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It is Immoral that OBAMA is “Passing the Buck” to Young People to Pay for Illegal Immigration

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

By Elois Zeanah

President Obama’s plans to legalize illegal immigration reminds me of the TV game show “Pass the Buck” which premiered in 1978:  It relied on luck, instant decisions under pressure, and players risked losing everything.  “Pass the Buck” lasted only 13 weeks and dissolved into the long-running game show, “The Price is Right”. 

Let’s hope Obama’s shortsighted vision to pass the buck to young people with illegal immigration will also fizzle and get the boot by voters, so that we can return to “The Price is Right”.  Otherwise, the same young voters who put Obama in office will ironically pay for his folly, forfeiting family income that should go to improve their quality of life to burdensome taxes to pay for the past generation’s free ride.   

Economic Impact of Passing the Buck to Our Kids and Grandkids is a Moral Issue

It is immoral to pass the buck to our children and grandchildren to pay our debt and steal their quality of life even while they are in diapers and before they grow up to earn their first pay check.  It is our duty to protect our children and grandchildren in every way – including their economic future and freedoms.

How narcissistic and reckless to force our children and grandchildren to forfeit their future family income, that should go to improve their quality of life, to burdensome taxes to pay for our generation’s free ride! 

Even as the federal government is debating NOW how to avoid an immediate debt default, we’re talking not about reducing the principal of our debt that will pass to the next generation, but about defaulting on the interest payments.  Interest payments on the U.S. debt is $29 billion a month.  There is no plan and no way in sight to start paying down the $14 trillion debt (which does not include trillions more in unfunded liabilities).

Consider the Tragedy This Generation is Forcing on Young People

Let’s face the tragedy that this generation is forcing upon our children and grandchildren by considering this scenario.  A 30-year-old daughter’s parents are retiring.  The parents have worked hard and scrimped all their lives to live their last 20 years in retirement in comfort.  After all they deserve it!  They’ve been fiscally frugal their whole lives and have sacrificed to give their children more than they had growing up.  Their children are now grown and on their own.

Now that the parents have retired, they decided their money has been reduced in value by inflation and while they can live a comfortable lifestyle in retirement, they decided they’d like to live a more luxurious lifestyle instead.  The parents have a great credit rating, so what’s stopping them?  After all, America has become an entitlement society, so why should they not have everything they want even if they can’t pay for it when so many other people do?  So they buy their dream by borrowing far beyond their means!

This Generation is Passing the Buck

In this scenario, when the 30-year-old daughter’s parents die, she expects to live a similar comfortable lifestyle as her parents, but she discovers to her dismay, her parents passed the bills for past pleasures to her.

Alarmed, she wrestles with the reality that not only will she not inherit money from her parents, or be able to have the freedom to pursue her dreams with her own money, or be able to provide for her basic needs without considerable sacrifice, or to help her children achieve more than she did or give her children the benefits equal to what she had had growing up.  Instead, she is worse off than her parents were and will have to spend almost every penny she earns to pay off her parent’s debts.  Horrified, the daughter wonders how her parents failed to see through the high-falutin’ illusion of their retirement while there was still time to change the outcome.

This is analogous to the entitlement mentality of illegal aliens and those who support them.  Illegal immigrants are not entitled to other people’s money and to put our own poor people as well as future generations at risk financially.

Today’s Young Generation will face this dilemma unless enough young people and their parents slow down the gathering storms that could overshadow the future adult lives of today’s young people.  We, the Older Generation, are the guardians of the American Dream and of our children’s well being, and it’s our responsibility to safeguard our children’s future.

How can people sleep at night and suggest that government borrow more money we don’t have?  We must pay back money hundreds of billions of dollars every year in money we don’t have to give to people who break our law; who throw the balance of our immigration law out of whack and make immigration work against us, not for us; who take money intended for the poorest among us; and who run up our indebtedness that our children and grandchildren will have to pay, while enjoying none of the benefits?

