| June 30, 2006
ARTICLE III CAN PROTECT THE
It’s good news that the
so-called "Flag Desecration Amendment" failed by a single vote in
the U.S. Senate.
We don’t need a
Constitutional amendment to defend the flag.
Article III give Congress the
power to limit the jurisdiction of Federal Courts. Congress can prohibit the
courts from ruling in favor of those who would burn or otherwise desecrate
the American flag.
If there were to be a
Constitutional amendment to protect the flag, how about one to defend the
Ten Commandments or the Bible?
The Flag Amendment is a perfect
example of political pandering by those members of the Senate (especially
Orrin Hatch) who should know better and who should recognize that Article
III is in the Constitution for a reason.
The same thing goes for the
Marriage Amendment. The Senate, by simple majority vote, can extend the
Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to prohibit Federal courts from ruling in
favor of "same sex marriage".
That’s a far better approach
than amending the Constitution.
Leaders Oppose Amnesty
| June 28, 2006
LEADERS BLAST PENCE PROPOSAL AND PLEDGE TO OPPOSE PRO-AMNESTY CANDIDATES FOR
Here follows a statement
endorsed by me other conservative leaders at a conference held on Monday,
June 19, as part of an ongoing effort to defeat amnesty and guest worker
proposals put forward by President Bush, the U.S. Senate, and Congressman
If you wish to sign on, please
provide your name and affiliation, if any, to this blog and forward it to me
at the National Headquarters of The Conservative Caucus, 450 Maple Avenue
East, Vienna, Virginia 22180 or fax it to me at 703-281-4108.
LEADERSHIP DECLARATION OPPOSING AMNESTY/ “GUEST WORKER” PROPOSALS
Adopted June 19, 2006
We, the undersigned, oppose any
amnesty or guest worker plans such as the Senate bill (S. 2611), the Pence
bill, or any other such proposals.
The Heritage Foundation
estimates the Senate bill will bring in at least 60 million foreigners
during the next 20 years.
If the demographics of the
so-called temporary workers are similar to those of the illegal aliens
already here, more than half will be high school dropouts. They will work
low-paying jobs that require payment of little or no income tax. They will
be 50 percent more likely to receive government benefits than those in
non-immigrant households. And 42% of their children will be born
out-of-wedlock-but all their children born in the U.S. will automatically
become American citizens.
The cost of the Senate amnesty
for illegal immigrants alone would be $50 billion per year for entitlements,
including Medicaid, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Earned
Income Tax Credit (cash handouts as much as $4,400 a year to low-wage
households), the WIC program, food stamps, public housing, Temporary
Assistance to Needy Families, and Federally funded legal representation.
Any amnesty would move America
toward a future such as that of France, which is staggering under the burden
of “guest” workers who never went home.
The Senate proposal has three
main features that together, will cause the illegal immigration problem to
reach critical mass:
1. AMNESTY: The proposal
grants legalization to 85% of the nation’s current illegal aliens. The
Senate bill repeats the mistakes of the Simpson-Mazzoli amnesty bill of
1986. It also provides an amnesty for employers who have hired illegal
2. PERMANENT “TEMPORARY”
WORKERS: The proposal sets up a so-called “temporary guest worker”
plan for individuals who will be here neither temporarily nor as
guests. The so-called guest workers will be given new “H-2C”
visas, that they can convert to legal permanent status with green cards.
After five years, they will be eligible to become U.S. citizens. In the
first year this scheme is in effect, the U.S. will import 200,000 new
foreigners on H-2C visas.
3. FAMILY CHAIN MIGRATION:
The number of immigrants will accelerate as “family chain migration”
allows more new residents to bring in more and more relatives. The H-2Cers
can immediately bring in their family members on H-4 visas, without any
health requirements, and they will also get permanent legal residence and
After the so-called temporary
workers and their spouses become citizens, they can bring in their parents
as permanent residents on the path to citizenship. Although the parents
have never paid into Social Security, they will be eligible for Medicaid
and Supplemental Security Income benefits. Siblings and adult children and
their families will be given preference in future admissions.
