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Democrats Did More Than Destroy The Economy

Bookmark and Share    With a few weeks left before the 2010 midterm elections, it is important for American voters to remember who is on their side. To do that, it is important to point out that Democrats are not simply destroying our economy with their “War on Free Enterprise, but on many other issues such as that of illegal immigration and our border.

Instead of discouraging illegal immigration, they have actual proposed what they call a Dream Act, a policy and program that would actually encourage illegal immigration.

Instead of cracking down on Sanctuary Cities that provide cover and a safe havens for illegal immigrants, Democrats have decalred a “War Against Arizona which attempts to sue the people of Arizona and isolate them with boycotts.

The following ad demonstrates just whose side Democrats are on when it comes to the American border.

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Desecrating the US Flag During the National Anthem

Bookmark and Share    The illegal immigration issue is one which the political leaders of both major political Parties have demonstrated nothing but cowardice and the desire to kowtow to special interests and maintain their hold on to power.

It is an issue which is beginning to light a fuse of ideological revolution and set off unwanted widespread civil disobedience.

The illegal immigration issue which has been intensified by Arizona’s efforts to combat it and the federal government’s refusal to combat it is one that unravels layers upon layers of frustration. Frustration with politicians, with our legal system, our rights as a sovereign nation and the unwillingness to uphold the rule of law.

Both sides of the issue are simmering to a boil and our leaders on the federal level still remain tied up in red tape and frozen in fear. They are scared to move decisively on the issue. Democrats are afraid to seem too timid in the defense of illegal immigrants and let down their Hispanic base. Some Republicans are afraid that a strong stand against illegal immigration will decimate any potential inroads in to the Hispanic vote which is one of the fastest growing ethnic segments of society in America.

Both sides are guilty of pandering and posturing.

But while they play politics, a poisonous atmosphere permeates the land and its toxicity is getting more and more dangerous each day. Without decisive leadership on the issue, scenes like the one in the video below will continue to elevate the amount of anger and divisiveness that currently exists and turn it into uncontrollable rage.

I say this because I myself know that I can no longer sit idly by and allow the symbolic desecration of my nation to expand into any further real desecration of my nation. I can no longer sit and wait for a President or Congress of courage to step forward and say immigration is not a problem but illegal immigration is and say that laws exist to maintain order in society, not to create disorder in society.

The fact that illegal immigrants are annoyed with the fact that many Americans want immigrants to enter America legally is of no consequence to me. I couldn’t care less about what rights an illegal immigrant thinks they should have. But I do care about a loyal band of disrespectful, and disingenuous dissidents who want the rights and privileges of being a part of our American society without any of the responsibilities.

As I watched the video below and saw the public desecration of the flag and the placement of a toilet seat in the field of blue that contained the stars which represent each free American state, I could not help but wonder how truly disgraceful and utterly dumb,—— almost retarded, those who support illegal immigration have actually become.

These are people who want to share in the American dream, yet they want to start off by breaking America’s laws by illegally penetrating our borders. These are people who want to win over the hearts and minds of America to their cause, yet they portray the American flag as something to defecate on.

Such demonstrations only help to entrench my refusal to accept and tolerate such disturbingly distasteful and disobedient dredges of society, regardless of which side of the border they originate from.

So what I can do about it?

Join in acts of civil disobedience?

If I admitted that in writing, after refusing to deport a few illegal immigrants who serve their time for lesser offenses, the feds would probably have me placed under arrest.

Should I burn Mexican flags in the streets or lay them on the street and write Go Home Greasers”.

I am tempted to burn a few Mexican flags but I refuse to promote or participate in racism. But either way, none of those acts will create change. It will simply add to the combustibility of an already increasingly explosive situation.

What I will do is remember scenes such as the one in the video I offer you. I will allow such scenes to keep me inspired and focus as I make illegal immigration my top priority when voting. I will remember scenes like that when I talk to neighbors and friends. I will remember those scenes when I go door to door campaigning against pro-illegal immigrant candidates and when I write scripts for phone bank operations designed to get out the vote for anti-illegal immigration candidates.

The irony here is that while I appreciate the fact that in America you are free to express your opinions by almost any means, including by desecrating our flag, I find it appalling that those who want to share that freedom with me are actually trying to convince me that they deserve that right by disrespecting and desecrating the very flag which symbolizes that right. But I expect nothing less from a group of people who don’t even have respect for the laws of the land that they want to call home.  But I do have such respect and I will n ot dishonor it.  I will maintain it.

So in the end, I will work to advance my cause and allow those cretins who seek to win us over by offending us, to continue to hurt their despicable cause.

Viva the U.S.A.!!!!!!!!!!!

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President Obama Turns The Legal System Upside Down

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As Thursday approaches,  so does the date in which Arizona’s new anti-illegal immigration law goes in to effect.

The entire process leading up to the implementation of the law has been one of utter chaos. First critics lambasted the law but failed to read it. Even the former Governor of Arizona and our now sitting Homeland Security Director came out attacking the law and then when asked if she read it, the answer was no. Even the chief law enforcement officer of our nation, Attorney General Eric Holder, lent his critical analysis of the Arizona law and went as far as to say that he may challenge it in the courts. And when asked if he read what he intended to challenge, his answer was no too.

In fact most political leaders who jumped on the bandwagon to denounced Arizona and its new law, had failed to read it. The entire process was an exercise in ignorance and it never ended. One liberal politician, organization, and interest group after the other came out denouncing the bill that they did not read. The endless onslaught began to embed itself in local governments, sports franchises and even local school boards.

