SOMETIMES IT MAY SEEM THAT THE CURRENT REPUBLICAN PARTY FOLKS HAVE THE MARKET CORNERED ON FANTASIES AND BEING OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY, BUT DEMOCRATS AREN'T FAR BEHIND IN THE RACE FOR 'KINGS OF FANTASY ISLAND'.
I HAVE COME ACROSS 4 "SUPER-MYTHS" MOST FAVORED BY THE GOP, AND THEY ARE ACCEPTED AS FACT EVEN BY MANY MAINSTREAM MEDIA, OBVIOUSLY....EXCEPT FOR MAYBE "POLITIFACTS', OR SOME OTHER "FACT-CHECKER".
MAYBE ONE REASON WHY WAS:http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57359928/fact-check-distortions-in-gop-debate/
OR MAYBE THIS:
<<Mitt Romney pollster Neil Newhouse made journalism history when he declared,
“We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers.”
Romney critics have since pounced on that line as evidence that the
campaign doesn’t care about the truth;>>
REMEMBER, THE RNC SAID IT WON'T BE DICTATED TO BY FACT-CHECKING....
TRUER WORDS WERE NEVER SPOKEN...THEY SURE WON'T!
[REMEMBER, I LOATHE BOTH PARTIES EQUALLY, ANY POLITICAL "PARTY", ALL OF THEM...THEY ROB MINDS OF THE ABILITY TO THINK AND ARE ONLY THERE TO GET MONEY FROM EVERYONE WHO WILL GIVE THEM A DIME. IT'S ALL ABOUT POWER. THE 'PARTY' WITH THE MOST LOOT AND MOST SELL-OUTS UP ON THE HILL, ETC, WINS, BUT AMERICA LOSES, NO MATTER WHO GETS 'ELECTED'...IF WE DARE CALL WHAT HAPPENS IN AMERICA 'ELECTIONS'.
IT SURE ISN'T ABOUT THE POPULAR VOTE, IS IT, NO SIR!
AMERICANS NEED AN ELITE GROUP TO ACTUALLY VOTE FOR US, DON'T WE?
THE FOUNDERS THEMSELVES DETERMINED WE'RE TOO IGNORANT TO VOTE.]
AS A FOLLOW-UP TO A FEW PREVIOUS BLOGS, LET'S GO BACK TO FACTS...
YES, LIKE IT OR NOT, YOU CAN GO KICKING AND SCREAMING OR COME ALONG QUIETLY, BUT WE'RE HEADED TO FACTS.
THE PAIN WILL BE GOOD FOR YOU.
I CALL THESE "SUPER-MYTHS", THOSE OFTEN-REPEATED, TIRED OLD STANDBYS THAT REPUBLICANS LIKE TO SELL TO THE UNWARY, TO THOSE WHOM THEY KNOW WILL NEVER GO LOOK UP THE FACTS, TO THOSE PARTY LOYALISTS WHO NEVER QUESTION ANYTHING THAT COMES FROM THE MOUTHS OF THE REPUBLICAN 'SAINTS', ESPECIALLY IF IT LAMBASTS OBAMA AND THOSE DEVILISH LIBERALS.
[YES, OBAMA AND HIS MERRY BAND ALSO DESERVE LAMBASTING, BUT LET US USE TRUTH TO DO SO. IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK? WE CAN ONLY 'WIN' WITH TRUTH, OKAY?]
~SUPER-MYTH #1: OBAMA HAS SPENT MORE IN HIS TIME IN OFFICE THAN ALL OTHER PRESIDENTS COMBINED!
SOUNDS GOOD, YES?
NOPE! AND WE WON'T HAVE TO DO 200 YEARS OF MATH TO SEE WHAT A HUGE LIE THIS IS.
I LIKE TO GO TO THE 'HORSE'S MOUTH' FOR DATA, SO OFF WE GO TO THE HISTORICAL TABLES FROM THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET.
THIS LIST HAS BEEN DUTIFULLY COMPILED OVER 200 YEARS, AND IS EASY TO READ. IT OFFERS US, IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, HOW MUCH EACH 'PREZ' SPENT AND HOW MUCH WAS TAKEN IN, GIVING US DEFICITS AND SURPLUSES (YOU WILL NOT SEE MUCH OF THOSE SURPLUSES!) BY ADMINISTRATION, BOTH "ON-BUDGET' AND "OFF-BUDGET".
WHAT DO WE FIND?
GIRD YOUR LOINS...WE'RE GOING TO DO FACTS!
