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DEATH BLOW TO GUEST WORKER AMNESTY:GAO REPORT EXPOSES MASSIVE MISMANAGEMENT AND CORRUPTION
Los Angeles Chronicle ^ | 03/15/2006 | Tony Dolz

Posted on 03/15/2006 3:42:45 PM PST by Marine Inspector

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) has dealt the fatal blow to the controversial concept of Guest Worker Amnesty to 12 million illegal aliens now living in the United States in defiance of our laws. The GAO is the investigative arm of Congress charged with examining matters relating to the receipt and payment of public funds.

In a devastating report released today, the GAO charges the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – this is the agency under the Department of Homeland Security that would be in charge of proposed Guest Worker Amnesty – with a failed organizational infrastructure and massive mismanagement and corruption.

On the eve of debate in the Senate Judiciary Committee, of the House passed Border Protection, Anti-terrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 - HR 4437, the GAO report exposes rampant immigration chaos and USCIS corruption. Among the GAO's most alarming findings are that 33 percent of religious worker visas were issued fraudulently. There is documented evidence that radical Islamists, with ties to terrorist organizations, have used the religious worker visa category to gain admission to the United States .

The timing of the report mars the hopes of millions of unethical employers, that on or off their payroll employ 12 million illegal aliens. These crooks were counting on lobbying efforts by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other pro-illegal immigration advocates, for influencing passage of a Guest Worker Amnesty Bill in the Senate.

The Government agency that would be responsible for administering the controversial Guest Worker Amnesty that would reward 12 million illegal aliens living and working un-lawfully with legal status, is the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

The Copley News Service reported on March 7 th , that prior to the damning GAO report, “Michael Maxwell stepped down last month as director of the Office of Security at USCIS, and sought protection under the federal whistle-blower protection law. He claims that senior agency officials had been retaliating against him for telling Congress about what he described as serious national security vulnerabilities that persisted despite his warnings to those running the agency.”

In addition, Maxwell claims the agency lacks the resources to handle some 500 allegations of criminal misconduct against agency employees, including allegations of espionage and acceptance of bribes.

Citizenship and Immigration Services spokeswoman Angelica Alfonso declined requests for an interview. She released a statement yesterday that said the agency is confident of its processes, and that it takes the allegations seriously. This has to be taken with a huge grain of salt as the agency has been under investigation since 2001.

One of Maxwell's attorneys, Rosemary Jenks, said his concerns demonstrate an underlying tension between Citizenship and Immigration Services' dual missions of providing immigration benefits to applicants and of protecting national secur ity.”

Why did the GAO conduct a study on the USCIS?

See Full Report here: (http://judiciary.house.gov/media/pdfs/gaoimmbenefits31006.pdfIn 2002)

The just released GAO report documents that immigration benefit fraud was pervasive and significant and the approach to controlling it was fragmented. Experts believe that individuals ineligible for these benefits, including terrorists and criminals, could use fraudulent means to enter or remain in the U.S. The Congress requested that GAO evaluate U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service's (USCIS) anti-fraud efforts.

The report addresses the questions: (1) What do available data and information indicate regarding the nature and extent of fraud? (2) What actions has USCIS taken to improve its ability to detect fraud? (3) What actions does the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) take to sanction those who commit fraud?

Hordes of immigration law attorneys have joined the ranks of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other organizations dedicated to cheapening the wages of American workers through the oversupply of desperate illegal foreign workers. How? Through massive illegal immigration! Our unprotected borders have been allowed to fester with a booming $140 billion per year in drug trafficking and $10 billion dollar in human trafficking in the name of America 's addiction to cheap illegal labor.

Which immigration law firm would not like to have a client base of 12 million desperate illegal aliens that grows at the rate of 2.5 million per year.

