Tea Party’s Joe Carr Looks to Ride Anti-Amnesty ‘Wave’ Past Lamar Alexander

July 24, 2014 Posted by

Joe Carr remembers exactly where he was when he found out that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his race to the largely unknown political upstart David Brat.  As he finished up a meeting with a group of about 75 Tea Party supporters in Obion County, someone waved a smartphone and announced the startling news.  “The place went nuts… it exploded,” Carr said, pointing out that the event went long past 10:00 as supporters began discussing what was possible in his Republican primary challenge to Sen. Lamar Alexander. “All of a sudden now the attention the attention turns to us; now it becomes ‘Yes we can.’ People were saying ‘Yes we can’ with hope; now we say ‘Yes we can’ with expectation, and it’s literally taken off since then,” he said.  Carr discussed his race with Breitbart News prior to Tuesday’s rally on his behalf with radio talk show host Laura Ingraham in Nashville.  As fate would have it, Carr already had a meeting with Ingraham scheduled in Washington, D.C., even before the Virginia surprise.  Ingraham, suddenly in the spotlight as a central figure for tackling Cantor’s support for immigration reform, indicated that she would be willing to support Carr’s unlikely challenge to Alexander.  It was certainly a bright moment for his campaign. And on Wednesday, Carr received the endorsement of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, arguably the most significant endorsement a primary challenger could receive.  Alexander’s team, meanwhile, has dribbled out a series of endorsements from former star Republicans, including former Sen. Fred Thompson, Gov. Mike Huckabee, and Speaker Newt Gingrich.  “If anyone who wants to pick a fight with Lamar Alexander for supposedly not being conservative enough, well, you might want to pick a fight with me first,” Huckabee declares in one of Alexander’s ads.  “Please, Mike, don’t embarrass yourself,” Carr scoffed during the interview. “He doesn’t want me fighting him; he’s not even from here.”  “These guys have been around since the Stone Age in Republican politics; of course they’re going to stick together,” Carr added.  For Carr, Ingraham’s rally was the last chance to make a big splash before the August 7 primary election. Early voting in the state already started last Friday.  Carr knows he faces tough odds against a more established, better funded candidate, but he is more excited about what’s possible.  “There’s a wave growing,” he said, as people filed into the hall. His campaign, he noted, was “spontaneous” and “organic,” making it harder to measure just how motivated his supporters are.  “When you look at Lamar’s Facebook page… you oughta go just for shits and grins, as we say,” he said, pointing out that it was swamped with comments from his supporters.  “There’s something moving in Tennessee,” he said, describing it as something outside of the conventional political model.  “Throw all the models out,” Carr said, predicting a high turnout in the competitive primary election. “There could be some surprises.”  Like Brat, Carr has spent most of his time focusing on Alexander’s record of supporting immigration reform, which the campaign sees as his Achilles heel. “There’s no question it’s his greatest weakness, because it’s my greatest strength,” Carr said.  Carr has a record of battling illegal immigration on the state level.  Although Tennessee is not a border state, Carr cited up to a quarter of a million illegal immigrants living in the state, including 81,000 undocumented minors putting a burden on the state.  “It is a serious issue for Tennessee,” he said.  Carr points to tough reforms on illegal immigration that he personally worked on in the Tennessee House of Representatives. During his fights, Carr explained, he frequently found himself on the wrong side of the Republican establishment.  “It’s always the Republican leadership,” he said, pointing to the influence of the Chamber of Commerce and a series of big business lobbyists to help bring in more cheap labor.  He dismissed critics who suggest that Republicans lack compassion in the immigration reform debate.  “There’s nothing more compassionate than the law when it’s equally and fairly applied to everybody without regard to race, creed, color, or national origin,” he said.  In response to Carr’s attacks, Alexander has stiffly defended his support for the Senate immigration reform bill—one of fourteen Republicans who voted in favor of it.  “I voted to double border security, to end perpetual amnesty, and create a legal immigration system, and if anybody’s got a better idea, they should suggest it,” Alexander said. In response to the flood of unaccompanied minors crossing the border, last week Alexander called for the National Guard to be sent to the border.  But Ingraham and Carr spent their rally on Tuesday skewering Alexander’s support for the bill—much to the delight of the crowd, who are increasingly attentive to the issue.  Dozens of signs outside the Nashville hotel read, “Say No To Amnesty Vote Joe Carr.”  In spite of his enthusiasm, Carr is facing some difficult hurdles in his campaign.  The state of Tennessee with a primary that has no runoff election, meaning that Alexander only has to earn a majority of the votes to win.  That might have saved Republicans like Chris McDaniel in Mississippi, who came up short in the election against Thad Cochran—only to lose in the runoff election. But in underdog elections, it can be an advantage, as demonstrated by Sen. Ted Cruz’s winning campaign against Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst.  Tennessee also has an open primary, meaning that any Democrat who wants to vote for Alexander can do so.  But Carr explains that if he loses, he’ll be comfortable with the verdict of the voters.  “We will not say that someone came in and cost us the race, we won’t do that, because that’s not the case,” he said. “If we fail we have no one to blame but ourselves.”

