Comment Last Three
February 11, 2010
We in the DC and Mid-Atlantic region are looking for Al Gore and his global warming. We have so much snow that the snow equipment in our area is not able to keep up with demand. There are snow drifts three to six feet in height and everyone is stranded, either at home or work.
Politicians should realize that they do not control the weather, but nature and God control the weather. We are on this earth a small fraction of time and need to do our part as to conservation of our natural resources. Higher taxes and golbal policies do not work. We need government to be smaller and focus on its responsibilities such as snow removal from the streets and providing essential services for the public.
I am ready for Spring and Summer and saying good bye to Winter.
December 20, 2009
What does Copenhagen and Washington DC have in common? Both are very cold and there is no global warming. Again, this administration is trying to bankrupt America with another program that is not necessary. Cap and Trade, health care, TARP, and the list gets longer every day Congress is in session. This administration is trying to take total power from the people and the states and raise taxes so the free-market system cannot work.
Copenhagen was a cold town last week for the global-warming crowd. The expected reorganization of the world economy to fit the green template vanished amid blizzard conditions in a country that has had just seven white Christmases in the past century. God certainly has a sense of humor.
President Obama showed up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference having been assured he would be able to make history, only to find that the proceedings were a flop. The promised treaty - billed with the characteristic understatement of the alarmist community as "the single most important piece of paper in the world today" - was an anticlimax. Earlier drafts conjured images of world government, command economies and a future free of the evils of greenhouse gasses. It promised a green utopia.
However, as the conference neared, huge gaps in the treaty language persisted. The final three-page version was tossed together in the closing hours with little deliberation and wound up saying little. The much-ballyhooed treaty promises next to nothing, other than a $100 billion slush fund for Third World dictators to "adapt to climate change," which probably involves buying mansions in southern France. Why do we in the United States have to protect the world from terrorists, fund global warming programs, and tax our citizens more for liberal causes?
Mr. Obama's speech reflected the general frustration of the hour and was uncharacteristically flat and angry. The president fumed that it was "not a time to talk but to act," but we wonder why he's in such a hurry. There is no particular crisis. The inflated gravitas of the event was punctured by the ongoing collapse of the scientific basis for global-warming theory in the wake of the scandal about fudged scientific research.
The latest hit to climate-change credibility comes via an embarrassing revelation from Ben Santer, one of the lead authors of the 1995 U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group I report, which is one of the holy documents of global-warming theology. Mr. Santer admitted that he deleted sections of the document that stated that humans were not responsible for climate change.
Also on Tuesday, the Institute of Economic Analysis in Moscow claimed that the influential Hadley Centre for Climate Change at the headquarters of the British Meteorological Office in Exeter, England, apparently had tampered with Russian climate data. According to the Russians, the Hadley Centre used numbers that showed temperatures rising and omitted data that did not support global-warming conclusions. We are witnessing the rolling collapse of one of history's great intellectual frauds. Global warming is turning out to be a lot of hot air.
The Chinese seem to have been on the right side of this debate all along. China was viewed as the major stumbling block at the conference, and Mr. Obama met privately with Premier Wen Jiabao to try to iron out the wrinkles. It's ironic that dictatorial goons like Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe blamed capitalism for the world's global-warming ills while China puts the brakes on monitoring emissions. Having weighed all the factors, Beijing would rather be an economic powerhouse.
The only reason China gives lip service to the global-warming alarmist agenda is to hamper the competition - and our Democratic president is falling for the trap. Mr. Obama pledged that the United States would move forward with strict emissions limits whether or not the international community did the same. From Beijing's perspective, if the foolish Americans want to wreck their economy based on the misguided belief that they are saving polar bears, who is China to say no?
Does this administration know how to create jobs? Does this administration care about our American way of life and our free-market system? Is this administration creating more government control? It is time for all American to stand up and stop this massive federal government take-over.
December 01, 2009
The Costs of Illegal Immigration to Marylanders
When the Governor and elected politicians ask us the tax-paying citizens to pay more taxes, to receive less state services, or pay more for a college education, why do they still spend our money on illegal aliens?
Maryland has a fast growing illegal alien population of about a quarter million persons, more than quadrupling since 2000. Between 2000 and 2008, the state's foreign-born population has grown by 34.6 percent while its native-born population has increased by 3.3 percent. . Public school enrollment of students who require special instruction in English has soared even more, rising by 93.5 percent from 2000 to 2008 while overall enrollment declined slightly.
This illegal alien population represents a major burden on the state budget and is borne by Maryland's taxpayers. The costs imposed on law-abiding Marylanders are unfair and unwelcome even in the best of times, but are especially burdensome at a time when the state has been cutting jobs and funding for schools and health care. Furthermore, the state is facing what the Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute projects will be a $2 billion deficit in the 2010 budget.
In 2008, the foreign-born population in Maryland represented nearly one in every eight residents (12.4%), and illegal aliens constituted more than one-third of that immigrant population. This illegal immigrant population costs the state's taxpayers more than $1.4 billion per year for education, medical care and incarceration. The annual fiscal burden amounts to about $790 per Maryland household headed by a native-born resident.
