Elitist Koch conservative groups pushing for more immigration – what easier way to lower Americans’ wages and benefits?

When nearly everyone, left and right, the rich, politicians, pundits and scholars, all agree on a public policy – we are in trouble!

Nowhere is this more true than in the struggle to control immigration, legal or not. The almost universal message is that more population is always better, less is quite unfair, and even the status quo is unacceptable.

Who is promoting this? The answer is an example of how thoughtful Americans are hoodwinked by pundit propaganda, intense marketing campaigns, and phony front groups with fancy names, but sinister plans.

C. Koch

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a leader in urging open borders and campaigns to end Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) viability. Funded by the Koch Brothers, this group opposes any minimum wage, wants Medicare privatized, unions busted, early retirement moved from 62 to 65, and a revamped Social Security system that brutally cuts middle class benefits and makes it a welfare program.

AFP is one of the many Koch open border crusades by dozens of front groups that all fixate on similar goals – in addition to unfettered immigration.

These groups advocate lower wages, lower taxes, privatization of all public entities, removing worker’s rights, and a general destruction of the universal safety net, first initiated by President Franklin Roosevelt.

Uncontrolled immigration serves the Kochs’ goals well.

For example, a documented worker on an employment Visa is tied to the boss, who can fire them and force return to their home country if they don’t cooperate in even the most egregious labor law violations.

An undocumented (not legally here) employee has even fewer rights in America, and will do almost anything to escape exposure and deportation. These are the nannies who get paid nothing and sleep in cellars, the roofers who live in cardboard boxes on our big city streets, and the poor masses huddled in Winter in front of the Home Depot to beg for hard labor at pitiful wages.

Kochs despise middle class, use immigration as weapon to suppress wages

The Kochs and their Libertarian buddies have no problem cutting wages by ending unions, or sickening the poor by slicing Medicare, or terrorizing the elderly by raising the full retirement age to 69, and even totally eliminating earned benefits for some retirees.

It’s all about cheap labor for them, bigger parties with their friends, larger yachts, more mansions, and the self satisfaction of making their underlings subservient and crushed by their whims.

Since the beginning of the Industrial Age, opening floodgates of immigration from poor nations into the U.S. was done only for economic reasons – lowering wage rates and increasing profits.

Check the “overhead” expenses for some of the above groups!

Any effort to control immigration in recent years has been met with lobbying in Congress and tv ads in opposition by both the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Club for Growth (an elite group of CEOs).

Democrats mean well, but are confused by Koch smokescreen

Unfortunately, in the regulation of immigration the evil goals of the Koch Brothers align with the sympathies of the modern Democrat Party and its current utopian view.

Despite the Democrat tradition to protect middle class workers from greedy corporations and shareholders, progressives such as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have seized on unfettered immigration as pure and perfect, while ignoring the real need to protect national borders.

Here is a link to the numerous border barriers around the world. Most are to prevent illegal immigration, terrorism or smuggling.

The extreme right, those corporate water carriers, are very adept at eliminating facts that don’t promote their anti-middle class goals. The left, unfortunately, relies too much on “research” often provided by the Kochs and their think tanks.

Politically, you can’t ignore the politics of immigration and its influence on our legislatures.

Ronald Brownstein, senior editor for the Atlantic, noted this year that nearly 90 percent of House congressional districts with a foreign-born population above the national average were won by Democrats.

In 2016 among native-born Americans, Trump won 49 percent to Clinton’s 45 percent, according to exit polling. With foreign-born residents, Clinton dominated Trump with 64 percent of the immigrant population’s vote, compared to Trump’s 31 percent.

Brownstein said that Republicans hold about 30 of the 100 Senate seats in the 20 U.S. states with the smallest foreign-born populations. Meanwhile, Democrats control 32 Senate seats in the 20 U.S. states with the largest share of foreign-born residents.

Koch-backed art exhibit promotes corporate view

The corporate propaganda machine uses many methods to promote its efforts to prevent any immigration control.

Last week, the “Common Ground” exhibit, a joint effort of the Koch brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity, the Libre Institute and Stand Together, used ten videos behind ten doors to send messages about how immigrants supposedly always make America stronger.

“You can go to live in France but you can’t become a Frenchman,” President Ronald Reagan said in one video. “You can go to live in Germany or Turkey or Japan, but you can’t become a German, a Turk or Japanese.”

