The California branch of the Americans for Prosperity produced a video detailing just one aspect of the galling fraud perpetrated by welfare recipients at the expense of the taxpayers, in this case, Californians. Money that was suppose to be used for basic needs for poor children and downtrodden adults instead was being spent on vacations at exotic or recreational sites like Rio de Janeiro, Las Vegas, Disney World and on cruises. The amount documentedjust in these few places alone totaled $69 million in one year.
Now just multiply this by all 50 states, add other locations, other areas of fraudulent usage and it doesn't take much to comprehend the magnitude of this problem.
All made possible by larger governments and liberal agendas.
This must be aggressively and effectively addressed.
By not effectively addressing illegal immigration issue, the anchor baby issue all while leaving our borders insecure and porous, we have left our country vulnerable on several accounts including massive unreimbursed costs, security, increased crime, overburdening of our educational system and reduction in its quality and effective resources.
This has also become a political issue with significant implications on both sides of the aisle. The Democrats largely refuse to effectively address the problem claiming that these individuals deserve better and it is our obligation to facilitate it by providing resources such as free health care, education and food stamps (all at the expense of us, the taxpayer). Part of the reason is related to their socialist utopian ideas of equality independent of effort, circumstances or national origin. They claim that the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees them these rights.
However, the real reasoning is political expediency, power and money. These illegals vote Democrat by a margin of at least 2 to 1. By allowing the status quo, the Democrats are, in essence, guaranteeing themselves re-election in the future as there will be potentially a net increase of Democrat voters over Republicans by at least 4 million. Even worse, this will dilute the effects and power of the votes of true, homegrown citizens thus abridging our rights.
Attacking the Constitutional argument, most constitutional scholars agree that the 14th Amendment was inserted into the Constitution to ensure that children born to African slaves would be considered citizens. It was not intended to be interpreted as it has been for many years now. The consequence of this distorted “interpretation” is illegal aliens steal their way into our great country for the sole purpose of birthing "anchor babies" in order to gain access to our generous welfare benefits and live a more enjoyable life?
As the article below points out, the illegal immigrant parents of stateside-born children gain access to $600 million in social services benefits each year in Los Angeles County alone! When health care and public safety expenses are factored in, this cost exceeds $1.6 billion which doesn’t even include the costs associated with educating these children. With most municipalities in California and the state itself drowning in red ink, this is a burden the taxpayers cannot and should not be required to bear. Project the well over $2 billion in L.A. County alone (for just one year) to every other city, county, and state in America burdened by this fraudulent cost and we are talking well over $100 billion per year.
This massive expenditure of taxpayer dollars could be better employed to reduce our debt and deficit. This could be facilitated if changes were made such that the Fourteenth Amendment was followed as intended, not as the Progressives and Democrats want it to be interpreted - as part of their living, breathing document shtick.
Welfare Tab for Children of Illegal Immigrants Estimated at $600M in L.A. County
January 19, 2011 FoxNews.com
Welfare benefits for the children of illegal immigrants cost America's largest county more than $600 million last year, according to a local official keeping tabs on the cost.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich released new statistics this week showing social spending for those families in his county rose to $53 million in November, putting the county government on track to spend more than $600 million on related costs for the year -- up from $570 million in 2009.
Antonovich arrived at the estimate by factoring in the cost of food stamps and welfare-style benefits through a state program known as CalWORKS. Combined with public safety costs and health care costs, the official claimed the "total cost for illegal immigrants to county taxpayers" was more than $1.6 billion in 2010.
"Not including the hundreds of millions of dollars for education," he said in a statement.
Antonovich's figures, though, center on costs generated by American-born children of illegal immigrants. Isabel Alegria, communications director at the California Immigrant Policy Center, said it's "unfair" to roll together costs associated with both illegal immigrants and U.S.-born citizens.
"Those children are U.S. citizens, children eligible for those programs," Alegria said.
She also questioned the authenticity of Antonovich's numbers regarding health care and public safety -- though for the welfare program statistics, Antonovich cited numbers from the county's Department of Public Social Services.
