Immigration reform could be bonanza for Democrats – POLITICO.com

The immigration proposal pending in Congress would transform the nation’s political landscape for a generation or more — pumping as many as 11 million new Hispanic voters into the electorate a decade from now in ways that, if current trends hold, would produce an electoral bonanza for Democrats and cripple Republican prospects in many states they now win easily.

Beneath the philosophical debates about amnesty and border security, there are brass-tacks partisan calculations driving the thinking of lawmakers in both parties over comprehensive immigration reform, which in its current form offers a pathway to citizenship — and full voting rights — for a group of undocumented residents that roughly equals the population of Ohio, the nation’s seventh-largest state.

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25 Facts That The Mainstream Media Doesn’t Really Want To Talk About Right Now

The following are 25 facts that the mainstream media doesn’t really want to talk about right now…

#1 The mainstream media doesn’t really want to talk about the fact that gun sales are absolutely skyrocketingin the aftermath of the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

#2 The mainstream media doesn’t really want to talk about the fact that disarming the population has resulted in some of the most horrific massacres in human history.  The following is from the Warrior Times

1911 – Turkey disarmed it’s citizens, and between 1915 – 1917 they murdered 1.5 million Armenians.

1929 – Russia disarmed it’s citizens, and between 1929 – 1953 they murdered 20 million Russians.

1935 – China disarmed it’s citizens, and between 1948 – 1952 they murdered 20 million Chinese.

1938 – Germany disarmed it’s citizens, and between 1939 – 1945 they murdered 16 million Jews.

1956 – Cambodia disarmed it’s citizens, and between 1975 – 1977 they murdered 1 million Educated people.

1964 – Guatamala disarmed it’s citizens, and between 1964 – 1981 they murdered 100,000 Mayan Indians.

1970 – Uganda disarmed it’s citizens, and between 1971 – 1979 they murdered 300,000 Christians.

#3 The mainstream media doesn’t really want to talk about the fact that a bill allowing for the “indefinite military detention of US citizens on American soil” was passed by the U.S. Senate on Friday.

#4 The mainstream media doesn’t really want to talk about the fact that volcanoes all along the Ring of Fire are roaring to life.  It seems like a new eruption is being reported every few days now.  In fact, a red alert has just been issued for a massive volcano that sits along the border between Chile and Argentina.

#5 The mainstream media doesn’t really want to talk about the fact that the use of genetically engineered seeds has caused on explosion of new “super weeds” that are incredibly difficult for farmers to kill.

#6 The mainstream media doesn’t really want to talk about the fact that renowned trends forecaster Gerald Celente is predicting a “financial disaster” in 2013.

#7 The mainstream media doesn’t really want to talk about the fact that it is easier to get into Harvard than it is to get a job as a flight attendant in America today.

#8 The mainstream media doesn’t really want to talk about the fact that nearly 400 TSA employees have been fired for stealing from travelers since 2003.

#9 The mainstream media doesn’t really want to talk about the fact that giant corporations such as Facebook are funneling gigantic amounts of money through offshore banking havens such as the Cayman Islands in an effort to avoid taxes.

#10 The mainstream media doesn’t really want to talk about the fact that the U.S. dollar is in danger of losing its status as the primary reserve currency of the world.

#11 The mainstream media doesn’t really want to talk about the fact that Barack Obama has gone off to vacation in Hawaii while the rest of the nation hopes for a fiscal cliff deal to get done.  Of course the mainstream media has to mention that he is on vacation because they always keep track of what the president does, but they are not making a big deal out of it because they love Obama.  And it sounds like Obama is having quite a good time on his little vacation

The president is expected to indulge in some of his favorite pastimes on the island where he was born and raised: golf, an expedition for the local treat “shave ice,” and an evening out with family and friends. He hit the links at the nearby Marine Corps base under sunny skies on Saturday afternoon.

#12 The mainstream media doesn’t really want to talk about the fact that there are government websites that give immigrants instructions about how to come over to our country and apply for welfare.

#13 The mainstream media doesn’t really want to talk about the fact that the U.S. economy is losing millions of jobs to nations where it is legal to pay workers slave labor wages.  The mainstream media is totally married to the one world economic agenda that their corporate owners make so much money from, and so they say nothing as a steady stream of businesses and jobs continue to leave the country.

