the summer. Obama would emerge from the fight reenergized to take away your guns.
Third: If people get used to having to have the government's permission to get a job -- even to clean your house or mow your lawn -- it will be a lot harder to fight universal background checks and gun registries.
Fourth: There is the concern that the bill will create a de facto National ID card. In a Saturday New York Times article entitled, “Fears of National ID with Immigration Bill,” some in Congress have openly worried about the “potential for another sprawling data network that could ultimately be the equivalent of a national ID system.” Gun Owners of America has long opposed anything that smacks of this because of the danger that such data collection poses to gun owners’ privacy.
Here's where we are:
Most Republicans -- in our opinion, foolishly -- "threw the vote" on the motion to proceed to the bill. It would have been better to have an early show of force, but this is not the end of the world.
For the last week, the Senate has been debating Grassley and Cornyn amendments which would require border security before illegal aliens could get legal residence and/or a green card.
Why is this important?
In 1986, Ronald Reagan signed the Simpson-Mazzoli amnesty bill. The supposed trade-off was that illegal aliens would be granted amnesty, but illegal immigration would be stopped.
Now, Chuck Schumer is telling Marco Rubio, that this new bill will grant amnesty, but, in return, secure the border. But when Grassley and Cornyn offer amendments to require border security before amnesty, what does Schumer say? In effect, "border security is unachievable, so Schumer's supposed wonderful amnesty program would never happen under that condition."
Huh? Isn't this tantamount to saying that Schumer is lying to Rubio? Besides, as the DHS, ICE, IRS and NSA scandals suggest, Obama cannot be trusted to obey the law, once he's gotten his 8.4 new anti-gun voters.
But there will be follow-up votes on more anemic "border security" measures which will supposedly be the "candy" to pick up the votes necessary to send this bill from the Senate with 70 or more votes. If that happens, it will be harder to stop in the House.
Supposedly, these "poison candy" amendments are being considered by Senators like Tom Coburn and Bob Corker.
ACTION: Contact your Senators. Tell them the anti-gun amnesty bill needs to be plucked up by the roots without trying to sweeten it with phony "border security" measures.
Click here for a pre-filled form letter you can send instantly.
Marco Rubio has repeatedly claimed he "wants more" from the Amnesty Bill now moving through Congress.
Yes, folks, it's an amnesty bill. Let's cut the crap and call it what it is, because only through calling something what it is can we debate it.
"Legalization" of those who are here illegally today is amnesty. I don't care whether it leads to citizenship now or later, the fact of the matter is that it rewards criminal activity by allowing those who stole from Americans and their resources to keep what they stole and remain here in America.
There is no restitution. There is no penalty of consequence. There is nothing except benefit for them and a gigantic magnet pulling even more illegal immigrants to America.
But your parents, grandparents or other ancestors probably came here legally -- unless you're Hispanic. Then the odds are that your parents, grandparents or perhaps even you personally came here illegally.
Everyone wants to talk about "compassion" for the millions who are here already. But that's exactly identical to apologizing for bank robbers after you disarmed the guards and allowed millions of people to rob banks. After the fact you now want "compassion" for those who took the money?
And let's not kid ourselves -- that's exactly what happened. These people have come here, they have consumed our resources, they have suckled at the teat of government. They don't pay taxes and by and large they don't cover their own costs. They have children who go to our schools, get free or reduced-price food that they rest of us pay for, they evade the taxation that pay for those schools, they show up in our hospitals with no money and no medical insurance, they drive on our roads with no insurance and when they wreck and injure or kill us by doing so our insurance bills go up to cover the uninsured motorist -- them.
The correct way to deal with this problem is to demand that every single one of these people either leave or pay back twice what they got. You dropped a kid into our schools for the last five years? The per-pupil cost in your district is $8,000? Cough up $80,000 (twice the $40k cost) as the fine for forcing us to support your child's education through your crime, plus double the cost of any other social benefits you've received, pay all of your back taxes for every penny of under-the-table "wages" you've earned and then go to the back of the line and apply for residency.
Of course none of these folks have $80,000. If they did they wouldn't have come here illegally in the first place.
And that's the problem, in a nutshell. They came here because they could "get" rather than earn. That's theft and fraud and until we call things what they are we cannot make progress.
