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    "Don't Give the Masters of the Universe Their Amnesty

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    jeremy beck

    Rally your voices: "Don't Give the Masters of the Universe Their Amnesty"

    Please read and share parts of "Don't Give the Masters of the Universe Their Amnesty," from Senator Jeff Sessions' floor speech, adapted into a column for The National Review.
    There are items here to share on social media, online comments (link to recent immigration stories here), letters to the editor, handouts for Congressional offices, etc.
    Excerpts from Sessions' speech:

    • "How did we get to the point where elected officials, activist groups, the ACLU, and global CEOs are openly working to deny American workers the immigration protections to which they are legally entitled?"
    • "Every senator needs to stand up and represent their constituents -- not big business, not the ACLU, not activist groups, not political interests, but the American interests, the workers' interests."
    • "So who are these so-called expert advocates and business leaders [the White House has been meeting with]? They are not the law-enforcement officers; they are not our ICE officers; they are not our Border Patrol officers; they are not the American working man and woman; they are not unemployed Americans. They weren't in the room."
    • "White House officials are meeting with the world's most powerful corporate and immigration lobbyists....They believe they are always supposed to get whatever it is they want. They are used to that....They tried and tried and tried to pass the bill through Congress, but the American people said: No, no, no. So they decided to just go to the president. They decide to go to President Obama, and they insist that he implement these measures through executive fiat."
    • "We have business CEOs, lobbyists, activists, immigration groups, and clever politicians who demand that we have to have even more workers brought into America even when we have a decline in wages and a decline in jobs. But what does the president do? His administration issues an executive order to provide foreign spouses -- the citizens of other countries, not American citizens -- with 100,000 jobs in the United States, precious jobs that many Americans would love to have. How many American spouses struggling to support their families would benefit from one of those jobs? How many single moms would benefit from a chance to earn a better paycheck?"

    Sessions took special aim at the Tech Lobby:

    • "I have a recent op-ed here from USA Today which reports that there is actually not a shortage but a surplus of Americans who have been trained in the STEM and IT fields and that this is why wages for these fields have not increased since 1999."
    • "So rich high-tech companies are using the H-1B visa program to keep wages down and to hire less expensive workers from abroad. Indeed, the same companies demanding more guest workers are laying off American workers in droves."
    • " Facebook has 7,000 workers. Microsoft just laid off 18,000. Why doesn't Mr. Zuckerberg call his friend Mr. Gates and say: Look, I have to hire a few hundred people; do you have any resumes you can send over here? Maybe I will not have to take somebody from a foreign country for a job an unemployed U.S. citizen might take."
    • "As Byron York reported, Hewlett-Packard, a high-tech company, laid off 29,000 employees in 2012 -- 29,000. In August of 2013, Cisco announced plans to lay off 4,000 workers in addition to the 8,000 cut in the last 2 years, and Cisco was right in the White House this summer with a group of other companies demanding more workers from abroad."

    Sessions' puts the era of mass immigration in context:

    • "Immigration policy is supposed to serve the national interest and the people of the United States, not the interests of a few activist CEOs and the politicians who are catering to them. We have had 40 years of mass immigration combined with falling wages, a shrinking workplace, and exploding welfare rolls. We know that, don't we, friends and colleagues? It is time for a shift in emphasis. It is time to get our own people back to work, and our communities out of poverty, and our schools back on their feet."
    • "Harvard professor Dr. George Borjas -- who is probably the leading academic in this entire area and has been for many years -- estimates that our current immigration rate results in an annual loss of more than $400 billion in wages for Americans competing with immigrant labor. Between 2000 and today the government issued nearly 30 million visas to temporary foreign workers and permanent immigrants, largely lower-skilled and lower-wage."
    • "[W]we have 58 million working-age Americans who are not working. Since 2009 the number of adults has increased by 13 million, while the number of people actually working has decreased by 7 million."
    • "Median household income has dropped $2,300 since 2009. According to the National Employment Law Project, wages are down across all occupations."

    Sessions closes with this:
    "The basic social contract is that citizens agree to follow the law, pay their taxes, and devote their love and loyalty to their country, and in exchange the nation commits to preserve and protect and serve their interests, safeguard their freedom, and return to them in kind their first allegiance and loyalty.
    "The job of elected officials is to answer to the people who sent them to Washington -- not to scorn them, not to demean them, not to mock them, and not to sell their jobs and dreams to the highest bidder.
    "I yield the floor."

