Kennedy Assassination Prompted Liberal Switch against Patriotism and toward Cultural Transformation

A couple times last week, Rush Limbaugh explored an interesting byway of political history related to the Kennedy assassination, an event which marked its 50th anniversary on Friday. The idea was that that the left could not accept the fact that an individual communist, Lee Harvey Oswald, murdered the Democrat President, and as a result, leftwingers changed their worldview to regard America in general as responsible for the death and an evil force in the world.

The interpretation came from a 2007 book Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism by James Piereson. The Amazon site allows inspection of some interesting passages within the book.

Before the assassination, liberalism had an upbeat outlook and positive leaders like FDR, Truman and Kennedy himself. The reassessment that followed the death took a bitter turn and remains so to this day, when Americans with traditional values are blamed for everything under the sun by the liberal establishment and its stenographers.

Here’s a snip from Limbaugh’s November 21 radio show:

But his point, his overall thesis is that up until that time, Democrats believed in “progressivism.” They believed in Big Government. But they at least attached optimistic outcomes to it. They really believed they were helping America. They really believed they were helping families, helping people. Now they’ve just become, “The country’s horrible, it’s rotten, it needs to be reformed!” The liberals of JFK’s day did not think there was anything really major wrong with this country.

The theory that the assassination unglued the left certainly has the ring of truth. Liberalism has been on the warpath since then to destroy traditional conservative values. Limbaugh didn’t expand on the idea of post-Camelot as far as he could have, that the liberal effort after Kennedy doubled down to remake America in a way more to their liking, say in the style of European socialism.

Limbaugh also did not extrapolate that an aspect of the left’s remaking of America includes importing millions of future Democrat voters via enormous immigration, legal and illegal. (Limbaugh apparently doesn’t regard immigration as an important issue for his show.)

Democrats disapprove of America and have been engaged in a long-term strategy to turn a center-right nation into a totally regulated socialist stronghold to protect the little citizens from the dangers of freedom. The libs’ two major strategies of cultural transformation are school propaganda starting with the youngest minds and immigration to import pre-made left-wingers from Mexico and other big-government bastions.

As the researchers at Pew Hispanic found, the cultural preference for big government lasts for generations among hispanics.

So the open border to the south is seen by left-wing cultural transformers as a big plus — something that may have started as a result of the Kennedy assassination.

Britain: Attorney General Warns of Endemic Corruption among Pakistani Immigrants

For the not-all-diversity-is equal file. Corruption exists in all societies, but in some it rises to the level of a cultural norm. One measure: the Corruption Index provides an annual list of nations and how dishonest each is judged to be. Out of 176 countries scored in 2012, Pakistan was rated at #139, near Nigeria, although not quite as degenerate as rock-bottom Somalia, Afghanistan and North Korea.

When Pakistanis relocate to the West, the lessons they learned growing up in their traditional “favor culture” don’t disappear. One easily measured expression of corruption has been several cases of electoral fraud.

Below, many Muslims residing in Britain have resisted cultural assimilation, as illustrated by the burqa-wearing person using public transit.

Naturally, Pak diversity defenders say their feelings are hurt by such unkind truths. “I’m profoundly disturbed at a statement from such a senior Conservative MP against the British Pakistani community,” Lib Dem Qassim Afzal responded on BBC Radio.

The population of Pakistanis residing in Britain numbers at least 1.2 million.

Corruption rife in the Pakistani community, says minister, Daily Telegraph, November 22, 2013

Corruption in parts of the Pakistani community is “endemic” and a growing problem that politicians have underestimated, the Government’s chief legal adviser has said.

Dominic Grieve QC, the Attorney General, said ministers should “wake up” to the threat of corruption in public life, which he attributed to “minority communities” that operate a “favour culture”.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Mr Grieve praised the integration of minorities into British life, and pointed out that corruption can also be found in the “white Anglo-Saxon” community. But he said that the growth of corruption was “because we have minority communities in this country which come from backgrounds where corruption is endemic. It is something we as politicians have to wake to up to”.

Mr Grieve said he was referring to “mainly the Pakistani community” but added that other minority communities had similar problems.

His remarks could affect Britain’s relations with Pakistan. In 2010 David Cameron refused to apologise after he accused the country of “exporting terror”.

Ministers are aware that high-profile stories involving child abuse, Islamist extremism, slavery and corruption in the Pakistani community are being used by far-Right agitators such as the English Defence League to stir sectarianism.

