No the world is not going to end.
As a libertarian, I have the point of view of never really getting what I would like to see elected to any significant office, and we are likely still years away from seeing even a member of the U.S. House come from the Libertarian Party. As such, I have seen that it doesn’t matter who occupies the White House. Things over the last several presidents have stayed roughly the same.
It is true that economic and civil liberties are just as likely to erode as they did when President Obama was in office, and President Bush before him. The main object of people in power seems to be that they wish to continue to consolidate that power.
Many of you who are on the left are starting to feel what people like me feel every day. The lesson from this is not to grow government when you have the reins, because someday, the other side will end up getting the seat that you grew. The power and abuses you ignored under President Obama are now under a different banner. The sad thing is that the Republicans who spent the last eight years bemoaning the power of the President under Obama, will now work to consolidate it under President Trump.
This cycle repeats regularly. It takes stepping back and looking over a much longer scope of history to see this. It really does require to look at more than a single presidency or even the last couple. You need to look over the span of generations and it requires you to approach it in a different way. You need to approach things as objectively as possible to see the power pendulum swinging. You have to look at the reactions and bias of the groups on both ends as the transfer of power takes place.
I didn’t always see things this way. I used to be a Republican who would do this same cycle I speak of. Only talking about Democrats being bad and excusing things Republicans did. It took me going to war in Iraq to wake up and see that Republicans aren’t exactly freedom loving or economically inclined. I personally hope that you don’t have to wait for something as drastic as going to war to see the writing on the wall of the need for power to be limited, not grown, in government.
I invite you to seriously consider looking at things in a different way. People like me are available to answer questions all over the internet and the nation. We know what you are feeling and we know ways to help make things better in the future. We have an opportunity to build things together. Ignore the people who are trying to tell you to riot or burn things down. They are just as power hungry as any other politician. Peaceful protests are more than fine, but we need to build, not destroy.
We are going to get through this if we are willing to work together in spite of government. We can bring about a more voluntary and loving society if we ignore the rhetoric and push to improve our lives and the lives around us. Our communities are where we make a difference. One man doesn’t change that. You have all the power required.
It seems to be never ending. Now that one election cycle has ended, I have seen the myriad of Libertarians asking “Who should we run in 2020?” To be honest, it is time to stop asking that question. It is time we start focusing on building a foundation instead of starting with the spire of the tower.
I certainly understand the drive for getting someone solid advocating on a national scale for what I also believe in. However, when we continue to focus on the Presidential election, we put the cart before the horse. All too often it becomes a former elected official from one of the major parties swooping in every four years with promises of their notoriety getting us to the top. We accept their grandiose claims, nominate them, lose the election, then complain about running someone better for the next four years only to have the cycle repeat itself.
While we certainly should run a top ticket each cycle, we shouldn’t wait four years to take action. Our focus needs to be cheetah intense at the local level every year. There are many down ballot positions that come available each year, whether it is a city council position or state House member. We need Libertarian County Commissioners. We need Libertarian City Councils. We need Libertarian legislators.
This gives us a record to run on in the future. This makes it so that we don’t have to borrow from one of the other parties to run a reputable candidate. We would now have the ability to showcase what we have done in practice instead of speaking in theory.
People would be able to take us more seriously when we field someone from within our own ranks that fought for decreasing government at lower levels before stepping up to the big time. We need to stop pipe dreaming about the Presidential Election, especially before the newly elected individual has been inaugurated. We need to identify the people who are ready to lead their communities. We need to donate and volunteer to get those foundation candidates elected.
If we ever want to be taken seriously, we need to start acting serious. This means that we don’t focus on the top before we have a record to run them on;
Take my advice Libertarians, from a former candidate who won a county position: we make our best efforts when we worry locally before we put people up for top dog. There are hundreds of races that are unopposed in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Let’s get some people in there and winning.
Let’s get the forgotten 47% of America their voices back. Let’s fight for liberty at every level. The change happens once we start to change our focus.
