Sunday, October 30, 2011

Should Latinos Support President Obama in the 2012 Election without passage of CIR and the Dream Act? I say "Seguro Que Si"

As my long time readers know, I am a long time advocate of the passage of Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR). I have supported CIR since 2006, prior to the introduction of the CIR Act of 2007, popularly known as the "McCain - Kennedy" Bill. The CIR Act of 2007 was a good bill. It was bi-partisan. However, it did not pass. The rabid ANTI groups, most Republicans, now turned Tea Partiers, rallied against it. They used derogatory language and misleading statements to derail this noble cause.

The Bill was beautiful and prolific in its simplicity. Here are the highlights:
1. Enforce our Borders with trained Border Patrol and technology
2. Employer Sanctions, especially for Exploitive Employers
3. Provide a pathway to citizenship for those here that are felony free.
4. Establish the Dream Act, allowing students to pay in-state tuition or serve in the Military.

While the Bush Administration said they supported the CIR bill, they also catered to the ANTI crowd by conducting massive ICE Raids all across the country, incarcerating whole families, including women and children. They conducted these raids in Poultry and Meatpacking plants, Construction, and manufacturing plants. Then, in 2008, as if to up the ante, they conducted MASSIVE raids in Postville Iowa and Laurel, MS. In Postville, they arrested nearly 600 workers, putting them in cattle barns - treating them like animals - as they shipped them off to unknown detention centers in Texas. They did the same in Laurel, MS, this time nearly 700 workers were shipped - most to the LaSalle Detention Center in Jena, LA. which is part of the GEO Group, one of the largest private prison owners and huge contributors to the RNC and to the Bush Administration.

These actions were over the top, blatant, and so flagrant in Republican's intent to fill the pockets of their political cronies - just in case McCain lost the 2008 Presidential election.

These actions were also obvious to many Human Rights and Latino groups who raised a rallying cry, "STOP THE ABUSE!" This rallying cry motivated Latinos to go to the polls in massive numbers, at the highest rate in history, to vote for Hope and Change - to Vote for Barack Obama in the 2008 elections.

President Obama has kept many promises.
1. Stop Worker ICE Raids: He has stopped the worker ICE Raids. He said "no mas" to the despicable, inhumane raids in Postville, IA and in Lauren, MS.
2. Focus and only deport Felonious Criminals: The INTENT of the "Secure Communities Act" was for ICE to focus on felonious criminals for deportation. These felonious criminals have been deported in massive numbers. No more "very long stays" to feed the pockets of the cronies. Instead these felonious criminals were deported. This caused the numbers of deportees to increase. Additionally, over zealous local police and ICE officers took it upon themselves to detain and deport Mothers and Students. They should not have been included in the deportations. Some in the media and local Humanitarians have been very vocal about these detainees. This resulted in:
3. President Obama, via his Presidential authority, to exclude non-felonious criminals and Dream Students from deportation. This just happened this summer.

President Obama has said he supports CIR and he supports the Dream Act. He also supports Jobs for All of us and an improved economy. However, we can all see the Republican opposition he is facing. All we have to do is Look and Listen to what is happening. Or as my mother would say "Mira Nomas!"

1. 2012 Republican GOP Debates: All we have to do is listen to what is being said in the 2012 Republican Presidential Debates. Hermain Cain wants to ELECTROCUTE US! They ALL have begged for Arpayaso's support! Other Republicanos want to shoot us like Pigs! "Mira Nomas!"

2. Republican Racial Profiling Bills and Latino HATE Crimes: All we have to do is see what the Republicans are advocating with their Latino Racial Profiling and Hate Laws in state after state after state. "Mira Nomas!"

3. Republican Arpayaso - Racial Profiling / Hates the President: Look at Arapio in Arizona - the new Bull Connor. Look how he has abused his power and abused Latinos. Remember the pictures of children in church being scared to death while his masked volunteer goon deputies circled the Confirmation Mass? He also HATES President Obama. Just look at the antics of his "Cold Case Posse" re-investigating our President's citizenship. Arpayaso treats ALL of us, including the President, as if we were "Illeegals!" "Mira Nomas!"

4. Dirty Tricks by Republican Governors: There are numerous Republican Governors that are CHANGING The Voting Laws to Stop MINORITIES from Voting. One Example: In Texas, they've changed the law. While they ALLOW a Gun License to serve as your picture ID, they do NOT allow young people to use their College pictre ID. "Mira Nomas!"

5. Republican/Tea Party Thuggery: Did you also know that there are many "pretend" Latinos who say they are Latinos and blog against our President? You see them ALL THE TIME in newspaper Comment Sections and Blogs URGING Latinos NOT TO VOTE! on Election Day! This is ALL part of their dirty tricks to try and get as many of us (Latinos) to stay home and NOT VOTE! Republican Thuggery ala Watergate! "Mira Nomas!"

I believe in our President! I believe in the American Dream! I believe that WE THE PEOPLE can turn our Economy around and create a Better World for our Children! When my viewers and commenters on my Facebook page ASK me if I support President Obama in the 2012 Presidential election, I say what my Mother would say: "Seguro Que Si!"

President Obama Tours the Country Promoting Jobs Bill; Visits with Hollywood and Latino Supporters

President Obama is travelling around the country, from East Coast, to the Heartland, to the West Coast. He has kicked off a new effort to urge Congress to pass the American Jobs Act, piece by piece, to put WE THE PEOPLE back to work and strengthen the Economy. The President declared “we can’t wait" for Republicans to pass a bill -- that is why he is taking his message to the People. On Twitter and Facebook, people around the country have been talking about why we can't wait and the issues they care about the most. From Education to Firemen, Policemen to Construction - jobs in every city and every town in America. The President is talking about real American Jobs. He is also talking about affordable financing programs for Mortgages and for Education.

