House Republicans Free Border Patrol of Liberals’Red Tape

Kevin “Coach” Collins,FloydReports.com

It’s not likely you have heard of H.R. 1505,The National Security and Federal
Lands Protection Act (NSFLPA). This outline of what’s in HR 1505 will tell you
why the media is keeping a lid on this bill.

NSFLPA will free our Homeland Security Department Border Patrol agents from
short sighted and phony environmental laws that keep our borders porous and
uncontrollable.

This 180-degree-turn in America’s approach to stemming the tide of illegal
aliens sneaking into our country was introduced by Republican Congressman Rob
Bishop of Utah. NSFLPA will wave enforcement of a litany of unnecessary and
counterproductive liberal laws that have been destroying true conservation
efforts for decades.

Under Bishop’s tough enforcement bill,the Department of Homeland Security’s
work to protect our borders and coastlines within 100 miles of our borders would
no longer be impeded by extraneous laws. In many states Border Patrols would be
totally free to protect Americans from border to border. Freeing DHS officers to
pursue illegal aliens into protected wildlife and forest areas can be
accomplished by suspending enforcement of multiple laws.

H.R. 1505 would provide waivers of these laws….

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Obama’s Whole Lotta Nothing

Obama’s Whole Lotta Nothing

By Jerry
Shenk

That was then; this is now: Now America is facing a
sovereign debt crisis caused by excessive government borrowing and spending,
exacerbated by a recession and by actuary-confirmed, financially unsustainable
commitments to entitlements.

The failure of government to budget and spend
responsibly isn’t a Democratic or Republican issue.  American politicians have
taxed, borrowed and spent far too much money.  It’s irrational and purely
ideological for progressives who support Obama to use what they see as Bush
administration shortcomings to excuse or defend even greater excesses by the
current president and his Democratic congressional allies.

America is about to reach a debt ceiling with an
administration-applied deadline of August 2.  The president says there will be
“fiscal Armageddon” if Congress doesn’t act to raise the debt limit.  So, with
the clock ticking down, what is the president’s plan to reduce spending?  He has
proposed…nothing.

Regardless, on July 19, 2011, House Republicans gave
the president the debt ceiling increase and political cover he wanted.  As part
of a “Cut,
Cap, and Balance

bill (CCB), the House authorized raising the debt limit by the $2.5 trillion
Obama requested to see him through the 2012 election.  Enacted in the absence of
administration leadership, CCB has some modest strings
attached.

The new debt ceiling would only be effective if a
two-thirds majority in both Houses of Congress passes a balanced-budget
amendment to the Constitution and sends it to the states for eventual
ratification or rejection.  CCB also calls for a minimal $111 billion in
spending cuts in FY2012, only $1.5 trillion in cuts over the next ten years, and
firm caps on federal spending at roughly 19 percent of GDP by 2020.  The $1.5
trillion in cuts over the remainder of the decade is less than the government
will borrow this year.

The CCB bill punts on entitlements, proposing no
immediate changes to our largest fiscal problems: Medicare, Medicaid, and Social
Security.  CCB is a major concession by House Republicans, especially by those
sent to Washington following the grassroots-influenced wave election of 2010.
President Obama has vowed to veto the bill if it passes the Senate.  Obama’s
alternative to CCB is…nothing.

Obama has given speeches and held press conferences to
declare his willingness to “make difficult choices,” but he has never enumerated
a single compromise, reform or “difficult choice.”  Obama has
committed…nothing.

In a recent press conference, Obama was asked what
Medicare reforms he’d accept.  He responded, “There’s lots of options on the
table,” but refused to be more specific.  Obama
answered…nothing.

A FY-2012 budget was passed by the Republican House of
Representatives.  The president has rejected it, but, as an alternative, he has
offered…nothing.