EACH PRESIDENT TAKES OFFICE IN JANUARY OF THE YEAR AFTER ELECTIONS, REMEMBER.
FIRST TRILLION-DOLLAR SPENDER, 1987.
NEED WE REHASH "REAGANOMICS" AND "SUPPLY-SIDE"?
I'D LOVE TO, BUT NO, NOT RIGHT NOW.
KEPT UP THE TRILLION-DOLLAR SPENDING. SET AN ALL-TIME, HISTORICAL RECORD FOR DEFICIT IN 1992, -$340,408,000,000, THAT STOOD UNTIL OBAMA.
FIRST ACTUAL SURPLUS SINCE 1957, KEPT THAT FOR HIS LAST 2 YEARS.
HAD AMERICA BACK IN THE RED HIS FIRST YEAR.
SET A RECORD IN 2002 FOR BIGGEST DEFICIT SINCE HIS DAD'S HISTORICAL HIGH IN 1992, $317,417,000,000, BUT DIDN'T TAKE DAD'S NUMBER ONE SPOT.
IN 2001, BUSH2 SPENT $1,862,846,000,000, SETTING A NEW RECORD.
IN 2002, BUSH2 SPENT $2,010,894,000,000, SETTING ANOTHER NEW RECORD.
IN 2003, BUSH2 SPENT $2,159,899,000,000, YES, ANOTHER RECORD.
IN 2004, BUSH SPENT $2,292,841,000,000, DITTO THE RECORD THING.
IN 2005, BUSH2 SPENT $2,471,957,000,000, DITTO.
IN 2006, BUSH2 SPENT $2,655,050,000,000, DITTO.
IN 2007, BUSH SPENT $2,728,686,000,000, DITTO.
IN 2008, BUSH SPENT $2,982,544,000,000, DITTO, ALMOST MAKING IT TO $3 TRILLION.
SHALL WE TRY MATHEMATICS?
IN THE FIRST 3 YEARS OF BUSH2, AMERICA SPENT $6,033,639,000,000.
IN THE NEXT 3 YEARS, HE SPENT $7,419,848,000,000.
IN THE LAST 2 YEARS OF HIS REIGN, BUSH2 SPENT $5,711,230,000,000.
THAT'S A GRAND TOTAL OF $19,164,717,000,000.
$19 TRILLION, WOW, HUH?
"BIG O" CAME ON THE PLAYING FIELD, SPENT A RECORD $3,517,677,000,000 HIS FIRST YEAR. (CONTINUING TWO WARS CAN GET EXPENSIVE! SHOCK AND AWE, YOU KNOW. BUT HE HASN'T ENDED THOSE WARS, HAS HE, AND WE HAD LIBYA, THANKS TO HIM, AND HE ALSO INCREASED DRONE DEPLOYMENT MUCH MORE THAN BUSH2 DID, GUANTANAMO REMAINS (DOES DICK CHENEY STILL ORDER TORTURE TAPES FROM THERE? SADISM BECOMES HIM, NO?), OBAMA HAS SPENT A MINT ON LAYING THOSE TRACKING STRIPS INTO HIGHWAYS, ETC, AD NAUSEUM)
HE ALSO HAD THE FIRST TRILLION-DOLLAR DEFICIT.
HE SPENT A LITTLE LESS HIS 2nd YEAR, MORE IN 2011, LESS IN 2012, BUT HAS MAINTAINED THAT $3 TRILLION MARK NICELY.
HERE'S WHERE THE MYTH BECOMES A GLARING LIE...
THE GOP HAS SAID IN INTERVIEWS MANY TIMES, AND WENT UNCHALLENGED BY KNOWLEDGEABLE REPORTERS, THAT OBAMA SPENT MORE MONEY IN HIS FIRST 2 YEARS THAN ALL U.S. PRESIDENTS COMBINED!
CAN YOU THINK OF ANY TOP GOP POLITICOS WHO HAVE NOT REPEATED THIS MYTH?
BACK TO THE WONDERS OF MATHEMATICS AND FACTS:
DURING OBAMA'S FIRST 2 YEARS, HE SPENT A TOTAL OF $6,974,756,000,000.
HOW MUCH DID BUSH SPEND DURING JUST HIS 8-YEAR TENURE?
ALMOST 3 TIMES THAT AMOUNT!
WE DON'T HAVE TO RUN THE NUMBERS ON 200 YEARS' OF PREZZES, NO!
IF WE JUST LOOK AT 3 OF BUSH2'S YEARS (2004-2006), HE BEAT OBAMA SOLID!
