Posted in In General on May 30th, 2007 by MorningStar

gone fishing

Share

The narrow slice smells the same as the rest – Toxic

Posted in Illegal Aliens & Immigration Reforms on May 29th, 2007 by MorningStar

In Glynco, Georgia, at the nation’s largest training center for law enforcement officers, George W. Bush gave full vent to his feelings of anger and frustration with Congrssional immigration opponents who continue their resistance in spite of the increasingly heavy pressure to cave on the proposed immigration deal.

The president has falsely characterized the legislation as having strong enforcement components enabling the U.S. government more likely to enforce our border.  About the Congressional opposition the President stated, “”Those determined to find fault with this bill will always be able to look at a narrow slice of it and find something they don’t like.”

George seems to be missing the point more than usual on this issue.  If the proposed legislation is so beneficial to the people of this nation then why not publish the entire text so we can all see the wonderful elements it contains?  At this point in time, nobody needs to depend on one “narrow slice of it” because the entire thing reeks like a month old catbox and there is nothing in it that seems even remotely beneficial to the American people.

Why do we need to legalize 20 million illegal aliens, the majority of which have no real job skills, do not speak English and have no respect for American law?  Why do we need to allow millions of additional unskilled aliens into our country to flood the labor market, drive down American wages and increase the unemployment rate of American citizens?  Why would a “nation of laws” authorize legal residency for aliens with criminal records?  What economic benefit is there to importing Mexico’s poverty to the United States and, thereby creating an even greater burden on the American taxpayer? How will any of this benefit our society or our nation?  Is granting amnesty to the illegal aliens worth alienating the American people and creating the biggest divide in our nation since the end of the Civil War?

Every thing about this proposed legislation is a disaster.  The way it is being shoved through Congress is a travesty and the pressure that is being brought to bear on our elected representatives to pass this trash into law is a complete outrage against the very principles of democracy on which this country was founded.

This proposed legislation needs to be destroyed along with the political careers of those who have endorsed it.  The American people need to act now if they want to salvage what is left of their freedom and the American way of life that has made their lives so comfortable.  

, ,

  digg this | del.icio.us

Share

An Entirely New World

Posted in Illegal Aliens & Immigration Reforms on May 28th, 2007 by MorningStar

Millions of American citizens are shaking their head in disbelief as our elected representatives forge ahead with plans to implement a sweeping immigration reform act that will drastically change the United States of America irreversibly and permanently in ways that most American citizens have repeatedly stated they wholeheartedly oppose.
 
There are provisions included in the legislation now being considered in Congress that will effectively grant full amnesty to anywhere between 12 and 20+ million illegal aliens, including forgiveness for income tax evasion, identity theft and welfare fraud and a whole host of misdemeanor and minor felony offenses.  There is the guest worker program that will allow 200,000 additional unskilled aliens into the country every year on top of the millions already here and there is an agricultural worker program that could allow up to 1.5 million agricultural workers to enter the U.S. over the next five years.  The standard required for eligibility under these programs is low and illegal aliens with aggravated felony convictions for violent crimes, multiple drunk driving convictions, or numerous misdemeanor convictions of a more serious nature might be denied legal status if they cannot get a waiver from the Department of Homeland Security.        

The security and enforcement provisions contained in the proposed immigration reform act are essentially meaningless.  As the American people witnessed with the 1986 Amnesty bill, security and enforcement provisions can be marginalized at a later date; appropriations can disappear altogether leaving them entirely unfunded and programs such as the one requiring employers to validate prospective employee’s immigration status, can fall apart even before they get off the drawing board.  Our government has already funneled millions upon millions of dollars into the construction of the border fence required under the Secure Fence Act of 2006 and so far there are only two miles of this fence that have actually been completed.  The federal government’s lack of initiative toward getting this job done in a competent manner speaks clearly with respect to any security or enforcement provisions included in the current legislation.