Mr Grieve, the MP for Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire, has a sizeable South Asian community in his constituency. “I can see many of them have come because of the opportunities that they get. But they also come from societies where they have been brought up to believe you can only get certain things through a favour culture,” he said. “One of the things you have to make absolutely clear is that that is not the case and it’s not acceptable.” Continue reading this article

California Central Valley: Land Is Subsiding from Overuse of Water

West of the Mississippi, water supply is a problem. (Check out the Drought Monitor map, updated weekly, to see the current state of dryness which is concentrated in the west, not the east.)

California is overpopulated at 38 million residents, and several years of sub-average rainfall have added to the stress on water supply. The majority of water goes to the agriculture industry but nevertheless when a drought hits, the city dwellers are required to use less.

Now we learn that so much water has been pumped from underground sources that the land is sinking at an alarming rate, a foot in one area. Not only is the subsidence a big wake-up call about supply, but the land movement also affects the proper function of things like gravity-powered movement of water around the state.

The damage is the result of immigration-fueled population growth putting too much pressure on natural systems to replenish themselves. But elites hope to import another hundred million workers and consumers over the next few decades. Liberals like to chatter about environmental sustainability regarding issues that they like (e.g. global warming), but not so much when immigration is part of the discussion.

USGS finds land sinking rapidly in Central Valley, Associated Press, November 21, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO — Land in California’s San Joaquin Valley is sinking more rapidly than usual because of increased pumping from underground sources, a phenomenon that is damaging vital water infrastructure, the U.S. Geological Survey said Thursday.

The USGS study found that land sinking had been measured at nearly one-foot per year in one area, and that it is reducing the flow capacity of the Delta-Mendota Canal and the California Aqueduct, two key sources of water.

“We were surprised at the amount of land being affected,” Michelle Sneed, a USGS hydrologist and the report’s lead author. “We were also surprised by the rapid rate of (sinking).”

Because canals were built with a small slope to propel the water, sinking land can change that slope in random areas and affect flows, Sneed said. Continue reading this article

New York Times: Not All Illegal Aliens Want American Citizenship

How fascinating that the wellspring of liberal wisdom, the New York Times, has noticed that many illegal aliens don’t care about becoming Americans. For most illegals, their heart’s desire is anything that allows them to steal Americans jobs without punishment and make lots of money. They came for the money and that’s all they really care about — first, last and foremost.

We can look to the 1986 amnesty to see how important American citizenship has been to lawbreaking foreigners. Simple legalization solves their problems by allowing them to remain in this country to work without fear of deportation; as a result, only 40 percent of the 1986 cohort chose naturalization.

Many Avoid Tough Path to Citizenship, Wall Street Journal, March 4, 2013

Under the 1986 move to open the way for illegal immigrants to eventually become citizens, only 40% of the 2.7 million immigrants who received a green card, or permanent legal residency, had become naturalized citizens by 2009, according to a 2010 study by the Department of Homeland Security.

Remember,

Legalization IS the amnesty.

The Times prints varying opinions in its article, with no polling to sort the feelings about legalization versus citizenship. But there is no reason to think that the current class of foreign lawbreakers would behave any differently from their earlier counterparts.

Illegal Immigrants Divided Over the Importance of Citizenship, New York Times, November 20, 2013

Glendy Martínez is waiting anxiously to see if Congress will ever pass legislation to allow immigrants like her without papers to stay in the country legally. But frankly, she says, she does not care if it will include any promise of citizenship.

With the earnings from her job in a Houston hair salon, Ms. Martínez, 30, is supporting one child born in Texas and three others she left behind in her home country, Nicaragua.

“So many people back there depend on those of us who are here,” she said. “It would be such a help if we could work in peace and go back sometimes to see our children.”

As President Obama looks for a way to salvage a broad overhaul of the immigration system, he opened the door this week to a piecemeal series of smaller bills as a way of getting past the objections of the Republican-run House, which refused to take up the comprehensive measure that the Senate passed in June.

But as far as Ms. Martínez and many other immigrants are concerned, one of House Republicans’ sharpest disagreements with the Senate and the White House — over a path to citizenship for those here illegally — should not be that hard to resolve.