Yesterday was one of the busiest days I have had on the campaign trail. It all started with setting up for an event in Ogden for the Pride Festival. We had a booth set up to do some outreach on behalf of the Libertarian Party in Utah. After set up, I headed out to join in a rally for Governor Gary Johnson, this is where things started to get really interesting for me. As a person heavily involved with Utah’s Libertarian Party, I was afforded the opportunity to head back into the Green Room to get some words in with the media and also be with the two former Governors who are the top ticket.
During the time back there, I was able to speak with Governor Bill Weld at some length, and I was glad to have that opportunity. As many of you in libertarian circles know, I have been critical of Bill Weld’s past as Governor of Massachusetts. Speaking with him directly has given me the chance to see things from him in a different light, and I can see that he isn’t the same person now he was then. I’ve always prided myself on being able to judge a person’s character when I am able to meet with them, and Governor Weld was being very honest with his answers to me. I still don’t agree with everything, but I never have agreed 100% with every candidate who has run to represent me. The areas that matter most to me, he is on the right side of the issues.
One of the highlights of our conversation, after it turned from political issues, was laughing about how fast our shoes have been wearing out on the campaign trail. It was a very human moment, and something I don’t think I will forget.
Shortly after this, I joined in with the rally to listen to the speakers chosen, including Barry Short, Mark Madsen, and of course, the two Governors. It is definitely looking like Utah may be the place for a state to turn Gold. The crowd numbered between 1200 and 1800 from estimates given, which marks it as the largest libertarian gathering in Utah’s history.
This trend continued as I traveled back to Utah to finish out the day manning the booth at the Ogden Pride Festival. I have to say that in all my years volunteering to help with events like these for the party in Utah, I have never seen such a huge response from people asking questions, taking information, and saying they plan to vote libertarian this election.
Nearly all the material that was brought was handed out and several new libertarians pledged to support our nominees this year. We also were approached by the candidate running for the U.S. Senate in Utah, Misty Snow, where we had a great conversation about civil liberties. She seems to have a pretty good head on her shoulders, and I sincerely wish her the best of luck in her efforts; it’s not easy stepping up to run for office. She definitely seems like someone I would be able to work with on several issues that affect Utah, like dismantling the Draper NSA facility.
The best part of the evening was discovering the booth next to us featuring Even Stevens, a sandwich company in Utah. This company has the Libertarian solution to “who’s going to take care of the poor” question we are often asked. Essentially what this sandwich shop does is to donate one sandwich to a charity for every sandwich you buy. They do this without government mandates or interference. They do it because they care about the people who need some help.
I am certainly excited for what has been happening in Utah, and every day that passes I feel we are getting close to being included in the 1st District Debates. That is one thing I would sincerely ask for you all to donate what you are able as we start doing our Top of Utah Tour this week. Just head to www.Craig4Congress.org and give your best donation.
We are getting so close to changing the landscape of politics, and Utah is the place for it to happen.
I am going to put this out front immediately on this article that I have not liked, nor do I support, Austin Petersen. That being said, I am going to be leaving the bias behind and evaluate him on his campaign. The debate between those who support the NAP and those who don’t is left at the door. I will abide by the Dallas Accord with this posting and let it rest for another day.
Austin Petersen hails from the State of Missouri. As he states, he’s a simple farm boy who began his journey in life in the town of Peculiar.
He certainly brings one thing that other candidates need in any campaign: enthusiasm. Whether or not you support him, he does bring a high level of energy. That is a good quality for any campaign, from city council to President of the United States. It’s hard to get behind someone who lacks any passion.
While I disagree with his earlier approach of changing the Republican Party from within, all the way through the summer of 2015, for the most part he seems to have advocated for smaller government and decentralization. This lends to some credibility since many of us were once in the same boat, myself included. Even Gary Johnson jumped ship from Republican to Libertarian.
He is appealing in appearance, which is also something that some other candidates [at all levels] could take a page from. A tailored suit, a good haircut, and clean cut look go a long way with the American electorate. Respecting your appearance usually implies respect for the job. If you look like a slob, people will usually think you are lazy.
His command of social media is his largest competitive factor, in my opinion, and he executes in a way most people have yet to comprehend. In today’s world, it is absolutely necessary to use this tool in politics, especially in a third party. He also has a more intimate knowledge of the inner workings of traditional media sources than most, having been an associate producer on Judge Napolitano’s former show on the Fox Business Network.