Without regard for the millions of letters, faxes, emails and countless petitions sent and received by every elected official in this country demanding their opposition to this legislation; pleading with them to not implement these changes and even threatening them with impeachment or the loss of future support, our Congressional representatives in Washington are moving forward.  The overwhelming majority of American voters and legal residents are outraged and frustrated with their lack of understanding and as the political stragglers and non-conformists come under intense pressure from their party leadership to give their support the tension across our nation builds. 

The American people want to know why this is being done against their wishes.  They are demanding answers but the responses they are getting are condescending aphoristic statements that appear to be written by extremely deviant but, politically correct, greeting card writers. 

“Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good,” stated Dianne Feinstein. 
We have heard countless repetitions of the comment, “We are a nation of immigrants.” 
“We need to find a system that values and honors the work of all,” said Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi added her two cents with the statement, “The landscaper is just as important as the computer scientist.”
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff simplistically chimed in with, “There will be people who want to complain and will miss the problem if they can’t complain about it. This is about solving it.”

There is no end to the meaningless statements flooding out of the mouths of Washington’s elite as they struggle to justify this exercise in creative tyranny but, none of them have really come clean on the subject.   We have heard plenty of staunch opposition to parts of their plan and some from those who oppose everything about it but when you get right down to it none of them have given a decent factual explanation of why it is being done or what overall future goal they are aiming for and, it’s enough to make you think that they don’t want the American citizens to know.

We have heard a lot of speculation about large American corporations and business lobbyists pushing for immigration reform because, to them, it symbolizes vast quantities of cheap labor but this is not all that realistic.  Illegal aliens have demonstrated the ability to become very savvy, very fast, once they are legalized.  They know their rights in the workplace and they are not shy about joining or even forming labor unions to better their lot in life.  Any gains derived from the cheap labor of illegal aliens are quickly lost when they become legal residents and America’s large corporate leaders know this.  The need for cheap labor by business is something that is often thrown out there by liberal elements trying to blame conservatives for immigration problems.  The need is real but the fact is, the need is served by illegal aliens, not legal residents.  Another reason that gets a lot of headway is the push by Democrats to bring in people who will eventually identify strongly with the lies the liberals tell each other and, once they become legal citizens hopefully they will swell the ranks of the Democratic party.  There’s probably more to this than the cheap labor angle but, under the provisions of the current legislation, it would be a long time before the Democrats realized any gains in this regard.  The illegal aliens could be on the backlogged treadmill to citizenship for a decade or more without making much headway so once again, the angle is somewhat less than entirely credible and, while it may be a useful rock for the Republicans to throw at the Democrats, it falls quite a distance from actually providing a realistic justification.  So what possible justification is there for defying the will of the American people and cramming this entire fraud down their throats?

While the people of this country have gone about their daily lives of going to work and paying their bills, the federal government has been consistently but, very quietly edging closer and closer towards what they describe as a “trilateral agreement” with Mexico and Canada to form the North American Union. 
This is not the delusional ramblings of nut job conspiracy freaks but actual verifiable fact.  Anyone who cares to validate the existence of this effort can view a collection of documents related to it on the U.S. governments own website at usa.gov and type the letters SPP into the search box at the top of the page and hit enter.  The first item offered at the top of the results is the home page of the “The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America.”  The second item is a link to another web page where the U.S. government will attempt to advise you that what you are seeing on the first page is not really what you think you are seeing, however, if you have the patience to read everything available you are not going to be convinced.  I guarantee it.

So what does this have to do with the currently debated immigration reform legislation?  Plenty.  Essentially, the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America is a merger of the United States with Mexico and Canada.  In March, 2005 President Bush, along with Mexican President Vicente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin, met in Waco, Texas and took the first steps towards establishing this new transnational governing body which President George W. Bush described as being dedicated to “markets and democracy, freedom and trade, and mutual prosperity and security.”  In the report entitled “Building a North American Community” published that same year by the Council on Foreign Relations, by 2010 we will see the creation of “a North American community to enhance security, prosperity, and opportunity . . . Its boundaries will be defined by a common external tariff and an outer security perimeter within which the movement of people, products, and capital will be legal, orderly and safe. Its goal will be to guarantee a free, secure, just, and prosperous North America.”