Antonovich acknowledges that the children whose benefits he's focusing on are U.S.-born. But he argues that the money is collected by the illegal immigrant parents, putting a painful burden on taxpayers, including those who are legal immigrants.
"The problem is illegal immigration. ... Their parents evidently immigrated here in order to get on social services," Antonovich spokesman Tony Bell said. "We can no longer afford to be HMO to the world."
He said the state should cut back on these social benefits. According to the November statistics, that cost accounted for 22 percent of all food stamp and CalWORKS spending in the county.
Over the summer, the Federation for American Immigration Reform also looked at these kinds of costs nationwide to get an idea of the burden to local governments at a time when many are grappling with budget deficits.
The organization reported that the cost of illegal immigration stands at about $113 billion a year. Nearly half of that amount went toward education costs, according to the study. Costs were naturally higher in states with large illegal immigrant populations -- in California, the total annual cost was pegged at $21.8 billion.
The city of Berkeley, California once again doesn’t disappoint - that is, if you are a radical, anti-American, illegal alien, terrorist, or foreign spy, etc. It continues to stay true to its outrageous America hating political views and legislation. The most recent example of this is their quite public position on the soldier who admitted and is now accused of providing much of the information that is now being released by WickiLeaks.
They feel that he is a hero who should be released from jail and honored for his contributions.
We suspect that Castro, Hugo Chavez and Putin also harbor similar sentiments.
Berkeley is not alone as a city in the state of California in its vocal distaste for the military or the government in general. Many other areas, particularly San Francisco, have expressed similar antipathy for America.
Why not return the favor to California in general and these areas in specific. Once the Republicans control the House, they can “just say no” when it comes to awarding these areas government contracts or even bailing out the state itself which is on the precipice of insolvency.
It is a lesson that Berkeley and California needs to learn.
Alleged leaker Bradley Manning: hero to Berkeley?
Carolyn Jones December 8, 2010
An Army private jailed for allegedly leaking sensitive military data is a hero and should be freed, according to a resolution under consideration by the Berkeley City Council.
The council is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to declare its support for Pfc. Bradley Manning, who's suspected of providing WikiLeaks with classified military documents and a video depicting an Army helicopter attack in Baghdad in which 11 civilians were killed.
Manning, 22, currently in the brig in Quantico, Va., faces 52 years in prison if convicted. Manning has not commented on his guilt or innocence.
"If he did what he's accused of doing, he's a patriot and should get a medal," said Bob Meola, the Berkeley peace and justice commissioner who authored the resolution. "I think the war criminals should be the ones prosecuted, not the whistle-blowers."
The proposed resolution originated from the same commission that declared the Marine Corps "unwanted intruders" in Berkeley in 2008.
The council's ensuing approval - and reversal - ignited some of the city's most raucous protest in years and prompted more than 25,000 e-mails to City Hall.
This time, however, the commission's vote was not unanimous. The resolution passed on a 7-3 vote, and it's likely to be just as contentious when it meets the City Council.
Commissioner Thyme Siegel was one of the three "no" votes.
"We're just sitting here in Berkeley - we don't know that Afghani informants aren't being murdered because of these leaks," she said. "Bradley Manning sounds like a very sincere person, but I'm sorry, we really do have enemies, and it's not clear at all what the effects of these WikiLeaks are."
WikiLeaks is a website that has published thousands of classified documents about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Manning allegedly provided WikiLeaks with secret data, including the 2007 "collateral murder" video of the Baghdad helicopter attack.
Berkeley's proposed resolution thanks Manning "for his courage in bringing the truth to the American people and the people of the world."
Army officials had no comment on Berkeley's resolution, but said that leaking classified data can endanger the lives of informants, provide useful information to the enemy and undermine the trust of those working with the military, according to Department of Defense spokesman Bob Mehal.
Manning might be a hero, but Berkeley should back off until the issues are sorted through on a national level, said peace and justice commissioner Jane Litman, who abstained from the Manning vote.
"I don't think we should call him a hero for something he hasn't even said he's done," she said. "Manning and the Obama administration both need to clarify their positions on this before we can take a stand."