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Arizona Gov: Feds Unsure of Identities of Illegal Immigrant ‘Sponsors’

July 23, 2014 Posted by

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer said federal officials confirmed during a Tuesday conference call that illegal immigrant children are being released to adults or “sponsors” whose identities the federal government often cannot verify.  The Republican governor said she “was confirmed what I have long suspected” during the call – “the Obama administration has specifically chosen to avoid its due diligence and is releasing Unaccompanied Alien Children into the care and custody of so-called ‘sponsors’ — individuals about whom the administration does not check immigration or deportation status.” According to a leaked Department of Homeland Security report that Breitbart Texas obtained, “fewer than 50% of the unaccompanied children have been discharged to a mother or father.” The report found that “adult siblings,” “aunts,” “uncles,” “grandparents,” or “more distant relatives, family, or associates” make up the majority of adults who are picking up the “unaccompanied” children. And many adults have showed up repeatedly to claim various children. “As a Governor, it’s beyond frustrating that, once again, this administration deliberately neglects its duty to act in a responsible manner and uphold the law,” she said. “But as a mother, it’s unconscionable that federal officials willingly release children into the permanent custody of people of which little – if anything – is known.” Brewer called on President Barack Obama to “immediately correct this practice and expedite the removal of illegal aliens to their home country.” “The American people have had enough,” Brewer said. “They demand immediate action to return illegal aliens – whether adults or minors – to their countries of origin and secure our border. I am confident voters will hold our elected officials accountable at the ballot box.” Recent polling  confirms that a majority of Americans agree with Brewer in wanting the illegal immigrant children sent back as quickly as possible. A Gallup poll even found that illegal immigration is now the “top problem” facing Americans.  Brewer said she and other governors were on the conference call with Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell, and two White House officials.

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Sarah Palin Endorses Joe Carr for Senate Against Lamar Alexander

July 23, 2014 Posted by

On Wednesday, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin endorsed  conservative Tennessee state representative Joe Carr in his primary bid to oust incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN). Carr has been hammering Alexander before the August 7th primary for voting for the Senate’s Gang of Eight comprehensive amnesty bill even after he was warned by law enforcement officials that it would exacerbate the border crisis. Even Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) voted against the final bill. Palin thanked Alexander for his service and then promptly said it is time for new leaders who will have the guts to tell the Obama administration, “no mas.”  “Unfortunately, advocating and voting for amnesty, cash for clunkers, bailouts, raising the debt ceiling, and many controversial Obama administration nominees has marred the incumbent’s record,” Palin wrote on her Facebook page. “It’s time for a change.” Palin’s announcement comes a day after conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham, who powered Dave Brat to a shocking upset win over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) last month, campaigned for Brat in Tennessee on Tuesday evening.  “I am here, my friends, to help you retire the political equivalent of your old plaid sweater,” she said at the rally, as Breitbart News reported . Palin said Carr, “a citizen legislator who brings his small business experience to bear in the Tennessee General Assembly,” is “the new voice Tennessee needs in the U.S. Senate!” “He’s stood up to those in his own party, fighting to enact some of the toughest illegal immigration legislation in the country and working to make Tennessee the 4th most business friendly state in the nation,” she added. “Joe knows that government is most often the problem, not the solution, and he will work to reduce the size of our federal bureaucracy and always use the Constitution as his guide.” Palin also said it was disappointing and “pretty unbelievable” that Alexander has refused to debate Carr because “the good people of Tennessee deserve to hear from both these candidates to know who will be on their side and who will choose the Washington status quo.” “The conservative grassroots patriots in Tennessee have clearly spoken. When I visited there earlier this month, I was impressed by all the energy and momentum behind Joe Carr,” she said. “Please join me in supporting him as the Volunteer State’s next Senator!” Former South Carolina Senator and Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint has said that Palin’s endorsement is the most important in a GOP primary.