In one of the largest labor certification fraud schemes ever uncovered by the GAO, federal investigators found evidence that a single prominent immigration attorney in the Washington, D.C., area submitted at least 1,436 and perhaps as many as 2,700 fraudulent employment applications between 1998 and 2002. According to the sworn testimony of a Department of Labor (DOL) special agent, this attorney and his associates are alleged to have made at least $11.4 million for the 1,400 applications that the agent reviewed, in all of which he found evidence of fraud, and perhaps as much as $21.6 million if all 2,700 applications were fraudulent, as he strongly suspected.

USCIS WEAKNESSES POSE A GREAT THREAT OF TERRORISM

The GAO reports goes on to say, “Some individuals seeking immigration benefits pose a threat to national security and public safety, and white collar and other criminals sometimes facilitate immigration benefit fraud. For example, according to Office of Fraud Detection and National Security ( FDNS ) , each year about 5,200 immigration benefit applicants are identified as potential national security risks, because their personal information matches information contained in U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Interagency Border Inspection System, a database of immigration law violators and people of national security interest. Additionally, according to federal prosecutors, immigration benefit fraud may involve other criminal activity, such as income tax evasion, money laundering, production of fraudulent documents, and conspiracy. Also, organized crime groups have used sophisticated immigration fraud schemes, such as creating shell companies, to bring in aliens ostensibly as employees of these companies. In addition, a number of individuals linked to a hostile foreign power's intelligence service were found to have been employed as temporary alien workers on military research.”

Unethical immigration law attorneys should be charged with aiding and abetting illegal immigrats and in creating an unlawful climate that puts all of us at risk of terrorism. Why? Because o nce one of their clients obtains a temporary work authorization fraudulently, an alien can use it to obtain other valid identity documents such as a temporary social security card and a driver's license, thus facilitating their living and working in the United States . It is important to recognize, in the illegal immigration debate, who butters the immigration attorney's bread.

The GAO found that the USCIS is completely unprepared to handle their 7.5 million case work load with their 3000 employees and this is made all the more unlikely given the management system shortfalls and the brazen level of corruption within the organization. Few if any of the present 500 allegations of criminal misconduct against agency employees will be prosecuted. The GAO finds the agency as it stands will be unable to handle the proposed Guest Worker Amnesty proposals bandied about by President Bush and a bi-partisan group of Senators influenced by tearful pleads accompanied by campaign contributions from employers who currently employ illegal aliens.

USCIS mismanagement and corruption is a menace given that Donna Bucella , the Director of the federal Terrorist Screening Center said Tuesday that the agency maintains a list of 200,000 people known or suspected to be terrorists. She reported yesterday, March 14, 2006, that Police and other government workers in the U.S. have come in contact with terrorists or people suspected of foreign terror ties more than 6,000 times in the past 28 months. In addition, she said, that there have been about 28,000 matches worldwide, many of those from U.S. diplomatic outposts that screen applicants for visas to enter the United States .

Does is seem to you that President Bush is doing all that is possible or necessary to secure our borders and to keep us safe from terrorism by enforcing immigration law? Can we trust the Senate with giving us a Guest Worker Amnesty program that is not tainted by political contributions from illegal alien employers? Can we trust that a Guest Worker Amnesty, if approved, would be adequately administered by the USCIS?

Write and call your Senators and share with them your views on Guest Worker Amnesty for 12 million illegal aliens and 200,000 known terrorists, any one of whom could have already slipped through our unprotected borders, or planning to do so.

It has been four and half years since the findings of the 9/11 Commission. Securing our borders was the number one concern of the Commission. None of its border security recommendation have been enacted much less even funded. That is why I decided to become a candidate for the California 41 st Assembly District. I need and welcome your support and contributions.

The Field Poll of September 2005 shows 81% of Californians are concerned about illegal immigration. The Field Poll of March 2006 shows 57% of registered voters and 71% of Republicans have an unfavorable view of illegal immigration. We can win this race!

Support candidates that stand for border security and immigration law enforcement at every level of government, our nation is in danger.

Tony Dolz

Candidate

California 41 st Assembly District www.dolz.com


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; Mexico; News/Current Events; US: Arizona; US: California; US: New Mexico; US: Texas
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1 posted on 03/15/2006 3:42:53 PM PST by Marine Inspector
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To: HiJinx; cgk; Ladycalif

Ping!