To be fair, the president did deliver a rambling,
detail-free “budget” speech in May on which Douglas Elmendorf, the Democrat who
is director of the Congressional Budget Office, commented, “We don’t score
speeches.”  Translation: “The president offered…nothing.”

It’s true that earlier Republican majorities failed to
act, but the Democratic Party which held the White House and majorities in both
Houses of Congress from January 2009-January 2011 (and which still controls the
Senate and White House) has failed monumentally.  Not only have Washington
Democrats increased the debt by more than $5 billion in three years, they
haven’t produced a budget in more than two years.  Though they have paid lip
service to deficit reduction, other than tax increases, Democrats have
offered…nothing.

National politicians have ensured that every child
born here today is already nearly $50,000 in debt, money that must be taken from
wages none will begin earning for two decades or more — debt that increases and
compounds relentlessly.  Absent constitutional requirements to balance budgets
or fix spending caps, our system doesn’t self-correct.  If it must rely on
politicians to correct the problems they caused, America may be
doomed.

It has become very clear.  The president has nothing
to offer that will make him or his party fiscally responsible or our nation
financially sound. President Obama and his liberal enablers in the Democratic
Party, unions, the media and the academy only want to borrow and spend more, and
they want tax hikes to pay for new spending and debt service.

But, in March, 2006, during Bush 43’s second term,
speaking from the floor of the US Senate, then-Senator Obama said:

The fact that we are here today to debate raising
America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure.  It is a sign that the US
Government cannot pay its own bills.  It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing
financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless
fiscal policies.  Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and
internationally.  Leadership means that, “the buck stops here.’  Instead,
Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our
children and grandchildren.  America has a debt problem and a failure of
leadership. Americans deserve better.

Senator Obama’s statement is more true now than it was
then.

Jerry Shenk is co-editor of the Rebuilding America,
Federalist Papers 2 website©:
www.federalistpapers2.org.

EXCLUSIVE: Border Community Organizing Petition to Protest Obama’s Immigration Speech

EXCLUSIVE: Border Community Organizing Petition to Protest Obama’s  Immigration Speech

By Jana Winter

Published May 13, 2011 | FoxNews.com


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The residents of the Chiricahua-Peloncillo drug and human smuggling corridor  that runs from the Mexican border north through eastern Arizona and western New  Mexico are circulating a petition to send to the White  House in response to President  Obama‘s recent immigration speech.

“It is with great wonderment and sadness that we listened to your May 10  speech on immigration issues.  All of the joking about moats and alligators  cut residents of Portal, AZ, to the core as we sheltered with friends or at a Red  Cross evacuation site, to survive a terrible fire that still threatens our  lives and property, as well as our ecotourism-based economy,” the letter  reads.

On Sunday, a massive fire broke out in Horseshoe Canyon, about 50 miles north  of the Mexican border, which residents and law enforcement say they believe was  started by criminal illegal aliens. Last year, a fire in the same location  caused more than $10 million in damages.

“During its first 24-hrs, the fire consumed a greater area than did last  year’s fire over a 6-week period. Local residents were roused after  midnight, and some slept fitfully in cars after fleeing with family photos and  any valuables that could be quickly assembled. Elderly retirees left with  medical supplies, including oxygen tanks on which some depend,” the letter  reads.

The petition comes just days after Obama appeared in El Paso, Texas, to plead the case for immigration reform that has been bottled up in Congress for years. During his remarks, the president argued that the border is as safe as it has ever been but Republican opportunists are using the issue to score political points and prevent legal reforms to address illegal immigration.

“We have gone above and beyond what was requested by the very Republicans who  said they supported broader reform as long as we got serious about enforcement.  All the stuff they asked for, we’ve done,” the president said.

“But even though we’ve answered these concerns, I’ve got to say I suspect  there are still going to be some who are trying to move the goal posts on us one  more time. You know, they said we needed to triple the Border Patrol. Or now  they’re going to say we need to quadruple the Border Patrol. Or they’ll want a  higher fence. Maybe they’ll need a moat. Maybe they want alligators in the moat.  They’ll never be satisfied,” he continued.