In addition to the fiscal cost estimates in this study, there are additional burdens caused by illegal aliens, i.e., foreign remittances that they sent abroad constitute a major drain on the state's economy. The Inter-American Development Bank estimated that remittances from Maryland just to Latin America and the Caribbean amounted to $921 million in 2006.
If this amount had been earned by American workers, it would have been spent locally, and it would have generated sales, production and jobs in the state as well as increased tax collection.
The more than $1.4 billion dollars in costs incurred by Maryland taxpayers annually result from outlays in the following areas:
Based on estimates of the illegal immigrant population in Maryland and documented costs of K-12 schooling, Marylanders spend more than $966 million annually on education for an estimated 80,800 children of illegal aliens. An additional amount of nearly $250 million is spent on providing special English instruction to an estimated 35,000 children of illegal aliens. About 9.6 percent of the K-12 public school students in Maryland are children of illegal aliens.
Taxpayer-funded, unreimbursed medical outlays for health care provided to the state's illegal alien population amount to about $167 million a year.
The cost of incarcerating illegal aliens in Maryland's state and county prisons amounts to about $29 million a year not including related law enforcement and judicial expenses or the monetary costs of the crimes that led to the incarceration.
Some state and local taxes are received from illegal immigrants even from those working off the books. But, those same tax collections, or more likely an increased amount, would occur if the jobs were done by legal workers. So, unless it is illogically assumed that no legal U.S. or immigrant or foreign guestworker would do the jobs now done by illegal workers, it makes little sense to consider this a true offset to the tax burden. The estimated amount of the taxes currently collected from Maryland's illegal workers is about $204 million per year.
These fiscal costs would be considerably higher if other cost areas such as assistance programs for needy families or welfare benefits for American workers displaced by illegal alien workers or resulting from depressed wages were included in the calculation.
The current proposal to adopt an amnesty for the illegal aliens would not lessen the burden if enacted. Rather, it would increase the access of this population to additional social welfare benefits and allow them to legally apply for the state's reverse tax benefit known as the Earned Income Tax Credit.
These costs are not inevitable. State and local policymakers have several means at their disposal to discourage settlement of illegal aliens. Maryland and some local jurisdictions, on the other hand, are permissive towards illegal immigration. Marylanders concerned about the impact on their state and local communities should demand an end to those policies.
March 08, 2009
Drugs and human trafficking are the major reasons for the violence on our southern border. We must put our military on our border in order to control our border from the criminals, terrorists, and inept US politicians. We have to assist the Mexican government in their fight against a lawless society. Our southern border with Mexico is one of the most violent and lawless in the world.
Nearly 7,000 Mexican soldiers and federal police arrived in the U.S.-Mexico border city of Ciudad Juarez this week to restore security to a city plagued by a long-standing, bloody drug war. Random vehicle checkpoints, patrols of masked soldiers and police in SWAT gear are some of the signs of the massive military buildup ordered by Mexico's president, Ciudad Juarez police spokesman Jaime Torres Valadez said Thursday. Thousands of people are killed each year in Juarez due to illegal drugs and human trafficking.
Extreme violence among warring drug cartels and the Mexican government has long plagued Juarez and the state of Chihuahua, but the situation has been getting worse. And this week, the U.S. Consulate in Juarez specifically warned Americans to avoid an area southeast of the city.
"There has been a dramatic increase in drug related violence in the Guadalupe Bravo area and there is no indication that the situation will improve in the near future," the consulate said on its Web site.
President Felipe Calderon's security cabinet met in the city last week to devise a strategy to combat narco-traffickers. Surveillance cameras will be installed throughout the city to help police stem executions and assassinations in the streets, scene of many of Juarez's 1,600 killings in 2008. Other security measures must be implemented to fight this out of control violence.
Human rights advocates say the military presence creates a police state in a region where confidence in law enforcement is low. These same human rights groups in the US want American citizens to accept illegal immigrants and drugs into our country. These groups are corrupt and just wrong in their approach to enforcing the rule of law.
Our border is just like the border in Iraq—more troops mean better security. The surge in Iraq is the example that the Mexican and US governments should use in this fight against the drug and human trafficking cartels.
Our national security and our society depend on keeping drugs and illegal immigrants out of the US and fighting these drug cartels.
March 03, 2009
I have been writing and warning all Americans about the war on our southern border with Mexico. We have a national crisis with drugs, gang members, and thousands of illegals streaming across our border every day. This must stop and we will have to put our military on our southern border. Elected officials must put the rule of law ahead of politics and new votes.
The U.S. Defense Department thinks Mexico's two most deadly drug cartels together have fielded more than 100,000 foot soldiers - an army that rivals Mexico's armed forces and threatens to turn the country into a narco-state. "It's moving to crisis proportions," a senior U.S. defense official told The Washington Times. The official, who spoke on the condition that he not be named because of the sensitive nature of his work, said the cartels' "foot soldiers" are on a par with Mexico's army of about 130,000.
