Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Stringent laws on illegal Immigration are needed now more than ever

The new Immigration law signed into law by Arizona Gov Jan Brewer is a reflection of the inaction by Washington in securing our borders. This new controversial law is simple in it's mandate and it's aim is to identify, prosecute and deport illegal immigrants. Of course the usual lies and fear mongering has already been unleashed by those on the left and will only get more shrill as the debate goes on. Those of us that live in border states know that something more needs to be done and we are tired of the lip service that comes out of Washington. Texas has requested drones from the Obama Administration to help with interdiction on our Southern border and have denied on every occasion.

The left in this country that are making the most noise are calling this new law "racist" and say this will invite wholesale racial profiling. This law will require law enforcement to have a "reasonable suspicion" of a person being an illegal alien before they can take action. Lets look at what happens in all border states at present. The U.S. Border Patrol has 34 permanent vehicle checkpoints on major highways from California to Texas. These stations are not on the border but rather farther inland and everyone (Anglo-Hispanic-Black-Asian) are required to stop and answer questions about status, travel itinerary and anything else the border patrolman thinks is necessary. I have had my car searched (with my permission) while leaving El Paso at the check point center and I have no problem with this procedure. This new law gives local and state law enforcement powers that the Border Patrol already enjoys and nothing more.

Mexico's reaction to Arizona's immigration law was immediate and issued a statement that read in part, "The Mexican Government recognizes the sovereign right of States to decide which public policies will apply in their territory. However, when a law like SB1070 has a potential impact upon the human rights of thousand of Mexican nationals, it cannot remain indifferent." I find it hypocritical of Mexico to accuse Arizona of violating the "human rights" of their citizens. If you have ever been to Mexico, you know that local and state Mexican police can and do ask for ID and or passports of Americans anytime they see fit. Mexico deported 203,128 illegal immigrants in 2004 and I'm sure their illegals are not treated as well as we treat ours. For Mexico to preach human rights to us is funny at best.

There are at least 13 million illegals residing in the United States with many sucking our social services dry of funds. Illegals are bankrupting our hospital systems in our border states, mooching our welfare system and committing crimes. There is an old saying, "if you always do what you have always done, you will have what you have right now." Unless Washington does more to secure our borders the problem will persist and states will be required to take matters into their own hands. President Barack Obama's 2009 budget blueprint canceled plans to extend the border fence along the U.S.-Mexico border beyond the 670 miles already completed or planned. This year Janet Napolitano cut millions of dollars intended for the “virtual fence” along the Mexican border and denied the request of assets for Texas. How do we expect the illegal problem to fixed when we have an Administration that is asleep at the wheel.

The race hustlers on the left will use this new law to create anger within their base to help stem the tide of the defeat that awaits them in November. If you watch the video of the protests in Arizona, you will see how the left turns to violence when they disagree with a policy. I have yet to see any Tea Party protests turn violent, unless you count the violence perpetrated by union thugs on Tea Partiers. I hope Texas and the other border states will enact new laws similar to that of Arizona. It is the job of the Federal Government to secure our borders and if they fail to do so, the states will forced to do it themselves.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Pre-empting the V.A.T tax

On Tuesday, Obama economic advisor Paul Volcker confirmed what many conservatives have assumed for months--Democrats are considering the implementation of a national sales tax in order to pay for the massive amounts of money that they have added to the debt since Obama took office. This national sales tax, known to economists as the “Value Added Tax” or V.A.T, would apply to every American and would be added to the amount we pay for almost every product we buy. The tax would be higher for some types of items than for others, but all in all it would hit middle and lower class Americans the hardest, diminishing their already limited buying power.

Now, let’s not dwell on the fact that putting such a tax in place would be a complete reversal of Barack Obama’s oft-repeated campaign promise that he would not raise taxes on anyone making over $200,000 a year. By now we should all know that this president’s promises are worth about as much as the promises that Tiger Woods makes to adult film stars.

Nor should we assume that those who continue to support this president are going to begin questioning why such a tax is warranted. In a sane world, you’d think this group would be among the first to question the V.A.T.’s necessity. After all, Obama's base seems to be the only group that believes that Obamacare is actually “deficit neutral” and that the $787 billion stimulus package is well on its way to bringing about a return to 5% unemployment and a sustained period of robust economic growth. Why would people who see such a bright and prosperous future think that a something as drastic as a V.A.T was needed? But analytical thinking was never the Obamabot's strong suit. Alas,convincing these dedicated Obama devotees to go against the president is hopeless. Obama’s core supporters are split into two groups. Those who truly believe that turning the U.S. into a European-style, social welfare state is a good thing and those who don’t pay any attention and are simply waiting for their share of Obama’s “stash” to show up in their mailbox. Both are a lost cause.