The Libertarians want to argue that there should be "free movement of human capital." Fine -- I'm good with it when, and only when, there is utterly no means to access any taxpayer service for those who cross borders in this fashion and anyone who tries it is immediately charged and prosecuted for felony grand theft. But not one second before.
The Democrats want to argue that this is about compassion? Fine -- see above. Put a stop the magnet games and handouts and I'm ok with it.
In the early 1900s when millions of people came through Ellis Island there was no welfare system. You either worked hard and earned a living, assimilating into our culture, learning English and strove to become educated or you starved. Yes, there were groups that provided help but it was voluntary; Churches and other groups, most faith-based, did indeed provide help to those who couldn't help themselves and that's fine. But there was no Section 8 housing, no WIC, no Food Stamps and no free medical care.
You worked or you starved.
Now there is such a system and it is not only abused it is why these people come in the first place. Jose the roofer shoots a nail through his foot and you get the bill for that accident because Jose has no medical insurance or money and his "employer" isn't paying workman's comp insurance either because he's working illegally. Then Jose goes home and screws his wife or girlfriend, she gets pregnant and you get the bill for the prenatal care and birth because he has no money and neither does she, and they both access that care under EMTALA when things get ugly.
Try that crap as a US Citizen in Mexico. Go there on "vacation" and try to work. Forget it -- you'll go to jail. Get hurt and want the Mexican hospitals to treat you for free. Forget it -- you'll die. Think I'm kidding? I'm not -- I'm a diver and there are myriad warnings about exactly that risk if I choose not to carry dive insurance for recompression treatment. If I get bent in Cozumel I better either have a policy that will cover it outside the United States that the recompression chamber will accept or the ability to pay in cash before I get treated or I will be left crippled or even be allowed to die in agony -- literally.
This crap must stop and no bill that fails to put a 100% hard stop to it can be supported. What we have now is theft and fraud against the American people and ratifying that will simply bring more theft and fraud. We proved this the last time around when the promise was made to secure the border and stop the infiltration of people coming here for the benefits rather than to provide labor and advance our economy. We were told the flood of illegals would cease; it instead accelerated.
I want a strong, vibrant economy that is open to all who wish to come here and contribute on the same terms as Americans. That means assimilating into America -- becoming Americans. It means an end to groups like "La Raza." If you wish to be an American there is no hyphenation in your identity and there is no subgroup to which you belong -- you choose to speak English because that is the language of the nation, you choose to live under the political and legal system of our country, you integrate into our society and you cut the crap about being "special", "different" or having a right to get a pass on the laws and customs that the rest of us all live under and with. Period.
If your first act was to break the law by setting foot on our soil in an act of furtive evasion of said law and you then accessed our vast resources under the table you must (1) admit your sin and theft of that which did not belong to you, (2) make full penance for every dime of cost you imposed on us at a penalty rate in recognition and admission that what you did was wrong and (3) go stand at the back of the line behind all those who did neither of those things.
Marco Rubio refuses to face this because he's "afraid" of Hispanic reaction, as are others. But he's pandering to the wrong constituency. The people he's pandering to and afraid of are not citizens and cannot vote -- at least not without committing even more felonies. Hispanic people who are here legally and are citizens are broadly (and rightly!)*****ed off that there are millions of others who look like them that (1) damage their relationship with the rest of America by association and (2) are cutting in front of the line of their friends and family members who wish to come to America legally, willfully bearing the costs of citizenship to obtain the benefits.
The Democrats simply want to pander for votes and think they can turn the 20+ million illegals here into a new voting block by finding ways to give those who came here unlawfully the franchise.
That sort of thinking is exactly identical to giving bank robbers a controlling vote on whether bank robbery ought to be illegal.
Anyone with an ounce of common sense would discern that such a vote would destroy banking overnight.
The Democrats lack that common sense.
Does anyone on the other side of the aisle possess it?
Karl Denninger writes at Market Ticker.
Cracka Crack and World's Dumbest Blogger Impugns Bobby Jindal's Intelligence While Casting Racist Aspersions
What would you expect from a progressive Democrat? I mean, they were the party of slavery and the KKK; and that ancestry appears to be showing more and more each day.
