Boehner Border Group Offers Plan

A working group of lawmakers appointed by Speaker John Boehner released a set of recommendations to the House GOP conference Wednesday, including $1.5 in new spending and proposals to send the National Guard to the border and require the Obama administration to form a border security plan as tens of thousands of illegal alien children stream across the border.

The proposal faces an uncertain future, with congressional Democrats digging in with opposition to amending a 2008 human trafficking law that has been cited as an obstacle to deporting the children while the recommendations produced pockets of opposition on the right. Several lawmakers said the plan was well-received by most Republicans in a closed-door meeting where Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), the leader of the working group, outlined policy recommendations in the plan. “I think it was received pretty well,” said Rep. John Carter (R-TX), a member of the working group. “It looks like a common sense approach, but I want to read the details,” said House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, a key player on immigration issues.

But detractors made their voices heard while leaving the meeting to reporters as well. “Disappointing,” said Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), who traveled to Central America over the weekend with a delegation led by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA). “They need to have more ideas.” “In a perfect world where you could start legislation in the House and maybe improve it in the Senate and send it back to conference or on to the president, then most of what they proposed is pretty good. There’s some good ideas there, and there are things that would bring about a solution,” said Rep. Steve King (R-IA), a top immigration hawk. But “no one can answer how this gets to the president’s desk, gets a signature and produces a positive result,” he said.

The proposal was discussed at a small meeting of top conservatives hosted by King over breakfast before it was released. There to discuss his border security bill was Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), a key conservative who was appointed to the border working group by Boehner, attended the meeting and said he was able to bring some of its participants around on the direction they were headed. “I’ve got to say I think by-and-large it was very well-received.

I participated in a meeting this morning with several of those conservatives before this meeting and Sen. Ted Cruz. I was able to clarify a lot of things, because there was a lot of misinformation out there,” Salmon said. King raised what is a top concern on the right, that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would use the passage of the House bill to attach immigration language opposed in the House and send the bill back to Boehner, creating pressure on him to act on a broader measure.

“What’s missing is an understanding that anything we send over to the Senate leaves us vulnerable for them to attach on the Gang of Eight or parts of the Gang of Eight and send it back to us. So Harry Reid hangs the Gang of Eight around the neck of John Boehner, how long does John Boehner stand there with that around his neck before the pressure gets too great and then the rationale that we’re better off to pass something becomes too great to resist?” King said. “The Speaker has made the commitment over and over and over again that anything with the Gang of Eight is dead on arrival and he will not conference anything with the Gang of Eight. That’s his commitment,” Salmon noted.

Salmon noted another objection, one that House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte has made, he said, that “that the president picks and chooses the laws that he wants to abide by. And that’s the other argument from some of the other conservatives, no matter what we pass, the president’s going to use his pen and his phone to do whatever he damn well pleases.” Salmon said that House Republicans should still act, even if Obama won’t implement their bill. “I think we have a responsibility to [act].

If the president decides he wants to not adhere to the law, then I think we take him to task with whatever mechanisms we’ve got to do that, whether it’s through lawsuits, or whether it’s through power of the purse. We need to exercise every option we’ve got. But still we’ve got a responsibility to legislate and do our jobs,” he said. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), a top proponent of comprehensive immigration reform, said he wants to see the House act to ensure the Obama administration doesn’t run out of money over the August recess for dealing with the crisis. “I think there would be huge ramifications if we run out of money, and in August there is certainly that possibility,” Denham said.

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said that he expects the working group’s proposal to amend the 2008 human trafficking law will encounter opposition from Democrats. “I think that’s going to be one of the sticking points between the House and the Senate and the White House. I’m hopeful that they’ll eventually see the light on that. I think they initially made indications that they understood that, and that they were going to go along with that change, and then they backed off,” McCaul said. Both McCaul and Granger predicted that the eventual bill would garner support of some number of Democrats, helping counteract the conservative opposition to reach a majority in support of the bill. “We think we can get 218 votes. I think some Democrats will come along with us. We’ve included some Democrats in crafting our recommendations,” Granger said.

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There is Plenty of White Guilt to Go Around But has It really Helped the Blacks.