2 posted on 03/15/2006 3:44:24 PM PST by Marine Inspector (Government is not the solution to our problem; Government is the problem)
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To: Marine Inspector

Boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!!!!!!


3 posted on 03/15/2006 3:46:51 PM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: Marine Inspector
Among the GAO's most alarming findings are that 33 percent of religious worker visas were issued fraudulently.

I find their findings alarming. Surely, many more than 1/3 are fraudulent.

4 posted on 03/15/2006 3:48:08 PM PST by mtbopfuyn (Legality does not dictate morality... Lavin)
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To: Marine Inspector; Czar

Wow! Great post.


5 posted on 03/15/2006 3:48:51 PM PST by monkeywrench (Deut. 27:17 Cursed be he that removeth his neighbor's landmark)
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To: Marine Inspector

It will be heard for Bush and the pro-immigrant lobby to trash this study. The GAO has imposing credibility in Washington.


6 posted on 03/15/2006 3:48:54 PM PST by WashingtonSource (Freedom is not free.)
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To: Marine Inspector

Is anyone really surprised by the content of this report?

The GAO said the same thing about Bush's Totalization Agreement with Mexico.

The Bush Administration is doing everything in it's power to ram Mexican illegal aliens and illegal immigration, in general, down the throats of Americans.

And then make us pay for it, to boot!

Bush is such a liar.


7 posted on 03/15/2006 3:50:57 PM PST by Ol' Dan Tucker (Karen Ryan reporting...)
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To: mtbopfuyn

I'd bet at least 50% are fraudelent.


8 posted on 03/15/2006 3:51:34 PM PST by Marine Inspector (Government is not the solution to our problem; Government is the problem)
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To: ridesthemiles

You can say that again!


9 posted on 03/15/2006 3:52:06 PM PST by Marine Inspector (Government is not the solution to our problem; Government is the problem)
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To: ridesthemiles

You can say that again!


10 posted on 03/15/2006 3:52:07 PM PST by Marine Inspector (Government is not the solution to our problem; Government is the problem)
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To: monkeywrench

Thanks.


11 posted on 03/15/2006 3:52:19 PM PST by Marine Inspector (Government is not the solution to our problem; Government is the problem)
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To: WashingtonSource

I'm sure Rove is working damage control as we post.


12 posted on 03/15/2006 3:53:05 PM PST by Marine Inspector (Government is not the solution to our problem; Government is the problem)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker
Is anyone really surprised by the content of this report?

I'm not.

The Bush Administration is doing everything in it's power to ram Mexican illegal aliens and illegal immigration, in general, down the throats of Americans.

Agreed!

13 posted on 03/15/2006 3:56:01 PM PST by Marine Inspector (Government is not the solution to our problem; Government is the problem)
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To: Marine Inspector

Ya think??????
Close our southern border now.
Cheap labour be damned. What about our security?

Our politicians sell our security for votes.
When will we rid ourselves of the dems and repubs and get a real conservative party?????


14 posted on 03/15/2006 3:58:48 PM PST by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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To: Marine Inspector

Any government program = "failed organizational infrastructure and massive mismanagement and corruption".


15 posted on 03/15/2006 4:00:37 PM PST by igottabenutz
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To: Joe Boucher
When will we rid ourselves of the dems and repubs and get a real conservative party?????

Only when we stop voting for the lesser of two evils!

16 posted on 03/15/2006 4:01:13 PM PST by Marine Inspector (Government is not the solution to our problem; Government is the problem)
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To: Marine Inspector

As Gomer used to say, "Surprise, surprise, surprise"!

Not.


17 posted on 03/15/2006 4:01:14 PM PST by Supernatural (When they come a wull staun ma groon, Staun ma groon al nae be afraid)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

Join the protest against these criminals.

http://www.areckoning.com/


18 posted on 03/15/2006 4:01:19 PM PST by SUSSA
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To: Marine Inspector

When will we rid ourselves of the dems and repubs and get a real conservative party?????

