The Forsyth Precinct January 2009
The Newsletter for Informed and Concerned Voters
Volume 3, Issue 1
The NFP newsletter begins third year of publication, adheres to traditional values As we begin the new year under a new national administration and new pressures driven by a faltering economy, we at the New Forsyth Precinct newsletter are dedicated to bringing you the most up-to-date events and decisions affecting not only the Republican Party but the nation as a whole. Overall, our view is that we must remain true to the conservative and moral values that made this country the greatest and most productive nation in the history of the world but also to the values that made it the most democratic and most humane of all the world’s societies. We believe that social and eco-
nomic justice demand a return to the values of our Founding Fathers and to the legacies initiated and inspired by them. Therefore, as we begin our third year of publication, we will continue to hammer out our belief and our commitment to the Christian faith and to the free-enterprise capitalist system which brought us to the pinnacle of the modern world. Naturally, we must recognize that growth and change, both economic and political, are inevitable. But we must also recognize that we must grow and adapt to changes that are sometimes beyond our contol and sometimes beyond our ability to understand. Jack Stewart, NFP publisher
He left more of a legacy than just a bow tie
Sen. Ham Horton 1931-2006
When the NFP newsletter was first published, Hamilton Cowles Horton, Jr., a Republican state senator and one of the most erudite and colorful orators to grace the N.C. General Assembly and the halls of justice of Forsyth County, had ended his term as a distinguished lawyer and legislator the previous year. Better known to most of his friends and family as “Ham,” Sen. Horton was the embodiment of Southern charm, grace, wit and gentility. Born in Winston-Salem in 1931, Horton was a graduate of R.J. Reynolds High School, the University of North Carolina and the UNC School of Law. Before entering public life in Winston-Salem, he served in the U.S. Navy, where he achieved the rank of
lieutentant. In time, he would become both a member and a future president of the Forsyth County Bar Association. Following his death, a joint resolution of the N.C. General Assembly extolled him as a man “both of classical sensibility and a touch of whimsy.” As if in verification of the latter, Horton had previously translated the Capitol Press Corps motto into the Latin
Usquam Alius Insolens, which meant roughly: “Anywhere else, we’d just be considered rude.” A history major as an undergraduate student, Horton never forgot the importance of the past nor retreated from bringing the better parts of it into the present. “This statesman never veered from his conservative beliefs, support of individual liberties always working to form that more perfect union. “Because of his impenetrable integrity along with his unwavering Christian values made him an outstanding role model for us all. We will miss you, Ham,” said Jack Stewart, a past chairman of the Forsyth Republican Party.
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The party’s over!
By Linda Monk The Crash of 2008, which is now wiping out trillions of dollars of our people’s wealth, is, like the Crash of 1929, likely to mark the end of one era and the onset of another. The new era will see a more sober and much diminished America . The ‘Omnipower’ and ‘Indispensable Nation’ we heard about in all the hubris and braggadocio following our Cold War victory is history. Seizing on the crisis, the left says we are witnessing the failure of market economics, a failure of conservatism. This is nonsense. What we are witnessing is the collapse of Gordon Gecko (‘Greed Is Good!’) capitalism. What we are witnessing is what happens to a prodigal nation that ignores history, and forgets and abandons the philosophy and principles that made it great. A true conservative (Rep or Dem) cherishes prudence and believes in fiscal responsibility, balanced budgets and a self-reliant republic. He believes in saving for retirement and a rainy day, in deferred gratification, in not buying on credit what you cannot afford, in living within your means. Is that really what got Wall Street and us into this mess — that we followed too religiously the gospel of Robert Taft and Russell Kirk? ‘Government must save us!’ cries the left, as ever. Yet, who got us into this mess if not the government — the Fed with its easy money, Bush with his profligate spending, and Congress and the SEC by liberating Wall Street and failing to step in and stop the drunken orgy? For years, we Americans have spent more than we earned. We save nothing. Credit card debt, consumer debt, auto debt, mortgage debt, corporate debt — all are at record levels. And with pensions and savings being wiped out, much of that debt will never be repaid. Our standard of living is inevitably going to fall. For foreigners will not forever buy our bonds or lend us more money if they rightly fear that they will be paid back, if at all, in cheaper dollars. We are going to have to learn to live again within our means. THE PARTY’S OVER! Up through World War II, we followed the Hamiltonian idea that America must remain economically independent of the world in order to remain politically independent. But this generation decided that was yesterday’s bromide and we must march bravely forward into a Global Economy, where we all depend on one another. American companies morphed into ‘Global Companies’ and moved plants and factories to Mexico , Asia, China , and India , and we began buying more cheaply from abroad what we used to make at home: shoes, clothes, bikes, cars, radios, TVs, planes, computers. As the trade deficits