#14 The mainstream media doesn’t really want to talk about the fact that the recent tax increase is causing large numbers of wealthy individuals to consider moving out of the state of California.

#15 The mainstream media doesn’t really want to talk about the fact that hunger and poverty are absolutely exploding in the United States at the same time that they are telling us that the economy is “recovering”.

#16 The mainstream media doesn’t really want to talk about the fact that North Korea now has a three-stage rocket with enough range to potentially hit the western United States.

#17 The mainstream media doesn’t really want to talk about the fact that the United States Postal Service is losing25 million dollars a day and is on the verge of financial collapse.

#18 The mainstream media doesn’t really want to talk about the fact that our biggest oil supplier in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, still kills people for changing religions.

#19 The mainstream media doesn’t really want to talk about the fact that political correctness is taking over America.  The truth is that the media does not see any problem with that at all.

#20 The mainstream media doesn’t really want to talk about the fact that nearly half a million employees of the federal government are making more than $100,000 a year.

#21 The mainstream media doesn’t really want to talk about the fact that the birth rate in the United States fallen to an all-time low.  The elite are actually absolutely thrilled that less babies are being born.

#22 The mainstream media doesn’t really want to talk about the fact that violent crime in the United States increased by 18 percent in 2011 and that many major U.S. cities are seeing violent crime totally spiral out of control.

#23 The mainstream media doesn’t really want to talk about the fact that Barack Obama received more than 99 percent of the vote in more than 100 precincts in Ohio on election day.

#24 The mainstream media doesn’t really want to talk about the fact that during the first four years of the Obama administration, the U.S. national debt grew by about as much as it did from the time that George Washington took office to the time that George W. Bush took office.

#25 The mainstream media doesn’t really want to talk about the fact that the Federal Reserve created the conditions for the last financial crisis and their mismanagement of the economy has now brought us to the verge of another horrible economic downturn.  According to the mainstream media, the Federal Reserve is “above politics” and should not be criticized.

 

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25 Facts That The Mainstream Media Doesn’t Really Want To Talk About Right Now.

“The Great Recession” and Obama debunked | Steve Bussey

Barack Obama

Barack Obama (Photo credit: jamesomalley)

Want to compare Reagan to Obama, apples to apples?  Here it is, and Obama is no Reagan!  In fact, let’s look at the whole picture.

Excerpt…

President Obama is running an average annual unemployment rate of 9.3% for his first term, during most of which he had a completely Democrat controlled Congress at one time with a filibuster proof Senate, while President Reagan had an average annual unemployment rate of 8.85% in his first term while dealing with a split Congress at times and a Democrat controlled Congress during part of his first term.

President Reagan was forced to negotiate and deal with the opposing political party, especially since he never had a filibuster proof Senate, while President Obama enjoyed a super majority in the House and Senate for at least part of his first term during which time he could have done just about anything he wanted economically – and did.

And remember, President Reagan also had to contend with a collapse in the housing market, a collapse in the oil market and the collapse in the Savings and Loan industry as well as the dire economic situation bequeathed him by President Carter.

However, Presidents Reagan and Obama did have something in common. President Obama has pledged to fundamentally transform America – his words, and President Reagan did fundamentally transform the US economy from Keynesian to Supply-Side economics.

So, can we say that Obama’s persistent unemployment is due to the depth of the recession or his fundamental transformation since President Reagan did show us about how long it takes, at least through unemployment figures, to fundamentally transform an economy the size and scope of the U.S. economy?

But at the end of the day, President Obama is not even on a trajectory to decrease unemployment to manageable levels 2 ½ years into his presidency. In fact, he is most recently on an upward trajectory and our economy is slowing yet again from 3.1% growth in the 4th Quarter of 2010 to an anemic 1.8% in the 1st Quarter of 2011 (US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis) .

Read on….

“The Great Recession” and Obama debunked | Steve Bussey.