The City of Los Angeles proposed a statewide boycott of Arizona, professional sports teams decided not to play in the state of Arizona and in one case, a girls high school basketball team from the Midwest was not allowed to play in their national championship game because it was being held in Arizona.

By orchestrating an immediate and intense smear campaign against the Grand Canyon state because of the new law, the left put in motion that which  is all a part of a political process that is more concerned with votes than issues. That is why the left and its leaders jumped on this before they read the bill. They did not have to. What exactly was in it did not matter. What mattered to them was a political opportunity they could take advantage of. That is why even after they did read the bill and discovered that it simply mirrored federal law, they still forged ahead with their smear campaign and attacks.

The left is sorely in need of ways to motivate their base. They are well aware that their base has become demoralized by their Party’s inept handling of the economy, abuse of the legislative process, the existing and lingering high unemployment, and by the President’s numerous missteps on everything from race relations, to the response to the Gulf oil disaster and the economy.

For that reason, they had no need to read the Arizona anti-illegal immigration bill. To achieve their goal of motivating Hispanics to come out and vote for Democrats this November, all they needed to do was jump on this issue with a campaign of disinformation and turn it into what they wanted……….a wedge issue between Hispanics and Republicans.

To a certain extent it worked. La Razza and many unions comprised of large minority memberships are pumped up, and other voters have been swayed to believe that the Arizona bill is just a Republican anti-immigration measure. Far be it for the truth to have anything to do with Arizona anti-illegal immigration bill.

So now, in an attempt to insure that the left can capitalize on the issues among Hispanics, the Justice Department is taking Arizona to court over their bill. The process will drag the issue out and keep it in play for Democrats at least until the November elections. What the final ruling on the Arizona law is does not matter. For the left, even if the DOJ loses their case, the process leading up to that ruling still serves their only purpose behind the challenge to the law…….motivating their base.

But what is truly ironic about this sad episode in politics and justice, is how in their attempts to help the Democrat Party get through the midterm elections without falling too deep onto minority status, the Obama Administration has turned the dynamics of law enforcement upside down and inside out.

While he has ordered his Justice Department to take the state of Arizona to court for mirroring existing federal laws, he ignores the more than 143 local governments that skirt the law and turn themselves into Sanctuary Cities.

These Sanctuary Cities refuse to identify illegal immigrants to the federal government. They refuse enforce the law with as illegal immigrants and instead provide illegal immigrants with services and sanctuary. In my opinion this is akin to the aiding and abetting of law breakers. It condones illegal conduct and works against the federal laws that are suppose to deter illegal entry in to our nation. It is a policy which I have long been an opponent of. In the past I have supported legislation which cuts off certain federal funding to any locale that maintains a Sanctuary City policy, and I still do. In fact I believe it should be a part of any future comprehensive immigration reform initiative.

But while I and most Americans seek to find ways to enforce our laws and prevent people from getting around them, the Obama Administration is going out of its way to sue Arizona and force them to not enforce laws and make it easier to get around our laws. This to me is bass ackwards. While President Obama and the left focus on Arizona and attack, vilify, and boycott the state for following federal law, he ignores the 143 governments which promote the breaking of our laws and work against any attempts to defend our sovereignty.

So this week, as the Arizona anti-illegal immigration law takes effect and as the left uses it as a political football that they hope to keep running down the field till Election Day, I would like to present to you the following list of local governments which the Obama Administration should really be taking to court. They are the 143 locations and local governments that have become safe havens for illegal immigrants.

Thank them for making it easier for so many to break the law and for encouraging a continued flow of illegal immigration rather than legal immigration in to America. Then thank Democrats and President Obama for turning the legal process on its ear by attacking proper law enforcement and ignoring improper ways around the law.

They are:

Anchorage, AK
Chandler, AZ
Mesa, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Tucson, A Z
Bell Gardens, CA
City of Industry, CA
City of Commerce, CA
Cypress, CA
Davis CA
Downey, CA
Fresno, CA
Lakewood, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Long Beach, CA
Lynwood, CA
Maywood, CA
Montebello, CA
National City, CA
Norwalk, CA
Oakland, CA
Paramount, CA
Pico Rivera, CA
Richmond, CA
So. Gate, CA
San Bernardino, CA
San Diego, CA
Santa Cruz, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Jose, CA
Santa Maria, CA
Sonoma County, CA
Vernon, CA
Watsonville, CA
Wilmington, CA
Aurora, CO
Commerce City, CO
Denver, CO
Durango, CO
Federal Heights, CO
Fort Collins, CO
Lafayette, CO
Thornton, CO
Westminster, CO
Hartford, CT
New Haven, CT
DeLeon Springs, FL
Deltona, FL
Jupiter, FL
Lake Worth, FL
Miami, FL
Dalton, GA
Chicago, IL
Cicero, IL
Evanston, IL
Wichita, KS
New Orleans, LA
Cambridge, MA
Chelsea, MA
Orleans, MA
Springfield, MA
The State of Maine
Portland, ME
Baltimore, MD
Gaithersburg, MD
Mt. Rainier, MD
Montgomery County, MD
Takoma Park, MD
Ann Arbor, MI
Detroit, MI
Minneapolis, MN
St. Paul, MN
Worthington, MN
Reno, NV
Camden, NJ
Fort Lee, NJ
Hightstown, NJ
Jersey City, NJ
Newark, NJ
North Bergen, NJ
Princeton, NJ
Trenton, NJ
Union City, NJ
West New York, NJ
Albuquerque, NM
Aztec, NM
Rio Ariba County, NM
Santa Fe, NM
Albany, NY
Bay Shore, NY
Brentwood, NY
Central Islip, NY
Farmingville, NY
New York City, NY
Riverhead, NY
Mastic, NY
Spring Valley Village, NY
Uniondale, NY
Westbury, NY
Carrboro, NC
Chapel Hill, NC
Charlotte, NC
Chatham County, NC
Durham, NC
Winston-Salem, NC
Columbus, OH
Dayton, OH
Lima, OH
Oberlin, OH
Painesville, OH
Oklahoma City, OK
Tulsa. OK
State of Oregon
Ashland, OR
Gaston, OR
Marion County, OR
Portland, OR
Philadelphia, PA
Austin, TX
Baytown, TX
Brownsville, TX
Channelview, TX
Denton, TX
Dallas, TX
El Cenizo, TX
Ft.Worth, TX
Houston, TX
Katy, TX
Laredo, TX
Mcallen, TX
Port Arthur, TX
Provo, UT
Salt Lake City, UT
Alexandria, VA
Fairfax County, VA
Virginia Beach, VA
Burlington, VT
Middlebury, VT
King Co. , WA
Seattle, WA
Madison, WI .
Jackson Hole, WY
Washington, D.C.

