"When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic." - Benjamin Franklin;
"And when politicians find that honor and character matter less than buying votes and a constituency, that too will herald the end of the Constitution. When that happens we must work tirelessly to change their minds, or their occupation!" - Hoping The Blind Will See

Friday, April 9, 2010

Let's Put Healthcare On The Back Burner - Until November

Get your pens, faxes and cell phones ready. It's time to start another campaign against the next "sweeping plan to transform America". This time it's about immigration, and legalizing 11-30 million illegal aliens. The result? A brand new voting base for the progressives. Don't let them scam us into believing it's the only way to fix the illegal alien "problem". Ever heard of closing the borders? Deportation? Enforcing immigration laws currently on the books? Oh no, we couldn't do that; we'd be hurting someone's feelings! I've been saying for a long time that Graham and McCain are not our friends. Here's more proof of that. Read what Jeff Mazzella, President of Center for Individual Freedom has to say...

Senators Lindsey Graham and Chuck Schumer have just joined forces with Barack Obama to move full steam ahead on sweeping new legislation that will grant Amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, and establish a de facto biometric National ID card.

At first, we didn't believe it either. But with the ink barely dry on ObamaCare, it’s now clear that President Obama and some Members of Congress feel emboldened to ram through yet another piece of legislation that the American people overwhelmingly oppose.

Indeed, Senators Schumer and Graham made their intentions clear in an editorial they recently co-authored in The Washington Post.

After acknowledging that they have already met with Barack Obama to discuss their proposed Amnesty scheme, Graham and Schumer write that the pillars to their plan include "requiring biometric Social Security cards... and implementing a tough but fair path to legalization for [illegal aliens]."

If the statement "implementing a tough but fair path to legalization for those already here" sounds familiar... it should. It's almost word-for-word the same "code language" that Graham and Schumer and other pro-Amnesty legislators used repeatedly a couple of years ago for every Amnesty scheme they tried to either sneak past the American people or shove down our throats.

Graham and Schumer apparently believe you have a very short memory. They seem to think that after passing health care, the pro-Amnesty politicians in Washington have momentum on their side... that the American people have lost the will to fight.

It’s time to prove them wrong... before this plan gains any more traction in Congress.

A De Facto National ID Card?

Senators Graham and Schumer, of course, attempt to dispel very legitimate fears that their proposed "biometric Social Security card" would not have a chilling effect on your personal liberties or infringe on the privacy of patriotic Americans. But even their 'assurances' reveal the tyrannical nature their proposal.

They write:  "We would require all U.S. citizens and legal immigrants who want jobs to obtain a high-tech, fraud-proof Social Security card. Each card's unique biometric identifier would be stored only on the card; no government database would house everyone's information. The cards would not contain any private information, medical information or tracking devices. The card would be a high-tech version of the Social Security card that citizens already have."

Then, in the very next paragraph of their editorial, Graham and Schumer wrote: "Prospective employers would be responsible for swiping the cards through a machine to confirm a person's identity and immigration status. Employers who refused to swipe the card or who otherwise knowingly hired unauthorized workers would face stiff fines and, for repeat offenses, prison sentences."
Now... can someone... anyone... please explain how this whole "swiping" thing is supposed to work if "no government database" will "house everyone's information?"

So... "ALL U.S. citizens" would be "required" to possess a "biometric Social Security card" with "unique identifiers" that would somehow contain no "private information" or "tracking devices" and all employers would be required to swipe these "biometric Social Security cards" through a machine that will match the information on these "biometric Social Security cards" (which contain no "private information" or "tracking devices") to information maintained on a government database which will not "house everyone's information."

Got all that...? In other words, according to Graham and Schumer, they intend to REQUIRE and COMPEL "all" citizens to carry a "biometric Social Security card" to verify BOTH "identity" and "immigration status" and employers who refuse to comply with this government mandate would face stiff prison sentences.

Amnesty For All Is Not Immigration Reform. That's Why We Called It "Scamnesty" Two Years Ago.

Graham, Schumer and other pro-Amnesty forces in Washington will try to convince you that their new-and-improved "Scamnesty" legislation is actually "immigration reform."