Caring for the Poor and Middle Class

It amazes me that liberals stand by the argument that they are for the working class and the poor.  Seems to be that you aren’t helping the working class or the poor when you drive jobs away through high taxes and regulations, or when they keep stores like Walmart away, and place huge taxes on cigarettes and alcohol knowing full well the poor will still buy them.  How exactly does outlawing bags or “encouraging” people to buy new vehicles (keeping them in debt) help?  How does massive unchecked illegal immigration help?

How exactly do liberal policies help?

Every child should go to college?  Why?  So they can have the joy of working at McDonald’s with a mountain of debt they can neither repay or get out from under?  Are there that many jobs out there?  I realize they’re saving the word “depression” for a Republican President, but where are the jobs?  Forget the degree, just jobs?  Are they doing anyone any favors?

Somehow creating a mountain of debt by giving trillions of dollars away helps the poor and working class?  That money didn’t go to the poor and working class.  It didn’t create jobs.  It went to the same people the liberals shout that they are protecting us from, the banks, big business, and Wall Street.  No wonder Pelosi is winking at Occupy Wall Street.  The jokes on them!

Restricting the American farmer, taking away water rights and cutting off land use, thus contributing to higher food costs, somehow benefits Americans?  Somehow we have to have open borders to keep farm labor costs down, but the flip side to that is they do everything else to inflate prices then blame everyone else for the high prices.

Sitting on vast resources that we can’t touch, resources of oil and natural gas, inflating the cost of everything across the board, forcing people to choose between filling the tank or paying the mortgage, forcing parents out of the home for greater and greater periods and taking away the time that should be spent as family somehow benefits the people?

And the children, how do these policies help the children?  We all know the claim that liberals protect the children, but how exactly does bankrupting our children’s future while “radically transforming America” help the children?  Is that what they think they’re doing when they outlaw prayer from the public schools (unless it’s Muslim; we don’t want to offend)?

Are they teaching the children to think critically, to recognize the keys to success individually and collectively, to really understand how the world works, or are the teaching them that it is all owed to them?  The key to success as they teach it is not based on merit, but on the color of your skin, or at least the group you claim, just ask Ms. Warren.  Ask the entrance board for Annapolis or West Point.  Those who excel apart from the prescribed box are “evil”, unless it’s a Hollywood celebrity or some other train wreak that we’ve traded real heroes for.  That’s progressive!

Yes, the liberals are looking out for the poor and the middle class, but few of us can afford such love and devotion.

I know, how racist of me!

Some facts for the unconvinced…

January 3rd, 2007, the day the Democrats took control of this nation…
The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77
The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%
The Unemployment rate was 4.6%
George W. Bush’s Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB GROWTH!!!
U.S. Deficit was $247.7 billion the lowest in four years.
And Bush was slammed for average gas prices of $2.29 a gallon for unleaded.

Who is helping the poor and middle class?

California! Liberal Paradise

California is the focus of a new Wall Street Journal article.  The article, California’s Greek Tragedy, is an absolute must read.  California is a liberal state, and it is reaping the fruit of its failed policies.  When you look at what California once was, and how prosperous it was, the impact is striking.  It demonstrates that what has happened in California could indeed happen nationally, especially as we pursue the same failed policies and ignore the will of the people as California has.

Speaking of California, I’m sure y’all have heard of ESL classes, but San Diego is going for Duel Immersion as a cost cutting measure by combining ESL and regular classes.  Oh sure, never mind that Californians have voted English only, who wouldn’t want their kid to learn Spanish?  But ask yourself this, if this becomes the standard, who gets the teaching jobs in California?  Who gets laid off because of the budget?  As we continue building a “bi-lingual” state, it is native-born English speakers who are sent to the back.  “Americans Need Not Apply!”

Ah poor bankrupt California.  All those six figure pensioners draining the state of cash!  I know, the golden days were suppose to last forever, but they did not.  California is losing their companies and their middle class who are fleeing in droves, and even the illegals have slowed their invasion.  No jobs!  Not that they replace what California lost with the middle class exodus.

This is the state that has Los Angeles and other cities impounding (rightfully) unlicensed drivers cars.  That is UNLESS they are illegal.  The police chief reasons that Americans can get licenses so they are still expected to uphold the law.  So two sets of laws with Americans having less rights than those who are criminals?  And yes, they are criminals.  All those illegal aliens cost L.A. county $1.6 billion a year.  That is a heck of a money pit there.  Consider the high cost of calling yourself a sanctuary city.