How can President Obama’s conscience allow him to continue to talk about more borrowing and more spending while passing the buck to today’s young people who will have to deal with his reckless spending?  He has in three years raised our national debt by four trillion dollars.  If he succeeds in giving amnesty (a path to citizenship) to 11 million illegal aliens, he will borrow and spend another additional trillion dollars every year forevermore — of someone else’s money:  our kids and grandkids.  This is immoral!

ANSWER TO OBAMA’S CALL: Ways to Cut Spending

Friday, September 24th, 2010

By Elois Zeanah

President Obama’s rhetoric on the campaign trail to 2010 elections is heated.  He chastizes Tea Party groups and Republicans who rail against his historic spending and deficits, challenging them to put up suggestions to cut spending if they have them — then claiming they don’t!

Let me suggest to the President that he read some of those bills in Congress.  Many bills have been introduced this year to temper his appetite for spending and growing government.  Mr. President, read the bills! 

In addition, I suggest that the President and his advisors take a break from raising voices in partisan bickering and blame games and use their heads for thinking for a change.   A few common sense ways to trim spending follow. 

   What are some ways to cut spending and deficits?

  • Curb illegal immigration ($113 billion/year – more if amnesty is approved)
  • End earmarks (hundreds of billions/year)
  • Repeal the new healthcare bill
  • Combat fraud in healthcare ($110-$150 billion/year)
  • Reform welfare so that the “safety net” is no longer a permanent lifestyle for current and future generations (billions/year)
  • Cancel unspent TARP funds (up to $396 billion)[1]
  • Cancel unspent Stimulus funds ($266 billion)[2]
  • Reduce government employment by hiring one person for every two who leaves civilian government service until workforce is reduced to pre-Obama levels ($35 billion)[3]
  • Cut and cap Discretionary spending ($925 billion)[4]
  • Freeze government civilian pay for one year ($30 billion)[5]
  • Enact a constitutional line-item veto law ($23 billion in one year)[6]
  • Reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ($30 billion)[7]
  • Create a Sunset Commission to conduct systematic reviews of federal programs and agencies and make recommendations for those that should be terminated; and automatically sunset programs unless expressly reauthorized by Congress (billions)[8]

 These examples are just a few ways of how government can reduce spending and cut deficits.  There are many, many others.   

Importantly, these suggestions alone would save over $2 trillion.


[1] H.R. 3140 introduced by Rep. Tom Price of Georgia

[2] H.R.3140 introduced by Rep. Tom Price of Georgia

[3] H.R. 5348 introduced by Rep. Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming

[4] H.R. 3964 introduced by Reps. Ryan and Hensarling & H.R. 3298 introduced by Rep. Jim Jordan

[5] Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin

[6] H.R. 1294 introduced by Paul Ryan of Wisconsin

[7] H.R. 4889 introduced by Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas; H.R. 4653 introduced by Rep. Scott Garrett of New Jersey

[8] H.R. 393 introduced by Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas

Is ObamaCare A “Free Gift” Trinket for the Masquerade Party?

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

By Elois Zeanah

Like a masked Mardi Gras reveler on a lavishly decorated, dream-like float, President Obama takes his show to the streets this week to whoop up ObamaCare – again!  The public didn’t line the streets to catch free trinkets he was throwing the first time around. This time will be different, Obama says.  People just didn’t understand what prizes they would receive from this extravaganza that will cost nearly $1 trillion.   Obama feels certain he can drum up a crowd to join the uproarious party he and fellow congress members have ordered for their pleasure – this time! 

Remember when House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi screamed in delight about the surprises citizens would find inside the 2,000-plus page health care law – but they had to pass it before they could find out the wonderful gifts in store for them?   Well, the law passed and the public was finally able to break apart this piñata “gift package.”  But alas instead of gifts gushing forth that spur squeals of delight, IOUs rushed like a flood over heads of taxpayers, washing away all pretense of the faux show.

Who are these jesters that joke so?  Some are the hired actors by Obama and his Party leaders  to masquerade as fans.  Remember the buy-offs of congressmen?  Only with cash for votes in their pockets would these legislators put on disguises to join the Carnival as puppet performers.  Others are media members who “invested” in Obama and continue to prop him up to protect their “investment” in his ideology.

