A circulating e-mail

This is worth considering by everyone, Rep & Dem, alike!
This email comes in three parts:

Part 1

In less than 2 years.
Remember the election in 2006?
Thought you might like to read the following:

A little over one year ago:
1) Consumer confidence stood at a 2 1/2 year high;
2) Regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon;
3) The unemployment rate was 4.5%.

Since voting in a Democratic Congress in 2006 we have seen:
1) Consumer confidence plummet;
2) The cost of regular gasoline soar to over $4.00 a gallon;
3) Unemployment is up to 5% (a 10% increase);
4) American households have seen $2.3 trillion in equity value evaporate (stock and mutual fund losses);
5) Americans have seen their home equity drop by $1.2 trillion dollars;
6) 1% of American homes are in foreclosure.

America voted for change in 2006, and we got it!
Remember, it’s Congress that makes law not the President.
He has to work with what’s handed to him.

Part 2:

Taxes…Whether Democrat or a Republican you will find these statistics enlightening and amazing.

www.taxfoundation.org/publications/show/151.html

Taxes under Clinton Taxes under Bush 2008
Single making 30K – tax $8,400 Single making 30K – tax $4,500
Single making 50K – tax $14,000 Single making 50K – tax $12,500
Single making 75K – tax $23,250 Single making 75K – tax $18,750
Married making 60K – tax $16,800 Married making 60K- tax $9,000
Married making 75K – tax $21,000 Married making 75K – tax $18,750
Married making 125K – tax $38,750 Married making 125K – tax $31,250

Both democratic candidates will return to the higher tax rates
It is amazing how many people that fall into the categories above think Bush is screwing them and Bill Clinton was the greatest President ever. If Obama or Hillary are elected, they both say they will repeal the Bush tax cuts and a good portion of the people that fall into the categories above can’ t wait for it to happen. This is like the movie, The Sting with Paul Newman; you scam somebody out of some money and they don’t even know what happened.

PART 3:
You think the war in Iraq is costing us too much? Consider this:
Boy, am I confused. I have been hammered with the propaganda that it is the Iraq war and the war on terror that is bankrupting us. I now find that to be RIDICULOUS. I hope the following 14 reasons are forwarded over and over again until they are read so many times that the reader gets sick of reading them. I have included the URL’s for verification of all the following facts.

1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by state governments.
Verify at: http://tinyurl.com/zob77

2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as fo od stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.

verify at: http://www.cis..org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html

3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.
Verify at: http://www.cis..org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html

4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!
verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.0html

5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.
Verify at http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.
Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ld t.01.html

7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.
Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.
Verify at: http://premium.cnn.com/TRANSCIPTS/0610/29/ldt.01.html

9. $200 Bil lion Dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.
Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that’s two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children, are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the US .
Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0606/12/ldt.01.html

11. During the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our Southern Border; also, as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from Terrorist Countries. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroin and marijuana, crossed into the U. S from the Southern border.
Verify at: Homeland Security Report: http://tinyurlcom/t9sht

12. The National Policy Institute, ‘estimated that the total cost of mass deportation of illegal aliens would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period.’
Verify at: http://www.nationalpolicyinstitute.org/pdf/deportation.pdf

13. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin.
Verify at: http://www.rense.com/general75/niht.htm

14. ‘The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One Million Sex Crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants In The United States ‘
Verify at: ht tp://www.drdsk.com/articleshtml

The total cost is a whopping $338.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR.
(The Iraq war has cost an average of $108 BILLION A YEAR, OVER A 5 YEAR PERIOD.)
Verify at: http://www.nationalpriorities.org/costofwar_home

Comments

  1. Well pfffffft to you and your facts, Cindy, I’m blaming Scott Walker……..

  2. Thanks for posting this. I had seen it too but did not have time to check it out.

    The anti war crowd could look at some of the military costs as going for job training and creating jobs? Maybe then they would feel better about it. 🙂

    The American taxpayer is just getting drained on all fronts. Imagine our standard of living if we only had to pay for us? (As in U.S.) We could even afford $5.00/gallon gasoline!

  3. Kathryn says:

    Hmmm. The email doesn’t explain how congress is responsible for part 1. It doesn’t explain how congress is not responsible for part 2. It doesn’t make a connection between illegal immigration and the war (why are these together here?)

    One might ask who is in favor of illegal immigration…anyone? And why is legal immigration so difficult and expensive? Maybe those who can afford legal immigration are not those who plant and pick. Think about that when you see the price of tomatoes later this year.

    Might the President’s reasonable proposal for guest worker permits have been more successful if there were not such a flap underway about immigration in general?

  4. Kathryn, you aren’t that slow. Care to try again with your blinders off?

  5. Kathryn says:

    Cindy, I’m no match for you when it comes to chasing down numbers or keeping track of politics, but I’m not slow by any means.

