Posted on November 23rd, 2011 No comments
Published November 23, 2011 Fox News Latino
Gingrich, 68, may be the most familiar of the eight Republican candidates. But he has never been a play-it-safe politician and has a long career of highs and lows to prove it.
During Tuesday night’s debate on CNN, Gingrich went out on a limb with his immigration stance, saying that the nation’s immigration policies shouldn’t separate people who have lived in the country for years from their families.
Gingrich highlighted his break with traditional GOP thinking on immigration Tuesday in a televised debate, stepping into a touchy area that tripped up Perry earlier this year. Gingrich said he favors pathways to legal status for undocumented immigrants who have lived peaceful, law-abiding, tax-paying lives in the United States for many years.
“I don’t see how the party that says it’s the party of the family is going to adopt an immigration policy which destroys families which have been here a quarter-century,” Gingrich said in the forum, televised on CNN. “I’m prepared to take the heat for saying let’s be humane in enforcing the law.”
That spells amnesty to some critics of illegal immigration. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and the GOP establishment’s favorite, was among those who refused to play along. Any type of pathway to legal status is a magnet for more unlawful crossings from Mexico, Romney said.
Immigration has vexed U.S. politicians for years. Many analysts say Republicans risk angering the fast-growing Hispanic population by showing little sympathy for the millions of undocumented residents already here.
I’m prepared to take the heat for saying let’s be humane in enforcing the law.
- Newt Gingrich
Gingrich, like fellow Republicans John McCain and George W. Bush, has supported more lenient immigration policies in the past. On Tuesday he chose to portray his record as humane and courageous. In coming days, GOP insiders will watch to see if voter reaction mirrors the rebuke that Perry suffered for saying people are heartless if they don’t support his policy of granting in-state college tuition to illegal immigrants.
Pushing new ideas for conservative governance and congressional reform, Gingrich led the 1994 Republican revolution that put his party in control of the House for the first time in 40 years. Four years later, after overreaching in his battles with President Bill Clinton and even some fellow Republicans, Gingrich was dumped from leadership. He soon left Congress.
Since then he has lectured, written books, made documentaries and earned millions of dollars as a consultant to organizations, including Freddie Mac, a backer of thousands of home mortgages.
Eyeballs sometimes roll when Gingrich cites his books, college degrees and big-thinking proclivities. But he’s rarely dull. On Tuesday he detailed why he thinks the United States should follow Chile’s model of making Social Security accounts private for workers.
“It has increased the economy, increased the growth of jobs, increased the amount of wealth, and it dramatically solves Social Security without a payment cut and without having to hurt anybody,” Gingrich said.
Cain, who struggled to break through in Tuesday’s foreign-policy-focused debate, also has hailed the Chilean model, but in less detail than Gingrich.
Reviews from Chileans are more mixed than Gingrich suggests. But any talk of privatizing Social Security runs risks in this country. That’s especially true in general elections, when Democrats and independents vote.
Americans soundly rejected Bush’s bid to partly privatize the government retirement program just after his 2004 reelection as president. Many Republicans have avoided the subject ever since, or at least addressed it more gently than Gingrich.
Gingrich also has criticized abortion with greater emphasis and detail than some of his rivals. He supports a national “personhood amendment,” which would define life as beginning at conception. It would effectively ban all abortions and some forms of birth control. Mississippi voters resoundingly rejected a similar measure in a state referendum this month.
Romney, meanwhile, is sticking with his run-out-the-clock strategy. He’s adhering to GOP orthodoxy on immigration, not making too much noise about Social Security, and focusing his criticisms on Obama.
His strategy has kept him fairly steady in the polls for months while others — notably Rep. Michele Bachmann, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and businessman Herman Cain — have risen and fallen. Now it’s Gingrich, the history-quoting former House speaker, with a chance to prove he’s the Romney alternative who can rally and inspire Republican voters.
Romney once supported legalized abortion but now opposes it. He says a future Supreme Court should overturn the Roe v. Wade ruling that barred states from outlawing abortion.
Romney took few chances in Tuesday’s debate. He is all but ignoring his GOP rivals as he sharpens his attacks on Obama. His campaign drew fire Tuesday for a new TV ad that quotes Obama out of context in a 2008 speech about the economy.
The CNN debate offered significant TV time for Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. But few veterans of Republican campaigns give them a chance to win the nomination.
Gingrich, for now, seems to have the best chance to derail Romney, but his history of groundbreaking political achievements and stark blunders leaves some GOP insiders unwilling to predict the results.