In order to achieve the first step in this plan whereby there is the free and unrestricted movement of people across borders those borders have to be effectively erased and the United States of America has to eliminate the idea of sovereignty and the current legislation pushes this ultimate goal right up to the front door of every American citizen.  The creation of the North American Union will result in vast wealth for the American corporations that are already poised to take advantage of it and our government’s plan is a lot farther along than most people know.  The land has already been purchased for a 400 yard wide NAFTA Super Highway running from Mexico to Canada right through the Heartland of the United States and construction is scheduled to begin soon.  This will allow ships carrying imported goods from Asia to unload at the Mexican port of Lazaro Cardenas before being distributed throughout North America and the first customs stop the Mexican trucks will have to make is in Kansas City where a brand new 3 million dollar Mexican customs facility is already under construction, inside the United States.  Cheap labor and a plentiful supply of ignorant voters is chickenfeed in comparison to the amount of money this deal represents to American corporations and business interests and if there is one single item that is pushing the entire immigration train more than any other it is good old-fashioned capitalist greed. Greed, pure and simple, is the driving force that motivates megalithic corporate conglomerates, the banking industry and others to buy, outright, the votes of America’s Democratic and the Republican representatives in Congress in favor of whatever it takes to make their dream a reality – at the expense of the American people and, the only course of action available to America’s citizens seems to be to face the fact that this is an entirely new world we are entering and our desires count for very little.

, , ,

digg this | del.icio.us
Share

High Cost of Cutting Corners

Posted in Illegal Aliens & Immigration Reforms on May 27th, 2007 by MorningStar

If the United States government want to overhaul the country’s immigration laws in a manner that benefits the people of this country and the security of the nation then why aren’t they addressing ways to lighten the load on an already overburdened system instead of proposing changes that will only make the burden heavier.  Testimony in recent congressional hearings has enabled us to understand that the immigration paperwork backlog of for application being processed by USCIS is already very large and that it is gotten way out of control.  The administration of this department has resorted to various strategies in the attempt to encourage faster processing times by their employees.  This has resulted in numerous shortcuts and errors.  Thousands of individuals from countries that sponsor terrorists have been given legal residence in the U.S. because background checks are not being done and this has put the citizens of this country at risk.  This has all been testified to before Congress by very credible sources in government, it is not fantasy or hearsay, it is factual information.  If our government now provides amnesty to the 12 to 20 million illegal aliens now in this country, USCIS will be completely inundated with applications from foreigners within this country.  There is no way to credibly and accurately ascertain the identity and country of origin for every one of these individuals and no agency within the U.S. government has the capacity and resources to handle the flood of applications that will come in if this ill-advised proposal become law.  Even if the size of USCIS were doubled or tripled, the workload would be impossible to deal with and corners will be cut.  Background check will be incomplete and numerous errors will result.  Our enemies in the world know that there will be many mistakes made just as there have been in the past and they are counting on those mistakes.  Mahmud Abouhalima, a leader of the 1993 Trade Center bombing, was legalized as a seasonal agricultural worker as part of the 1986 amnesty. After he was legalized, he was able to travel outside of the U.S with greater freedom of movement.  Subsequently he used that freedom to make several trips to Afghanistan and Pakistan where he received the terrorist training he used to build and place the bomb he and his group constructed. Violations of immigration laws are very common among terrorists. It is something they are trained to do.

Foreign-born militant Islamic terrorists have used almost every conceivable means of entering the country. They have come as students, tourists, and business visitors. They have also been Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) and naturalized U.S. citizens. They have snuck across the border illegally, arrived as stowaways on ships, used false passports, and have been granted amnesty. Terrorists have even used America’s humanitarian tradition of welcoming those seeking asylum.  While the majority of terrorists captured in the United States have entered our country with legitimate visas they would prefer to enter the country illegally because there is less chance of discovery and their presence is unknown.
 
FBI Director Robert Mueller, during the House Appropriations Committee hearing on March 9, 2005 admitted that he was aware that illegal immigrants from countries with Al Qaeda ties are entering the U.S. from our southern border using false identities. The information concerned the now former Homeland Security Deputy Secretary James Loy enough that he wrote: “Recent information from ongoing investigations, detentions and emerging threat streams strongly suggest that al Qaeda has considered using the Southwest border to infiltrate the United States. Several al Qaeda leaders believe operatives can pay their way into the country through Mexico, and also believe illegal entry is more advantageous than legal entry for operational security reasons.”