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Jeff Sessions: Boehner Group’s Border Plan an ‘Institutional Surrender’ to Obama’s ‘Planned Illegality’

July 23, 2014 Posted by

Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), an immigration hawk, shredded House Speaker John Boehner’s working group border crisis recommendations in a Wednesday afternoon statement, calling Boehner’s plan an “institutional surrender to the planned illegality” of President Barack Obama. “The border crisis is the direct and predictable result of the President’s sustained policies undermining America’s immigration laws,” Sessions said in his statement on the Boehner working group proposal.  Sessions said: The President’s continued determination to carry out this nullification remains the singular obstacle in the way of restoring lawfulness. It is therefore odd that the House working group did not mention President Obama even once in their released findings. Indeed, they made no mention of the President’s threat of sweeping new executive actions. Multiple reports indicate that these imminent actions are likely to take the form of administrative amnesty and work permits for 5-6 million illegal immigrants. Any attempt at improving the border situation would be rendered utterly void if the President follows through on his dramatic nullification acts. How can Congress ignore this brewing constitutional crisis? In fact, granting the President new funds without tackling these orders would be an institutional surrender to the planned illegality. Sessions expressed disgust with how Boehner’s working group plan, drafted by Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), seems to allow any person who enters the United States illegally an asylum hearing. “The document also appears to cement the idea that anyone who shows up unlawfully at our border is presumptively entitled to an asylum hearing in the United States,” Sessions said. “This cannot be so. We cannot allow unjustified claims of asylum to overwhelm our system. Also, because the working group does not explicitly demand a narrowing of the conditions for asylum, the end result of their plan may paradoxically be that more illegal immigrants are eventually granted asylum—enticing even greater numbers to arrive on the promise of speedy grants of lawful status.” Sessions continued by noting that he has serious concerns with the border security provisions in the Boehner working group’s recommendations.  “The document calls for President Obama’s Department of Homeland Security to develop a ‘strategy’ and ‘plan’ to secure the border, which is less than what is actually required to do under current law,” Sessions said. “Meanwhile, it omits any discussion of restoring collapsed interior enforcement. If portions of this plan are as similar to the Gang of Eight bill as they appear to be, it could open the door to substantial legislative mischief in the Senate. With only days before Congress’ planned adjournment, a better strategy would be to focus on blocking the President’s threat of new executive actions—and insist that he enforce current laws—while these complex proposals are studied and revisited.” Sessions also noted that he is upset that Boehner’s working group makes no mention of the effects this border crisis is having on American citizens, and instead seemingly focuses entirely on how to help the illegal aliens. “Finally, it is curious that the proposal makes no mention of the needs of Americans. Yes, this is a humanitarian crisis,” Sessions said. “But it is also a legal crisis. And so too is it a crisis for the American people who have begged and pleaded for a lawful system of immigration that serves their interests, protects their jobs, and increases their wages. Republicans should not be timid or apologetic, but present a bold defense of the American people. The House GOP has so far been the last bulwark protecting working Americans; it would be tragic for that defense to buckle in the closing days of this Congress.”

