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Confronted, Harry Reid claims illegal aliens aren't working construction jobs (note: in Nevada, maybe on stimulus projects) - 07/13/10

... companies hiring in regards to the stimulus plan to use the eVerify system. Reid then seems to make the outrageous claim that no illegal aliens are working construction jobs in Nevada [1], and that's the way it's being presented by HotAir [2] and by the low-wattage "StandWithAZ" group (the video was uploaded by them). Unfortunately, it's not clear whether Reid was referring to all construction...

Dick Armey lobbied in regards to the Stimulus Plan; what did he do? - 11/20/09

... Armey lobbied in regards to the stimulus plan. The documents don't indicate what the lobbying consisted of, but there's certainly a fair possibility that he wasn't lobbying to reduce the amount of the stimulus.

Hundreds of thousands more foreign citizens got work permits than any stimulus jobs "created or saved" - 10/30/09

... administration claims (link) that the stimulus plan "saved or created" about 650,000 jobs. Meanwhile, since the plan was enacted, 1,125,000 foreign workers have gotten work permits to work in the U.S. (whether green cards or temporary). That's almost a half a million difference, and not on the American side of the ledger. The calculations are here: *Each month, the feds give out about 160,000...

Obama pledges to do everything he can to create jobs; use leverage to get him asked why he won't enforce immigration laws - 10/14/09

... project funded by his economic stimulus plan, President Barack Obama said Wednesday he is committed to exploring all avenues to create jobs. Obama said his administration is going to keep going until "every single American in this country who's looking for work is going to be able to get the kind of well-paying job that supports their families." Obama spoke from the top of a large mound of dirt...

Teen unemployment rate 25.5% in August 2009, highest since 1948. Can we enforce our immigration laws now? - 09/27/09

... (link). While she concentrates on a stimulus plan make-work program and how it didn't work, she should have also mentioned immigration's role. She also quotes Sum. Write ombud *at* globe.com Finally, Richard Wilner of the New York Post offers this. He got that statistic wrong; the rate isn't 52.2 percent as he says but the figure above: 25.5%. And, he doesn't mention immigration either. Direct...

Obama admin to make it easier for illegal aliens to get stimulus, other government jobs? (e-Verify) - 06/12/09

Numbers USA says: Informed sources are telling our Capitol Hill Team that the Obama Administration plans to announce today or tomorrow new orders and rules that will gut most of the improvements in fighting illegal immigration at the end of the Bush Administration... We are told that (a potential) new Obama Executive Order will retain the language requiring contractors to verify new hires (using...

ThinkProgress now openly acting like White House PR department - 04/13/09

ThinkProgress - the very low-wattage blog run by the Obama-linked Center for American Progress - has, of course, been strongly pro-Obama since he won the election. However, the post "Obama: Stimulus transportation projects ‘under budget,’ ‘ahead of schedule’" [1] by Faiz Shakir is more like a press release or something you might find on Page D-8 of an 70s-era copy of Pravda or in 1984: Today,...

Mel Martinez to be "irritant" to get immigration "reform"; Gebe Martinez has no concern for U.S. workers - 03/18/09

Gebe Martinez of the Politico informs us (link) that Sen. Mel Martinez (no relation) is initiating an unfocused push to get comprehensive immigration reform:

Joshua Holland of Alternet: "I don't care" about illegal aliens taking stimulus jobs - 03/12/09

... claiming that 300,000 jobs from the stimulus plan will go to illegal aliens. None of them have actually claimed that no jobs will go to illegal aliens; they just try to pretend that they've "debunked" the studies by raising issues with the exact number of jobs. So it is with Joshua Holland of Alternet [1]. After calling names and raising issues with the 300,000 number, he shows his regard for...

New York Immigration Coalition wants stimulus funds for immigrants, illegal aliens - 03/12/09

On Tuesday, the far-left New York Immigration Coalition, allied groups, and about a thousand supporters rallied in Albany, demanding that stimulus funds be given to immigrants. Over four years ago I noted that the NYIC doesn't differentiate between legal immigrants and illegal aliens, and that's also true in this case: although they'll take pains not to admit it, they clearly want stimulus funds...

