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Periodically so-called “buzz words” and “buzz phrases” become fashionable. Of late, the concept of “wage equality” has been bandied about by members of the administration, politicians and some media personalities...
Before we consider the words many politicians use, we would be wise to consider two important quotes from George Orwell, the author of “1984” and other significant literary works.
“Political language – and with variations this is true of all political parties from Conservatives to Anarchists – is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”
“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
Having been forewarned let us now consider the definition of “equality.”...
In short, equality has taken on the cloak of being, as the saying goes, “As American as apple pie.” Simply uttering the word “equality” evokes the emotional image of an American flag billowing in a gentle breeze with a clear blue sky serving as a backdrop.
Obviously if “equality” is good, “inequality” is bad. In most situations this is certainly true.
...when Obama and other politicians, as well as talk show hosts, bring up wage inequality, they don’t ever discuss whose salaries will be used as the baseline against which paychecks should be compared as efforts are made to eliminate or reduce wage inequality...
... the true goal of reducing wage inequality, the engineered destruction of America’s middle class.
The American Dream is inextricably linked to a vibrant and upwardly mobile middle class. The incentives for the creation of the middle class are created by an element of wage inequality. If this is confusing, consider that it is expected that generally, more highly skilled or educated workers should expect to earn more money than their lesser educated or skilled counterparts in the workforce.
This makes perfect sense and has, for generations, provided a strong incentive for American students, spurring them on to remain in school to obtain college degrees and even graduate degrees. This is why most people think of the money, time and effort expended in pursuit of advanced degrees or enhanced skills as an important investment in their futures. You could say that this is a case of “learn more to earn more.”...
On May 15, 2007 a four-minute infuriating video was aired on “Lou Dobbs Tonight” on CNN. It features an immigration lawyer’s conference in which lawyers were being coached to “not find qualified U.S. workers!” The lecturer is identified in the video as being Lawrence M. Lebowitz, the Vice President of Marketing for the firm of Cohen & Grigsby.
The Winter 2014 edition of the quarterly journal, “The Social Contract” published my extensive article on the devastating impact that Comprehensive Immigration Reform would have on the middle class and on the economy of the United States. My article was entitled: “American Dream Being Sold at Auction – America’s Middle Class to Be Put on Endangered Species List”
...While it is obvious that employers who hire illegal aliens or who game the system to bring in foreign workers with visas that enable them to work in the United States for wages that are far lower than those Americans would be paid, there are others whose ability to profit financially and/or acquire political power might not be so readily apparent.
The list of these profiteers includes banks and money remitters who become the silent partner of every person who moves money from the United States to foreign countries. It includes immigration attorneys who not only represent aliens but employers who seek to hire foreign workers. Labor unions looking for more members, which translates into more union dues and more political leverage, are certainly on board with this concept, as are the National Chamber of Commerce and many but not all local Chambers of Commerce. Schools are eager to bring in foreign students and at present the GAO estimates that there are some 10,000 schools that are authorized to file the appropriate applications to enable foreign students to come to the United States.
The list goes on — but I think you get the point.
Facilitating the entry of still more foreign workers and more foreign students would create still more devastation for American workers and their families but would greatly increase the wealth of the super wealthy who are at the absolute top of the economic food chain in America...
The infamous bank robber, Willie Sutton, when asked why he robbed banks said simply, “That’s where the money is!” Today CEO’s seek to find employees oversees in Third World countries because that where the cheap labor is...
Most people equate Comprehensive Immigration Reform with a massive amnesty for unknown millions of illegal aliens who have violated America’s borders and immigration laws that are supposed to protect American lives and the jobs of American workers, thereby creating a national security nightmare.
What is generally not known is that among the provisions of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, the legislative betrayal of American citizens, is that it would provide for a huge increase in the number of H-1B visas for high tech workers and a provision that would, for the very first time, permit the spouses and adult children of H-1B visa holders to be granted Employment Authorization Documents (EAD’s) that would give these nonimmigrant family members as much right to any job as an American worker.
Greenspan said that American workers should no longer be shielded from foreign competition. This is a key area of “reform” that this legislation would deliver. Under the current immigration laws, Title 8 U.S. Code § 1182: (Inadmissible Aliens) enumerates various categories of aliens who are to be prevented from entering the U.S. The list of excludible classes of aliens includes aliens who suffer dangerous communicable diseases, severe mental illness, fugitives from justice, aliens who are convicted felons, spies, terrorists, war criminals, human rights violators, and others whose presence would undermine national security and/or public safety...