The last positive point I will give Petersen is that he isn’t afraid to go after a front-runner. You have to be willing to fight, and it looks like he’s prepared to do so, as evidenced in some of the debates held leading up to the convention in May, where he’s landed some hits on Governor Johnson. Going after a Libertarian candidate like this appears to just be a warm up to what he would bring if ever to face a Trump or Clinton. The gloves definitely come off with Petersen.
For his strengths, he has also shown some weakness. First of which is personal attacks against individuals in the Libertarian Party. He lets himself get drawn into online grudge matches, and in the process, comes off looking arrogant, rude, spiteful, and unprofessional. Many other authors have taken the time to go over his insult slinging, and I don’t want this article to be redundant, so I will just leave it at this: he needs to stay off his social media outlets to get into muckraking. All it does is split the party. The party he needs to nominate him first.
This brings me to my next point about Mr. Petersen: for someone who has claimed to be a uniter and coalition builder, he can’t even bring our party together. Like it or not, anarchism is the foundational root of libertarian philosophy. While there will always be differences between the minarchists and anarchists in the Libertarian Party, we tend to come together for the greater good. Austin has seemed to be intent on burning bridges with the more radical elements, in one post even threatening to “throw them on the streets” after convention.
For years, the Dallas Accord has kept us unified in the goal of moving toward liberty. Without the more radical elements, I believe we cease being a party of principles and become irrelevant in needing to exist at all, since two parties already exist without any solid principles. We are central to keeping the party grounded in strong foundational principles.
Another downside to his campaign is that nearly everything he says is recycled from someone else. He isn’t bringing anything new to the table we haven’t already heard from thousands of politicians citing founding fathers, and using the Constitution as a fall back answer. I believe the term currently being used is pulling a Rubio.
His bumper sticker responses are great for a sound byte, but he offers no real substance to what he’s saying. It reminds me of when Lois Griffin from Family Guy runs for Mayor and keeps repeating “9/11!” or “terrorists!” It doesn’t sound genuine. He needs to try speaking from the heart, instead of getting a pre-practiced answer to try and fit its circular shape into a square shaped question.
I personally don’t care about his past experience, as only two candidates running right now either have major company CEO level or governing experience. What I do care about is the way our party goes. My analysis is that Austin is not ready for this level of office. A certain level of respect and humility is needed to serve others in public, especially this office. Could he be ready some day? Perhaps in a few years after being seasoned a bit more, and only if he ends up working to rebuild what he has burnt.
In spite of the rhetoric delivered by the President and progressive members of the House and Senate, raising the minimum wage does not help the economy, nor the people who make minimum wage. It all boils down to simple math.
Let’s take a look at the average salary of a president of a company: $141,226 (payscale.com)
Now let’s look at small business (those with 25 or fewer employees) and say the president meets the average.
Mr. President of ABC incorporated has 25 employees that make minimum wage. The U.S. government raises the minimum wage from $7.25 and hour to 10.10, an increase of $2.85 per employee.
His employees are all part time working 30 hours per week, which now costs Mr. President an additional $85.50 a week per employee.
There are 52 weeks per year. This means that the additional pay Mr. President must give his employees becomes $4,446.00 per employee per year for a grand total of $111,150. This leaves the president of the company with $30,076 per year.
Now to many this sounds like it’s fair. But what happens when the employer makes less than the average? What if the employer has 50 employees?
Now let’s take a look at this increase from the perspective of the employee.
You just entered a higher tax bracket. So let’s do the math. You didn’t pay any income tax before. You kept everything minus FICA and Medicare. You will now get paid a gross of $606.00 per pay period (bi-weekly). You have withheld $125.80 for income tax (taken from the IRS Publication 15), leaving you with $436.33 after FICA and Medicare are also taken out.
Are you much better off than you were before?
Before you grossed $435.00, exempting you from income tax. That leaves you with $400.59 after FICA and Medicare are gone. The difference they want to give to you?
$35.74 a paycheck. That’s it. And unfortunately there is another problem not yet addressed: price increases.