Jeff Gee, one of the organizers behind the petition and a firefighter  battling the still-burning fire in Horseshoe Canyon, says he was insulted by  Obama’s speech.

“I’m really disappointed at current border security, I’m really disappointed  at the president’s speech saying that people like me wants moats with  alligators, but moats with alligators might work, nothing else,” he told  FoxNews.com.

“We’re doing everything we can to get the word out that this is serious  problem, it’s not just a border issue, the drugs and crime are moving through  the corridor and they keep going to major cities. I don’t know if this letter  will help, but nothing else is.”

Cochise County, Ariz., Sheriff Larry Dever, who penned an op-ed in The New  York Times Friday describing the plight of border residents, told FoxNews.com  that the petition is a plea for the administration to take a closer look at the  hardships they are suffering.

“These people are not overreacting. What they suggest in letter is very deep  part of their belief system based on their experience and their experience has  been horrific — they see human smuggling and drug trafficking, they sit on  their porch and watch people walk through, they’ve had their homes burglarized,”  Dever said.

“It’s a beautiful landscape and for those that moved out there for a sense of  tranquility and peace, that’s been destroyed,” he added.

The letter has been posted at post offices in the border towns of Portal,  Ariz. and Rodeo, New Mexico, for signatures to be added.

Copies of the letter will also be sent to Rep. Gabrielle  Giffords, D-Ariz., Arizona Republican Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl, Homeland  Security Secretary Janet  Napolitano, Agriculture Secretary Tom  Vilsack, Secretary of State Hillary  Clinton, Arizona Gov. Jan  Brewer, and National Public Radio.

In the letter, petitioners say that despite the president’s protestations,  “neither the border nor daily life” is secure.

“Seizure of record quantities of drugs may pad the statistics of Homeland  Security, but it does nothing to ease the burdens we have been forced to  bear. Over the years, as our homes have been burgled or invaded, our  fences, water lines and windows repeatedly broken, our businesses driven toward  bankruptcy, our natural surroundings desecrated by trash and fire, and our lives  even obliterated (neighbor Rob Krentz, murdered by a drug scout), it has amazed  us how little note is taken of these tragedies by our government and the press,”  the letter reads.

“Is it enough, now that we have suffered back-to-back fires that threaten to  erase our very reasons for living here? What must we say or do to garner  your attention and help?  How is it that, on the same day we took Osama  bin Laden in Pakistan,  we could not prevent illegals – 50 miles within our borders (!) – from setting a  fire along a known smuggling route in an extremely dry year? Why were  federal agents (BP, ICE, National Guard, or Special Forces) not posted along  this route in anticipation of a repeat of last year’s calamity?  Better  still, why were the illegals not captured before they had traveled 50 miles  north of the border?! Or, in the eyes of our government, do we just reside in a  ‘sacrifice zone’?”

The letter also describes the devastation the fires have caused to the areas  unique biodiversity, which attracts bird-watchers and naturalists from around  the world.

The petitioners then asks the president to outline how he plans to fulfill  his obligation to protect their constitutional right to defense from foreign  invasions “especially as this regards fires set by Mexican drug and human  smugglers.

“We thank you in advance for your anticipated response,” it concludes.

Dever said the residents of the area are generally self-sufficient and do  their part, “but they also expect government agencies to take some  responsibility. They’re not, and these people are suffering the consequences,”  Dever said.

The residents will “come together and unite in this front,” he added.  “They’re not going to give up. They’re not going to roll over.”