began inexorably to rise to 6 percent of GDP, we began vast borrowing from abroad to continue buying from abroad. At home, propelled by tax cuts, war in Iraq and an explosion in social spending, surpluses vanished and deficits reappeared and began to rise. The dollar began to sink, and gold began to soar. Yet, still, the promises of the politicians come. Barack Obama will give us national health insurance and tax cuts for all but that two percent of the nation that already carries 50 percent of the federal income tax load. Who are we kidding? What we are witnessing today is how empires end. The Last Superpower is unable to defend its borders, protect its currency, win its wars, or balance its budget. Medicare and Social Security are headed for the cliff with unfunded liabilities in the tens of trillions of dollars. What we are witnessing today is nothing less than a Katrina-like failure of government, of our political class, and of democracy itself, casting a cloud over the viability and longevity of the system. Notice who is managing the crisis. Not our elected leaders. Nancy Pelosi says she had nothing to do with it. Congress is paralyzed and heading home. President Bush is nowhere to be seen. Hank Paulson of Goldman Sachs and Ben Bernanke of the Fed chose to bail out Bear Sterns but let Lehman go under. They decided to nationalize Fannie and Freddie at a cost to taxpayers of hundreds of billions, putting the U. S. government behind $5 trillion in mortgages.
They decided to buy AIG with $85 billion rather than see the insurance giant sink beneath the waves. Unelected financial elite is now entrusted with the assignment of getting us out of a disaster into which an unelected financial elite plunged the nation. We are just spectators. What the Greatest Generation handed down to us — the richest, most powerful, most self-sufficient republic in history, with the highest standard of living any nation had ever achieved — the baby boomers, oblivious and self-indulgent to the end, have frittered away. How do WE THE PEOPLE put the villains who are responsible under oath and sit them down at public hearings to determine whose necks should meet the guillotine? Hypocritically, those who had oversight responsibility such as Senator Chris Dodd [Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee] and Barney Frank [Chairman, House Financial Services Committee] who helped get us into this mess are on every TV channel voicing their righteous indignation and pompously sitting on their elevated platform glaring down at those they are chastising and grilling, trying to pass the blame to others. WE THE PEOPLE should be on the elevated platform in judgment and execution of the likes of Chris Dodd, Barney Frank and the rest of the band of thieves and conspirators who are responsible for the financial collapse of the USA . To name just a few of the culprits: Henry Paulson Jr, Secretary of the Treasury Alan Greenspan & Ben Bernanke — Chairman Federal Reserve Christopher Cox, SEC Chairman. But not to worry — YOUR PUBLIC SERVANTS who fear being voted out of office will take their self-awarded Golden Parachute Congressional Retirement, give WE THE PEOPLE the finger one last time and head for their safe havens as the World Citizens they are. However, before they waddle off into the sunset, they will go on record one last time denouncing corporate greed, lavish salaries, and bonuses for their key felons at Fannie May, Freddie Mac, Lehman Brothers & AIG Meanwhile, WE THE PEOPLE fiddle while Rome burns and were too lazy and indifferent to vote them out of office. Linda R. Monk, J. D., is a constitutional scholar, journalist, and nationally award-winning author. A graduate of Harvard Law School , she twice received the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, its highest honor for law-related media. Her books include The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution, Ordinary Americans: U. S. History Through the Eyes of Everyday People, and The Bill of Rights: A User’s Guide. For more than 20 years, Ms. Monk has written commentary for newspapers nationwide, including the New York Times,Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune
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The Bad War? Two recent books on WWII written from an all-too-comfortable distance. By Victor Davis Hanson Normandy, France — Questioning the past is a good thing, but rewriting it contrary to facts is quite another. In the latest round of revisionism about the Second World War, the awful British and naive Americans, not the poor Germans, have ended up as the real culprits. Take the new book by conservative pundit Patrick Buchanan, Churchill, Hitler and “The Unnecessary War”: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World. Buchanan argues that, had the imperialist Winston Churchill not pushed poor Hitler into a corner, he would have never invaded Poland in 1939, which triggered an unnecessary Allied response. Maybe then the subsequent world war, and its 50 million dead, could have been avoided. Taking that faulty argument to its logical end, I suppose today a united West might live in peace with a reformed (and victorious) Nazi Third Reich. On the Left, novelist Nicholson Baker’s nonfiction title, Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization, builds the case that the Allied bombing of German cities was tantamount to a war crime. Apparently there was no need to, in blanket fashion, attack German urban centers and the industry, transportation, and communications concentrated within them. From Baker’s comfortable vantage point, either the war was amoral or unnecessary — or there must have been more humane ways to stop the flow of fuel, crews, and equipment for the Waffen SS divisions that invaded Europe and Russia.