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ID Cards For Illegal Immigrants?

Bookmark and Share This past weekend the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund took to the streets of Princeton, New Jersey to issue what they call community identification cards, to residents. The only requirement for obtaining the card is either a passport from any country, any other type of identification or documents such as utility bills that prove the person is a Princeton resident.

The purpose behind the new identification card is to make it easier for illegal immigrants to cash checks and access social and medical services in the township.

Maria Juega, treasurer of the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund stated. “We think this card is useful to anybody, but specifically for those who are the most marginalized,”. She added “Our intent is to decrease that level of marginalization and make sure that everyone in our community has access to health care, police services and emergency medical services.”

The ID card is not an official form of government identification, so it is only good within Princeton Township, where businesses, the municipal government, and the police will accept these cards as proper ID.

The police department and Mercer County Sherriff endorse the concept because they claim it will help them to track criminals. But while they endorse this local authorization of services to illegal immigration through the issuance of unofficial identification cards, I do not.

As for the police department, I do not believe that illegal immigrants with a criminal history or with criminal intent will register for a municipal identification card that makes it easier for the police to track them with. So I find their reason for endorsing this municipal ID to be ridiculously ludicrous.

As for the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund group behind this card, not only do I oppose their effort, I find their actions to be counterproductive to the American judicial system and the American agenda of combating illegal immigration.

The Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund bases this whole ID card program on the premise of “making life easier” for illegal immigrants living in the community. Well I don’t want life to be easier for illegal immigrants. I don’t want to ignore the fact that they are breaking the law and taking advantage of the rights reserved for citizens who swear an allegiance to our nation. I don’t believe the way to solve the problem of illegal immigration is to accept it and “make it easier” to remain an illegal immigrant in America.

But the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund is not concerned with America or the rights of American citizens. They are only concerned with the rights of Latinos or more accurately, with special rights for Latinos.

This a group that feels Hispanics are above the law and in the case of their ID cards they are doing all that they can to make illegal immigration acceptable in society. The problem is that acceptable immigration is designated by its legal recording. Illegal immigration is unacceptable and is designated as such by the defining word of “illegal”. This should really not require any explanation. But in the face of groups like the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund and its refusal to accept right from wrong, the difference between illegal and legal must unfortunately be reiterated.

They even play a game that attempts to redefine illegal immigration. In one television interview, I heard an official of the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund tell a reporter that they were offended by the reporters use of the phrase “illegal immigrant”. In quite defiant tones, this official said the people we are talking about are “unauthorized citizens”. They went on to explain that they are here and that they are living and functioning in our society as citizens but they are simply undocumented and we must accept this.

“Unauthorized citizens”. That is like saying Nancy Pelosi is the “unofficial President of the United States”. It makes no sense. She is either President or she is not. And the same applies here. Either they are citizens or they are not. But the pro-illegal immigration lobby and anti-American groups such as the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, have no desire to make sense. They have no desire to respect the rule of law or the nation making those laws. They simply want to claim that illegal entry and the underground life of illegal immigrants in this country is perfectly naturally and something that we just have to accept.

So while America struggles with a way to combat illegal immigration and promote legal immigration, leftists are trying to find ways to make illegal immigration easier and even have the nerve to take offense to the term “illegal immigrant”.

Well I am offended by illegal immigration. I am offended by any group or individual’s attempts to make it easier to maintain illegal status and promote subverting the law.

The issuing of identification cards to illegal immigrants is an utterly absurd notion that seeks to make illegal immigration an acceptable way of life. It is a step toward the creation of more sanctuary cities and it is something that all law abiding “citizens”, those native to this nation as well as those who have emigrated to this nation, should be offended by.

There is absolutely no need for these new ID cards. We already have ID cards, they are called driver licenses, social security cards, visas, passports, and green cards and if you are not at odds with the law, they can be yours. Unless of course you have something to hide.

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Democrats Offer Illegal Immigrants Reduced Tuition Costs For College Educations

Bookmark and Share    Eight days from now, Republican Chris Christie will be officially sworn in as the 55th Governor of New Jersey (legislation signed on January 10, 2006, allowed people who served as an acting governor for at least 180 days, to drop the “acting” from their title and be officially documented as a “Governor”. The law was retroactive to January 1, 2001). With such little time left, Democrats, who will continue to hold majority control of the state assembly and senate, are trying to pass any all things liberal.

This past Thursday, they feigned an attempt to change the definition of marriage and after dawn breaks on this day, they will try to pass a bill that will offer in-state tuition to illegal immigrants.

In-state tuition offers residents of New Jersey discounted rates to students who wish to attend any of New Jersey’s exemplary institutions of higher learning. Significant cost reductions are one of the few benefits that a resident of New Jersey receives for living and paying taxes in the Garden State. Students and their families who have not suffered from and shared in Jersey’s tax burden do not get that break.

Until now……at least if Democrats have their way.

In a last ditch effort to pass some of the most contentious parts of their agenda, Democrats are proposing to allow illegal immigrants who reside in New Jersey with in-state-tuition rates.

In other words, New Jersey liberals want illegal immigrants, who are hiding in the state, to be given the benefit of a reduced cost for their college degrees. If you live in New York and your son or daughter dreams of walking the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University, they will have to account for the full, annual, out-of-state tuition fee of $17,709. With room and board that annual fee is about $30,000. But in-state tuition is $8,541 annually and with room and board it is about $20,000 or ten thousand less than the cost to out-of-state students.

The legislation begs many questions in my mind.

First; if the immigrant in question is illegal, how can their addresses be accurately verified and how can they be positively identified as a New Jersey resident.?

Second; if the student in question is an illegal immigrant, why would their illegal presence in the United States be rewarded with a discount for college and not instead be reported to the authorities?

Third; If you are going to charge American citizens or legal immigrants who are from another state more money than those who live in New Jersey, how could Democrats dare suggest that someone from another nation who is here illegally be charged less?  Why should an illegal immigrant who pays no state, or for that matter federal taxes, be rewarded with any  benefit.

Fourth; What does the word illegal mean?

A college degree should not be required to understand that the word “illegal” means “not permitted”. It connotes an act that is unlawful and against the rules. In simpler terms, it is “wrong”. To do or be anything that is classified as “illegal” means it is wrong or that you are in the wrong.

So why is it so difficult for Democrats to understand that wrong, bad, or in this case, “illegal” activity is not to be rewarded or extended benefits? Why can they not see the wrongness of charging illegal immigrants less for an education in New Jersey than we would other American citizens or students who are here legally? I am even brought to question how and why Democrats feel that they must make it compulsory for the state to educate illegal immigrants and mandate discounts for their higher educations?

It is legislation like this, legislation that lacks any common sense and tests the bounds of logic, which accounts for the reason why, in political lexicon, the word “liberal” is often viewed as ridiculously reckless and backwards. It is legislative initiatives like this which Democrats sponsor and promote which has made many Americans come to feel that Democrats have become a party of liberal extremists who lack the ability to tell right from wrong.

If somehow, a few Democrats are not so fearful of the whooping that they may eventually get from voters if they support this measure and the bill passes both houses of the legislature, outgoing Governor-deject Jonnie “Obama” Corzine, promises to sign it into law.

If that happens, unless Republicans can take control of both houses in the 2011 elections, this bill is unlikely to be brought up for another vote to repeal it and illegal immigrants will be able to count on New Jersey for many years to come.  

The arrangement  between Democrats and illegal immigrants is actually a very convenient one.   Evidence of that was ironically just yesterday, the day before the liberal agenda extends benefits to illegal immigrants. 

In Jersey City, one of the Garden State’s largest cities, Democrat mayor Jeremiah Healy made a much publicized announcement.  It was an appeal to illegal immigrants that urged them to be sure to fill out a census form.  Healy told illegal immigrants that if they don’t fill out the form , they wont count.  He went on to insure illegals that they can not be reported to any authorities or be arrested or deported.  The Mayor added that the same even applies to illegal immigrants who have outstanding warrants against them.

You might ask why the Mayor of a city would go out of his way to try to make sure that illegal immigrants, including ones that have arrest warrants out on them,   essentially be granted amnesty so that they can be counted in a census?

The answer is simple.  Most cities are Democrat strongholds and if Democrats can boost their population figures, they can also increase the representation that they receive in legislative bodies, including Congress.  With more representation comes more power.  So for Democrats, illegal immigrants are a valuable commodity that they can use to gerrymander legislative districts with.  To them, illegal immigrants can remain illegal, undocumented citizens for ever more, so long as they can be used to increase the number of Democrats that can represent strongholds, like New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Detroit or other urban centers.

So really, is it any wonder why Democrats want to offer illegal immigrants benefits and reduced costs?

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STIMULUS DOLLARS FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

6aantillegalstimulusBookmark and Share     Prior to the senate’s passage of the most expensive spending package in history, there was a great deal of debate on exactly what the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 should include and what guidelines should be created regarding how money in the bill would be spent. 

A bill of such historic size and scope has a lot of strings attached and well it should. That is why Republicans in the Senate tried to insure that one of the greatest concerns in this bill, jobs, be addressed properly. So Alabama’s Republican Senator, Jeff Sessions, tried to offer amendment SA 239. It was an amendment that required all businesses that received any troubled asset relief money or that would get any other federal funds or tax breaks be required to implement use of the electonic verification data base that currently operates under the direction of the Department of Homeland Security.

The E-Verify system vets the immigration status of workers and helps to prevent the hiring of undocumented immigrants.

The measure would have been an added level of security to help insure that the stimulus package did its job for the American people. It was meant to insure that money aimed at increasing jobs for Americans did just that and created jobs for Americans and not foreign citizens living here illegally.