HE CAME CLOSE DURING HIS FIRST 2 YEARS, BUT HE HAD THE CLINTON SURPLUS TO KEEP HIM FROM TOPPING $7 TRILLION IN DEFICITS!
HAD BUSH2 COME IN UNDER A PREVIOUS DEFICIT, HE WOULD HAVE BEATEN OBAMA'S NUMBERS HIS FIRST 2 YEARS!
ISN'T MATH AMAZING? AREN'T FACTS 'THE BOMB'?
HAVE A LITTLE 'SHOCK AND AWE', AMERICANS?
TRUTH...SIMPLE, EASY, GOOD FOR THE MIND.
THAT ONE HANDY LITTLE TABLE CAN TELL YOU A LOT MORE, IF YOU WANT MORE TRUTH. SIT DOWN WITH IT AND BE AMAZED SOME DAY.
~SUPER-MYTH #2: OBAMA CREATED MORE DEBT THAN ALL OTHER PRESIDENTS COMBINED.
THAT'S AGAIN LAUGHABLE, AND THE GOP MUST HAVE A PREREQUISITE FOR THEIR 'SPOKEMEN' ...THAT THEY FAILED MATH IN SCHOOL, MAYBE?
PUBLIC FEDERAL DEBT STOOD AT ABOUT $3.5 TRILLION AT THE END OF 2010.
ANOTHER NICE HISTORICAL TABLE SHOWS US THAT NATIONAL DEBT HAD ALREADY (COLLECTIVELY) REACHED MORE THAN $5.8 TRILLION BY THE END OF 2008, SO, NO, NO, SORRY GOP, YOU REALLY FAILED ON THAT ONE, TOO.
HOWEVER, THAT WOULD BE TRUE TODAY...OBAMA HAS EXCEEDED THAT $5.8 BY NOW, SURELY, BUT NOT BACK DURING 2010 WHEN THE GOP STARTED THAT MYTH.
CHECK DATES AND TOTALS, GOP. TRY TO IMPROVE YOUR MATH SKILLS, AND MAYBE YOUR READING COMPREHENSION, AND PERHAPS TAKE SOME "HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE" CLASSES, FIND A WAY TO NOT SHOW YOUR LOATHING OF US 'LITTLE PEOPLE', US 'WORKING CLASS', YOU KNOW, THE "47%" AND ALL THAT?
SEND ALL YOUR TOP DOGS FIRST...UNLESS YOU WANT A DEMOCRAT IN OFFICE FOREVER...
~SUPER-MYTH #3, A 'SUPERSIZED COMBO':
"OBAMA/PELOSI/REID PASSED A $1.2 TRILLION STIMULUS BILL!'
AND..."OBAMA'S STIMULUS CREATED ZERO JOBS!"
AS KIDS TODAY SAY, OMG!
FIRST AND FOREMOST, NONE OF THOSE 3 , NOR ANY COMBINATION OF THE 3 COULD EVER IN A MILLION YEARS PASS EVEN A HOT POKER THROUGH CONGRESS ALONE OR ALL 3 TOGETHER! IT TAKES A CONGRESSIONAL MAJORITY, IN BOTH THE SENATE AND HOUSE, A MAJORITY TO PASS A BILL, OR MAKE A LAW.
IT TOOK A MAJORITY OF CONGRESS, INCLUDING SOME IN THE GOP, TO PASS THAT!
POOR GOP, DO YOU THINK THEY REALLY ARE UNAWARE OF THAT?
[PALIN IS, MOST LIKELY, UNABLE TO SPELL MAJORITY, SO, YOU KNOW...AND MITTENS ROMNEY HASN'T YET "RECOGNIZED' OR SET UP DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH THE U.S. FROM 'PLANET ROMNULUS', HAS HE? AMERICA IS BENEATH HIM...MAYBE LITERALLY...]
BACK TO THE MYTH...OR LIE, READER'S CHOICE...
I BELIEVE IT WAS OLD SENATOR GEORGE ALLEN WHO REALLY PUSHED THIS ONE DURING CAMPAIGN 2012.
BUT ALLEN HAD HELP (AND HE NEEDS IT) FROM TIMMY NUSSBAUM, HIS EXEC ASSITANT (HOW MANY ASSISTANTS DOES IT TAKE TO HELP A CONGRESSMAN?) WHO SAID HE GOT HIS INFO FROM THAT BEACON OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH...GET READY FOR IT...CNN, YES CNN's MONEY.COM.