In order to be able to pay the additional wages of employees and remain profitable, businesses must do one (or both) of two things: increase product prices or lay employees off. That means the extra $35 you got is paying for more at the pump, the grocery store, and anywhere else that compensated for the rise in wage, or you lost your job and file for unemployment, which is only about 60% of what you were making before.
Do you see the problem?
If a company doesn’t voluntarily increase wages based on sales revenue and success, and is arbitrarily dictated by government, you are worse off.
The best thing to do? Make yourself more employable to a company that pays more. That is really the only solution.
Raising the minimum wage sounds great coming from a politicians lips, but when rhetoric meets reality, we end up worse off.
Today in America, a teacher spent extra time with a student who needed it, and did her part to lift America’s graduation rate to its highest level in more than three decades. Only because of policies that have lowered the standards across the board, to ensure Americans cannot think for themselves. Like with the Common Core program, with its curriculum written by Bill Ayers. The goal of dumbing down future generations remains on track to ensure only the political, progressive elite remain in power.
An entrepreneur flipped on the lights in her tech startup, and did her part to add to the more than eight million new jobs our businesses have created over the past four years. But we have put so many regulations in place, that she will be lucky if she can grow her business. With a stifling tax rate, and the Affordable Care Act to prevent her from growing. Not to mention the eight million new jobs are part time, meaning you now work two jobs, still can’t afford insurance, and it doesn’t make up for the net loss of 1.6 million jobs in this administration.
An autoworker fine-tuned some of the best, most fuel-efficient cars in the world, and did his part to help America wean itself off foreign oil. Even though we continue to rely on foreign (and usually hostile) sources, which is why the Keystone XL pipeline still hasn’t been approved, and we have issued half as many leases as the previous administration to take advantage of our own natural resources.
A farmer prepared for the spring after the strongest five-year stretch of farm exports in our history. And we made sure to give large subsidies to corporations like Monsato, to ensure they produce only the finest genetically engineered crops. A rural doctor gave a young child the first prescription to treat asthma that his mother could afford, and the cost was transferred to other taxpayers. A man took the bus home from the graveyard shift, bone-tired but dreaming big dreams for his son, dreams that one day our country might actually have prosperity if policies like these ever go away. And in tight-knit communities across America, fathers and mothers will tuck in their kids, put an arm around their spouse, remember fallen comrades, and give thanks for being home from a war that, after twelve long years, is finally coming to an end. One that isn’t being fought to be won in the first place.
Tonight, this chamber speaks with one voice to the people we represent: it is you, our citizens, who make the state of our union strong.
Here are the results of your efforts: The lowest unemployment rate in over five years because of manipulated job reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistic not reporting the number who just stop working. A rebounding housing market, largely due to the same prime mortgages that caused the first housing bubble, and eventual collapse. A manufacturing sector that’s adding jobs for the first time since the 1990s, mostly in foreign countries. More oil produced at home than we buy from the rest of the world – the first time that’s happened in nearly twenty years, and all on private land, mostly in North Dakota because the Federal Government will not allow us to use our land. Our deficits – cut by more than half, from what they were inflated to, though still about 200 billion dollars above what President Bush was spending. And for the first time in over a decade, business leaders around the world have declared that China is no longer the world’s number one place to invest; America is, even though China is about to become the reserve currency in the world.
That’s why I believe this can be a breakdown year for America. After five years of grit and determined effort, the United States Government is better-positioned for the 21st century than any other government on Earth to take over and rule.
The question for everyone in this chamber, running through every decision we make this year, is whether we are going to help or hinder this progress. For several years now, this town has been consumed by a rancorous argument over the proper size of the federal government. It’s an important debate – one that dates back to our very founding. But when that debate prevents us from carrying out even the most basic functions of our democracy – when our differences shut down government or threaten the full faith and credit of the United States – then we are not doing right by the American people. We want the government to be larger than ever before.
As President, I’m committed to making Washington work bigger, and rebuilding the trust of the people who sent us here by expanding programs to keep them happy. I believe most of you are, too. Last month, thanks to the work of Democrats and Republicans, this Congress finally produced a budget that undoes some of last year’s severe cuts to priorities like education. After all, we must dumb down America’s children. Nobody got everything they wanted, and we can still do more to invest in this country’s future while bringing down our deficit in a balanced way. But the budget compromise should leave us freer to focus on creating new jobs, not creating new crises. I am happiest with the cuts finally being made to the military retirees. It’s time they paid their fair share.