In addition, the Senate bill
gives so-called temporary workers preferences that American citizens do not
enjoy. They can’t be fired from their jobs except for cause. They must be
paid the prevailing wage. They can’t be arrested for other civil offenses
if they are stopped for traffic violations. Also, these illegal aliens are
forgiven two years in back taxes, something the IRS would never do for
The Senate bill grants in-state
college tuition (something that is denied to U.S. citizens in 49 states),
plus certain types of college financial assistance to illegal immigrants. As
minorities, they may even get “affirmative action” preferences in jobs,
government contracts, and college admissions.
Even more outrageous, the
Senate bill cedes American sovereignty by requiring the United States to
consult with the Mexican government before building a border fence.
The so-called compromise
proposed by Rep. Mike Pence would place no limit whatsoever on the numbers
of foreign workers who could be imported by U.S. employers from any country
anywhere in the world.
By flooding this country with
so many immigrants, legal and illegal, controlling immigration will become
impossible and by dumping that burden onto an already-overburdened system of
government benefits, these proposals are a threat to the future of the
United States. They must be defeated.
Passing no bill is better than
passing any new amnesty, legalization, guest worker or foreign worker
program of any kind.
We call for enforcement now. We
favor a policy of attrition of the illegal population through strong
enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws, which includes, first and
foremost, the securing of our borders.
We call on both Houses of
Congress to heed the American people and reject the Senate bill, the Pence
bill, or any other bill that provides legalization of illegal aliens or
substantial increases in legal immigration. We call on the House leadership
to refuse to appoint members to a conference committee for the Senate bill.
If any such bill is enacted,
including the Senate bill or the Pence bill, we pledge to withhold political
support from any Member of Congress who votes for it.
Finally, we dedicate ourselves
to defeating any 2008 presidential candidate who supports the Senate bill,
the Pence bill, or any other bill that provides legalization of illegal
aliens or substantial increases in legal immigration. We pledge to do so regardless
of political party and in both
the primaries and the general election.
identification only )
Don Feder Associates
Let Freedom Ring, Inc.
James R. Edwards
Adjunct Fellow, Hudson
Minuteman Civil Defense Corps
Joan L. Hueter
American Council for
Richard A. Viguerie
Media Research Center
Carl F. Horowitz
National Legal and Policy
The Conservative Caucus
Jim Boulet, Jr.
The Liberty Committee
of Federal Grants
| June 23, 2006
Along with a number of other
heads of organizations, on behalf of The Conservative Caucus I have signed
on to the following letter:
June 21, 2006
Letter to the United States Senate: Support a Full Accounting of Federal
On behalf of the millions of
taxpaying citizens represented by the groups signed below, we strongly urge
you to support S. 2590, the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency
Act. The bill, sponsored by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) and co-sponsored by
colleagues John McCain (R-AZ), Barack Obama (D-IL), and Tom Carper (D-DE),
would direct the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to create a
publicly-available website that would list every entity receiving federal
grants or contracts and the totals awarded for the last ten fiscal years.
Such a website would entail very little cost and would greatly increase
transparency in the distribution of government funding. At last, those who
most deserve to know about this process - the American people - would have
the tool they need to conduct their own evaluations of Washington's
It is essentially impossible
for the average citizen to obtain such an accounting today. According to the
General Services Administration, the federal government provides roughly
$300 billion in grants to 30,000 organizations, ranging from rail and
transit security to youth theater troupes. Information is spread across
innumerable agencies, frequently lacks specificity, and is not always
available to the public. All too often, one must resort to filing a request
under the Freedom of Information Act to truly determine the extent or
duration of funding. Americans should not be forced to navigate the
treacherous waters of bureaucracy just to find out who is receiving their
In the past, it was not
feasible to have a centralized listing of the kinds of organizations and
activities that received government monies. The effort needed to calculate,
coordinate, and print such a listing would have been enormous, and the final
product may well have required a forklift to transport. But today, with
incredible increases in computing power and the advent of the Internet, such
an undertaking is far less daunting. In fact, a precedent has been set by ExpectMore.gov,
a website launched by the OMB to monitor the performance of more than 800
federal programs. ExpectMore.gov has made program review more transparent
and accessible to the public.
Advocates from all points on
the spectrum of opinion share the common notion that transparency of and
public access to government information is vital to the health of our
political system. It is for this reason that S. 2590 has broad appeal.
