A Dangerous Government
It was the U.S. government's own policies, combined with the greed of big business, that facilitated terror-bomber Faisal Shahzad's nearly murderous attack on Times Square. Shahzad was welcomed to the U.S. from his native Pakistan in 1998 when the U.S. State Department granted him a student visa. (Don't they have schools in Pakistan?) After his graduation, U.S. cosmetics giant Elizabeth Arden in 2002 successfully applied for an immigrant worker H1B visa for Shahzad to work as a clerk in its accounting department. The H1B visa program is supposed to be used to fill only jobs for which U.S. companies are unable to find U.S. workers. Thus, the U.S. government and Elizabeth Arden expect Americans to believe that Arden was unable to find any U.S. workers who were qualified to work as accounting clerks. Every person put at risk of death and injury in Times Square can thank the U.S. government and Elizabeth Arden for their vulnerability. The notion that the U.S. needs to import accounting clerks from Pakistan is not merely preposterous but extremely dangerous.
What Left-wingers Are Really
Like Attacks on normal, middle American values and institutions are now an everyday occurance in the new multicultural America. In California last month, left-wing politicians killed a resolution offered by Republican lawmakers to commend the Boy Scouts of America on its 100th anniversary. Anti-Boy Scout bigots said the resolution was like honoring racists because the Boy Scouts won't let homosexuals become scoutmasters in charge of young boys.
Few Trust the Government
America's new multicultural government isn't getting rave reviews from the people. Public confidence in the U.S. government is at the lowest point in more than 50 years, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. Pew said only 22 percent of Americans believe they can trust the government most of the time, while nearly 80 percent said they cannot. Nearly half said the government negatively affects their daily lives, and full majorities in the Pew survey said Washington was too big and too powerful. "Trust in government rarely gets this low," said veteran Pew pollster Andrew Kohut.
Democrats like to pretend that they are independent of big business while depicting the Republicans as bedmates of Wall Street. What they don't tell you is that their leader Barack Obama raised nearly $1 million for his presidential campaign from employees at a single Wall Street firm, Goldman Sachs. And they don't mention that former Democratic Sen. Tom Daschle advises a lobbying firm that represents Charles Schwab, Comcast, Lockheed Martin, Verizon, and host of other corporate giants. Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel made an eight-figure income in just two years as managing director of the billion-plus Wasserstein Perella & Co., a big Wall Street investment bank founded by former bankers from First Boston Corp. And that's just the tip of the money iceberg. According to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics, the five biggest hedge fund donors to political parties gave almost all their donations to Democrat candidates. Fact is, both parties are pretty cozy with America's financial elites. Overall, during the last election cycle, hedge fund managers contributed $1.9 million to Democrats, and $1.2 million to Republicans.
The Darling of the Left (And Big Oil)
As this issue goes to press, BP's offshore oil rig disaster continues to send millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, threatening wildlife and the gulf states' coastline on which tens of thousands of people depend for their livlihoods. Can you guess which famous American politican has received the largest share of the $3.5 million in campaign contributions that BP and its employees have given to federal candidates over the past 20 years? Think it was the first George Bush? Nope. The second George Bush? Nope. John McCain? Nope. Dick Cheney? Nope. According to an analyis of federal election campaign records by the Center for Responsive Politics, it was Barack Obama. During his time in the senate and while running for president, Obama took in a total of $77,051 from BP's employees and its political action committee, more than any other federal candidate in the last 20 years.
|Government Regulators at Work
Think federal government agenices are busy "protecting" the interests of American citizens? Think again. While Wall Street bankers were busy peddling investment instruments backed by risky mortgages that undermined America's financial stability in 2008, the country's top financial watchdogs at the federal Securities and Exchange Commission were busy gawking at pornography, according to the SEC's own inspector general. Instead of protecting Americans from shady investment deals by giant brokerage firms, many senior staffers at the SEC spent their office hours surfing Internet porn sites. In his report, SEC Inspector General David Kotz said one senior attorney spent as much as 8 hours a day on porn; he later resigned. Kotz said 17 senior level employees who spent their office time looking at porn earned salaries as high as $222,418. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-CA, said it was "disturbing that high ranking officials within the SEC were spending more time looking at porn than taking action to help stave off events that put our nation's economy on the brink of collapse."
They Call it Freedom
In another government-sanctioned attack on a group that advocates normal, middle American values, the Hastings College of Law, part of the University of California, has denied the use of its facilities to a student group, the Christian Legal Society. The reason? It "discriminates" against non-Christians. The school says that to receive official recognition and permission to use school facilities for meetings, etc., student groups cannot refuse membership on the basis of race, religion, national origin, or "sexual orientation." Because the Christian Legal Society limits membership to Christians, the school banned the group from campus.
Why Give to Republicans?
The Republican National Committee is using the money it raises from donors to pay for fancy trips for its members and staff. Reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show that the RNC spent as much as $340,000 on a single three-day meeting at a posh Waikiki resort in Honolulu in January. Another $90,000 was spent on rooms for staffers. The money does not include airfare and meals for the staffers, who were reimbursed. The RNC was embarrassed earlier this year when it was revealed that party honchos spent upwards of $2,000 in donor money at a lesbian, bondaged-themed strip club.
Whose Interests He Defends
In solidarity with his ethnic compatriots from "la raza," Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ, wants to punish the people of Arizona for trying to protect themselves and their property from the flood of dangerous drug-smuggling, kidnapping, murdering, and job-stealing Mexican illegal aliens overrunning their state. So he has called on the Major League Baseball Players Association to boycott next year's All Star game slated to be held in Phoenix. He says the new Arizona law that enables police to enforce the federal requirement that aliens carry federally-issued documents verifying their immigration status is "an injustice." On his official Web site, Menendez says he is a fighter who puts "hometown security ahead of powerful interests." But that evidently does not apply when the hometown is mostly white Phoenix and the special interests are Hispanic.