In Bernie Sanders' State of Vermont, "that giant sucking sound" is not jobs moving to Mexico — it is jobs being concocted in Montpelier. Of course, Governor Scott shields illegal immigrants working in Vermont, and Vermont provides driver's licenses to them. The capital city also grants non-citizen residents the right to vote. It is no surprise that Vermont is #1 in the country for illegal northern border crossings.
AMERICAN FASCIST AND OPEN BORDERS GLOBALIST BILLIONAIRES
DAVID AND CHARLES KOCH…. Let them burn in hell!
In coming days, we’ll be reading about all the issues on
which David Koch, his brother and their comrades in arms have exerted influence
for their benefit and at the expense of ordinary people
Koch’s legacy is system of dark money MICHAEL HILTZIK The
passing of billionaire David Koch, announced Friday, already is inspiring retrospectives
about the noxious influence he and his brother Charles have had on government
policies — but it may be better to remember him for his real innovation in the
sphere of public discourse. That’s the creation of a network of moneyed donors
so potent and ubiquitous that the voice of the individual voter has been
drowned out. The Koch brothers’ individual efforts to undermine policies on
climate change and other problems are bad enough, but the system they pioneered
bodes even worse for the future of American democracy. And let’s not ignore
that this system has spread throughout American politics, with huge funding
networks on the right and the left. As muckrakers, including Jane Mayer and
Christopher Leonard, have documented, the Koch network — the brothers and
affiliated entities — spent some $900 million on political activities during
the 2016 electoral cycle. The money was not only the brothers’, but came from
like-minded millionaires and billionaires. But this army marched to the
brothers’ tunes. The siren call was for a world without regulation, justified
by casting doubt on science in climate change and healthcare, among other
topics, and fueled by pantsfuls of cash distributed through a vast web of
tax-exempt entities. “The Kochs, on their own, probably would not be able to
have the kind of influence they have,” Mayer said in a radio interview
following the 2016 publication of her book “Dark Money: The Hidden History of
the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right.” She added: “What they’ve
done is kind of a magic trick. They’ve attracted around them — they’ve
purposefully built what they call an unprecedented network ... about 400 other
extraordinarily wealthy conservatives with them to create a kind of a
billionaire caucus.” The harvest of the Koch brothers’ innovation is an
American political system that lies supine at the feet of moneyed interests.
The majority of lawmakers and presidents no longer even pay lip service to the
idea of getting money out of politics or — perhaps more important — ending the
secrecy that cloaks the identities of contributors to the torrent of 8/24/2019
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Why is Washington unable to pass legislation to fight climate
change or eradicate the lethal gun culture, despite clear evidence that a
majority of ordinary Americans are desperate to see action? Because big money
is on the other side, and the Koch brothers were among the pioneers. The Koch
network includes the libertarian Cato Institute, which the brothers co-founded,
and nonprofits such as Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Partners. They’ve
spread their views via funding for university programs coast to coast, such as
the libertarian Mercatus Center at George Mason University, a source of
ideological attacks on Social Security and anti-poverty programs, including
Medicaid, school lunches and breakfasts, and food stamps, which are almost
invariably depicted as founts of fraud and waste. (George Mason renamed its
law school after the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia after receiving
a donation of $10 million from the Koch brothers and $20 million donated via
the Koch-funded Federalist Society, which also vets conservative lawyers and
judges for appointment to federal courts.) Koch donations to academic
institutions typically come with ideological blinders attached, as when the
University of Utah accepted a $10-million donation from the Charles Koch
Foundation to establish a free-market economics program to counter the
ostensibly Marxian bent of the university’s economics department. The Koch
network funds organizations such as the State Policy Network and the American
Legislative Exchange Council, which promote conservative legislation, such as
tax cuts, deregulation and “stand your ground” firearms laws at the state
level. The Koch network’s enduring concern has been the regulation of fossil
fuels to address climate change. As Leonard observes in his just-published book
“Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in
America,” these regulations struck at the heart of the natural resources
business of Koch Industries, the brothers’ closely held corporation. The Cato
Institute first moved to foment doubt about climate change science with a 1991
seminar titled “Global Environmental Crises: Science or Politics?” The seminar
featured “scientists who questioned the prevailing view that humankind’s carbon
emissions caused the Earth to warm,” Leonard reports. Among them was Richard S.
Lindzen of MIT, who was quoted in the seminar brochure stating there is “very
little evidence at all” for “the notion that global warming is a fact and will
be catastrophic.” The attendees were feted at the White House by staffers for
George H.W. Bush, whose announcement that he would consider signing a treaty to
limit carbon emissions had inspired Cato to launch the seminar. The Koch
network’s reach is illustrated by an agenda for a 2014 “donor summit” sponsored
by their Freedom Partners and published by the Nation and subsequently by
Kochdocs.org, which collects documents pertinent to the network. 8/24/2019
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Among the speakers were then-congressman and now U.S. Sen.