With the Republicans doing all they can to roadblock his efforts, he is taking his message to all of us, the American People. Massive crowds of Americans are welcoming him into their cities, into their homes. The President's approval rating continues to rise.

Last week, the President was welcomed in Nevada and spoke to many small business owners, teachers and local workers. After his Nevada visit, President Obama visited Hollywood.Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith attended one of the L.A. events, as did Los Angeles Lakers basketball legend Magic Johnson.

President Obama also visited the home of Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith who hosted a Latino/Hollywood Stars event for President Obama. Eva Longoria introduced the President by saying he "speaks to the Latino community because he knows he's the President of all Americans. And we applaud you from our community. We thank you for everything you're doing." Also present were Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, activist Dolores Huerta and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.).

I agree with Eva Longoria. The President is NOT like the Republicans who continue to advocate Racial Profiling laws in every state and Mass Deportation. Instead, he supports jobs for ALL Americans and he supports the Dream Act. He has stopped the deportation of students and non-felonious workers, instead he is targetting Felonious Criminals for deportation. We know he needs to do more to support Comprehensive Immigration Reform. That is why it is so important that we register to vote and elect him and as many Democratic Congressmen as possible so CIR may be passed in 2013.

The President also spoke on the Tonight Show with host Jay Leno. The audience cheered and loudly applauded as he brought his JOBS message out to WE THE PEOPLE!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Jim Crow Lives On in Alabama: Hate Crimes Against Latinos Running Rampant Due to Alabama's Racist Immigration Law

It was a neighborhood basketball game. A team of Latino boys were playing basketball against a group of non-minority neighborhoods boys. The reaction was immediate and rooted in the state's new law on illegal immigration. One mother, witness to the incident said, "They told them, `You shouldn't be winning. You should go back to Mexico." Latino children are facing more bullying and taunts at school since Alabama's tough crackdown on illegal immigration took effect last month. Many blame the name-calling on fallout from the law, which has been widely covered in the news, discussed in some classrooms and debated around dinner tables.

The Department of Justice is monitoring bullying incidents linked to Alabama's law.
"We're hearing a number of reports about increases in bullying that we're studying," the head of the agency's civil rights division, Thomas Perez, said during a stop in Birmingham. The Justice Department has established a bilingual telephone hotline and special email account for residents to report any violence or threats based on racial or ethnic background that are linked to the law. Federal officials say some parents -- particularly Latinos -- may not report bullying to teachers and principals because they fear coming into contact with government officials.

Supporters of the law claim it is vital to reducing the cost of state and local government by getting illegal immigrants off public assistance, though they have no facts to prove their allegations. They also argue the measure will create jobs for legal residents by opening up positions that had been held by people living in the country illegally. However, Americans have shown little to no interest in the backbreaking, low-paying jobs at farms and poultry factories that are held by many of the Latinos they are targeting with the law.

Those that oppose this racial profiling law say the law is creating a climate of fear and mistrust in the state that's unsettling for all Latinos -- citizens and immigrants. Immigrants tell of dirty looks in grocery stores, and online forums are full of angry, anonymous comments from both supporters and opponents of the law.

Machine shop manager Hector Conde said his family has seen the problem firsthand. He Latino and his family are citizens. Conde, whose family lives in Autauga County north of Montgomery, was appalled when his 12-year-old daughter, Monica Torres, told him a schoolmate called her a "damn Mexican" during a school bus ride. "She is a citizen. She doesn't even speak Spanish," said Conde, a U.S. citizen originally from Puerto Rico. "The culture being created (by the law) is that this sort of thing is OK."

A Hispanic woman said her 13-year-old niece was called a "stupid Mexican" and told to "go back to Mexico" by a classmate in Walker County. "She said, `If you're not going I'm going to punch you."'

Courts have struck down sections of the law, including a provision that required public schools to verify the citizenship status of students. Other sections remain in effect, including a part that lets police check a person's immigration status during a traffic stop. Courts also can't enforce contracts involving illegal immigrants, such as leases, and it's still a felony for an illegal immigrant to do business with the state for basic things like getting a driver's license.

U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, the lead federal prosecutor for north Alabama, said many Hispanic parents may be afraid to report bullying for fear of coming in contact with government officials. Under the law, authorities are supposed to detain suspected illegal immigrants found living in the state and hold them for federal immigration authorities. Parents may be afraid to even go to school teachers and principals, she said. "It seems likely to me that people are trying to keep their heads down and stay out of trouble," said Vance.

Charles Warren is school superintendent DeKalb County, where about 18 percent of the 8,900 students enrolled in public schools are Hispanic. He doesn't see much tension between Hispanic students and others -- Crossville High School has had a Hispanic homecoming queen the last two years, he said. "The kids get along great, it's the adults who are the problem," Warren said. "There are a lot of similarities to what went on back in the `50s and `60s with the civil rights movement. A lot of people are out of work now and they want to blame someone. I think the Hispanic people are catching a lot of that."

Friday, October 21, 2011

PROOF: Alabama Immigration Law is RACIST Against Latino Legal Citizens!

When Alabama's sweeping new immigration law went into effect last month, Birmingham business owner Steve Dubrinsky realized he had a serious problem. Dubrinsky runs Max's Delicatessen, a classic Jewish deli, in the city's Inverness neighborhood. In the kitchen he employs several Latino workers, all of whom, he says, provided the necessary documentation when he hired them, and none of whom have given him reason to believe they're in Alabama illegally.

And yet several of them have told Dubrinsky to start looking for replacements. Even though his employees say they're here legally, they've told him they either have undocumented relatives who they must leave with, or they simply no longer feel comfortable as Latinos in Alabama. The new law authorizes police to demand documentation if they have "reasonable suspicion" someone is in the country illegally.