Will Obama succeed this time, six months after ObamaCare passed?   According to Rasmussen Reports, Gallup and CNN, between 56% and 61% of voters reject the set design and props of the Masquerade.  But Obama believes that once the public fully understand what free trinkets he’s throwing, the public will rally and line the streets, unlike last time, with trumpets of praise and merrymaking and forget that his health care reform threatens the best health care system in the world and whacks away at capitalism.  

 All it takes, Obama believes, is for voters to get the sweet taste of freebies that roll out this week and voters won’t care that ObamaCare raises not lowers health care costs as he promised; that punitive employer mandates, exploding spending estimates, fewer doctors, fewer jobs, and burdensome regulatory compliance will thwart the nation’s economic recovery not throttle it as he promised.[1]

Careful to remove all price tags from these so-called “free gifts”, Obama and his media clowns are as strangely silent as mimes about who pays for his $1 trillion takeover of the health care industry.  His health care trinkets aren’t free.  Many insurance holders will pay $5,000 to $9,000 a year more to make up for lost benefits.[2]   The very people ObamaCare was supposed to help – predominantly low-income households and minorities – will have trouble paying their medical bills.  This includes seniors and the disabled.  And according to a report published in April by the White House Medicare Office of the Actuary, “about 7.4 million people who would have been enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans in 2017 will lose their coverage completely.  Those who are able to retain their coverage will lose significant benefits.”[3]

Most masquerades are humorous.  The only stand up comedy in the ObamaCare masquerade is that the very actors they hired took their money, then peeled off their disguises and departed the false show as quick as a thief to put distance between ObamaCare and their congressional races.   Now desperate to keep his congressional majority from whittling beyond control, Obama is now reaching out to churches to preach the deception of ObamaCare that he can’t sell.  Now that’s scary and it’s not funny!


[1] The Heritage Foundation:  “Six Months Closer to Repeal,” by Conn Carroll, September 23, 2010

[2][2] Wall Street Journal Editorial “How Seniors Will Pay for ObamaCare” by John C. Goodman,

[3] Ibid.

ObamaCare: Its Costs and Consequences

Monday, September 20th, 2010

By Elois Zeanah

Did you know that individuals will have to pay taxes on the value of their insurance starting in 2011?

  • Yes – Democrats have forced this new tax on us through ObamaCare!
  • The gross income of senior citizens will go up by the amount of insurance they have.
  • Also, W-2 tax forms sent by employers will be increased to show the value of whatever insurance they provide workers.
  • Think what $15,000 or $20,000 additional gross does to your tax debt for 2011.
  • Many Americans will move to a higher tax bracket.

How will ObamaCare hurt seniors and impact medical decisions?

  • Democrats will cut over $500 billion from Medicare to pay for ObamaCare.
  • Democrats will interject government between patients and their doctors.
  • Government boards will decide what treatments would or would not be funded and a so-called “comparative effectiveness research commission” has the power to base health care on age.
  • Rationing of health care will occur:
  • Obama’s regulatory czar Cass Sustein believes the age of a person should determine the level of care one receives.  He does not consider newborns to 40 and those 65 and older as productive citizens and believes these groups should be denied priority care.
  • Obama’s health adviser Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel believes age and productivity should guide medical decisions and that allocation of medical service based on age is not discrimination.
  • Obama’s science czar John Holdren believes in compulsory abortion and sterilization.

 Do doctors/medical organizations support ObamaCare?[1]

Various physicians and medical organizations have publicly opposed this dangerous health care experiment. These include:

  •  Former presidents of the American Medical Association Dr. Donald Palmisano, MD, HC, FACS, and Dr. William G. Plested, III, MD, FACS to the Mayo Clinic,
  • The American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • The Medical Society of Delaware
  • The Medical Association of Georgia

If Republicans achieve a Congressional majority, what will they do?[2]

  • Republicans will repeal ObamaCare and its costs!  Republicans have a Senior Health Care Bill of Rights.  This includes:
  • Protect Medicare and not cut it as Democrats propose to do! 
  • Prohibit government from getting between seniors and their doctors. 
  • Outlaw any government effort to ration health care based on age.
  • Prevent government from interfering with end-of-life care discussions.
  • Ensure that seniors can keep their current coverage.
  • Protect veterans by preserving TRICARE For Life and other benefit                                    programs for military families.