TROUBLE IS (BESIDES THE FACT THAT CNN HAS BEEN LAUGHED AT BEFORE) THE CNN SOURCE HAD QUOTED FROM A LITTLE THING CALLED (DRUM ROLL, PLEASE) "THE BAILOUT TRACKER".
CATCHY NAME, YES?
BUT, ALAS, THE NOBLE 'BAILOUT TRACKER' TRACKED SIX, COUNT 'EM, SIX SEPARATE FEDERAL STIMULUS PROGRAMS AND COUNTED THEM ALL AS ONE!
NO, NO, CNN, WE DON'T DO THAT IF WE WANT HONEST REPORTING!
TSK, TSK, GUYS!
NOW THOSE COMBINED SIX (6) PROGRAMS INCLUDED 'THE ECONOMICS STIMULUS ACT OF 2008" (A BUSH BABY) THAT COST $168 BILLION, UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT EXTENSION, STUDENT LOAN GUARANTEES, 'THE AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT, AN ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY VEHICLES MANUFACTURING PROGRAM, ANOTHER BUSH BABY THAT CAME IN AT A MEAGER $25 BILLION, AND THE INFAMOUS "CASH FOR CLUNKERS" PROGRAM.
WHEW! THAT'S A LOT MORE THAN A SINGLE STIMULUS PROGRAM!
LITTLE TIMMY NUSSBAUM REALLY STRETCHED TO DRAG ALL THAT OUT OF THE BOTTOM OF THE BARREL, DIDN'T HE?
AND SEN. ALLEN DID NO FACT-CHECKING AS MOST POLITICIANS FAIL TO DO, JUST RAN WITH THAT, BLINDLY, STUPIDLY, BUT HE RAN.
ON THAT ZERO JOBS...FALSE!
RICKY PERRY, SEN. ALLEN AGAIN, RICKY SCOTT, TROUBLED GOVERNOR FROM FLORIDA, REP. ERIC CANTOR, SEN. SCOTTY BROWN THE ENTIRE NATIONAL REPUBLICAN SENATORIAL COMMITTEE, AND A CAST OF THOUSANDS SWORE TO AMERICA THAT NO JOBS WERE CREATED BY SAID STIMULUS.
SORRY, BOYS, THERE WERE 545,262 FULL-TIME JOBS FUNDED BY THAT GOP-INFLATED
STIMULUS (RECOVERY ACT) AND 11,604 WERE REPORTED IN VIRGINIA ALONE, AND ALL THIS BY THE END OF FISCAL QUARTER JUNE, 2010!
THE REPUBLICANS HAD THE FACTS, BUT DECIDED TO HECK WITH THAT, LET'S JUST LIE!
IN A REPORT UPDATED IN MARCH, 2011, THE NEW FIGURES WERE AROUND 2.5 MILLION JOBS CREATED AND/OR SAVED THROUGH THE LAST QUARTER OF 2010.
I GUESS NO ONE IN THE GOP WANTED TO SEE THOSE NUMBERS, SO THEY DIDN'T?
2.5 MILLION IS HARD TO MISS.
WHAT ARE THE SOURCES OF THOSE FIGURES?
WHERE COULD THE GOP HAVE LOOKED TO FIND THEM?
THREE VERY INDEPENDENT FIRMS HAD THEM UP AND PUBLICLY AVAILABLE, AS DID THE 'OVERSEER', THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE (CBO);
• CBO: Between 1.3 million and 3.6 million jobs saved or created.
• IHS/Global Insight: 2.45 million jobs saved or created.
• Macroeconomic Advisers: 2.3 million jobs saved or created.
• Moody’s Economy.com: 2.5 million jobs saved or created.
THE BAD NEWS IS, ONCE A FEW REPORTERS STARTED TRYING TO CONTACT THE NRSC AND SOME OF THE GOP BIG DOGS WHO SWORE THEIR STATEMENTS WERE FACTUAL, ALL OF A SUDDEN EITHER NOBODY RETURNED CALLS OR THEY CHANGED THEIR "MEANING" AND "REINTERPRETED" WHAT THEY HAD SAID...ALL OF A SUDDEN "WHAT THEY REALLY MEANT" WAS "TOTAL U.S. FEDERAL UNEMPLOYMENT REPORTS".
YOUR ADS THAT CLEARLY SAY YOU MEANT THE STIMULUS ARE STILL UP ON YOUTUBE GUYS, AND ARCHIVED ALL OVER THE INTERNET!
LIES WON'T CHANGE THOSE VIDEOS' CONTENT!
YOU GOT BUSTED...MAN-UP AND RECANT...ADMIT YOU LIED!