The 9/11 Commission Report stated that Lebanese nationals with ties to Hamas and Hezbollah are being smuggled into the United States with the assistance of corrupt Mexican officials and American intelligence has confirmed an interest by the groups al Qaeda and Hezbollah in the Arab communities of the central South American tri-border area as a staging ground for attacks on the U.S.

Al Qaeda terrorists have been captured at the U.S.-Mexico border.  Rep. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.) reported to the Charlotte Observer that three of them were captured while crossing the U.S./Mexico border in November 2005.  The “dirty bomber” Jose Padilla, was told to enter the United States from Mexico by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the former al Qaeda operations chief because al Qaeda intelligence sources indicated that entering the U.S. from Mexico was easy, safe and certain.

On September 11, 2001, 19 terrorists killed over 3000 people inside the United States of America.  The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General’s Office has disclosed that since 2001 over 45,000 high-risk aliens from countries known to sponsor terrorism have been admitted to the United States because of the department’s inability to appropriately conduct background checks.  If a mere 2% of those 45,000 high-risk aliens are affiliated with terrorist groups, then we have 900 terrorists in this country already and they are here with legal documents because our government agencies couldn’t get the proper paperwork completed and cut corners.  If each of them were as successful as the 9/11 terrorists who were responsible for approximately 158 deaths per man, we could be looking at a potential cost of around 143,000 American lives all because one agency in our government decided to cut corners.

digg this | del.icio.us
Share

Immigration Compromise Leadership

Posted in Illegal Aliens & Immigration Reforms on May 26th, 2007 by MorningStar

Leaders of the immigration compromise

In case anybody didn’t know who created the travesty

 

digg this | del.icio.us

Share

It’s not their problem

Posted in Illegal Aliens & Immigration Reforms on May 25th, 2007 by MorningStar

In 1986 it was unrealistic to round up the three million illegal aliens in the United States and deport them so our government, in direct opposition to the will of the people, granted them amnesty thereby encouraging another twelve to twenty million illegal aliens to flood into the U.S. during the 21 years that followed.

In 2007 it it again considered unrealistic to round up the 12 to 20 million illegal aliens in the in the United States and deport them so our government, again in direct opposition to the will of the people, intends to grant them amnesty which can only result in the encouragement of the next 30 to 40 million illegal aliens that will invariably invade our country over the next twenty years.  

If 76% of the American people can understand the stupidity of repeating past mistakes why can’t George W. Bush, Edward Kennedy and John McCain?

If the so-called comprehensive immigration reform bill currently being debated in the U.S. Senate was an honest attempt by our elected representatives to secure our nation’s borders and bring lasting benefit to the citizens and legal residents of the United States of America then why was it negotiated behind closed doors, why did groups like La Raza have final say on it, why haven’t the American people been able to see the entire text of the proposed bill, why are our elected representatives being pressured so hard to pass it and finally, why is it being rushed through the Senate like a ticking bomb?

The answer to all of these questions is very simple.  The bill currently being rushed through the Senate is a dishonest fraud that will not secure our borders, will not result in increased enforcement and will not bring anything remotely beneficial to our nation or to the people who have a legal right to be here and every elected official in Washington D.C. knows that this is the absolute truth.  The federal government is not going to enforce border security.  They haven’t honestly enforced the security of our borders in the last thirty years and they are not going to start now.  Last year Congress authorized the construction of 700 miles of border fence and at this point they have only managed to actually build 2 miles of it.  Does this say anything at all about their intentions to secure our borders?  There are no U.S. Senators in danger of losing their jobs to illegal aliens, their neighborhoods are not becoming barrios overnight, their kids are not being run down by drunken illegal aliens without drivers licenses or car insurance and they aren’t worried about their wives being raped and killed by some sick bastard that’s already been deported from the country a dozen times. It’s not their problem.  They don’t care.