Furthermore Yglesias is the same man who won the World's Dumbest Blogger Award in 2010 and 2011 with unintentionally hilarious nitwitticisms covered here:
• 2010-12-01: World's Dumbest Blogger's Latest Brainstorm -- Let's Print More Money and Hand It Out to the Poor So We Can Save the Economy
• 2010-11-11: World's dumbest blogger not sure why deficit reduction is needed
• 2010-03-10: World's dumbest blogger slams new waterboarding memos, but somehow forgets to mention Pelosi and other Dems helpfully approved process
There are more, but you get the picture. Yglesias is to journalism what Pee Wee Herman is to basketball.
Hat tip: BadBlue Report.
NationThe Real Risks of Amnesty: Heather Mac Donald
Boehner won't back Amnesty bill without majority GOP support: David Drucker
SCOTUS opens the door for illegal aliens registering to vote: WyBlog
Where Were You On The Gang Of Eight Deal When It Mattered?: FrstThngs
In Our Name: Former Spook
Our Last Stand for Freedom Is This Wednesday: Sara Noble
The Loss of Trust: Thomas Sowell
Cruz Files Amendment Allowing States To Require Voter ID: LoneCon
Left Loses Big in Voter ID Supreme Court Case: J. Christian Adams
EconomyRotting, Decaying And Bankrupt: Detrot and America: Michael Synder
Obamacare will share personal health info with other agencies: Paul Bedard
The $9,000,000,000,000 Missing From The Federal Reserve: Theo Spark
Obamacare has federal work force panicked: Charles Hurt
Should Food Stamps Be in Farm Bill? : Kelsey Harris
Union bosses threaten Hurricane Sandy cleanup contractors: Robby Soave
Scandal CentralSharyl Atkkisson: I Think I Know Who Hacked My Computers: Ace
State Department Whistleblower: The Government Is Attempting to Intimidate Me Into Silence: Ace
James O’Keefe Confronts Attorney General “Richard Head” Over Indicting Journalists: iOTW
The Obvious Question No One Will Dare Ask: BizzyBlog
3 NSA veterans speak out on whistle-blower: We told you so: Peter Eisler and Susan Page, USA Today
Edward Snowden Q and A: NSA whistleblower answers your questions: Guardian
MediaThe Hill Baffled About Obama: ‘Who Is He?’: JWF
The failed Michael Gerson's dishonorable and unjust arguments about the NSA: David Limbaugh
Whom Does Lindsey Graham Think He Works For?: Bruce Carroll
Elbert Guillory’s ‘Why I’m A Republican’ Video: HayRide
Survival in the PRISM Era: BlurBrain
Gotta Love the Coinkydinks!: OregonGuy
WorldObama Lies America Into Another War: Daniel Greenfield
Then What In Syria?: Cal Thomas
Edward Snowden Q&A: Dick Cheney traitor charge is 'the highest honor': Glenn Greenwald
Lindsey Graham’s “breakthrough” immigration victory math: 2/3 of Republicans vote against: William A. Jacobson
Immigration and America’s political future: Richard Baehr
Turkish man inspires hundreds with silent vigil in Taksim Square: Guardian
A Radical Imam’s Infiltration of Philadelphia: Ryan Mauro
President Obama: NSA Spying Programs ‘Transparent’: Abby D. Phillip
US Rappers Dedicate Their Songs to Mexican Drug Lords: Borderland Beat
Sci-TechTop Google Engineer: Human Immortality Is Within Our Grasp: Cadie Thompson, CNBC
How Can Any Company Ever Trust Microsoft Again?: Glyn Moody, ComputerWorld UK
The Most Amazing Map You’ll See Today (No Matter What Day It Is): Corey S. Powell, Discover
CornucopiaProfiles in Privilege: Compare & Contrast: Doug Powers
Snicker! Iowahawk does it again: Zings ‘world’s biggest baby daddy’: Twitchy
Feminists Riot Over Swiffer's Offensive Rosie-the-Riveter Ad: Cube
Image: Miss Utah's Gaffe Goes Viral
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QOTD: "Harvard economist George Borjas has recently estimated that low-skilled American workers already suffer wage losses of $402 billion a year because of immigrant labor, a sum that does not include the costs to taxpayers of welfare paid to low-skill immigrant workers and their children. Amnesty proponents should explain how providing legal status to millions of illegal aliens will affect the job prospects of the poorest Americans." --Heather Mac Donald
Monday, June 17, 2013
YO, KARL ROVE: The 1986 Amnesty Bill Turned California Into the Closest Thing America Has to a Third World Country
"What pragmatic assessment leads to thinking that the Simpson-Mazzoli 1986 amnesty program did anything bad? Anything at all?"