In the coming months, let’s see where else we can make progress together. Let’s make this a year of action and executive orders. That’s what most Americans don’t want – for all of us in this chamber to focus on their lives, their hopes, their aspirations. What we need to do is give them more free things. And what I believe unites the people of this nation, regardless of race or region or party, young or old, rich or poor, is the simple, profound belief in opportunity for all – the notion that if you work hard and take responsibility, you can get ahead. But if you take advantage of the system, you can still live more than comfortably.
Let’s face it: that belief has suffered some serious blows. Over more than three decades, even before the Great Recession hit, massive shifts in technology and global competition had eliminated a lot of good, middle-class jobs, and weakened the economic foundations that families depend on.
Today, after four years of economic growth, corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and those at the top have never done better. This has been in large part due to our good friends at the Federal Reserve falsely inflating the market by printing off 50 billion dollars a month. But average wages have barely budged. Inequality has deepened. Upward mobility has stalled. The cold, hard fact is that even in the midst of recovery, too many Americans are working more than ever just to get by – let alone get ahead. And too many still aren’t working at all. Which is why it’s so great here. We have had massive booms. We haven’t felt any of it in the public sector.
Our job is to advance these trends. It won’t happen right away, and we won’t agree on everything. But what I offer tonight is a set of concrete, hardline proposals to slow down growth, break the middle class, and build new ladders of opportunity into the poor house. Some require Congressional action, and I’m eager to work with all of you. But America does not stand still – and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.
As usual, our First Lady sets a good example. Michelle’s Let’s Move partnership with schools, businesses, and local leaders has helped bring down childhood obesity rates for the first time in thirty years – an achievement that will improve lives and reduce health care costs for decades to come. Even though kids around the country were actually throwing their trays of food away and buying junk food. The Joining Forces alliance that Michelle and Jill Biden launched has already encouraged employers to hire or train nearly 400,000 veterans and military spouses. Taking a page from that playbook, the White House just organized a College Opportunity Summit where already, 150 universities, businesses, and nonprofits have made concrete commitments to reduce inequality in access to higher education – and help every hardworking kid go to college and succeed when they get to campus. We want to make sure that there are special classes that cause division in the nation. After all, it’s not about the merit of the applicant, but what special groups they are a part of that give them a separate status. Across the country, we’re partnering with mayors, governors, and state legislatures on issues from homelessness to marriage equality.
The point is, there are millions of Americans outside Washington who are tired of stale political arguments, and are moving this country forward. They believe what the media tells them, and I believe, that here in America, our success should depend not on accident of birth, but the strength of our work ethic and the scope of our dreams. From each according to his ability. To each according to his need. That’s what didn’t draw our forebears here, and why we must support it.
Opportunity to tax is who we are. And the defining project of our generation is to destroy the promise of America.
We know where to start: the best measure of opportunity is access to a good job. One that is dictated for you. With the economy picking up speed, companies say they intend to hire more people this year, granted they’ll be part time because of Obamacare.
So let’s make that decision harder for more companies. Both Democrats and Republicans have argued that our tax code is riddled with wasteful, complicated loopholes that punish businesses investing here, and reward companies that keep profits abroad. Let’s keep that equation. Let’s work together to close those businesses with jobs still here, end those incentives to keep jobs full time, and raise tax rates for businesses that create jobs here at home.
We also have the chance, right now, to beat other countries in the race for the next wave of high-tech manufacturing jobs. My administration has launched two hubs for high-tech manufacturing in Raleigh and Youngstown, where we’ve connected businesses to research universities that can help America lead the world in advanced technologies, mostly in advancing America’s war power and spying capabilities. Tonight, I’m announcing we’ll launch six more this year with an emphasis on citizen monitoring technology. Bipartisan bills in both houses could double the number of these hubs and the jobs they create. So get those bills to my desk and put more Americans under our microscope.
