Its no shocker that Obama is once again going against the will of the people to implement his far left agenda. The administration is hell bent on dragging this country as far down as possible while there in control. Giving amnesty to 11 million criminals is an unforgivable action, this amnesty nonsense just makes a mockery of our rule of law. Why have laws at all if your going to practice selective enforcement. If the Obama administration is so concerned about the federal governments importance when it pertains to immigration why not go after sanctuary cities. If there so concerned about Arizona why not sue cities who violate federal immigration laws by refusing to cooperate with ICE. Every single action this administration takes in based on answering to the anti-American far left of the Democratic Party no matter the damage it will inflict on the nation. Obama has done everything possible to divide and conquer, purging this menace is the only hope we have left.
USCIS Memo Details Administration’s Plan to Provide Mass Amnesty Through Administrative Actions
Thursday, July 29, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT – posted on NumbersUSA
A newly revealed memo, obtained by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) who is leading the fight against amnesty, shows Obama Administration officials offering a detailed plan that would offer actual or de facto amnesty to millions of illegal aliens without Congress ever taking a vote.
The 11-page memo, drafted by Chief of Policy and Strategy for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Denise Vanison, outlines the various ways to offer a mass amnesty to the nation’s 11-18 million illegal aliens through the use of administrative actions. The stated purpose of the memo is to offer “administrative relief options to promote family unity, foster economic growth, achieve significant process improvements and reduce the threat of removal for certain individuals present in the United States without authorization.”
“The memo proposes 18 different ways for the Obama Administration to essentially eliminate our borders through regulatory fiat and in clear violation of the letter and the spirit of U.S. immigration laws, which Obama swore an oath to faithfully execute,” said NumbersUSA’s Director of Government Relations Rosemary Jenks.
The memo is an alternative plan to amnesty “in the absence of Comprehensive Immigration Reform.” In addition to using deferred action and parole, which were previously identified in two separate letters drafted by Sen. Grassely and signed by 11 other Senators (read the first and second letters), the memo outlines ways that USCIS can extend benefits and protections to individuals and groups of people by lessening the standards used in “extreme hardship” cases.
Item 4 in the memo outlines ways the Obama Administration can provide amnesty for millions of illegal aliens through the “extreme hardship” provision. It would “encourage many more spouses, sons, and daughters of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to seek relief without fear of removal. It would also increase the likelihood that such relief would be granted.” Section 4 reads:
Lessen the Standard for Demonstrating “Extreme Hardship”
The Act at 212(a)(9)(B)(i)(I) and (II) renders inadmissible for 3 or 10 years individuals who have been unlawfully present in the U.S. for 180 days or one year respectively, and then depart. By statute, DHS has discretion to waive these grounds of inadmissibility for spouses, sons and daughters of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents if the refusal to admit such individuals would result in extreme hardship to their qualifying relatives. Generally, the “extreme hardship” standard has been narrowly construed by USCIS.
To increase the number of individuals applying for waivers, and improve their chances of receiving them, CIS could issue guidance or a regulation specifying a lower evidentiary standard for “extreme hardship.” This would promote family unity, and avoid the significant human and financial costs associated with waiver denial decisions born of an overly rigid standard. This revised standard would also complement expanded use of PIP as set forth in B.
In addition to lessening the standard for demonstrating “extreme hardship”, the memo details many more options that “have the potential to result in meaningful immigration reform absent legislative action.”
Other options include: allowing aliens in the United States under Temporary Protected Status to adjust their status to Legal Permanent Resident, extending “grace periods” to leave the country for aliens on temporary work visa, changing the distribution time line for temporary workers on the H-2B visa, and granting up to 240 additional days on applications for employment authorization when the application is filed before the work authorization expiration date.
Denise Vanison has been an immigration attorney for more than 18 years. She advised multi-national and domestic corporate clients on employment of foreign nationals in the United States, I-9 employment verification and procurement of passports, visas, green cards and U.S. citizenship.
The memo was drafted for Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas. In addition to Denise Vanison, Roxana Bacon from the Chief Councel’s office, Debra Rogers from Field Operations, and Donald Neufield from Service Center Operations were also listed as authors of the memo.