Let's see how many bad things came from that 1986 Amnesty. California is America's number one immigration state and the state most impacted by the IRCA (the 1986 Reagan Amnesty).
2. California once had the most affordable and best middle-class housing in America. Now it ranks at the bottom.
3. California once paid the highest real wages to workers of any state in the union. Now wages (adjusted for the local cost of living) are rock bottom.
4. California once had income inequality somewhat below the national average. Now it's far above the national average.
5. California once offered mobility to its people. Gridlock is now the norm.
6. California was once a place where Americans from every state could go looking for a better life. Now its a chamber of horrors that even illegal aliens flee.
The Los Angeles Times published a great story about how Amnesty and mass immigration wrecked the once great state of California.
U.S. immigrants' stories often are about reinvention and newfound prosperity, about leaving behind poverty and limitations... But that is not Magdaleno's story.
"It's not sweet," said her 36-year-old sister, Alejandra. "It's very sad. The life for girls back there in Mexico is the same as the one Angela has now. They marry and have children, and that's their lives."
Neither Magdaleno nor her husband speaks English, though she has been in the United States 22 years and he 28. Even her teenage daughters speak mostly Spanish; their English vocabulary is limited."
"As Angela was having children, her siblings were undergoing a transformation of a different kind. They were slowly leaving Los Angeles.
Her sister Alejandra was the first to leave. In Los Angeles, she and her husband were barely able to make ends meet. As in Mexico, "there was little work and it's poorly paid," she said.
Eight years ago, she and her family moved to Kentucky, where a friend said there was more work and were fewer Mexican immigrants bidding down the wages for unskilled jobs.
In Kentucky, Alejandra picked tobacco. The work was hard and she didn't know the language. But soon, life improved. Over the years, she invited her siblings to join her. One sister married a man who managed a Golden Corral, a chain of all-you-can-eat buffets. Soon several Magdaleno siblings were working in Golden Corrals. Their husbands found work installing windows and as farm-labor contractors. They went to night school to learn English because few people in Lexington speak Spanish.
Today, the Magdalenos in Lexington earn more than they did in Los Angeles, in a city where the cost of living is lower. Kentucky is now their promised land, and they talk about California the way they used to talk about Mexico.
"What we weren't able to do in many years in California," Alejandra said, "we've done quickly here.
"We're in a state where there's nothing but Americans. The police control the streets. It's clean, no gangs. California now resembles Mexico -- everyone thinks like in Mexico. California's broken."
If illegal aliens can recognize that mass immigration has "broken" California, it should be possible for you to make the same intellectual leap.
Hat tip: BadBlue News.
"If they pass an immigration bill that even remotely resembles this one, we can say goodbye to the GOP"
Nothing better illustrates the divide between the Republican establishment and the base than this issue. Health care, taxes, abortion, gay marriage, all are small change compared to immigration. The GOP leadership's failure to understand this is practically inexplicable.
I still maintain that the GOP leadership has a very small constituency - these people could not win an election without the GOP rank and file and the independents who have basically walked away from the Party due to the leadership's continued bungling and missteps. That is another story - how the GOP leadership has caused so many people in the Party to leave in disgust. Although that started with Bush's out of control spending, it really got rolling with Bush's amnesty plan.
Bush's approval rating went to 13% when he got behind amnesty. Rank and file Republicans, who are so much more conservative than the leadership, see this issue as a matter of right and wrong, and they clearly viewed Bush as wrong. And, as a direct result of this issue more than anything else, they stayed home in 2006, and again in 2008.
These people simply never learn - it is maddening.
