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A Rising Storm
by Edgar J. Steele

April 23, 2008  

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My name is Edgar J. Steele.

What's'a'matter, Bunky?  Having trouble making ends meet?  Sick of the cost of everything going up while your income actually goes down?  Laid off?  House equity shot?  Borrowed up to the gills with all your credit cards maxed out?  Now you can't afford food, you say?
 
Well, here's a big part of the reason why.  $36,000 flows to each illegal alien family in America, each and every year (see the first article reproduced below).  If that doesn't sound like much, consider that, with perhaps 80 million tax-paying households in America (yours being one of them, of course), each and every one of our households pays $4,325 each and every year toward that $36,000 that each illegal alien family receives. 

Did you net $36,000 after taxes last year?  Neither did I.  But they did.  No wonder they keep flooding over that border.  Wouldn't you?

American Health Care in Crisis

My son took my little girl to the local hospital emergency room a few weeks ago with a severe asthma attack.  Pretty much a routine, in-and-out affair.  Used to be, that might cost $100, or about twice what a doctor visit might cost.  Total bill this time?  Over $750!  Guess why?  Jose uses the Emergency Room freely as his doctor's office because Federal law requires our hospitals to treat his family there, whether or not they are able to pay.  We already pay for Jose in increased insurance premiums, but we also pay for him when we dare to use it, in outrageous charges.

 
I have a $5,000-deductible health insurance plan, which means that I provide my family insurance coverage only for catastrophic events.  I can't really afford it, but figure that I can't be without insurance altogether, just as so many Americans have been forced to do without.  That means I must pay my little girl's ER visit of $750 out of my pocket, just as if I had no insurance at all.  Thanks, Jose.
 
Jose's family is netting $36,000 after taxes (that they don't pay, of course) and getting free medical care.  You and I net less and pay for Jose's free medical care that we cannot afford.  We can't afford to go to the ER anymore, folks, face it.  In fact, we can't really afford medical insurance anymore, either.

All other things being equal, we might as well nationalize all of America's health care.  Socialized medicine would be better than no medicine, which is what so many of us now have, in effect.

Food Riots and Kidneys

 
Now begin the reports about food prices skyrocketing and there being actual shortages in places around America (see the second article below), with genuine food riots taking place in other countries.  Jose gets food stamps for his family, of course, and you can bet he is at the head of the line for Agriculture Department food handouts.
 
And Jose gets to send his kids to college anywhere he wants, with no out-of-state tuition charges and, likely, no charges whatsoever since they get preference over our kids for grants and scholarships (not to mention admissions).  I can't afford to send my little girl out of state to the college she really wants because of non-resident tuition charges.  Idaho, as you might imagine, offers little in the way of higher education.
 
And, in LA, there is that illegal alien girl demanding her third kidney transplant (see the third story below) ... for free, of course (over a half million dollars for each one of the procedures).  Because we did the first two for her years ago for free, we owe her this one, too, she says.  What's worse is that it looks like she will get it.  Meanwhile many Americans on kidney waiting lists die for lack of a donor kidney.
 
I don't know about you, but I am fed up with being a second- or third-class citizen in my own country, with racial preferences pushing Negroes and Mestizos ahead of my family, all while I am forced to pay for their good fortune.  And my money is taken at a time that forces me and mine to do without because of the rising cost of everything.

Each of the three "candidates" chosen for us to "vote" upon for President this time has pledged, if elected, to grant amnesty in one form or another to all these illegals.

Reality

Less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking our crops, yet 29% are on welfare, acknowledges our government grudgingly.

The US Senate voted to grant social security benefits to illegals, beginning this year.

29% of inmates in federal prisons are illegal aliens, per FBI figures.

Over a million sexual assaults are committed annually in America by illegal alens.

The Los Angeles Times reports that, in Los Angeles (our largest city now effectively occupied by illegals):

    - 95% of warrants for murder are for illegal aliens.

    - 75% of people on the most wanted list are illegal aliens.

    - 2/3 of all births are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal, whose births were paid for by taxpayers.

    - 25% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally.

    - The FBI reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are most likely illegal aliens from south of the border.

    - 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal.

    - 21 radio stations in L.A. are Spanish speaking.

    - In L.A. County 5.1 million people speak English while 3.9 million speak Spanish.

What They Expect

What's more, illegals expect and demand to be taught in their own language, not ours. 

Illegal aliens expect, demand and receive all manner of special privileges. 

