Democrats Blast Obama's Secret Trade Negotiations

One eternal mystery is why liberals oppose trade deals that offshore US jobs to foreign nations while they ignore excessive immigration that has the same negative effect of Americans’ losing their employment. It has never made sense to me.

Lou Dobbs examined the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on his Monday show:

ED ROLLINS: The thing that needs to be discussed right up front is how many jobs it’s going to cost. It’s great to have rhetoric about the prices being lower, more jobs, all the rest of it — doesn’t ever seem to happen.

LOU DOBBS: We have never seen it happen. It is so much bull that is stacked so high — well, I don’t want to continue with the extraordinary metaphor.

Below, Shanghai is the world’s busiest port because Red China manufactures what Americans buy as a result of trade policies championed by transnational elites. The U.S. trade deficit with China soared to $342 billion in 2014.

Labor is concerned, as it should be. Obama has been screwing his loyal labor constituents for years by opposing the Keystone pipeline. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka recently promised to go “all out” to fight the President’s globalist trade agenda.

And if the deal is so great, why would it have to be negotiated behind closed doors? That’s the Democrats’ question of their Dear Leader.

House Democrats angry over Obama’s classified trade meeting, By Kevin Cirilli, The Hill, March 15, 2015

House Democrats are criticizing President Obama’s administration for holding a classified briefing on trade with top administration officials, saying it’s an attempt to push a trade program in secret.

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman will meet with House Democrats on Wednesday in a classified briefing to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Members will be allowed to attend the briefing on the proposed trade pact with 12 Latin American and Asian countries with one staff member who possesses an “active Secret-level or high clearance” compliant with House security rules. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) told The Hill that the administration is being “needlessly secretive.”

“Even now, when they are finally beginning to share details of the proposed deal with members of Congress, they are denying us the ability to consult with our staff or discuss details of the agreement with experts,” DeLauro told The Hill.

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) condemned the classified briefing.

“Making it classified further ensures that, even if we accidentally learn something, we cannot share it. What is USTR working so hard to hide? What is the specific legal basis for all this senseless secrecy?” Doggett said to The Hill.

“Open trade should begin with open access,” Doggett said. “Members expected to vote on trade deals should be able to read the unredacted negotiating text.” Continue reading this article

California Considers Another Winter with Little Rainfall

Spring starts in a few days, which is always good news, but here in crowded Mexifornia, winter rainfall has been disappointingly slim. The drought is bad and getting worse because the stored water in reservoirs has become even more drained.

How bad is the drought?

A study published in December characterized it as the worst in 1200 years.

Below, the depleted Almaden Reservoir near San Jose, California, in February 2014.

One warning came from NASA water scientist Jay Famiglietti who wrote a March 13 opinion piece in the LA Times titled California has about one year of water left. Will you ration now?.

Last fall, it must be noted, that La Times published a crazy front-page reassurance that Californians needn’t fear a 70-year dry spell that must have been written by a committee. See my analysis: LA Times Says California Mega-Drought Won’t Be That Bad.

Famiglietti’s message has had resonance, with Time Magazine using the piece to criticize the lack of penalties on water wasters. Breitbart picked up the original and supplied background details.

The LA Times piece had several recommendations including statewide water rationing now, acceleration of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 and top prioritization for long-term state water management strategies.

It would be nice if Gov Jerry Brown would provide some leadership instead of being asleep on the water supply issue. Worse, he recently called amnesty opponents to be “un-Christian.”

Of course, California has the largest number of illegal aliens, estimated at around three million, and they are all using state water.

Brown fancies himself an environmentalist, but his astounding policy of welcome toward all illegal aliens from Mexico is unsustainable regarding water supply. There is not enough water for today’s population yet Brown wants more to come.

Victor Davis Hanson is a retired classics professor as well as a fourth-generation Fresno-area farmer. He had some interesting musings about California’s odd mixture of denial about water:

A Tale of Four Droughts, PJ Media, March 15th, 2015

California is not suffering one drought, but four. Each is a metaphor of what California has become.

Nature
The first California drought, of course, is natural. We are now in the midst of a fourth year of record low levels of snow and rain.

Californians have no idea that their state is a relatively recent construct — only 165 years old, with even less of a pedigree of accurate weather keeping. When Europeans arrived in California in the 15th and 16th centuries, they were struck by how few indigenous peoples lived in what seemed paradise — only to learn that the region was quite dry on the coast and in the interior.