Tom Cotton (R-Ark); long-term GOP official Marc Short, who later would be
director of legislative affairs for President Trump and chief of staff to Vice
President Mike Pence; and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who
was then in the minority. The agenda topics included “Saving America: Our Fight
to Advance Freedom and Reverse the Country’s Decline” and “Energy: Changing the
Narrative.” “The Kochs have built kind of an assembly line to manufacture
political change,” Mayer said in her radio interview. “It includes think tanks,
which produce papers. It includes advocacy groups, that advocate for policies.
And it includes giving money to candidates.” On all three fronts, she stated,
they push climate change denial. In coming days, we’ll be reading about all
the issues on which David Koch, his brother and their comrades in arms have
exerted influence for their benefit and at the expense of ordinary people.
Let’s not overlook that the financial machine they created also prompted the
creation of a financial machine in opposition to their interests. The total
effect is to create an electoral system awash with self-interested money, with
no countervailing pressure. We are all paying the price, and will continue to
do so into the limitless future. Keep up to date with Michael Hiltzik.
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USCIS Chief: Paul Ryan Wanted Illegal Immigration, Ran a ‘Chamber of Commerce Congress’
President Donald Trump’s citizenship director told a Texas business group that House Speaker Paul Ryan “submarined” the best chance for immigration reform because he wanted illegal immigration.
“Let’s not forget … when [Rep.] Paul Ryan was the speaker, Paul Ryan submarined the best opportunity we had legislatively when [judiciary chairman Rep.] Bob Goodlatte’s bill … came through,” Ken Cuccinelli told the Texas Public Policy Foundation on August 22.
Cuccinelli, who is the acting director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency, said, “We had leadership there that defended the status quo. They were the Chamber of Commerce Congress. They wanted illegal immigration.”
In contrast, President Trump is following through on his promises and is giving American voters a clear choice in 2020, he said:
I actually think the 2020 election can help solve that problem. I believe when you run on things, and people know ‘This is what I get if I vote for X, if this party becomes the majority, I get this bill’ …. [then you get] good politics and good policy.
“Not enough people will challenge their own leadership in the GOP to beat them down when they are wrong,” said Cuccinelli, a populist conservative from Virginia.
Goodlatte retired from Congress in 2018. In December, he said that Ryan blocked his bill by dividing the GOP votes between two reform bills: “That is just not a good strategyand I complained about it at the time. I said ‘You’ve got to narrow this down to one bill and then work really hard to get the members to vote for that one bill.’”
Ryan said in November 2018 that he preferred a rival bill, sponsored by GOP Rep. Chris Curbelo, who was defeated in the November election.
On immigration, I really liked—I call it “the Curbelo bill,” it was Goodlatte II — the immigration compromise bill that I put on the floor in July, which satisfied the President’s four pillars.” he said.
“Our goal is to not cut legal immigration,” Rep. Carlos Curbelo told RollCall.com on June 2018. The number of illegals who get green cards from the amnesty should be “as high a number as possible,” he said.
Curbelo repeated his demand, telling TheHill.com that “some visas may be shifted towards employment visas, but our goal is to not cut legal immigration.”
The Goodlatte bill would have cut legal immigration by ending the visa lottery, provided a work permit amnesty to just the 700,000 illegals who are registered in the DACA program, and ensured immigration cuts, said Rosemary Jenks, policy director of NumbersUSA.
It also included much careful language to hinder fraud and to prevent pro-migration judges from hijacking the bill’s limited amnesty for their own goals, said Jenks, who opposed the bigger Ryan bill.
Ryan’s support for the Curbelo bill allowed 41 GOP legislators to vote no on the Goodlatte bill when it came up for a June vote.
“If it has been the only bill offered, it might have passed,” Goodlatte said. “We were 20, 21 votes short,” said Goodlatte. The [bill] would have passed “if we had gotten half of [the GOP ‘no’ voters] to join with us, we would have gotten there,” he said.
The US has a fast-growing population of roughly 630,000 illegal migrants from India, mixed among the temporary contract-work population of at least 1.5 million Indians. That's great for business & govt's, but bad for Americans' families & employees. http://bit.ly/2zfNggO
Immigration is a government economic strategy which seeks to stimulate economic growth and stock prices by inflating the supply of labor and consumers.
Each year, roughly four million young Americans join the workforce after graduating from high school or university. This total includes about 800,000 Americans who graduate with skilled degrees in business or health care, engineering or science, software, or statistics.
But the federal government then imports about 1.1 million legal immigrants and refreshes a resident population of roughly 1.5 million white-collar visa workers — including approximately 1 million H-1B workers and spouses — and about 500,000 blue-collar visa workers. The government also prints out more than one million work permits for foreigners, tolerates about eight million illegal workers, and rarely punishes companies for employing the hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants who sneak across the border or overstay their legal visas each year.
This policy of inflating the new labor supply boosts stock values for investors by ensuring that employers do not have to compete in a free market for American workers with offers of higher wages and better working conditions.
This policy of flooding the market with cheap, foreign, white-collar graduates and blue-collar labor shifts enormous wealth from young employees towards older investors, even as it also widens wealth gaps, reduces high-tech investment, increases state and local tax burdens, and hurts children’s schools and college educations.
The cheap-labor economic strategy also pushes Americans away from high-tech careers and sidelines millions of marginalized Americans, including many who are now struggling with fentanyl addictions.