Seventy-five House members demand: no stimulus jobs for illegal aliens - 03/11/09

... block illegal aliens from taking stimulus plan jobs: link. They wanted a full EVerify extension to be included in the omnibus spending bill; that failed, but it might send a message for a future effort. A full list of those who asked or what form their request took is not given, but some of those who signed on are tagged.

Immigration Policy Center needs help understand stimulus jobs going to illegal aliens (Walter Ewing) - 03/09/09

Over a month ago I discussed the Heritage Foundation article about how around 300,000 illegal aliens could get stimulus jobs. I raised a few issues, but in general they're right. Now, due to a recent USA Today article, the issue is finally in the news. Thus it is that Walter Ewing of the Immigration Policy Center has to rush to defend illegal aliens taking stimulus jobs from U.S. citizens in the...

Obama: the stimulus bill will save lives! (road construction) - 03/03/09

... remarks is here. He said that the stimulus plan won't just create (or save) jobs, but will also save lives. His statement is a lesson not just in demagoguery, but in how to craft statements with lawyerly care: Over the next few weeks, we will launch more then 200 construction projects across this country, fueling growth in an industry that's been hard hit by our economic crisis... All together,...

Right.org's idiotic anti-stimulus video contest ("Bailout Prize Patrol", Snowe, Schumer) - 03/03/09

The website right.org is conducting a video competition seeking the best 30-second humorous video regarding the various bailouts. And, as a promotion for that they made a "humorous" video of their own involving a "Bailout Prize Patrol" (modeled after the Publisher's Clearinghouse campaign) for which they tried to give Citibank et al a check for $30 billion at the same time as giving invoices to...

Rick Santelli is enough to make me a Democrat - 02/22/09

Reading how Los Angeles wants to spend their stimulus money and the rest brought out my inner Republican. Watching the videos featuring CNBC reporter Rick Santelli (link, link) brought out my inner Democrat. They're now fighting each other as my id watches from the sidelines. I actually couldn't watch more than a minute of either video before closing the window, because frankly he disgusts me....

Sen. Susan Collins: expect more intervention in the economy; no more bailouts, unless... - 02/18/09

... (link) [She] doesn't consider the stimulus plan to be a perfect one, but she felt it was much more important to find a compromise and get money out to people quickly. She also acknowledged that her vote has not made her popular within her own party, but she said, that doesn't bother her. "My obligation is to the people of Maine," Sen. Collins said. "And they didn't send me to Washington to sit...

Recovery.gov: track what we did on your dime - 02/17/09

... recovery dot gov will track how the stimulus plan funds are being spent. There's very little actual information online now, but here's some random notes: 1. On the front page and at recovery.gov/?q=content/investments there are graphics that may give people the wrong impression about the allocation of funds, and that might have been intentional (who am I kidding? Of course it was intentional)....

"Financial Crisis Tab Already In The Trillions and Counting" - 02/16/09

... trillion/multi-trillion dollar stimulus plan: it's a complicated cocktail of budgeted dollars, actual spending, guarantees, loans, swaps and other market mechanisms by the Federal Reserve, the Treasury and other offices of government taken over roughly the last year, based on government data and news releases. Strictly speaking, not every cent is a direct result of what's called the financial...

Council Bluffs, Iowa wants $2.5 million for "lightly traveled" road (+many more) - 02/16/09

... spend their fair share of the stimulus plan on. The first two paragraphs seemed to indicate that this was going to be an article about the absurdity of each and every city across the U.S. getting their own Springfield monorail, but that quickly fizzled:

Ask this stimulus bill question (illegal aliens taking jobs from U.S. citizens) - 02/15/09

... political leader who supports the stimulus plan and ask them the following question. Feel free to modify it to match your speaking style, and if you can find a quicker way to state this question please leave it in comments: Version 1: Obama says that the stimulus bill will save or create millions of jobs. Whatever the exact number, there will still be millions of unemployed Americans, right?...

Andrew Rosenthal/New York Times wants stimulus money to go to illegal aliens - 02/15/09

... which they explicitly support stimulus plan jobs going to illegal aliens. Andrew Rosenthal heads the NYT editorial board; whether he wrote it or not, he's ultimately responsible so please send him a polite response: editorial *at* nytimes.com.

Rep. Dan Burton warns of hyperinflation due to stimulus bill - 02/15/09

Not being an economist I can't evaluate the attached video for accuracy, but Rep. Dan Burton presents a troubling scenario under which all the money being pumped into the economy will lead to too much money chasing too few goods, i.e, hyperinflation. He also discusses how the Chinese are getting worried about putting all their money into dollars due to our profligate spending, but they're...

'For an additional amount for "Science", $400,000,000.' (stimulus bill) - 02/14/09

... read of the final version of the stimulus plan so far is enough to make anyone who cares about proper management cry, there are some good parts, related to the arts. Well, not funding for the arts specifically, but what appears to be an attempt at creating art right in the bill. Specifically, the following section which would make any minimalist artist green with envy: ---------- SCIENCE...

Prediction: if/when the stimulus bill fails, expect Republicans to be blamed - 02/14/09

If (or when) the stimulus plan fails, expect the Democratic Party to have some success affixing blame to... the Republican Party. Despite any other evidence to the contrary, they'll claim that the reason it failed is because, while our leader spent like drunken sailors, they weren't drunk enough and didn't spend a hundred or a few hundred billion dollars more. I've seen something like that from a...

Angry about the stimulus bill? Blame *all* your leaders - 02/13/09

The stimulus plan is now headed to Barack Obama's desk, and we all know what's probably going to happen: the U.S. is going to spend literally trillions of dollars over the next several years in a massive vote-buying scheme for the Democratic Party. Not only will we get deeper in debt to China, we'll probably end up using stimulus money to buy cement and other raw materials from them as well. We'...

"Stimulus Bill Abolishes Welfare Reform and Adds New Welfare Spending" - 02/12/09

From this: A major public policy success, welfare reform in the mid-1990s led to a dramatic reduction in welfare dependency and child poverty. This successful reform, however is now in jeopardy: Little-noted provisions in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate stimulus bills actually abolish this historic reform. In addition, the stimulus bills will add nearly $800 billion in new means...

Stimulus cost: $3.27 trillion over 10 years if Democratic programs allowed to continue - 02/12/09

... Office to estimate how much the stimulus plan would cost if increased funding for the twenty most Democratic Party-friendly provisions in the bill are made permanent. The cost: $2.527 trillion over ten years in spending, coupled with $744 billion for interest with a grand total of $3.27 trillion (link). When the time comes expect the Dems to fully demagogue making those increases permanent.

Pajamas TV conducting "hearing" on stimulus healthcare effect, with Joe the Plumber - 02/11/09

... the healthcare impacts of the stimulus plan. They invite you to submit your questions that their panel will answer: pjtv.com/?cmd=page&page-id=60 The question now becomes, why? No one is going to care, and everyone knows approximately what they're going to say. In order to have an impact, they have to go out and challenge the other side by asking them tough questions. On an ironic note, last...

Melanie Morgan "storms" Arlen Specter's office over stimulus bill, does nothing useful - 02/10/09

... Specter's office in regards to the stimulus plan; see this for the background. Take a look at her description of the visit, and then ask yourself: what exactly was accomplished? The answer (aside from a little promotion for Morgan) was: absolutely nothing. Take a look at the video (skip the first three minutes of backlit rants). They were clearly outmatched and unprepared, and Morgan was...

Does Glenn Reynolds really oppose the stimulus, or is he just playing a game? Let's ask. - 02/10/09

... and he's posted several anti-stimulus plan blurbs. But, as with his election coverage in which he supposedly opposed Barack Obama, the fire just doesn't seem to be there (see "Instapundit, or The Strange Case of the GOP Hack Who Didn't Shill During the Election"). The U.S. is about to be screwed out of trillions of dollars, something that will cause problems for years or decades to come. And,...