Republican campaign consultant Matt Mackowiak said Gingrich “made his view on immigration more persuasively than Perry had previously.” But Gingrich will suffer if it “can be construed as amnesty,” he said.
“Gingrich’s mouth got him back into the race,” Mackowiak said. “And it very well might take him right back out.”
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Posted on October 15th, 2010 No comments
A Real Eye Opener:
WHY is the USA BANKRUPT?
and mind boggling!
You think the war in Iraq was costing us too much?
We have been hammered with the propaganda that it was the Iraq war and the war on terror that is bankrupting us.
I now find that to be RIDICULOUS.
I hope the following 14 reasons are forwarded over and over again until they are read so many times that the reader gets sick of reading them.
I also have included the URL’s for verification of all the following facts…
1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by state governments.
2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.
3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.
4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!
5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.
6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.
7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.
8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.
9. $200 Billion dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.
10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that’s two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular,
their children are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the US.
The total cost is a whopping $ 338.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR AND IF YOU’RE LIKE ME, HAVING TROUBLE UNDERSTANDING THIS AMOUNT OF MONEY; IT IS $338,300,000,000.00 WHICH WOULD BE ENOUGH TO
STIMULATE THE ECONOMY FOR THE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY.
Are we THAT stupid?
YES, FOR LETTING THOSE IN THE U.S. CONGRESS GET AWAY WITH LETTING THIS HAPPEN YEAR AFTER YEAR!!!!!
This is why they did the right thing in Arizona .
More states should follow their lead.
It’s easy to dismiss individual programs that benefit non-citizens until they’re put together and this picture emerges. Someone did a lot of
research to put together all of this data. Often these programs are buried within other programs making them difficult to find.
Truly one of the better messages being floated around, all has verification.
About the Author
Steven A. Camarota is Director of Research at the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington , D.C. He holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in public policy analysis from the University of Virginia . Dr. Camarota often testifies before Congress and has published widely on the political and economic effects of immigration on the United States . His articles on the impact of immigration have appeared in both academic publications and the popular press including Social Science Quarterly, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Campaigns and Elections, and The Public Interest. His most recent work published by the Center for Immigration Studies includes: Immigration in a Time of Recession: An Examination of Trends Since 2000; Where Immigrants Live: An Examination of State Residency of the Foreign-Born; Back Where We Started: An Examination of Trends in Immigrant Welfare Use Since Welfare Reform; and The Open Door: How Militant Islamic Terrorists Entered and Remained in the United States, 1993-2001Illegal Immigrant News american taxpayers, billion dollars, cnn, eye opener, federal prison inmates, food assistance programs, food stamps, free school lunches, illegal aliens, iraq war, ldt, medicaid, secondary school education, social services, state governments, transcipts, transcripts, wages, war in iraq, war on terror
Posted on November 18th, 2009 1 comment
Last weekend, the White House announced that an immigration reform bill could become law as early as next year. David Axelrod, a senior advisor to President Barack Obama, told CNN that legislation would create a path to citizenship for the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants already in the United States. As a result, more than 50 anti-amnesty rallies were held Saturday around the nation to protest the Obama Administration’s intentions.
Our nation has long benefited culturally and economically by welcoming legal immigrants. However, unregulated, illegal immigration threatens to destroy a carefully constructed system of immigration and assimilation. I will continue to oppose amnesty because of the principle of fairness and respect for the rule of law. The first action of those who would live in our country and contribute to our society should be to respect our laws.
Real immigration reform should address the most critical problems facing our immigration system. We must push for legislation that will strengthen border security, establish an employer verification system, and penalize those who hire illegal foreign labor. Among the highest priorities for any bill Congress passes is an outright rejection of any form of amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Preserving Our Nation’s Godly Heritage
The “Freedom From Religion Foundation,” an atheist and agnostic organization, filed a lawsuit seeking to have the words, “In God We Trust,” and the Pledge of Allegiance, including the words, “one nation, under God,” erased from the face of the new Visitor Center at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. In response, I have joined three U.S. Senators and 40 of my colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in filing an amicus brief asking the lawsuit be dismissed.
There has been a persistent effort to deny our Godly heritage in America and literally remove the word, “God,” from our buildings, practices, and institutions. Consider the roles God and faith have played in the development of our great nation and how this foundation is ever present today in our nation’s capital. Washington is replete with examples of how our founders viewed faith as an integral part of our culture.
The subtle manner in which our faith history is portrayed in our monuments and landmarks belies the fact that faith is an assumed part of our identity. In Congress, I will do what I can to preserve and protect our nation’s Godly heritage.
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