They even give lip-service to the concept of controlling our borders and ending illegal immigration by calling for measures that would require illegal aliens to pay "fines" and "back taxes." They also call for "increasing the Border Patrol's staffing and funding for infrastructure and technology."

Specifically, Graham and Schumer state: "For the 11 million immigrants already in this country illegally, we would provide a tough but fair path forward. They would be required to admit they broke the law and to pay their debt to society by performing community service and paying fines and back taxes."

Of course, we’ve heard that song-and-dance before. The original Kennedy-McCain "Scamnesty" plan of 2007 called for these same meaningless provisions.

For example, with regard to the "fines" called for in the original "Scamnesty" bill of 2007, Senator Charles Grassley made the following observation: "Under the bill, an illegal alien can go from illegal to legal by paying a small fine of $2,000. Often, illegal aliens will pay more than five times this amount to a smuggler to get across the border. Also, the $2,000 fine may not have to be paid until year eight, which allows the illegal alien to live, work, and play in the United States for years free from deportation."

Former Senator Rick Santorum essentially said the same thing: "This bill is dangerous precedent and sends a chilling message about our national integrity: America has lost the will to enforce her laws, and her sovereignty is for sale — currently, for around $2,000."

Today's "Scanmesty" proposal brings to mind an old Scottish proverb: "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." Of course, we weren't fooled then and we shouldn't be fooled now.

The Provision Calling For The Payment Of Back Taxes Was A "Scamnesty" Too.

As for the provisions calling for the payment of "back taxes," here's what Grassley said in reference to the original "Scamnesty" bill of 2007: "Under the bill, illegal aliens get an option to only have to pay three of their last five years in back taxes. Law-abiding American citizens do not have the option to pay some of their taxes. The bill would treat lawbreakers better than the American people."

And moreover, Grassley also warned us back then of the futility of determining the actual tax liability of illegal aliens. It's next to impossible: "The bill also makes the IRS prove that illegal aliens have paid their back taxes. It will be impossible for the IRS to truly enforce this because they cannot audit every single person in this country."

And Grassley's concerns became prophetic because the Bush Administration actually tried to gut those provisions, behind the scenes, using that exact rationale. Back in May of 2007, the Boston Globe reported: "But the administration called for the provision to be removed due to concern that it would be too difficult to figure out which illegal immigrants owed back taxes."

Scott Stanzel, a Bush Administration spokesman, clarified the remark, saying: "It is important that the reformed immigration system is workable and cost efficient. Determining the past tax liability would have been very difficult and costly and extremely time consuming."

And Laura Capps, a spokeswoman for the late-Senator Ted Kennedy, said such a provision "would be too challenging to accurately determine the amount of an applicant's back taxes."

Of course, Graham and Schumer could argue that the past should not be an indicator of future actions, but ask yourself this: has anything changed in the past two years... is it now... somehow... possible... to determine how much an illegal alien would conceivably owe in back taxes?

Of course not. The government, if it maintained the provision at all, would effectively be forced to apply an 'honor system' to people who have already violated our laws by entering the United States illegally in the first place.

'Uhhh... yeahhh... just let us know what you've been making under the table these past several years and pay us the taxes... What's that? ... You didn't make enough to pay taxes... oh... uhhhh... okay... here's your refund check.'

The more things change... the more they stay the same. This Graham-Schumer-Obama "Scamnesty" bill must be stopped now before it ever sees the light of day.
Why Not Simply Enforce the Laws Already On the Books?

It doesn’t take a lot of common sense to know that encouraging bad behavior only encourages more bad behavior. Or more pointedly, rewarding more than 11 million people living and working in our great country illegally with U.S. citizenship will only encourage more illegal border crossings.

That’s what happened last time the United States granted Amnesty to illegals – the problem only got worse.

Truth be told, the major reason why there is an illegal immigration problem in the United States is because our government continues to fail to secure the border and enforce the laws we already have on the books.

As Doug Mitchell recently wrote on RedState.com:  "Immigration isn’t broken, it’s just not enforced. Of course Obama’s changes don’t mean to start enforcing, rather, offer amnesty to all illegal aliens and essentially securing the 2010 election year."

This plan must be stopped and it must be stopped now... before it gains any more traction in Congress.

If You Aren't Outraged, You Aren't paying Attention!

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