Dubrinksy was so concerned about his burgeoning staff problem that he spoke to the Birmingham News about it last week. "They are scared and I can't blame them," he told the paper, speaking about his documented employees. "It is affecting a lot of restaurants. It's a mess." Suddenly, Dubrinsky had much greater problems.

The morning the article ran, Dubrinsky hopped in his car and turned on local talk radio, only to discover that the discussion topic was Dubrinsky himself. The host and his guests were trying to decide whether or not they should boycott the deli. Dubrinsky grabbed his paper and read the Birmingham News article just to make sure he hadn't been misquoted, perhaps voicing support for undocumented immigrants. Indeed, he was quoted accurately, showing sympathy for the area's properly documented workers.

It hardly mattered. Dubrinsky was being tarred as an illegal-immigrant lover. "People twisted what the story said," Dubrinsky told HuffPost. "I was under attack." The article had been shared on an anti-immigrant website, and Dubrinsky was soon bombarded with vitriolic hate email. One reads: "well u can bet your ass that i will never eat in your resturant agian and will tell everybody i know what kind of person you are for suporting those dam wetback that are ruining our country."
Another: "if you cant keep the doors open and employ legal people then it is time to close."
And another: "I hope your unamerican establishment closes down!!!!"

The assault on Dubrinsky and his restaurant shows just how risky it can be for a business owner to publicly stake out even a moderate position in Alabama's immigration debate. Dubrinsky's wife happens to be a U.S. citizen from Mexico, and he says he never imagined he could be attacked for supporting the Latinos who, like her, have every right to be in the country. The nastiness of the past week has left him shocked and saddened.
"This hatred being spewed anonymously," he says, "it's very scary."

Just as bad as the hate mail was the hit to his restaurant's reputation online. After the article ran, Google was quickly flooded with negative reviews of Max's Deli from people, many who had probably never eaten there. By Dubrinsky's count, it was more than 70 reviews in two days, and they all remain on the web today. His loyal customers tried to chime in with positive words, but they were drowned out in a chorus of hate from first-time reviewers, dropping his rating to 1.5 stars out of 5. One recent review reads, "You could not pay me to patronize this place!" "Not one American worker in the place. Move your Deli to Mexico," read another by a reviewer who was only identified as Cherie. "Food is marginal at best. Employs only Illegal immigrants. Owner and entire staff are rude. Don't go here!!!" reads a third review, which, like many of the recent reviews, came from first-time reviewers.

(The vicious reviews stood in stark contract to the reputation of Max's Deli at, the popular foodie site, where registered users have given the restaurant an enviable 81 percent rating out of 49 reviews.)

Not all of the hatred has poured in from out-of-state. Last Wednesday, many businesses were closed as Latinos skipped work to protest the new law, which is the harshest of its kind in the country. Dubrinsky convinced his workers to come in for the day, though he decided to shut down early -- at 5 p.m., as opposed to the typical 8:30 p.m. -- in a show of solidarity with his staff. He hung a sign on his door explaining his compromise.
He was pilloried for the early closing, too, receiving more hate emails -- emails that, sadly, could have come only from his fellow residents who noticed the sign.

Dubrinsky has remained remarkably diplomatic through it all. After receiving a nasty email from a woman he didn't know, Dubrinsky wrote an email back to her, sending her a link to the story and explaining his side of things. They had a little back-and-forth, and the woman ended up apologizing and asking him for forgiveness. When he received a nasty phone call from a stranger in Michigan, Dubrinsky tried to explain himself rather than simply hang up. But the woman couldn't be reasoned with.

Regardless of what happens to his reputation, Dubrinsky says he's worried about losing longtime staffers who he describes as good workers as well as good people. "They're like family to me," he says. Despite a national unemployment rate above 9 percent, he says that finding non-Latino workers willing to toil in his hot kitchen for modest pay has not been easy, just as many farmers are having a hard time finding non-Latino workers willing to pick their fields.

"It's easier said than done," says Dubrinsky. To prepare for his vacancies, Dubrinsky offered a job to a woman at $8.25 per hour a couple of weeks ago. After initially accepting, she called back to say she couldn't take it because she'd lose her food stamps and government-funded health care. More recently, Dubrinsky hired a man to work the grill in the kitchen. He showed up on Sunday but didn't last long. Dubrinsky says the man disappeared after just two hours, leaving only an apron in his place.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Herman Cain's Message to the Unemployed: "Get a Job You Bunch of Bums!"

Herman Cain does NOT blame Wall Street or Big Business for their part in the Jobs Crisis. Instead, he blames the Unemployed, basically saying, "Get a Job you Bunch of Bums!"
Cain, a Tea Party Republican - Koch Brothers' minion, continues to cater to the Rich, the Lobbyists and to Wall Street. He blames the Unemployed for NOT having Jobs!
Herman Cain: "If You Don't Have A Job And You're Not Rich, Blame Yourself"

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Republican Debate PROVES Obama the Right Choice in 2012!