Isn’t it about time “we the people” of the United States made this their problem?

 

  digg this | del.icio.us

Share

Senate Votes to keep Amnesty provision intact

Posted in Illegal Aliens & Immigration Reforms on May 25th, 2007 by MorningStar

The New York Times, The Washington Times, The Miami Herald, The Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal simultaneously reported that the U.S. Senate voted 66 to 29 to keep the amnesty provision intact as part of what they are calling a comprehensive immigration reform bill. Senator Brownback and four other senators did not vote on the decision.

Senator David Vitter, Republican of Louisiana, brought out the proposal to eliminate the program, which, he stated was, “amnesty, pure and simple,” further adding that it would act like a magnet, encouraging even more illegal immigration.

Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, the chief Democratic architect of the bill, responded to Vitter’s challenge by defending the program. Kennedy said that in order for an illegal alien to obtain legal status they would have to pay fines, pass background checks and, in most cases, hold jobs.

Senator Ken Salazar, Democrat of Colorado and one of the co-authors of the bill has been dismissing opponents by describing them as “Bomb Throwers” trying to find anything possible to derail the proposed legislative disaster.  The Senate narrowly rejected two earlier proposals that would have upset the compromise deal being proposed.  The first was to end the guest worker program after five years for unskilled workers and the second was to prevent cities from offering sanctuary to illegal aliens.

If the amnesty provision remains intact and the bill becomes law, 12 to 20 million illegal aliens currently residing in the United States could apply for legal residency.  The proposal for background checks is written to allow illegal aliens with up to three misdemeanor crimes or a “minor” felony to become legalized by obtaining a waiver from the Department of Homeland Security.  Illegal aliens with major felony convictions would presumably not be eligible for these waivers but that is not quite guaranteed.  How this would apply to the thousands of illegal alien pedophiles and rapists that have been apprehended and deported prior to being actually convicted is still unknown.  Since these scumbags were never convicted of a crime in the U.S. they might be eligible for legalization right along with the rest.  Another area that appears to be subject to some degree of relaxation is the requirement for health checks and medical screening.  During the debate over sanctuary cities, Senator Kennedy made the comment that he would not want to endorse anything that would make it more difficult for illegal aliens to get treatment for diseases like tuberculosis while in the United States, the apparent implication being that they would be allowed to enter the country regardless of their contagious diseases.

The Senators who voted to keep the amnesty provision intact are listed below:

Akaka (D-HI)
Bayh (D-IN)
Bennett (R-UT)
Biden (D-DE)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Burr (R-NC)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Clinton (D-NY)
Coleman (R-MN)
Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Craig (R-ID)
Dodd (D-CT)
Domenici (R-NM)
Durbin (D-IL)
 Ensign (R-NV)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Graham (R-SC)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hagel (R-NE)
Harkin (D-IA)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inouye (D-HI)
Isakson (R-GA)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Lott (R-MS)
Lugar (R-IN)
Martinez (R-FL)
McCain (R-AZ)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Obama (D-IL)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Salazar (D-CO)
Sanders (I-VT)
Smith (R-OR)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (R-PA)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Stevens (R-AK)
Warner (R-VA)
Webb (D-VA)
Wyden (D-OR)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Voinovich (R-OH)

digg this | del.icio.us

Share

SAG Adopts Retaliation Policy against Agency Members

Posted in Labor Unions on May 25th, 2007 by MorningStar

According to an article carried on the front page of the May 22, 2007 edition of “Daily Variety,” Doug Allen, the National Executive Director of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) announced at the union’s recently held membership meeting that the labor organization has adopted a policy of discrimination against members who object to the labor union’s use of membership dues for political purposes.  Additionally, the Daily Variety article indicated that SAG would make it very difficult for any member who withdrew from the union to work on a non-union project to later rejoin, regardless of federal law.

Under federal law union members are allowed to withdraw from union membership but, they are required to pay an agency fee that is the equivalent to the union dues paid by regular union members.  The Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists misleadingly refer to the agency fee and those who pay it as “financial core membership.” 