Finally, if we are serious about economic growth, it is time to heed the call of business leaders, labor leaders, faith leaders, and law enforcement – and fix our broken immigration system. Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have acted. I know that members of both parties in the House want to do the same. Independent economists say immigration reform will grow our economy and grow our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next two decades. And for good reason: when people come here to fulfill their dreams – to get subsidized food, housing, and insurance – they are happy.
Today, women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns and it’s even worse if you’re a government employee, especially a Congressional staffer. That is how it should be to keep division alive and well in the nation, and in 2014, it’s an on track.
In the year since I asked this Congress to raise the minimum wage, five states have passed laws to raise theirs. Many businesses have done it on their own. Business and states cannot do things like this on their own. It must be mandated, and it’s unacceptable. We are the ones who are supposed to cause prices to rise all over the nation by increasing the minimum wage.
Let’s do more to stifle Americans saving for retirement. Today, most workers don’t have a pension, especially now that many are part time. A Social Security check isn’t enough on its own, and we have lumped the Social Security trust money into the General Fund to be spent at our leisure.
Already, because of the Affordable Care Act, more than three million Americans under age 26 have gained coverage under their parents’ plans. After all, when you’re 26, you’re a child, but at 15, old enough to buy birth control and have abortions without a word to mom and dad.
More than nine million Americans have signed up for private health insurance or Medicaid coverage. And it’s mostly subsidized, only three million have actually paid anything.
Citizenship means standing up for the lives that gun violence steals from us each day. I have seen the courage of parents, students, pastors, and police officers all over this country who say “we are not afraid,” and I intend to keep trying, with or without Congress, to help stop more tragedies from visiting innocent Americans in our movie theaters, shopping malls, or schools like Sandy Hook. We want total disarmament of the American people.
Tonight, because of the extraordinary troops and civilians who risk and lay down their lives to keep us free, the United States is more secure. When I took office, nearly 180,000 Americans were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, all our troops are out of Iraq, and Al Qeada has taken the city of Fallujah, while other extreme elements from Iran seek to take control over the country over 5,000 men and women died to secure, and because I failed to get a status of force agreement, their deaths now mean nothing. More than 60,000 of our troops have already come home from Afghanistan. With Afghan forces now in the lead for their own security, our troops have moved to a support role. Together with our allies, we will complete our mission there by the end of this year, and America’s longest war will finally be over. Once I took office, I never planned to win. Just prolong it enough to get reelected.
Even with us leaving, the fact is, that danger remains. While we have put al Qaeda’s core leadership on a path to success, the threat has evolved even more, as al Qaeda affiliates and other extremists take root in different parts of the world. Like in Benghazi, where I left four people to die.
In Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, and Mali, we have to keep working with partners to disrupt and disable these networks. And if they won’t cooperate, we will just drone strike them anyway, even if an American teenager is in the home. In Syria, we’ll support the opposition that rejects the agenda of terrorist networks, even though I support the al Qaeda backed elements. Here at home, we’ll keep strengthening our defenses, and combat new threats like cyberattacks.
We have to remain vigilant. But I strongly believe our leadership and our security cannot depend on our military alone. As Commander-in-Chief, I have used force when needed to protect the American people, except in Egypt, Benghazi, or the Marine still hostage in Iran, and I will never hesitate to do so as long as I hold this office, so long as it is politically expedient. But I will not send our troops into harm’s way unless it’s truly necessary, or in an Arab country to support radicals attempting to create Sharia Law, like the elements currently in Syria, whom I almost back before Russia stepped in and made me look like an idiot; nor will I allow our sons and daughters to be mired in open-ended conflicts.
You see, in a world of complex threats, like the tea party, our security and leadership depends on all elements of our power – including strong and principled diplomacy. American diplomacy has rallied more than fifty countries to prevent nuclear materials from falling into the wrong hands, and allowed us to reduce our own reliance on Cold War stockpiles. America’s lack of diplomacy, backed by the threat of force, and Russia stepping in is why Syria’s chemical weapons are being eliminated, and we will continue to work with the international community to usher in the future the Syrian people deserve – a future free of dictatorship, terror and fear.