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In the luxury of some 60 years of postwar peace and affluence — and perhaps in anger over the current Iraq war — Buchanan and Baker and other revisionists engage in a common sort of Western second-guessing. The result is that they always demand liberal democracies be not just better and smarter than their adversaries, but almost superhuman in their perfection. Buchanan and others, for example, fault the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I as too harsh on a defeated Germany and thus an understandable pretext for the rise of the Nazis, who played on German anger and fear. Those accords may have been flawed, but they were far better than what Germany itself had offered France in 1871 after the Franco-Prussian War, or Russia after its collapse in 1917 — or what it had planned for Britain and France had it won the First World War. What ultimately led to World War II was neither Allied interbellum meanness to Germany nor an unwillingness to understand the Nazis’ pain and anguish. The mistake instead was not occupying all of imperial Germany after the first war in 1918-19. That way, the Allies would have demonstrated to the German people that their army was never “stabbed in the back” at home, as the Nazis later alleged, but instead defeated by an Allied army that was willing to stay on to foster German constitutional government and its reintegration within Europe. The Allies later did occupy Germany after World War II — and 60 years without war have followed. Had Nicholson Baker been alive in 1942, I doubt he would have had better ideas for how to stop the Nazi and Japanese juggernauts that had ruined Eastern Europe, Russia, and large parts of China and southeast Asia — other than using the same clumsy tools our grandfathers were forced to employ to end fascist aggression. A Nazi armored division or death
camp stopped its murderous work not through reasoned appeal or self-reflection, but only when its fuel, supplies, and manpower were cut off. I am currently visiting military cemeteries in France, Luxembourg, and Belgium, some of the most beautiful, solemn acres in Europe. The thousands of Americans lying beneath the rows of white crosses at Normandy Beach, at Hamm, Luxembourg, and at St. Avold in the Lorraine probably did not debate the Versailles Treaty or worry too much whether a B-17 took out a neighborhood when it tried to hit a German railyard. Instead, our soldiers were more worried that they had few options available to stop Nazi Germany and imperial Japan — other than their own innate courage and valor. The American dead in European cemeteries never bragged
that they were eagerly fighting a “good” war; they were reluctantly finishing a necessary war that someone else started. Those GIs and the leaders who sent them into the carnage of World War II knew that Americans could do good without having to be perfect. In contrast, the present critics of the Allied cause enjoy the freedom and affluence that our forefathers gave us by fighting World War II, while ignoring — or faulting — the intelligence and resolve that won it. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman once scoffed at the peacetime wisdom of postwar critics that came across as massproduced, feel-good “bottled piety.” Others might call it ingratitude. — Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a recipient of the 2007 National Humanities Medal.