Only when we stop voting for the lesser of two evils!

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Well said.


19 posted on 03/15/2006 4:02:53 PM PST by SUSSA
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To: Marine Inspector

good. now, let's talk about a wall.


20 posted on 03/15/2006 4:03:50 PM PST by King Prout (DOWN with the class-enemies at Google! LONG LIVE THE PEOPLE'S CUBE!)
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To: SUSSA

Thank you.


21 posted on 03/15/2006 4:04:25 PM PST by Marine Inspector (Government is not the solution to our problem; Government is the problem)
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To: Marine Inspector


Who's his opponent and how is Tony Dolz doing in the polls?


22 posted on 03/15/2006 4:05:37 PM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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To: King Prout
Heck with a wall, lets arrest the employers and take all their assets.
23 posted on 03/15/2006 4:06:08 PM PST by Marine Inspector (Government is not the solution to our problem; Government is the problem)
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To: Marine Inspector
"... the GAO report exposes rampant immigration chaos and USCIS corruption."

I am SHOCKED NOT!!!!

24 posted on 03/15/2006 4:06:22 PM PST by ImpBill ("America ... Where are you now?")
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To: Marine Inspector; A. Pole

Waiting patiently for the sliming of the GAO to begin.


25 posted on 03/15/2006 4:06:33 PM PST by Wolfie
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To: Travis McGee; Carry_Okie; neverdem; Tolik

border ping


26 posted on 03/15/2006 4:06:36 PM PST by King Prout (DOWN with the class-enemies at Google! LONG LIVE THE PEOPLE'S CUBE!)
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To: onyx

Unknown.


27 posted on 03/15/2006 4:06:45 PM PST by Marine Inspector (Government is not the solution to our problem; Government is the problem)
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To: King Prout

Massive corruption? Well, I'm from the Government and I'm here to help.


28 posted on 03/15/2006 4:07:26 PM PST by Enterprise (The MSM - Propaganda wing and news censorship division of the Democrat Party.)
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To: Marine Inspector

and use the money to fund building a wall.

look, the procreation rate down there is VERY high in an already large and hungry population. no matter whether there are jobs up here waiting for them, they will STILL be looking North.


29 posted on 03/15/2006 4:08:11 PM PST by King Prout (DOWN with the class-enemies at Google! LONG LIVE THE PEOPLE'S CUBE!)
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To: Marine Inspector

Excellent article, thanks for posting. I hope this report stirs things up in D.C.


30 posted on 03/15/2006 4:09:09 PM PST by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: MamaDearest; JustPiper; LucyT; WestCoastGal

Must read ping


31 posted on 03/15/2006 4:09:54 PM PST by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: Torie; Marine Inspector

Who's his opponent and how is Tony Dolz doing in the polls?

Thanks, MI, I'll ask Torie.


32 posted on 03/15/2006 4:10:17 PM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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To: Marine Inspector

This is the first time I've seen this.

Great Post.

Wonder why it wasn't in the NYT?


33 posted on 03/15/2006 4:10:27 PM PST by rcocean (Copyright is theft and loved by Hollywood socialists)
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To: Marine Inspector; Joe Boucher
Bingo!!

We have a winner here. Will all Voters stand and repeat after me, "When will we get a real conservative party?,Joe Boucher" and now, the answer is ...please say this out loud for all to hear

"Only when we stop voting for the lesser of two evils!",Marine Inspector!

34 posted on 03/15/2006 4:11:55 PM PST by B4Ranch (The truth is good for you, like sunlight, but too much all at once can really hurt.)
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To: Marine Inspector; planekT; Pete-R-Bilt

>>There is documented evidence that radical Islamists, with ties to terrorist organizations, have used the religious worker visa category to gain admission to the United States .<<

No need to be alarmed because these people represent the Religion of Peace!

Muslims are not the terrorists, we all know that. Please roll over and go back to sleep.


