New Report from FAIR Takes on the Growth Industry

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Why is “economic growth” not always a good thing? How can “job creation” actually increase the number of unemployed? FAIR’s newest report, “A Change of Plans: Rethinking Rapid Growth in a Finite World,” answers those questions and refutes the premise that economic prosperity is intrinsically tied to population growth. America’s rapid population growth, made possible because of a “broken immigration system” at the federal level, has not led to increased prosperity and a better quality of life, but instead has contributed to higher unemployment, increasing income inequality, and ecological degradation.

Most Americans disagree with the notion that “all growth is good,” yet many feel powerless to oppose proponents of growth who spend tens of millions of dollars every year on lobbying and marketing campaigns. But Americans can effect a change. They can begin by challenging politicians who promote rapid growth to explain why these policies only reap rewards for a small, politically connected elite. And voters can put into office leaders whose primary goal is not growth but the welfare of all their constituents.

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    Why are these self-serving, unAmerican politicians not behind bars? Since when is it ok to fail to uphold your oath of office and blatantly go against the wishes of “we the people”? I’ve had enough and demand that our elected stop voting away our constitutional rights and freedoms and giving our country away to third world illegal invaders. Why are Obama, Holder, Napolitano and other corrupt appointed czars not behind bars or swinging from a rope? Why are American patriots now considered domestic terrorists and muslims are not? Politcal correctness is just another word for liberal progressives to use instead of the truth. Michele Bachmann is being hammered by both dems and republicans for asking that a muslim in a sensitive govt position be investigated even though she has a stack of documentation that warrants it. Obama, Clinton, Panetta and others are entirely too close to the UN and Muslim Brotherhood and should all be investigated. We are being sold out out right before our eyes and congress is being politically correct and doing nothing. Americans want our sovereignty preserved and our borders secure.

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      I’m still scratching my head trying to figure out why the “minority” rules. Didn’t you grow up understanding that if there was a question about an issue, we would take a vote and we would accept the decision of the “majority”. The majority ALWAYS ruled. I just read in the Bible that there will come a time when “right is wrong and wrong is right”. I’ve been saying that for years now and never knew it was Biblical. Although my Mother is deceased and I miss her terribly, she would be dumbfounded and confused with the world as it exists now. By the way, don’t buy gold or silver. You can’t eat them when money becomes worthless. Store up food. Your loved ones will thank you.

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    The debate over birthright citizenship does not involve the status of someone who is in the US illegally. Not only should the illegal aliens be deported, but their children also. The US will not take responsibility for them coming to the US illegally in the first place and placing their children born here in this dilemma. The illegal aliens are 100% responsible for the situation in hoping that their violation of our laws will be forgiven and their children will be automatically given citizenship. The billions of unfortunate, pennyless, starving overpopulation are just going to have to look elsewhere for their welfare checks.

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    Dave Francis on

    We must express in millions of votes what the TEA PARTY can accomplish for all Americans, and which will massively influence both political parties. Now I am not saying every Legislator in Congress is corrupt, but there are many lawmakers creating money off the American public. So the Democrats and Republicans need to clean house, on issues that are urgently important to the American people. By adding the impediments of the TEA PARTY that are running of the government, the real ‘PEOPLE’S PARTY’ can pressure the senators and House to carry out the bidding of the taxpayer. Here are a few of the issues that can be altered by the TEA PARTY LEADERSHIP:

    1. The TEA PARTY can force a vote on the ‘Legal Workforce Act’ (E-Verify) and enact it as mandatory in every business nationwide. Those who feel they are not accountable will be looking at hefty fines, loss of assets and even prison. All those who ignore the I-9 audits in not implementing the computer to detect illegal aliens in the workplace will be sanctioned?

    2. The TEA PARTY will force a vote on the ‘Birthright Citizenship Act’ concluding once and for all, that pregnant women can no longer gain citizenship through a misguided loophole for a child, just by slipping past Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) at the border or over staying a visa, leading ultimately to yet another Dream Act. What about American teenagers, who have been pushed out of jobs that were the monopoly for our kids a couple of decades back?

    3. The TEA PARTY will ensure that the Justice Department cannot intimidate states trying to protect the right of its lawful residents. New laws will be imposed to halt Sanctuary States as California, Nevada, and New York and punish those elected officials, who have snubbed immigration laws. They will be prosecuted as ‘aiding and abetting’ illegal aliens, which Federal Immigration and Nationality Act Section 8 USC 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv)(b)(iii) then fined under title 18 of being imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.”

    4. Introduce a new law that no longer gives bipartisan exemption from tax revenues, making everybody pay their fair share and even the 40 percent of the lowest of incomes that should mandatory pay a small amount.

    5. The TEA PARTY LEADERSHIP to immediately press the Congress, to negotiate with Canada to run the Keystone pipeline. In addition grant access to Alaska, the Gulf of Mexico to drill for oil, natural gas and mine for coal, within a future that they provide research and development in cleaning these necessary products as a priority in future years.

    6. The war in Afghanistan, fighting the Taliban for what anymore? We must stop filling the pockets of government contractors and politicians with taxpayer money? After 10 years what have we accomplished? Nothing! Over 2000 American troops have given their lives, and we are sending 8 billions of dollars a month to a very corrupt government. Like most of the Middle East they are still living under archaic laws, where women have no rights. It’s time to start ‘Nation Building’ at home and not in other countries. Why we are policing the world, when our own country is held hostage to criminals entering America, through a border that in most places you can walk through some rusty barbed wire. Where is American protection to stop financial migrants entering our nation and pilfering uncompensated state treasuries?