U.S. issued 3,400 visas to immigrants from ‘state sponsors of terror’ in 2008 By Matt Hadro Iranians take part in a rally against the Iranian government, organized by the opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran, in Villepinte, a northern suburb of Paris, Saturday, June 28, 2008.(CNSNews.com) – A little-known State Department program has allowed about 3,400 immigrants to come to the U.S. in 2008 from the four nations that a currently listed by the State Department as “state sponsors of terror” – Iran, Cuba, Syria and Sudan. According to a State Department report on the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, 691visas were granted to immigrants from Cuba, 1,435 to immigrants from Iran, 1,147 to immigrants from Sudan and 94 to immigrants from
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Syria. The program, mandated by Congress and administered by the State Department, consists of a lottery for applicants from countries with “low rates of immigration” to the U.S. In the 2008 diversity visa (DV) lottery, the U.S. made available 50,000 visas for applicants. Out of 6.4 million applicants, approximately 96,000 were chosen at random from countries in six different geographic regions, and registered. The 96,000 were then allowed to apply for one of the 50,000 visas. Applicants must be “natives” of an eligible country — in most cases, the applicant’s country of birth. Applicants must also have either a high school education or its equivalent, or “two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least two years of training or experience to perform,” according to the official lottery program regulations. “Qualifying work experience” is determined by the U.S. Department of Labor. No more than 7 percent of the visas See “3,400 visas,” on page 5
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Around the State GOP Chairman Daves will not seek re-election in June RALEIGHâ€”Chairman Linda Daves, North Carolina Republican Party, released the following statement today. "Serving as the Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party has been a great honor. The ability to serve the interests of the people of North Carolina has been one of the great privileges of my life. The best part of this job has been the ability to meet the many diverse people who make up the fabric of our state. I have spent many years working alongside dedicated, hardworking Republicans in North Carolina as a grassroots activist. It is these good people who make up the heart and soul of our party. Having the ability to see their commitment to making our state the best that it can be has given me renewed hope for our future each day. I am proud of what Republicans have been able to accomplish together for the people of North Carolina over the last two years. The fruit of the labor associated with party building takes time to grow. I think it is good and healthy for an organization to have fresh, new leadership periodically. At the conclusion of my term in June, I will step aside and allow someone else the honor and responsibility of guiding this party into the future. I am an activist and I will continue my work with candidates and Republican leaders across North Carolina to ensure our progress forward and to advocate for conservative fiscal and social policies. Between now and June, when a new chairman Mark Johnson - Staff Writer will be elected, I will continue to work diligently with our activists and other party The News & Observer leaders to assess our strengths and weaknesses and to begin the process of rebuilding." The recession has claimed its first victims among Gov.-elect Beverly Perdue's The North Carolina Republican Party will elect a new chairman at the 2009 campaign promises. NCGOP Convention held June 12-14 in Raleigh. Perdue said Wednesday that, because of the sluggish economy, she will hold off pursuing her proposal for tuition-free community colleges and an increase in the minimum wage. "I don't believe that my first priority and first accomplishment will be free community college because of the budget [difficulties]," Perdue said in an interview. "It's much harder than it was this time last year." On Back Burner - Gov.-elect Perdue cites recession, puts items on back burner. Perdue and legislators writing the next budget expect to face a gap between RALEIGHâ€”Before the new session of the General Assembly even convenes, one Democrat legislator is already facing misdemeanor charges. Democrat Repre- revenue and planned spending that could be as large as $3 billion. They expect sentative-Elect Nick Mackey (D-Mecklenburg) has been charged criminally with to have a better sense of the size of the problem when early, estimated tax payfailing to turn over business documents in connection with a civil lawsuit and a ments come in this month. judgment against him for nearly $100,000. Mackey has been ordered to pay interest Elaine Mejia, who heads the N.C. Budget & Tax Center, said Perdue's halt until the amount is paid in full and the offense is punishable by up to 120 days in to new spending is, at first glance, understandable. jail. The Democrat also faces an unrelated professional grievance. (" Mackey faces "It's also premature to be ruling things out," said Mejia, whose private, nonmisdemeanor charge linked to civil suit," Charlotte Observer, 1/3/09) profit organization advocates policies to aid low-income families. She said the Chairman Linda Daves, North Carolina Republican Party, made the following state should consider shifting money from current spending and also emphastatement: sized that the debate over a minimum wage will likely be settled by Congress. "It is a shame to start a new year and a new session of the General Assembly Neither the free tuition nor the minimum wage were featured prominently with the same ethical and moral cloud hovering over the state legislature. After by Perdue's campaign until after her Democratic primary opponent, state Treabeing forced to expunge a member in last year's session, it is unacceptable that surer Richard Moore, began trumpeting the ideas. During the general election, Democrats have learned so little from past mistakes. Until we have leaders we can her Republican opponent, Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, ridiculed the idea of trust in Raleigh, the public trust in the actions of state government will continue to free tuition by saying that someone would have to pay the costs. erode." North Carolina's minimum wage, $6.55 an hour, is scheduled to rise to $7.25 an hour in July. The idea of raising it further has moved to the back burner. "I look forward to continuing to push for a minimum wage increase," Perdue said, "but my priority this year is to keep people working, and I've got folks who talk to me and are willing to take a less-than-minimum-wage job right now just to have a paycheck."