Illegal aliens expect, demand and are given affirmative action preferences in hiring, education and government benefits. 

Illegal aliens expect, demand and are given ethnic studies that glorify their culture and denigrate ours.

Illegals expect and repeatedly are given full amnesty as a reward for their lawless behavior and unmannerly conduct in our country.

We Do Without

We have given up our jobs to those less qualified.

Our children have been sacrificed on the altar of political correctness.

Our families do with less.  Increasingly, more of us are hungry and, even, homeless, while the undeserving squalor of other countries feast upon the ever-decreasing bounty of America.

We do without health care that we need because we cannot afford it, because Mexico's burgeoning offal demands and takes it for free.

The retirement for which we paid Social Security taxes all these years now is being diluted and given to those who paid nothing for it.

 
I, for one, am beyond being sick of it all.

A Rising Storm

 
Do you hear that thunder in the distance?  A bad storm is coming our way. 

Yes, folks, things are going to become ugly for us - no doubt about it.  But things are going to become very, very ugly for you, Jose, when the payback begins. 

And then we will turn our attention to those of you among us who destroyed our culture by holding the immigration floodgates wide open.  Street lamps throughout America will be festooned with the swaying bodies of politicians, plutocrats, bankers and other thieves, rest assured.

 
New America.  An idea whose time has come.

My name is Edgar J. Steele.  Thanks for listening.  Please visit my web site, www.ConspiracyPenPal.com, for other messages just like this one.

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Copyright 2008, Edgar J. Steele

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How the Government Spends Taxpayers' Money
April 23, 2008 by Phyllis Schlafly
Are you having a hard time paying your bills, making your mortgage payments, or putting your kids through college? You need to know how much of your hard-earned income the government is skimming off and diverting into handouts to immigrants and illegal aliens.

You can read the depressing details in the new 70-page document called "The Economic and Fiscal Impact of Immigration" written by Edwin S. Rubenstein. A Manhattan Institute adjunct fellow with a mile-long scholarly resume, he has been doing financial analysis ever since he directed the studies of government waste for the prestigious Grace Commission of 1984.

The bottom line, which you need to know for your own bottom line, is that U.S. taxpayers are giving more than $9,000 a year in cash or benefits to each immigrant, a third of whom are illegal aliens. That's $36,000 for each immigrant household of four.

Since the U.S. has 37 million immigrants, legal and illegal, the national cost was more than $346 billion last year, which was twice our fiscal deficit. The cost of immigrants is so high because, as Rubenstein writes, "Immigrants are poorer, pay less tax and are more likely to receive public benefits than natives."

Big Brother hasn't told you this bad news, perhaps because the government doesn't want you to know why your paychecks are shortchanged. Even the huge amnesty bill that was defeated last year didn't contain one word about its budgetary consequences.

The financial burden that immigrants impose on education starts with the 3.8 million K-to-12 students enrolled in more-expensive classes for the non-English-speaking. When we add up the costs of hiring specialized teachers, training regular teachers, student identification and assessment, and administration costs, the total amounts to an estimated $1,030 per pupil, or $3.9 billion.

Of the 48.4 million pre-K through 12 public school children, 9.2 million or 19 percent are immigrants or the children of immigrants. In the next few years, immigration will account for virtually all the increase in public school spending.

Look at the $1.5 billion cost of incarcerating 267,000 criminal aliens in federal prisons. That's not the worst of it; prison capacity is limited, so 80,000 to 100,000 other criminal aliens have been prematurely released to prowl our streets.

Criminals also impose heavy private costs on their victims. Rubenstein estimates the losses of income and property, hospital bills, and emotional suffering at $1.6 million per assault- or property-crime offender.

Rubenstein's report includes all sorts of costs that other observers conveniently ignore, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. EITC gives an average cash payment of $1,700 per year to 1 in 4 immigrant households.

The emergency medical treatment given free to illegal aliens is another enormous cost, causing some hospitals and emergency rooms to close. Emergency means any complaint from hangovers to hangnails, gunshot wounds to AIDS.

Even after some restrictions were imposed in 1996, 24.2 percent of immigrant households receive Medicaid, whereas the figure for native-born Americans is 14.8 percent. Rubenstein calculates that Hispanics account for 19.2 percent of Medicaid enrollment, while they are 13.7 percent of the U.S. population.

