Boehner “Hellbent” on passing amnesty

April 19, 2014

GOP crafting plan to alter country, guarantee its own irrelevancy

The Wall Street Journal reports John Boehner and other senior House Republicans are telling donors and industry groups that they intend to pass amnesty legislation this year, despite the disinclination of many Republicans to tackle the divisive issue prior to the November elections.  

Most of us have assumed the irrational idea of gifting citizenship —- even in a deceptive “piecemeal” fashion —- to our invaders would be back-burnered in an election year. But Boehner,who has hired McCain’s senior amnesty advisor, appeared at a Las Vegas fundraiser last month, stridently declaring he was “hellbent on getting this done this year.”

Don’t be fooled by what we are being told by the Republican House members. Their chief issue is the timing of the vote, not the vote itself. The last thing they want is angry constituents in advance of the upcoming midterm elections, although none in Arizona are facing tough primaries. They are also banking on the fact after they are reelected, our focus will be on the  2016 presidential election. They have already made their intentions to cave on amnesty clear.

This is the double-talk from AZ’s Republican U.S. Reps. Paul Gosar, Matt Salmon and David Schweikert. Trent Franks not only allowed amnesty proponents and their supporters to camp out overnight in his front yard, he went outside to pray with them.

On the senate side, McCain has vowed to keep fighting for amnesty as long as he’s “alive and breathing.” His sycophantic underling Jeff Flake has never made a secret of his support of amnesty.

After the widespread disillusionment with ObamaCare and Obama’s poll numbers continuing to plummet —- as his disapproval numbers exceed approval —-Republicans are poised to win control the Senate. But to borrow a term from Boehner, they appear to be “hellbent” to deep-six their chances by becoming embroiled in forwarding the divisive amnesty issue.

This Congressional Budget Office estimate indicates that ObamaCare has the potential to decrease the number of full-time American workers by 2.5 million over the next decade. That grim prediction by the non-partisan CBO should be an area where Republicans focus their attention.

Those who believe support from grateful Hispanics would be important to the Republican nominee need to bone up on history. Immigrants —- all immigrants —- have been bonded to the Democrat Party and generations after their first arrivals, their descendants have remained so. Recent arrivals tend to be poor and dependent on government assistance. They often come from societies that are far left-wing. History shows that rather than fleeing those policies, they bring their cultures with them. For at least a century, there’s never been a period when a majority of immigrants weren’t Democrats. At the current accelerated rate of immigration — 1.1 million new immigrants every year, without amnesty — Republicans will be a fringe party in a decade.

Rush Limbaugh has long warned that Republicans are signing onto political suicide in conspiring with Democrats in their attempt to legalize illegal aliens. Limbaugh contends it is ultimately a push for citizenship intended to grant voting rights to a new Democrat demographic.

Ann Coulter has written extensively on the same theme, with Hispanicked GOP Elite and GOP Crafts Plan to Wreck the Country, Lose Voters. In this column Phyllis Schlafly correctly concluded Amnesty Is Republican Party Suicide.

If Republicans are to remain viable, there are critical issues such as massive debt, the unsustainability of Social Security, federal overreaches and a seriously declining economy for us to be “hellbent” on exposing.


GOP elites backdoor amnesty, left uses intimidation

April 11, 2014

ACLU employs strong-arm tactics, bullying, deluge of subpoenas, in attempt to silence AZ conservatives

Far leftist New York Sen. Chuck Schumer —- the fellow amnesty gangster of John McCain and his deferential underling Jeff Flake —- was quoted this week saying that he thinks Congress still has a chance to pass “immigration reform” before the end of 2014. “Most Republicans, they’re in the vote-no, pray-yes caucus, they want it to pass as long as they don’t have to vote for it. I still think we have a chance to pass it this year.”

These words send a strong signal that conservatives must remain vigilant of our own Arizona Four. Polling shows that 83% of Americans are disgusted with Congress. This arrogant back-of-the-hand is among the reasons. It’s time we face the harsh reality that what we are being told at district meetings and town halls is quite different from what they are actually hoping for, and likely will vote to pass —- after Election Day. When constituent hoodwinking is on the horizon, Schumer’s words hold relevance.

Look at the facts:  The Texas Tribune reports that onetime Republican National Committee chair and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is colluding with Democrats on what is now cunningly called “Immigration Reform.”  We know it by its more honest moniker “Amnesty.”

Jeb Bush tells us that illegals invading the United States come out of an “act of love.” His bizarre remarks are contained in this Washington Post article.

Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, reveals the  lengths to which pro-amnesty groups such as the deep-pocketed ACLU will go in order to silence conservative voices. He describes intimidation techniques in Arizona related to SB1070: “Vast arrays of individuals and organizations have been subpoenaed by the ACLU. Ordered to produce “all communications” related to immigration and other hot-button topics such as voter IDs for a nine-year period are more than 20 current and former members of the Arizona state Legislature, public-interest groups such as the Center for Immigration Studies, NumbersUSA and the American Legislative Exchange Council, nine police associations, including the Arizona Fraternal Order of Police and the Arizona Highway Patrol Association, political groups such as the Arizona state Republican Party, the Arizona African-American Republican Club, the Arizona Republican Assembly.”

Fitton also describes the efforts to end a racially biased ethnic-studies program in the Tucson Unified School District. In 2011, Tom Horne, our Arizona Attorney General, was then Superintendent of Public Instruction. Horne appropriately found the Raza (Race) Studies Program to be in violation of statutes prohibiting the promotion of ethnic resentment. In public comments during the case, a former member of the Arizona Board of Regents noted that the Race Studies textbooks were “classical showpieces of Marxist-oriented indoctrination. They are about political oppression, incessant deprecation of anything not Chicano — including the U.S. Constitution, capitalism, and anything European.” Students were taught that “they are oppressed” and “principally not American.” Horne was successful in removing the racist, anti-American program that called for the American Southwest to be reclaimed by Mexico.

Fitton discloses retaliation and harassment were the actual motive for the massive deluge of ACLU subpoenas. Simply holding views different from the leftist ACLU and its clients placed targets on the backs of Americans and their First Amendment and privacy rights.

We recently posted “Reading between the amnesty lines,” which bares the Congressional double-talk on amnesty. 


Fast food outlets flee military bases, blame wage hike

April 2, 2014

BHO’s minimum wage increase harms, not helps, workers

The Military Times reports on a damaging repercussion of the mandated increase in the minimum wage for companies with federal contracts.

When Obama signed the executive order unilaterally hiking the minimum wage, employees of such companies —- workers at traditionally entry level jobs —- were jubilant. But that cheer will be short-lived for those who find themselves unemployed. The hourly pay increase to $10.10 from $7.25, is causing many fast food concessions on military bases to request release from their contracts

The new rules must be part of any contract we negotiate,” said Kathleen Martin, a Navy Exchange Service Command (NESCOM) spokeswoman. Many vendor partners have verbally indicated hesitation  to accept contract changes reflecting the revised wage rules.

“At the end of the day, there will be fewer jobs,” said an industry source. “And for [the contractors] who stick it out, there will be higher costs and the customers will pay more.”

Labor Department rules issued last fall for fast food workers on federal contracts under the Service Contract Act require an increase in the minimum wage. The rules also require payment of new, additional “health and welfare” benefits at a rate of $3.81 per hour to those employees.

Four restaurants chains, including McDonald’s outlets, are slated for closure on Navy installations, according to NESCOM officials. Two other contractors —- a name-brand sandwich eatery and a name-brand pizza parlor —- have asked to be released from their Army and Air Force Exchange Service contracts to operate fast food restaurants at two other installations, according to AAFES

These closings “are the tip of the iceberg,” the source said. “I don’t think anybody has realized what the far-reaching effects of this will be.”

At the time of Obama’s signing of this executive order, critics of the mandate correctly charged that raising the minimum wage  would have an adverse effect, discouraging businesses from hiring more workers at a time when job growth is sorely needed. It would also negatively impact young workers who typically take these entry level jobs.

Just 54 percent of Americans ages 18 to 24 are currently employed, according to a Pew Research Center study.  That’s the lowest employment rate for this age group since the government began keeping track in 1948. One in four 18 to 34 year olds have moved back in with their parents after living on their own.

Yet in 2012, Obama irrationally carried the youth vote nationally by 60 percent. This liberal demographic clearly is not paying attention.


CIS’ exposé: Catch and release of criminal aliens

April 1, 2014

Arizona highlighted in report as McCain & Flake work for amnesty

Longtime readers of Seeing Red AZ are familiar with the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) since we have previously linked to analysis and reports from its knowledgeable staff.

Today we direct you to CIS’ latest fact-filled and disturbing report, “Catch and Release: Interior immigration enforcement in 2013by Jessica M. Vaughan, Director of Policy Studies.

It begins with a summary which includes these stark realities: “Many of the aliens ignored by ICE were convicted criminals. In 2013, ICE agents released 68,000 aliens with criminal convictions, or 35 percent of all criminal aliens they reported encountering. The criminal alien releases typically occur without formal notice to local law enforcement agencies and victims.”