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Obama’s plan to rejoin the world community Phyllis Schlafly TownHall.com When Candidate Barack Obama declared himself a “citizen of the world” be the “strong international norms” that Obama seeks. Obama is toadying to his feminist friends by pushing ratification of the U.N. Treaty on Women, known as CEDAW. It was signed by Jimmy Carter in 1980 and persistently promoted by Hillary Clinton, but the Senate has so far had the good judgment to refuse to ratify it. This treaty would require us “to
modify the social and cultural patterns of conduct of men and women,” to follow U.N. dictates about “family education,” to revise our textbooks to conform to feminist ideology in order to ensure “the elimination of any stereotyped concept of the roles of men and women” and to set up a federal “network of child-care facilities.” Article 16 would require us to allow women “to decide number and spacing of their children.” Everyone recognizes this as feminist jargon for a U.N. obligation to allow abortion on demand. Like all U.N. treaties, the U.N. Treaty on Women creates a monitoring commission of so-called “experts” to ensure compliance. The monitors of the
Treaty on Women have already singled out Mother’s Day as a stereotype that must be eliminated. Another U.N. Treaty on the list is the U.N. Treaty on the Rights of the Child, which was signed in 1995 by Bill Clinton but wisely never ratified by our Senate. This is a pet project of the people who believe that the “village” (i.e., the government or U.N. “experts”) should raise children rather than their parents. This treaty would give children rights against their parents and society to express their own views “freely in all matters,” to receive information of all kinds through “media of the child’s choice,” to use their “own language,” and
to have the right to “rest and leisure.” This treaty even orders our schools to teach respect for “the Charter of the United Nations.” These Obama-endorsed treaties, every one of which would be a dramatic encroachment on U.S. sovereignty, would be supplemented by trade agreements negotiated by Obama’s trade representative, Ron Kirk. He is an enthusiastic supporter of the “global economic community” (which means open borders for “free” trade), of NAFTA and even of the NAFTA Super Highway, which he calls the “true river of trade between our communities.” Kirk’s work to lock us into the global economy will be bolstered by Obama’s secretary of commerce, Bill Richardson, another aggressive promoter of “free” trade. Every U.N. treaty would interfere with self-government over some aspect of our lives and would transfer significant power to foreign bureaucrats, many of whom hate and envy America. Obama’s U.N. treaties are the enemy of U.S. political and social independence, and Kirk’s global economic community is the enemy of good middleclass American jobs.