California will even pay for hormone therapy for transgendered illegals, all while screaming for more taxes.

Highest taxes in the nation!

They just keep taxing away all those jobs to states like Texas.  Matter of fact, here is a list of 100 companies leaving California.  That’s right, people are fleeing the liberal paradise by the thousands.  I think even ol’ Jed and Elly Mae have packed up and left.  Here are 19 reasons to leave California, a little old as the picture is even bleaker now, but I will list their reasons here.

Unemployment in California was 12.4% in September – one of the highest in the nation.  The unemployment rate is over 20% in eight California counties.  This is even higher when you consider the odd way California counts unemployed.

The Unemployed in California is equal to the populations of Nevada, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Not even state government jobs are safe in California these days. Last month, government agencies in California slashed a total of 37,300 jobs.

California has the third highest state income tax in the nation: a 9.55% tax bracket at $47,055 and a 10.55% bracket at $1,000,000.

California has the highest state sales tax rate in the nation by far at 8.25%. Indiana has the next highest at 7%.

Residents of California pay the highest gasoline taxes (over 67 cents per gallon) in the U.S.

Even with all of the taxes, the budget deficit for the California state government for the current year is approximately 19 billion dollars.

California’s unfunded pension liability is estimated to be somewhere between $120 billion and $500 billion.

Twenty percent of the residents of Los Angeles County are now receiving public aid.

Budget cuts are even jeopardizing public safety.

1 in 4 Californians under the age of 65 had absolutely no health insurance last year.

California’s poverty rate soared to 15.3 percent in 2009, which was the highest in 11 years.  Considering how poor you have to be to make that list the number is shocking.  The standard is $22,113 for a family of four.  Current rate is now 16.3%.  A two bedroom apartment in Los Angeles averages $1,689 a month.  That is $20,268 a year just for rent.

California’s overstretched health care system is also on the verge of collapse.

California home builders began construction on 1,811 homes during the month of August, which was down 77% from August 2006.

Earlier this year, in Sacramento, California there was one closed business for every six that were still open.

The “lawsuit climate” in California is ranked number 46 out of all 50 states.

Residents of California pay some of the highest electricity prices in the entire nation.

Over 20 percent of California homeowners are now underwater on their mortgages.

And no one can forget the Sacramento tent cities (they are in quite a few cities)

The “Terrible, Absolutely Terrible” Cuts California Must Make To Balance The Budget.

 

 The only real question is, why haven’t I moved yet?

 

Forty Facts

If you’re someone who thinks that things were better in America before, you would be right.

The following are 40 facts that show that America is in decline….

#1 Back in 1985, 11 million vehicles were sold in America.  In 2009, only 5.4 million vehicles were sold in America.

#2 In 1990, the median age of a vehicle in the United States was just 6.5 years.  Today, the median age of a vehicle in the United States is approximately 10 years.

#3 The average price of a gallon of gasoline in 2011 has been $3.50.  That is a new all-time record.  The previous record was $3.24 in 2008.

#4 The average American household will have spent an astounding $4,155 on gasoline by the time the year is over.

#5 The number of children in the United States without a permanent home has increased by 38 percent since 2007.

#6 A decade ago, the United States was ranked number one in average wealth per adult.  By 2010, the United States had fallen to seventh.

#7 The U.S. tax code is now more than 50,000 pages longer than it used to be.

#8 American 15-year-olds do not even rank in the top half of all advanced nations when it comes to math or science literacy.

#9 The United States once had the highest proportion of young adults with post-secondary degrees in the world.  Today, the U.S. has fallen to 12th.

#10 After adjusting for inflation, U.S. college students are borrowing about twice as much money as they did a decade ago.

#11 The student loan default rate has nearly doubled since 2005.

#12 Our economy is not producing nearly enough jobs for our college graduates.  The percentage of mail carriers with a college degree is now 4 times higher than it was back in 1970.

#13 Our infrastructure was once the envy of the world.  Today, U.S. infrastructure is ranked 23rd.

#14 Since December 2007, median household income in the United States has declined by a total of 6.8% once you account for inflation.