Shelby Steele is the author of White Guilt. I found the book fascinating especially after the uprising brought about by the self destruction of little Trayvon. All of a sudden America was faced with the illogical cries that everything is unfair in this country because of color. And I had my own observations on this matter but it was interesting to read the remarks brought by a so called black conservative who claimed to live through the bad times in America. So let’s see if we can understand what this is all about. First off we see all these liberals like the NY Times and writers like Lambro feel that they must give in to this white guilt. They need to recognize it and do their mea culpas. But does this really help the black folks? Last week O’Reilly had been on the “need for a family” roll to make things work. And that could be true, but it would be like trying to prove that CO2 caused climate change while exhaling CO2. I am surprised that O’Reilly didn’t throw out religion in the mix. If you don’t have the ten commandments to lean on, then what would stop a black person from whooping a white person for no really good justifiable reason. Let’s see if we can work through some of Steele’s arguments. First off my summation is easy. For a hundred years the black leaders are trying to place the responsibility and blame on the white folks. All these white males that for decades have stolen the souls from the blacks. My answer is just like alcoholism, the blacks need to take care of their own problems. When you read how Malcolm X set up businesses in bad neighborhoods, why didn’t community organizers like Obama organize businesses in bad neighborhoods and clean up the neighborhoods? They had the people, they had all that government money and they played the white blame game instead of enticing businesses and factories to build in these neighborhoods. Are you telling me it was impossible for the blacks to police their own neighborhoods! Other nationalities have done that for ages. Before we get carried away, let’s make something perfectly clear. Most Blacks are doing quite fine. And they have done well for decades. Look at the Obamas. They didn’t live in no ghetto. It might come down to about 20% of the blacks have problems, excluding those in prison etc. And whose a black? Obama and Tiger are only 50% black. But they still don’t stand for Blacks standing on their own. It is always the white guy’s fault. And the white guy owes reparation! But what about the 20% of other races that are not doing so well? One of O’Reilly’s guest a PhD black said poverty comes first. And these folks are not capable of working their way out of poverty. Most people actually do. Why can’t a lot of these black folks? Maybe because they are blaming the whites instead of blaming themselves. Well that’s what the NY Times thinks and they can’t be wrong. So Steele tries to fabricate a story between Slick Willie and President Eisenhower. And how in a few short years society has changed. But Steele is hypothesizing that Social Authority has become the rule of the day. Steele writes: ” (P82) this guilt is the vacuum in moral authority created by all of white America’s moral failings and infidelities to democracy: racism, sexism, imperialism, materialism, conformity, environmental indifference, educational inequality, superficiality, greed and so on. other issues — women’s rights, the plight of farm workers, degradation of the environment, black and white poverty… oppressiveness, greed, exploitation, and violence were the essence of American character.” So everything in America that is wrong is the white man’s fault. Therefore we have White Guilt. And that is what drives the so called black civil rights leaders who in turn pressure businesses and liberals and the businesses and politicians cave in. Most important is that the whites on the NY Times feel exonerated when they pat themselves on the shoulder for speaking out for this white guilt. But Steele makes the argument that it doesn’t eliminate White supremacy, it only enhances it. Most of these white liberals including Pelosi don’t ever see the ghettos. They go home to their penthouse apartments. Good example was Zimmerman. Everyone who followed the case and knew a little about the law came to the conclusion before the verdict that Zimmerman was innocent. (Some would say not guilty). So since that didn’t work we have to go after him with a civil suit. And it was difficult to find any liberals discussing the causality brought by little Trayvon that may have been the problem. Can we call that black guilt? The funny part about all of this is that we have a black president and we have more White Guilt than ever. But if you look under the covers I think Obama’s follies are fueled by global socialization /communistic issues rather than race. Steele goes on to make the argument that once we invoke all these fixes like school busing, lower test standards, etc. for blacks, we have not made the blacks whole. They are still considered inferior to whites which maybe is the cause for the problem as determined by Steele. If you can’t be equal why not use White Guilt as an excuse to get the whites to give more to the blacks. It is just a circle of life that will not end until the whites grow up and the blacks take responsibility for their own future! They always throw out the word slavery as the big guilt monger. But they never discuss the good parts about slavery. First off most of the blacks who were descendants of Slaves in America would probably be dead today if they were not brought to this country on slave ships. Remember Barack’s grandfather allegedly was one of the first in his tribe to wear white man’s clothes. He was ridiculed for it by his dad. But he was smart enough to understand where prosperity would come from. We are talking about the beginning of the 1920′s or later. How many of your grandparents were walking around with just their genitals covered? Africa lacked modern medicine. And most of the successful plantations took good care of their slaves. And remember that many of the slaves were sold by black folks. And I would imagine slavery was probably a bit better then living in a Baltimore prison today. Slavery lacked all freedoms, but how free are the black folks today who don’t have good jobs and actually want to work. No system is perfect but it is time to stop reacting to the make believe world of white guilt. There was one part where Steele would get very angry. It seemed when Blacks felt they were not fully appreciated as a “worker” or a contributor to the community. Some thoughts for example: “Like you are black so we know how you think”. Steele obviously is a well educated Black, and like any other race or nationality in the world, you don’t want to be assumed or taken for granted. I am with Steele. We need to bury the White guilt trip and like MLK and Malcolm X whose goals included that all men be created equally and treated equally. This did not include affirmative action, locking up white Hispanics for self defense, and dumbing down tests so women and non-whites can get a job before more qualified white males. For decades certain blacks were adamant in believing that only blacks can teach blacks. That has not worked out too well. If we had a real president he would be more concerned about inviting jobs into this country rather then taxing the folks who have jobs so we can create more “system sucking jobs” than we could ever need or pay for! There are many Steele quotes and connotations in the book. One thing he mentioned was the fact that our founders did not like the idea of having slavery in the country. So they considered shipping the slaves back to Africa. Now that would have been a hoot. That is one statistic you don’t read about. After slavery was abolished and many white Americans were killed and maimed in the process, how many folks returned to Africa to be free from white guilt? Read Steele’s book, but let’s quit playing to the game of White Guilt. I grew up in the North East and I never saw any of this garbage. I wonder if any of these lies are actually true? Everyone always feels there is an injustice for not getting hired etc.. Maybe it had nothing to do with race. It may have been that someone was more qualified than you were or worse yet, you weren’t qualified at all! So tell me again why you should get the job? There is Plenty of White Guilt to Go Around But has It really Helped the Blacks. by Rev. Bresciani syndicated from The Land of the Free .

