Is the country's unemployment nightmare over? It sounded like it from all the excitement over the weekend about the Senate Gang of Eight's near agreement on comprehensive immigration reform which is about greatly increasing the number of work permits for foreign workers. Yet, other news of the week for all to read told a different story in which a nation awash with too many workers for too few jobs can't possibly need more immigration.
The bottom line seems to be that Graham will not step away from the comprehensive amnesty bill no matter how many unemployed South Carolinians, their families and friends say it would hurt them. BUT he WILL turn against the amnesty -- he WILL BACK DOWN -- if the cheap-labor employers say the amnesty bill would require them to pay the foreign workers too much (thus encouraging them to hire jobless South Carolinians instead.
The report is attractive, thick and has a lot of impressive-sounding academic language, including some helpful findings. But the news out of the latest Brookings Institute polling claiming majority support for amnesty does not give an accurate picture of what already was not a very credible poll.
Time magazine provides almost the perfect example of how little America's opinion elites identify with America's working classes.It comes today at the end of a rather helpful article by Alex Altman, entitled "Four Hurdles That Could Block Immigration Reform." http://swampland.time.com/2013/03/20/four-hurdles-that-could-block-immigration-reform/print/Despite the New York Times and a number of other media trumpeting that comprehensive immigration reform looks to be almost a don
Whether or not you admire the bold individualistic leadership of Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on other issues, I know you will be disappointed and maybe even shocked by the immigration platform he outlined this morning before the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Based on the ridiculous and inhumane claim that America suffers from a labor shortage, two groups of elites (business and evangelical leaders) are pouring big money into countering NumbersUSA’s TV and radio ads that criticize Sen.
I have no doubt that America's Catholic bishops are nice people and mean well. But their callous indifference to America's unemployed and low-wage workers is astounding when it comes to their lobbying on immigration policy. The Washington Post reports that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is going to expend another $800,000 of its anti-poverty funds to help pass a bill that will add millions more foreign workers to compete for scarce U.S. jobs.
The claims in our TV and radio ads about Sen. Graham (R-S.C.) and his Gang of Eight's comprehensive immigration reform proposals are so shocking that some South Carolina news outlets are saying they must be false. Well, they ARE shocking. But, sadly for South Carolina's and the nation's workers and taxpayers, the information in the ads is true. Let us show you the ways.
Wouldn't you like to see some proof of sincerity from the pro-amnesty Republicans who declared the White House's leaked amnesty plan a travesty and some form of dead on arrival? If they think the President's plan is so awful, how do they explain the fact that the bi-partisan Gang of Eight plan is virtually the same in five egregious ways?
The President's State of the Union address and the Republican and Tea Party responses were supposed to focus on the need to put Americans back to work. But I was not surprised to hear very little compassion for the jobless when they talked about immigration. Nonetheless, the sense of inevitability of an amnesty passing this year seemed to recede somewhat tonight.