Cheap Labor?

Cheap Labor?

Illegal immigration issues are not just affecting those wanting cheap labor at the expense of the average American. They do, however, reflect our culture’s migration to the tolerance of injustice.

Cheap Labor?
The political propaganda over illegal immigration is again issuing as purulent lies and deceptions from the liberal media. These untruths are supported by the wealthy and affluent trying to assuage their guilty consciences. Burdened by their unjust compensation for jobs brought about by their political connection to the equally unjust power alliances with governments and corporate America, they want the average, slowly vanishing middle-class citizen to pay for their charity to the undeserving.
Listening to and seeing the news about the student protests over illegal immigration, where the flag representing a once great Nation affording them their unappreciated and certainly unwarranted opportunities is desecrated, any person with any sense of decency and justice must be appalled.
California, reeling from massive, uncontrolled public debt because of its unjust welfare provisions is a perfect case in point. Shackled with the huge, overwhelming debt, its Title 1 educational programs offered to students of lower socioeconomic and income levels are but one example of the erosion and decay appended to the working American. It is those students, mostly either illegal immigrants themselves or children of illegals, unjustly taking advantage of a somnolent public tolerating the political injustice instituted by the morally and ethically bankrupt politicians we elect, that we see and hear about. South Gate High, Bell Gardens, Huntington Park , etc., where these students are protesting, are Title 1 schools.
Title 1 schools in California, and across the country, offer free breakfast and free lunch to their students. Free breakfast does not mean a glass of milk and roll. This is a full breakfast and cereal bar with fruits and juices rivaling an expensive restaurant. The waste of this food is unbelievable. Trays and trays of it are dumped in trashcans uneaten. Over 50% of these students are obese or moderately overweight. About 75% have cell phones. The schools also provide day care centers for the unwed teenage pregnant girls, so they can attend class. Similarly, massive unjust public funding is consumed without justified need in order to perpetuate funding of these parasites. Unused, much like military appropriations, these totally unnecessary funds would dry up. Property and equipment, from computers to walls, provided by funds confiscated from hard-working Americans by politicians, state and Federal, are adorned with the graffiti of those ungrateful blessed with free education in America. Extending their thankfulness to faculty, female teachers are called “putas” (whores), or in other jurisdictions similar obscenities. Throwing things and disruptive, these ingrates often reduce less experienced teachers to tears.
Given free medical, free education, free food, free day care, and on and on, without any responsibility or desire to assimilate into the culture that brought them this bounty, is it any wonder that illegals and their offspring feel entitled to not only be in this country but to demand its rights, privileges and entitlements? The Constitution is explicit. It demands justice. Welfare for any able but unwilling to work is not just. Socialism has been proven by history to be a prescription for failure and waste void of any understanding of the repetitive reality of humanity’s willingness to accept something for nothing. It is injustice cloaked in government erroneously attempting to assume and legislate individual responsibility.
Likely, a profile of one of these demonstrators, unlawfully disturbing the peace of the bystanders and students intent on seeking an education, might be as follows:
This student is one of 5 offspring, the product of a common-law union of illegal aliens. The parents take jobs paying $5.00 or $6.00/hour that cannot support an American citizen with no dependants. At that wage, with five dependents, they pay no income tax, and yet at the end of the year, if they indeed are among the few who indeed file an Income Tax Return, they are eligible to get an “earned income credit” of up to $3,200 free. They qualify for Section 8 housing and subsidized rent. They likely get food stamps, while the children get free breakfasts and lunches at school. They take advantage of free, no deductible, no co-pay, health care. The kids have bilingual teachers and foreign language books. They have unjustly high energy and utility bills, tolerated by the average American, paid for by the same taxpayer who labors for their families without subsidy or relief. If they are, or become, aged, blind or disabled, they qualify for the same Social Security that you earned. If they get SSI, they can qualify for Medicaid. Why worry about car insurance, life insurance, or homeowners insurance? If working, they drive to work aided by taxpayer provided Spanish language signs. At work, foreign language bulletins and printed material required by the government are distributed. In all, this student and the family receive in excess of $20.00 to $30.00/hour in benefits.
No thank yous from ungrateful freeloaders to the legislatures or congress who exempt themselves from the same health and retirement coverages that we earn. While failing to protect and defend the original intention of the Constitution and repeatedly violating their oath of office, while turning their heads to the rampant judicial activism robbing and stealing our freedoms, those we elect still have the blatant audacity to give the undeserving our wages.
Meanwhile, the rich and affluent, wallowing in their unjust gains, wrongfully extracted from working citizens, suggest illegal immigrants contribute to society because they like their gardener and housekeeper. Moreover, they and their fellow liberal cronies support and encourage these students desecrating the symbol of hope, freedom, and justice to the truly oppressed everywhere. Or maybe they say they pay less for produce or other derivatives of unskilled or menial labor, that it costs less to get their roofs repaired, etc. It is those, the unjustly salaried and compensated, those rationalizing the lost American jobs and the real costs to the struggling taxpayer, who need to accept the real cost of the terrible injustices they support and promote. There are legal alternatives. Simply, illegal immigrants and those engaging them are breaking the law. The Constitution is explicit. It is the “supreme law of the land”, and all, including “senators and representatives, . . . . legislatures, . . . . executive and judicial officers” are bound to it. Above all, this is about “justice for all”.
To the entertainer, corporate executive, professional athlete, Wall Street tenant, unjust opportunists of every sort, etc. unjustly and/or undeservingly sucking from the yet tolerant public or promoting and enabling it, you are an accomplice and party to the on-going attack on America. Employer, justly compensate the worker, blue and white collar, citizen or transient! Hire, workers, from any source, legally recruited. If Americans are unwilling to, or do not accept employment opportunities, our, until recently, great free enterprise economy allowed the laws of supply and demand to legally sustain our just industry. Higher costs of living, unreformed healthcare paid for by working Americans, the devalued dollar, escalating inflation, more crime, lower standards of education in our schools, overcrowding, new diseases from abnormal social behaviors, the rich becoming undeservingly richer and the working classes becoming poorer, borders unprotected, debt and deficit passed to our children, and the list extends, are all consequences of unjust and corrupted political power, the power of money and wealth undeserved.
Tolerating injustice was addressed in the Declaration of Independence. “. . . . [A]ll experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their security.” Americans, we need to reclaim the heritage the Framers intended. Freedom demands responsibility and sacrifice, and above all it must be bound by justice.
The foregoing discussion of illegal immigration’s impact is only one example of the attack on America. It is not just about the propaganda of those wanting cheap labor at the expense of the average American. It is, however, about our culture’s migration to the tolerance of injustice. Whether manifest as a dogma of “political correctness”, the abrogation of the rights of a righteous majority to a minority, or more broadly, the abject failure to protect and defend the original intention of the Constitution. It is about, in Washington’s words, “religion and morality”. Succinctly, in his Farewell Address, he says, regarding our republican democracy, that “religion and morality” are its “indispensable supports”. Our second president and also a signer of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams puts it this way.
“[I]t is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue.” – to Zabdiel Adams, 21 June, 1776
“[W]e have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. . . . Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. TWJA