In just another glaring example of politicians pissing your hard earned income right down the drain, Nut job (D) Alan Grayson used $73,000 in taxpayer money to send out DVD’s to his constituents. As we spiral down into bankruptcy this kind of garbage is happening every day by both parties. A recent report on House and Senate members perks showed the average Senator and House Rep spends over $1,000,000 every year doing this lunacy. Everything from bottled water,BBQ and TIVO’s, are being purchased, these guys believe they are entitled to this. The bigger the fish the worst it gets, people this is your hard earned money stolen from your paycheck. This all adds up after awhile, the bureaucrats do even worse spending taxpayer money on everything from expensive carpet to $1,000 dinner bills. Why do you think these guys spend millions of dollars of their own money for $200,000 jobs, perks,perks and more perks. When you add the hundreds of billions of dollars spent on earmarks every year you can see why where broke. The worst part is its voters fault, we vote for these maggots without demanding accountability. To many citizens fail to vote and we who do often vote for these guys without researching there records. Worst of all they lie, cheat and steal after they get there so all the due diligence probably wouldn’t help anyhow. This is why term limits are so important, rotating new people into government might actually put in place people who are still in touch with reality. These guys now are so out of touch with reality that I wonder if they even understand the damage their doing.
WASHINGTON — If U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson were a rock star, his latest PR blitz — a DVD sent to tens of thousands of Central Florida residents — would be called Grayson’s Greatest Hits.
The 90-minute disc features video highlights from his first term in office, including one of him grilling Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and another in which the Orlando Democrat preaches on the need to teach schoolchildren about the U.S. Constitution.
The DVD comes wrapped inside a mailer covered with promotional slogans: “Congressman Alan Grayson, Hard at Work for You,” “He works hard. He pays attention. He gets things done,” and “Video DVD Inside: Watch Congressman Grayson in Action!”
In many ways, it’s the perfect campaign video — with one key difference.
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Thanks to perks given to all members of Congress, it’s not Grayson’s campaign but taxpayers who footed the nearly $73,000 bill to produce and mail the DVD to 100,000 homes in Grayson’s district of Lake, Marion, Orange and Osceola counties.
It’s a stunt that drew howls from Republicans, who complained that Grayson was abusing the congressional privilege of franking that allows lawmakers to send taxpayer-paid newsletters and other mail to residents.
“This is an outrageous abuse of taxpayer dollars, and it goes to show that Alan Grayson is completely out of touch with Central Florida,” said state Rep. Kurt Kelly of Ocala, one of seven Republicans looking to unseat Grayson this fall.
“This is just ridiculous behavior. What congressman would do this in the face of a huge budget deficit?” he asked.
Grayson said he doesn’t see the video as self-promotional and that its intent was to show residents how the sausage is made in Washington.
“Unless you glom onto C-SPAN, you don’t have sense of what congressmen do on a day-to-day basis,” Grayson said. “I told people in my district that I would try to be a watchdog, and I think they have a right to know whether I have kept that promise.”
When pressed, however, Grayson did acknowledge that his office selected clips that make him look good.
“I’m an elected official. Do you think it’s my job to put out misinformation or negative information about myself?” he asked.
The silver disc features clips of Grayson questioning witnesses testifying before the House Financial Services committee, including his well-publicized interrogation of Bernanke. A YouTube version posted on Grayson’s website has drawn more than 216,000 hits.
And, like the director’s cut of a Hollywood movie release, the DVD is sprinkled with narration from Grayson. Of the 31 separate clips on the DVD, 10 feature Grayson wearing an American flag tie and seated in front of a photo of the U.S. Capitol, telling viewers what they’re about to see or criticizing the Fed, bank bailouts and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Hello, I’m your congressman, Alan Grayson,” the video begins. “I’ve put together this DVD so you do not have to sit through hours of hearings or read thousands of pages of transcripts to find out what your representative is doing to combat waste, fraud and abuse in government spending.”
His narration doesn’t shy away from a few pats on the back.