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Calderon and the Mexico Mess

Calderon and the Mexico Mess

J. Robert
Smith

 

Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon visits the White House today to blame
America for Mexico’s problems.  According to the Washington
Times
, Mr. Calderon says that his nation’s ruinous drug wars can be laid at
America’s doorstep.  American demand for illegal drugs is the culprit.
President Calderon also attributes Mexico’s endemic gun violence — which is
chiefly part of the drug wars — to easy access to American firearms.
Though a troubling security breach, the WikiLeaks disclosures give us a
clue to what might be the deeper problem with Mexico.
The Washington Times reports that in Wiki-leaked U.S. diplomatic cables,
American diplomats describe the Mexican government as “inefficient and plagued
with infighting as well as suspected corruption.”
American diplomats might well have added that Mexicans are saddled with an
economic model something out of Frankenstein’s laboratory: part crony
capitalism, part bureaucratic socialism.  Too many people, in and out of the
Mexican government, are benefitting from the government having its paws all over
the nation’s anemic economy.
But to placate Mr. Calderon, President Barack Obama intends to offer Mexico
more American borrowed Chinese money to fight the good fight in the War on
Drugs.  Mr. Obama will also continue to say soothing words about his desire to
grant amnesty to millions of illegal Mexicans.
Both Mr. Calderon and Mr. Obama have a vested interest in amnesty.  Mr.
Obama wants more Democrat voters and Mr. Calderon wants to continue to use the
United States as a safety valve for unemployed, poor Mexicans.  Imagine what
would happen in Mexico if the Mexican government didn’t have the United States
for a dumping ground for its poor?  Can you say “unrest” and millions pushing
for change in Mexico?  Don’t want to do anything to upset the elites’ comfy
lives south of the border.
Mexico’s mess isn’t the United States’ responsibility.

 