The Daily Caller’s article, “Zuckerberg’s lobby group announces hackathon with illegal immigrants,” focused on a unique program created by Zuckerberg and his Silicon Valley cohorts to provide opportunities expressly for illegal aliens....
Why could not this incredible opportunity have been provided to American children — perhaps especially those living in poverty? It is reported that some 25% of all American children now live below the poverty line. Many of these children are members of America’s minority communities.
Why not provide such opportunities to returning battle-weary and/or wounded members of the U.S. military?...
With all of the frustration so many Americans now justifiably feel about their representation (or lack thereof) by the administration and by Congress, it is essential to note that one of the implacable stalwart champions and defenders of American workers and their families is Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama...
I would argue that all of America’s national debt could be eliminated by effective immigration law enforcement coupled with “going back to the future” by making certain that American Citizens be provided with a world class education and preference in the workforce. This is how the “Greatest Generation” built America’s Middle Class and with it, the American Dream.
Read the full article for the more complete picture and many more sources and references.
Michael Cutler is a retired Senior Special Agent of the former INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) whose career spanned some 30 years. He served as an Immigration Inspector, Immigration Adjudications Officer and spent 26 years as an agent who rotated through all of the squads within the Investigations Branch. For half of his career he was assigned to the Drug Task Force. He has testified before well over a dozen congressional hearings, provided testimony to the 9/11 Commission as well as state legislative hearings around the United States and at trials where immigration is at issue. He hosts his radio show, “The Michael Cutler Hour,” on Friday evenings on BlogTalk Radio. His personal website is http://michaelcutler.net/.
Folks from several different groups joined together on the Center St. overpass in Salem, Oregon to protest the dangerous and escalating situation on our southern border. We were all amazed and encouraged by the continuous honks, waves of support! Thank you to all who participated!
As the situation on the border continues unresolved, it becomes clear that other motives are clearly in play. If our government really wanted to stop the border surge it could be accomplished within just a few days. But, they continue to bus thousands upon thousands of illegal aliens to locations throughout the country for processing and release into the community with a scheduled hearing date somewhere in the distant future and for which they will likely never return.
I don't think it's much of a jump to speculate that our President and other key players are frustrated with the failure of Congress to pass sweeping "immigration reform" and they're looking for an end run around the rules to populate our country with throngs of illegal aliens from countries of unknown origin, with unknown criminal histories and with very low skill levels. Often they are illiterate, sick and carrying previously eradicated diseases.
The very essence of our country is at risk. We are a nation of laws with a unique culture, language and specific borders, all of which need rigorous protection.
Citizens must speak up and speak out in protest - and continue to do so until the issue is resolved, the border secure and these invaders have been returned to their home country.
Letters to the editor are an excellent way to educate folks on the issues at hand. Submit them not only to large circulation newspapers, but consider submitting your letters to your small, local newspaper, too. Being respectful, precise and to the point in your letter will give you the greatest likelihood of being published..
If your letter is published, please forward it to us and we will post it on our website.
If you are a casual observer, but truly concerned about the recent surge of children on our border, I urge you to watch this video and learn what's really behind it.
As a nation, we are up to our necks in a complicated scheme to transform the United States and the world. A covert plan for global economic warfare -- those building up the world of globalization are tearing down the sovereignty and financial strength of the United States and Europe to make way for the coming corporate new world order.
Colorado passed a driver card bill last year, similar to the one passed in Oregon. Unfortunately, the option of a citizen's veto referendum was taken away from the citizens of Colorado with the issuance of a 'public safety clause', similar to the over-used emergency clause here in Oregon.
Fortunately, Protect Oregon Driver Licenses filed a veto referendum and citizen activists from across the state of Oregon worked diligently to gather over 77,000 signatures so that the issue of granting driver cards to illegal aliens could be placed on the ballot allowing voters to decide if they want Oregon to go down this path.
Read about what's happening in Colorado and then remember to Vote NO in NOvember!
Read OFIR President Cynthia Kendoll's guest commentary about the alliances and motives behind the driver card legislation. Remember to vote NO in NOvember to overturn SB 833 - a new law granting state issued ID - in the form of driver cards - to illegal aliens.