“But anyone from any corner of the Earth can come to live in America and become an American,” Reagan said.

Reagan gave amnesty to three million immigrants here illegally with the hope that effort would solve the problem of foreigners living and working in the shadows. Today, there are between 11 million and 21 million, depending on which survey you believe.

Congress was supposed to pass legislation and enforce laws, but did neither.

“Our economy is stronger when we harness the talents and ingenuity of striving, hopeful immigrants,” President Barack Obama said in the video.

“We are a nation of immigrants but we are also a nation of laws,” President Bill Clinton said.

“America can be a lawful society and a welcoming society at the same time,” President George W. Bush explained.

The Koch Brothers are the sons of Fred Koch, founder of the John Birch Society. Fred opposed all the initiatives of the New Deal, which introduced the 40-hour week, overtime, Social Security and a host of other programs to benefit the middle class. Fred’s boys have continued that tradition, founding and funding the Tea Party in Congress, and donating $800 million to elect strict conservatives in 2018 at all levels of government, even down to local school boards.

Employers are getting richer by hiring workers under the table. Politicians fall for the tired scam of “jobs Americans won’t do.”

It was a morning air flight last month in Philadelphia, and I was moving through security at the TSA Pre® line, when the alarm sounded. Pulled aside, I was told to send my wallet and glasses through a conveyor. I couldn’t reach the belt from where I stood, so I asked the TSA agent nearby where to place the items.

Shut up and do what you’re told, he snarled.

Welcome to the world of government arrogance, power and rudeness.

I wondered how I would be treated if I were not an American citizen, who never missed a day of work in 48 years, was never arrested, paid maximum FICA taxes every year, registered for the draft, and even once worked for our United States Information Agency to spread good news about America around the globe?

Life isn’t fair. And today, neither are the rules for citizenship, hassle-free travel, paying taxes or getting a job.

Take the undocumented stranger, paperless person, or whatever new-speak you prefer.

Any foreigner, younger than 21, can claim one of their parents is abusive, and they are given access to a U.S. work visa, driver’s license, even a real Social Security card. They can fly anywhere in the USA, work where they want, and even vote in school board elections in places in California.

If you are under 18 you can claim to be a child (unlike our soldiers, who are men at 17 when they join). That designation means you cannot be sent back across the border and must be released into the United States after 20 days, and be assigned to a person (not necessarily a parent) living in the United States.

If you bring a child with you and claim to be their parent, both of you are released into any one of various cities around the country with free transport provided by bus or plane.

And if you just lie, and don’t attend your hearing years away, the result of this deception is that you get a chance to join the underground economy – meaning no payroll and no income taxes.

Someone who doesn’t pay taxes always costs capitalist employers less than someone who does. Levies like FICA – 7.65% for the employee –  are matched by your employer. If both of you don’t pay FICA, your boss saves 15.3% off your wages. This under-the-table hiring is one major reason that Social Security is fiscally underfunded.

In America, today, what’s good for business is promoted as good for everyone. And nothing is better for generating more profits for owners than lower wages for workers.

Which brings me to Threecard Monte – also called Find the Lady and Three-card Trick – a con game to scam rubes of their money.

The three cards in the real immigration policy are:

  1. A GOP or Democrat politician, who is paid above the table (campaign contributions) and below the table (graft and corruption) to increase the number of workers in the nation to lower wages for the rest of us.
  2. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, dominated by international firms and corporate campaign contributors, which also wants higher unemployment and fierce competition to lower pay scales..
  3. A well-meaning citizen, who is repeatedly told that wages rise when more folks fight for jobs, that working under the table is good for hiring cheap nannies, and that real Americans don’t like to do certain jobs, especially if their hands might get dirty.

The media always picks the #3 card, and tries to convince the rest of us we are all winners.

Want proof of this conspiracy?

Both houses of Congress decided in 2012 that requiring employers to check the Social Security (SS) numbers of their workers, versus the real SS database was just an imposition on business that prevented scooping up as much profit as possible. The Social Security Administration (SSA) had been making these comparisons to W-2 forms since 1993, and notifying problems by mail.

At the time the letters were portrayed as unnecessary regulation. Indeed, how many fake social security numbers could possibly be in play – a hundred employers, maybe as many as a thousand? That’s no big deal in an economy that employs 129 million.

In March, Donald Trump and his new Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, Alex Azar, announced that the first warning letters were mailed.