The exodus of companies leaving California due to high taxes and burdensome regulations illustrates the deleterious effects of these factors and should serve as a warning to those (Democrats) who are hell bent on this approach on a national level. There should be no doubt why many large and successful companies move their headquarters abroad: to avoid among the highest business taxes in the world as well as the costly labyrinthine rules and regulations which only exist at far lesser degrees in most other countries.
These companies are making rational decisions to move elsewhere where the cost of doing business is far less, allowing them to be more competitive, viable and profitable. Our federal government, in turn, is implementing irrational policies and legislation which places domestic corporations at a distinct competitive disadvantage. Adding insult to injury, the Democrats in Congress and Obama use demagoguery in attempts to advance their big government agenda.
The Tea Parties, Republicans and millions of Americans understand these issues and relationships and hope to decisively and effectively voice their displeasure in November.
Leaving California list grows to 144 firms
Irvine consultant Joe Vranich, who has been compiling a list of companies leaving California because of the state’s anti-business environment, is now up to 144 companies that have departed in 2010, including 34 in Orange County.
In addition, he lists 51 companies (8 from Orange County) that left in 2009. That three-fold increase, Vranich says, is the tip of the iceberg that is California’s financial woes.
“Quite clearly, the exodus of businesses out of California continues. It makes sense for companies to reduce their California footprint considering the ample supply of attractive, lower-cost alternative locations. Unless California reduces its hostility toward business, we will see more commercial enterprises seeking friendlier locations in which to relocate entirely or at least place facilities there that used to be located here.”
Among the Orange County companies new to his list are Boeing, Kennametal Inc., Latex International, Multi-Fineline Elextronix Inc., NGK Spark Plug Co., Smith Micro Software Inc. and Witt Heat Transfer Products Group, most of which have been previously reported by the Register. Vranich says Orange County may be over-represented on his list because news reports are one source of his information and the Register reports business comings and goings more than some publications.
Vranich doesn’t include in his list every company that opens a facility elsewhere. Here’s how he explains:
“I’ve excluded countless companies that are attempting to serve new territories or new customers, are expanding because the company is growing, or are acquiring companies located elsewhere. When events appear unrelated to California’s hostile business environment, I give the companies the benefit of the doubt and leave them off the list.
Which locations are benefiting from California’s exodus? Vranich says in a Fox&Hounds article:
• Other countries
“Businesses are shrinking their California footprint because high taxes and intense regulation damage their ability to compete,” Vranich says.
This reference to California Proposition 8 which was overturned by a gay judge, exposes the pernicious nature of judicial activism. One biased judge can disregard and negate the will and votes of millions and ignore the Constitution.
Such adjudication does not belong in a democracy otherwise the democracy can no longer exist.
The greed shown and perpetrated by our public servants apparently has no limits – and they most often show no remorse. This is the abject state of affairs that suffuses Washington and many states with probably the worst (and best example) being California.
Sadly, this is not limited to a just a small group of federal employees. State and municipal employees are raping the American taxpayer public as well – sometimes for egregious amounts that most voters are oblivious of.
This situation must be reversed. It is yet another reason why California in particular has an untenable budget deficit, poor credit rating, high taxes and very angry citizens.
Investor’s Business Daily 07/22/2010
Government Greed: The city manager of a low-income Southern California suburb has been pulling down nearly $800,000 a year. And get this — he claims he could match that in the private sector.
Robert Rizzo was, at this writing, reported to be on the verge of resigning as city manager of Bell, a city of 37,000 about 10 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. He clearly didn't want to leave. It took a week of protests and horrific publicity to pry him loose. And we can see why. He was making $787,637 a year.
To hear him tell it, he was worth every penny. When the Los Angeles Times broke the story about his salary, he had this to say:
"If that's a number people choke on, maybe I'm in the wrong business. I could go into private business and make that money. This council has compensated me for the job I've done."
Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia, who at $376,288 earns more than the top administrator for all of Los Angeles County, chimed in:
"I would have to argue that you get what you pay for."
We can't count the times that we've heard that type of argument to justify excessive public pay. It rests on the idea that public wages, benefits and, above all, pensions have to be kept high to attract competent people to government from the private sector.