Warning to Washington: Follow the Constitution

Warning to Washington: Follow the Constitution

Big power grabs by federal government get widespread opposition from
states


Posted: February 06, 2011
6:09 pm Eastern

By Bob
Unruh

© 2011 WorldNetDaily

President Barack Obama participates in a national tele-town hall meeting at the Holiday Park Multipurpose Senior Center with senior citizens to discuss the Affordable Care Act and ways to combat scams targeting seniors in Wheaton, Maryland on June 8, 2010. Secretary of Health and Human Service Kathleen Sebelius was on hand to moderate the questions from seniors. UPI/Gary Fabiano/Pool Photo via Newscom
It’s not just Montana anymore.
And folks at the Tenth
Amendment Center,
who monitor states’ declarations of independence from the
federal government’s rules and regulations, suggest perhaps Washington should be
paying attention.
Montana has earned fame for its legislative independence in recent years,
authoring the original Firearms
Freedom Act
that now is law in 8 states and being considered in another 8.
It also was among the first states to introduce legislation cancelling
Obamacare’s effects inside its borders. It even
considered a plan, tabled for now, that would require federal agents to check in
with the local sheriff before attempting to enforce federal laws inside his
jurisdiction.
Such ideas have been ridiculed by those in government power, as well as the
old established media.
“Reaching into the dusty annals of American history” is how Associated Press
described nullification, the idea that at least is suggested in the Tenth
Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which says, “The powers not delegated to the
United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are
reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”
Just exactly what are those powers given to the federal government? Mostly
listed in Article 1,
Section 8,
they include the power to tax and pay debts, provide for the common defense and general welfare of the U.S., borrow money, regulate commerce with foreign nations and “among the several states,” establish a “rule of naturalization,” coin money, punish counterfeiters, establish post offices and courts, declare war, raise and support armies and a navy and others.
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But over the years the federal government has mandated education procedures,
even though education isn’t listed in the Constitution. It has established the
Energy Department, even though that is not in the Constitution. There’s the EPA,
even though that is not in the Constitution. And many others.
And now it has decided, under the federal Obamacare health care takeover,
that not purchasing health insurance is an action that can be regulated by the
federal government.
The result, explains Michael Boldin, chief of the Tenth Amendment Center, is that
there are so many efforts to deny Washington the authority it claims, or refuse
it the compliance it expects, that his volunteer staff of several dozen workers
cannot even keep up with the issues.
He also explained that John Adams probably would consider it a revolution,
since Adams one wrote the original was not about the war, but about the change
years earlier in how people look at government.
The AP said such state efforts to “nullify” Washington’s actions are
“completely unconstitutional in the eyes of most legal scholars because the U.S.
Constitution deems federal laws ‘the supreme law of the land.'”
And those at the Tenth Amendment Center agree – as long as the federal laws
are within the Constitution’s enumerated powers given to the federal government.
But they cite the Tenth Amendment that other powers belong to the states and
people, and just exactly what fits into which category is the crux of many of
the current arguments.
Nullification
itself goes far back into U.S. history, with references in the Kentucky
Resolutions to that very term.
Jefferson once opined, “When all government, domestic and foreign, in little
as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it
will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another, and will
become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated.”
And Connecticut Gov. Jonathan Trumbull once said, “Whenever our national
legislature is led to overleap the prescribed bounds of their constitutional
powers, on the State Legislatures, in great emergencies, devolves the arduous
task – it is their right – it becomes their duty, to interpose their protecting
shield between the right and liberty of the people, and the assumed power of the
General Government.”
Among the issues, according to Boldin, that have come to the forefront for
literally dozens of states:
  • 10th Amendment Resolutions, which are intended to be statements of the
    legislature of the state to exercise those rights not given to the federal
    government.
  • The Firearms Freedom Acts, which are law in eight states and being
    considered in another eight. Started in Montana, they declare any firearms made
    and retained in-state are beyond the authority of Congress under its
    constitutional power to regulate commerce among the states.
  • State marijuana laws, which explain that the federal government has no
    constitutional authority to override state laws on marijuana, even though all
    three branches of the federal government have stated they do have that
    authority.
  • Health Care Nullification Acts, which state in some dozen plans already that
    “the federal law known as the ‘Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,’
    signed by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010, is not authorized by the
    Constitution of the United States and violates its true meaning and intent as
    given by the Founders and Ratifiers, and is hereby declared to be invalid, shall
    not be recognized, is specifically rejected, and shall be considered null and
    void and of no effect.” Twenty-seven states also have gone to court to overturn
    Obamacare.
  • REAL ID Act, which started in Maine and has been joined by more than two
    dozen states, denouncing and refusing the implement the Bush-era law which many
    expressed concerned about privacy, funding and more.
  • Defend the Guard, which reasserts governors’ authority over the National
    Guard units from their state. The Constitution allows the guard to be called
    into duty by the federal government to execute the laws of the union and
    suppress insurrection and repel invasions. Deployments outside the country do
    not appear to be considered.
  • Constitutional Tender, which advocates for the Constitution’s requirement
    that “No State shall … make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in
    Payment of Debts.”
  • Cap and Trade/EPA, which challenge the authority of the federal agencies to
    regulate agriculture, manufacturing, mining and land use.
  • The Sheriffs First Legislation, which would make it a state crime for any
    federal agent to make an arrest, search, or seizure within the state without
    first getting the advanced, written permission of the elected county sheriff of
    the county in which the event is to take place.
Boldin said it’s essential for citizens to know what to do when the federal
government takes authority that it does not have under the Constitution.
“The standard viewpoint that we the people take in response to federal
usurpation of our rights is, ‘Let’s vote some bums out and hope the new bums
don’t do it again,'” he said.
But, “going to the federal government to fix problems created by the federal
government doesn’t work,” he said.
“Nullification is a way to bypass the federal government and have our states
do what they’re supposed to do.”
He cited some of the old traditional media reports on the dispute as proof
that headway is being made.
“First, they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they attack you,” he
said, pointing to AP’s characterization of the movement as of “dubious
constitutional nature.”
He even explained that resorting to court action and other challenges is not
always the best course of action. Instead, he said people should tell
Washington:
“You don’t matter any more. We the people are going to exercise our rights no
matter what you say. Get on board if you want to keep the power in the
Constitution.”