And there weren’t 100 or 1,000.

Some 570,000 employers were informed of W-2 and Social Security information discrepancies. If each company had 20 workers affected, that’s more than 11 million jobs.

The GOP and most Democrats were silent, realizing that voters believed fair employment rules made sense and they wouldn’t agree with protest of a legal procedure.

But the wide-eyed, well-meaning and often fooled – weren’t happy.  Some Democratic lawmakers wrote a letter to the SSA last month calling on SSA to stop reporting the errors. Even my old friend, Rep. Dwight Evans, fell for the no-enforcement scam.

But that is the tip of the iceberg. At least these workers paid FICA, even though it didn’t go into any real worker account.

What about the millions who work under the table in construction, hospitality and carrying money and orders to and from lobbyists and Congress? How is the government cracking down on that law-breaking?

In the 12 months ending this March, about 112,000 people were prosecuted for illegal entry or re-entry.

And since many of them were working – legally or with fake papers – how many employers faced prosecution for violating labor laws?

The results were:

  • 85,727 persons were prosecuted for illegal entry to the U.S. during the 12-months ending in March.
  • 34,627 were prosecuted for illegal re-entry in that time.
  • 11 individuals were prosecuted for hiring undocumented workers.
  • 3 received jail time.
  • 0 companies were prosecuted for hiring undocumented workers.

If you wonder who is pushing for more legal and illegal immigration, it’s not like the old days when they brought over the Irish or Polish by the millions to do hard work at low wages with no unions.

Today’s shakers of policy, including immigration, are smooth-talking, lewdly-rich, pretenders of purity, who use a little of their dough in a recipe of financial control, sprinkled with doses of fake concern for humanity.

Enter the Koch Brothers, who together are almost as rich as Jeffrey Preston Bezos.

These big corporate donors to the Republican establishment ($889 million in 2016 alone), have now praised House Democrats’ mass amnesty effort through organizations the Kochs control, including the Libre Initiative and Americans for Prosperity. In a statement praising a recent House vote, the Kochs contended:

Today’s vote to provide a path to permanent legal status for the Dreamers and TPS recipients is a positive step,” Libre Initiative president Daniel Garza said.

The Dreamers know no other home than the United States. Every day they contribute to our economy and communities, but there is one big thing holding them back: the uncertainty around their status. Until and unless the law changes – giving them a way to remain legally in the United States – they remain limited in contributing to America’s success.

We are hopeful that this vote sets the stage for discussions among leaders in both parties, in both the House and Senate. Given the extraordinary level of support for the Dreamers among the American people, this can’t be the end of the discussion. It has to be a new beginning – the start of a discussion about how to move legislation through the House and Senate and have it signed by the president. We are thankful to lawmakers who support this important effort.

The Kochs have indicated they will no longer support Republicans who don’t follow their philosophy of open borders, privatizing Social Security and Medicare, ending all inheritance taxes, replacing the progressive income tax with a sales tax, and halting tariffs imposed by the United States. Democrats who buy in, get the payout.

In a reversal of prior contributions the Kochs (sons of John Birch Society founder Fred Koch) say they will now also fund Democrats who support their philosophy of privatization at all costs.

The next time a candidate promises, don’t look at their party label, or blindly trust what they say. Remember politicians don’t necessarily put all their cards on the table, and what you see is not always what you get.

Make American workers poor again with H-2Bs; Trump bows to business buddies and hotel honchos

During his Saturday campaign rally in Washington, Michigan, the “Hire America” President Donald Trump said that the U.S.A. unemployment numbers were so good that it was now possible to allow many more guest workers into the country to work the fields and take millions of other jobs. The audience gasped and then was silent.

FDR-PROGRSS-PROVIDE-FOR-POORIt reminded voters, some who vigorously supported Barack Obama, of how that progressive candidate promised to reform the finance cartel, but then appointed nearly everyone from Wall Street to the Cabinet and highest councils.

And many may have recalled the first George Bush’s lip-reading campaign promise of “no new taxes.”

Or FDR’s pledge in the 1940 election to not send “our boys” into a European War.

I always thought it was a choice of two scenarios: some Presidents change their mind and some lie. But now there is the third possibility – that the President doesn’t have a clue about what he is saying. Mr. Trump, are you listening carefully? Continue reading “Make American workers poor again with H-2Bs; Trump bows to business buddies and hotel honchos”