#15 Since the year 2000, incomes for U.S. households led by someone between the ages of 25 and 34 have fallen by about 12 percent after you adjust for inflation.

#16 According to U.S. Representative Betty Sutton, America has lost an average of 15 manufacturing facilities a day over the last 10 years.  During 2010 it got even worse.  Last year, an average of 23 manufacturing facilities a day shut down in the United States.

#17 In all, more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities in the United States have shut down since 2001.

#18 The United States has lost a staggering 32 percent of its manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.

#19 Manufacturing employment in the U.S. computer industry was actually lower in 2010 than it was in 1975.

#20 In 1959, manufacturing represented 28 percent of all U.S. economic output.  In 2008, it represented only 11.5 percent.

#21 The television manufacturing industry began in the United States.  So how many televisions are manufactured in the United States today?  According to Princeton University economist Alan S. Blinder, the grand total is zero.

#22 The U.S. trade deficit with China in 2010 was 27 times larger than it was back in 1990.

#23 The Economic Policy Institute says that since 2001 America has lost approximately 2.8 million jobs due to our trade deficit with China alone.

#24 According to one study, between 1969 and 2009 the median wages earned by American men between the ages of 30 and 50 dropped by 27 percent after you account for inflation.

#25 Back in 1980, less than 30% of all jobs in the United States were low income jobs.  Today, more than 40% of all jobs in the United States are low income jobs.

#26 The size of the economy in India is projected to surpass the size of the U.S. economy by the year 2050.

#27 One prominent economist believes that the Chinese economy will be three times larger than the U.S. economy by the year 2040.

#28 In 2001, the United States ranked fourth in the world in per capita broadband Internet use.  Today it ranks 15th.

#29 Back in the year 2000, 11.3% of all Americans were living in poverty.  Today, 15.1% of all Americans are living in poverty.

#30 Last year, 2.6 million more Americans dropped into poverty.  That was the largest increase that we have seen since the U.S. government began keeping statistics on this back in 1959.

#31 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 6.7% of all Americans are living in “extreme poverty”, and that is the highest level that has ever been recorded before.

#32 The percentage of children living in poverty in the United States increased from 16.9 percent in 2006 to nearly 22 percent in 2010.  In the UK and in France the child poverty rate is well under 10 percent.

#33 As I wrote about the other day, since 2007 the number of children living in poverty in the state of California has increased by 30 percent.

#34 A staggering 48.5% of all Americans live in a household that receives some form of government benefits.  Back in 1983, that number was below 30 percent.

#35 Back in 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid.  Today, one out of every 6 Americans is on Medicaid.

#36 Between 1991 and 2007 the number of Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 that filed for bankruptcy rose by a staggering 178 percent.

#37 Today, the “too big to fail” banks are larger than ever.  The total assets of the six largest U.S. banks increased by 39 percent between September 30, 2006 and September 30, 2011.

#38 Since the Federal Reserve was created in 1913, the U.S. dollar has lostover 95 percent of its purchasing power.

#39 During the Obama administration, the U.S. government has accumulated more debt than it did from the time that George Washington took office to the time that Bill Clinton took office.

#40 The U.S. national debt is now nearly 15 times larger than it was just 30 years ago.

It doesn’t have to be this way!  Not a left right issue, as both have failed to protect our people, and it is the people who can turn this around by demanding that our leaders do exactly that!  Will we stand as worthy stewards over our inheritance, or will we give our children and our grandchildren the pain of poverty and defeat?

America’s Most Stressful Cities 2012

Yahoo! has an article today listing the five most stressful cities in America.

Las Vegas is #2, but I find the stress of Vegas is greatly dependent on winning or losing!  In all seriousness, I’m sure it is a stressful place to live.  The biggest shock to me is that no California cities were on that list.  Also surprising to see so many Florida cities on the list.

Priority

Planned Parenthood raked in $487,000,000 in your tax dollars and performed 329,445 abortions during their last fiscal year.  That is $1.4 million per abortion on your dime.  Regardless of where you stand on abortion, does this really seem a wise use of tax dollars?  When teachers are being laid off, when public transportation is being cut, as well as police and fire protection, when we can’t afford to keep criminals in prison, or to fix our roads, we need to spend close to half a billion dollars on this?