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Maine Gov. Blasts WH After Discovering Illegals Dumped in State on Conference Call

July 23, 2014 Posted by

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) blasted the Obama administration on Tuesday after discovering on a conference call with other governors and White House officials that eight illegal immigrant juveniles had been dumped in his state. “I only learned that children have been placed in Maine after I asked the question. No one from the federal government had informed me or the Governor’s Office that Unaccompanied Alien Children were coming to Maine,” the Republican governor  said in a statement. “The White House officials did not provide any further information, and questions by other governors about how to handle Unaccompanied Alien Children went unanswered.” LePage said Obama ” has failed to enforce our border laws” and “now states like Texas are facing a crisis.” “The failure of Congress and the President to address our border issues should not result in more of a financial burden on Maine people,” he declared. ” We cannot become a state that encourages illegal immigration. We simply cannot afford it. I urge the President and Congress to find a solution to this problem, not look to Maine to harbor illegal immigrants.” LePage added that the people of Maine are generous and those ” who can afford to give a little do so through our churches or charities to help the less fortunate.” “But it is wrong for the federal government to force a higher burden on the people of Maine to pay for those who come to our country illegally, especially when the government secretly places illegal aliens in our state without our knowledge,” he declared. Governors in states like Nebraska, Arizona, and Oklahoma have also complained that the Obama administration  dumped illegal immigrants in their states without notifying them in advance.  LePage said the “state government is here to help those who need a temporary hand up or our most vulnerable residents, such as the elderly and disabled who cannot care for themselves,” and “welcomes legal immigrants who want to work hard and help Maine prosper.”  “However, we cannot afford to spend our limited resources on those who come here illegally,” he reiterated.  LePage was on a conference call with other governors, White House officials, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell when he found out about the news.

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Ingraham: Paul Ryan Should Replace His Staff With ‘Cheaper Foreign Labor’

July 22, 2014 Posted by

In a tweet last week, radio’s Laura Ingraham taunted House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), a top champion of immigration reform, saying that because he supports raising immigration levels, he should take the first step and replace his congressional staff with foreign workers. “Maybe we should replace @RepPaulRyan’s staff with cheaper foreign labor since they like guest workers so much,” Ingraham tweeted last week, with a link to a National Review article in which reporter Joel Gehrke had interviewed Ryan. In the interview with Gehrke, Ryan said amnesty prospects—for which he has offered support—are dead this Congress because of the border crisis. “It has poisoned it now, that’s for sure,” Ryan said of the border crisis’s effects on the immigration debate. “For this session, I believe that’s right.” Gehrke detailed how Ryan—Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012—told a group of Hillsdale College students that he supports allowing illegal aliens in America legal status and the ability to stay in this country. Ryan said: For the undocumenteds, I’d give a probationary period. I’d have people earn their way toward just a work permit by putting them on probation. They’d waive their right to an appeal. They’d sign an affidavit that they broke the law. They’d pay a fine, do a background check, they’d have to learn civics, learn English — basically assimilate; can’t be on welfare, and have to work, and can’t have a criminal record, of course. They’d have to do that for five years. And until, if and until, the government gets it’s border secure and all these security measures, they can’t get out of probation until the government has done it’s job securing the border. Then, after five years, if they did everything right on their terms of probation, give them a work permit just to be able to work, just like a guest worker program. Ryan argued that process is not “amnesty:” That took me, what, 12 sentences? That’s the problem with this stuff. People say, ‘amnesty!’ No, it’s taking a problem that’s intractable, that’s been around forever, and trying to fix it in a way that as best guarantees as you can that we’re not going to be in the same [situation] ten years from now. And that really means: have employer laws that work; have a border that’s secure; and have a legal immigration system that works well. Gehrke also wrote that Ryan wants an improved guest worker program “because it would mean that only criminal immigrants were trying to cross illegally,” noting earlier in his piece that Ryan’s defense of granting legal status—what he says isn’t “amnesty”—to illegal aliens and a broader immigration package would help deal with “labor shortages in the United States.” The argument that there are “labor shortages” in America is something that most opponents of amnesty laugh at, given high unemployment rates across low-skilled and high-skilled markets. “Paul ‘labor shortages’ Ryan apparently thinks American workers don’t deserve jobs,” Ingraham said in another tweet about that National Review article.  Ryan’s office hasn’t responded to Breitbart News’ request for comment in response to Ingraham’s tweets.