Today, modern Californians have no idea of whether a four-year drought is normal, in, say, a 5,000 natural history of the region, or is aberrant — as wet years are long overdue and will return with a vengeance. That we claim to know what to expect from about 150 years of recordkeeping does not mean that we know anything about what is normal in nature’s brief millennia. Our generation may be oblivious to that fact, but our far more astute and pragmatic forefathers certainly were not.

Hubris
If one studies the literature on the history and agendas of the California State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project, two observations are clear. One, our ancestors brilliantly understood that Californians always would wish to work and live in the center and south of the state. They accepted that where 75% of the population wished to live, only 25% of the state’s precipitation fell. Two, therefore they designed huge transfer projects from Northern California that was wet and sparsely settled, southward to where the state was dry and populated. They assumed that northerners wanted less water and relief from flooding, and southerners more water and security from drought, and thus their duty was to accommodate both. Continue reading this article

Business Is Thrilled That Automation Raises Productivity, but Doesn't Mind Mass Unemployment

How is an economy supposed to function when human workers are becoming obsolete because of smart machines in the workplace? Leisure time is certainly nice, but humans require money for acquiring goods and services. Curiously, the captains of industry don’t seem to notice the consumption part of the economy equation, and when people don’t get paychecks they are not shopping.

A 2013 Oxford University study (“The Future of Employment”) asserted that nearly half of American jobs may be automated in 20 years, so the Jetsons future is rushing toward us. The jobless recovery suggests that big automation is already here to a degree, and its negative effects upon employment will only grow.

In a 2014 PBS Newshour report (below), co-author of “The Second Machine Age” Andrew McAfee imagined a future society like ancient Greece, where “citizens debated democracy and led enlightened lives; they were supported by the work of human slaves. . . we won’t have human slaves, we’ll have an army of technologies that are doing the heavy lifting required for a society.”

Robot utopia — woo hoo!

When enlightened Athenians weren’t debating democracy, they were also sentencing Socrates to death for his unpopular opinions, so the cultivated lifestyle experienced a few bumps along the way.

In addition, roboticist Rodney Brooks explained how the Baxter robot (pictured) does unpleasant tasks that no human in the factory wants to do. He perhaps does not understand that people don’t flock to factories to do fun things, but to perform jobs to get a paycheck.

What kind of society would evolve where leisure would be the norm rather than work? These days, when we meet someone new we ask, “What do you do?” Perhaps in the future that question will be, “What’s your hobby?”

The world is an interesting place: some people would be very happy filling a life with intellectual or artistic pursuits. But probably not everyone.

Anyway, the future robotic utopia imagined by McAfee has a lot of troubling details to be ironed out.

For one thing, importing millions of immigrant workers for non-existent future jobs is a very bad idea. Some of today’s unemployed persons are angry (e.g. Ferguson), and they have a right to be after the government allowed the shipment of whole industries overseas and imported foreign workers by the millions to take the remaining jobs. Now workers face smart machines who don’t need sleep, lunch breaks or paychecks. (See my article “Three Stakes in the Heart of the American Dream.”)

Jeb Bush recently visited New Hampshire and while there endorsed the Senate’s failed Gang of Eight amnesty bill which included the doubling of legal immigration. Unfortunately he is typical among politicians in ignoring the effect of automation on the nation’s requirement for future workers. America needs Zero imported workers.

Robots may make it harder for some Americans to get ahead, CNBC, by Heesun Wee, March 13, 2015

More linebacker than running back, Baxter is a tough, reliable worker. His arm span is wide and he takes instruction well, all valuable assets on a manufacturing shop floor.

Baxter is a robot and made by Rethink Robotics, a start-up founded by Rodney Brooks, who produced the Roomba vacuum when he was at iRobot in the 2000s. Robots and more broadly automation have been around for decades, especially in the auto industry. We’re talking six-figure robots in cages that are so big they could hurt workers if the machines toppled onto humans.

Robots have since advanced and are smaller, nimble and more affordable. Small- to medium-sized businesses are introducing automation onto shop floors. Some economists see a future where robots will push down labor costs and lift productivity so companies will think twice before offshoring U.S. jobs.

Automation is forecast to raise productivity by as much as 30 percent in many industries, and cut labor costs by at least 18 percent in the coming decade, according to recent research from The Boston Consulting Group. As an example, “We’re thinking about something like a 16 percent drop in the labor costs for manufacturing plants over this time period,” Hal Sirkin, a senior partner at The Boston Consulting Group, told CNBC. The researchers did not spell out how labor cost savings might translate into potential number of jobs lost to automation.