At one time this reasoning might have made some sense. No more. By any meaningful measure, public-sector rewards now are superior to those of private workers.
As of this March, the Bureau of Labor Statistics' National Compensation Survey pegged the average state and local government worker's pay and benefits at $39.81 per hour compared with $27.73 per hour in private industry. Bell has plenty of private-sector workers who could vouch for the reality behind those statistics. Its per-capita income is about half the U.S. average.
The income gap between Bell's residents and its public "servants" (including a police chief who makes $457,000) is unusually high.
But the government greed that has reached such an absurd level here is not confined to one city. It is a pervasive force wherever public employees gain dominance over legislatures, city councils and school boards.
In Bell, it was the greed of the bosses that got out of control.
In California as a whole, it is the power of unions representing prison guards and other well-paid, rank-and-file workers that's bankrupting the state.
And speaking of pensions: Under California's formulas, it appears that Rizzo is entitled to a pension of at least $600,000 a year.
Excuse us while we choke on that number, too.
The following video depicts the realities of the illegal immigration which most of the media intentionally ignores and suppresses. Unfortunately, this one example is not the exception. We have witnessed countless ones that are not civil, peaceful or mainstream and in large cities like Los Angeles and Phoenix. California is inundated with them.
These rallies portend imminently dangerous situations and occurrences throughout the country. Many are being influenced or spearheaded by La Raza, the vehemently racist Hispanic organization that makes the KKK appear tame. Their philosophy is one of revolution and radicalism with a foundation essentially based on Marxism.
Given this alone, Obama is intentionally blocking any border security and facilitating such potential insurrection, crime and racism. Just add this to the list of why he needs to be removed from office.
The following text was taken from www.resistnet.com to describe the Atlanta rally which occurred on May 2nd as shown below:
There was an immigration protest in Downtown Atlanta which revealed some shocking discoveries. The speakers spoke almost entirely in Spanish, but a few speakers spoke in English and called for "black, brown, and progressive whites" to stand together and fight the "culture that opposes all things public" A Democrat GA State Representative shamelessly called on the crowd (by definition filled with illegal immigrants), to register and vote! He did not qualify this statement to only include citizens, but clearly was calling for voter fraud.
Earlier this year while jogging on a trail, Texas Governor Rick Perry shot and killed a coyote that was threatening his dog. Not unexpectedly, this served as fodder to illustrate how far our country has devolved from its founding which was exemplified by a strong work ethic, common sense, responsibility and practicality compared to where we are right now. The quintessential examples of this and polar opposites on myriad issues are Texas and California.
The Governors of California and Texas are jogging with their dogs along different trails at different times each is faced with a coyote that jumps out and starts to attack their dog. Their responses mirror the attitudes and politics of their respective states:
1. Governor starts to intervene and then realizes he should stop; the coyote is doing what is natural.
2. Call animal control. Animal control captures coyote and spends $200 testing it for diseases and $500 relocating it.
3. Call Vet. Veterinarian collects dead dog and spends $200 testing it for diseases.
4. Governor goes to hospital and spends $3500 getting checked for diseases from the coyote and getting bite wound bandaged.
5. Running trail gets shut down for 6 months while wildlife services conduct a $100,000 survey to make sure the area is clear of dangerous animals.
6. Governor spends $50,000 and starts a coyote awareness program for people who live in the area.
7. State legislature spends $2 million investigating how to better handle rabies and how to possibly eradicate it.
8. Governor’s security agent fired for not stopping the attack and letting the Governor try to intervene.
9. Cost $75,000 to train new security agent.
10. PETA protests the relocation of the coyote.
1. Governor pops a $1.23 .380 ACP Gold Dot Hollow Point and drops the coyote.
2. (Not complicated enough to need a #2.)
He and the dog keep jogging.
And people still wonder why California is BROKE… as are many other liberal/Democrat run states, counties and cities.
In response to the reprehensible behavior of Obama, Congressional Democrats and Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s speech to Congress criticizing our immigrations policies, Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) delivered a well deserved scathing attack on their outrageous behavior as seen in the following video: