GOP’s empty slate of impeachable offenses
To the editor:
Apparently, Republicans are packing for the journey on the road to impeaching the president, a road that promises to be torturous and dangerous. Items in their travel bag include several alleged acts of both illegalities and incompetencies -- Obama violations of office. An examination of these issues reveals an empty slate and a lack of factual information. Let’s take them in order.
Benghazi is not unlike military incidents of terrorist attacks, as when a squad of American GI’s in Afghanistan becomes entrapped and in danger of being killed. Is the president called for help, or is that the purview of the military? Why is the unfortunate incident a failure attributed to President Obama or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when they are not involved in the direct ordering of the military to specific missions?
Regarding the IRS affair, does anyone believe President Obama would order IRS personnel to harass political opponents? And why is the attempt by political entities to avoid legal taxation by filing under 501 (c) (4), which is exclusively for social welfare, not a factor in this issue?
Perhaps the most ridiculous plaint, of which both Republicans and Democrats should be completely ashamed, is the senseless furor over the National Security Agency’s PRISM program, which collects information to be used for national security via telephone and ferrets out possible terrorist activities. No one reads the millions of calls, but the cry of “invasion of privacy” by single-minded Americans sounds pathetic when thousands of American soldiers have given up their lives for our security. Meanwhile, the Monday morning quarterbacks complain that Uncle Sam has collected phone calls. How sad!
Lastly, The Department of Justice was within its scope of responsibilities when Fox News reporter James Rosen was issued a warrant because there was probable cause to believe that Rosen violated the Espionage Act of 1917.
Freedom of the press is alive and well, but Republicans are looking for more items to put in their baggage. As for freedoms, if one has done nothing wrong his freedom is intact. Meanwhile, how about little sacrifices to support those who are making sacrifices of life and limb by ending these petty cries of seeming government abuses?
Immigration ‘reform’ will hurt average Americans
To the editor:
Soon Congress will decide what to do about 11 million to 33 million illegal aliens who are only here because politicians didn’t enforce our laws and didn’t keep their promises to close the border and end illegal immigration.
Few other issues more clearly show the difference between government for the people and government for the special interests. Illegal aliens harm Americans in many ways, e.g., by criminal acts, by stressing schools and hospitals, by taking jobs and depressing wages, and by forcing higher taxes to fund welfare for illegal aliens and the American workers they harm.
Illegal aliens benefit businesses, government workers and their unions, criminals, politicians and various special interests.
Politicians say we need the “Gang of Eight’s” comprehensive immigration reforms, created with input from special interest groups but not from law enforcement. I have a bridge to sell to anyone who believes this bill will fix the illegal alien problem or benefit most Americans.
They say illegal aliens will pay back-taxes and fines. The typical illegal alien has a 10th grade education and competes with the lowest income Americans. People with these incomes don’t pay federal taxes, they get subsidies. Will they pay any meaningful fines? No. The subsidies they receive will greatly exceed any taxes or fines they pay.
Politicians say illegal aliens won’t be eligible to upgrade from their limited welfare worth $14,387 in excess of the taxes they pay to full welfare benefits, provided by real taxpayers, worth $35,113 per household for 13 years. This won’t be enforced. Illegals shouldn’t get welfare now.
Politicians say illegals must go to the back of the line for citizenship. Want to bet? Politicians say their plan isn’t amnesty. Maybe they’re right. Rewarding, rather than penalizing, people for breaking our laws is far worse than just amnesty, it’s amnesty plus.
Politicians say we can’t be tough on illegal aliens because it hurts their children. Maybe they think we shouldn’t imprison robbers, rapists and murderers because it hurts their children.
Politicians say they will build the fence and stop illegal immigration. They broke these promises before. Where is the fence they promised just a few years ago? They shouldn’t get to deceive us again.
The Gang of Eight’s comprehensive immigration reform will continue to harm most Americans. It’s time to stand up for American citizens and not let them be harmed to benefit illegal aliens, politicians, businessmen and other special interest groups.
Tell Sens. Ayotte and Shaheen, Congresswomen Kuster and Shea-Porter and President Obama to reject comprehensive immigration reform and all its false promises.
Just close the border, stop all taxpayer provided subsidies for illegal aliens and enforce severe penalties for knowingly employing illegal aliens.