The FHA has had a policy of increasing home ownership among low-income immigrants and therefore approved FHA mortgages on homes with a down payment of only $200 to $300 and marginal income. Since mortgagors have so little invested in the house, they can walk away from it when they can't meet the payments, and this has resulted in neighborhoods of abandoned, boarded-up housing.

Refugees are a large and growing fiscal burden because they become immediately eligible for generous taxpayer-paid benefits. Evidence shows they stay dependent on these programs and start chain-migrating relatives under the "family reunification" law.

The Interior Department spends millions of dollars to clean up the mountains of trash discarded by illegal aliens crossing into California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

Some immigration advocates peddle the notion that immigration will solve the future financial burdens of Social Security. Rubenstein shows how foolish is this prediction because today's low-wage workers will surely become tomorrow's expensive retirees.

Another cost that few talk about is that immigrant workers depress the wages received by native-born Americans, and that causes a $100 billion shortfall in federal tax revenue. Harvard University Professor George Borjas found that each 10 percent increase in the U.S. labor force from immigration reduces wages of native-born Americans by 5.25 percent.

Some liberals are trying to tell us to fight a recession by bringing in more immigrants, but that would only raid the pockets of U.S. taxpayers to support more millions of non-taxpayers. It's hard to say which is more outrageous: the diversion of Americans' personal income into cash handouts to foreigners, or the federal government's policy of concealing the fiscal impact of immigration.



April 21, 2008 Edition http://www2.nysun.com/article/74994

Food Rationing Confronts Breadbasket of the World

BY JOSH GERSTEIN - Staff Reporter of the Sun
April 21, 2008

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. Many parts of America, long considered the breadbasket of the world, are now confronting a once unthinkable phenomenon: food rationing. Major retailers in New York, in areas of New England, and on the West Coast are limiting purchases of flour, rice, and cooking oil as demand outstrips supply. There are also anecdotal reports that some consumers are hoarding grain stocks.

At a Costco Warehouse in Mountain View, Calif., yesterday, shoppers grew frustrated and occasionally uttered expletives as they searched in vain for the large sacks of rice they usually buy.

"Where's the rice?" an engineer from Palo Alto, Calif., Yajun Liu, said. "You should be able to buy something like rice. This is ridiculous."

The bustling store in the heart of Silicon Valley usually sells four or five varieties of rice to a clientele largely of Asian immigrants, but only about half a pallet of Indian-grown Basmati rice was left in stock. A 20-pound bag was selling for $15.99.

"You can't eat this every day. It's too heavy," a health care executive from Palo Alto, Sharad Patel, grumbled as his son loaded two sacks of the Basmati into a shopping cart. "We only need one bag but I'm getting two in case a neighbor or a friend needs it," the elder man said.

The Patels seemed headed for disappointment, as most Costco members were being allowed to buy only one bag. Moments earlier, a clerk dropped two sacks back on the stack after taking them from another customer who tried to exceed the one-bag cap.

"Due to the limited availability of rice, we are limiting rice purchases based on your prior purchasing history," a sign above the dwindling supply said.

Shoppers said the limits had been in place for a few days, and that rice supplies had been spotty for a few weeks. A store manager referred questions to officials at Costco headquarters near Seattle, who did not return calls or e-mail messages yesterday.

An employee at the Costco store in Queens said there were no restrictions on rice buying, but limits were being imposed on purchases of oil and flour. Internet postings attributed some of the shortage at the retail level to bakery owners who flocked to warehouse stores when the price of flour from commercial suppliers doubled.

The curbs and shortages are being tracked with concern by survivalists who view the phenomenon as a harbinger of more serious trouble to come.

"It's sporadic. It's not every store, but it's becoming more commonplace," the editor of SurvivalBlog.com, James Rawles, said. "The number of reports I've been getting from readers who have seen signs posted with limits has increased almost exponentially, I'd say in the last three to five weeks."

Spiking food prices have led to riots in recent weeks in Haiti, Indonesia, and several African nations. India recently banned export of all but the highest quality rice, and Vietnam blocked the signing of a new contract for foreign rice sales.

"I'm surprised the Bush administration hasn't slapped export controls on wheat," Mr. Rawles said. "The Asian countries are here buying every kind of wheat." Mr. Rawles said it is hard to know how much of the shortages are due to lagging supply and how much is caused by consumers hedging against future price hikes or a total lack of product.

"There have been so many stories about worldwide shortages that it encourages people to stock up. What most people don't realize is that supply chains have changed, so inventories are very short," Mr. Rawles, a former Army intelligence officer, said. "Even if people increased their purchasing by 20%, all the store shelves would be wiped out."