35 posted on 03/15/2006 4:16:11 PM PST by B4Ranch (The truth is good for you, like sunlight, but too much all at once can really hurt.)
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To: Marine Inspector
I'm sure Rove is working damage control as we post.

Those Bush/GOP apologists are going to have to perform in clown costume soon.

36 posted on 03/15/2006 4:16:28 PM PST by eskimo (Political groupies - rabid defenders of the indefensible.)
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To: Marine Inspector

If the government is determined to ram through a guest worker program, then it should be just that: for workers to work, and nothing more. No healthcare or education benefits, or other kinds of government benefits that should be available ONLY to citizens. None of their babies to be automatically declared citizens. If they want workers, then maybe they will get it, but NOTHING else.


37 posted on 03/15/2006 4:17:55 PM PST by DeweyCA
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To: Marine Inspector

Are you on Tony Dolt's campaign staff?


38 posted on 03/15/2006 4:20:34 PM PST by Ben Ficklin
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To: DeweyCA
If the government is determined to ram through a guest worker program, then it should be just that: for workers to work, and nothing more. No healthcare or education benefits, or other kinds of government benefits that should be available ONLY to citizens. None of their babies to be automatically declared citizens. If they want workers, then maybe they will get it, but NOTHING else.

Agreed.

39 posted on 03/15/2006 4:21:58 PM PST by Marine Inspector (Government is not the solution to our problem; Government is the problem)
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To: eskimo
Those Bush/GOP apologists are going to have to perform in clown costume soon.

I thought they already did?

40 posted on 03/15/2006 4:22:48 PM PST by Marine Inspector (Government is not the solution to our problem; Government is the problem)
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To: Marine Inspector

PING!


41 posted on 03/15/2006 4:23:40 PM PST by conservativecorner
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To: Ben Ficklin

No, and I'm not in California either.

How's Rove dealing with this?


42 posted on 03/15/2006 4:23:44 PM PST by Marine Inspector (Government is not the solution to our problem; Government is the problem)
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To: Ben Ficklin

Are you an immigration lawyer?


43 posted on 03/15/2006 4:23:57 PM PST by monkeywrench (Deut. 27:17 Cursed be he that removeth his neighbor's landmark)
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To: Marine Inspector

This is totally unrelated to the issue.


44 posted on 03/15/2006 4:25:33 PM PST by Ben Ficklin
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To: Marine Inspector
In a devastating report released today, the GAO charges the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) - this is the agency under the Department of Homeland Security that would be in charge of proposed Guest Worker Amnesty - with a failed organizational infrastructure and massive mismanagement and corruption.

Okay. Now this does not compute. What are they going to do if amnesty is passed, in some form? Ship the illegal immigrants back, due to mismanagement and corruption?

Plus, it stands to reason, if the USA is a good country to be in (I think it is), that there would be graft and corruption involved in "conveniently overlooking" those who are here without the necessary legal prerequisites. Nobody should be surprized at corruption in ANY program - more or less depending on the stakes and ease of getting around the law.

45 posted on 03/15/2006 4:26:14 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: monkeywrench

No, I work in the White House basement.


46 posted on 03/15/2006 4:26:18 PM PST by Ben Ficklin
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To: Ben Ficklin


LOL! Good one!


47 posted on 03/15/2006 4:26:59 PM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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To: B4Ranch

As a Reagan conservative i don't thnk we should kiss anyones backside or spend My money like idiots.


48 posted on 03/15/2006 4:27:19 PM PST by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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To: eskimo
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49 posted on 03/15/2006 4:28:04 PM PST by cripplecreek (Never a minigun handy when you need one.)
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To: Cboldt

It's been a very expensive lesson, eh? Closed hospitals, crowded schools, high taxes, and over burdened infrastructure not enough for you? Meanwhile, people are getting rich off this.


50 posted on 03/15/2006 4:30:30 PM PST by monkeywrench (Deut. 27:17 Cursed be he that removeth his neighbor's landmark)
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