I've recently read reports about the increased number of deportations by the Obama Administration vs the number of deportations during the Bush Administration. Some in the Latino Blogger Community are upset by this. I'm not. Here's why. The Obama Administration has been focusing on deportation of felonious criminals. I support this. They have put in place measures to stop the deportation of Students and non-felonious criminals. I support this.
The Bush Administration was not so focused on the number of Deportations. What they were focused on was massive ICE Raids and arrest/detention of Latino workers. The largest ICE raids in US History happened during the Bush Administration. The highest rate was in Laurel, MS. The 2nd highest in Postville, IA. The next in meat packing plants, including Swift and Pilgrim, all across the US. Their focus was on ARRESTS, RAIDS, keeping those arrested in Detention Centers owned by their private prison owner Political Contributers. They arrested Moms and Dads and Kids and put them in deplorable, privately owned prisons.
During the Obama adminstration, we have seen NO massive ICE raids, no massive detentions. Instead, the focus has been on Felonious Criminals, then deporting them as quickly as possible.
I support our President.
To even consider anyone in the Republican Presidential Candidate field in Downright Scary!
Consider what they are saying right now about Latinos. I'm watching the Republican Debates and I realize we cannot allow any of these zealots to become President. Right now, they are on the topic of Immigration. All of them are ANTI Immigrant and ANTI Latino.
Herman Cain: Continues to advocate an Electrical Fence on the Mexican Border. He said, "Kill Them! Yes. Secure the Border FOR REAL. Yes. Fence. Yes. Electricity. Yes. Military. Enforce Current Laws (aka: Mass Deportation.)"
Perry: Boots on the Ground. Predator Drones. Mitt Romney hires illegal immigrants.
Bachmann: Obama's Uncle & Aunt are Illegal. I will build a double walled fence along the entire (2000 mile) border. I will Enforce Official English (no Spanish). No Benefits. Repeal the 14th Amendment. No more Anchor Babies.
Romney: Loves legal immigration. Secure Border. Turn off magnets. Turn off Tuition Breaks (the Dream Act).
Gingrich: Don't differentiate Latinos from other immigrants. Just work hard and come here legally, otherwise face the consequences.
Paul: Rights don't come in bunches and neither do people.

Imagine a Country where ANY of these Republican Tea Party Zealots becomes President! I say NO! Vote for President Obama!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Herman Cain in League with Arpaio (the Devil!)

PHOENIX (AP) - Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he'll meet Monday with Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain before the candidate attends a GOP fundraiser in Phoenix.

Arpaio says Cain will be the fourth GOP presidential candidate who sought his endorsement this year.

The sheriff hasn't yet endorsed any candidate, but backed Mitt Romney in 2008.

Arpaio met with candidate Michele Bachmann last month and says he spoke on the phone recently with Romney and Rick Perry.

Arpaio says he has talked to them on subjects ranging from military service and family to the sheriff's jail tents and immigration enforcement.

He says none of the candidates has raised the federal civil rights investigation of Arpaio's immigration efforts and a federal grand jury that's investigating allegations that the sheriff's office abused its powers.

Cain: "Electrified Fences at the border!" "I'll Kill You" to Latinos! Cain Funded by Tea Party's Rich, Big Business Koch Brothers!

Herman Cain is OFF OF HIS ROCKER! He plans to put a Barbed Wire, Electrified Fence along the Border Warning "It will Kill You!" to all Mexicans/Latinos. So says the Ron Paul website.
"It’s going to be 20 feet high. It’s going to have barbed wire on the top. It’s going to be electrified. And there’s going to be a sign on the other side saying, ‘It will kill you!"

Reports indicate Cain, the leading Tea Party Republican Presidential Candidate in 2012, and his campaign is heavily influenced and funded by the Koch Brothers. Cain's economic ideas, support and organization have close ties to two billionaire brothers who bankroll right-leaning causes through their group Americans for Prosperity.

Cain's campaign manager and a number of aides have worked for Americans for Prosperity, or AFP, the advocacy group founded with support from billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, which lobbies for lower taxes and less government regulation and spending. Cain credits a businessman who served on an AFP advisory board with helping devise his "9-9-9" plan to rewrite the nation's tax code. And his years of speaking at AFP events have given the businessman and radio host a network of loyal grassroots fans. The once little-known businessman's political activities are getting fresh scrutiny these days since he soared to the top of some national polls.

His links to the Koch brothers could undercut his outsider, non-political image among people who detest politics as usual and candidates connected with the party machine.

AFP tapped Cain as the public face of its "Prosperity Expansion Project," and he traveled the country in 2005 and 2006 speaking to activists who were starting state-based AFP chapters from Wisconsin to Virginia. Through his AFP work he met Mark Block, a longtime Wisconsin Republican operative hired to lead that state's AFP chapter in 2005 as he rebounded from an earlier campaign scandal that derailed his career.

Block and Cain sometimes traveled together as they built up AFP: Cain was the charismatic speaker preaching the ills of big government; Block was the operative helping with nuts and bolts.

When President Barack Obama's election helped spawn the tea party, Cain was positioned to take advantage. He became a draw at growing AFP-backed rallies, impressing activists with a mix of humor and hard-hitting rhetoric against Obama's stimulus, health care and budget policies.

Block is now Cain's campaign manager. Other aides who had done AFP work were also brought on board.

Cain's spokeswoman Ellen Carmichael, who recently left the campaign, was an AFP coordinator in Louisiana. His campaign's outside law firm is representing AFP in a case challenging Wisconsin campaign finance regulations. At least six other current and former paid employees and consultants for Cain's campaign have worked for AFP in various capacities. (see rest of
article here)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Herman Cain's 999 Plan will TRIPLE Taxes for the Elderly and the Poor! And CUT Taxes for the Rich!

Herman Cain's 999 Plan will be a TRIPLE threat to the Elderly and the poor, those who can least afford it! His 999 Plan will more than TRIPLE taxes for the Poor and Elderly while drastically lowering them for the Rich and Big Business!
1. 9 % Income Tax: He would eliminate Income Tax and replace it with this Tax. He also would eliminate the earned income tax credit for the poor. The right is always talking about the 47% who don't pay taxes. These are the elderly, the sick, those making below the poverty level (who eat catfood). Now, he plans to eliminate their tax credits and force them to pay 9% of their meager pennies income. Meanwhile, the rich who pay 15 - 35% taxes will have their income taxes drastically reduced. This means, as a nation, we will collect Trillions LESS overall Federal Taxes and go further in debt.
2. 9% ADDED Federal Sales Tax: On top of the Income taxes he is raising on the Poor, he will enforce an ADDED 9% sales Tax. In Texas, we have an 8% Sales Tax. With Herman's 999 plan, he will add a 9% Federal Tax = 17% Tax on EVERY purchase!
3. 9% Business Transactions Tax: Drastically cutting them for Business Employers, NOT for the Workers!
Washington Post reports: The Facts
The “9-9-9” label is actually a bit of misnomer. Cain would toss out much of the current federal tax code and replace it, eventually and only temporarily, with three taxes — a 9 percent income tax, a 9 percent business transactions tax and a 9 percent federal sales tax. On paper, the first two look like cuts, because payroll taxes for Social Security and Medicare (now nearly 15 percent, including corporate contributions) would be repealed. The sales tax would be new, on top of existing state sales taxes.