At the moment, large chain retailers seem more prone to shortages and limits than do smaller chains and mom-and-pop stores, perhaps because store managers at the larger companies have less discretion to increase prices locally. Mr. Rawles said the spot shortages seemed to be most frequent in the Northeast and all the way along the West Coast. He said he had heard reports of buying limits at Sam's Club warehouses, which are owned by Wal-Mart Stores, but a spokesman for the company, Kory Lundberg, said he was not aware of any shortages or limits.

An anonymous high-tech professional writing on an investment Web site, Seeking Alpha, said he recently bought 10 50-pound bags of rice at Costco. "I am concerned that when the news of rice shortage spreads, there will be panic buying and the shelves will be empty in no time. I do not intend to cause a panic, and I am not speculating on rice to make profit. I am just hoarding some for my own consumption," he wrote.

For now, rice is available at Asian markets in California, though consumers have fewer choices when buying the largest bags. "At our neighborhood store, it's very expensive, more than $30" for a 25-pound bag, a housewife from Mountain View, Theresa Esquerra, said. "I'm not going to pay $30. Maybe we'll just eat bread."


http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/04/20/organ_transplants_for_immigrants_stir_debate_in_calif/ 
 
Organ transplants for immigrants stir debate in Calif.

Illegal immigrant Ana Puente, now 21, was hospitalized in Los Angeles as a child when her liver began to fail. (Michael Robinson Chavez/los angeles times)
 
Los Angeles Times / April 20, 2008  
 
LOS ANGELES - Ana Puente was an infant with a liver disorder when her aunt brought her illegally to the United States to seek medical care. She underwent two liver transplants at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center as a child in 1989 and a third in 1998, each paid for by the state.

But when Puente turned 21 in June, she aged out of her state-funded health insurance and the ability to continue treatment at UCLA.
This year, her liver began failing again and she was hospitalized at County-USC Medical Center, affiliated with the University of Southern California. In her Medi-Cal application, a USC doctor wrote, "Her current clinical course is irreversible, progressive and will lead to death without another liver transplant." The application was denied. 

The county gave her medication but does not have the resources to perform transplants. 

 Late last month Puente learned of another, little-known option for patients with certain healthcare needs. If she notified US Citizenship and Immigration Services that she was in the country illegally, state health officials might grant her full coverage through Medi-Cal, the state health services assistance program for the poor. Puente did so, her benefits were restored, and she is awaiting a fourth transplant at UCLA. 

 Puente's case highlights two controversial issues: Should illegal immigrants receive liver transplants in the United States and should taxpayers pick up the cost?
The average cost of a liver transplant and first-year follow-up is nearly $490,000, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. Donor livers are in scarce supply. In California, nearly 3,700 people are on a waiting list for livers, according to the network. Last year, more than 90 percent were given to US citizens. 

 Donor livers generally are allocated through a geographic-based distribution system on the basis of how sick the patients are and how long they have been on the transplant waiting list. Immigration status does not play a role in allocating organs. But some people say that it should.
"All transplants are about rationing," said Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, which favors stricter controls on immigration. "I just don't think the public ought to be funding any kind of benefits for people who are breaking the law." 

 Larry Gonzalez, a US citizen who has hepatitis C, has known for a decade that he needs a new liver but was placed on the transplant waiting list only last week. 

 "Why do we have to get in line behind immigrants, foreigners, when we have enough people here to fill the hospitals?" said Gonzalez, 54, who lives in Ventura. 

 But Dr. Michael Shapiro, vice chairman of the ethics committee for the organ sharing network, said illegal immigrants have just as much right to receive organ transplants as US citizens. He said it is likely that more illegal immigrants donate organs than receive them. "People are people, and when you make an incision in an organ donor, you don't find little American flags planted on their organs," Shapiro said. 

 Illegal immigrant children with certain severe, chronic illnesses are eligible for funding under a state program. But the coverage ends when they turn 21.
State health officials said California law is designed so there is no gap in coverage, so children move seamlessly from state-funded treatment to county care. But that doesn't always happen. When they become adults, patients like Puente often must switch doctors and hospitals and might lose access to necessary medical care. 

 That break can be life-threatening. "It doesn't matter if I'm undocumented," Puente said. "They should take care of me at UCLA for the rest of my life because I've been there since I was a baby."

 

 


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