The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) stipulates that union members who quit the union and elect to pay the agency fee or “fi-core,” in the case of SAG and AFTRA, may object to portions of his or her agency fee being used to support political candidates or ideological causes that the objecting member does not support.  Objecting members would then be assessed a reduced amount calculated on a per capita basis for their share of strictly germane union activities such as the expenses associated with negotiations, the processing of union grievances or expenses related to the operation of a hiring hall.  The amount of this reduced fee must represent the actual costs of the germane union activities and the amount is subject to audit at the discretion of the individual who is forced to pay it.  Federal law prohibits discriminatory retaliation against union members who withdraw from labor organizations and offers legal protection to those who elect to pay a reduced fee as a result of their objection to the political and ideological spending practices of a labor organization.  Retaliatory actions such as causing an advertising agency or producer not to hire or to terminate the employment of an individual who is paying the reduced fee would constitute an unfair labor practice under the provisions of the National Labor Relations Act.  SAG and AFTRA members may, at their discretion, resign and declare “financial core status” to escape the unions’ rules against working for nonunion employers; however, in order to avoid union disciplinary action under SAG Rule One, an actor or actress must resign from the union prior to the commencement of the nonunion work.

Federal law and numerous Supreme Court Decisions support the individual’s right to withdraw from their labor union as well as their right to object to the union’s political spending and the reduction of the amount required to those costs found to be germane.  If you feel that you are being harassed, discriminated against or disciplined in any way as a result of these protected activities you should contact the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for guidance. Furthermore, well experianced legal professionals at the National Right To Work Foundation are available to offer assistance and advice to anyone being subjected to heavy handed union tactics such as this and they are more than willing to assess your circumstances, guide you through the process of dealing with the NLRB and, in some cases, represent you before the Board or, in court if it is required.

digg this | del.icio.us

Share

The more we hear the worse it sounds

Posted in Illegal Aliens & Immigration Reforms on May 24th, 2007 by MorningStar

Illegal aliens who have been caught and ordered deported, but who are currently defying that order, could be allowed to stay and even get on a path to citizenship under the Senate immigration bill.

They are known as ‘alien absconders’ for having ignored the law or been deported and re-entered the country illegally. There were more than 623,000 fugitive aliens, according to a March report by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General — up more than 200,000 since 2003.

Under the Senate bill, if they don’t have a major felony or three misdemeanors on their records, they could be legalized through a waiver from the Department of Homeland Security.

 Washington Times Article Here

  digg this | del.icio.us

Share

Tom Tancredo – What do you know about him?

Posted in Illegal Aliens & Immigration Reforms, Politics & Government on May 24th, 2007 by MorningStar

Tom Tancredo – What do you know about him?  Most published references to the Colorado Congressman and 2008 Republican presidential candidate have been fairly negative.  The Democrats have labeled him a racist, a xenophobe and a radical right wing extremist while, some of his fellow Republicans have said that he is a troublemaker, a boat-rocker and a non-conformist, however, as the American voting public is well aware, Tom Tancredo is not the first Washington politician to be discounted with simplistic characterizations like this and he will not be the last.  Washington politics has always been a game played in the gutter and, not only does it seems to get worse with every election season, the 2008 Presidential Election is gearing up to be the dirtiest mud-slinging contest ever.  The campaign chests are already filling up with contributions.  Hillary Clinton has already amassed more than 36 million dollars for her presidential campaign and Mitt Romney is closing in with nearly $25 million.  These are incredible sums of money to most people but, that is what it takes to convince the American people that a pig’s ear is really a silk purse.  Hiring a legion of campaign consultants and public relations experts to transform a self-serving fork-tongued power broker into a veritable knight in shining armor – the last hope of the American people, has got to be pretty expensive.   The more dishonest the candidate has been and the more unethical, unhanded deals they’ve cut in the past, the harder it is to make them look good and the more it will cost.   With that in mind, what possible hope does somebody like Tom Tancredo have of overcoming the negative labels that have been pasted on him by both parties?  He’s only managed to collect a little over a million dollars so far and that’s certainly not enough to hire a squad of high priced apologists like the top favored candidates have done.  Then again, Tancredo’s past record is remarkably unblemished with the sort of backdoor deals and cram-it-down-their-throats legislation that has pushed so many American’s to the point of insurrection and the man may end up having to resort to the one strategy that most of this country’s politicians are avoiding like the plague – telling the truth.  For Tom Tancredo, this sort of campaign strategy could work miracles because when you check the facts in his regard, the truth is not only plainly obvious, it is amazingly consistent and loaded with the sort of common sense logic that the American people rarely see in a politician.