The disclosure underlines the enormity of the challenge Mexico and the United States face as they struggle to contain what is increasingly looking like a civil war or an insurgency along the U.S.-Mexico border. In the past year, about 7,000 people have died - more than 1,000 in January alone. The conflict has become increasingly brutal, with victims beheaded and bodies dissolved in vats of acid.
The death toll dwarfs that in Afghanistan, where about 200 fatalities, including 29 U.S. troops, were reported in the first two months of 2009. About 400 people, including 31 U.S. military personnel, died in Iraq during the same period. The biggest and most violent combatants are the Sinaloa cartel, known by U.S. and Mexican federal law enforcement officials as the "Federation" or "Golden Triangle," and its main rival, "Los Zetas" or the Gulf Cartel, whose territory runs along the Laredo,Texas, borderlands.
As a result, Mexico is behind only Pakistan and Iran as a top U.S. national security concern, ranking above Afghanistan and Iraq, the defense official added. Michael V. Hayden, who left as CIA director in January, put Mexico second to Iran as a top national security threat to the United States. His successor, Leon E. Panetta, told reporters at his first news conference that the agency is "paying ... a lot of attention to" Mexico.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told CBS' "60 Minutes" on Sunday that "the stakes are high for the safety of many, many citizens of Mexico and the stakes are high for the United States no doubt." A State Department travel advisory last month seemed timed to caution U.S. students contemplating spring breaks south of the border.
When will the Obama administration acknowledge this crisis and meet this challenge with securing our borders? Drugs, gangs, and illegal immigration are tearing our country apart and destroying American lives. Our southern border is the most dangerous border in the world.
February 26, 2009
Due to the inability of DHS not implementing the border defense plan authorized by Congress and the lack of political will from elected officials, we now have a drug war on our southern border. It will take the military, DEA, DHS, DOJ, CIA, and state / local police agencies to stop this violence. All American citizens are at risk.
The new Secretary of Homeland Security told Congress that drug-related violence along the Mexican border has grown beyond the ability of DHS to handle. Just yesterday, the DEA announced an operation against a major Mexican drug cartel that netted more than 750 suspects - almost all of them in the U.S. "I believe this is going to require more than the Department of Homeland Security," Janet Napolitano said Wednesday during her first Capitol Hill appearance since her confirmation last month as homeland security secretary.
"So we are reaching out to the national security adviser, to the attorney general and others about how we within the United States make sure we are doing all we can in a coordinated way to support the president of Mexico," said Ms. Napolitano, explaining that containing border-related drug violence will require more than the 22 agencies and 200,000 employees in her department.
Border violence, which claimed more than 1,000 lives in January and about 6,000 in 2008, is already on the radar of Pentagon and CIA officials, who have said that they may be involved in the current crisis in Mexico.
U.S. intelligence officials have said that the effects of the global economic crisis on Mexico have helped narcotics traffickers recruit more people and corrupt more Mexican officials. At his first meeting with reporters Wednesday, new CIA Director Leon E. Panetta said that Mexico was a "priority" for the agency. "Mexico is an area of concern because of the drug wars going on there," Mr. Panetta said. "The president [of Mexico] has courageously taken on that issue, but nevertheless, it's an area that we are paying attention to, a lot of attention to."
Meanwhile Wednesday, Justice Department officials announced the arrest of 755 people associated with Mexico's powerful Sinaloa cartel as part of a two-year probe dubbed "Operation Xcellerator." The operation also netted $59 million, 12,000 kilograms of cocaine, 16,000 pounds of marijuana and about 1.3 million Ecstasy pills.
In Lexington County, S.C., Deputy Sheriff Ted Xanthakis and his K-9, Arcos, were ambushed by three gang members armed with a 12-gauge shotgun during a Feb. 8 incident in West Columbia, S.C. Two of the men were identified in a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) report as members of the Surenos gang, or SUR-13, a collection of hundreds of Mexican-American street gangs with origins in the oldest barrios of Southern California and which federal law enforcement agencies accuse of involvement in smuggling drugs and illegal immigrants.
Violence on the Mexican border and its reverberations throughout the U.S. are emerging as one of the gravest and least expected problems confronting the Obama administration, a point that was made by President George W. Bush in a late December interview with The Washington Times.
Mr. Obama will need to deal "with these drug cartels in our own neighborhood," Mr. Bush said. "And the front line of the fight will be Mexico. The drug lords will continue to search for a soft underbelly. And one of the things that future presidents are going to have to make sure of is that they don't find a safe haven in parts of Central America."
The Obama administration says that the drug-gang violence on the U.S. side of the border does not match what is going on in Mexico's border states, but says there is a contingency plan in place that will not include militarizing the U.S. side of the boundary. DHS must do their job and we must put the military on our southern border to fight these drug cartels.
August 08, 2008
Iran continues to fund terrorists who are killing American soldiers. We have been saying this for years, yet the current administration will do nothing about it. Again, border security is key to keeping these forces out of Iraq. Sen. Joseph Lieberman termed Iran's training of Iraqi insurgents "an act of war" in a Florida appearance Wednesday.
July 25, 2008
Montgomery County has a list of over 11,000 outstanding warrants as of July 2008. This list includes individuals who have been stopped by the county police for DUI, driving without a license or without insurance.
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