WAYS TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE, CUT COSTS & REDUCE THE DEFICIT

STOP PAYING THE CROOKS

  • Reduce fraud in Medicare and Medicaid
  • Amend EMTLA to give free health care to indigent Citizens only
  • Pass TORT reform

Ø $800B/yr. wasted on fraud, defensive medicine, paperwork[3]

Ø These three MUST be done if costs are to be controlled 

GET GOVERNMENT OUT OF THE WAY

  • Allow interstate competition among insurance carriers
  • Eliminate government mandates of what insurance companies must cover
  • Find ways to make policies portable

“HANDS OFF MY HEALTH CARE” PRIVATE INITIATIVES

  • Electronic information-sharing (records, wikis, etc.)
  • Collaborative Care (e.g.:  Theda Care in Appleton, Wisconsin)
  • Incentivize good behavior (e.g.: Safeway:  obesity, exercise, smoking)

Ø   ALL can be accomplished WITHOUT government takeover 

Summary:  ObamaCare will hurt America’s seniors.  The Democrats’ health care plan, according to the CBO, will cost at least $1 trillion and still leave 36 million Americans uninsured. ObamaCare will add $239 billion to the federal deficit and raise taxes at least $800 billion.  ObamaCare is a massive intrusion into privates.


[1] Republican National Committee
[2] Republican National Committee
[3] Senator Tom Coburn, MD

Cap and Trade Climate Bill: How Will It Impact You?

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

By Elois Zeanah

Summary:  Cap-and-trade rations CO2 and will significantly increase energy costs, raise taxes and do considerably more economic harm than environmental good. The hoped-for-green-job gain is a mirage.[1] Job losses, however, are real.   In addition, global warming legislation will give bureaucrats more control over our lives; they can regulate the size of our homes, tax the mileage we drive every year, tell us how much heat and air conditioning we can use, etc.  

It will significantly roll back the quality of our lives at great cost yet without significantly lowering the world’s temperature.  Cap-and-trade is just one more way to take more of our freedoms, more of our money, and to exert more control over our daily lives. Cap and trade is a massive intrusion into the U.S. economy.

 What is cap-and-trade?

  • Regulations to limit (cap) carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.
  • Companies could sell (trade) CO2 emissions allowed by the government but not used.
  • Over time, the cap would be ratcheted down, requiring more rationing and more sacrifices.

What’s the purpose?

  • To ration coal, oil, and natural gas on the American economy.
  • To increase energy costs by cutting back energy use by residents, businesses, industries

What would be the impact?

  • Costs will increase for electricity, gasoline, heating oil, natural gas and coal – as well as for food, furniture, clothing and other items we use everyday.  This includes almost everything!
  • Household energy prices will rise “29% above the business as usual prices, even though consumers will have switched to smaller cars, moved into more energy efficient houses, and made greater use of public transit.”[2]
  • In many cases, cap and trade will impact residents’ ability to put fuel in their vehicles and food on the table; and place at-risk children in even greater peril.  

Who will bear the brunt?

  • Poor and working families.  “Households would face an annual burden of roughly $144.8 billion per year with costs disproportionately borne by low-income households, those under 25 and 75 years, those in Southern states, and single parents with dependent children.”[3]  On the campaign trail, President Obama admitted that if cap and trade were to pass, utility bills would necessarily skyrocket.  
  • Workers.  Jobs will be lost and the economy will be hurt since cap-and-trade will force manufacturing jobs to China and India, where power and labor will be cheaper. 

Is new legislation necessary to curtail CO2 emissions?

  • Current laws already mandate cuts in CO2 emissions (renewable mandates, CAFE standards for fuel economy, and subsidies for ethanol production).

Will these costs and consequences result in Green Stimulus?

