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Koch Network Lobbies White House to Keep Work Visas for Foreigners During Economic Recession

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SOURCE:  Big League Politics.com

The Koch network wants the flow of cheap labor.

Organizations funded by the Koch Network are lobbying the Trump administration to keep “temporary” work visas that will allow corporations to hire foreigners for low wages during a time when millions of Americans need jobs.

Organizations funded by the Koch Network are lobbying the Trump administration to keep “temporary” work visas that will allow corporations to hire foreigners for low wages during a time when millions of Americans need jobs.

Representatives from Koch-backed fronts Americans for Prosperity (AFP) and the Libre Initiative wrote a letter to senior White House advisor Jared Kushner and National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow requesting “that this administration refrain from imposing additional barriers on non-immigrant visas.”

AFP Chief Government Affairs Officer Brent Gardner and Libre Initiative President Daniel Garza signed the letter, which claims that economic recovery depends on third-world immigrants taking jobs from U.S. workers.

“Research has shown that most of America’s economic gains after the 2008 financial collapse would have been largely eliminated if not for the shared contributions of U.S. citizens and immigrants seeking new opportunities,” wrote Gardner and Garza.

“Additional research has also concluded that from 2006 to 2016, immigrants were responsible for nearly half of the U.S. labor force growth, a key component of economic growth,” they claimed.

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Mid-term elections: Pardon me while I yawn

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Remember when the country first elected Obama? Remember the collective sigh of relief as he spoke of returning the country to its former glory? Remember when we all thought he was going to end the neo-con overthrow of our government and country?

And remember when we all realized he had simply picked up where the Bush/Cheney Crime Syndicate left off and added some new twists of his own?

Remember how sick at your stomach you felt when you realized that Obama was Bush on steroids?

That’s kind of the same feeling too many of us out here have today. This wasn’t a mandate for Republicans although they are trying to sell it as if it was. It was a rejection of the corruption, the anti-American mind-set in the District of Criminals. And we had only two choices.

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34192_1thThere are few out here in the general public, regardless of supposed party affiliation, expressing any sense of celebration or excitement over last night’s election returns. We simply swapped one faction of the one-party system for the other. Most agree that nothing is going change other than the way the pre-planned agenda will be implemented.

Absent from any debates, if you could call the public displays put on by candidates on both sides a debate of any kind, was any discussion of the illegal and unwarranted spying by NSA and multiple other spy agencies operating without oversight.

No one mentioned or even discussed casually, the militarization of law enforcement against the public at large. Not one candidate mentioned the military tanks, the grenade launchers, assault rifles, SWAT gear, and other military weapons that local law enforcement is now arming themselves with for use on the very communities that employ them. Equipment that was paid for with taxpayer money or borrowed in the name of the People and produced so excessively that there was enough equipment to sell to other countries, to arm our own military and to arm local law enforcement against us. More

2012 Farm Bill: Big (G)AG Bonanza!

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2012 Farm Bill: Big (G)AG  Bonanza!

We are a country teetering on the edge of insolvency.  In response to this looming crisis, those fine jackasses in the District of Criminals passed another 1000 + page bill loaded with pork barrel spending, special grants and subsidies, and special programs that no one needs or wants and no one could decipher to any great degree if they had to.  This is intentional as it allows for “interpretation” later on when they need it to say something it most likely does not. This virtually unreadable, un-decipherable twisted up, convoluted mess of a piece of legislation will cost the US $969 billion over 10 years.  Thats $969 billion dollars to be spent on agencies and programs that are actually, unconstitutional and which will further devastate the agricultural sector unless it is industrial, pro-corporate in scope.  This while as a country we are not able to pay our bills without borrowing ever massive amounts of money.

Here are some of the highlights from the latest catastrophy from the District of Criminals: More

“Good Grief, What Has America Spawned?”

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from – The Parallax Prophecies

By Ron Ewart, President

National Association of Rural Landowners

and nationally recognized author on freedom and property rights issues.
We are helping to spread freedom and liberty around the globe.
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CRAPitalism: Liquidating the elderly: Part 2

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We are on the verge of seeing the boomers, who have contributed FICA taxes for 40 years or more, pauperized.  Obama and the Gang of 6 (A very apt name, this is a criminal enterprise) are about to chop up SS, and medicare rather than cut costly and useless government programs or shutting down any of the unlawful federal agencies that suck the lifeblood out of the country. 