The moment the idea is admitted into society, that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. TWJA
If “Thou shalt not covet,” and “Thou shalt not steal,” were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society, before it can be civilized or made free.” TWJA
The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States, John Adams, Charles Francis Adams, editor, 11 October, 1798
In the instance of protesting by those who have no grounds or basis arising from any injustice, and in all cases where those seeking to obliterate the original intention of the Constitution attack the very foundation of our freedom, our enemies attempt to replace justice with the moral bankruptcy preached from the pulpits of evil human desire and ambition. A third-world culture that does not value education, lacking the work ethic that made America great, that accepts children getting pregnant and dropping out of school by 15, and that refuses to assimilate, espouses an ideology leading only to decadence, decay, and defeat. Bombarded by the false propaganda of a liberal media, wrongfully believed by a public that has become so tolerant of injustice and so worried about”political correctness”, we alone are responsible for the evil and injustice robbing us of our heritage paid for in blood and sacrifice begun over two centuries ago. Without answering the call to arms for justice for all resounding in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution this “one Nation under God” shall “perish from the earth“.

More Lies and Deceptions

More Lies and Deceptions

Aren’t you tired of politics as usual? Don’t loyal Americans need to reclaim the heritage the Framers intended? Don’t we need a President of the character and integrity of Washington and Lincoln? The following article details the latest of the scams spewing from the unholy alliance of big, socialist government in bed with big money and big corporations.Stay tuned!

GM is paying back Uncle Sam to shake him down for more money

More Lies and Deceptions

Aren’t you tired of politics as usual? Don’t loyal Americans need to reclaim the heritage the Framers intended? Don’t we need a President of the character and integrity of Washington and Lincoln? The following article, Still Government Motors details the latest of the scams spewing from the unholy alliance of big, socialist government in bed with big money and big corporations.
Uncommon Sense

Still Government Motors

Shikha Dalmia, 04.23.10, 03:40 PM EDT
GM is paying back Uncle Sam to shake him down for more money.

GM CEO Ed Whitacre announced in a Wall Street Journal column Wednesday that his company has paid back its government bailout loan “in full, with interest, years ahead of schedule.” He is even running TV ads on all major networks to that effect–a needless expense given that a credulous media is only too happy to parrot his claims for free. Detroit Free PressMike Thompson, for example, advises bailout proponents to start “warming up their vocal chords” to jeer their opponents with chants of “I told you so.”