In fact, Bush basically lost any ability to run the country after pushing amnesty. He literally tore apart the party. Many people forget that the country was on a path to a permanent conservative majority in 2000. Bush more or less single-handedly changed the direction of the nation with bone-headed move after bone-headed move - starting with his inexplicable failure to rein in spending. I mean, wasn't the guy a Republican? Aren't we for limited government?
You can read Rove's book in order to gain a good understanding of the foregoing. Karl "Deficits Don't Matter" Rove blames Republicans in Congress, but that is a very thin excuse indeed since Bush did nothing about it and enthusiastically joined in the spending spree. In fact, his book proves how completely disconnected both Rove and Bush were from any notion of conservative values. Bush was given a great trust by the American people, and he blew it in the worst way. But his spending pales in comparison to his destruction of the conservative majority by pressing ahead with amnesty.
But it was also Bush's inability or unwillingness to respond to Democratic media critics, leaving it to those of us who knew the Democrats were more than able to use their powerful control of the media, as well as their ability then and now to set the nation's agenda. This ineptitude destroyed Bush's Presidency and his party.
I've never forgiven Bush, and never will forgive him, for the foregoing - I could care less that he is supposedly a decent man. After all the guy more or less set us on a path to what we have today. The election of Obama is more than anything else the result of Bush and Rove's arrogance, blindness, and - call it what it is - stupidity.
You get the feeling in Rove's book that he was so rattled by the Plame scandal that he ran from Washington with his tail between his legs. The fact that he came back into the spotlight says a whole lot about the man's lack of character. And Rove is still - still - hard at work destroying the Republican party - by going after the Tea Party. Rove thereby demonstrates that he is incapable of learning from his mistakes. And Bush's silence since the Obama election is an indication that he has no problem with the direction of the country. To think I voted for the man - we would have been better off had Gore or Kerry won, and maintained control of Congress.
But, back to immigration. What this issue says is that the Republican leadership has again shown it has no ability to think strategically - it remains bound to the old rules of politics, and acts like the past couple of decades have never happened. It has no real adherence to a consistent policy, no passion for the issues, and it doesn't understand its own constituency.
More than that, the Republican leadership doesn't have a constituency - there is no large group of rank and file Republicans out there supporting the leadership's policies. The leadership may have access to money but informed voters can't be bought as easily as uninformed voters - as both Romney and Karl Rove learned in the last election. But Rove should have known better - he had seen the same thing in 2006. How deaf, dump and blind can one person be? And how troubling is it that the monied elite still fund Rove's repeatedly failed agenda?
In fact, the rank and file is far more conservative than the leadership, which for some reason doesn't understand its own - it is living in the past when Republcans were comfortable as a minority party where it was expected to make some noise and then give in to the Democrats.
The GOP leadership has time and again shown that it is incapable of running the party - it is frightening indeed that the nation's last hope is with these people. This is not the place to recite the litany of horribles committed by the leadership (I could start with the Boehner's absolutely disastrous record as House leader), but if they pass an immigration bill that even remotely resembles this one, we can say goodbye to the GOP.
And with the GOP gone, the Democrats will have free rein and will ultimately destroy this nation. As I've written before, the Democrats are quite comfortable with poverty, since it means all the votes - there is no bottom for the Democrats since they don't care - prosperity is not even remotely on the agenda (look what they have done in places like Detroit, D.C., California, etc.).
It is too depressing to think about - but I'll say this again - if the GOP passes this bill, they will lose the rank and file completely. Not only will the GOP never win another national election they will lose control of Congress - permanently until the country is torn apart.
I could go on, but what's the point? The Senate will do what it will do, and it doesn't appear that the fact that the people in the party and those independents supporting the (supposed) goals of the party makes not one whit of difference to the blind, arrogant despicable people at the top. And no amount of spending will put the party back together again.
Note: This article is an amalgam of several excellent comments related to Heather Mac Donald's article "The Real Risks of Amnesty. Related reading: Politico lets the cat out of the bag: immigration "reform" would give Democrats a permanent majority
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There are many ways in which our government has invaded the precincts of private citizens, the method of earning a living. Our government is in business to the extent over owning more than 19,000 businesses covering different lines of activity. This amounts to a fifth of the total industrial capacity of the United States.
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