Thursday, January 26, 2017



 The Road to Revolution or Civil War II Will Pass Down Wall Street

“Behind this year’s surge is a toxic mix of cuts to social services, unemployment, hopelessness…”

Maryland Democrat vetoes $15 county-wide minimum wage bill

By Nick Barrickman 
26 January 2017
On Monday, Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett announced his plans to veto legislation recently passed by the county’s legislative chamber, which would raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2020. Bill 12-16 passed the Legislative Council of the county located in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC in a 5-4 vote last week, despite opposition from local businesses.
If enacted, 12-16 would have required businesses employing more than 26 workers to gradually raise the county’s current minimum wage of $10.75 to $15 by 2020, with businesses employing less than 25 people having an additional two years to raise the hourly pay.
Leggett, a Democrat, cited fears that the bill would place Montgomery County at a “competitive disadvantage … compared to our neighboring jurisdictions” while calling for further study on the impact that raising the minimum wage would have on “private employers’ bottom line as well as the impact on county government.” In addition, Leggett demanded that the minimum wage bill should contain complete exemptions for minors and small businesses, while allowing larger companies until 2022 to implement the changes.
Marc Elrich (D-At Large), who sponsored the bill, defended the legislation by noting that previous studies into the expected impact that a wage raise would have in the county had been inconclusive. “You can’t do an examination of what’s going to happen in the private sector. … You can study what has happened, but you can’t tell what will happen going forward,” he stated. The bill was also supported by the MD/DC Fight for $15 Coalition, which included the Service Employees International Union and the Metro Washington Central Labor Council.
Council members who had opposed the bill based their “no” votes on claims that the legislation would drive away business. “The last time we took this up, we at least had Prince George’s County with us,” stated Nancy Floreen (also a Democrat), adding that enacting such legislation at the state level would be preferable.
Of cities within the region, currently only the District of Columbia has passed a $15 minimum wage bill. It provides for a rise from the present hourly rate of $10.50 to $15 by 2020. In Maryland, the statewide minimum wage is currently $8.75 an hour while in Virginia it is still $7.25, the federal minimum.
Montgomery County is the most populous jurisdiction in the state of Maryland, with a population of over 1,030,000 people. In 2011, Forbes rated the county as the tenth wealthiest county in the United States, while US Census data has recorded the county’s yearly median household income at over $97,000. Among the major firms based in the county are military contractor Lockheed Martin, Marriot International and Ritz-Carlton. The county is also home to the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.
The $15 minimum wage campaign that is being driven by the trade unions and so called progressive Democrats throughout the US is a sham. Democrats are seeking to don a veneer of concern for the plight of working people who are increasingly being driven into destitution with the spread of jobs paying poverty wages. The small proposed rise in the minimum wage, filled with exemptions and loopholes, will offer little improvement in the lives of workers given the high cost of living in heavily-populated metropolitan regions. As a statement released by the MD/DC Fight for $15 Coalition in response to the veto declared, “businesses will almost assuredly continue to thrive” in Montgomery County had the law passed.
The bill itself would not have brought working families’ household income anywhere near the estimated $79,000 yearly household requirement to maintain “modest” living standards in the county. According to the county’s Department of Health and Human Services, 7 percent of the population lives below the federal poverty line, with another 18.3 percent living within 200 percent of the poverty line.
Of households living in poverty, 57 percent are headed by a single mother. According to the Brookings Institution, between 2007 and 2010 the number of county residents living below the federal poverty line grew by two-thirds. Before the year 2000, no neighborhoods in Montgomery County contained poverty rates higher than 18 percent. As of 2014, 12 neighborhoods had such poverty rates, according to US Census data.

Build the La Raza Democrat Party base with open borders, no ID to vote Democrat, no E-VERIFY and NO DAMNED LEGAL NEED TO APPLY.
"Republicans should call for lower immigration to stop the Democrat voter recruitment.  But more importantly, all Americans should call for lower immigration in order to offer a better opportunity of finding jobs for those millions of their fellow Americans of all political persuasions who would like to work."




"Republicans should call for lower immigration to stop the Democrat voter recruitment.  But more importantly, all Americans should call for lower immigration in order to offer a better opportunity of finding jobs for those millions of their fellow Americans of all political persuasions who would like to work."