terrorists to enter the country – though ists attempting to use the program for no incidences have yet been reported. entry into the United States as perma“The IG (Inspector General) stated nent residents and recommended that may go to persons from one single counthat the DV program posed significant State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs protry. According to Section 203(c) of the risks to national security from hostile in- pose legislation to bar aliens from state Immigration and Nationality Act, it is up telligence officers, criminals, and terror- sponsors of terrorism,” the report said. to the attorney general to determine immigration numbers from the past five years, and to identify regions and states with high and low admission rates to the U.S. Henry VI, Part II, Act IV, Sc. 2, Ln. 86 Visas are then issued to persons from “low-admission states” — states that have not sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. over the previous 1531-A Westbrook Plaza Drive five-year period. Winston-Salem, NC 27103 In 2007, the Government AccountReal Estate Closings Wills & Estates ability Office issued a report indicating Personal Injury Social Security Disability that nearly 9,800 aliens from state sponFAX: 336-659-8882 sors of terrorism have received diversity Office: 336-659-8384 visas since 2000. The report, however, indicated that the diversity visa lottery program was Subscribe to “susceptible to fraud” and was a way for Continued from page 3
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Around the World European politics to watch By Paul Belien The Brussels Journal Anti-Semitism is on the rise in Europe. This cannot be denied, although the media prefer to downplay one of its main causes: the Islamization of Europe. Last week’s Economist referred to the problem (though only in passing) in an article on Muslims in Europe where it mentioned fights between Muslims and Jews in rough parts of northern Paris. Denis MacShane’s column about “Europe’s Jewish Problem” in last week’s Newsweek, refers to Jewish kids from North London afraid to go home on public buses on account of anti-Jewish attacks. Mr. MacShane, a Labour MP and Britain’s former Europe minister, states that the British National Party and Islamist ideologues are the two anti-Semitic groups in Britain, He does not mention that the North London buses are being terrorized by Muslim gangs and not by BNP thugs. When addressing the problem of rising anti-Semitism in Spain, he refers to a third cause for the rise of anti-Jewish feelings: “the anti-Israel language of Spain’s liberal-left intellectual and media elites.” The anti-Israeli bias of the intellectual and media elites exists in Britain and other European countries too. In my opinion, the main causes for the surge in anti-Semitism in Europe are, first and foremost, the growing appeal of Islamic ideology on immigrant populaIn his radio address today, President- said he wanted the plan to create OR tions in West-European urban areas, and, secondly, the anti-Israeli bias of Europe’s elect. Obama uses some new language SAVE two million jobs. intellectual, political and media elites who, eager to please Muslims, blame the latter’s when discussing what he wants the stimuHe says the “No. 1 goal of my plan anger for the West on the Israeli treatment of the Palestinians. If only Israel (and the lus package to achieve in terms of jobs. ... is to create three million new jobs, Jews) would disappear, the Arabs and the Europeans could live in peace and har- First off, he has a name for the package more than 80 percent of them in the primony, they reason. — the “American Recovery and Reinvest- vate sector.” The European elites are more than willing to sacrifice Israel in return for good ment Plan.” If you do the math: 20 percent of relations with Islamic dictators. The anti-Israeli propaganda, such as the al-Dura The president-elect says he wants to three million means 600,000 new govhoax, staged by the French state-owned television network France 2, is intended to “create three million new jobs” — this is ernment employees. stir anti-Jewish feelings among the population and prepare the ground for abandon- a change from a few weeks ago, when he ing Israel. Given the extent of the media bias against Israel it is a small miracle that antiJewish feelings are not more widespread among the indigenous, non-Muslim, Europeans. Neo-Nazi parties remain fringe Subscribe now to groups. They sympathize with the antiSemitism of the radical Islamists. MeanA recent study revealed that while nationalist parties, who purge themthere would have been different selves from anti-Semites and realize that oucomes in the 2006 elections if the Israel is Europe’s front post in the war Official newsletter of the voters had been more educated about against Islamic radicalism, are growing in the polls. the positions of the candidates and Forsyth County GOP “As jobs are lost and welfare betheir parties. comes meaner and leaner, the politics of The conclusion: Due to To subscribe, send your blaming the outsider can only grow,” ignorance about many of the e-mail address to: writes Denis MacShane. “The hard-won candidates’ positions, the voters, in European politics of breaking down fronForsyth Precinct many instances, cast their ballots tiers and trying to legislate for tolerance P.O. Box 1633 against their own best interests. will get harder to defend, still less to proThe new Forsyth Precinct Kernersville NC, 27285 mote. European populism and the anti-EU newsletter is devoted to voter nationalism of both the right and the left email it to us at: education and to keeping our local is now the politics to watch.” Mr. email@example.com voters informed. MacShane fears the European populism or go directly to: and nationalism. I think it is the best hope forsythprecinct.com we have got.