Table 1 shows the shocking number of cases on ICE’s docket — 872,000 as of the end of the 2013 fiscal year — who had received final orders of removal, but who had not yet departed. Cases are counted in this category after all due process has been exhausted. There are therefore hundreds of thousands of alien fugitives in the United States right now who have been ordered removed and ignored those orders. While a few thousand of these are aliens who cannot be removed because they refuse to cooperate in obtaining travel documents or their home countries will not accept them, the vast majority are illegal aliens who have absconded from immigration hearings, an offense similar to contempt of court. The administration has indicated it is considering an executive action to forbid ICE from taking action against these individuals, rationalizing that these are mere immigration offenses

Following Table 4 in the report comes this news regarding Arizona: One locality that has been specifically targeted by ICE for politically motivated prosecutorial discretion is Maricopa County, Ariz. ICE attorneys in the Arizona field office reportedly are required to terminate deportation cases in which illegal aliens have been convicted of felony identity theft, which is a “crime involving moral turpitude” that requires mandatory detention and should cause the alien to be removed. Reportedly, some of these illegal aliens also have managed to qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), despite convictions for crimes that defrauded the state and federal governments and caused severe problems for the victim of the theft. Some of the illegal aliens benefiting from ICE’s failure to enforce the law are also active in local advocacy groups demanding a halt to deportations.

We urge you to read the full report through to the Conclusion, which exposes the recent campaign by advocacy groups to portray Barack Obama as a tough immigration enforcer at the helm of a system that is producing “record” deportations. Vaughan points out that this portrayal bears no resemblance to the reality of immigration enforcement today. Interior immigration enforcement has declined significantly and ICE is ignoring hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens, including tens of thousands with criminal convictions, who are encountered by ICE officers and agents.

Where are the loud voices raised in protest to these dangerous policies?  And why are Arizona U.S. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake working to reward our nation’s illegal invaders with the gift of amnesty?

 


Say “No” to ‘Noah’ — Green politics minus God

March 29, 2014

No mention of God in the entire two hour movie

Breitbart News’ Senior Editor-At-Large Ben Shapiro has done a masterful job in his review of the newly released film, Noah —- widely anticipated as a family film with a rich Biblical morality factor. 

If you’ve been planning on taking the family and dropping more than a few bucks on tickets, Shapiro’s commentary, 9 Problems with Aronofsky’s ’Noah is a worthy read.

The traditional Biblical morality epic has been turned on its ear, with fanciful dramatic fabrications by director and co-writer Darren Aronofsky, an admitted atheist. The concept of sin has been transformed into destruction of the environment and animals. Further, Noah and his family are unrecognizable as the righteous beings chosen by God, as portrayed in the Biblical account.

The weather is idealPlan a bike ride. Go on a picnic. Plant a tree. Take a hike — away from Noah.


Obama surrenders Internet to “global community”

March 14, 2014

With today’s historic announcement, Lawrence E. Strickling,  Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information acknowledges the United States has agreed to cede control of the authoritative root zone file, which contains all names and addresses of all top-level domain names.

To support and enhance the multi-stakeholder model of Internet policymaking and governance, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) today announces its intent to transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multi-stakeholder community.  As the first step, NTIA is asking the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to convene global stakeholders to develop a proposal to transition the current role played by NTIA in the coordination of the Internet’s domain name system (DNS).  Read the rest of the administration’s press release.

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA.) tweeted, “What is the global internet community that Obama wants to turn the internet over to? This risks foreign dictatorships defining the internet.”

‘Ya think?


Exorbitant US debt hobbles our children’s future

February 18, 2014

Conservative efforts toward restraint are ridiculed by establishment 

Heritage Foundation has done a masterful job of illustrating the 2014 federal budget in pictures. Today debt stands at an unsustainable $17 trillion, yet projections point to a relentless $205 trillion facing American citizens.

The Congressional Budget Office shows very clearly something we’ve known for a long time: America’s spending and debt are out of control. Now reaching $140,000 per American household, the national debt is bigger than what the entire U.S. economy produces in a year. U.S. public debt — what the nation has borrowed in credit markets — has doubled, as a share of the economy, since before the recession to levels not seen since around World War II. Read more about why debt matters.

Under the heading, ‘Federal spending and debt are out of control,’ a series of charts detail the incalculable crisis.  If America does not change course, the future will dramatically worsen.

Now more than ever, it is crucial that Americans understand what our nation’s spending, taxes, and debt mean for them and their families. The Heritage Foundation’s Federal Budget in Pictures offers a unique tool to learn about the federal budget in a clear and compelling way.

Educate yourself. Each of these charts can be enlarged by clicking them on individually. Then check out these vital links: CUT SPENDING. FIX THE DEBT. REDUCE THE TAX BURDEN.

Federal spending per household is projected to grow by 22 percent over the next decade, after adjusting for inflation. Federal spending per household more than doubled from 1962 to 2003. Spending grew by 17 percent just over the past decade.