  • No!  Production drops despite firms being forced to adopt more energy efficient technologies and processes – despite trillions of dollars in lost income – and despite hundreds of thousands in lost jobs.
  • An EPA analysis shows that a 60% reduction in CO2 emissions will reduce world temperatures only 0.1 to 0.2 degrees – virtually no difference.  Yet cap and trade will have devastating impacts on taxes and loss of jobs.[4]

Will cap and trade raise taxes?

  • Yes! Cutting CO2 emissions by 70% creates a transfer equivalent to taxes of up to $300 billion per year, and $5 trillion in just the first 20 years.
  • This would be one of the largest taxes in the economy – almost twice as large as the highway use taxes.”[5] 

Will cap and trade impact national security?

  • Absolutely!  Less oil and gas exploration in the U.S. forces the U.S. to buy foreign sources and sets up the U.S. for potential blackmail.  The U.S. has capacity to produce enough gas to equal 50 years of imports, enough natural gas to supply all America’s households for 46 years,[6] and 200 years of available coal reserves.[7]

Why would Government ration CO2 since costs will be severe but gains negligible?

  • Ideologues refuse to face facts and persistently hold onto global warming theories that economists have repeatedly proven false.

Some states will lose more than 50% of manufacturing jobs. 

Republicans have a better plan, The American Energy Act, to provide energy independence, a cleaner environment, and more jobs at home – without tax hikes, loss of freedoms and job losses!


[1] The Heritage Foundation: “Beware of Cap and Trade Climate Bills” by Ben Lieberman, 12/6/2007

[2] The Heritage Foundation: Testimony by David Kreutzer, Ph.D. before the Energy and Commerce Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, April 22, 2009

[3] The Tax Foundation, “Who Pays for Climate Policy?” by Andrew Chamberlain, March 16, 2009

[4] Ibid.

[5] Ibid.

[6]  (Dept. of Interior estimates) The Heritage Foundation:  “Tying Our Hands on Energy,” by Ben Lieberman, 6/18/2010

[7] Our Future of Clean Coal, America’sPower.org

BUDGET DEFICIT NOW $9,000,000,000,000: How much is Due to Greed and Chicanery?

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

By Elois Zeanah

“It should be the highest ambition of every American to extend his views beyond himself, and to bear in mind that his conduct will not only affect himself, his country, and his immediate posterity; but that its influence may be co-extensive with the world, and stamp political happiness or misery on ages yet unborn.” –George Washington

Our nation must find a way to stop its financial hemorrhaging.  Our economy cannot sustain this level of bleeding (borrowing and spending). The Obama administration raised its 10-year budget deficit projection by $2 trillion to $9 trillion.  (The national debt is already $11.7 trillion.) The White House report showed the public debt doubling by 2019 and reaching three-quarters the size of the entire national economy.  This is hard to comprehend. 

One way to understand its impact on our economy is to put it in the context of a one-dollar bill.  Fold the dollar into thirds.  Then unfold two thirds.  This represents our national debt.  Our nation cannot survive on one-third of our economic output.  The result would be horrific – not only to our generation but on “ages yet unborn”.

A book “National Suicide: How Washington is Destroying the American Dream from A to Z” by an investigative reporter, Martin Gross, to be released in September 2009, is about the outrageous expenditures that American taxpayers are forced to fund. Some payments are for programs that don’t do the job intended, others are to achieve political goals.  A few examples among the book’s revelations are:

·        $700 billion a year is spent on welfare, “amounting to $65,000 for each poor family of four, yet we still have the poor with us.”[1] 

·        “Both political parties secretly encourage illegal immigration (Democrats for votes, Republicans for cheap labor) and then reward the immigrants’ children with automatic U.S. citizenship.”[2] 

·         1,000 duplicate programs waste billions.

·        “Medicare and Medicaid waste $150 billion a year dealing with doctor and hospital fraud.”[3] 

·        “$45 billion a year is wasted on ‘improper payments’ and even more on ‘unnecessary agencies.’”[4] 

Cal Thomas writes, “This book will keep your blood pressure up and your motivation to do something about overspending high into the next election.  Publisher’s Weekly wrote in its review:  ‘A fiery A-Z compendium of government greed, chicanery and plain incompetence.  Gross enjoys a good rant, but his criticism are sound and well-supported.”[5]

A good place for Americans to start to hold Washington politicians accountable for their “greed and chicanery”, is to demand that current bills on health care reform that do nothing to stop the financial hemorrhaging must be scuttled!  Like the dollar bill illustration above, only one-third of House Bill 3200 is about health care.  The rest, according to a legislative consultant who appeared on a Fox News program, is about pet programs, totally pork!