Tancredo was born in Denver, Colorado to Adeline Lombardi and Gerald Tancredo. Both sets of his grandparents emigrated from Italy.  He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in political science and took a job teaching history at Drake Junior High School in Arvada, Colorado.  The unverified rumor has it that in 1976 some of the students in Tancredo’s history class dared him to run for political office.  He took the dare and ran for a seat in the Colorado House of Representatives as a virtual unknown.  His campaign flyers had his recipe for good government on one side and his mother’s recipe for spaghetti sauce on the other.  It proved to be a good combination because he won the election and served two terms of office in the Colorado House of Representatives.

In 1981 Tancredo was appointed to head the regional office of the Department of Education in the Reagan administration under Education Secretary William Bennett who favored the former Colorado legislator for his socially conservative viewpoint and his belief that the federal government should have less control over how local school boards ran their schools.  After four years with the Department of Education in Denver, Tancredo managed eliminate 165 unnecessary and redundant staff positions thereby freeing up millions of dollars that could be put to better use teaching the students.  He remained in this capacity through the first Bush administration and quit in 1992 when he became the President of the Independence Institute, a conservative think tank based in Golden, Colorado.  After Dan Schaefer decided not to run for a seventh full term in the 6th Congressional District in 1998, Tancredo won the five-way Republican primary and subsequently won the election in November 1998 to become the representative for the 6th Congressional District of Colorado.  He has remained in this office since first taking the oath 1999.

I’m not going to lay out Tom Tancredo’s Congressional voting record and his campaign finances here.  Why take my word for anything when you can easily access the information more directly.

Tom Tancredo’s Congressional Voting Record
Tom Tancredo’s Campaign Finances

Admittedly, there have been a lot of things said about Tom Tancredo.  The man is not afraid of speaking out and he has attracted the ire of quite a few special interest groups.  There are many Democrats and Republicans that would like to discount Tancredo as a one issue candidate and a lot of them have referred to him as an isolationist, a xenophobe and a hate monger in their attacks but, if you care to look, you will find that none of these characterizations are close to the truth and they all indicate more about the people who employ them than they do about the intended target.

Tancredo On Immigration Reform
Tancredo has always been an outspoken advocate for immigration reform.  Not the sort of immigration reform that’s now coming out of the White House and the Senate’s closed door compromise deal and certainly not the McCain-Kennedy type of immigration reform.  Tancredo’s idea of immigration reform is not about how to benefit the nearly twenty million illegal aliens currently in the United States and it is not about appeasing the corrupt government of Mexico.  Tom Tancredo’s idea of immigration reform is about securing the sovereign borders of our nation so that terrorists do not take advantage of our lax enforcement policies like they did in the days leading up to 9-11.  His idea for immigration reform is about reducing the overwhelming numbers of illegal aliens in this country by imposing sanctions on those who employ them because common sense dictates that without jobs they will go home and without the hope of getting jobs in this country, they will stay home.    His idea for immigration reform is about reducing the unsustainable influx of immigrants to a reasonable level where the American people can be assured that those coming into this country will be assimilated into our society as productive citizens eager to participate in our society in meaningful and beneficial ways and, that they are capable of achieving the prosperity they came here looking for.  His idea of immigration reform may not provide all of the cheap labor that American corporations are looking for and it may not give the Democratic Party with the future welfare recipients they depend on for votes but, you could be sure that any potential immigrant entering the U.S. had gone through a background check, a criminal records check and had been screened for the nasty third-world diseases that have been cropping up all over the U.S. since enforcement went by the wayside.  Above all else, Tom Tancredo’s vision of immigration reform would be designed around what benefits the American people as opposed to what his detractor’s now propose as being in the best interests of the criminal aliens who are bleeding the American taxpayer’s for all their worth.  If the desire to see this nation survive and prosper and the desire to maintain the American way of life for the people who are legally living here and the generations that come after can considered xenophobic then Tancredo can be called a xenophobe.  As an alternative, many Democrats and Republicans are proposing that we allow them to turn the United States into a third world cesspool full of illiterate unskilled and impoverished people by rewarding those who have already broken our immigration laws with a chance at citizenship.  In comparison, Tancredo’s ideas appear to be the more logical and pragmatic.