~SUPER-MYTH #4: "OBAMA WANTS TO MAKE AMERICA INTO ANOTHER MEXICO, OPEN THE BORDERS, GIVE OUR JOBS TO MEXICAN ALIENS, AND THE GOP IS AGAINST THAT!"
UMMM, NO, THE GOP IS NOT AGAINST THAT OR WASN'T UNDER REAGAN, BUSH1, OR BUSH2.
STAPLE YOUR EYELIDS OPEN, BITE ON A BULLET, SCREAM IF YOU MUST, BUT HERE'S MORE FACTS!
<<The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), Pub.L. 99–603, 100 Stat. 3359, enacted November 6, 1986, also Simpson-Mazzoli Act, is an Act of Congress which reformed United States immigration law. In brief the act:
--required employers to attest to their employees' immigration status.
--made it illegal to knowingly hire or recruit unauthorized immigrants.
--legalized certain seasonal agricultural illegal immigrants.
--legalized illegal immigrants who entered the United States before January 1, 1982 and had resided there continuously with the penalty of a fine, back taxes due, and admission of guilt. About three million illegal immigrants were granted legal status.>>
THREE MILLION WERE GRANTED LEGAL STATUS!
HAD YOU FORGOTTEN THIS ONE, AMERICA?
HOW COULD YOU FORGET ANYTHING, ANYTHING "THE GIPPER" DID?
YOU FORGOT HIS HOPES FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM?
HOW DARE YOU!
<<The Immigration Act of 1990 (Pub.L. 101–649, 104 Stat. 4978, enacted November 29, 1990) increased the limits on legal immigration to the United States, revised all grounds for exclusion and deportation, authorized temporary protected status to aliens of designated countries, revised and established new nonimmigrant admission categories, revised and extended the Visa Waiver Pilot Program, and revised naturalization authority and requirements.
The Act created the Diversity Immigrant Visa program. It also removed homosexuality as a grounds for exclusion from immigration and provided for exceptions to the English testing process required for naturalization set forth by the Naturalization Act of 1906.
After it became law, the United States would admit 700,000 new immigrants annually, up from 500,000 before the bill's passage. The new system continued to favor people with family members that already worked in the United States, but added 50,000 "diversity visas" for countries from which few were emigrating, as well as 40,000 permanent job-related workers and 65,000 temporary worker visas. Additional provisions strengthened the U.S. Border Patrol and altered language regarding disease restrictions in a way that permitted the Secretary of Health and Human Services to remove AIDS from the list of illnesses making a prospective immigrant ineligible to enter the country.>>
WOW! DADDY BUSH WAS A REAL PROGRESSIVE, WASN'T HE?
YEARS AHEAD OF HIS TIME!
700,000 NEW IMMIGRANTS EVERY YEAR? ALLOWED THOSE WITH KNOWN HIV IN, AND <GASP!> GAY PEOPLE?
DADDY BUSH "HAD A SET", DIDN'T HE?
AND HE WAS GENUINELY PROUD OF HIMSELF, AS HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN...
<<"'Today I am pleased to sign S. 358, the "Immigration Act of 1990" -- the most comprehensive reform of our immigration laws in 66 years. This Act recognizes the fundamental importance and historic contributions of immigrants to our country. S. 358 accomplishes what this Administration sought from the outset of the immigration reform process: a complementary blending of our tradition of family reunification with increased immigration of skilled individuals to meet our economic needs.
The legislation meets several objectives of this Administration's domestic policy agenda -- cultivation of a more competitive economy, support for the family as the essential unit of society, and swift and effective punishment for drug-related and other violent crime.'">>
[YES, HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN PROUD...UNTIL HE PUSHED REAGAN'S NAFTA, AND SIGNED THAT IN 1994...MORE ON THAT CAN BE FOUND HERE http://useconomy.about.com/od/tradepolicy/p/NAFTA_History.htm, WITH A PHOTO OF DADDY BUSH, NOT CLINTON, SIGNING THE THING HERE http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nafta.jpg
WHAT CAUSED THE "RECORD SPIKE IN FOOD STAMPS USED BY AMERICAN FAMILIES" THAT CONTINUES EVEN TO TODAY? NAFTA...N.A.F.T.A.
OVER A MILLION JOBS LEFT AMERICA AFTER ITS ENACTMENT, IN THE FIRST ROUND OF BUSINESSES CLOSING THEIR DOORS HERE!]