And it is my idiocy as well as my Secretary of State’s, backed by pressure, that has progressed Iran’s nuclear program – and rolled parts of that program back, at least that’s what they pinky promised me – for the very first time in a decade.
May the progressive agenda continue.
May the State bless the people of the country.
I know that this is just a form letter that was sent in reply to my concerns over immigration, but I wanted to share exactly the sort of lies the administration sends out IF you end up eventually getting any form of statement from the White House.
Thank you for writing. I have heard from many Americans who are concerned about immigration, and I appreciate your perspective.
Americans are frustrated with our Nation’s broken immigration system, and I share that frustration. We need an immigration system that is fair and helps grow the middle class by ensuring everyone plays by the same rules. That is why I have proposed a commonsense plan that would continue to strengthen our borders; crack down on employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers; create a path to earned citizenship for immigrants here illegally that requires them to pay taxes, learn English, and pay a fine; and streamline the legal immigration system so America can continue to be a magnet for the best and the brightest from around the world. That is how we can reaffirm our heritage as both a Nation of immigrants and a Nation of laws.
To make these fixes, we need Congress to act—and I remain deeply committed to working in a bipartisan way to enact commonsense immigration reform. But until they take action, my Administration will continue to do everything we can to strengthen our borders and enforce the law.
Since I took office, we have invested an unprecedented amount of resources, technology, and manpower to secure our borders. Our efforts are producing real results. Today, our Southern border is more secure than ever, with more law enforcement personnel than at any time in American history—and there are fewer illegal crossings now than at any time in the past 40 years. Crime rates along the border are down, and we have seized more illegal guns, cash, and drugs than in years past. In addition to doing what is necessary to secure our borders, my Administration is implementing a smart, effective immigration enforcement policy that includes taking action against employers who knowingly exploit people and break the law.
Smarter enforcement also includes focusing our resources on high-priority individuals who threaten our national security or pose a threat to the safety of American communities, and not on young people who were brought to this country as children through no fault of their own. On June 15, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security announced it would allow eligible young people who do not present a risk to our national security or public safety to apply for temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for work authorization. This is not a path to citizenship, and it is not a permanent fix—only Congress can provide that. It is a temporary measure to allow us to focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, and patriotic young people who are American in every way but on paper.
My Administration has also worked to strengthen, streamline, and update our legal immigration system through administrative reforms—making it easier for employers, immigrants, and families to navigate the system. Through the innovative “Entrepreneurs in Residence” initiative, we are gaining insight into business realities and streamlining existing pathways for highly skilled, foreign-born entrepreneurs to create businesses and jobs in our country. In 2012, I issued an Executive Order to make it easier and safer for international travelers to visit America, and to create a national strategy to better reap the economic benefits of travel and tourism. We have worked to support family unity by providing a provisional waiver for certain American families to reduce the length of time United States citizens are separated from their loved ones during the immigrant visa application process. We have also reduced barriers to citizenship by creating tools to help applicants through the naturalization process.
By creating a 21st-century immigration system that is true to our principles, our Nation will remain a land of opportunity, prosperity, and freedom for all. To learn more about my Administration’s plan for immigration reform, please visitwww.WhiteHouse.gov/Immigration. For additional information and resources on current immigration and enforcement efforts, I encourage you to visitwww.DHS.gov or call 1-800-375-5283.
Thank you, again, for writing.
So as you can see there are several blatant lies mentioned in the letter. The main one being immigration enforcement. Notice how the letter doesn’t point out that when Arizona took measures to add some actual enforcement, backing up federal law, the Department of Justice and this administration sued the state of Arizona for their actions.
The letter also points that there are fewer border crossings. I have a very close friend of mine who works the front lines in Border Patrol, and he has informed me that the number of crossings has DOUBLED, not lowered as the President would have you believe.
This same friend also let me know that there is another lie in this letter. He has told me that many of their requests for gear and ammunition have been rejected. Many times the men he works with do not have the ammunition they need.
The last bone I have to pick with this letter is the “common sense” approach. First, laws already on the books are being selectively enforced by this administration. In 2006, it was passed that fencing would be built along the border, but it still has yet to be completed. Second, there is almost no deportation, and DHS has even released prisoners with illegal status due to “sequester.” Lastly, common sense is two words (I am feeling a little grammar nazi today).