This is the embedded “botsourcing” fear. More robots = lost jobs. Or seen another way, higher wage pressures = more automation. And maybe even more worrisome is a suspicion that robots will not only jeopardize jobs but make it even harder for less-skilled workers to remain employed, let alone get ahead.

From 1995 to 2013, technological changes accelerated America’s output per worker. But those gains were offset by income inequality and a drop in labor force participation. Those working or looking for work have declined to around 62.8 percent from prerecession levels of around 66 percent, suggesting more Americans are getting discouraged and disappearing permanently from the workforce. President Barack Obama laid out how middle-class stagnation is dragging down the economy in the 2015 Economic Report of the President released by the White House last month.

So if advanced robots knock out more automatable jobs, will lower-skilled workers fall further from the pack and essentially vanish from the American jobs landscape? This is a big debate among economists and experts on robotics. Continue reading this article

Senator Grassley Moves to Block Tax Refunds to Illegal Aliens

Funny how Obama’s temporary-but-generous amnesty for five million included a “loophole” of free money for the foreign grifters via the tax code.

Semi-limited anarchy turns out to be messy, because removing a major brick from the structure of laws necessitates specific repairs here and there. You can’t have just a little chaos. It spreads.

Here’s Senator Grassley’s press release on the issue:

Senators Introduce Bill Disallowing Tax Credit Under 2014 Executive Actions, March 10, 2015

WASHINGTON – Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Mike Enzi of Wyoming, Mike Crapo of Idaho, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, David Perdue of Georgia, Tim Scott of South Carolina, Pat Roberts of Kansas, Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Jim Risch of Idaho, John Boozman of Arkansas and John Cornyn of Texas today introduced legislation to disallow the Earned Income Tax Credit for those made newly eligible for past benefits under the President’s executive actions on immigration.

“This tax credit is meant to help the working poor get into the workforce,” Grassley said.  “It isn’t meant to benefit individuals who aren’t authorized to work in the United States.  Congress implemented that policy in 1996. The legislation introduced today upholds the principle that many of us in Congress support.  The tax code shouldn’t reward those who broke our immigration laws.”

“Congress should always be looking to protect the tax dollars of hard working Americans.  This legislation would ensure that those individuals who were not here legally cannot use their new status to claim tax credits that they were not entitled to,” said Enzi. [. . .].

When Senator Grassley discussed the legislation on the Senate floor, he observed, “This bill should be a no-brainer for any of my colleagues that agree that we should not reward individuals for breaking our immigration laws and our employment laws.”

That’s the good news. The bad news is that GOP leadership isn’t interested in supporting Grassley’s legislation. Nothing angers citizens like the government giving free money to illegal alien swindlers, but the dense fellows at the top of the Stupid Party are clueless again.

Is it too much to ask that the government take human psychology into account when shaping policies? As Senator Grassley himself observed, later regretting his vote for the 1986 amnesty, “You know what I found out? If you reward illegality, you get more of it.”

GOP wary of new immigration battle, The Hill, March 12, 2015

Senate GOP leadership is staying away from a proposal to ensure illegal immigrants don’t get tax break payouts from the government, with the party still smarting from a battle over Department of Homeland Security funding.

Senior Republicans generally say they support the goals of the bill from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) that seeks to keep immigrants protected from deportation by President Obama’s executive actions from claiming several years’ worth of earned income tax credits.

Conservative lawmakers and outside groups are still angry that the GOP didn’t continue the fight to withhold Department of Homeland Security funding, which they viewed as the best avenue to combat Obama’s decision to shield millions of immigrants in the U.S. illegally from deportation.

“I’m clearly one of those who thinks that we need to continue to push very aggressively and that we should have pushed harder earlier,” said Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), another co-sponsor on the tax credit bill. Continue reading this article

California State University Long Beach: Illegals Get Special Counseling Center

Nestor Moto, the chairman of the College Republican Club from Cal State Long Beach, appeared on Fox News to discuss the new “Dream Success Center” dedicated to serving the illegal alien students on campus. According to Moto, there are only 11 guidance counselors for the entire student body of around 28,000 individuals, yet the lawbreaking foreigners receive special treatment.

MOTO: The problem we have with this this resource center is the allocation of funds, the allocation of resources. I spoke with the Veterans Resource Center on Monday. We have 530 veterans on our campus and we have zero counselors available to them, and the undocumented immigrants have one counselor available to them and it serves 650 students. Another issue is the fact that we have 27,000 undergraduates on our campus and we only have 11 advisors.