“For many undocumented people, citizenship is not a priority,” said Oscar A. Chacon, executive director of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities, a network of immigrant organizations that includes many foreigners here without papers. “What they really care about is a solution that allows them to overcome their greatest vulnerabilities.” Continue reading this article

Terrorist Refugees Prompt Rescreening

This ABC story is an interesting follow-up to an old story, that of refugees brought from Iraq and Afghanistan turning out to be serious bad guys. The new information seems to be details about how jihadist soldiers were discovered. I’ve been writing for a couple years about the now-imprisoned Iraqi refugees, Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi (shown below), and what the affair indicates about America’s haphazard refugee program. It’s good to see the case hasn’t disappeared from media interest.

Washington never seems to learn that opening the nation’s doors to war refugees presents an opportunity for the worst of the worst to sneak in along with genuine victims. Diverse war criminals of all stripes have entered this country as refugees and immigrants, sometimes using their real names like Bosnian Marko Boskic, due to the permissive standards applied to millions of foreigners.

This sloppiness is not new news — many Americans can remember the decades of wrangling over Ukrainian immigrant John Demjanjuk about whether he was war criminal in a Nazi death camp. But at least as a Ukrainian, he was culturally unlikely to wage war against Western people, something you cannot say about Muslim immigrants.

One important fact tucked into the ABC piece was the amount of time devoted to rescreening to find enemy soldiers, that the FBI assigned “hundreds of specialists to an around-the-clock effort aimed at checking its archive of 100,000 improvised explosive devices collected in the war zones” for fingerprints matching those of refugees. That is a lot of time spent that could be better used to keep enemies out in the first place.

Detecting “bad” Iraqis among the non-hostiles is a fool’s errand. If we send our armed forces to smack down jihadists in foreign countries, that should be the extent of our efforts. Our immigration door should be limited to friendly and productive folks. And why admit Muslims as immigrants at all?

Big government appears to work as efficiently for refugee and immigrant screening as it does for ObamaCare. As a result, authorities are now pursuing “dozens” of cases of jihadist enemies admitted to our country as refugees.

ABC presented a detailed version of its report on Nightline:


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Exclusive: US May Have Let ‘Dozens’ of Terrorists Into Country As Refugees, ABC News, by Brian Ross, November 20, 2013

Several dozen suspected terrorist bombmakers, including some believed to have targeted American troops, may have mistakenly been allowed to move to the United States as war refugees, according to FBI agents investigating the remnants of roadside bombs recovered from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The discovery in 2009 of two al Qaeda-Iraq terrorists living as refugees in Bowling Green, Kentucky — who later admitted in court that they’d attacked U.S. soldiers in Iraq — prompted the bureau to assign hundreds of specialists to an around-the-clock effort aimed at checking its archive of 100,000 improvised explosive devices collected in the war zones, known as IEDs, for other suspected terrorists’ fingerprints.

“We are currently supporting dozens of current counter-terrorism investigations like that,” FBI Agent Gregory Carl, director of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC), said in an ABC News interview to be broadcast tonight on ABC News’ “World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline”.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if there were many more than that,” said House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul. “And these are trained terrorists in the art of bombmaking that are inside the United States; and quite frankly, from a homeland security perspective, that really concerns me.” Continue reading this article

Norway Notices Diverse Crime Problem

Are Norwegians waking up to the questionable blessings of diversity? Perhaps. According to a recent poll, half of Oslo residents now fear street crime, and the cause is apparently understood.

Another interesting statistic: one-third of inmates in Norwegian prisons are foreign born. Not all are Muslims however, since criminals of all stripes love open borders, such as those in the European Union: it’s so convenient to be able to skedaddle to a new country to avoid getting pinched.

Excessive immigration of inappropriate cultures reduces freedom for the receiving nation. Fear of street crime keeps people at home and out of the public square: it’s safer to watch TV from the couch rather than attend a lecture or hang out at a bar downtown.

Islamic immigration in particular worsens public safety for women and girls, given the incidence of Muslim rape gangs. As Norwegian author and human rights activist Hege Storhaug opined about the prospects for women in her country:

“There is no doubt that the freedom, the level of freedom I had as a young woman, young women in Norway will not have, and don’t have actually today and they will not have it in the future, as far as I can see. So the freedom for women in Europe is going backwards.”

“Girls in school, they are mocked by Muslim boys and they dye their hair black, yes. Blondes are dying their hair black, that is correct. And some of them also move to other parts of Oslo to be let alone.”

Will this Norwegian girl face a diminished future because of Muslim immigration in her nation?