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It is an amazing thing to me to hear those in the District of Criminals continue to spew the mantra that increasing taxes on the wealthiest will somehow cost us jobs.  Knock! Knock! Puddin’ heads!  WE got no jobs!! We have an admitted 22 million out of work. What is your excuse now?  Where are those jobs you promised if we treated the wealthy preferentially and absolved them of any meaningful responsibility to our country?

I believe the excuse for not taxing the wealthy has long since been exposed as fraud.  The wealthy do not create jobs, at least not here in the US. The wealthy do not invest in America to any great degree.  The wealthy are not willing to make any sacrifices in order to help stabilize the economy and reduce the national debt.  Why this privileged class is allowed to exempt themselves from the burden the rest of the country has to shoulder is a nagging question many of us are asking.  Maybe God could put a word of knowledge on the hearts of some of those pious Republicans who would see most of us destitute before they called on their wealthy friends or corporate donors to contribute. 

Why is it you will tax small business owners and working class people into oblivion but refuse to tax pirating corporations and uber wealthy individuals and families that are plundering the economy and the country?  

At what point did these hard core, bible thumping, scripture quoting right wing fanatics decide that it was morally acceptable to relieve their best wealthy friends (and themselves) along with mega corporate donors from any meaningful responsibility in sacrificing for the national debt, but it was just fine and damn dandy to go after the elderly and disabled after decades of plundering the investments in Social Security. 

Obviously it is far more acceptable to put the screws to the elderly, retired or disabled rather than ask those skimming the cream off the top to contribute one damn thing to this country. 

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Why aren’t we trying to bust corporations?

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I’ll make you a deal……I’ll agree to union busting if you agree to help end corporations.

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For all those out there cheering the union busting, where was your bravado, your passion, when Wall Street and the gangster banksters were robbing the American taxpayer and bringing the country to the edge of collapse with their corruption? I’ll tell you where you were…..you were sitting at home with your mouth shut. If you did speak it was to support the corporate overthrow of our government and our Republic. You are the same people who think a global economy is going to make you rich, and who parroted the neo-con mantra of “it ain’t fair to tax the rich” and how terrible it was to tax corporations who are registering the highest profits in recorded history while we foot the bill for subsidies, tax credits and the loss of wage protecting tariffs in all those unlawful trade agreements that serve to bankrupt economies around the world.

What we are witnessing is not only the wholesale deconstruction of our economy, but also the wage base that has secured a healthy middle class. Paramount to ending the middle class is to end workers rights. The right of workers to collectively bargain for benefits and wages helped maintain competitive wages across the board. Whether we belonged to a union or not, we benefited from them as businesses had to pay a fair wage in order to compete for the best workers.

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No jobs for more than three out of four unemployed workers

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Live Link:  Economic policy Institute

Elise Gould
December 7, 2010

“With the labor market currently unable to provide jobs for more than three out of four unemployed workers, Congress must seize this opportunity” More

Economy: Our next stop, the twilight zone

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 “Government, government, government. Government does not create jobs. It\’s very simple how you create jobs. An entrepreneur takes a risk.”       Linda McMahon

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Friday, October 8, 2010, 2:09 PM EDT,  2:09 PM EDT from James Best

Economists and entrepreneurs deal with reality—and from what I’ve been reading lately, quite different realities. I’m too simple to grasp parallel universes, so I’ve got to pick one to believe. Do I trust an economist that has studied job creation, or the entrepreneur that has met a payroll?  

I should tell you, I’m prejudiced. I was trained in economics, but I made a living as an entrepreneur and by advising entrepreneurs. I have to go with the entrepreneurs. When economists are wrong, they do the two-step and muddle up their previous pronouncements. When entrepreneurs are wrong, they hire bankruptcy attorneys.

What are economists saying? On October 7th, the Wall Street Journal reported that some Federal Reserve officials want to “lift inflation,” that is force real interest rates negative (interest minus inflation), so that businesses and people will stop saving and start spending. Government spending hasn’t done the trick, so they want us all to spend like there’s no tomorrow. I presume these officials are the same economists and bankers that told the government that a near-trillion dollar stimulus was faint-hearted. Only someone tenured or ensconced in a cushy government job would think that piling on even more spending makes sense.

