American Elephants


Misrepresentation, Lies, and Propaganda. Can’t Anybody Tell the Truth? by The Elephant's Child

The Labor Department reported on Friday that the economy had gained 209,000 jobs in July. That doesn’t keep up with the birthrate. Economists had predicted a gain of 230,000 jobs and an unemployment rate of 6.1%, so 6.2% was a disappointing jobs number. Not good. Average hourly earnings increased by a yearly  gain of a precise 0.2¢, but wage growth has been stagnant for most of the, um, economic recovery. It’s a weak economy, stumbling along in near-stall speed. President Obama proved once again in his weekly address that he remains remarkably clueless.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: This morning we learned that our economy created over 200,000 new jobs in July. That’s on top of about 300,000 new jobs in June. So we are now in a six-month streak with at least 200,000 new jobs each month. That’s the first time that has happened since 1997. Over the past year, we’ve added more jobs than any year since 2006. All told, our businesses have created 9.9 million new jobs over the past 53 units. That’s the longest streak of private sector job creation in our history.

As we saw on Wednesday, the economy grew at a strong pace in the spring. Companies are investing, consumers are spending and American manufacturing, energy, technology, autos all are booming. And thanks to the decisions that we’ve made and the resilience of the American people, we’ve recovered faster and come farther from the recession than almost any other advanced country on earth. So the good news is the economy clearly is getting stronger, things are getting better, engines are revving a little bit louder.

Well, no it isn’t, things aren’t getting better, and the engines are stalled. Democrats have become the party of economic control. If things aren’t going well, it’ because we need more rules. If something is not working Obama will fix it with his pen and his phone. Nobody knows what comes next. We’re told ObamaCare premiums are about to skyrocket—precisely how much? Who knows? The IRS is crooked. The EPA may descend on you for disobeying an order you never heard of. They just descended on a woman in South Carolina and confiscated her elderly Range Rover — she has no idea why. The president and the press lie to us. I think everyone has the feeling that government departments may be told to misrepresent their numbers, but I don’t know that to be the case, I’ve just lost several degrees of trust.

The press continues to describe the influx of illegal alien young people, OTM (other than Mexican), mothers with small children, Muslims, Chinese, Mara-Salvatucha gang members, as little children who are fleeing violence and poverty in their country. No, they are not. The kids have been questioned and they are not fleeing violence, they are coming in response to Obama’s offer of amnesty. 80%, according to Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX)  are young men 16 and 17 years of age. Now we learn that planeloads of them have been sent to Hawaii and Alaska. The airline tickets back home to Central America would be cheaper.

ADDENDUM:From the Hill: “The Real unemployment rate is at least 18 percent.”

Employers can, intentionally or unintentionally, abuse the H-1B visa program, which permit businesses to employ foreign workers when qualified Americans are unavailable. Americans may be overlooked, because they demand higher wages, or are not networked with immigrants that are already employed in technical and managerial positions.

The economy has created only about 6 million new jobs during the Bush-Obama years, whereas the comparable figure during the Reagan-Clinton period was about 40 million. A recent study by the Center for Immigration Studies indicates that virtually all the new jobs created since 2000 went to immigrants, whereas none were created for native-born Americans.



The Aussies Are Having Border Problems Too. by The Elephant's Child

We are not alone. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is now picking on Australia for not inviting uninvited immigrants to stick around. After an assessment at sea, 41 Sri Lankans were rejected by the border patrol and handed over to the Sri Lankan authorities.

I always find it fascinating that our friends in Russia can take the most severe actions and nobody criticizes, but when one of the world’s freest nations dares to insist that their borders mean something and that  you need permission to enter, all hell breaks loose.

Australians welcome immigrants as we do. But there is a legal way to do it. You go to an embassy and tell them you want to immigrate. It may take some time, but you will be welcome when the time comes. We just don’t have room for all the people in the world who want to live in a free country. We cannot handle all the claim jumpers currently bidding for our compassion. The U.N. should butt out.



The UN Wants Us To Designate The Illegals as Refugees! by The Elephant's Child

Officials of the United Nations are pushing for many of the Central Americans “fleeing” to the U.S. to be treated as refugees who have been displaced by armed conflict. An official designation that is meant to increase pressure on the United States to accept tens of thousands of people currently ineligible for asylum. Well, thank you very much, United Nations.

Officials with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees say they hope to see a regional agreement on that status Thursday when migration and interior department representatives from the U.S., Mexico, and Central America meet in Nicaragua. The group will discuss updating a 30-year-old declaration regarding the obligations nations have to aid refugees.

A more accurate assessment would note that the migrants who are trekking North are lured by the American president’s talk of amnesty. They have been coached to talk as if they are displaced by armed conflict, but as soon as they have recited the phrases taught them, they cannot elaborate on their statement.

Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are dependent on remittances that immigrants send home to their native country.

As to what has caused the huge increase from Central American states, Michael Ramirez targeted it quite accurately!