“Of the 53 freshman members of the House, I was the first one to get a bill passed,” he says. And, “Before coming to Congress, I spent many years prosecuting defense contractors who ripped off the government and put our troops in danger just to pad their wallets. When I came to Congress, I wasted no time in using that experience to combat waste, fraud and abuse in defense spending.”
Though Grayson isn’t the first lawmaker to use taxpayer money to send a DVD, aides with the bipartisan House administration committee — which oversees franking requests and approved Grayson’s DVD — could recall only a handful of other examples.
But bucking the norm has been Grayson’s trademark since 2008, when he beat then-U.S. Rep. Ric Keller, an Orlando Republican also known for sending puffy pieces of franked mail.
Last year, Grayson spent about $108,000 on franked mail in 2009 — 32 percent more than the $81,623 spent by his fellow Democratic freshman Suzanne Kosmas of New Smyrna Beach. Among Central Florida veteran incumbents, U.S. Rep. John Mica, R- Winter Park, spent $14,000 — and U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Brooksville, spent $138,801, records show.
Grayson aides said that the DVD was targeted at senior citizens, who may have trouble using a computer and seeing the long list of YouTube clips that Grayson has put online.
Spokesman Todd Jurkowski said the office also took pains to find a Central Florida company, Horizon Media Express, to produce the video and insisted the company “rely on American subcontractors [because] many companies will use offshore companies to duplicate DVDs.”
Since taking office, Grayson has used speeches and hearings to loudly attack everything that he sees as wrong with America — including giant corporations, financial leaders and Republicans.
He’s best known for a floor speech in which he says the Republican health-care plan was for sick patients to “die quickly,” although Grayson aides were quick to note that the health-care quip was not included on the DVD.
“If we were self-serving, we would have put that one on there,” Jurkowski said.
This single story defines elitist Liberal A$$holes in a nutshell. For the President of the United States to stiff the scouts to appear on the View is why middle America despises Obama and his fellow elitist progressives. The Boy Scouts have done a great job teaching thousands of young men how to become better more responsible citizens . There are scores of great leaders who have been through scouting and learned valuable lessons along with skills ranging from CPR to water rescue. Organizations like Boy Scouts are teaching values like respect and self reliance, pretty much the political opposite of the Obama crowd. For Obama to go on the “View” which is probably the worst show on network television speaks volumns of his character or lack of. The 45,000 scouts in attendance would offer the president a great opportunity to speak about public service and ways to engage there communities in more positive ways. Instead Barrack Hussein Obama is going to go on a TV show watched by brain dead morons and hosted by imbeciles who will treat him like some long lost puppy. There is a horrible problem especially in minority communities of young men who do not behave or act responsible. Groups like the Boy Scouts teach these kind of skills to kids who often have no one at home to pass them along. This single action shows what kind of man Obama is and enforces the reasons for voting him out of office.
President Obama, the honorary chairman of the Boy Scouts of America, will not speak in-person before the group tomorrow at Fort A. P. Hill, Va., as part of the organization’s 100th anniversary celebration. However, the president is sending a videotaped message to the scouts for tomorrow, the same day he will be in Manhattan to tape an appearance for ABC TV’s talk show The View.
Bob Dries, chairman of national news and media at the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree – a gathering that happens every four years and attracts thousands of scouts from around the world – told CNSNews.com that the organization was told yesterday that the president had scheduling conflicts and would not be speaking in-person at the week-long event. The BSA had scheduled arena program tomorrow to include remarks by the president at 11 a.m., EDT, in front of the more than 45,000 scouts who will be in attendance.
The White House did not confirm that the president would not speak live at the Jamboree tomorrow, but reporters – including at News of the Force – were sent an e-mail at 1:45 p.m., EDT, yesterday announcing that the president will be in New Jersey tomorrow afternoon to talk about the economy before he travels on to New York City to film his appearance for The View’s Thursday edition.