Budget watchdogs can support the legislation because it would reveal
duplicative or superfluous federal funding. Environmentalists can support it
because it would detail exactly how much federal money goes to organizations
and practices they deem to be ecologically harmful. Traditional values
groups can support the legislation because it would allow them to track
funding for causes they hold to be inimical to their own. The list of those
with a stake in S. 2590, from civil libertarians to defense and
foreign-policy reformers, goes on and on. Reasonable people of all political
viewpoints should unite in support of S. 2590, the Federal Funding
Accountability and Transparency Act, in the interest of good governance.
The Conservative Caucus
Leadership | June 21, 2006
SENATOR JEFF SESSIONS
DESERVES THANKS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AGAINST BUSH-KENNEDY-MCCAIN IMMIGRATION
This morning (June 15) at a
policy conference sponsored by the Center for Immigration Studies, I had the
opportunity to personally thank Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions for his
leadership in opposition to the Kennedy-McCain amnesty/guest worker
I also brought to his attention
the danger of massive additional influxes of immigrants to the United States
as a result of the NAFTA highway which will soon be opened, linking Mexico
and Canada via the United States.
Only a tiny fraction of the
trucks passing through our country will be inspected and the trucks
uninspected by humans could surreptitiously carry with them countless
thousands of illegal aliens.
It is time to review and reject
our participation in NAFTA and to oppose President Bush’s implementation
of the NAFTA highway.
When asked what Republican
senators for reelection could say to voters this fall if no bill is passed,
the Senator pointed out that the House did, indeed, pass a bill and a pretty
good one and that roughly 60% of the Republicans in the Senate rejected the
McCain-Kennedy legislation, which has now been “blue slipped” by Bill
Thomas, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
The assignment of a “blue
slip” means that the House will not even consider the Senate bill because
it violates the Constitutional requirement that all appropriations originate
in the House. The Senate bill authorizes expenditures in clear conflict with
the requirements of the Constitution.
Hage | June
ANOTHER GREAT AMERICAN HAS DIED
Hage passed away at the age of 69. He had among many other accomplishments,
won a court case affirming the rights of
ranchers to graze their herds on federal land.
Wayne was a speaker at various events sponsored by The
Conservative Caucus and The Conservative Caucus Foundation.
Paulson | June
SELECTION OF HENRY PAULSON TO
BE U.S. TREASURY SECRETARY IS A VICTORY FOR THE BIG BUSINESS, BIG BANK, AND
NEW WORLD ORDER ESTABLISHMENT
In his latest effort to
consolidate his New World Order, Big Business Establishment credentials,
President Bush has named the Chairman of Goldman Sachs to be his Treasury
While Paulson served as a Bush
“pioneer” in the 2004 campaign, raising more than $100,000 for the
President’s reelection, his wife, Wendy, has contributed heavily to
Democrats, including $11,000 to New York Senator Hillary Clinton and her
Political Action Committee. Most of the $55,000 contributed by Mr. and Mrs.
Paulson that went to Democrats came from Wendy Paulson.
Steven Milloy, portfolio
manager of the Free Enterprise Action Fund, says “Paulson is extremely
weak on property rights. …He has basically used corporate assets to pursue
his personal interest. …When the conservative base finds out what Paulson
really stands for, they’re going to be up in arms”.
According to the Free
Enterprise Action Fund, in a shareholders resolution earlier this year,
Paulson “looted shareholder assets when Goldman spent $35 million to
buy land in Chile to donate to the Wildlife Conservation Society”.
Mr. Paulson, a fervent
environmentalist who has been Chairman of the Nature Conservancy, has
actively supported the Kyoto “global warming” Treaty, and backed Bill
Bradley for President when the former New Jersey Senator was a candidate in
the Y2K campaign.
Paulson served, during the
Nixon Administration, on the staff of RN’s liberal Domestic Council chief,
John Ehrlichman, at a time when Ehrlichman did all he could to thwart my
efforts to close down the $3 billion “Great Society”, through which
Federal funds were provided to promote “welfare rights”, abortion,
homosexual activism, Indian reservation extra-territoriality, AZTLAN, and
voting rights for illegal aliens, among other dangerous policies.
Of particular concern is
Paulson’s close relationship with the leaders of Communist China. When
Chicom Party Chief Hu Jintao visited the White House recently, Paulson and
his wife, Wendy, were invited to participate in a private lunch with the Red
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