But despite attempts to make this spending bill a more meaningful recovery package, Democrat Senator Max Baucus of Montana objected to the measure.

Immediately following the objection, Nebraska Democrat Senator Ben Nelson made a motion to conclude debate on the entire stimulus package and with a vote of 61 to 36 debate was ended and the stimulus package was scheduled to be voted on without any assurances that any stimulus created jobs will go only to American citizens.

Had debate not ended and the amendment been approved, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and New Jersey Senator Robert antillimmMenendez pledged that they would have used their veto power, under special procedures, to have blocked the E-Verify amendment from being included the final bill.

By denying inclusion of the E-Verify amendment, Democrats have slapped unemployed Americans in the face and Senators Reid, Menendez, Baucus and Nelson have gone out of their way to put the employment opportunities of illegal immigrants on par with hard working, law abiding, American workers. Some reports suggest that their refusal to approve the measure could account for as much as 10 or 11 percent of the money in this stimulus package going towards the hiring of illegal immigrants.

With billions of dollars of questionable spending already included in this so-called recovery package, it is a travesty to see lawmakers go out of their way to willfully waste more by insuring that illegal immigrants have a fair shot at taking jobs away from needy Americans.

Sadly, this is just one example of the American Recovery and Investment Act’s wasteful spending and misappropriation of funds.

Even sadder is the apparent loyalty that Democrats have to the underground culture of illegal immigration.

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STIMULUS PACKAGE JOKE

These are the insightful words of humorist and columnist Dave Barry:

Q. What is an Economic Stimulus Payment?
A. It is money that the federal government will send to taxpayers.

Q. Where will the government get this money?
A. From taxpayers.

Q. So the government is giving me back my own money?
A. Only a smidgen.

Q. What is the purpose of this payment?
A. The plan is that you will use the money to purchase a high-definition TV set, thus stimulating the economy

Q. But isn’t that stimulating the economy of China?
A. Shut up.

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CURBING GOVERNMENT & EMPOWERING PEOPLE; An interview with Steve Lonegan – Part II

Bookmark and Share     Confident that he will be the Republican nominee for Governor, Steve Lonegan answered questions in this interview in a way that came across to me as a back to basics strategy. A strategy that would scale back the scope of government and their intrusiveness in our lives. A strategy that intends to strip off the extras which cost us more.

In the previous installment of this interview, we got a good glimpse of that approach to government when the Mayor answered questions involving the Committee On Affordable Housing. Aside from calling the actions of the committee “leftwing social engineering“ he called for its abolishment.

Such signs of Lonegans desire to put government back in its proper place are most evident in the area of taxes.

antlone1In part two of this interview, Lonegan volunteered that the “first thing” he needs “to do in the state of New Jersey is to cut taxes“.

He says “we have the worst income tax, we have the highest top end rate in the east at 9%, we have the highest sales tax in the nation and the highest property taxes“.

The former mayor claims that these exorbitant taxes are all “a result of the massive growth of state government”. He adds that “we also have the worst estate tax in the country so not only can you not afford to live here, you can’t afford to die here” and he made it clear that under a Lonegan administration, the solution that he will provide to the problem will be achieved by cutting taxes across the board which you do by cutting the size of government. He added that he will do so by “cutting it with an axe, not a scalpel”.

  • …..“The number one driving force behind increases in property taxes in New Jersey is the state government“…..-Steve Lonegan, 1/21/09-POLITICS 24/7 interview

As for property taxes Lonegan believes the key to solving the problem is lifting government off of our backs and giving mayors and local council members “back the tools they need to govern effectively rather than become functionaries of the state whose job it becomes to implement all the COAH mandates and all the other unfunded mandates that Trenton heaps on the backs of local officials.”

Stating that after 12 years as Mayor of Bogotá he knows the burdens of which he speaks, and proclaimed that he knows what it takes to cut taxes and that due to the overreaching that Trenton participates in, local “officials do not have the tools” to cut taxes .”

He added “we need to eliminate COAH which will be driving up our property taxes. We need to give mayors and councils the ability to negotiate union contracts on a fair playing field and we need to give school boards the ability to negotiate teachers contracts and give them  a fair playing field which they do not have now.”

  • …..”The real losers here are the students”…..      -Steve Lonegan, 1/21/09-POLITICS 24/7 interview

Another factor, one of the most important factors, in rising property taxes is the 15 year old Abbot School funding formula which Lonegan clearly states is plain wrong.

Calling the Abbot funding system “another product of our liberal state supreme court”, Lonegan explains that we have the 33 most expensive school districts in America. “These are the Abbot districts where spending per student ranges as much as $25,000 and in some cases $30,000 per student and the real travesty here is that after billions and billions of dollars pored into these school districts, we still have students coming out of these school districts with a less than mediocre education, often in unsafe schools”, he added.

  • ….“I think the idea of collecting money from people and sending it back is absurd”…..                        – Steve Lonegan, 1/21/09-POLITICS 24/7 interview 

Still on the topic of property taxes, I asked the Mayor what he thought of the homestaed rebate program which eligible homeowners recieve after paying their taxes.  His response was expected and right on the mark.

“I think the idea of collecting money money from people and sending it back is absurd.  I think the whole sytem should be eliminated”  said Lonegan.  He  further stated that as governor, as  he reduces the size of government, “one of the programs that will go will be the homestaed rebate program”. 