Debunking the DREAMer myth

February 15, 2014

Ann Coulter has done it again.

Asking the question, “Did I move? Coulter addresses the lunacy driving the House Republicans’ “Standards for Immigration Reform,” and zones in on what she correctly describes as “this fat, honking nonsense: One of the great founding principles of our country was that children would not be punished for the mistakes of their parents.”

Ann Coulter’s commentary is stunning in its wisdom. After you read this column, consider sending the link to your family and friends. It’s guaranteed to make them think and view the inane arguments for legalizing illegals through a clearer lens. She also uses the more accurate figure of 30 million rather than the 10-11 million glibly tossed around for the past decade by amnesty proponents.

Did I move? is posted in the conservative publication Human Events, where Ann Coulter serves as legal correspondent.

Treat yourself to her stellar columns, on a wide range of topics, which are archived here.

These two are particular favorites relating to the subject of illegal immigration:

GOP crafts plan to wreck the country , lose voters.

Hispanicked GOP elite: They’ll respect us in the morning.


Elections? Indecisive Vernon Parker re-emerges

February 6, 2014

Perennial candidate Vernon Parker is engaged in his cyclical political vacillation once again. As a 2014 candidate for Congress he filed for the U.S. House in CD 9 with the Federal Election Commission. Now the 54-year-old Parker, a former appointed mayor of Paradise Valley, has abruptly decided to ditch the congressional race and cast his lot as a candidate for the Arizona Corporation Commission.

As baseball icon Yogi Berra is reputed to have said, “It’s déjà vu all over again.”

McCain supporter Parker’s been all over the political map before — minus any election feathers in his cap to show for his troubles. In 2010 after a strenuous weeklong campaign for governor, he had a change of heart and decided to mount a congressional race in what was then CD 3, finishing fourth. The easily distracted Parker even gave brief consideration to running for chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, another gig that never came to fruition. In Nov. 2012 Parker lost the CD 9 race to radical liberal Kyrsten Sinema.

If there is a next time, Parker should pick a race and stay with it to the bitter end. The qualities of stick-to-itiveness and tenacity play better with voters than habitual slipperiness and indecision.


GOP constructs its own irrelevancy

January 24, 2014

The trendy fallacy promoted by political pundits is that the absence of amnesty on the Republican platter equates to a starvation death of the GOP.

Although it’s not difficult to understand the various Chambers of Commerce push for low wage, unskilled labor via amnesty, the idea of Republican politicians working to create at least 20 million more Democrat voters is effectively a sure-fire suicide plan.

Those paying attention have noticed the “A’ word “has all but disappeared from the debate.  It‘s been replaced with other less provocative terms such as “earned legalization,” favored by Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) or “the need to come out of the shadows and reintegrate into society.” These voguish slogans take the onus off of the illegals who disregard our sovereign borders and disrespect our laws, while accessing our benefits and habitually engaging in more criminal activity once they arrive.  Some of these often serious offenders have been departed numerous times.

Illegals previously released from custody have subsequently been charged with tens of thousands of other crimes, including murders, sex crimes and thousands of drunk-driving offenses, drug-crimes and felonies, according to a report from the  Congressional Research Service. Still the Obama administration refused to deport them. The Daily Caller reports an August 2012 non-partisan Congressional Research Service report stated the “decision not to deport some arrested illegal immigrants enabled a crime wave.”

The Republican amnesty-maneuver proponents claim their plan includes a fine, payment of back taxes, learning English and civics, a criminal background check and proof of employment. They are mum when it comes to actual enforcement provisions of any of those contrivances, akin to the DREAM Act which enables amnesty for those up to age 30, brought to the U.S. as young children.  Who determines the veracity of illegals claiming such status?  Counting on illegal invaders to become honest brokers is nothing short of self-delusional folly.

Yet the legislation in the works with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) driving the scheme  — assisted by Paul Ryan — is expected to make it across the finish line. Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA.) has zeroed in on pushing what has become known as DREAM Act Light — legalizing those who claim they were innocents brought here by their parents. Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA.), has regional interests that move him toward supporting this travesty. Agricultural interests in his district are eager for more low wage laborers.

The bills initially offer a “piecemeal” approach rather than a path to full citizenship. The rest of the pieces will eventually fall into place, joining the outdated concept of birthright citizenship and chain migration, which other nations are abandoning. Meanwhile the United States will be even more vulnerable as incentives to bypass our legal immigration process are created — while disingenuously hanging the Republican party out to dry.

Nearly a year ago Ann Coulter got it right with this incisive commentary titled, “Hispanicked GOP elite: They‘ll respect us in the morning.”

Coulter was right then.  She’s even more correct in retrospect.


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