The traitor who stole the document released by leftist web site Wikileaks if caught should face a firing squad as a traitor. The most vile despicable action a citizen can do is betray there country during time of war. The war in Afghanistan is a counter-insurgency which is by far the toughest kind of warfare to wage on both civilians and soldier. The human debris that leaked the top secret reports to wikileaks is the worst kind of coward that exist. If this leaker is so against the war they should have the balls to step forward and make there case. If they are aware of war crimes it is there duty to step forward and report it. Instead they anonymously steal documents and release them to a leftist web site like some kind of sniveling coward with no backbone. This is how most leftist operate, if you truly believe in what your fighting against you should be willing to accept the blowback. Just like the masked cowards who show up at events like the G20 and throw rocks at cops and destroy private property in the name whatever bleeding heart cause of the month. Hopefully the crowd at wikileaks will be prosecuted but somehow I doubt Obamas lackey Eric Holder will even investigate the situation. This kind of politically motivated leaking has become worse over the years, its time the government bury these type of malcontents deep underground like the moles they are. To many some of these after action reports will sound horrific, the problem is all this is out of context and not the whole story. Our adversaries like the media will pick and choose there material to fit there message. The release of these papers during time of war will do nothing positive and in the end will most likely lead to the deaths of more soldiers and civilians.
The drug conflict in Mexico has been growing for years into a full-scale guerilla war, and now it has spilled into Texas. There are contradictory reports that the Los Zetas drug gang has taken over at least two ranches near Laredo, Texas, forcing law enforcement to ask for federal intervention. The drug lords have become increasingly brutal and effective, have ties to foreign terrorist groups and have even set off a car bomb. As the U.S. fights two campaigns overseas, a lack of border security is permitting an insurgency south of the border to threaten us at home. On July 16, the U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Lavedo, Mexico, issued a warning that there were “credible reports of widespread violence occurring now between narcotics trafficking organizations and the Mexican army in Nuevo Lavedo.” The Zetas, which have hired former military personnel including special forces, blocked off roads and threw grenades. All Americans in the area were told to stay inside. The area has become a battlefield between the Gulf cartel and the Zetas. The intense fighting forced up to 90 businesses to close their doors out of fear for their safety. Around the same time, eight drug gang members died in a firefight between 60 criminals and 100 soldiers in the state of Chihuahua which “virtually shut down” a border city. Hordes of blogs then began reporting that two ranches near Laredo, Texas, had been seized. The Examiner.com said that two anonymous sources at the Laredo, Texas, police department confirmed the story and said a news blackout was being imposed. Last May, the FBI warned that the Los Zetas had obtained a ranch in Texas to train its operatives in attacking its U.S.-based rivals. However, the Loredo Police Department is denying the story.
Sen John Kerry Democrat Net Worth $167.550 million
Teresa Heinz Kerry (Wife & heir to Heinz fortune) Net Worth $1 billion dollars
Well the hypocrsy of the Democrats just never ends, these characters constantly advocate raising taxes on the middle class while spending tax dollars like there’s no end. These uber rich millionaires and billionaires have no problem bankrupting the country while berating the rest of us that we need to pony up more of our income to bankroll there elitist radical left agenda. Since the coronation of King Obama a continuing number of Democrats have been caught cheating on taxes or playing fast and lose with the tax code. You have Pelosi under reporting her assets, Charlie Rangel (NY (D) House Rep) and Tim Geithner (Treasury Sec) just plain cheating the taxpayers. Obama Nominees like Tom Daschle and others have had tax problems. Now the elitists of elitists Sen. John Kerry is outed for screwing his state out of almost $500.000
in sales taxes and $70.000 per year in MA excise taxes on his new $7 million dollar yacht. The media loves to paint Republicans as being greedy business types but rarely report the out right hypocrosy of there friends. Obama hammered the Republicans during the campaign when it came to Wall Street donations collecting almost twice what McCain received. Democrats like Sen. Chris Dodd are so in bed with Wall Street its amazing he doesn’t have an STD. All this election did was transfer billions of dollars from Republican fat cats to Elitist far left Democratic fat cats. Look at guys like Clinton and Gore and there income levels since leaving office, the politicians in both parties are driving the middle class right out of existence. It just is amazing how the lamestream media fails to hammer these elitists politicians who advocate tax and spend for everyone else while they play by a whole different set of rules. Another little tidbit is the yacht was built in New Zealand, I guess John Kerry doesn’t think much of American workers.