That’s the main issue, the fact that the faculty and the administration wanted to allocate the resources and the funds to illegal immigrants instead of our veterans, instead of our disabled students, instead of our actual students who paid taxpayer dollars for this.

The decision of the university to provide extra services for lawbreaking foreigners is particularly galling since students have been forced to pay rapidly increasing tuition over the past few years.

Also, the idea that 6400 illegal alien students are taking slots that should go to state residents is outrageous at a time when the number of California kids attending state universities has fallen precipitously. Budget problems have forced the system to take higher numbers of international students who pay full tuition, but somehow there is room for thousands of moocher illegal aliens.

Campus Reform reports that there are three other counseling facilities for illegal aliens in the CSU system.

Cal State Long Beach to open center for undocumented students, Long Beach Press Telegram, March 4 2015

LONG BEACH — Undocumented students at Cal State Long Beach will get a new hub on campus Monday when the school unveils its new “Dream Success Center” inside the University Student Union.

The center will be the fourth such spot on a campus in the 23-school California State University for the system’s estimated 6,400 undocumented students, about 650 of which attend CSULB.

Other campuses include Cal State Northridge, Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Los Angeles.

The center came about after efforts from student leaders, as well as advocates for undocumented students, pushed campus officials on the issue.

In March 2014, the student government passed a resolution to support the creation of a resource center for undocumented students, and the following month, undocumented student leaders met then-Interim President Donald Para and recently appointed President Jane Close Conoley to talk about their campus-related concerns. Continue reading this article

USCIS Union President: Open Borders Endanger National Security

In the Middle East, Allah’s loyal headchoppers are having great success in taking over large swaths of territory and killing many opponents along the way. They see themselves as being on a roll, progressing rapidly to the much desired world caliphate of sharia law ruled by… them! So convenient.

Below, ISIS jihadists beheaded 21 Coptic Christians in February. They were following directions of the Koran (8.12) to “strike disbelievers on their necks” .

Jihadists would love a redo of 9/11, only bigger with many more American deaths. Yet the administration prefers open borders to import future Democrat voters even though that policy endangers the nation. For example, a recent Texas government report noted that the “Texas-Mexico border is not secure, and this lack of security undermines public safety and homeland security.”

Allah’s choppers may be bloodthirsty savages, but they are not stupid in pursuing their goals. They cruise the internet as much as anyone, and cannot have missed the pathetic state of America’s border security. How many rented a kid and hopped a train during last year’s border surge where foreign moppets were keys to the kingdom? Just exchange those robes and turbans for Mexican duds, learn a little Spanish and jihadists are all set for easy illegal entry.

Responsible officials are worried about the national security threat for good reason. One such knowledgeable fellow is Kenneth Palinkas, president of the National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council employees union, and his agency vets persons applying for legal status in the US. He remarked in a March 3 statement, “By not scrutinizing each and every applicant to the fullest extent possible to ensure America’s security, we invite an even more catastrophic event than what occurred on 09/11/2001.”

Palinkas appeared on Fox News Monday to explain further.

PALINKAS: To my knowledge, deportations are down, extremely down. because the deportation offices themselves have this program where they just catch and release, unless it’s a heinous crime being committed. . .

Now with these other programs that the president wanted to put through, you’re apt to, they’re not going to be properly vetted because the people who are going to perform the job of vetting these people — remember, it’s on an application. it’s not an interview, so, you’re only going get so much information out of that form. . .

We don’t have a proper accounting whatsoever, and I don’t see it getting any better. When you lessen the requirements, when you lessen the vetting, meaning the background checks, things of that nature, when you push people through, when you just decide that, oh, as long as you only have maybe a misdemeanor or not a bad misdemeanor, whatever that means, I don’t know, you might qualify. So, you have people that came here illegally committing crimes, and then still asking for this benefit. What about the people that filed and went the lawful status way?

Obama Slams Voter ID in Selma Speech

The President engaged in partisan politics Saturday when he participated in the 50-year anniversary of the Selma civil rights march. At one point in his speech, Obama remarked, “Right now, in 2015, 50 years after Selma, there are laws across this country designed to make it harder for people to vote.”

Yes, that’s correct. Our laws prohibit children, felons and illegal aliens from voting. Voter ID helps prevent ineligible persons from skewing elections. It’s important for the nation to have reliable, accurate elections.