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The Federal Language Police Strike Again—Inappropriately. by The Elephant's Child

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The chaos at the border continues. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have been directed to no longer refer to illegal immigrant children crossing he border alone as “UACs” (unaccompanied alien children). Well, the language police have disposed of “illegal,” that’s judgmental or demeaning or something. Now “alien” has to go. They are to be referred to as “unaccompanied children” in official correspondence, according to an internal ICE email. Customs and Border Protection is still using “unaccompanied alien children” (ages 0-17 years old) as an official term as it counts the numbers it is apprehending at unprecedented levels along the southwest border. I hate the politically correct attempts to make a silk purse out of the proverbial sow’s ear. Apparently “immigrants” is out and “migrants” is in.

From October 1 to June 15, more than 52,000 unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors have been detained. The majority of the minors are over 14 years old.

After they have been “processed” if they have an address or a phone number in this country, they are put on a bus for that address with the order to return in 15 days for a hearing. Less than 20 percent actually turn up for the hearing, and the address and phone number turn out to be phony. They simply add to the numbers of illegals in the country.

The White House is not planning to reassess its strategy for handling the thousands of illegal teenagers, kids and adults.  according to press secretary Josh Earnest.

Texas Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) wrote to the president last month, asking him to visit and survey the areas where thousands of immigrant children had crossed into the U.S.

Earnest would not say whether Obama planned to visit the border during his trip to Texas for a fundraiser next week. The press secretary added:

Those individuals who are concerned about border security and concerned about the situation at the border, that the most important thing they could do is not offer public invitations, but actually to lend their public support to comprehensive immigration reform. Those people who are focused on border security understand that passing comprehensive immigration reform would allow for a historic investment in our borders. And that’s one of the many reasons the president has strongly advocated for Congress to make progress on that.

This is getting really tiresome. We have this influx of illegals because of the actions of this president. He has withdrawn border security, it is his “Dream Act” and his proclamations that if Congress wouldn’t pass it, he would implement it himself that brought this flood to the country. It is his ICE and Border Patrol who are being forced to put them on a bus and send them to a relative who doesn’t exist, and who will then blend into the population. The mothers with young children will be on welfare, for they have no money and no means of support, and will not be able to work.

Border Patrol officers have been re-directed from enforcement to processing, which creates “a very porous border where dangerous criminals and dangerous drugs are entering our country undetected and making their way into our communities,” according to Border Patrol agent Hector Garza.

Once Obama believes something, he is very dogmatic about it. He does not change his mind. While many presidents, confronted with such a precipitous drop in the polls, and such disapproval from the people, would reassess their policies. Obama does not reassess. He knows he is absolutely correct. It is mind-boggling at a time when there are such big problems erupting all over the world. The reason that Republicans will not pass immigration reform is because the American people know the president will not enforce it. He refuses to enforce the laws on the books.

There are currently 92,129,000 Americans of working age — not working and no longer looking for work. So we want to import more workers to take the available jobs? Most of  the available jobs for the past years have gone to immigrants. We had a 288,000 job gain last month, but that is fewer jobs than the increase in the population of working age people. More Americans are stuck in part time work. Jobs are easier to find, but hours remain in short supply. Thank you ObamaCare.

The unemployment rate fell to 6.1%, but the unemployment rate for blacks is 10.7%. With Congress’ refusal to extend unemployment benefits, more people are finding jobs. People are not so apt to search for jobs if they are getting by on federal benefits. That’s a correct response to Obama’s consistent calls for longer and more generous benefits for staying unemployed. Sometimes we need a kick in the behind to go find a job.



Obama Calls It a Humanitarian Crisis, But He Brought It Upon Himself. by The Elephant's Child

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The Medical staff at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas has been threatened with arrest by a government-contracted security force if they  divulge any information about the contagion threat at a refugee camp that is housing illegal alien children.

There were several members of the medical staff who wanted to talk about the camps, but the security force from the Baptist Family & Children’s Services made it clear they would be arrested. They ordered us to say nothing. Workers were stripped of their cellphones and other communication devices. Anyone caught with a phone was immediately fired.

The kids had measles, scabies, chicken pox and strep throat and lice. They are contagious, and are overwhelming the system.  The counselor said the refugee camp resembled a giant emergency room, off limits to the public. The counselor filed a Child Protective Services report and quit her job. She said the last straw came when camp officials refused to hospitalize several children who were suicidal.

She kept a detailed journal about what happened. Federal agents demanded that she return to the military base and hand over her journal. She declined to do so.

Those who are hoping to join family members are being put on a bus. and ordered to  report to ICE in fifteen days.



Stop Making Speeches, Mr. President, And Tend to Business! by The Elephant's Child

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Seems like everything is heating up. There are all these enormous problems that are just coming to our attention,  a lapdog media who ignore the problems, and there’s our natural reluctance to stop playing and pay attention. They are collectively going to get a lot worse before they get better, if they do.

— Obama has appointed a man who seems qualified to attempt to fix the problems at the Veterans Administration Health network. Robert McDonald is a former CEO of Proctor and Gamble, so large organizations are nothing new to him. He is a West Point graduate, and served in the military for the required 5 years post graduation. The limited military experience is unusual for the post which is usually filled by a former general or at least a colonel.