Judge orders Michigan to stop collections relating to alleged unemployment insurance fraud

By Debra Watson and Zac Corrigan
13 January 2017
A federal judge Wednesday ordered Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) to stop collecting money from claimants accused of fraud. The order was the result of a lawsuit filed in federal court. The ruling covers the period October 1, 2013 to August 7, 2015.
Tens of thousands of laid off Michigan workers lost millions of dollars of income resulting from a ruthless and vindictive campaign by state officials in UIA over a two-year period. According to a new report, from October 2013 until October 2015 state officials used aggressive collection policies to deny or take back legally mandated benefits paid out to 50,000 unemployed workers.
On top of being forced to return much-needed income, unemployed claimants were accused of civil fraud and assessed penalties as high as 400 percent. Often without notice, their tax refunds were seized or, in cases where recipients had found work after a layoff, their wages garnished.
The two-year dunning nightmare began when a newly installed computer system at UIA named MiDAS flagged, in error, a total of more than fifty thousand individual unemployment claims as fraudulent.
The computer was used to go back as far as 2007, thus capturing funds from claims granted during the worst years of the recession. The number of claims was high at that time, a period when official unemployment in Michigan was in the double digits.
Late last year a belated investigation, conducted by UIA officials themselves, reviewed 22,427 benefit denials that were the basis for fines and benefit recaptures. These encompassed cases in which claims were automatically rejected and prosecuted solely as a result of being flagged by the computer program. The agency found false accusations had been made at a whopping rate of 93 percent.
“I’ve been trying to get my back benefits and they’ve had me on hold for two months,” Rick, a hi lo driver falsely accused of unemployment fraud, told WSWS reporters outside a state unemployment office in downtown Detroit. “I’ve been out of work since July, but I had to wait for my severance package to run out to get unemployment.
“I went to phone court and they said ‘you did this in 2009’ and so on. ‘How many hours did you work?’ ‘Did you do this?’ Who can remember all the way back to 2009? They told me I owed them $2,000 and that’s what’s been holding me up. But I won the hearing. I’ll see what I get when I go in there.”
The review of the rejected claims by the UIA late last year partly resulted from several court cases filed by falsely accused claimants. Despite these suits, including one filed in spring 2015 by the Sugar Law Center and the United Auto Workers in US District Court in Detroit, little money has been paid back to wrongly targeted claimants.
Statements by UIA officials in December 2016 indicate the agency has returned only about $5.4 million to just 2,571 claimants falsely accused of fraud. The agency claimed that they have been unable to contact some others who were to be reimbursed.
At the same time, the Michigan House Fiscal Agency revealed that the UI Contingent Fund, where money collected from UI penalties is deposited, ballooned from $3.1 million in 2011 to about $155 million last October. A spokesman from Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s office told the Detroit Free Press this week that an additional $5 million was added to the fund in the last two months of 2016 bringing the balance to $160 million. This despite claims by UIA officials that the agency has reformed.
A recent report by the state auditor found that, while mercilessly pursuing unemployed workers, the UIA had done little to collect delinquent UIA taxes from employers who were required to pay into the system.
A separate class action suit filed against the state in September 2015 by Royal Oak attorney Jennifer Lord is still held up in Michigan Claims Court and the Michigan Appeals Court. Those cases relate to workers who received benefits after September 9, 2012. Lawyers in her office are dealing with statute of limitations provisions that could prevent some of those affected from joining the suit. This applies to those who received benefits in the earlier years of the computer-assisted look back who later had their benefits denied during the 2013-2015 rampage by state officials.
How many unemployed workers continue to be victims of the bogus fraud allegations is unclear. A second phase of review is finding the same 93 percent error rate among about 31,000 additional cases denied during the same 2013-2015 period. These were denials not subject to last fall’s initial internal UIA review because, though flagged by the computer, they had some further input from agency employees.
The UIA has promised reform, claiming benefit reviews will improve with now-mandated human input, though state agencies are woefully understaffed. Layoffs, pay cuts, and heavy turnover in state offices coupled with punitive pension reform have gutted staff, particularly in social service positions.
A seasonal landscaper from Detroit told WSWS reporters he’s been waiting since December to receive unemployment benefits. Every year he is laid off for the winter and depends on unemployment benefits to get by.
“I was laid off in December. I’ve been working all year. I already have a call back date for Spring.
“The day I got laid off, they [the unemployment office] told me ‘we’re too busy, come into the unemployment office.’ I’ve done that three times. It’s worked every year, except for this one.”
“We’re broke, we got nothing. I’m pretty much homeless now. If I don’t get my unemployment benefits today, I’m going to lose $1,400 of back pay—and I’ll lose everything.”
UIA lost a large percentage of its staff during the same time frame that the new computer system was installed, resulting in a collapse of service for clients, called “customers” by the agency. Even as unemployed workers began to realize their current sources of income were being dunned, the agency admits it was ignoring claimants' requests for assistance. There are estimates that during some months in 2014, UIA was taking only ten percent of claimant calls for help.
Michigan has been hit by one scandal after another in recent years. The ongoing crisis over contaminated water in Flint has led to charges being filed against high-level officials. The bankruptcy in Detroit and the looting of city worker pensions has been followed by an international scandal resulting from mass water shutoffs.
Both Democratic and Republican state administrations have been involved in an assault on benefits vital for the more oppressed layers of the working class. It was under former Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm that the state started diverting money earmarked for welfare for poor children to replace funds moved out of state education budgets. This became legal under provisions of Democratic US President Bill Clinton’s 1996 welfare reform, and similar related practices are now being utilized in states across the US.
Snyder responded this week to the scandal surrounding the UIA error rate by “reassigning” the head of the UIA to another job in the agency. There is every indication that business demands to cut social service costs fed the attack on the unemployed. Even as the scope of the UIA scandal was uncovered, Snyder diverted funds from the Unemployment Contingent Fund, putting $10 million into the state General Fund to balance budget deficiencies. A similar diversion of monies from the fund was made in 2015.
This would not be the first example of the Snyder administration conspiring with business to cut costs. His “Nerd Fund,” an earlier scandal involving dark money from state businesses paid directly to a slush fund used by the administration, has been re-opened and operates under a new name. Under the rubric “Relentless Positive Action,” the fund accepts private, in some cases entirely opaque donations, from business and has funded right-wing initiatives such as the privatization reforms in education championed by Trump’s pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos.