Tancredo and Terrorism:
Tom Tancredo’s opinions about the war on terrorism gained national attention during a radio interview on Orlando talk-radio station WFLA AM 540.  He was asked to answer a hypothetical question about how the U.S. might respond to a nuclear attack on U.S. cities by al-Qaeda.  He stated that one possible response might be to be to retaliate by taking out Muslim holy sites.  His response outraged the sensitivities of the Muslim groups in America and gave the liberals something to point at for weeks afterwards.
Tom Tancredo is still one of the very few Washington politicians with the huevos to admit that America’s war with terrorism is really a war against the billion and a half adherents of radical Islamic fundamentalism who consider it a religious obligation to vent their homicidal impulses against all non-Muslims, westerners and anything they consider as an insult to their aberrant religious belief system.  While this realistic viewpoint is widely accepted throughout the civilized world it has been deemed politically unacceptable in the racially over-sensitive United States and, as a direct consequence, the American people don’t have any idea who they are supposed to be at war with or why they are fighting.  Tom Tancredo and 90% of the great commandeers throughout history seem to realize that the first step to victory is to identify the enemy.  Unfortunately George W. Bush can’t quite get a handle on this concept and the Democrats break into a cold sweat at the mere thought of identifying any specific ethnic or religious group of people as an enemy. 
I can’t really speak for Tom Tancredo or what he would do in Iraq but it is my belief that once our military identified and destroyed the terrorists in that country we would leave and let the Iraqi people sort out their own differences and set up any sort of government they felt they needed.  It’s really none of our business and we could put the money and effort into better things at home like securing our own defenses here.

Tancredo and Education:
One of the primary motivations behind Tom Tancredo’s desire to get into politics was the sorry shape of this country’s educational system.  As a former junior high school history teacher he knows first hand what the problems are and why they exist.  He knows that the United States federal government has done a terrible job managing the educational system and that our children would reap nothing but benefits from a system that allowed competition and a system that depended more on the input of the parents than the fickle nature of America’s politicians.  He has been a strong proponent of school vouchers which has not made him a favorite with the far too powerful teacher’s unions or the Democratic Party to whom they donate the majority of their member’s dues money.   
Tom Tancredo understands very well that the problems with America can’t be solved simply by improving the schools, reducing the involvement of the federal government and turning the control back over to the parents.  He knows that strong family values and solid communities where decent people can go to work, attend church and school, live their lives, raise their families and eventually retire in peace is the best medicine for what we all see as being wrong in our nation.

Tancredo and Taxes:
Tom Tancredo’s middle class background is well represented by his belief that this country’s tax system is too complex and that it unfairly burdens every working American.  He believes that we could do a lot better in the United States by cutting needless spending and implementing a flat tax.  It would allow companies and individuals the opportunity to put more money back into the economy and it would revitalize both U.S. industry and the American middle class.

Tom Tancredo has a lot of good ideas and most of them he got from the people he’s represented simply by listening to them.  He’s shaped his ideas around sound logic, good common sense and a real desire to bring honest government back to the citizens of this nation and you owe it to yourself to at least find out what the man has to offer before you close the door on him.   Tom Tancredo represents an opportunity for the people of the United States to actually change this country so that it serves the people.   The choice is ours.  In 2008 we can either make the same old choice between the lesser of two evils or we can throw our support behind Tancredo now and gain the opportunity to restore the destiny of our nation.

Tags
,

  digg this | del.icio.us

Share