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E-Verify Efforts In States Are Even More Critical As Pew Study Reveals 8 Million Illegal Aliens Still Hold U.S. Jobs

E-Verify Efforts In States Are Even More Critical As Pew
Study Reveals 8 Million Illegal Aliens Still Hold U.S. Jobs
Chris ChmielenskiAll federal and state enforcement efforts against illegal
immigration the last year failed to reduce the number of illegal aliens holding
U.S. jobs and keeping unemployed Americans from having them, according to a Pew Hispanic Center study released this week.
In the few states that have seriously implemented their own mandatory E-Verify laws, the number of illegal aliens has
declined. But the annual count of illegal aliens by Pew indicated that the
illegal foreign workers are mainly moving to lax-enforcement states and taking
jobs there. Thus, the number of jobs held nationally by illegal aliens remained
steady at 8 million.
The answer, of course, is to make E-Verify mandatory nationally (through
Congress) or greatly increase the number of states doing so. But time is running
out in several states as their short legislature session head to a close for the
year.
Yesterday, a Kentucky House committee approved a mandatory E-Verify bill,
but there’s still a lot of work to be done in the Bluegrass State and many other states across the country.
Continue to check your Action Board for new and updated state level faxes and phone
notes and make sure you’ve faxed your Three Members of Congress, urging them to
pass a mandatory E-Verify bill this year.
Roy’s newest blog highlights his Politico op-ed that ran on
Thursday, which demonstrates how mandatory E-Verify for all employers would fit
in perfectly with the Obama Administration’s current “soft-enforcement” approach
and free up millions of jobs for unemployed Americans.
GUMBALLS APPROACHES 1 MILLION: In less than 4 months, Roy’s
updated Immigration Gumballs video is just 30,000 views short of reaching the 1
Million views benchmark on YouTube.
This important video tests the humanitarian reasons for current U.S.
immigration policy, and should be viewed by all Americans, especially those
concerned with helping the world’s impoverished nations.
Please help us reach this important milestone by sharing the video with your
friends and family and also clicking the “thumbs-up” button on YouTube to
promote the video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPjzfGChGlE
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Chris Chmielenski
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As Obama Shuts Down Border Fence, Homeland Security Chair Asks for Border Security Plan

As Obama Shuts Down Border Fence, Homeland Security Chair Asks for
Border Security Plan

January 17th, 2011

Jim Kouri, Canada Free Press

New York’s Congressman Peter King, the new chairman of the House Homeland
Security Committee demanded that Obama White House present Congress with a
detailed plan to properly secure the U.S.-Mexico border after Homeland Security
Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the scrapping border fence project.
Following the Obama administration’s announcement to discontinue work on a
“virtual border,”  Rep. King said in a press statement that the Department of
Homeland Security should “speed up its plan to establish a protected
border.”
The original Southwest Border Initiative program, started during President
George W. Bush’s administration, has only established 53 miles worth of fencing
along the border, and has been plagued by construction delays and equipment
failure. Earlier last year, Secretary Napolitano ordered a complete assessment
of the project.
As reported in the past by NewswithViews.com, the original border security
plan called for a fence and barriers to be used on parts of the U.S.‘s southern
border, but with the Democrats controlling both houses of Congress and the Bush
Administration being weak on border security, the plan switched from a real
fence or wall to a virtual fence using high-tech equipment.
“The Obama Administration must promptly present the people of this country
with a comprehensive plan to secure our borders, incorporating the necessary
staffing, fencing, and technology,” said King in a statement. “I expect the
Administration, in its upcoming 2012 budget proposal, to put forward such a
plan, including timelines and metrics.”
However, the ranking Democrat on the committee, Congressman Bennie G.
Thompson (D-MO), applauded the program’s ending, saying that it has been “a
grave and expensive disappointment since its inception.”
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