The remark was discussed on Fox News Monday morning.

TUCKER CARLSON: What about the real problems facing black America like a massive unemployment rate? . . . Laws designed to make it harder to vote: have those laws made it harder to vote?

CHARLES PAYNE: I know in the last Presidential election, more black people voted than whites, at a higher percentage, so if they were designed to stop people from voting, they were pretty ineffecive. The idea of voter ID is very reasonable and then the idea that somehow that impedes adults from getting ID or getting identification is almost insulting to someone’s intelligence, so it bothers me that this is an issue to begin with and it’s doubly more worrisome that it would have been brought up Saturday at an event that marked 50 years of progress. . .

CARLSON: As an American you hate to think of your President acting like a demagogue but in this case, to address the struggles of black America and not mention the unemployment rate seems a little odd. . .

PAYNE: It’s time for us to look in the mirror. According to one report 47 percent of black males are not graduating from high school. . . We know we are moving into a knowledge-based economy. Listen, voting has given us a lot of power, but . . . the way out of poverty won’t necessarily be the ballot box but individual effort in a knowledge-based economy.

The unemployment rate for black citizens is nearly twice that of the nation as a whole.

Having a strict voter ID doesn’t hurt blacks, it helps them by keeping illegal aliens from voting. It won’t be good for any Americans, but particularly blacks, when Mexicans et al are voting in our elections and gaining more power.

One example: on the Laura Ingraham radio show this morning [LISTEN], she interviewed the President of the Prince George County NAACP, Bob Ross, about special public schools being set up for illegal alien students who don’t speak English. Ross believes that the project takes taxpayers’ dollars away from black citizen students’ education. Laura noted the “huge amount of resources being poured into the immigrant community” particularly the schools.

Blacks should wake up and smell the tacos, because the whole immigration diversity rainbow thing is not working out so well.

NAACP Battles Latino Group Over Special Schools For Immigrant Students, Daily Caller, March 4, 2015

A Maryland chapter of the NAACP and the Latino activist group Casa de Maryland are squaring off over a plan to open two new schools to help immigrant students learn English.

The Prince George’s County chapter of the NAACP calls the facilities “separate but unequal,” and its president, Bob Ross, fears that money for the schools will be diverted from black schoolchildren, WUSA 9 in Washington, D.C. reports. Continue reading this article

Selma Plus 50: Politics, Prose and Pictures

A big story this weekend has been the 50th anniversary of the Selma march that marked a turning point in the civil rights movement. The President made himself a big part of the celebrations, giving what passes for a pro-America speech to the assemblage and leading a walk across the iconic bridge. (One might remember his absence from January’s Paris Charlie Hebdo march for free speech, but he couldn’t have been the #1 star in that event which was filled with world leaders.)

Below, the New York Times was criticized for cropping out former President George W Bush who was also in the front line of the march.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times, no friend of Republicans, published a more unifying photo that included both Presidents, their wives and Rep John Lewis, a participant in the 1965 march.

Perhaps more curious was Obama’s use of the Selma celebrations to promote his extra-Constitutional amnesty for millions of foreign invaders. Professional amnesty pests hoped to co-opt the event for their unworthy goals, and BHO was on board with that effort.

Appearing March 6 on the Joe Madison radio show, Obasma pitched rewarding illegals as some sort of civil right — open borders for all!

Obama: Deporting immigrant kids not ‘true to the spirit’ of Selma, The Hill, March 06, 2015

Deporting illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children would violate the spirit of the civil rights movement, President Obama said ahead of his trip to Alabama to mark the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery.

“The notion that some kid that was brought here when he was two or three years old might somehow be deported at the age of 20 or 25, even though they’ve grown up as American, that’s not who we are,” he said during an interview air Friday on Sirius XM’s “Urban View” with Joe Madison.

“That’s not true to the spirit of what the march on Selma was about.”

Interestingly, Fox New’s Neil Cavuto had a problem with that:

CAVUTO: Selma was about legal Americans denied their rights and it was offensive, it wasn’t about illegal Americans denied their rights: that comparison is what’s offensive. Because there’s a big difference between a nation denying basic rights to all its citizens and denying them to those who who have no such right because they are not citizens.

But when Obama got to Alabama, he must have had second thoughts about pushing an issue that has been so harmful to black Americans, particularly economically, but also in education where black kids as well as other Americans are being pushed aside to service the illegal alien kiddie surge.