But note that we said the “9-9-9” would happen eventually — and then only temporarily. That’s because it is only the second step of a planned three-step process. The first step would cut individual and corporate tax rates to a top 25 percent rate (down from a current high of 35 percent). Then the final step would replace all of the taxes — even the 9s — with a national sales tax, known by proponents as a “Fair Tax.”

(As denizens of Washington, we find this three-step process to be highly dubious. It takes years, even decades, to fundamentally overhaul the tax code. Herman Cain is going to do this three times in his presidency? But we digress.)

Much attention has focused on whether Cain’s plan, in its 9-9-9 stage, would raise as much revenue as the current tax system. Bloomberg News had calculated it would collect about $2 trillion, thus falling short by about $200 billion a year. But Lowrie sent Bloomberg an analysis on Wednesday that asserted “9-9-9” would actually collect slightly more — $2.3 trillion.

We think the revenue question is beside the point. Anyone can turn the dials in their computer models to generate the assumptions they want.

Michael Linden of the left-leaning Center for American Progress, for instance, estimates the plan would generate just $1.3 trillion. The biggest difference between the two estimates is that Linden thinks the 9 percent business tax would yield $112 billion a year, and Cain says he would get $862 billion — a gap that simply demonstrates how a few different assumptions can generate extremely different results. (Linden on Thursday updated his analysis, saying he had underestimated how much revenue the business tax would raise.)

Cain’s proposal is so radical that it makes more sense to examine the potential impact on taxpayers. A key part of Cain’s pitch for the plan during the debate was this: “When you expand the base, we can arrive at the lowest possible rate, which is 9-9-9.”

“Expand the base” really means that more taxpayers will pay taxes under his plan.
Right now, nearly half of taxpayers don’t pay income taxes, but they do pay their share of payroll taxes, which amounts to 7.65 percent of wage income (though much of it is capped at $107,000). Cain would also eliminate the earned-income tax credit, which is intended to lift working Americans out of poverty. Many of these workers currently receive tax refunds.

On top of that, Cain would introduce the new sales tax, which would affect lower and moderate-income people who spend most of their income on purchases, not savings and investments. Depending on how you do the math, people now paying zero or negative taxes might be faced with a 27 percent tax on income.

In other words, while on paper Cain is promising a tax cut, in reality tens of millions of lower-income Americans would face tax increases. People in high tax brackets — 28 percent and higher — would likely see big tax cuts. (As part of his plan, Cain would also eliminate estate taxes and capital gains taxes, which, again, mostly affect higher-income people with stock and real estate investments.)

There have been several interesting analyses done on the “9-9-9” plan. Edward D. Kleinbard of the University of Southern California School of Law identifies several unusual quirks, including a “disguised one-time 9 percent tax on existing wealth — no doubt much to the surprise of Mr. Cain and his followers.” Kleinbard, former chief of staff of the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation, says that “contrary to casual impressions, the Plan could be expected to raise substantial amounts of revenue, but does so largely by skewing downwards the distribution of tax burdens when compared to current law.”

Bruce Bartlett, a former Reagan administration official who now calls himself an independent, also offered a critical examination this week on the New York Times Economix blog. He (as did Kleinbard) noted that the business tax allows for no deduction for wages, which he said “is likely to raise the cost of employing workers, even with abolition of the employers’ share of the payroll tax.”

Cain, in his television appearances, glosses over such details. “The fact that we are taking out embedded taxes that are built into all of the goods and services in this country, prices will not go up,” he asserted on MSNBC. “They will not go up.” He then gave an example of a family of four earning $50,000.

“Today, under the current system, they will pay over $10,000 in taxes assuming standard deductions and standard exemptions. I've gone through the math, $10,000. Now, with 9-9-9, they're going to pay that 9 percent personal — that 9 percent tax on their income. So that's only $4,500. They still have $5,500 left over to apply to this sales tax piece. …They are still going to have money left over.”
We’re not sure how Cain calculates that this family now pays $10,000 in taxes, but the reliable Tax Foundation calculator comes up with a much more reasonable figure: a total tax bill of $3,515 — $690 in federal income taxes and $2,825 in payroll taxes. (The family gets a big income-tax savings from the child tax credit, which Cain would eliminate.)

So, in other words, under Cain’s plan, this family would instantly pay $1,000 more in income taxes. They would also pay additional sales taxes, probably more than $3,000, on their purchases. It’s unclear how the business tax would affect the family’s tax bill but it appears this theoretical family would get no tax cut but instead a 100 percent tax increase.

(The picture changes somewhat if you assume that all the employer-paid payroll taxes automatically would revert to the employee. We’re not sure that’s a good bet given the design of Cain’s business tax, but pro-Cain advocates make that assumption with their own tax calculator. But even under this scenario, the family appears stuck with at least a $2,000 tax increase.)

We take no position on whether it is good or bad to make the tax code less progressive. Perhaps in response to questions, Cain appears to still be tinkering with the plan. In Concord, N.H., he said on Wednesday that, among other changes, he would preserve the deduction for charitable donations and would exempt any used goods, including previously owned homes and cars, from the new 9 percent sales tax. (read rest of the article here)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Karma! Racist Tenn Rep Curry Todd ARRESTED for DUI and Illegally Carrying a Loaded Gun!