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Entrepreneurs’ property rights at stake in France

By Dr. Sylvain Charat It happened on a cold of day during the last French presidential campaign in a small industrial town called Florange, in Eastern France. On February 12th, 2012, the campaigning and would-be president Francois Hollande climbed a small truck ladder to get on the roof. Up there, surrounded by union strikers and red flags, the contender took the microphone to talk to hundreds of steel workers in front of him. They were about to lose their jobs: labor costs and social regulation hampered the factory’s competitiveness and Lakshmi Mittal, the Indian owner, did not have any other solution than to shut it down if it did not want to lose money. In this tense social context, the union comrades staring at the Socialist candidate François Hollande may have felt like they were looking at a new Che Guevara. “When a company wants to get rid of production unit, but does not want to sell it, we will force it to find a buyer who will take over the activity,” promised the candidate. The crowd cheered at this man who, if president, would have the government dispose of entrepreneurs’ properties. Yet Francois Hollande had forgotten something he should not have: Property rights are protected by the French Constitution. The right to private property is a fundamental right, originating from the concept of individual sovereignty, which is the very foundation of Western liberal government. But on that small truck’s roof, Francois Hollande merely wiped it out. His promise to the communist and far-left unions was as clear a threat to the constitutional right of property as to the freedom of settlement protected by the European Union. The promise could not be kept since as president, Francois Hollande would swear to protect the Constitution. Yet, once elected, Francois Hollande wanted to keep his words and it must be pointed out that the French president is not the kind a man that gives up easily. He asked the government along with three members of parliament to draft a bill that would enforce his collectivist promise. And the bill must be written in such way that it would be accepted by the French Constitutional Council. On April 30th, 2013, the draft was ready and presented to the president. Obligation gave way to pressure. This pressure would increase on the entrepreneurs – owners according to a four-step procedure. First step: The owner who wants to shut a factory down must inform the workers’ committee and look for a buyer during three months. During this period, the owner must give a reasoned reply to each purchase offer he would receive and inform the workers’ committee. In other words, unions will closely monitor the owner. Second step: If the workers’ committee thinks that the owner did not act dutifully and in good faith, then the committee could go to court and request the president of the commercial court to intervene. But, can unions be trusted to decide about an owner’s good faith? The threat of going to court is always present. Third step: The judge will decide if the owner has made the necessary efforts to find a buyer and if he has turned down serious purchase offers. If ever the feeling is that the owner did not do his job then he will have to pay a penalty. Fourth step: The commercial court could ask the owner to pay a penalty fee that will amount to twenty times the national minimum wage per lost jobs. It means that $36,400 would have to be paid to the government for each laid off worker. And the owner should be happy not to be thrown in jail. The French government and the three members of parliament made their best effort to weaken entrepreneurs’ property rights. They gave the workers’ committee a limitless influence that hampers the very principle of property. The owner cannot simply decide whether to shut down. It is no longer in his ability to do so. He is being deprived of his rights and will be forced into a government-approved exchange or pay a fine. The bill, called the “Florange Bill”, is actually about to change the very essence of property rights in France and enforce the collectivization of production that will actually dispossess entrepreneurs from their property. Entrepreneurs should be concerned. If this law is passed, any private property owned by a business could become a mere “trusteeship held for the benefit of society as a whole” as Ayn Rand put it for one of her collectivist characters in “Atlas Shrugged”. Yet in France, the novel is becoming reality. —  Dr. Sylvain Charat is a graduate from the University of the Sorbonne, Paris, was chief of staff for a former French Minister of Finance in the French National Assembly, and is now a public affairs consultant, specializing in the welfare system. He is also a contributing scholar with The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College , and his daily analysis can be found at his “ Welfareship Explained ” blog. Entrepreneurs’ property rights at stake in France by Guest Authors syndicated from The Land of the Free .

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Egypt confronts modernity

In light of the turmoil in Egypt, The Center for Vision & Values contacted its longtime friend, Herb Meyer, for his insight. Mr. Meyer was special assistant to the director of the Central Intelligence Agency in the Reagan administration. He also served as vice chairman of the CIA’s National Intelligence Council. Mr. Meyer is the author of two eBooks, “ How to Analyze Information ” and “ The Cure for Poverty .” V&V – Herb, do you have any thoughts about what’s going on in Egypt? Meyer – It’s good to hear from you! I could write a 2,000-word essay on the turmoil in Egypt. Come to think of it, I did write a 2,000-word essay on the turmoil in Egypt more than two years ago. To the best of my knowledge, absolutely no one read that piece . V&V – You are a tremendous analyst, Herb, and we’re not surprised that you saw this coming. After all, you were way out front in forecasting the demise of the Soviet Union for President Reagan and CIA Director Bill Casey. Are our intelligence services in regular contact with you? Have you had opportunities to mentor young analysts? Meyer – No one in our intelligence service has the slightest interest in checking in with me from time to time. I’d love to help teach an entire new generation of analysts how to do it. When I was there we ALWAYS stayed in touch with those who came before us – we always figured we could learn from them, even if we disagreed with them from time to time – but apparently the current crowd doesn’t do that. There’s always tomorrow…. V&V – Recently, and before the lid came off Egypt, you had a fascinating conversation with Rush Limbaugh. Please share some of the insights that you shared with him. They seem remarkably relevant right now. Meyer – As I said in that conversation with Rush, the world is becoming modern. This is really what “the war” is all about. Islam is finally starting to do what Christianity and Judaism did centuries ago: figure out how to reconcile faith with the modern world. In effect, the Islamic world has started to write the code for Version 2.0. This is a momentous development in world history. Remember that it took us a long time to get it right, so to speak, and we shouldn’t expect the Muslim world to accomplish this overnight. For 30 years, Hosni Mubarak kept Egypt from becoming modern. He and his military took control of the economy, and they wrecked it. This is a country of 90 million people, half of whom are illiterate, 70 percent of whom live on the land – and which imports half its food. This was okay with U.S. policymakers, because in return for keeping Egypt from moving forward Mubarak kept the peace with Israel. At some point the lid on this pressure cooker had to blow off, and that’s what happened last year. It was idiotic for all of our (self-proclaimed) professional conservatives to say we should have urged Mubarak to put the lid back on. That cannot be done; at least, not without gunning down 20,000 or 30,000 protestors and then explaining that the U.S. said it would be okay…. V&V – An apology to you, Herb. We followed your analysis about the Muslim world going through convulsions on the way to becoming more modern, that is to say, more liberal and free in the classical sense. Frankly, we thought you were wrong. You called the February 2011 Egyptian revolution, just a “half-revolution.” You predicted that the Egyptians would seek more freedom than what they would get under the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood. Meyer – Apology accepted, and thank you!


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Views on the News – 6/29/2013

The Pew Research Center asked Americans to list their policy priorities for 2013 and huge majorities cited jobs and the economy ; sizable majorities cited health care costs and entitlement reform ; more modest majorities cited fighting poverty and reforming the tax code ; and down at the bottom of the list, with less than 40% support in each case, were gun control, immigration and climate change .


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