In fact, Obama did not call for millions of amnesty work permits during his Selma speech, where many of the audience were black citizens who on average have been worse off during the BHO economy. He did mention immigration, but only as part of the great sweep of American history and its diversity.

Here’s a snippet from the 3600-word transcript of Obama’s speech, which is typical in its snooze-worthy style of vague recycled elements:

We’re the immigrants who stowed away on ships to reach these shores, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free –- Holocaust survivors, Soviet defectors, the Lost Boys of Sudan.  We’re the hopeful strivers who cross the Rio Grande because we want our kids to know a better life.  That’s how we came to be.  (Applause.)

We’re the slaves who built the White House and the economy of the South.  (Applause.)  We’re the ranch hands and cowboys who opened up the West, and countless laborers who laid rail, and raised skyscrapers, and organized for workers’ rights.

We’re the fresh-faced GIs who fought to liberate a continent.  And we’re the Tuskeegee Airmen, and the Navajo code-talkers, and the Japanese Americans who fought for this country even as their own liberty had been denied.

Up with diversity! But somehow the illegal alien amnesty creating millions of legal workers to compete with citizens got shelved for the Selma audience.

Initial Amnesty Costs for Processing Are Toted Up

Judicial Watch has dug up some figures about the immediate costs of Obama’s imperial amnesty and they are high, nearly half a billion dollars annually just for the paper pushing.

You wouldn’t expect government rubber-stampers to work in less-than-deluxe offices would you?

Below, the administration rented this office building in Arlington, Virginia, to process millions of amnesty applications.

Tom Fitton appeared on Fox News Saturday morning to explain the administration spending that has no authorization in law, including how resources are being shunted from processing legal immigrants to the servicing of foreign lawbreakers.

FITTON: In our experience with the last DREAM Act amnesty which is also illegal, the handing of legal applications for green cards shut down. So if you are a US citizen trying to get your foreign-born wife into the country, you had to wait a year. But if you’re an illegal alien, you’re stamped right through,

TUCKER CARLSON: So the United States is paying half a billion dollars just in direct costs, just directly half a billion dollars to break US law, Why? What’s the purpose of this?

FITTON: The purpose is to enact the President’s prosecutorial discretion and would allow you if you are here a certain period of time to apply for provisional status or legal status and be able to work, and the administration’s encouraging you even if you don’t think you’ll pass and get the application approved, come in and apply anyway and you’ll get the benefit of not being deported. It essentially would allow virtually anyone who’s here illegally to continue to stay here. And as I said, upward of $484 million a year, but that’s just for the first year; they give it every year from here on in, and of course it’s going to draw more illegal aliens and so the cost will just increase over time.

CARLSON: All Democratic voters. This is the same administration that advertises food stamps in Mexico.

Of course, these many millions of dollars are merely the pricetag on processing. When the future Democrats are fast-tracked for citizenship and voting, they will cost trillions of dollars in benefits over their lifetimes according to Heritage scholar Robert Rector. The high cost is because as low-skilled workers, they receive far more welfare than they pay in taxes. The $6.3 trillion cost is for the official total number of 11 million illegal aliens, and Obama is only going for half a loaf now — but he has two years left in office to accommodate those left out.

Here are the details from Judicial Watch:

Obama Amnesty to Cost $484 Mil, Expand Workforce by 3,100 in New Compound, JudicialWatch.org, March 4, 2015

The U.S. government will spend nearly half a billion dollars, expand its workforce by 3,100 and open a 280,000-square-foot compound in Virginia to carry out President Obama’s amnesty order, according to detailed government figures provided to Judicial Watch.

The numbers are breathtaking and include a $647,590 monthly rent bill for a new facility at 2200 Crystal Drive in Arlington Virginia. It will be the processing headquarters for two Obama amnesty plans—Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA)—that will allow millions of illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. Last month a federal court in Texas blocked the amnesty order, but records show the administration is ready to pull the trigger if it succeeds in appealing the ruling.

In fact a few weeks ago Judicial Watch reported that, despite the court order, the administration continued working behind the scenes to quickly award multi-million-dollar contracts to firms that can expeditiously process millions of illegal immigrants. A Request for Proposal (RFP) from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) estimates that the population of potential requesters for the president’s deferred action will be “approximately four million people” and that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) anticipates the initial filing of “approximately five to six million forms” related to the amnesty order which also covers the illegal immigrant parents of U.S. citizens and lawful residents. Continue reading this article

Obama's 'Fundamentally Transformed' America Will Not Be Second-Amendment Friendly

A future Mexicanized and liberally diverse America will likely be different in ways that most citizens have not imagined, beyond the presence of an imported voting block that will vote Democrat no matter what. Hispanics are culturally inclined to big government which makes them perfect liberals, along with their other drawbacks, like disinterest in education, fondness for violence and general corruption.