[BTW, Barack Obama promised to either renegotiate NAFTA or pull out of the agreement altogether when he initially ran for President in 2008. Obama told Ohioans, hit hard with the loss of 200,000 manufacturing jobs since 2000, "I don't think NAFTA has been good for America, and I never have.” BUT, HE HASN'T CHANGED A THING ABOUT NAFTA, HAS HE?]
AND NOW, BUSH2:
DID YOU FORGET ABOUT THE 2001 "DREAM ACT", AMERICA, DID YOU?
IT WAS ONLY THE FIRST OF BILLS THAT BUSH PUSHED TO LEGALIZE THOSE ILLEGAL ALIENS.
"DREAM", Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors.
<<This bill, S. 1291, introduced in the Senate on August 1, 2001, by [DEMOCRAT] Dick Durbin and [REPUBLICAN] Orrin Hatch would provide conditional permanent residency to certain illegal aliens of good moral character who graduate from U.S. high schools, arrived in the United States as minors, and lived in the country continuously for at least five years prior to the bill's enactment. If they were to complete two years in the military or two years at a four-year institution of higher learning, they would obtain temporary residency for a six-year period. Within the six-year period, they may qualify for permanent residency if they have "acquired a degree from an institution of higher education in the United States or [have] completed at least 2 years, in good standing, in a program for a bachelor's degree or higher degree in the United States" or have "served in the armed services for at least 2 years and, if discharged, [have] received an honorable discharge". This bill would have included illegal aliens as old as 35 years of age. >>
NOW, BUSH WAS FOR IT, AND THE MILITARY/PENTAGON WAS REALLY, REALLY FOR IT BECAUSE AMERICA NEEDED MORE WARM BODIES TO SEND OFF TO THE MIDDLE EAST!
<<The United States military faced challenges in enlistment, which in 2005 were described as a "crisis", though the economic downturn beginning 2007, did away with many of the enlistment challenges. Immigrants without a United States Permanent Resident Card (also known as a green card) were not allowed to enlist. In 2007, several senior officials at the Department of Defense spoke in favor of promising resident status to members of the military as a means of boosting recruitment.>>
"PROMISE THEM ANYTHING, MAKE NEW LAWS, JUST GET US MORE CANNON FODDER!
WE NEED MORE TROOPS! GO FIGHT FOR AMERICA, WHO DOESN'T WANT YOU HERE, BUT IF YOU LIVE....GREEN CARD!"...RIGHT?
RIGHT...BUT ALSO WRONG.
BUSH2 DIDN'T GIVE UP.
WHAT ABOUT THE COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM ACT OF 2007?
<<The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 — its full name was Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S. 1348) — was a bill discussed in the 110th United States Congress that would have provided legal status and a path to citizenship for the approximately 12 to 20 million illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States. >>
WHO SPONSORED THAT?
WHY, NONE OTHER THAN JOHNNY MCCAIN, THE GOP PICK FOR CAMPAIGN 2008.
WHO URGED ITS PASSAGE AND WAS PRETTY MUCH TICKED-OFF WHEN IT FAILED?
GEORGE WALKER BUSH, THAT'S WHO!
<<On June 7, three Senate votes on cloture (a move to end discussion) for the bill failed with the first losing 33-63, the second losing 34-61 and the third losing 45-50. This had been thought by some observers to signal the end of the bill's chances, since on that day, after the first failing vote, Harry Reid had told reporters that, if another vote on cloture failed, "the bill's over with. The bill's gone."
However, at the urging of President Bush, the bill was brought back for discussion in the Senate as bill S. 1639 on June 25. HAVING GOTTEN THE SIGNAL TO PASS THE BILL FROM THE OVAL OFFICE, CONGRESS HAMMERED AT IT. On June 26, a motion to proceed PASSED the Senate, by a margin of 64-35 (under Senate rules it needed 60 votes). A number of amendments to the bill were considered and rejected. On June 28, the bill failed to get the 60 votes necessary to end debate. The final cloture vote lost 46-53. This effectively ended its chances, and President Bush EXPRESSED HIS DISAPPOINTMENT at Congress's failure to act on the issue.
S.1639 would have created a new class of visa, the "Z visa", that would be given to everyone who was living without a valid visa in the United States on Jan. 1, 2010; this visa would give its holder the legal right to remain in the United States for the rest of their lives, and access to a Social Security number. After eight years, the holder of a Z visa would be eligible for a United States Permanent Resident Card (a "green card") if they wanted to have one; they would first have to pay a $2000 fine, and back taxes for some of the period in which they worked. By the normal rules of green cards, five years after that the illegal immigrant could begin the process of becoming a U.S. citizen.>>
QUITE AN AGGRESSIVE PLAN, EH?