David Cross has explained why citizens, not only in the Portland Metropolitan area, but all across the state, should be very concerned about issuing driver cards to illegal aliens and, in the end, the terrible price citizens will pay. Should our elected officials be working so hard to make it even easier for drug cartels and their operatives to get an even stronger foothold in our state?
Why would they do that? Because big business and big money have been influencing lawmakers to issue driver cards with no proof of legal presence, so the illegal workforce on which they rely, won't be caught up in pesky immigration issues if stopped for a traffic violation.
Meanwhile - Oregonians are at even greater risk as illegal drugs are delivered statewide, horrific crimes are committed and lives are lost - just so illegal aliens can get to their illegal jobs - hired by unscrupulous employers to work at restaurants, hotels, in construction, landscaping, drywall, concrete and more.
To put a finer point on it - the majority of Oregon Legislators would prefer to bow down to big business than to uphold their oath of office and the laws of the land. In other words - you, your family and your safety are just not as important. You will simply be 'collateral damage' caused by loosening restrictions on Oregon driver cards.
Your NO vote in NOvember can put an end to this foolish and dangerous law. Please vote - and tell your friends and family to vote NO in NOvember!
If you are fed up and would like to help with our statewide campaign to overturn SB 833 - please visit our Protect Oregon Driver Licenses website and sign up. There are a million things we need to accomplish in the next 4 1/2 months and the more people we have helping - the better it will be.
If you just don't have time to volunteer - we would be happy to have your financial support for our winning statewide campaign. We were very fortunate to have a donor offer Protect Oregon Driver Licenses a $5,000 matching grant. Your $5, $20 or even $100 donation will be matched dollar for dollar! Please consider a generous donation to help with the campaign.
Oregonians across the state worked so very hard last summer to collect the needed signatures for the citizen's veto referendum and we were successful. But, that success only got us invited to participate in the race. Now, we need to prepare for and WIN the race.
One of the necessary steps is to build up our resources. Running the veto referendum signature gathering campaign depleted our funds appreciably. It is critical to our success that OFIR and PODL supporters and their friends, family and co-workers that signed the petition understand that we need help now to gather the funds we need to run a winning campaign.
During the referendum campaign, a very generous OFIR member came forward and offered a matching grant. That propelled us into an incredible fundraising event.
Now, as we move into the election campaign, he has stepped forward once again with a $5,000 matching grant to help us raise the funds we will need to be successful in November.
“Preventing millions of foreigners each year from violating our nation’s immigration laws with impunity,” commentator Michael Lind has written, “is the central law-and-order issue of our time.” How ironic, then, when the people charged with safeguarding that law and order — America’s judges — aid and abet the immigration lawbreakers.
ICE detainers are a critical component in removing illegal aliens from our state. Read Rick LaMountain's letter and reaction to the ruling by U.S. District Judge Janice Stewart.
Tuesday, May 20 is Election Day! If you have not yet sent in your ballot - it's now TOO LATE to mail it. Is your ballot still kicking around on your coffee table waiting for you to fill it out and return it?
With a primary ballot return rate of less than 30 percent it would seem that 70% of the people living in Oregon are happy with the way things are going in our state? Really? I sure hear alot of complaining - but there doesn't seem to be much voting. Make a pledge - if you don't VOTE - you don't COMPLAIN!
If not YOU, then WHO? If not NOW, then WHEN?
Maria Espinoza, co-founder of The Remembrance Project, traveled from Texas to Salem, Oregon, to speak to interested members of the community about the nearly incomprehensible number of US citizens killed by illegal alien criminals. It's mind boggling to think that this is acceptable 'collateral damage' for our elected officials that keep dialing back our immigration laws.
The Stolen Lives Quilt (pictured) honors the victims of horrific crimes perpetrated against them by people that are not even supposed to be in our country - and wouldn't be if our laws were enforced. Each panel represents a US state and 3 heart-wrenching stories so that we will never forget what the families of these victims went through and what they have lost - forever. The Stolen Lives Quilt is a very grim and visual reminder of the cost of such lax immigration law enforcement.
Sadly, we were presented with an Oregon Stolen Lives Quilt panel.
Visit our photo gallery.
Visit the Remembrance Project website and learn more about Maria and her heroic efforts to never forget the victims of illegal alien criminals.