Hispanic immigrants don’t come from a firearm-positive culture like America’s, where guns are used responsibly by citizens for self-defense and as a firewall against government tyranny. Mexican cartels do like guns well enough for criminal applications, and the Mexico City Catholic church runs yearly disarmament drives to remove weapons.

Many gun rights advocates in this country have ignored the threat posed by the demographic changes forced upon the nation by elite-sponsored immigration. Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America (GOA) is an exception. In 2013, he remarked, “If you bring a whole bunch of Democrats into the country, most of them are going to vote to take away our guns and in a few years that’s exactly what would happen, so we don’t want the other problems that come with that. Just from a Second Amendment point of view, we have a dog in that fight.” (As posted online by RightWingWatch).

Pratt recently announced in an online radio show that GOA will begin to include politicians’ amnesty position as a part of their Second Amendment ratings.

Gun Owners of America to score amnesty votes in politician gun ratings, Examiner, March 2, 2015

News that can help shape the political landscape of the gun rights advocacy community was broken last night on the nationally-syndicated Armed American Radio program, when Larry Pratt, Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, announced GOA will begin scoring politicians on their support or opposition to amnesty for illegal aliens.

GOA has been alone among national gun rights groups warning that a “pathway to citizenship” will provide for millions of new anti-gun voters with the electoral clout to undo all hard-won legislative and judicial gains gun owners have enjoyed in recent years. That the administration is working toward that and other agenda goals is corroborated by what Homeland Security Jeh Johnson told the United Conference of Mayors, when he maintained that “the approximately 11 million people who are in the country illegally have ‘earned the right to be citizens.’”

The danger of allowing that to happen was emphasized recently by Oregon’s Rep. Kurt Schrader, who declared immigration “will decide who is in charge of this country for the next 20 or 30 years.” Plus, Obama’s counting on that. Continue reading this article

Smart Machines Take More White Collar Jobs, So Importing H-1b Workers May Not Be Necessary

Robots have been moving into factories and farms to perform tasks earlier done by human workers.

Below, factory robots weld and assemble cars without a human in sight.

But machines and software are getting smarter at a rapid rate. As automation expert Andrew McAfee notes in the video following, a lot of people now use software to calculate their taxes rather than take their records to a human preparer. It’s one example of how in so many ways, human workers are less needed, yet the economic experts can’t figure out why the recovery has been painfully slow in generating jobs.

Andy McAfee: The median American worker doesn’t do manual labor anymore. The average American worker is not a ditch digger. But they’re also not doing incredibly high-end particle physics or data science. They are what you’d call the somewhat routine knowledge worker. That is right in the sweet spot of where technology is making its greatest inroads. And a good example of that is a tax preparer. That’s someone who has mastered a very complicated American tax code, but they do the same thing over and over. They apply that code to an individual person. That’s recently become fairly easy to automate and automate very well. So now a lot of us find a $40 program like TurboTax completely adequate for our needs. That’s great news for two out of three constituencies.

One of the educational fads of late has been to train youngsters how to code computers so they can get good paying jobs as adults. But wait — smart robots are headed there also.

Watch out, coders — a robot may take your job, too, InfoWorld, Feb 19, 2015

Researchers warn that a glut of code is coming that will depress wages and turn coders into Uber drivers

Chances are you’re not too worried about a robot taking your job. After all, when we picture out-of-control automation, we imagine that the blue-collar folks who work with their hands in the factories or checkout counters will be pushed aside by a collection of chips, software, and servo-motors.

But don’t be smug, techies. An intriguing new research paper from two major universities posits that even software developers, the very people who program those machines, could face a future in which their skills are no longer needed and their incomes drop precipitously as smart machines reduce the need for human-produced software to mere maintenance operations. [. . .]

The world of employment is undergoing a revolution from top to bottom, yet Washington policymakers are sleepwalking off a cliff. Congressman Paul Ryan, who is supposed to be expert on matters of the economy and budget, believes America needs to import millions of immigrant workers to replace the retiring boomer generation. He is dangerously wrong in thinking a labor shortage is looming when the opposite is true. An angry underclass is growing in size from the Ferguson heartland to the coasts because there are no jobs for low-skilled people, but nevertheless the elites want more and cheaper labor.