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Legal residents take housing backseat to illegals Elliot Spagat Associated Press Writer Untold thousands of illegal immigrants live in public housing at a time when hundreds of thousands of citizens and legal residents are stuck waiting years for a spot. Illegal immigrants make up a tiny They co portion of the 7.1 million people in federal housing, according to government statistics. But authorities may be unaware of thousands more, and critics say no illegal immigrant should get housing benefits. The issue made headlines in November with news that Zeituni Onyango, an aunt of President-elect Barack Obama, was living in Boston public housing while in the country illegally. The federal government, which funds the lion’s share of the nation’s public housing, requires only that illegal immigrants share a home with at least one family member who is in the country legally and pay their share of the rent. While there are no hard numbers on illegal immigrants in public housing, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reports that 29,570 people — 0.4 percent of all those in federally funded housing — are “ineligible noncitizens.” Some may be on temporary visas, such as highly educated workers or college students, but many are believed to be illegal immigrants. Frank Bean, director of the University of California, Irvine’s Center for Research on Immigration, Population and Public Policy, estimates at least half of ineligible noncitizens - or about 15,000 - are illegal immigrants with U.S.-born children. Anyone born on U.S. soil is automatically a citizen, making their families eligible for federal housing. The HUD tally does not offer a full picture of how many illegal immigrants are in public housing. It doesn’t include housing funded by state and local governments, where eligibility requirements vary. Massachusetts, where Obama’s aunt occupied one of about 50,000 state-
funded units, doesn’t ask immigration status under a 1977 federal consent decree in a class-action lawsuit that prohibits the state from denying the benefit to illegal immigrants. Other illegal immigrants may live in public housing without notifying authorities. “It seems that the larger concern would be those who we don’t know about that may be in the U.S. illegally and living in federal housing, yet never risk presenting themselves to HUD,” said Jonathan Graffeo, a spokesman for Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. Some prospective tenants and advocates of immigration restrictions are angry about U.S. citizens waiting for housing aid that some number of illegal immigrants are enjoying. New York City has about 260,000 people in line for housing aid. Chicago
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other services, like food stamps and broad Medicaid coverage. Onyango, the half-sister of Obama’s late father, applied for public housing in 2002 while she was in the country legally seeking asylum from her native Kenya, said Lydia Agro, spokeswoman for the Boston Housing Authority, which has a waiting list of nearly 20,000 people. Onyango moved into federally funded housing in 2003 and stayed there after 2004, when, The Associated Press learned, an immigration judge denied her asylum application and ordered her to leave the country. Onyango transferred to an apartment funded only by the state, which cannot ask about immigration status under the court order. In November, her attorney said she was staying with relatives in Cleveland and would fight her deportation order.
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President-elect Barack Obama wants to use his economic aid plan to cut energy use in federal buildings, a long-sought goal that has achieved mixed success. "If we do that effectively, then over the long term we are...
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recently opened its waiting list for the first time in about 10 years and collected 259,000 names in four weeks for 40,000 slots. “As long as that waiting list includes American citizens or legal immigrants, there’s no reason an illegal alien should occupy any of that housing,” said Rosemary Jenks, director of government relations for NumbersUSA, a group that supports curbs on immigration. In San Diego, applicants are told they can expect to wait five to seven years. “I don’t think we should take a second seat to anyone,” said Daryl Ford, who applied for housing aid last year and lives in a San Diego homeless shelter. “We send money to everyone else in the world but we’re struggling here.” Illegal immigrants get free public education through high school and emergency medical care, but are denied many
Caroline Kennedy's missteps and halting speech patterns have been replayed endlessly since she announced her bid to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton Former Gov. Jeb Bush announced in the U.S. Senate. . Tuesday that he won't run for the U.S. Senate in 2010 to replace the retiring Mel Martinez, saying that it was not the right time to return to elected office.
Ex-Gov. Bush won't run for Senate in 2010
Richardson withdrawal leaves gap in Cabinet
The Cabinet that President-elect Barack Obama picked on a fast track has an unexpected opening, with New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Obama's choice for Barack Obama knows Colorado's commerce secretary, withdrawing under new senator better than most state voters pressure of a federal... do. Denver Public Schools Superintendent Michael Bennet, the man tapped to replace Sen. Ken Salazar, is a mystery to Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, who last many voters.... year helped deliver his state to the Democratic Party in a presidential election for the first time in more than 40 years, has been selected by President-elect Barack Obama to head the DNC.