File this under: KARMA!
Racist Tennessee Rep Curry Todd...the insane racist radical who said Latinos "Breed Like RATS" has been Arrested for DUI and unlawfully carrying a loaded handgun! Karma! I love it!!

Foxnews reports:Tennessee Republican state Rep. Curry Todd, who once compared undocumented immigrants to "rats" was arrested in Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday night and charged with drunken driving and possession of a handgun under the influence.

At around 11:15 Tuesday night, Rep. Todd was stopped in his GMC Envoy in Nashville. The AP reports that he allegedly failed a roadside sobriety test and refused to take a breathalyzer. A loaded Smith & Wesson 38 Special was also allegedly found in his vehicle. The AP adds that Todd is also a lead sponsor of a bill that would allow handgun carry permit holders to bring guns into bars.

Todd asked a panel of prenatal health care officials in November 2010 whether patients need to show proof of citizenship to be accepted for treatment. One woman replied that that was not allowed under federal guidelines, since children born on United States soil automatically become citizens under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, regardless of their parents' immigration status.

"They can go out there like rats and multiply, then," he responded (see video above). He later said that he was "wrong" to use that language and said he should have used the term "anchor babies" instead.

Todd was booked into a Davidson County jail after the arrest.

BOYCOTT ALABAMA! Protesters Vow to Continue Boycott Until Racist Racial Profiling Law is Overturned!

ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- At least a half-dozen poultry plants shut down or scaled back operations Wednesday and many other businesses closed as Hispanics in Alabama skipped work to protest the state's toughest-in-the-nation immigration law.

The work stoppage was aimed at demonstrating the economic contribution of Alabama's Hispanic immigrants. It was unclear exactly how widespread the protests were, but a poultry company spokesman said officials were reporting unusually high absences at plants in northeast Alabama, where much of the state's chicken industry is based.

In the northeast Alabama town of Albertville, numerous Hispanic-owned businesses along Main Street had the lights off and signs that said they wouldn't be open. Mexican restaurants, a bank that caters to Hispanics, small grocery stores and supermarkets were all shuttered. Jose Contreras owns a restaurant and store on Main Street. He said he was losing about $2,500 in revenue by shutting down. "We closed because we need to open the eyes of the people who are operating this state," said Contreras, originally from the Dominican Republic and a U.S. citizen. "It's an example of if the law pushes too much, what will happen."

Republican supporters say Alabama's (Racist) strict new immigration law was intended to force undocumented (Latino) workers out of jobs and help legal residents find work in a state suffering from high unemployment. The law allows police to detain people indefinitely if they are suspected of being in the country illegally and requires schools to check the status of new students when they enroll.

Since a federal judge upheld much of the law two weeks ago, many frightened Hispanics have hid in their homes or fled Alabama. Schools have reported high absentee rates among Hispanic students, and officials said even more students were absent Wednesday, apparently because of the protest.

At Crossville Elementary School in DeKalb County, Principal Ed Burke said about 160 of the school's 600 students weren't in class. "We normally would have about 20 or 30out," he said.

The Obama administration is among the critics of the new law and asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to at least temporarily block enforcement, arguing in court documents the statute oversteps the state's authority. It's not clear when the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals will rule on the administration's request for a preliminary injunction.

Not far from Contreras' businesses, the parking lot was virtually empty at a Wayne Farms poultry plant that employs about 850 people. Company spokesman Frank Singleton said other plants were also reporting unusually high absences. "We know it's related to the immigration law. I don't think it's going to be just today," he said.

The protests were being promoted partly through Facebook and other social media, as well as a Spanish-language radio station in Birmingham. Supporters say they want to show the economic impact of Hispanic people in Alabama and demonstrate solidarity in opposition to the law. There are an estimated 185,000 Hispanics in Alabama. The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that 70 percent of the state's Hispanic residents are of Mexican descent.

Monday, October 10, 2011

I Support the Wall Street Protesters!

I support the Wall Street Protesters. They are the only group in America attempting to hold Wall Street accountable for their wrongdoings. How many of us remember the stock market crash of 2008? On September 16, 2008, failures of massive financial institutions in the United States, due primarily to their promotion of securities of packaged subprime loans and credit default swaps issued to insure these loans and their issuers, rapidly devolved into a global crisis resulting in a number of bank failures and sharp reductions in the value of stocks worldwide.

How many of us were targetted by unscrupulous Mortgage Brokers with "Too Good to Be True" offers to refinance your home or offers to purchase a new one? Little to no money down! These predators targetted those who could least afford these unscrupulous, predatory loans; their bosses looking to package these loans into falsely high rated junk bonds and stocks.

They were able to accomplish these shenanigans because of the deregulations in their industry promoted by the billions spent on lobbyists and the Political Action Committees (PACs) on both sides of the political fence.

Their shenanigans wrecked the Economy and lost the lifelong savings of numerous citizens/retirees, yet our government bailed them out and held none of them accountable. Now, as they continue their wayward ways, as businesses continue to outsource jobs offshore, as businesses purchases more and more political power, backing Tea Parties and local politicians, we see them continuing their tactics and pushing their agendas. These same groups have reached the height of audacity as they attempt to blame the Middle Class, the Poor, the Elderly and the Sick. They aim to destroy Social Security and Medicare, end Universal Healthcare for all Americans, and massively de-regulate the very laws and oversight which keep us safe.

Now one group is finally standing up and saying "Enough is Enough!" These proud Patriots are standing up and saying "Wall Street - stop your shenanigans!" "Be held Accountable!"