    The Tea Party is essential to American survival, as we have both parties spending billions of dollars on pet projects. This sovereign nation must get from under the thumb of progressives, communists and sewer Marxist Liberals. We have President Obama signing executive orders to give just about equal access to food stamps. That illegal immigration has been encouraged by both political parties for different reasons; the Democrats pressing for political pleasing laws, such as the Dream Act against the Congress and the hope that they will gain election impetus for more votes—from non citizens and illegal aliens, without looking towards the consequences in close races. Then Republicans who allow clandestinely over a million new immigrants a year, with low skilled experience and being supplied to corporations as slave labor.

    The TEA PARTY is not receding, but growing faster than ever and not just in the millions anymore. These are the demoralized people who can be counted in the millions, who will arrive at the election booth? They are the hidden voters, the individuals who have never paid attention to voting? There are chapters all over the country, in towns, cities and from every racial preference, religion and political party who no longer trust Washington. The Liberal press can print what they like, but the TEA PARTY is here to stay. President Obama and Mitt Romney had better take notice, because the TEA PARTY PEOPLE are sick and very tired of the greed, the influence and power grabs.

    Illegal immigration is unsettling as it is dividing the country and is predictably in causing a major financial situation–without a solution? California, that boasts of two major Sanctuary cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles are costing taxpayers extraordinary amounts of money. Don’t take my word for it, but read a report by Michael D. Andronovich, Los Angeles County Supervisor who lays out a lengthy truth of the costs in this metropolis of 1.6 billion dollars annually, while the Nevada annual fiscal burden of immigration to be approximately $630 million. Then Arizona’s illegal immigrant population is costing the state’s taxpayers even more than once originally thought and now revised, to a whopping $2.7 billion a year. It is estimated that U.S. taxpayers spend $12,000,000,000 a year on primary and secondary school education for the children of illegal immigrants.

    Each year, it costs the states billions of dollars to incarcerate illegal alien criminals and during one recent 23 year period, the state of California built 23 prisons but just one university. Texas has set their uncompensated cost for state services for an estimated 1.6 million illegal Mexican immigrants at $6 billion to $8 billion a year. These are estimated dollar costs by different organizations and at most projections are limited to what the states release? However, one thing is for sure, the dollars spent on illegal immigrants rises annually as more impoverished persons skip the border. America once a bastion of ‘law and order’ has been overrun in many jurisdictions by foreign nationals, with the Socialist progressives in the Obama Imperial Court, who have contempt for our laws, language and our constitutional foundation.

    As for New Mexico the costs to support illegal aliens remains doubtful and silent by the elected officials. Border agents are stating that there are a growing number of radical Muslims sneaking over the Mexican border into the United States. A number of state and local jurisdictions enacted immigration-enforcement measures in 2012 or fended off attempts by politicians and elected officials to accommodate illegal aliens. Alabama revised its enforcement law without extensively weakening it while Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and three local governments enacted enforcement laws. Colorado, Delaware, Indiana, Hawaii, Washington State and, so far, California taxpayers are denying illegal aliens the public benefits that advocates have demanded. WANT MORE STUNNING DETAILS ON THE COST AND OTHER INTELLIGENCE ON THE ILLEGAL ALIEN INVADERS—GO TO IMMIGRATIONCOUNTERS DOT COM.

    Going after Sheriff Joe Arpaio for doing his job is a witch hunt and the larger majority is aware of this. It’s a way to gain favoritism for Obama’s potential reelection, so non citizen’s vote for him. Joe stands out along with Sheriff Babeu who neither runs with their tails between their legs as with most police chiefs. It’s inevitable that the sheriff’s sweeps are going to detain people of a certain national status, because we have been silently invaded by a majority from South of our border; Arizona ground zero for every illegal alien who slips past the limited manpower at the non-existent fence. If outspoken politicians as Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama were not a powerhouse in Congress, he too would be on the Obama’s Dept of Justice short list for attack by the overconfident Liberal nutcases. My guess is the Obama administration has loaded up the court with a bunch of Liberal judges, which tend to write their own laws, interpreting from the bench; just like those black robbed jerks in the 9th circuit court.

    THE DEMENTED OPEN BORDER FOOLS WANT TO LET EVERYBODY INTO THE UNITED STATES, STEALING OUR WELFARE PROGRAMS; BEFORE THAT HAPPENS I SEE CIVIL UNREST. THINK ABOUT IT, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION WITH LARGE NUMBERS CROSSING OUR BORDERS DAILY, ARE PAMPERED BY EACH ADMINISTRATION WHILE HONEST LEGAL PEOPLE OF EVERY RACE, MUST PAY TAXES TO SUPPORT THEM.

    You want fairness for every American? Well you will not find it in Washington as it is now? Join the dispirited, join the furious; join the desperate, join the TEA PARTY. Get every person you know to vote into office every Constitutional candidate, as the Tea Party leader who will turn on the power and strengthen the resistance at the local level and the national level as well. Want to learn more about this ‘PEOPLE’S PARTY, then please go to TEA PARTY DOT ORG and you will be stunned with such unlawful acts as a covert agreements with Mexico, in offering food stamps to illegal migrants and immigrants. Want more information about corruption in Washington, and then go to Judicial Watch dot org. Then go to the largest pro-sovereignty organization that have boosted their membership to over a million and that is NumbersUSA.dot com.