Federal government programs are riddled with fraud as a rule.  They “are inherently vulnerable to bribery, fraud, conflicts of interest, and collusion.  There is an old adage that where there is money to be made, fraud is not far behind, like bees to honey.”[6]  This is a primary reason for Americans to insist that government “keep its hand off our health care”.  Examples of fraud in federal programs within the last year alone include:

·        The $750 billion Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP), signed by President Bush in October 2008.  Tens if not hundreds of billions of dollars in taxpayer money will be lost to fraud” within TARP.[7] 

·        The $787 billion stimulus package passed by Congress and signed into law in February 2009.  “Estimates are that $50 billion of stimulus money will be lost to fraud.”[8]

It’s past time for Washington to start purging costs from wasteful/inefficient government programs to stop the financial hemorrhaging.  It’s not time to pass a new entitlement of a health care bill that will explode deficits. 



[1] Cal Thomas “Deficit has gone far beyond being our children’s burden”, August 26, 2009

[2] Ibid.

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid.

[5] Ibid.

[6]

[7] Quarterly Report to Congress, Office of the Special Inspector General for TARP, April 21, 2009 (source: “Stop Paying the Crooks” book, foreword by Newt Gingrich)

[8] Greg Morcroft, “Fraudsters eye huge stimulus pie, consultant says,” MarketWatch, June 12, 2009 (source:  Book, “Stop Paying the Crooks”, foreword by Newt Gingrich

WHO’S THE NEXT TAX VICTIM? Big Government is now coming for the Poor!

Monday, August 24th, 2009

 

By Elois Zeanah

The THUMP, THUMP, THUMP of the big foot of government is heard in the distance – again!  This time big government is coming for yet more of your money to pay for health care.  They’ve soaked the rich to where numbers of the once-rich are dwindling.  So the big bully who survives by taking from others now has to move to new territory.  THUMP, THUMP, THUMP!  The giant government will this time – get this! — tax poor people more than rich people. 

Remember the poor people who voted for President Obama because he said he would give them free health care and other freebies and tax only the rich?   THUMP, THUMP, THUMP, the giant bully is on the move.  He has to be fed.  If nationalized health insurance works for Europe, it should work for all Americans.  If Europe uses the value-added tax (VAT) to help pay for socialized medicine, what’s wrong with European-level taxes for Americans?  After all, don’t we want to be like Europe?  THUMP, THUMP, THUMP, the Obama administration is hungry.  It’s on the prowl for another victim – an unsuspecting victim would be easiest.  Its ravenous appetite makes VAT deliciously appealing. 

Not to worry about the poor seeing through this trickery.  The Value Added Tax will not be transparent.  This essentially national sales tax will tax products in every stage of the production chain from manufacturing to delivery.  THUMP, THUMP THUMP!  As the product moves from manufacturer to wholesaler to retailer, the government is there to take a tax bite.  These taxes will of necessity be passed on to consumers.  Goods and services will cost more.  VAT will hit everyone, but being a regressive tax, it will burden the middle and low income more because they spend most of their income on goods and services. 

Wouldn’t this tax be contrary to what President Obama promised?  Of course!  But who’s to know?  Consumers will not blame Washington.  Washington will tell consumers to blame those greedy business people – just like those evil insurance companies are to blame for high health care prices.  The big bully is marching, but he won’t arrive until after the 2010 elections.  Can’t confuse the voters now, can we?  But we can use the time to mull more mischief as bully government lays the trap for the next victim.  You can’t blame him; he’s hungry and he’s got to be fed!  THUMP, THUMP, THUMP!   

WHAT DO TEA PARTIES HAVE TO DO WITH TAXES AND THE ECONOMY?

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

By Elois Zeanah

 

 

Are you fed up with taxes?  Wanna do something about it? 

                 

               Vice President Joe Biden said paying more taxes is patriotic.  Do you agree? Thomas Paine would not.  The highest form of patriotism, Paine said, is dissent.  So why is the liberal media and the Congress so upset about tea parties?

               We have a lot to protest.  For one, Administration officials who don’t pay their taxes want you to pay more.  Part of our protest is that politicians not only take our money but steal our children’s – not to give them or us a better life, but to buy votes and spread our wealth.  Is that the American way?

               We were upset with out-of-control spending under President Bush.  Now spending under President Obama, who condemned Bush deficits, has increased four times over Bush.  And that’s just the beginning.  Like Bush before him, Obama wants taxpayers to buy amnesty for those who broke our laws and entered our country illegally.

               Today, without amnesty, according to the Heritage Foundation, taxpayers pay $90 billion dollars every year just to buy welfare for illegal immigrants.  With amnesty, taxpayers will pay an additional trillion dollars every year for welfare and another half-trillion dollars in social security for immigrants’ parents and grandparents.  Can you afford this?  Can your children?

               In short, illegal immigration is a tax issue.  We cannot fix our economy unless something is done about illegal immigration.  Illegal immigration is very costly.  Yet the cost of immigration is ignored in debates about the economic crisis and amnesty. 

 

To put the problem of illegal immigration and related taxes in perspective, immigration today is different from the time of our ancestors.  Historically, immigrants were LESS likely to receive welfare than Americans, and LESS likely to stay on welfare for life.  But this changed about thirty years ago.  Today, most illegal aliens are MORE likely to need welfare, and MORE likely to stay on welfare for life, creating a net deficit for our economy – and higher taxes for you.

               So why would Obama and the Democrat Congress push amnesty, import poverty, and force higher taxes – especially during an economic crisis, high unemployment, and when millions of U.S. citizens live in poverty and need help?  To quote Cal Thomas in his article on April 15th, government wants “to pry more of our money from us so that they can finish creating a dependency culture from which we’ll never escape.”  Is this the American way?  Creating an entitlement society which Americans cannot reverse takes power from We The People and gives it to Big Government.  Is this the America we know?  Is this the America we want?

                 Illegal immigration equals more taxes.  Illegal immigration is a huge contributor to budget shortfalls and higher taxes not only in Washington, D.C. but in states.  Who’s to blame?  Legislators.  Politicians bankrupt education, Medicaid, and other social problems by their refusal to require E-Verify.

               What is E-Verify?  E-Verify is a federal Internet program that helps businesses verify citizenship status of new workers.  It is practically free, fast, and 99% accurate.  Studies show that illegal aliens avoid, even leave states that require E-Verify.  So why did Bush and now Obama continue to put off the requirement that all federal contractors must require E-Verify?   Why would all state legislators not require businesses to use E-Verify?

               Politicians know that E-Verify is the simplest and fastest way to stop unlawful businesses putting lawful businesses and citizen-workers at a disadvantage.  Politicians know that E-Verify would immediately reduce illegal immigration, reduce spending, and reduce the need for more taxes.  But politicians will continue to wink at renegade businesses and do nothing about illegal immigration unless voters understand that politicians intend to trap taxpayers. Illegal immigration (and amnesty) will chain U.S. citizens to a dependency society.  Once the majority of voters depend on government to take care of them, and government demands a majority of our earnings to spread our wealth, how can we escape our shackles?   

               If you’re tired of over-spending and over-taxation, you can do something about it.  Insist that your Washington and state legislators mandate E-Verify!  Tell the President, Congress, and State Legislators to cut spending and cut taxes with one act:  cut illegal immigration.  Ask them to mandate that all businesses use E-Verify – before it’s too late!   And, importantly, tea parties must not be a one-day event but must continue.  Don’t stop dissent.  Show your patriotism and send a message to politicians that you’re mad and you’re not going to take their sleight-of-hand tricks any more.  Dissent scares them.   Scaring them that they might lose their jobs is the only way to do something about the failure to communicate.  They’re hoping that tax day tea parties was a one-time novelty.  Let’s keep the communication going to make our message crystal clear.