  • …..”cut taxes for everyone”…..           Steve Lonegan, 1/21/09-POLITICS 24/7 interview

But before anyone takes tthe line about doing away with the homestaead rebate and tries to paint Lonegan as someone who refuses to make it easier for taxpayers in New Jersey, he made clear that his goal is to “cut taxes for everyone and give them real tax cuts, not some phomy income redistribution scheme that requires people to call into some stupid phone number and wait for an hour”.  Steve believes that if we can “start cutting the state’s income and sales tax for the people, they will say, we don’t want your rebate anymore”

As for the education of our children Lonegan declared that the highlight of his career will be the day that he signs a bill requiring every Abbot school districts to “give a quality education to students with the same funding as every other school district in the state of New Jersey”. 

If they don’t, Lonegan demands that they give each parent of those students a voucher so that they can go to the school of their choice.

With much of our discussion dealing with funding and mandates I asked Mayor Lonegan if as Governor, he would refuse any federal funding for the state because of strings that may be attached to it.

When it comes to our return on the tax dollar that New Jerseyans send to Washington, D.C., most of it has to do with the ability of our representatives in D.C. and how good they are at delivering for the state. Our representatives in the U.S. Senate, Frank Lautenberg and Bob Menendez have been a sleep and during their naps, New Jersey has fallen to last place when it comes to the money we get back from Washington. Although New Jersey could use all the help it can get right now, I asked Steve if there was any limit to what help he would reject  t from Washington because of some of the federal strings attached to it.

His matter of fact response was “I certainly would, it depends on the strings of course so it has to be analyzed case by case.”

The mayor did feel that it is a “sad state of affairs when the federal government uses money to manipulate us into implementing their agenda on the state level.”

But that answer cuts both ways.

For instance, I am a supporter of legislation sponsored by Texas Senator John Cornyn, which prohibits the use of federal money involving projects that a state or local entity obtains through eminent domain policies. I also support federal legislation to link the refusal of Homeland Security dollars to states that allow themselves to be sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants.

However the Mayor’s comment has merit. There are many cases where the federal government does refuse to turn over money to a state if they fall short of adopting some of D.C’s  intended social engineering programs, programs like COAH for example,  and besides, he did state that he looks forward to the day when we don’t need any help from Washington.

All in all Steve Lonegan presented a great case for not only conservatives but for taxpayers as well.

He also demonstrated that someone with the experience of a New Jersey township or municipal mayor, might just be what New Jersey needs in a Governor. Who knows best what the ramifications of Trenton’s decisions are in the towns, villages, cities and municipalities, throughout our state, than a mayor who has had to deal with what comes out of Trenton?

His points are hard to argue and the only real area for debate, regarding his points, deal with the approach to the solutions of each of those points and that’s what the Republican primary for the gubernatorial nomination will be all about.

In the next part of this interview we will get into that debate as we ask the Mayor about his opponents and his chances of winning.

We will also get into what may become a political liability and deep bump in Lonegan’s road to victory among Republicans.                                                                        Bookmark and Share

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A few weeks ago, He was attending a conference that included admirals in both the US and the French navies. At a cocktail reception, my friend found himself in a small group that included an admiral from each of the two navies.  

The French admiral started complaining that whereas Europeans learned many languages, Americans only learned English. He then asked. “Why is it that we have to speak English in these conferences rather than you have to speak French?”  

Without even hesitating, the American admiral replied. “Maybe it is because we arranged it so that you did not have to learn to speak German.”

The group became silent.

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The Making of a Governor: Interview With Steve Lonegan – Part I

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Bookmark and Share     When speaking to Steve Lonegan one is immediately struck by his confidence and command of the issues. When you ask Steve Lonegan a question, although there may be many different answers, he states his with a comprehensive slew of facts that make it seem only logical that his is the only right answer.

In this interview I confronted Mayor Lonegan with some of the hot button issues such as taxes, state mandates, federal funds, Abbott districts and even his own campaign. You will come to see that Steve Lonegan does not shy away from any of the issues .

  • “If I had my way, I would take Newark and divide it up into six small towns.”

We started off by asking the candidate about proposed efforts to curb the affordability crisis in New Jersey by consolidating  municipalities.  Some of these proposals have been made by Republicans like Senator Joe Kyrillos of Monmouth County.

When asked if he would oppose legislation requiring that municipalities adhere to a prescribed consolidation formula or incentives to do so, Lonegan replied matter of factly “Yes. Not only will I oppose it I will veto any such legislation.”

He expanded on his answer quite extensively by continuing with “The state government can’t manage themselves. Local government is the most efficient and effective government there is. Our small towns do a phenomenal job of keeping expenses down in almost every single case. And these people in Trenton do not understand the value of local government and for them to come in and force small towns to consolidate under the mode of big government and big government spending is destructive for New Jersey”.

When asked if he supports consolidation without state coercion the former Bogota Mayor says “science and statistics prove that small towns are the best type of governments in the state. The state government is on the verge of its own collapse and bankruptcy……..it is one of the biggest political diversions in state history…..trying to blame small towns under some bogus claim that if you force two small towns to consolidate, you will save the state money—It doesn’t. The statistics prove over and over again that small towns are much more cost efficient”.

“If I had my way, I would take Newark and divide it up into six small towns.”

“In every case, these big units always need subsidies and aid. The other aspect to this agenda is that in all these small towns, you have volunteer ambulance corps, volunteer fire departments and when you consolidate them into big cities you then force unionized labor and the labor unions would love noting better than to get rid of all those volunteer fire departments and ambulance corps and have them all be unionized like Newark or Jersey City or what have you”

To further punctuate his point Lonegan explained that in his last year in office as Mayor, his town of 8,000 people (the same as Wasilla, Alaska) had a per capita spending of roughly $750 per person whereas nearby towns such as Teaneck with 40,000 residents spent $12 hundred dollars person and Hackensack where 45,000 residents live, their per capita expenditure was close to $16 hundred per person.