Some naysayers from the extreme right try to ridicule the protesters. They try to call them hippie protesters from the sixties. They think this is an insult. The reality is, the protesters from the sixties were right. I was there in the 60s. I appreciate all that was accomplished in the Civil Rights Movement. We worked hard to ensure the Founding Fathers' Mission of Equality for All regardless of Race, Gender, Sexual Persuasion. For decades the Extreme Right Wing (like Peter King) have advocated the End of the Legislation that was established in the 60's. The extremists NEVER wanted the end to the Jim Crow Laws. They never wanted Equality for all, Civil Rights nor did they want Affirmative Action. Nor did they want the end to the wrongful war in Vietnam. We were the Peace, Equality and Love Generation. We are being revitalized today as we see the wrongs on Wall Street - going unpunished and the extremists pushing their agenda to END Social Security and Medicare for our elderly.

It is time for WE THE PEOPLE to stand up to the Big Corporate Bullies and Extremists. WE THE PEOPLE say so.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Arpaio and Masked Goon Squad Racially Profile Latino Neighborhood Arresting 92 Latinos!

Racial Profiling is a Crime. Yet Arpaio continues to target Latino neighborhoods. He and his masked Volunteer Goon squad did it again on Thursday and Friday. They went to a Latino neighborhood in South Phoenix and these goons arrested 92 Latinos. Media Hog Arpaio said he arrested 23 "illeegals" - just because they didn't have their driver's licenses with them.

Arpaio and his masked goons arrested 69 other Latinos on trumped up charges because he ABUSES HIS POWER and he and his masked volunteer goon squad wear masks -- just like the KKK does. Arpaio allows his volunteer goons to wear masks.

Here are the list of charges and what they really mean:
1. Human Smuggling: a Latino driver gave a ride to someone without their driver's license.
2. Drug Possession: the volunteer goon thought he smelled Pot.
3. DUI: the volunteer goon thought he smelled beer.

I would love to see Arpayaso conduct a "Supression Sweep" (as he terms them) in an All White Neighborhood with his volunteer goons wearing Ski Masks!

What part of Racial Profiling don't you understand Arpayaso?
Dept. of Justice: Please provide your findings on the Abuse of Power case against Arpaio and charge him with his Crimes! Please do it soon!!

California Passes Dream Act!

California passed a new law, AB 131 - known as the California Dream Act and will become effective January 1, 2013. "Going to college is a dream that promises intellectual excitement and creative thinking," Brown said in a statement from Sacramento. "The Dream Act benefits us all by giving top students a chance to improve their lives and the lives of all of us."

Currently, Dream students in California must pay resident tuition rates if they graduated from a state high school and are actively seeking to legalize their immigration status, officials said. The other half of the California Dream Act was signed into law by Brown in July and allows undocumented immigrant students to receive privately funded scholarships administered at public universities and community colleges.

That law, called AB 130, was needed because the University of California and California State University systems avoided giving the private scholarships to their undocumented students, citing vagueness in laws, said the legislative aide to California Dream Act's author, state Assemblyman Gilbert Cedillo (D-Los Angeles).

Cedillo called Saturday's signing "historic" and path-breaking for the United States -- coming at a time when many states such as Alabama and Arizona are passing aggressive laws targeting undocumented immigrants. Some of those laws are being challenged in court.

"The signing of now both parts of the California Dream Act will send a message across the country that California is prepared to lead the country with a positive and productive vision for how we approach challenging issues related to immigration," Cedillo said in a statement.

"Today, Ana and Maria Gomez, Jaime Kim, David Cho, Pedro Ramirez -- and thousands of other students who are some of the best and brightest in California -- have been told by our governor and legislative leaders that you are welcome here, that you have something to contribute, that you can be proud of what you have accomplished and that your talents and ambition will not go to waste," Cedillo said.

Under AB 131, qualifying Dream students will be eligible for state Board of Governors fee waivers, student aid programs administered by a college or university, and the state aid Cal Grants program for state universities, community colleges, and qualifying independent and career colleges or technical schools in California, according to Cedillo.

The California Dream Act differs from a proposed federal bill called the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors -- or DREAM -- Act, which would create a path to citizenship for immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children under the age of 16 and have lived in the United States for at least five years, obtained a high school or General Education Development diploma, and demonstrated "good moral character," according to a White House fact sheet.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Alabama's Racist Racial Profiling Bill Causing ALL Latinos to Flee! No One to Replace "Jobs Americans Won't Do!"

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama's strict new immigration law is backfiring. It was intended to force "illeegals" out of jobs. Instead, it is driving away many construction workers, roofers and field hands in the country legally who do backbreaking jobs that Americans won't do. The vacancies have created a void that is dealing a severe blow to Alabama's economy and is slowing the rebuilding of Tuscaloosa and other tornado-damaged cities.

Some employers believe they can carry on because of the dismal economy, however they worry there isn't anyone to hire who will do these jobs. Here is what is happening: Many LEGAL Hispanic workers are fleeing the state because their family and friends don't have the proper papers and they fear they will be jailed. And there are NO "White Americans" willing to do these jobs.

Rick Pate, the owner of a commercial landscaping company in Montgomery, lost two of his most experienced workers, who were in the country LEGALLY! He spent thousands of dollars training them to install irrigation systems at places like the Hyundai plant.
"They just feel like there is a negative atmosphere for them here. They don't feel welcome. I don't begrudge them. I'd feel nervous, too," Pate said.

While it's not clear how many of an estimated 185,000 Hispanic people in the state have fled, one estimate figured as much one-fourth of the commercial building work force has left since the (RACIST) law was upheld last week, said Bill Caton, president of Associated General Contractors of Alabama. Commercial construction is a more than $7 billion-a-year industry in Alabama.