The new conservative Prime Minister has promised a tougher approach to immigrant misbehavior. The crime problem is discussed only in terms of street robberies, without mention of the Muslim war against women, but this honesty about the perps is an improvement over earlier politically correct speak among authorities. Still, the idea that immigrant parents should provide more control over their little hooligans is nice to hear from a national leader.

Immigrant parents should control mugger kids: PM, The Local, Norway, November 19, 2013

Immigrant parents should take more responsibility for stopping the wave of street crime sweeping Oslo, Norway’s new prime minister has argued.

“It looks like young gang members are behind most of this,” Erna Solberg told Dagsavisen newspaper on Monday. “I think the call from local parents to mobilize immigrant parents is important. We have to crack down on this, and parents in the immigrant community must also play their part.”

Oslo saw 120 robberies in October, more than any other city in Scandinavia. There were just 78 robberies recorded in Copenhagen and only 63 in Stockholm. Continue reading this article

Amnesty-Promoting Billionaires Play the Long Game

Funny how the plutocrats running the amnesty campaign against American workers haven’t paid much attention to Speaker Boehner’s November 13 declaration that “We have no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill.” Instead, they are forging ahead with their plan to flood America’s labor market with excess, exploitable workers.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue said the following day that he wasn’t worried about eventually getting his amnesty, noting “We’re not going away… We’re just getting warmed up.”

Billionaire whippersnapper Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder, has taken an amnesty leadership role among the richie rich in recent months.

Below, in August amnesty booster Mark Zuckerberg appeared in San Francisco with celebrated illegal alien scribbler Jose Vargas in an amnesty-promotion event.

More recently, Zuckerberg’s gang of Silicon Valley billionaires and associates, FWD.us, have upped their game by launching new television ads to pressure House Republicans to pass amnesty and double legal immigration. Below is an example video, filled with lies like “Reforming our immigration system would dramatically reduce our nation’s debt, grow the economy by 5.4% and take bold steps to secure our borders.” In fact government services for millions of poorly educated third worlders would add trillions of dollars to the the taxpayer cost of legalizing the foreigners, and the CBO reported that the Senate bill would reduce average wages in America for 12 years, increase unemployment for 7 years and reduce per capita GNP growth over 25 years.

FWD.us: Enough with immigration stall, Politico, November 18, 2013

The Mark Zuckerberg-funded issues advocacy group FWD.us is launching a new round of ads with a decidedly different tone than past spots on immigration reform, using quotes from President Barack Obama and House leadership to highlight a growing frustration with legislative delays.

The new push features a weeklong, national cable ad buy in the mid-six figures. There is an English-language spot and one in Spanish, and the ads will be on the Web for a longer period of time as part of an online ad buy. Continue reading this article

An Anniversary Is Observed: America’s Unwise Recognition of Soviet Union in 1933

November 16 marked 80 years since the Roosevelt administration normalized relations with the USSR, and several national security experts met in Washington to reflect on what the decision meant then and whether anything has been learned in the interim.

What followed was the “massive infiltration of our government by communists and Soviet agents” particularly during WWII, according to expert of the period Stanton Evans (author of Stalin’s Secret Agents) to the extent that “there were literally hundreds … of Soviet agents in our government by the early 1940s.”

In addition, speakers Christopher Farrell of JudicialWatch and Stephen Coughlin of the Center for Security Policy drew the parallel of Soviet infiltration then and Muslim subversion in high places now.

The video is nearly two hours in length but is valuable for the hidden history it brings to light as well as insights into current policies.

The Legacy of FDR’s Normalization of Relations with the USSR

Washington, DC — Eighty years ago this Saturday, President Franklin D. Roosevelt agreed for the first time to recognize the Communist regime of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. He did so on the basis of formal undertakings by then-Soviet Foreign Minister Maxim Litvinov that the Kremlin would not engage in subversive actions in America. Continue reading this article

Somali Taxi Driver Claims Hate Crime; Prosecutor Drops Case as Fake

When diverse Muslim cabbies aren’t busy endangering the public with road rage or refusing service to the blind persons because of guide dogs, they apparently cook up fake hate crimes against passengers.

In the current case from Fairfax County Virginia, the Hamas-linked Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) organization seems to have been pushing the case along. It helps that the passenger was a bit toasted and looked wealthy, making him a fine lawsuit target.

Somali immigrant Mohammad Salim claimed that after an anti-Muslim rant, passenger Ed Dahlberg punched out the driver, breaking his jaw.