But that’s not all. These wizards are also telling the government to ramp up the taxes on anyone that still has money, heap massive regulations onto business, and take away the brass ring. Oh, and by the way, don’t worry about small business because we’ll give banks some earmarked money to lend to these poor creatures. (I’m sorry, but I don’t believe small businesses are not hiring because they haven’t been able to increase their debt load.) More

Then and Now, The Difference in American Leadership

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 J.Speer-Williams  (c)copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved

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Thar’s Money in That Old Quilt:

Then and Now, The Difference in American Leadership

Among Clinton’s worse crimes against humanity, was perhaps not his alive-incineration of children at Waco, Texas; but, his repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, and the passage of the Commodity Futures Modernization Act, which has led to millions of starving people around the world More

I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today

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James D. Best is the author of Tempest at Dawn, a novel about the 1787 Constitutional Convention. http://www.jamesdbest.com/

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 “Well, I’m here to tell you some time in the next couple of months we’re going to be creating between 250,000 jobs a month and 500,000 jobs a month.” Vice President Joe Biden, April 23, 2010 More

Barbarians Behind the Curtain

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Was it the Roman or Greek senate that was debating when the barbarians began to filter in and sit down beside them while their debates were in progress? 

Think modern day barbarians behind the curtain who’ve already taken over  the senate, house, and Washington; who already sit in key government positions and walk the halls of congress; who select candidates for voters to argue over; who provide faux elections for national offices. 

Third party?  Perot was as close as we’ll get and the elite forced him to drop out when he bolted the starting gate in 1992 ahead in the three-way presidential race with thirty nine percent  (G. H.W. Bush had 31% and Clinton 25%.) Later, when they told Perot he could come back in the race, he still garnered almost twenty percent of the vote. (He’d been asked to run to bleed votes away from GHWB to insure Clinton’s election; who they’d determined would be America’s next president.)

Perot’s fast start scared the boys behind the curtain spitless in that he probably would have won the election had he been allowed to run an uninterrupted race; given voter disgust with Washington.  It’s worse today and Oz won’t allow another independent run at the presidency, in my opinion.

The boys behind the curtain also place illusions in our heads. Or did in the days before the Internet. Which is easy to do when you control all the information, money, and main stream propaganda outlets.  More

Federal regulations: Law-making by unelected bureaucrats

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Note: Please compose your own letter!  Multiple letters, emails, faxes mirroring thousands of others are counted as only (1). 

Quote of the Day: “From where I sit, the government’s message is unmistakable: Creating a new job carries a punishing price.” — Michael P. Fleischer, President, Bogen Communications Inc., as reported in the Wall Street Journal

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In this message . . . an explanation for the “jobless recovery,” and a cure for the problem.

Unemployment is still officially at 9.6%.

As the letter below indicates, we believe a large part of the reason for this is that federal regulations are constantly changing. Business owners don’t know what their unelected regulatory overlords will do next. This creates uncertainty about the future costs and benefits of hiring a new employee. We think this is why . . .

* Businesses aren’t hiring
* Congress should pass DownsizeDC.org’s Write the Laws Act (WTLA).

Please send your elected representatives a letter, telling them to introduce WTLA.

You may borrow from or copy this letter . . .

The Write the Laws Act would require Congressional approval for all regulations. This is a needed reform, because the unelected bureaucrats who today write and implement regulations are causing high unemployment by creating uncertainty.

You can begin to see how this is happening by comparing this recession with the one in 2000-2001. As James Sherk of the Heritage Foundation notes, the 2008-2009 recession led to a peak unemployment rate of 10.1%, whereas the 2000-2001 recession led to an unemployment high of just 6.3%. 

But here’s the most startling fact: Even though total unemployment was lower in the earlier recession, jobs losses were actually 2.6 million HIGHER than in the current downturn! The reason for this is very instructive . . .

The earlier recession had both more job losses and a lower unemployment rate, because more businesses back then were doing new hiring at the same time that they were cutting other jobs. By comparison, during this recession, businesses have stopped hiring, so all we have are the job losses, resulting in a “jobless recovery.”

This is happening because business owners don’t know what the government will do next. The exact same thing happened during the Great Depression. Back then GDP rose, but unemployment remained high because the New Deal’s laws and regulations were constantly changing. This made hiring risky. The economist Robert Higgs calls this problem “regime uncertainty.” More

World Bank warns on ‘farmland grab’ trend

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Source: Financial Times

Financial Times | July 27 2010

By Javier Blas in London

Investors in farmland are targeting countries with weak laws, buying arable land on the cheap and failing to deliver on promises of jobs and investments, according to the draft of a report by the World Bank.

“Investor interest is focused on countries with weak land governance,” the draft said. Although deals promised jobs and infrastructure, “investors failed to follow through on their investments plans, in some cases after inflicting serious damage on the local resource base”.

In addition, “the level of formal payments required was low”, making speculation a key motive for purchases. “Payments for land are often waived … and large investors often pay lower taxes than smallholders … or none at all.” More

Protect Your Right to Know Which Foods Contain GMOs

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Action Alert from: W.R McAfee Sr.