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Report: Illegals Allowed to Stay Longer Because Immigration Courts on Verge of ‘Implosion’

July 22, 2014 Posted by

Illegal immigrant children who are released with “notices to appear” will likely remain in the country for three to five years while their cases are resolved in a system that is reportedly on the verge of “implosion.” During this period, many will be able to attend schools and hold jobs. “We are reaching a point of implosion, if we have not already reached it,” Judge Dana Leigh Marks of San Francisco, who has been deciding immigration cases since 1987, told Reuters.  According to Reuters, “U.S. immigration courts have a backlog of 375,373 cases, almost 50,000 more than they faced two years ago.” Marks, the judge who is also the president of the National Association of Immigration Judges, is “one of the 243 judges presiding over 59 immigration courts in the United States,” and she is setting “hearing dates as far off as 2018.” It reportedly “now typically takes three to five years for cases to clear the system.”  The federal government is trying to increase funding and is even attempting to lure some judges out of retirement. Those who are given asylum hearings years down the road “can attend school and have a job.” And the backlog can even benefit some illegal immigrants whose cases are removed from the system. That happened to an illegal immigrant from Peru who came to the country to reunite with his parents. Immigration caseloads are so backlogged that the federal government used its “prosecutorial discretion” to focus on “higher-priority” cases instead of his.  “I wish you an absolutely wonderful life,” the judge told the teen who was now free to remain in the United States.  There have been nearly 60,000 illegal immigrant children who have unlawfully entered the country since October of last year, and federal officials estimate at least 150,000 more will arrive next year. The number of illegal immigrants crossing the border drastically spiked after President Barack Obama unilaterally enacted his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) temporary amnesty program for certain DREAMers in 2012. Murder rates in Central American countries have declined since then.

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Amid Heated Debate, Louisiana Lawmakers File Lawsuit to Suspend Common Core Standards

July 22, 2014 Posted by

Lawmakers in Louisiana filed a lawsuit Monday in Baton Rouge district court that seeks an immediate suspension of the Common Core standards in the state’s schools. According to the Associated Press , the 17 legislators – 13 Republicans and 2 Democrats – argue in the suit that state education leaders failed to properly enact the controversial standards that have been the focus of a heated debate between Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and John White, state superintendent. The lawsuit claims Louisiana’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and the state education department failed to follow the state’s Administrative Procedures Act (APA) for implementing the Common Core standards. The APA requires public notice, a 90-day comment period, and legislative oversight be provided prior to changes made to education standards in the state, but the lawmakers say these requirements were not met in the case of the Common Core standards. “Unless an injunction issues herein by the Court, needless time and resources will be expended in the teaching, testing, learning, and financing of Common Core, all to the detriment of the citizens of Louisiana,” the lawsuit states. BESE President Chas Roemer and Education Superintendent John White have planned a conference call to address the lawsuit’s claims. “There are many statutes in Louisiana that require the use of the Administrative Procedures Act to implement a new rule,” Louisiana state Rep. Brett Geymann (R), one of the lawmakers who filed the lawsuit, told Breitbart News. “The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and Department of Education are not exempt from the APA and did not follow the law in implementing Common Core; therefore, they denied the public the opportunity to be a part of the process.” “We are hopeful the court will rule Common Core invalid and we can move forward with developing our own standards with local control,” Geymann added.   Jindal, like other governors and lawmakers, once approved of the standards, but as more light has been shed on the federal government’s involvement in pushing the Common Core standards onto the states, many are now distancing themselves in one form or another from the unpopular nationalized initiative. On Monday, The Advocate observed that the Louisiana Common Core debate had “mushroomed into the biggest education fight” in the state, according to veteran education officials. In June, Jindal issued executive orders to remove his state from the controversial Common Core standards and the assessments tied to them. He based this move on the argument that the decision by the Louisiana Department of Education to sign onto the PARCC Common Core test consortium was unlawful because it bypassed the state’s procurement law which requires an open bidding process. In response, BESE voted to hire legal counsel to challenge the Governor’s executive orders, claiming his actions were illegal and defiantly asserting that Louisiana “will implement the Common Core State Standards, as well as … PARCC for the 2014-2015 school year.” Meetings between Jindal and White have failed to produce any terms of agreement in what appears to be a battle of unprecedented intensity. The rancorous dispute once again underscores the national debate  sparked by the controversial Common Core standards  regarding the power of the federal government and its often allied state boards of education over the elected representatives of the people, local school districts, and parents. Sara Wood, an attorney and parent who has been involved in organizing a grassroots group against the Common Core, said she believes White needs to be removed immediately as state superintendent. “The longer BESE continues on this Common Core/PARCC path as a Board, it will continue to erode any trust in the ability of this Board to direct education in Louisiana and will bring more havoc to [the] lives of children, parents and teachers,” Wood said in an email statement. “After the July 1st meeting, it is undeniable that as a Board, BESE has no interest in protecting children, but it is only driven to protect its interests and agenda.”   “ With every action of the BESE majority, it is creating a clear perception of its indignant presumption that it is above the law and the principal actors have no shame in acting in that manner,” Wood continued. “In continuing to ignore parents and teachers and to defy the laws and leader of our state – Governor Jindal, and by refusing to do a proper RFP for the assessments, these principal actors are only digging a deeper hole for themselves and destroying the public perception and credibility of BESE.”  