Another reason for his opposition to merging small towns was based on the fact that the small town Mayors and planning boards and zoning regulations get in the way of state officials which have designs on these small towns and their property.  So the state would love to do away with many of those local authorities through consolidation because it would make it easier for them to ride roughshod over local residents and implement their own big government plans and policies. 

 That conveniently brought us to another issuer. State mandates and COAH.

  • “….its a very, very dangerous plan that will undermine communities, undermine the economy  and to capitulate on this will be forfeiting our rights as Americans”

Thanks to a series of state court ordered, legislative style, mandates the Council Of Affordable Housing has implemented policies to create so called affordable housing that will drive up property taxes, consume open space and change the character of the towns forced to comply with them.What does Steve Lonegan think about it? As he stated to POLITICS 24/7, “it has to be completely overturned”

He called it “a total leftwing engineering scheme, the most radical in all the country”.

Lonegan believes it is unfortunate that some Republicans feel that we have to “follow it” simply because it was court ordered.

“The court was not elected to govern the state and also the whole mentality behind this is nothing but social engineering on a level that the country has never seen before and again its an issue where local communities don’t want to have the agenda of Trenton shoved down their throats” said Lonegan.

How will he overcome COAH? Well the feisty firebrand says he will “accomplish that by defunding COAH, taking away their pencils and paper, appointing people to the existing COAH board who believe in abolishing COAH and while I am doing that, we will be pushing for a referendum on the ballot to have COAH overturned and the Mt. Laurel decision overturned“.

From COAH our conversation progressed to immigration of which I asked how the Mayor, as Governor, would, in New Jersey, combat the proliferation of illegal immigration?

  • “I’ll be roling up the red carpet”
In rapid fire form Steve, as he asked to be called said “I actually support 287G empowering local police and county police to have the authority to act as an extension of the United States Citizen and Immigration Service (USCIS). We will not be having driver licenses for illegal aliens, absolutely not and we will not be extending in state tuitions to illegal aliens. In state tuitions is for those who have supported and built this state, paid taxes in this state and can benefit from this discount. It is not just for anyone who barges into New Jersey illegally and unfortunately we’re dealing with the fact that the federal government has failed at controlling immigrants and we’re paying the consequences. So those are the steps we can take here.” 

Not satisfied with that statement alone, Lonegan again brought up COAH.  According to him “while we are driving high income jobs and businesses out of the state by having the highest taxes in America” the 100 thousand low income housing units that the COAH mandates are forcing us to build are “a red carpet to illegal aliens saying, hey come to New Jersey.  So i’ll be rolling up that red carpet”

As you can see so far, Steve Lonegan doesn’t hold any punches and as the interviews continues, tomorrow, you will see that he doesn’t give any inappropriate punches either.  He says it like it is and offers, to many, a politician who isn’t interested in playing politics but rather frustrated by the political games being played in Trenton

Be sure to log back into us on Friday for more. 

We get into everything from Abbot School districts, property taxes and  homestaed rebates to Steve’s competitors for the Republican nomination for Governor.

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CAMPAIGNING FOR PRESIDENT WITH A STRATEGY THAT MATTERS AND MAKES A DIFFERENCE

One General Strategy I would Use In The Campaign

An Account of One General Strategy I Would Use In The Campaign

With about 1 month remaining to go in this election, I would suggest that the candidates use that time well. If I were managing John McCain’s campaign I would maintain my focus on those battleground states and place a priority on the issues most important to the voters in those states.

At the same time, McCain needs to not only differentiate himself from Obama but also separate himself from the perceived image of a typical Republican, the perceived image. He must also define Obama. All of this should have been done earlier but better late than never.

In doing this John McCain will have to point out that his career has been spent opposing republicans when they were wrong and working with Democrats when they were right and bringing both sides of the aisle together for that which is right. He has to show that he proposed increasing regulations on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac two years ago, when he saw that a lack of regulations and monitoring of questionable recording practices were leading us to trouble. He stood up to Ronald reagan and opposed deploying forces to Lebanon for a peace keeping mission which eventually led to the loss of nearly 300 Americans when a suicide bomber targeted their barracks.

McCain must point to legislative efforts that made him cross party lines in order to work with Democrats like Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, Russ Feingold, Diane Feinstein, Joe Biden and many others.

This must all be laid out while shining light on Barack Obama’s partisanship and his lockstep, liberal leanings.

In addition to the contrast of Mccain’s bipartisan record and Obama’s partisan practices, McCain should drive home the fact that one can tell a lot from the company that they keep. Obama’s friends are quite telling too. They include Obama’s friends & fellow fundraisers, convicted, Chicago slum lord Tony Rezko and unrepentant domestic terrorist William Ayers. His relationships also include his 20 years of worship under the American hating, racist, religious bigots Rev. Wright. All of which are just a few examples among a long list of radical, socialists and troublesome characters

All of the above are underlying themes. Themes which should be conveyed through television and targeted direct mail advertising and while that is occurring I would simultaneously set in motion a nationwide campaign effort that puts forth one major policy initiative every other day. This is the strategy that I would have the candidate personally conduct in his day to day activities. While overriding concerns with the economy and the war shall remain ever present and should be addressed, go beyond the obvious and tap into the underlying, less addressed, issues which are ignored.