Only the hairline fracture turned out to be an old injury — oopsie. Plus the timing of the alleged assault didn’t work with the cell phone video cited as evidence.

Had the case been successful money-wise, CAIR probably would have gotten a cut for its help — which it still may: the unfriendly Muslim group has asked Eric Holder’s Justice Department to investigate the case.

Charges Dropped in Cab Driver Attack, NBC Washington, November 14, 2013

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced Thursday that it would ask the Department of Justice to pursue charges against the Northern Virginia businessman accused of assaulting a Muslim cab driver after going on a profane rant attacking his religion.

All Fairfax County charges against Ed Dahlberg were dropped Thursday morning. Prosecutors said the story cab driver Mohammad Salim told authorities didn’t match the evidence presented in the case.

Salim said that after he picked up passenger Ed Dahlberg from a Fairfax County Country Club in April, Dahlberg became verbally abusive, criticized his Muslim faith and called him a terrorist. Salim recorded the confrontation on his cell phone.

Salim claimed right after he dropped Dahlberg off, the businessman returned and hit him, breaking his jaw.

The prosecution said there wasn’t enough time between the cell phone recording and a 911 call placed immediately after the recording for an assault to have occurred. Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond Morrogh says they also found inconsistencies in Salim’s version of events.

“At first he claimed he was assaulted in the cab and had the whole assalt on film. He later changed that to say the defendant left the cab and came back and assaulted him a second time knocking him unconscious for several minutes. That’s inconsistent with the physcial evidence,” said Morrogh.

Dahlberg’s lawyers accuse Salim of making up the assault story to try to later make money through a civil lawsuit.

“The complainant, it appears, was trying to egg him on, putting a video camera in his face, pushing it at him and then he made up the story about the assault and punch in jaw,” said defense attorney John Kenneth Zwerling. “It was all disprovable. So this nightmare has ended for Mr. Dahlberg.” Continue reading this article

Liz Cheney Makes First Sunday Show Appearance for Senate Campaign

The former Vice President’s daughter is running for Senate against incumbent Republican Mike Enzi, and the main question is WHY, since Enzi is a reliable conservative on many fronts, including immigration enforcement.

Columnist Ann Coulter has criticized certain Republicans for self-centered opportunism in campaigns which has caused several disastrous losses in important races in recent years. Appearing on Fox’s Hannity show in October she remarked, “Why should we be having — and I love Liz Cheney — but why should we be having a rancorous primary against a good Republican senator other than for Liz Cheney’s ego?” Coulter has helpfully suggested that Cheney might better put her skills to work by moving to South Carolina and running against amnesty crusader Lindsey Graham.

Most of Sunday’s Fox interview concerned predictable topics of ObamaCare and general conservatism.

Fox showed a graphic illustrating Senator’s Enzi’s conservative cred:

Unsurprisingly, the network did not include NumbersUSA’s immigration enforcement grade for Enzi (lifetime A -), even though many viewers might have found that information to be important.

The immigration subject did not come up at all in Sunday’s interview, so enquiring minds must look elsewhere for Cheney’s stance.

Here’s a direct question from the Daily Caller, July 20, 2013:

Liz Cheney speaks out on her campaign for US Senate

Would you have voted for the Gang of 8’s immigration bill?

I wouldn’t have voted for it. I think that there were too many good amendments, for example, that were not accepted, such as those offered by Sen. Cruz, that would have provided much more insurance in terms of border security. I am not comfortable with leaving so much discretion in the hands of the secretary for Homeland Security – to decide whether to carry out those provisions of the bill. And I think the bill as it stands now doesn’t deal with the most important issue we’ve got to address first, which is to secure the border.

This answer shows a severe lack of knowledge. In an effort to bring up the name of popular Ted Cruz, Cheney showed her ignorance, because he behaved like a potted plant at the Senate markup hearing where amendments were heard. Cruz submitted only five amendments to S.744 and one of those was to increase H-1b tech visas by 500%.

Cruz’ legislative list compared poorly to Senators Jeff Sessions and Chuck Grassley, who entered 49 and 77 amendments respectively. (The Senate’s list of amendments for the bill is available online.)

In addition, see my June article about the Senate markup and beyond, WaPo Compares Senator Sessions To George Wallace—He Must Be Doing Something Right!.

Back to Cheney, if she thinks Ted Cruz’ markup behavior was admirable, she is badly informed to be kind. Plus she has shown no passion for immigration enforcement generally, which is often a bad sign of quiet squishiness.