I have contact with people who see this daily, and what the President is doing is hoping that I am a low information individual, that will just take him at his word. Unfortunately for him, I am well informed on the matter at hand.
I feel Obama was elected before he had any real experience for such a high level of office. To be frank, I believe he is either inept due to a lack of leadership experience, or some of what he’s done is intentional, knowing his policies would negatively impact the American people. Either option is bad.
The office of President is not one for on the job training. You need to have a high level of understanding, which Mr. Obama doesn’t have.
As for the healthcare reform, the part I like is getting rid of denying based on pre existing conditions. However, what was attempted with the Affordable Care Act is not good for the people of this country.
The first flaw is that it forces you to buy a certain product, and punishes you if you do not. That is far beyond the scope of the role of government. No where in our Constitution does it state that the federal government can force you to buy something.
Secondly, in our Constitution, all taxes must originate in the House of Representatives. This law originated in the Senate, and was ruled by the Supreme Court to be a tax (when it comes to the employer and individual mandates).
Third, the law was intended to ensure that those without health insurance would be able to obtain it. However, the Congressional Budget Office has projected that 30 million people would remain uninsured. That’s 10 million more than who were without in the first place.
Finally, it is not affordable for people or business. As a business owner, a very small one, I cannot hire full time employees without losing the ability to take care of my family. While it could be argued that big time CEOs could take the cut, this mandate on small business would put them under.
And unfortunately even the top level executives of major corporations aren’t going to take the cut, so people are moved to part time positions or eliminated all together. This also makes it difficult for part time employees to get hired on full time, because every business has begun to scrutinize every ful time position, only creating them if absolutely necessary for the viability of their company.
It has recently come to my attention that the Obama family is off for vacation again in the near future. (bear in mind spring break was less than two months ago). This time they are headed to Africa. What is the price tag for the American taxpayers? It is estimated to cost between 60 and 100 million dollars.
This is outrageous. Those elected to govern on our behalf are supposed to serve the people. Not live lavishly on the sweat of our backs.
It is time for controls to be put in place to ensure this sort of extravagance doesn’t happen on the dime of taxpayers. In the middle of some of the worst economic conditions our country faces, this president has treated himself to a life of luxury, while the people suffer. He tells us sacrifices must be made. What has he sacrificed? Nothing.
So we as the American people are supposed to sit back and believe that amid all the scandals involving the Executive Branch of our government that President Obama had no knowledge whatsoever of the happenings in departments he is in charge of? Something doesn’t smell right.
One IRS scandal involves the intimidation of tea party type groups that would have been opponents to Obama, and decreased his chances of being reelected. Yet, the claims remain that there was no partisanship involved, and the White House denies any knowledge, in spite of the fact he was notified three weeks prior to the news breaking (claiming he heard about it the same time we did) and he also met with key NETU representatives and IRS officials shortly before the targeting began?
The second IRS scandal involving the illegal seizure of phones, medical records, etc. in the investigation of only one person? And no one knows what is going on?
It is said that during an attack on our consulate in Benghazi, the President knew nothing about it, other than to tell Leon Panetta and Hillary Clinton to handle it? He was nowhere to be found the entire time? Then he lied about what happened for a few weeks, not to mention had Secretary Clinton, Ambassador Rice, and Press Secretary Carney all move the talking points of some elusive YouTube video? One that had been viewed only about 47 times before this administration mentioned it.
Now no one knows what is going on with over 100 phone numbers being monitored by the Department of Justice on the Associate Press? How about the wire tapping of the cloak room in Congress? Fast and Furious?
No one seems to know anything. No answers are being given. Top officials are dodging and denying any culpability. This is unsatisfactory. You cannot tell me that with all that has been happening in the Executive Branch all of these incidents were perpetrated by some low level worker. These kinds of decisions are made at the top, and someone needs to be held accountable. I am looking at you Mr. President. Bare minimum this shows an utter lack of leadership and failure on your part to lead this nation. At worst it implicates you as a treasonous, rights violator.
The day of reckoning is coming, and the people will be heard.