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Layoffs Prove the Deceit of Amnesty

July 22, 2014 Posted by

The shocking announcement that Microsoft is cutting 18,000 jobs is still sinking in. Most of those employees do not have a realistic chance of obtaining as good a job as the one they are losing. In the United States, the number of engineering jobs has been sharply declining. In 2002 the number of electrical engineering jobs in the United States was 385,000, but despite increased demand for technology, the job total dropped to only 300,000 last year. And that number is not even for American workers, because thousands of these jobs are soaked up by the H-1B visa racket, whereby companies like Microsoft can import and pay foreign workers less than it costs to hire an American. High-tech companies have thousands of foreign employees working on H-1B visas, who are almost like indentured servants to the company because they lose their right to be in our country if they leave their job. Microsoft’s massive layoff makes downright ridiculous the op-ed recently published by Bill Gates and his billionaire pals, Warren Buffett and Sheldon Adelson. They and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, who financed the lobby group FWD.us, demand immediate amnesty disguised as immigration reform in order to bring in more cheap labor. The real shortage is in good jobs, but these visas flood the labor market and hold wages down, when wages should be climbing for American workers. Fewer Americans have a job today than just six years ago, even though the potential workforce has expanded during that time. One reason is the overuse of foreign labor by large companies. Microsoft is highly profitable, breaking its own records for revenue and profits as recently as last year, with an effective tax rate of less than 20 percent. One of its directors has agreed to pay $2 billion for a basketball team, and Bill Gates is often listed as the wealthiest man in the world. In 2007, at a U.S. Senate committee hearing, Gates asked for permission to import “an infinite number” of foreign workers. “I don’t think there should be any limit,” he continued, but at any rate the cap should be “dramatically increased.” In 2008, before the Science and Technology Committee of the U.S. House, Gates claimed he had jobs “going begging” that no American could be found to do, so he had no choice but to import workers from India. When Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) suggested he might consider raising the pay for those jobs, Gates impatiently dismissed that option, saying, “No, it’s not an issue of raising wages. These jobs are very, very high paying jobs.” Economics 101 teaches that wages are a function of supply and demand. When the supply of labor is increased, such as by expanding immigration, then wages can and do decrease, despite increased productivity. Recently a reporter caught up with the laid-off semiconductor engineer whose wife publicly challenged President Obama in January 2012, “Why does the government continue to issue and extend H-1B visas when there are tons of Americans just like my husband with no job?” Darin Wedel eventually found a job in the health care industry, earning $40,000-a-year less than before. President Obama is still deceiving the American public about the economy, bragging that 288,000 jobs were created last month. As Mort Zuckerman explained in the Wall Street Journal, “Most people will have the impression that the 288,000 jobs created last month were full-time. Not so.” They were part-time jobs, which pay lower wages than the full-time jobs that have disappeared. There are several reasons for this, such as employers’ desire to avoid the Obamacare mandate to provide health insurance to anyone working 30 or more hours a week. Another is women’s willingness to accept lower pay in exchange for a flexible schedule with fewer hours per day, per week, and per year. But now many breadwinners, including men, have been forced to take these jobs. Of men aged 25 to 54, one in six does not work; fifty years ago, only one in 20 was not working. When we first brought the transformation of the American economy into a part-time worker society in 2010, many scoffed and suggested that when the ‘recovery’ really gets going the temp jobs will all be morphed into high-paying full-time jobs. Instead, Zuckerman writes, “more than 24 million Americans remain jobless, working part-time involuntarily or having left the workforce.” Zuckerman hits us with the depressing conclusion: “Faith in the American dream is eroding fast. The feeling is that the rules aren’t fair and the system has been rigged in favor of business and against the average person.” One Senator who always speaks up for Americans, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, said, “I don’t think you can make the argument that we have a labor shortage.” The answer should be: close the border; absolutely no amnesty masquerading as “immigration reform.” Phyllis Schlafly is a lawyer, conservative political analyst and author of 20 books. She is the co-author, with George Neumayr, of the New York Times Best-Seller titled “No Higher Power: Obama’s War on Religious Freedom.” She can be contacted by e-mail at  phyllis@eagleforum.org . To find out more about Phyllis Schlafly and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Website at  www.creators.com