White-collar occupations are threatened by the same progress that has wiped out millions of low-skilled jobs. Fortune magazine had an informative list of some of them, with fascinating details tucked in, like the entire Fed-ex fleet being flown remotely by a handful of pilots in 2020.

5 white-collar jobs robots already have taken, Fortune, Feb 25, 2015

Artificial intelligence, robotics and new disruptive technology are challenging white-collar professions that previously seemed invulnerable.

For years now, some researchers have been anticipating that robots would take away jobs from humans. In the UK, Deloitte and the University of Oxford predicted that 10 million unskilled jobs could be taken over by robots. University of Oxford researchers Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne estimated in 2013 that 47 percent of total U.S. jobs could be automated and taken over by computers by 2033.

Some experts say not to worry because technology has always created new jobs while eliminating old ones ones, displacing but not replacing workers. But lately, as technology has become more sophisticated, the drumbeat of worry has intensified. “What’s different now?” asked Leigh Watson Healy, chief analyst at market research firm Outsell. “The pace of technology advancements plus the big data phenomenon lead to a whole new level of machines to perform higher level cognitive tasks.” Translated: the old formula of creating more demanding jobs that need advanced training may no longer hold true. The number of people needed to oversee the machines, and to create them, is limited. Where do the many whose occupations have become obsolete go?

“I don’t think we have a good handle on this,” said MIT researcher Matt Beane. “The end game scenarios seem kind of severe. From here on in, it’s really, really, really going to change and it’s going to change faster than we can handle.”

Until recently, it was largely blue collar jobs that have felt the brunt, as technologies automated assembly-line work. Now, researchers are beginning to see that artificial intelligence, robotics and new disruptive technology are challenging white-collar professions that previously seemed invulnerable.

Look at FedEx. “They hope that by 2020 they will have a pilot center with three or four pilots that fly the FedEx fleet [of hundreds of planes] around the country,” said Frank Tobe, editor and publisher of The Robot Report, a publication that tracks and analyzes the robot industry. Or there’s education. “I invested in one company that uses robots to teach mathematics in schools,” said Dmitry Grishin, CEO of Russian tech giant Mail.Ru Group and head of robotics VC firm Grishin Robots.

Which raises the question: Will pushing labor onto machines open a new bright future for humanity, or a new variation on the Terminator series: Rule of the Robot Overlords?

Here are five professional jobs already being replaced by computers, robots, and AI.

Financial and Sports Reporters
Gathering information; interviewing people; answering who, what when, where, why, and how; and writing the results. It’s the daily grind for journalists. But make the information machine readable and you have the potential for disruption.

Associated Press has run an experiment of automatically creating corporate earnings reports since June 2014 with software from Automated Insights and data from Zacks Investment Research. After working through problems at the outset, the process is virtually error-free, which likely beats what humans would do. Continue reading this article

New York Mayor De Blasio Orders Islam Holidays for City Schools

How do you tell when your country has too many Muslims? One hint might be when the biggest city starts observing Islam holidays in the public schools.

Below, candidate Bill De Blasio campaigned for the Muslim vote, and as mayor he has weakened country-terrorism according to their wishes.

Can’t policymakers in Washington notice that Muslim immigration has been entirely disastrous for Europe and may destroy civilization there in a few decades? The Muslim population in America increased by 67 percent in the recent decade. Why has this dangerous policy been allowed to continue? What do Muslims bring other than religious supremacy, violence and discord?

New York City lost thousands of its citizens to Muslim jihad on 9/11. The surviving families cannot feel positive about the demographic change.

As the British immigration Cassandra Enoch Powell remarked, “The supreme function of statesmanship is to provide against preventable evils.”

Too bad Washington is short on statesmen these days. Oh well!

Happy Allah-Days, New York City!

NYC public schools, nation’s biggest district, to close on 2 Muslim holidays, Associated Press, March 4, 2015

NEW YORK — The nation’s largest public school system will observe the two most important Muslim holidays starting next fall, a policy change hailed Wednesday by Islamic leaders in New York City.

Under the new policy, the city’s 1.1 million-pupil public school system will close on Sept. 24 for Eid al-Adha, which is also known as the Festival of Sacrifice. The holiday of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, will be observed during summer school in 2016.

“Hundreds of thousands of Muslim families will no longer have to choose between honoring the most sacred days on their calendar or attending school,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in his announcement.

Muslim leaders welcomed the announcement. Continue reading this article

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