But before belting out their victory aria, GM-boosters ought to hear the whole story–not just the fairytale version about Government Motors’ grand comeback that Mr. Whitacre is feeding them.

Uncle Sam gave GM $49.5 billion last summer in aid to finance its bankruptcy. (If it hadn’t, the company, which couldn’t raise this kind of money from private lenders, would have been forced into liquidation, its assets sold for scrap.) So when Mr. Whitacre publishes a column with the headline, “The GM Bailout: Paid Back in Full,” most ordinary mortals unfamiliar with bailout minutia would assume that he is alluding to the entire $49.5 billion. That, however, is far from the case.

Because a loan of such a huge amount would have been politically controversial, the Obama administration handed GM only $6.7 billion as a pure loan. (It asked for only a 7% interest rate–a very sweet deal considering that GM bonds at that time were trading below junk level.) The vast bulk of the bailout money was transferred to GM through the purchase of 60.8% equity stake in the company–arguably an even worse deal for taxpayers than the loan, given that the equity position requires them to bear the risk of the investment without any guaranteed return. (The Canadian government likewise gave GM $1.4 billion as a pure loan, and another $8.1 billion for an 11.7% equity stake. The U.S. and Canadian government together own 72.5% of the company.)

But when Mr. Whitacre says GM has paid back the bailout money in full, he means not the entire $49.5 billion–the loan and the equity. In fact, he avoids all mention of that figure in his column. He means only the $6.7 billion loan amount.

But wait! Even that’s not the full story given that GM, which has not yet broken even, much less turned a profit, can’t pay even this puny amount from its own earnings. So how is it paying it?

As it turns out, the Obama administration put $13.4 billion of the aid money as “working capital” in an escrow account when the company was in bankruptcy. The company is using this escrow money–government money–to pay back the government loan.

GM claims that the fact that it is even using the escrow money to pay back the loan instead of using it all to shore itself up shows that it is on the road to recovery. That actually would be a positive development–although hardly one worth hyping in ads and columns–if it were not for a further plot twist.

Sean McAlinden, chief economist at the Ann Arbor-based Center for Automotive Research, points out that the company has applied to the Department of Energy for $10 billion in low (5%) interest loan to retool its plants to meet the government’s tougher new CAFÉ (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards. However, giving GM more taxpayer money on top of the existing bailout would have been a political disaster for the Obama administration and a PR debacle for the company. Paying back the small bailout loan makes the new–and bigger–DOE loan much more feasible.

In short, GM is using government money to pay back government money to get more government money. And at a 2% lower interest rate at that. This is a nifty scheme to refinance GM’s government debt–not pay it back!

GM boasts that, because it is doing so well, it is paying the $6.7 billion five years ahead of schedule since it was not due until 2015. So will there be an accelerated payback of the rest of the $49.6 billion investment? No. That goal has been pushed back, as it turns out.

In order to recover that investment, the government has to sell its equity. It plans to do that only when GM becomes a publicly traded company once again. GM was hoping to turn a profit by the end of 2010 and float an initial public offering this winter. However, GM Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell, when queried about that timeline a few days ago, demurred. The offering will be made, he said, “when the markets and the company are ready.”

(Take that, taxpayers!)

The reality is that there is no certainty that GM will ever be able to make taxpayers whole. Some analysts such as Center for Automotive Research’s Sean McAlinden and Global Insight’s George Magliano believe that it will–eventually. McAlinden maintains that this will happen when the company’s market capitalization touches $60 billion. (At GM’s peak in 2000, this level was only $57 billion.) This is a challenging but not an impossible goal–provided the economy does not dip into another recession, he maintains. Magliano too maintains that the company will be able to pay back taxpayers if the industry is able to ramp up annual vehicle sales from the expected 10.8 million this year to 17 million in 2014 and GM captures 20% of these sales.

The General Accountability Office, on the other hand, remains deeply pessimistic. It concluded in a December report (which a more recent April report has said nothing to contradict, despite media spin to the contrary) that: “The Treasury is unlikely to recover the entirety of its investment in Chrysler or GM, given that the companies’ values would have to grow substantially more than they have in the past.”

Mr. Whitacre’s bailout payback ploy is a desperate attempt to win back the car-buying public deeply disgusted by the spectacle of GM rattling its tin-cup before Uncle Sam. But the fact of the matter is that the company is still deep in the hole. It might claw its way back – or it might not. But surely it’s premature for its media boosters to pop open the champagne bottle without getting their story straight?

Shikha Dalmia is a senior analyst at Reason Foundation and a biweekly Forbes columnist

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