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Choosing Life over Convenience

July 22, 2014 Posted by

As the debate examining prohibiting late term abortions has unfolded, I can’t help but think of my youngest grandson who was born a few years ago, weighing only 2 lbs 5 oz at 28 weeks. After his birth, I spent a lot of time with him in the neonatal intensive care unit, watching him grow stronger every day until he was able to finally go home with his family. Witnessing the miracle of his birth and the struggle he had in those early weeks, it breaks my heart that anyone would have a problem with limiting late term abortions and abortions after 20 weeks. Every child should have the opportunity at life, like my grandson did. When did we become a country that celebrated abortion on demand and convenience over life? Conservatives have been fighting for life since Roe v. Wade was handed down, and although we have been able to chip away at that life destroying decision, the battle will continue until every unborn life is protected. My opponent in the Louisiana Senate election, Mary Landrieu, calls herself pro-life “with exceptions.” She is going to have to explain this concept to me because there is no exception when it comes to life. You either believe in saving it or not. It’s troubling to me that a candidate would run for re-election as a pro-life advocate with a record that doesn’t match this claim. The Louisiana Right to Life Federation gives Landrieu only a 27 percent score while she has a 100% pro-abortion record according to National Right to Life. She has also voted for a resolution that supports Roe v. Wade , the decision that made abortion in the United States legal. So where does she really stand? Her record does not line up with her rhetoric. Recently, Rasmussen found that more and more voters are identifying themselves as pro-life instead of pro-choice. This shows, that yet again, Landrieu’s priorities are not in line with the voters. Or even worse, she’s deliberately choosing to use a pro-life vocabulary to pander to pro-life voters, hoping no one will notice that her record doesn’t add up with her promises. As a Senator, I will support our values, our families, and more importantly life. Without life we have no liberty. Life is our most basic right, the right from which all our other rights derive. Everyone has not only the right to life, but a responsibility to protect it, especially for those that can’t protect themselves. Rob Maness is a retired Air Force colonel, running for U.S. Senate in Louisiana. He was a commander in operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, and his combat decorations include the Bronze Star and Air Medal. 

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