 

 

Every other day I would present to the nation a legislative initiative dealing with all the other aspects of our lives. For the sake of time and megabytes I will outline a few examples.

McCain has had a problem with one issue that has fallen off the radar, immigration.

It may not be the priority that it was 13 months ago but it remains as troublesome now as it was than. McCain’s last attempt to resolve the issue was pitiful. The McCain-Kennedy initiative failed and rightfully so.  John McCain has since admitted that he has heard the people and they want our border secured before we make any other attempts to change the legal immigration process.

Knowing this, I would have John McCain present to the people a new and comprehensive plan called OPEN ARMS-SECURE BORDERS .

I would have McCain step up to the podium and declare:

“The fact that America has not enforced our immigration laws effectively and the fact that our border is so openly available to illegal crossings and potential threats is a travesty. That is why I stand before you today to propose OPEN ARMS-SECURE BORDERS . This ten point plan secures our border with a high tech security barrier that is monitored by extensive and coordinated patrolling. The bill also streamlines the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and makes it more efficient. OASB also remembers that the word “illegal” means “not illegal” and in this bill illegal conduct is punished not rewarded. After a set amount of time allowing for implementation of this bill, illegal immigrants will have to comply with the laws that up till now, we have neglected to enforce or face deportation. The bill also increases steep penalties for businesses which ignore our immigration laws and illegally hire cheap labor by placing illegal immigrants on their payrolls”.

The OPEN ARMS-SECURE BORDERS bill, which I have provided a link to for readers, has several other points but you get the point. John McCain needs to address the issue, remind us of it’s importance and stake claim to his commitment to solve the problem when he is President.

Another issue that I would rekindle has a more nationalizing electoral component to it. Taxes.

Taxes are an ever present issue and it is an issue that the McCain campaign can use to help gain Republican seats or at least stabilize losses.

If John McCain were to come out and state “the complete Internal Revenue code is more than 24 megabytes in length, and contains more than 3.4 million words; printed 60 lines to the page, it would fill more than 7500 letter-size pages. Every time the federal government addresses the tax issue it’s code increases size, megabytes and pages. Ladies and gentlemen, this is ridiculous and each additional page created to fix our broken tax code, only complicates it more. We need to simplify this and we need to make it more efficient”

At this point I would like to see John McCain propose a flat tax or as I call it National Flat Tax Equity Reform. I want the leaders of our big nation to think big and be bold. I believe a flat tax is equitable and provides the progressive rate of growth that our national economy needs. However I have no expectations for either of the major party nominees to be so bold.

Therefore I would hope that McCain could at least step forward and say……..“So I intend to go through each page of the tax code and together, with my colleagues and your representatives in congress, we can sift out the unnecessary from the necessary.  We can strike out the ridiculous and replace it the logical “.

I would do this along side of fellow Republican candidates for the senate and house and announce an American Tax Equity Committee comprised of Democrats and Republicans that will eliminate those codes dragging us down and those loopholes that are allowing the rich, powerful and well connected to skirt the system. I would also add a call for reduced taxes. A call that revives John F. Kennedy’s cry and rekindles the high tide lifting all boats. I would articulate the fact that our democracy’s goal is not to make rich people poor but to make poor people rich and that is not achieved by taking money away from the people. 

This has been said before and it has only helped to produce a more complicated and oppressive tax system. This time, with serious diligence and sincerity, it can be approached effectively and it can be made a rallying call that helps get voters behind it and the candidates pushing for it. Short of calling for a fair, equitable and simple flat tax, revamping the arcane old code is the least that can be done.

 While on the economy, I would advise that McCain admit to a tough transition that our economy must face. One that is steeped in a changing of generational attitudes when it comes to money. A change back to the thinking of our greatest generation, a generation that did not live beyond their means. Call upon Americans to deal with real money, not the fake money of plastic or predatory loans. declare that we must not rely on what we don’t have but rather what we do and state that by living beyond our means is one very real aspect of today’s shocking need to pay the piper. I would have McCain point out that the requesting for American citizens to stop living beyond their means doesn’t stop with them, but that under his administration, it will start with government.

McCain needs to demonstrate that Wall Street alone did not bring about the dismal economic picture, but that a government which mandated sub-prime loans to achieve homeownership and a mentality of borrowing for today without saving for tomorrow led to this crisis and that now we must stop borrowing from Peter to pay Paul and operate in real dollars not fake dollars. Such straight talk will allow McCain to take hold of the issue rather than be strangled by the issue.

With 4 weeks remaining such straight talk could be delivered on plenty of other issues. Issues like an energy independence and efficiency initiative and legislative reform process that eliminates the numbers of riders that get attached to bills and provide ridiculous government funding through sneaky measures. There are dozens of major issues that can be addressed in detail every other day during the next month and they should be. It is up to the candidates to bring them up, lay them out and focus our attention on them.

In presenting the issues, in such a way, for 48 at a time, the maedia will digesting, disecting and discussing each of McCain’s iniatives, thereby making “his” campaign the focus and forcing the Obama campaign to respond. 

Instead of allowing each new media cycle setting the agenda, John McCain must take control of the media cycles. Regardless of his positions on the issues contained herein, and others not mentioned, McCain’s articulation on them can capture the agenda and possibly the majority of votes on Election Day.

AN IRISH OUTLOOK ON THE ELECTION 

We, in Ireland, can’t figure out why you are even bothering to hold an election in the United States.

On one side, you have a lawyer who is married to a lawyer.

On the other side,

you have a war hero married to a good looking woman who owns a beer distributorship.

What are you lads thinking over there?

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