Virginia: Illegal Alien Killer Garcia Is Sentenced for Murder of Vanessa Pham

It’s the same old story: a previously arrested but not deported illegal alien remained at large in America to murder an innocent person. The government refused to do its basic function of law enforcement because of ethnic politics, and a young woman died as a result.

Below, illegal alien Guatemalan Julio Miguel Blanco-Garcia (left) killed 19-year-old Vanessa Pham in 2010.

Pham, a student at Savannah College of Art and Design, was found stabbed to death in her car which had run off the road into a ditch. It took a couple years for the killer’s DNA to show up, which occurred when Garcia robbed a store of three bottles of Moet Chandon champagne.

At that point, the mystery of the murder was somewhat solved, as Garcia stated Pham picked him up in an act of kindness when he was carrying a baby and said he needed a ride to a hospital. He further claimed that he was crazy-high on PCP and freaked out when she took a wrong turned, stabbing her at that point. The prosecution believes instead that Garcia tried to rape her and she resisted.

Lat week a judge sentenced Garcia to 49 years imprisonment per the recommendation of the jury, though he could have gotten life.

Julio Blanco Garcia sentenced for murdering Vanessa Pham, WUSA9, November 15, 2013

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) — The man who murdered Falls Church college student Vanessa Pham was officially sentenced to 49 years behind bars today. Just before being sentenced, Julio Blanco Garcia apologized to his victim’s family.

“I would like to say to Ms. Pham’s family and friends, that I am deeply sorry for what I did. And that I hope, that I hope that my punishment will help them in their grieving process,” said Blanco Garcia.

He stood in a dark green jail shirt and pants as he spoke those words, never looking at the Pham family or friends seated behind him.

Judge Jane Roush said, “I have given a lot consideration to this case and considered e jury’s recommendation appropriate.”

In the August trial, the jury watched a cell phone video of 19 year old Vanessa Pham talking to her mother.

At sentencing today, Chief Deputy Commonwealth Attorney Casey Lingan read from the mother’s victim impact statement:

“Society has lost a beautiful, compassionate, ambitious young woman who would have lived a full life if it were not taken from her. My dreams of her finishing college, falling in love, getting married and giving me grandchildren has all been taken from me…. I have a tomestone where I go to visit Vanessa and all I can do is place fresh flowers and have a one-way conversation.”

During the trial, the jury watched Blanco Garcia’s video-taped police interview and confession of the killing.  In it, Blanco Garcia said he was hallucinating and high on PCP. With his baby in his arms, he flagged down Pham and convinced her to drive him to the hospital. He said when she took a wrong turn, he freaked out, and fearing for his baby’s life, he took out his knife and killed Pham. He stabbed her 13 times. Continue reading this article

Remittances to Latin America: America’s Loss in Billions of Dollars

A new report from Pew Hispanic provides a reminder of how much money is strip-mined from the United States by foreign workers and sent to their homelands. In 2013, U.S. remittances accounted for three-quarters of the total in 2012 — $41 billion out of $52.9 billion sent to Latin American nations, according to World Bank data. (The report is available online: Remittances to Latin America Recover -— but Not to Mexico.)

That’s $41 billion not being spent in American communities, keeping the economy going at home. The money doesn’t help dysfuntional third world countries either: the free money makes it easy for corrupt governments to avoid needed reforms to make their own economies function better. Bribery-fueled Mexico comes to mind, and scholar George Grayson wrote specifically on this topic for CIS in September: Remittances Abet Mexican Officials’ Irresponsible Behavior.

The LA Times likely wrote a friendly story because so many local residents are remittance senders.

Remittances to Latin America rebound — except in Mexico, Los Angeles Times, November 15, 2013

The amount of money U.S. immigrants send to their families in Latin America has more than doubled since 2000, and the cash flow home — except to Mexico — has recovered from a considerable drop during the Great Recession, a 13-year survey of remittance trends shows.

For years, remittances have far outpaced foreign aid in helping lift people out of poverty in Latin America, the study released Friday by Pew Research Center notes.

In 2011, remittances totaled $53.1 billion, more than eight times the amount of official aid, the report says.

More than half of those immigrating from Spanish-speaking countries — 54% — send part of their U.S. earnings home, and 17% of U.S.-born Latinos also maintain financial lifelines to relatives abroad, the Pew research shows. Continue reading this article