    Economic cycles are longer than two years. In most cases, we can’t blame a sitting congress for today’s downturn. We can’t blame this congress for the housing bubble and the subsequent rupture. We can’t blame them for lack of oversight/enforcement of mortgage lending regulations. We can’t blame them for increased consumer demand in India and China. We can’t blame them for energy futures prices, or middle east instability that has been exacerbated by our war in Iraq. We can’t blame them for violence in Nigeria, Hugo Chavez, and Russian government interference with BP.

    We can’t say “Remember, the President doesn’t make the laws” and then say the next one will raise taxes, though he may well wish too, he can’t do it alone.

    As for part 3, no one favors illegal immigration, though some business constituencies favor cheap labor. They would take legal cheap labor if they could get it.

    The cost of the war, when you factor in things like foreign aid, lost productivity, and inflated oil prices, gets bigger. Most of that goes back to the failure of the executive branch to include just war theory in their plans, the ‘pottery barn rule’ in particular. We could say the Republican party is to blame for it, but that would be as specious as part 1 was in blaming the Democrats for ‘irrational exuberance.’

  6. – I was defending you, not accusing.

    – No one argued a need to place blame. The post was simply to provide contrast and a hope for clarity. You do find it convenient to lay blame again in your last paragraph, though.

    – Here you are wrong. A Democratically controlled congress makes all the difference on this issue. They would have raised taxes long ago had it not been for veto power and the inability to override a veto.

    – No one favors illegal immigration, but no one’s doing anything about it either. If these numbers are correct, it costs more than the war effort. The information is included to negate the argument often proffered as to the dollar cost of the war.

    – Nobody is blaming the Democrats for ‘irrational exuberance.” What’s stated is that we are worse off after two years of Democrats in control of the congress.

    I heard something yesterday that you should enjoy. President Bush has an approval rating of 28 to 32%. Congress – which includes Obama and McCain – is at 19 – 23%. Funny, most of those news services don’t mention that our Republican President has a higher approval rating than the Democratically controlled Congress!

  7. Kathryn says:

    My apologies for assuming a slight. I know you’re friendly.

    The email does place blame on the congress and democrats, else what is the point of the comparison and the “America voted for change and we got it.” It didn’t clarify much, as the cause and effect contrasts are contrived.

    “Here’s where you’re wrong”– Agreed, in principle. The democrats probably would like to raise taxes. That wasn’t what the email said, however. ( And didn’t Clinton have a republican congress?)

    Things are being done about illegal immigration, but perhaps not in any consistent and practical fashion. First INS funds were shifted to border patrol, creating huge backlogs in processing legal entry applications. That was corrected, and national guard troops were sent to the border. That may be coming to an end soon. Meanwhile, federal agents are raiding businesses (like Tyson recently) and growers in the east are switching to crops that can be harvested mechanically, but there are no migrants for things like tomatoes. It’s a hodge podge, but someone is sure swatting flies.

    Congress- that is kind of funny. I think I heard it on CNN, but not sure. Seems we are mad at everybody.

  8. You’re right. Clinton did have a Republican congress. Maybe that means the President’s initiative is worth something after all.

  9. Cindy, Cindy, Cindy…

    The first part is irrelevant without the numbers from eight years ago to compare it to as well.

    The second part doesn’t address the GAO’s finding that the middle classes taxes actually did go up. (On a personal note, our federal income taxes, even though our wages were stagnant for four to five years, went up by more than $400 per year.)

    The third one shows the war to be still too expensive, the fight on illegal aliens to be dysfunctional and the need for a new one, and did not mention how many people died from illegal aliens.

  10. The first part is irrelevant? $2.19 to $4.00+ just doesn’t do it for you, huh? January 2001 gas in the midwest was $1.37. In January 2005, $1.72. January, 2007? $2.27. You know what it is today. Any guess for January 2009?

    I’m sure I could manage the other numbers to prove you wrong, but that should suffice.

    Huh? Links? There’s one with this data if you’re having trouble.

    Your last point is opinion and not at all grounded in fact. You’re welcome to your opinion, but I doubt it will sway mine.

  11. Cindy, the Democrats are like the Germans who adored Hitler up until about 1943…and there are still plenty who have fond memories of him and the “glory days”. We are doomed to have another presidency like Carter’s! The only consolation is that the suckers will have to pay just like everyone else.

  12. This is the first year I can recall that people gave up before the election.

  13. Kathryn, could it be that the choice of candidates is so poor? Obama, Clinton, and McCain leave more to be desired for constitutionalists than can be imagined. Everyone of those candidates, along with the rotten, self-serving Congress, will move us further along the road to “the new world order” in my opinion.