    Spread the word,


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    Another Reason Rand Paul Should Run For President

    Another Reason Rand Paul Should Run For President

    By George Rasley, CHQ Editor | 9/12/2014

    Skimming through the news this morning we caught an article by our friend Matt Boyle of Breitbart that documented once again that Rand Paul is one of the most original and compelling figures on the national political scene.

    Matt reports that Rand Paul was speaking to the New Hampshire chapter of Generation Opportunity, a national grassroots conservative group with a libertarian appeal with thousands of young liberty-minded activists nationwide engaged through it, when he vowed to repeal “all previous executive orders” in one of his first acts as president, should he run. (Link to Matt Boyle's article at the end of this piece)

    Stop and think about this entire scenario for just a moment.

    First, Senator Paul is not in some carefully scripted venue with a blue drape in the background taking staff-vetted softball questions from donors; he’s at a pub taking unscripted questions from college students, a notoriously unscripted audience to be sure.

    If there was such an unscripted moment (aside from his notorious 47% comment) in Mitt Romney’s disastrous 2012 campaign please send us the video.

    But Senator Paul’s comment didn’t come in a moment of unscripted thinking, because he has obviously thought about the issue of executive overreach quite a lot.

    “I think the first executive order that I would issue would be to repeal all previous executive orders,” Paul replied to a question to resounding cheers through the Manchester pub, named for the beer bearing the namesakes of American revolutionary Sam Adams. “Democracy is messy, but you have to build consensus to pass things. But it’s also in some ways good, because a lot of laws take away your freedom. So it should be hard to pass a law. And it, frankly, when you do it the proper way, is. We’ve done way too many things [the wrong way]: Signing statements, altering legislation by the president, are wrong and unconstitutional and shouldn’t happen. Executive orders shouldn’t either.”

    In a brief interview with Breitbart News’ Matt Boyle outside after the speech and question-and-answer session, Paul said he thinks the president’s executive overreaches are massively unpopular nationwide and will have electoral consequences for candidates in races ranging from this year’s Senate races to 2016’s presidential contest.

    “I’m very serious that the biggest problem with President Obama is his usurpation of power, destroying the separation of powers and not believing there are any checks and balances and believing that the executive branch can do whatever it wants—and this is exemplified in immigration, Obamacare and more—but really it’s the most seriously destructive thing he’s doing to this country,” Paul said. “While Obamacare’s bad, Dodd-Frank is bad, immigration is bad, the problem is, is he’s doing it in an unconstitutional way. You can see how the crowd really understands that. The problem is he’s acting like a legislature.”

    Paul’s stated reason for being in New Hampshire is a series of events he’ll attend with Scott Brown and other Republican candidates today (Friday), including a post-primary “unity breakfast," to unite the party here behind Brown heading into November's battle with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).

    And as the reaction of a crowd of 200 younger voters shows, Paul’s message and his style resonate with a demographic that has been hard for Republicans to reach for a long time.

    One would think given the crowd reaction and Senator Paul’s analysis that "the president’s executive overreaches are massively unpopular nationwide and will have electoral consequences for candidates in races ranging from this year’s Senate races to 2016’s presidential contest," you would think every Republican would be out talking about reining-in lawless government, but it is almost impossible to find another Republican campaigning on or even talking about Obama’s lawlessness and unconstitutional government.

    Matt Boyle reports that in his remarks Paul hammered Obama on his use of executive authority. “[Abraham] Lincoln wrote that any man can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power,” Paul said. “I think this president has failed that test at every turn because this president has said that ‘oh, well, Democracy is messy and Congress won’t give me what I want.’ A direct quote from one of his people about two weeks they said, ‘he has no choice but to act.’ It sounds like we live in some kind of third world place where the president does whatever he wants. This is the idea that the presidency is run amok. I was talking to one of you earlier and you said it didn’t start with him—you’re right. It’s gone on for a hundred years, and progressively has gotten worse, Republicans and Democratic administrations, with more and more power accumulating in the presidency.”

    The mere fact that Rand Paul is contemplating running for President and at the same time running against the growth of the power the office of president has gathered unto itself is, to us, proof that he is one of the few politicians who can be trusted with the power to which Lincoln referred.

    Click this link to read Matt Boyle’s article about Senator Rand Paul’s New Hampshire speech in its entirety.

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