AND LOOK! AGAIN WITH THE "GO FIGHT FOR THE U.S., GET A GREEN CARD! YOU MAY DIE AN ILLEGAL, BUT IF YOU LIVE..."
NOT VERY NICE, IS IT?
QUICK! TIME'S RUNNING OUT! TRY THE DREAM ACT AGAIN!
EVEN THAT STALWART REPUBLICAN KAYE BAILEY HUTCHINSON GOT ON BOARD THIS ROUND!
<<On October 18, 2007, Durbin, along with REPUBLICAN co-sponsors Charles Hagel and Richard Lugar, introduced the DREAM Act as S. 2205. Though nearly identical to the revised amendment to the Defense Bill, opponents continued to cite previous arguments. To bring the DREAM Act up for debate, a vote was scheduled on October 24 that would require a filibuster-proof count of 60 yes votes, but that failed.
According to KAYE BAILEY HUTCHINSON'S suggestions, illegal immigrant students should be allowed to hold a temporary student visa with a renewable work permit instead of conditional permanent residency. Although 52 Senators voted in favor of considering the DREAM Act, this fell eight votes short of breaking filibuster and the legislation was not considered.>>
NO, AMERICA, OBAMA IS NOT AT ALL THE FIRST TO PROPOSE WE ALLOW AMNESTY, INCREASE THE NUMBERS ALLOWED IN, OR GIVING CITIZENSHIP TO THOSE SCARY OLD 'ILLEGAL ALIENS'.
SHAME ON YOU FOR FALLING FOR THAT ONE!
NOR DOES HE PLAN TO CREATE A 2ND MEXICO....JUST A POLICE STATE.
NOW, IF YOUR HIGH-SCHOOL HISTORY TEACHER FAILED TO INFORM YOU, LET ME JUST SAY THAT A VERY LARGE, VERY LARGE CHUNK OF AMERICA WAS EITHER WON BY 'CONQUEST', STOLEN, OR BOUGHT FOR PEANUTS FROM MEXICO.
AMERICA WOULD BE ABOUT HALF ITS SIZE IF WE HADN'T GRABBED ALL THAT "MEXICAN TERRITORY" WAY BACK IN TIME AND RUN OFF ALL THOSE WHO LIVED HERE THAT LOOKED "MEXICAN".
SO, YOU MIGHT SAY AMERICA IS BUILT ON MEXICO, A LOT OF AMERICA IS.
YOU WHO SCREAM FOR ISRAEL TO "GIVE BACK PALESTINE", WHY NOT SCREAM FOR AMERICA TO GIVE BACK MEXICO...ELIMINATE THOSE STATES FORMED FROM OUR "ANNEXATION" OF MEXICAN LAND?
GOODBYE TO THE ENTIRE STATES OF CALIFORNIA, NEVADA, UTAH, ARIZONA, NEW MEXICO AND TEXAS, AS WELL AS PARTS OF WYOMING, COLORADO, OKLAHOMA AND KANSAS!
WHAT A LOSS THAT WOULD BE, EH?
GO A STEP FURTHER...GIVE BACK ALL OF AMERICA TO THE ORIGINAL INHABITANTS!
IF ISRAEL SHOULD GIVE BACK PALESTINE....YOU SEE HOW YOU THINK?
YOU SEE THE 'DOUBLE STANDARD' AMERICANS LIVE BY, YES?
ABOUT THOSE JOBS...MANY JOBS HAVE BEEN LEFT BEHIND BY "ILLEGALS" GOING BACK TO MEXICO, A LOT OF JOBS.
DO YOU KNOW WHO WANTS TO DO THOSE JOBS?
DO YOU KNOW HOW FEW HAVE EVER APPLIED FOR THOSE JOBS?
DO YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO HAS RUSHED RIGHT DOWN AND FILLED OUT APPLICATIONS TO DO FIELD WORK, TO PICK ORCHARDS, HARVEST MELONS, PLANT TOMATOES?
ANYONE YOU KNOW RUSHED RIGHT OFF TO WORK FOR LESS THAN MINIMUM WAGE AS A DISHWASHER, JANITOR, MAID AT A LOCAL MOTEL?
SOME HAVE, SOME DO, BUT NOT SO MUCH...DO YOU WONDER WHY?
IF YOU WONDER WHY, HERE'S A PLAN FOR YOUR OFF-TIME...YOU GO DO THOSE JOBS.
SEE HOW YOU LIKE THEM, GET BACK TO US ON THAT.
MEANWHILE, READ THIS...