“They must stop U.S. negotiators at an international (Codex) conference from May 3-7, from pushing an agenda that could make it difficult for anyone, anywhere in the world to label foods as genetically modified (GM) – or even make non-GMO claims on their product’s label. “

 

The call for help below has resulted from a non-GMO consumer steamroller coming down the middle of the road at the Wizards of Oz who’ve been trying to feed this poison to the American people and the world since the Nineties. More

Congressman Waxman Knows No Fear

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By: J. Speer-Williams

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California Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman is determined to deal with the really big problem facing Americans, today: It’s major league ballplayers, who chew or dip tobacco during ball games. 

And while Waxman may be one of the homeliest guys in congress (Pelosi, Boxer, Feinstein, Levin, Specter, Frank, and Lieberman notwithstanding), the man is all raw courage.

Like a hard nosed middle linebacker, Waxman is tackling a problem of enormous proportions: It’s baseball players who honor the century old American tradition of playing ball with a chew in one one of their cheeks.

The prospect of dropping atomic bombs on the largely defenseless nation of Iran is too small a problem for the diligent Waxman to concern himself with, as was the greatest financial heist in recorded history, known as the banker bail-out bill, which Mr. Waxman merely voted for.

Vaccines that give our children autism is child’s play for Waxman; instead, he’s going after the really big game – our major league ball-players. As I’ve said, the man knows no fear.

Don’t talk to Waxman about Americans who have lost their homes, cars, savings, and jobs, those are problems best left to those without the courage of a Henry Waxman. More

Energy vs. Environment

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17% jobless rate! All bets are off. The environment loses. We’re all flying on this airship called Earth trying to survive in a system that must gobble up the resources of the planet to provide for the most people. But provide what?

India and China are American-ising. Rivers are damned, coal is burned, oil fought over. Everyone wants stuff. Stuff creates jobs, so what’s the problem? The more billions of us that are using stuff causes stuff to become harder to get. More

Norm Coleman…Minnesota’s own Windsock strikes again!

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As usual, Coleman sides right in with the Bush administration and the neo-cons.  Here in Minnesota we are so hoping that someone offers him a job that he can’t refuse in one of these corporations he is so worried about.  Maybe they will…he could be their pet weasel.  Marti

 

Senator Coleman outlined his concerns about the crisis in his floor speech on Friday.  Text of the speech is available online:http://coleman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressReleases.Detail&PressRelease_id=a0e0874a-c78d-fa07-94e4-bac270f21855

 

STATEMENT FROM SENATOR NORM COLEMAN ON HOUSE VOTE OF FINANCIAL STABILIZATION PLAN

 

September 29th, 2008 – Washington, D.C. – “Failure to address the financial crisis is not an option. Capital is the lifeblood of our financial system, and today that system is in danger of a complete meltdown. This crisis touches each and every Minnesotan. Jobs, retirement savings, and access to credit are all at stake. We must try again – these are times that call for statesmanship, not partisanship. I remain hopeful that we can act on a bipartisan compromise that addresses the crisis while at the same time protecting taxpayers and holding Wall Street accountable. We are facing an unprecedented financial crisis, and all of us, Democrats and Republicans, Congress and the Administration, must find a way forward for Minnesota families and our economy. Now is the time for action and I am hopeful that we can come together and pass a package that will have real reform – no golden parachutes, no blank check, and above all, protect the American taxpayer. We must have real results that will stabilize our financial markets and return liquidity to the system.”

 

STATEMENT FROM SENATOR NORM COLEMAN ON THE PRESIDENT’S SPEECH ON THE ECONOMY

 

September 24th, 2008 – Washington, D.C. – “The challenges we face today are as serious as any I’ve faced in my 32 years of public service. Today, with our nation’s economic security on the line, we must put aside partisan politics and stick to the statesmanship and bipartisanship that we will need to weather this financial ‘perfect storm.’ Outright greed and mismanagement, coupled with an outdated financial regulatory system, have brought us to this point. Our obligation now, as Americans, not as Democrats or Republicans, is to come together and do the right thing, and to do it now. There will be no blank checks, no golden parachutes and no excessive executive compensation packages for Wall Street executives. The President has made it clear that this is a time of immense risk to our nation’s economic future, and we must rise to the challenge and meet it head on.”

 

 

I hope you find this information useful.  Please let me know if you have additional comments or questions.

 

Respectfully,

 

Gerriet Suiter

Office of Senator Norm Coleman

651-645-0323

651-645-3110 (fax)

gerriet_suiter@coleman.senate.gov

 

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