However, there remains a large group of independent voters who are still in the process of forming their initial opinion about President Obama. This group may not have been able to fully grasp the complexities of the health care reform debate, but they will sure as hell understand what a national sales tax will do to their pocketbooks. My guess is that they are not going to like it one bit.

This morning the possibility of a federal V.A.T was the primary focus of conservative radio talkers. Conservative hosts should keep the focus on this new tax for the next few months. Make sure the base knows everything about it--how it will be implemented, its negative effects on the economy and its regressive nature. Conservative talk radio and Fox News were instrumental in ensuring that the conservative base knew far more about the details and consequences of Obamacare than did our liberal opponents. This information trickled down the pipeline to moderates and independents and they quickly turned against the bill forcing Democrats to pass a wildly unpopular piece of legislation contrary to popular will. This act of hubris has threatened the Democrat’s congressional majorities and has hindered their ability to pass other items on their agenda. The same kind of education of the public should occur with the V.A.T and the conversation needs to begin right now.

Next, every Democrat who is running for office this year should be endlessly challenged by their opponents and the conservative media on the subject of the V.A.T and it should be demanded that they go on record either in support or opposition to the tax. Between now and November, an effort must be made to force every single one of them to take a position. If House Blue Dogs and senators in tough races admit that they will support the tax or refuse to say that they will oppose it, G.O.P. candidates will have a huge cudgel with which to bludgeon them throughout the summer. (Note: I am not advocating the literal bludgeoning of Democrats.) By making the V.A.T part of the national conversation before it is even proposed, we can also force President Obama to address the issue publicly. If he backs off, great. If he admits that he’s considering it, even better. Bigger gains for us in November.

Finally, it is important that conservatives cut off the Democratic talking points at the knees before they have an opportunity to infect the weak-minded, “Yes We Can” crowd. When it comes to selling the V.A.T, the Obama administration and its congressional allies will almost certainly embrace a talking point in which they allude to the fact that a national sales tax is an idea that has been embraced in the past by conservatives. Conservatives must make sure that people understand that our side’s support for such a tax is conditioned on the V.A.T replacing the progressive income tax. We are adamantly opposed to it being levied in addition to the income tax as the Left wants to do.

If Obama and the Democrats had wanted to be honest about their plans, they would have proposed the V.A.T prior to the budget busting triumvirate of stimulus, omnibus and Obamacare. Instead, they plan to propose it after the fact and disingenuously warn the American people that our debt is going to become unsustainable without the new revenue source. The conservative response should be “tough luck.” We were unanimous in our opposition to these big spending programs and would be more than happy to defund them and repeal them, but otherwise our plan is to starve the beast. If we kill the V.A.T and Democrats go ahead with their reckless spending, 100% of the blame for the repercussions should be aimed at the Democrats. Such are the risks of partisanship and broken promises. Time to pay the piper.

The truth is that the implementation of a European-style national sales tax would most likely lead to European-style economic stagnation and unemployment. But that increasingly seems to be the Democrat’s long-term plan. It’s time to call their bluff. We need to make this summer the summer of the V.A.T in order to ensure that, regardless of the results of November’s elections, a national sales tax does not become a permanent revenue source that will, in all likelihood, just be frittered away by Congress anyway, leaving the debt at the same staggering heights that it has reached during Obama’s first year in office.

Last week, at a town hall meeting, a woman named Joyce Ravis echoed the thoughts of millions of Americans and told the president straight up:“We are over-taxed as it is.”
Obama responded with a 17 minute, 2500 word, rambling filibuster in which he talked about health care, Wal-Mart, roof repair, George W. Bush (of course), foreign aid and something about a janitor who cleans office buildings. Only once did he even come close to addressing Joyce’s major concern and he essentially brushed that off by saying

“I don't think this will affect you, but I don't know -- you know, I don't know your family's circumstances.”


If Obama was an honest politician, and most of us can now say with a great deal of certainty that he the antithesis of such a being, he could have trimmed his 2,500 word non-answer down to a 15 word straightforward response and said:

“If you think that your taxes are high now Joyce, you ain’t seen nothing yet.”

This article was written by fellow patriot Dan Joseph.

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Friday, April 2, 2010


Now that Obama-Care has been passed into law, liberals are finally opening up about their true feelings. Vice President Biden and Howard Dean admit this is a redistribution of wealth and now Rep. Phil Hare (D-IL) admits he doesn't care about the Constitution in regards to Obama-Care. What more is it going to take for Americans to realize that the leftists in control do not care about the Constitution or taking your money by force.

Wake up America!

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