By Frosty Wooldridge.
With every session, our U.S. Congress shows itself more out of touch with the American people than ever before. Our newest president, the one that promised “hope and change” failed to lead America out of its unemployment-national debt crisis. In fact, Obama dug us another $5 trillion more into debt with a projected $4 trillion more before he leaves office.
We expected and demanded jobs to put 14 million unemployed and 7 million underemployed Americans back to work at a living wage. After nearly five years of “hope and change” promised by the Obama administration and all the senators and House members—we still suffer 14 million people searching for jobs while that 7 million continue with minimum wage jobs. Millions more gave up looking for a job.
Last week, McDonald’s fast-food workers in major cities demonstrated against their CEO oppressors who make $10 million annual bonus pay checks while the hamburger flippers make minimum wage. Fast-food jobs can no longer be seen as a step up to the next level, but a financial dungeon for millions who cannot afford a college degree or vocational tech training.
At the bottom of this jobs-financial nightmare, African-Latino Americans by the millions cannot find or secure jobs. Instead, Congress continues pumping 100,000 legal, green-card-holding immigrants into our country every 30 days.
USA Today journalist Hope Yen said, “Four out of five U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream. Survey data exclusive to The Associated Press points to an increasingly globalized U.S. economy, the widening gap between rich and poor, and the loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs as reasons for the trend.”
Whether we suffer from a globalized economy or not, why does Congress import 100,000 green-card-holding immigrant workers every month? With the new S744 amnesty bill, that number jumps to 125,000 monthly because the bill jumps legal immigration from 1.2 million annually to over 1.5 million annually.
Immigration makes America’s minorities and poor even poorer
According to Denver Post columnist Dottie Lamm, “A sobering 68 percent of African-American children are brought up by single mothers.”
In other words, without fathers, 68 out of every 100 black children face lives lacking in mother-father balance, discipline for school and economic penury.
Obama and Congress commit the middle class to further deterioration. Additionally, via S744, Congress and the president added another 200,000 visa green cars annually into perpetuity. Thus, a mind-numbing 33 million more legal immigrants will land on America’s shores looking for work within the next decade. (Source: Roy Beck, director for www.NumbersUSA.org )
In 2013, 47 million Americans subsist on food stamps. Do they stand a chance of leaving welfare by finding a job when Congress imports millions of workers annually? Answer: no chance whatsoever. Who pays for them? Those of us with jobs pay for all those without jobs.
“It’s time that America comes to understand that many of the nation’s biggest disparities, from education and life expectancy to poverty, are increasingly due to economic class position,” said William Julius Wilson, a Harvard professor who specializes in race and poverty.
Nationwide, the count of America’s poor remains stuck at a record number: 46.2 million, or 15 percent of the population, due in part to endless high unemployment. Additionally, 19 million whites fall below the poverty line of $23,021 for a family of four, accounting for more than 41 percent of the nation’s destitute, nearly double the number of poor blacks.
We citizens must ask the ultimate question: why does Congress continue importing 100,000 legal immigrants every 30 days when we suffer so much poverty among our own citizens already? Why does Congress encourage out-sourcing millions of jobs, insourcing of immigrant workers to take our jobs and off-shoring factories to other countries? Why do we import billions of products from China when we could make them here at home, which would provide jobs? Answer: the majority of the good-ole boy network running Congress by such stalwarts as Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Senator Boxer (D-CA) continue their corruption and betrayal of Americans that ultimately leads to the decline of jobs, hope, change for the better and the Middle Class.
All of those senators enjoy one thing in common: lack of term limits to put a halt to their endless incompetence, lack of vision and ideas for putting Americans back to work.
Viable and workable solutions:
1. Reduce all legal immigration to less than 100,000 annually instead of 100,000 every 30 days. Make immigration inflow equal outflow to create jobs for Americans at a living wage. Less workers means more jobs and higher wages. Mass immigration solves nothing for America’s poor and minorities. At the same time, mass immigration overwhelms our food, welfare, work and educational systems. It crowds our cities and overwhelms our infrastructure.
2. Stop importing more goods from China and other countries when we can manufacture the same products in our own country, thus employing 47 million subsisting on food stamps and other welfare.
3. By putting our citizens back to work, welfare to workfare, we can use the internal taxes and citizen contributions to pay down our $16.5 trillion national debt. Today, we kill worker incentives with welfare, socialism and lack of personal accountability.
4. We need to move minimum wage jobs, by incremental steps, up to $15 an hour for minority citizens who lack the educational horsepower to advance themselves. A burger flipper equals a truck driver equals a janitor equals a roofer—making $15 an hour. The CEO doesn’t need a $10 million annual bonus, but the worker needs to pay for his-her children, home and expenses. They cannot do it on minimum wage.
5. We need 12 year term limits for all 535 Congressional critters. They can serve their country and then, go home and go back to work. Career politicians fail us at every juncture as seen in the current mess sloshing around in Washington DC.
6. We need a U.S. president with workable ideas to employ Americans rather than “wait for things to get better” or wish for “hope and change.”
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