The big problems at the VA are 1. unionized employees, 2. a culture that plans to go home around 4:00 and schedules no operations after 2:00 pm and 3. has no way to measure efficiency except by wait-time for appointments. The bigest problem is that it is a big-government 340,000 employee  bureaucracy, which may preclude its ever becoming an efficient health care program.

ISIS , the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham, has erupted out of the Syrian crisis and swarmed its way across Iraq, executing and beheading opponents, crucifying members of the opposition, or throwing them alive off cliffs. This is the new Middle East caliphate, a religious and political successor to the prophet Mohammed and sovereign over all Muslims. They have stripped banks, captured military equipment and stockpiles, and captured oil fields. The current al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri once said a new caliphate would signal a turning of world history “against the empire of the United States and the world’s Jewish government.”

A bunch of fanatic thugs, perhaps, but a well-funded and equipped bunch intent on creating an Islamic state as a launching pad for attacking the U.S. homeland, according to a new congressional report. Four analysts at the Congressional Research Service made that assessment relying on intelligence reports and the words of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, (ISIL). Wealthy Sunni sheiks in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar have funneled money to the group to help it bring down the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and Alawite , an offshoot of Shia Islam. They already have many hundreds of jihadists with Western nation passports. The Russians have sent military advisors to Iraq. This is a crisis of Obama’s own making, and he’s not really prepared to deal with it.

“President Obama’s recently announced energy and environment policies have been tried in many countries with the same result: abject failure. Yet when critics point this out, explaining that “the U.S. economy will lose millions of jobs and billions of dollars in growth,” Obama simply waves their objections away. Every European economy that has followed the same green agenda has faltered badly. In 2013, Germany built six more coal plants. China and India build four new ones every week, yet Obama can’t wait to shut down the coal industry. He remains deeply concerned about global warming.

Canada gave up on getting approval of the Keystone XL pipeline from Obama, and is building the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline to send their oil to Asia. Major job loss for the U.S. and a major economic loss for the country. Another. Now, inconveniently, scientists and studies are predicting global cooling ahead — Russia’s Pulkova Observatory: ‘We could be in for a cooling period that lasts 200-250 years.’  A new solar theory predicts imminent global cooling. The reason is the dramatic fall in solar radiation that started around 2004.  If the temperature on Earth is entirely controlled by solar effects, the cooling will return us to the temperature levels of the 1950s or even the 1920s, undoing the warming of the last 50 or 100 years in nothing flat. A sharp cooling effect is apt to hit in the next five years. There has been no warming at all in the last 17 years. We will need more power to keep us warm, and it’s a remarkably poor time to start shutting down coal plants for no reason. Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant, and has been much higher in the past, and seems to have little, if any, effect on the climate.

And then there is the crisis on the border. The Obama administration planned ahead for the subsequent flood of illegal children, older teenagers, gang members, Chinese and who knows who else. Homeland Security requested contractors as “escort services” for 65,000 unaccompanied children in January. The government cannot find enough places to put them, seems to have no real intention of returning them. Apparently children who have come across the border can effectively remain in the U.S. for years before they face a risk for deportation. In the meantime the federal government will take care of them?

Obama wants amnesty, and blames the whole surge on Republicans for not “reforming broken immigration laws” that Obama refuses to enforce because he wants amnesty and a flood of Hispanic immigrants. He stubbornly intends to get his way with executive orders.The problems are a direct result of his failure to enforce the borders, forbid the Border Patrol from preventing the influx, and he essentially told the Border Patrol and ICE that they may not do their jobs. This is not going to end well.



The Administration Wants Immigrants, Shows No Concern for the Jobless by The Elephant's Child

We have added more than eight million people to the working-age population of the United States since 2007. Yet half-a-million fewer people are employed. 531 fewer people have jobs.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) includes anyone over 16, excluding inmates in penal or mental facilities, and active duty members of the Armed Forces. For their analysis, the Budget Committee compared data from the Labor Department and the Commerce Department manually to exclude persons over 65.

The first Baby Boomers began retiring three years ago. In today’s economy, some may be reluctant to retire, and in some professions there is no push to retire. I would guess that more people are currently unwilling to retire at 65 than might normally be the case. Statistics are one thing, and the real world is another.

Employers, especially in high technology, are pressing Congress to increase the number of people admitted on H-1B visas. The administration on Wednesday, presumably in response to employer demands, proposed to give perhaps 100,000 additional foreign workers, none being admitted because of their skills, permission to work in the United States. These are not highly skilled workers—these are their wives already living in the United States—H-4 spouses, most are women and most from India because most H-1B workers are from that country.

It just seems as if we should sharply reduce the numbers of our unemployed before we increase either the H-1B workers or their wives. We have an excess of STEM graduates who can’t find STEM jobs. Perhaps the High Tech companies could start their own training classes if our STEM grads don’t have the right skills — or are the H-1B workers willing to work for a lot less money?

In a period of high unemployment it seems as if we should make jobs for our own people first. I welcome legal immigrants, and believe they add vitality to our communities, but it is not racist or hateful to believe that Americans should get first crack at the jobs before we increase immigration numbers.




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