Legislators said the law would help legal residents suffering from nearly 10 percent unemployment, but they were wrong! One of the bill's authors, Republican Sen. Scott Beason, said he expected short-term problems, but he has received "thank you" calls from (only) two (racist) people who replaced illegal immigrants who fled their jobs. Beason predicts that trickle will become a rush. "We have the best law in the country and I stand by what we've done," Beason said.
Many farmers disagreed. On Chandler Mountain in north Alabama, tomato farmer Lana Boatwright said only eight of the 48 Hispanic workers she needed for harvest showed up after the law took effect. Those who did were frightened. "My husband and I take them to the grocery store at night and shop for them because they are afraid they will be arrested," she said. Farmer Chad Smith said his family farm stands to lose up to $150,000 because there are not enough workers to pick tomatoes spoiling in the fields. "We will be lucky to be in business next year," he said.

The financial toll will be extreme! This racist law allows police to detain LATINOS they racially profile INDEEFINITELY if they say they are suspected of being in the country illegally. Additionally, this racial profiling bill requires schools to check the status of new students when they enroll. These elements make it the toughest law in the nation.

The law targets employers by forbidding drivers from stopping along a road to hire temporary workers. It also bars businesses from taking tax deductions for wages paid to illegal workers and makes it a crime for an illegal immigrant to solicit work. A federal judge has temporarily blocked those sections of the law so she can study them more.

In Alabama, ALL Latinos FEAR for their safety! "We're afraid to go to Walmart. I'm afraid to walk the kids up there to get the bus. I am afraid to drive," Gonzalez said. Her husband worked as a brick mason and cook, but was recently unemployed. Now they have decided they probably will return to Mexico. "We're just trying to be here one more year, but with this law ..." she said, her voice trailing off as she shook her head.

In Tuscaloosa, there is still a lot of rebuilding to be done after Alabama's killer tornadoes in April. Without the Hispanic workers to help out, it will take even longer for neighborhoods to be fixed up. Blake Corder, the president of the Home Builders Association of Tuscaloosa, noted that the workers had left the area and he even lost a few renters in the past week.

Likewise, schools are worried about their students who have suddenly stopped showing up for class. Out of 34,000 Hispanic students, 2,285 were absent Monday. That number increased from Friday by a few hundred.

The figures show seven out of every 100 Hispanic children were out of school, even though state school officials have tried to assure parents that they won't release their names to police and that no child will be denied an education due to legal status.

At Gonzalez' mobile home community, driveways were full of cars and trucks at midday Tuesday, a time when most residents used to be at work. A resident who didn't want to be identified out of fear of the law said people are afraid to venture out during daylight. "People are just not going to work. They don't want to be arrested," the woman said.

Builders have complained they can't find replacement workers and delays in projects are expected. Once the economy picks up and construction returns to normal, the impact will increase, said Russell Davis, executive vice president of the Home Builders Association of Alabama.

"There is going to be a void. No question," Davis said.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Hate Crimes on the rise against Latinos: Attacker screams "I Hate You Fxchin' Beaners!"

Hate Crimes on the rise against Latinos!
Around 7:15 a.m. Monday, a Caucasian woman approached a 50-year-old Latino worker cleaning a brick planter bench area in downtown Huntington Beach and yelled racial slurs and profanities at him, including, "I fucking hate you beaners!" She then punched the Latino without provocation, causing his lip to swell. They did not know one another before the encounter.

Surf City police who responded to the scene arrested a woman identified as Jennifer Renee Vanveldhuizen, 36, of San Diego. The OCDA has charged her with one felony count of hate crime battery causing injury, which could lead to a maximum sentence of three years in state prison if she is convicted.

Vanveldhuizen has an amazing resemblance to convicted Minutewoman Murderer Shawna Forde.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Tea Partier Hank Williams Kicked off of Monday Night Football for his Insane, Racist Comments, Calling our President Hitler!

The drugs must have gone to Hank Williams Jr.'s head! Just look at this drug addled, tea party Kook! Even the Fox News nerds are appalled by his antics!
Thank you ESPN for taking this KOOK off of Monday Night Footbal!!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Latinos Flee Alabama due to Racist Racial Profiling Hate Bill!

As the Racial Profiling bill becomes enacted, Latinos (Children, Parents, Workers) are leaving Alabama in droves. Farmers and Business Owners are lamenting. Crops are rotting on the vines. Meat Packing and Poultry plants are left with no workers. No one in line to take these jobs. Farms and businesses going out of business. The state is losing so much revenue in Sales Taxes. All one can say is "Thank You Racist Tea Parties! Thank you Racist Politicians! Thank you Hate Groups like F.A.I.R., Alipac and others! Thank you for destroying America due to your HATE!"
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Hispanic students have started vanishing from Alabama public schools in the wake of a court ruling that upheld the state's tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration. Education officials say scores of immigrant families have withdrawn their children from classes or kept them home this week, afraid that sending the kids to school would draw attention from authorities.

There are no precise statewide numbers. But several districts with large immigrant enrollments – from small towns to large urban districts – reported a sudden exodus of children of Hispanic parents, some of whom told officials they planned to leave the state to avoid trouble with the law, which requires schools to check students' immigration status. The anxiety has become so intense that the superintendent in one of the state's largest cities, Huntsville, went on a Spanish-language television show Thursday to try to calm widespread worries.

"In the case of this law, our students do not have anything to fear," Casey Wardynski said in halting Spanish. He urged families to send students to class and explained that the state is only trying to compile statistics. Police, he insisted, were not getting involved in schools.

Victor Palafox graduated from a high school in suburban Birmingham last year and has lived in the United States without documentation since age 6, when his parents brought him and his brother here from Mexico. "Younger students are watching their lives taken from their hands," said Palafox, whose family is staying put.

In Montgomery County, more than 200 Hispanic students were absent the morning after the judge's Wednesday ruling. Read the rest of the story HERE.

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