New senator relatively unknown to voters
Obama picks Kaine
Kennedy missteps might not trip her up
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Around the Nation Schools led by Obama’s Education Secretary designee failed No-Child-Left-Behind standard for five years By Matt Hadro CNSNews.com Chicago Schools Chief Arne Duncan smiles as President-elect Barack Obama announces his selection to be Education Secretary, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at the Dodge Renaissance Academy in Chicago. (AP Photo)(CNSNews.com) – The Chicago Public Schools, whose superintendent, Arne Duncan, has been tapped by President-elect Barack Obama to be the next education secretary, failed to meet the Illinois state standards set under the No Child Left Behind Act for the last five years. From 2004 to 2008, the Chicago district (District 299) failed to make “Adequate Yearly Progress” (AYP) in key areas, according to the district’s progress report on the Illinois State Board of Education Web site. Under the No Child Left Behind Act that Congress passed in 2003, each state must “develop and implement a statewide accountability system” to ensure annual progress in all educational agencies and public schools in the state. llinois administers a test every spring to determine proficiency in reading and math. The results are combined with each school’s participation rate and attendance rate (for elementary schools) or participation rate and graduation rate (for high schools), to determine if the school or district has made its AYP goal. In 2006, 58 percent of students in the Chicago Public Schools met the state standards in reading and 59.7 percent met the state standards in mathematics. Both percentages were above the set 47.5 percent AYP success rate for that year. However, to be counted as making Adequate Yearly Progress, schools must also achieve proficiency for all subgroups of students—White, Black, Hispanic, Asian/ Pacific Islander, Native American, Multiracial/Ethnic, Limited English Proficiency (LEP), Students with Disabilities and the Economically Disadvantaged (ED). In 2006, for example, only 20.2 percent of Chicago’s “Students with Disabilities” subgroup met the state reading standards, and only 22.9 percent met the math requirement—both well below the expected percentage. As a result, the Chicago school district did not meet AYP goals in 2006. In 2008, meanwhile, 60.1 percent of all students for the district achieved the standard in reading, which was below the 62.5 percent level required for that year. The Black subgroup failed to meet the minimum level of proficiency in both reading and math, and the Hispanic subgroup fell short in reading along with the LEP and ED subgroups. The Students with Disabilities subgroup failed to achieve goals in both reading and math. The Illinois State Board of Education sets a universal standard throughout the state that each district and school must meet. To meet state proficiency standards, 95 percent of all students – as well as 95 percent of all subgroups of 45 or more students – must be tested in reading and math. Only students in certain grade levels take the test each year, in grades ranging from elementary to high school. The standards increase in difficulty each year, and will increase until the 20132014 school year when the proficiency rate for reading and mathematics is expected to be 100 percent for each school district in America, in accordance with No Child Left Behind. The Chicago school district is currently on “Academic Watch” status, based on its failure to make adequate progress for four consecutive years—and in year two of academic watch for failure to make required improvements. Arne Duncan, whom President Obama will nominate as secretary of education, was superintendent of the Chicago Public Schools from 2001 to 2008
Homosexual ‘marriage’ advocates pinpoint Minnesota Senate Charlie Butts OneNewsNow Homosexual activists are targeting Minnesota to legalize same-sex “marriage.” Senator Warren Limmer (R-Maple Grove) says the Minnesota Senate has been dominated by liberals for 32 years, and activist groups know it. “The gay community has decided to up the ante by promoting a statute that would recognize gay marriage in the state of Minnesota,” he explains. As polls show the majority of Minnesotans supporting traditional marriage, opponents of homosexual marriage have regularly tried to pass a measure to send the matter to the people for a vote. “And the forces that are behind our opposition have continually run away from the issue,” he points out. “They adjourn meetings as soon as we bring it up, and they’ve gone as far as turning the microphones off [on] our senators as we bring this issue up on the floor of the Minnesota Senate, and all of the other side gets up and leaves the room.” limmer believes activists are going to the legislature in order to avoid giving the people a chance to vote.
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