January 27, 2017

Why Mexico will pay for the wall

The debate around Donald Trump's wall has been shaped by liberal and media narratives that focus on illegal immigrants in the U.S.  The left has painted a picture of compassion for these immigrants, making them the entirety of the story.  Sanctuary cities have declared safe havens for illegal immigrants, without really distinguishing between the good and the bad among them.  They have also spun numbers about temporarily declining immigration rates to diminish the significance of the problem.  Liberals have labeled opponents of open borders hard-hearted racists.  Immigration has become one of those narrative stories, filled with human suffering, compassion, and demonized enemies, that liberals love to love.
What liberals have ignored is the severe consequences of slack U.S. borders for Mexico.  Mexican society and the Mexican economy have been severely distorted and held hostage for decades by criminal gangs that make their living smuggling drugs and migrants into the U.S.  Their access to and control over the U.S. border are precisely what has brought them power and wealth, while unleashing a long-term scourge on Mexican society.  These gangs murder, kidnap, 

and extort innocent Mexican citizens.  They 

corrupt the Mexican police and military.  They 

transport illegal migrants to the U.S. – extorting, 

exploiting, raping, and murdering them along the 

way.  They transport drugs to the U.S., 

undermining our civil society and killing our 

citizens.  They instill fear and violence across 

Mexican society, preventing it from achieving the 

stable, middle-class society that NAFTA 

promised.  These truths are well documented in 

news reports, testimony from ranchers who own 

border land, and movies.
Where is liberals' compassion, in their self-absorption and attachment to their own narratives, for the honest citizens of Mexico who are victimized in their own country by the criminal gangs fostered and financed by open U.S. borders?
Liberals have a narrative about the tons of illegal drugs these gangs transport into the U.S., too.  It goes something like this: we did drugs when we were young (Choomer Obama), and it didn't harm us.  Look at us now: we're running things, and isn't the world a better place?  Those deplorables dying of heroin overdoses in flyover country?  The real problem is the War on Drugs.  If only we legalized and taxed drugs, unfortunates could get drugs easily and wouldn't have to go into debt and commit crimes to finance their habits.  With the taxes, we could finance more social programs.  The people who can't control themselves?  We can medicalize their addictions and give them unlimited health care.
Shutting down the U.S. border will reduce or eliminate the power and wealth of these criminal gangs and their stranglehold over Mexican society.  Once they no longer have access to the U.S. border, they will no longer have access to the source of their wealth and power.
Trump's wall will eliminate the reign of terror under which Mexico's honest citizens have lived for a long time.  The benefits that a wall will bring to Mexican civil society and to law and order should be reasons for liberals to support Trump's wall.  These benefits are also why Mexico, once it has overcome the perceived affront to its dignity, will gladly pay.
Shutting down the U.S. border will also 

dramatically reduce the flow of illegal drugs 

into the U.S., with all their negative economic 

and social consequences.
I'm waiting for a liberal to argue against these benefits, but I haven't found one yet.



GRAPHIC IMAGES of America coming under Mex Occupation

The NARCOMEX drug cartels now operate in all major American cities and haul back to NARCOMEX between $40 top $60 BILLION from sales of HEROIN!

“According to the Centers for Immigration Studies, April '11, at least 70% of Mexican illegal alien families receive some type of welfare in the US!!!”

 REVOLUTION IN MEXICO: Will It Spread Over America’s Open Borders?
LOS ANGELES: Mexico’s Second Largest City, First Place for Billion Dollar Mexican Welfare, Number 1 for Mexican Murder and Western Gateway For the LA RAZA Mexican Drug Cartels


"The American Southwest seems to be slowly 

returning to the jurisdiction of Mexico 

without firing a single shot."  --

EXCELSIOR --- national newspaper of 


REMITTANCES ….. are only part of Mexico’s 

looting… and billions for anchor  baby breeders, 

billions for heroin sales and then do the numbers!

Mexicans abroad sent home nearly $2.4 billion in transfers in November, 24.7 percent higher than a year earlier, marking their fastest pace of expansion since March 2006, according to Mexican central bank data on Monday…

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