<<Americans refusing to take immigrant jobs in Alabama... only to show up late, work slower and quit on first day.
Potato farmer Keith Smith saw most of his immigrant workers leave after Alabama's tough immigration law took effect, so he hired Americans.
It hasn't worked out: most show up late, work slower than seasoned farm hands and are ready to call it a day after lunch or by mid-afternoon. Some quit after a single day.
In Alabama and other parts of the country, farmers must look beyond the nation's borders for labour because many Americans simply don't want the backbreaking, low-paying jobs immigrants are willing to take.
The agriculture industry suffered the most immediate impact. Farmers said they will have to downsize or let crops die on the vine. As the season's harvest winds down, many are worried about next year.
The law's effects are also being felt in south Georgia, Connie Horner has heard just about every reason unemployed Americans don't want to work on her blueberry farm: it's hot, the hours are long, the pay isn't enough and it's just plain hard.
'You can't find legal workers,' Ms Horner said. 'Basically they last a day or two, literally.'
This is a sector and an industry ... that a long time ago, going back to the 1940s and probably before that was abandoned,' Mr Papademetriou said. 'It was abandoned to foreign workers.'
Stan Eury, executive director of the North Carolina Growers Association, said location matters, too.
'Agriculture jobs are primarily in remote, rural areas. We see higher numbers of unemployed people in the big cities,' he said.
Tomato farmer Wayne Smith said he has never been able to keep a staff of American workers in his 25 years of farming.
'People in Alabama are not going to do this,' said Mr Smith, who grows about 75 acres of tomatoes in the northeast part of the state. 'They'd work one day and then just wouldn't show up again.'>>
VOICE OF AMERICA REPORTED THE SAME ACROSS AMERICA:
<<Farmers across the country have a different view. As Americans have moved away from agriculture, farm employers say they have come to rely on illegal immigrants to harvest the fresh fruits and vegetables on the nation's dinner tables.
With U.S. unemployment near 10 percent, many believe illegal immigrants are taking jobs from Americans.
But when the United Farm Workers Union launched a campaign offering to connect unemployed people to farm jobs, only three people accepted -- out of thousands of inquiries. [ONLY 3, GET IT?]
Union president Arturo Rodriguez says most balked at the difficult working conditions.
He says he's tried to hire Americans, but he simply can't find enough able and willing do the work.
"The truth is, nobody is raising their kids to be farm workers," he says.>>
YOU MAY HAVE FORGOTTEN THE NEAR RIOTS THAT BROKE OUT ALL ALONG THE SOUTHERN BORDER WHEN AMERICA STARTED CRACKING DOWN ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. MEGA-FARMERS AND RANCHERS SCREAMED FOUL AND DEMANDED THAT THE CHEAP LABOR BE ALLOWED TO CROSS THE BORDER.
WHEN A FARM OR A RANCH CAN HIRE AN ILLEGAL FOR MAYBE 1/10th OF WHAT THEY'D HAVE TO PAY LEGAL WORKERS, IF THEY COULD FIND LEGAL WORKERS, WHY WOULD THEY PAY MORE? LESS PAY, MORE PROFITS FOR THOSE IN THE AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS, AND SERVICE-RELATED BUSINESSES AS WELL.
EVEN U.S. SENATORS, GOVERNORS, AND CELEBRITIES HAVE BEEN CAUGHT USING "ILLEGALS" TO GET CHEAP LABOR, REMEMBER THOSE NEWS STORIES?
DO YOU SEE WHAT CAN BE FOUND WHEN YOU JUST DON'T BLINDLY ACCEPT WHAT YOUR CHOSEN DEMI-GODS TELL YOU?
CAN YOU IMAGINE HOW MANY OTHER LIES YOU'VE BEEN TOLD AND FELL FOR?
A RECENT REVIEW I CAME ACROSS ABOUT THE BOOK "LIESPOTTING" SAID THAT, ON AVERAGE, AMERICANS ARE LIED TO UP TO 200 TIMES A DAY!
HOW GULLIBLE ARE WE AS A NATION?
HOW MUCH LONGER WILL WE ACCEPT OTHER PEOPLE'S FACTS AS TRUE WITHOUT GOING TO DISCOVER TRUTH FOR OURSELVES?
IT DOESN'T TAKE A LOT OF TIME TO DO SO, NOT WITH THE INTERNET...A FEW CLICKS YOU'RE DONE.
YOU PROBABLY SPEND MORE TIME WATCHING TV ADS...SOME OF THE SMOOTHEST LIES AROUND.