Sen. John Kerry skips town on sails tax
By Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa
Friday, July 23, 2010 – Updated 1 day ago
Sen. John Kerry, who has repeatedly voted to raise taxes while in Congress, dodged a whopping six-figure state tax bill on his new multimillion-dollar yacht by mooring her in Newport, R.I.
Isabel – Kerry’s luxe, 76-foot New Zealand-built Friendship sloop with an Edwardian-style, glossy varnished teak interior, two VIP main cabins and a pilothouse fitted with a wet bar and cold wine storage – was designed by Rhode Island boat designer Ted Fontaine.
But instead of berthing the vessel in Nantucket, where the senator summers with the missus, Teresa Heinz, Isabel’s hailing port is listed as “Newport” on her stern.
Could the reason be that the Ocean State repealed its Boat Sales and Use Tax back in 1993, making the tiny state to the south a haven – like the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and Nassau – for tax-skirting luxury yacht owners?
Cash-strapped Massachusetts still collects a 6.25 percent sales tax and an annual excise tax on yachts. Sources say Isabel sold for something in the neighborhood of $7 million, meaning Kerry saved approximately $437,500 in sales tax and an annual excise tax of about $70,000.
The senior senator’s chief of staff David Wade denied the old salt was berthing his boat out of state to avoid ponying up to the commonwealth.
“The boat was designed by and purchased from a company in Rhode Island, and it’s based in Newport at the Newport Shipyard for long-term maintenance, upkeep and charter purposes, not tax reasons,” Wade told the Track.
And state Department of Revenue spokesguy Bob Bliss confirmed the senator “is under no obligation to pay the commonwealth sales tax.”
But back in 2006, then-gubernatorial candidate Christy Mihos took some flack for avoiding some $23,000 in Bay State sales tax and $1,320 in local excise taxes by berthing his motor yacht in Rhode Island. But Mihos paid just $475,000 for his 36-foot vessel Ashley and readily admitted that he used the boat at his West Yarmouth summer home.
However, according to Bliss, if Kerry berths the Isabel in Massachusetts waters within six months of purchasing the boat, there’s a “presumption of use” and the Heinz-Kerrys would have to walk the plank and pony up to the Bay State. After six months, should the boat change its berth to, say, Nantucket, then it’s up to the state to go after them for the taxes, Bliss added.
Yesterday, the Isabel, which lists Great Point LLC of Pittsburgh, Penn., as its owner, was getting a spruce-up at the Hinckley shipyard in Portsmouth, R.I. Sources say the senior senator is demanding that some warranty work be done.
Fontaine, a protege of legendary sailboat designer Ted Hood, was tight-lipped about the owners of Isabel but he did confirm the boat was built in New Zealand. According to Internet reports, Kerry was seen in Whangarei last December inspecting his new high-seas plaything.
As time goes by the Obama bailout of GM and Chrysler proves to be a bigger boondoggle to taxpayers and the private sector. Both these companies where and still are riddled with horrible union contracts and poor management. If both where left alone to go into bankruptcy they could have terminated the terrible union contracts and purged the companies of to many middle managers. Instead tax payers where fleeced out of billions to support union supporters of the Democratic Party. The capitalist system tends to purge bad companies and reward well run business. Government intervention just drives us deeper into debt and postpones the inevitable. How many times is the taxpayer going to bailout Chrysler, bankruptcy and reorganization would of cut the fat and given these companies a long term shot. Instead investors and dealers got screwed while unions and incompetent management where rewarded. The guys who dragged the companies down prospered while taxpayers an investors got screwed. The Obama administration is loaded with socialist and elitist and devoid of capitalists. Its amazing how the media continues to fail at questioning the reasons why the economy and country continue to crumble. Our enemies are bolder and stronger, our economy continues to shed jobs and our debt is reaching unsustainable levels. The total lack of capitalist in the Obama administration is only going to continue are economic meltdown and destruction of the middle class.