Who or what precipitated the financial crisis? (Soros? China? a setup to elect Obama? Did it just happen?) - 02/10/09

Someone needs to snug their tinfoil hat down tight and try to figure out who or what got us into this financial mess. Did it just happen, or was it a deliberate plan in order to make money or help Obama get elected? Consider the attached video featuring Rep. Paul Kanjorski saying the following: "On Thursday Sep. 15, 2008 [note: he probably means Sep. 18] at roughly 11 AM The Federal Reserve...

How to stop the stimulus bill: ask tough questions (and I'll help) - 02/09/09

If you want to stop the stimulus plan, the most effective way is to publicly embarrass one of its nationally-known supporters on video by asking them a series of tough, "prosecutorial-style" questions. When uploaded to Youtube and similar sites, that video would get hundreds of thousands or millions of views. It would have an impact on the career of the person who was asked those questions, and...

"U.S. Taxpayers Risk $9.7 Trillion on Bailout Programs" - 02/09/09

From this: The stimulus package the U.S. Congress is completing would raise the government’s commitment to solving the financial crisis to $9.7 trillion, enough to pay off more than 90 percent of the nation’s home mortgages... The pledges, amounting to almost two-thirds of the value of everything produced in the U.S. last year, are intended to rescue the financial system after the credit markets...

Pro-illegal immigration groups oppose E-Verify for stimulus bill - 02/09/09

... EVerify program as part of the stimulus plan (link):

FreeRepublic delivers to-be-ignored letter to Specter about stimulus - 02/09/09

... Specter's office opposing the stimulus plan (link). Apparently Melanie Morgan was also involved in some way. It's a shame they didn't put an RFID tag on the letter or something, otherwise they could have found out how quickly it was thrown in the trash. While the reference to "the several hundred thousand members of FreeRepublic.com" might have briefly caught the eye of the aide who got the...

CBO: predicts "slow recovery in 2010", non-disastrous recession *without a stimulus* - 02/09/09

... that, but - still not taking the stimulus plan into account - they say: CBO anticipates that the current recession, which started in December 2007, will last until the second half of 2009, making it the longest recession since World War II. (The longest such recessions otherwise, the 1973–1974 and 1981–1982 recessions, both lasted 16 months. If the current recession were to continue beyond...

Cement: another way stimulus money will flow to China (and Mexico, Canada, Korea...) - 02/08/09

A large part of the stimulus bill will go towards "shovel-ready" infrastructure projects involving heavy construction. And, that's going to require a lot of cement. In 2007, it looks like the U.S. used about 110 million metric tons of portland cement, at the same time as importing almost 23 million metric tons of cement and clinker (Portland Cement Association, link): About 83% of cement and...

Stimulus: *additional* welfare cost of $523 billion? - 02/08/09

From Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation (link): The recently passed U.S. House of Representatives stimulus bill contains $816 billion in new spending and tax cuts. Of this sum, $264 billion (32 percent) is new means-tested welfare spending. This represents about $6,700 in new welfare spending for every poor person in the U.S. But this welfare spending is only the tip of the iceberg. The...

Payback: union labor might be requirement on federal construction projects (example: the stimulus bill) - 02/07/09

... number of such projects under the stimulus plan. On the one hand, this might minimize the number of illegal aliens employed under the plan. On the other, it's a sleazy payoff to unions, and a percentage of the money that Obama would distribute to them would find its way back into the coffers of the Democratic Party and their politicians. Unfortunately, the RNC incorrectly implies that it would...

CBO: stimulus bill will *reduce* GDP over the next decade, do more harm than good - 02/05/09

From Stephen Dinan of the Washington Times comes this: President Obama's economic recovery package will actually hurt the economy more in the long run than if he were to do nothing, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday. CBO, the official scorekeepers for legislation, said the House and Senate bills will help in the short term but result in so much government debt that...