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Whose Country Is It, Anyway?
Townhall.com ^ | 9/20/2011 | Pat Buchanan

Posted on 09/21/2011 1:33:10 AM PDT by WilliamHouston

For the third straight year, the median income of the typical American family fell in 2010. Adjusted for inflation, it is back where it was in 1996, the longest period of zero growth since the Depression.

And the poverty rate has inched up to 15.1 percent.

Both figures, however, should be put in perspective.

For example, a family can be classified as poor and own a car, a flat-screen TV and a computer, and have a washer-dryer and a garbage disposal.

Folks below the poverty line have their kids educated free in Head Start, for 13 years in public schools, then get Pell grants for college. They get free food stamps and health care through Medicaid. They get subsidized housing and earned income tax credits, are eligible for all other safety-net programs, and can earn $23,300 in pretax income and pay no income taxes.

Poverty in 21st century America is not poverty in the Paris of "Les Miserables" or the London of Oliver Twist or the Dust Bowl of Tom Joad.

The 15-year stagnation in the median income of the American family, however -- a vanishing of the American Dream that one's children will know a better life -- is a more serious matter.

For there are causes of the stunted growth in the standard of living of the American family that neither party is willing to address, if either of them even recognizes those causes.

First is the immersion of the U.S. economy in a global economy. This plunged U.S. workers into direct competition with workers in Asia and Latin America willing to do the same jobs for far less, in factories where regulations are far lighter.

U.S. corporate executives leapt at the opportunity to close plants here and relocate abroad. This explains the 50,000 factories that disappeared in the Bush decade and the 5.5 million manufacturing jobs that vanished.

You cannot have a rising standard of living when your highest-paid production jobs are being exported overseas.

Now, to buy the goods of the foreign factories that used to be here, we are shoveling out more and more of America's wealth. Our national bill for imported goods and services is $2.5 trillion a year. The U.S. trade deficit is back up to between $550 billion and $600 billion a year.

If President Obama wishes to know why his $800 billion stimulus bill didn't have the kick he expected, he should look at the "seepage" problem.

How do you stimulate the U.S. economy when the workers you retain or rehire with your stimulus billions head for Walmarts on Saturday to buy goods made in Japan, Korea and China?

Our $6 trillion in trade deficits in the Bush decade stimulated economies all over the world, just not our own. Indeed, the most successful economies of the last decade were China and Germany. Not coincidentally, they were the world's two largest exporting countries.

There are time-honored ways that nations have turned around such situations. What prevents us from adopting them? An ignorance of our own history, the immense investment of our transnational corporations in the new global arrangement, and the opposition of a World Trade Organization to which we have surrendered our national sovereignty.

A second reason why the median income of American families is back to 1996 levels and sinking is mass immigration, legal and illegal.

According to analyst Ed Rubenstein of VDARE.com, the United States, despite an unemployment rate above 9 percent, imports 100,000 immigrant workers every single month. Numbers USA contends that 125,000 foreign workers are brought in every month.

Thus, well over a million workers are added annually to our labor force when 14 million Americans are looking for work.

Why are we doing this?

Is it xenophobic to say our own citizens should come first, that the importation of foreign workers must halt until our own unemployed have found jobs?

A huge share of our immigrant population is Hispanic. And Rubenstein finds that for every 100 Hispanics employed in the United States in year 2001, 126 are employed today. But for every 100 non-Hispanics employed in 2001, only 98 are working today.

What prevents our politicians from putting Americans first, deporting illegal aliens and suspending the importation of foreign labor until our own workers are back on the job?

Politics is one reason. Democrats see illegal aliens and their children as future Democratic voters. Republicans are terrified of being called racists and alienating the ethnic lobbies.

Crass commercial interest is another reason.

U.S. companies see immigrants, legal or illegal, as an endless source of cheap labor to keep wage costs down. And they are right.

But who is looking out for the national interest, for all of the members of the American family, especially the unemployed?

If the median income of the American family is falling, already back to where it was in Bill Clinton's first term, Middle America is one of the big losers in the global economy. And who are the big winners?


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aliens; buchanan; illegalimmigration; immigration; patbuchanan; trade

1 posted on 09/21/2011 1:33:13 AM PDT by WilliamHouston
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To: WilliamHouston

So Obama’s plan is right on track..


2 posted on 09/21/2011 2:24:42 AM PDT by maddog55 (OBAMA: Why stupid people shouldn't vote.)
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To: WilliamHouston

The single most substantial loss of income and economic engine for prosperity in the US is energy, especially oil. The political elite have determined that our nation should be dependent upon foreign sources for oil. This is madness.

We are capable of becoming energy independent in a few short years. This alone would add trillions to our economy and tens of millions of jobs. We should be the major exporter of oil to the world instead of the world’s major importer of oil.

Changing the economics of our country requires a thorough house cleaning of every component of government and industry. We are rife with corruption. It has become ingrained in every institution in our culture.

We must have revolution that brings us into compliance with our Constitutional foundation. We can do it at the ballot box or on the streets with guns. Either way we will rid ourselves of the parasites that infest our body politic or we will die a long, slow, agonizing death.


3 posted on 09/21/2011 2:25:34 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (O assumes the trappings of the presidency, not its mantle. He is not presidential.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

“Either way we will rid ourselves of the parasites that infest our body politic or we will die a long, slow, agonizing death.”

Hear ye, hear ye, well said.


4 posted on 09/21/2011 3:20:13 AM PDT by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: WilliamHouston

Good article, but PB doesn’t quite identify the true goal which is obvious to anyone not cowed by the false racism charges. It is the replacement of the white middle class American by a wave of affirmative active 3rd world peasants.


5 posted on 09/21/2011 3:26:35 AM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: iopscusa

I am tending to agree w/ you. I also am wary of how they classify poverty. Yesterday I had early breakfast duty at school and they had an individual packet of frosted flakes, choice of apple or watermelon, cheese toast, and milk for breakfast. This is a K- 2nd grade school & SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO many kids threw out all or 1/2 of their food. Same at lunch.

This is taxpayer funded & hungry people DON’T throw away food, they just don’t. The food waste is criminal, I think of the people who would give their left arm for this food. Also we are told over & over to tell our kids to go thru the line & get a tray, even if thy throw it away so that we don’t lose federal funds.

It sickens me.


6 posted on 09/21/2011 3:36:42 AM PDT by leaning conservative (snow coming, school cancelled, yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: WilliamHouston

Hispanics and Asians are imported by companies (with the cooperation of the government they’ve bought) to suppress wages in those fields that could not be outsourced to Latin America or Asia.


7 posted on 09/21/2011 3:39:12 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: iopscusa
...the true goal ...is the replacement of the white middle class American by a wave of affirmative active 3rd world peasants.

And the replacement of our current form of government by that which is the form of government in the homelands of those third-world peasants.

8 posted on 09/21/2011 4:13:03 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: WilliamHouston

It is an economic depression.
With inflation AND government aided currency devaluation via printing press.
It is Obama’s depression, and the moron thinks he’s done such a great job that he deserves another term.


9 posted on 09/21/2011 5:06:36 AM PDT by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: kearnyirish2
Hispanics and Asians are imported by companies (with the cooperation of the government they’ve bought) to suppress wages in those fields that could not be outsourced to Latin America or Asia.

Yup ... and during this time of high unemployment 125,000 new legal workers continue to be imported each month, that's 1.5 million per year.

Or to quote Pat:"U.S. companies see immigrants, legal or illegal, as an endless source of cheap labor to keep wage costs down. And they are right."

or to put it in graphs:


10 posted on 09/21/2011 5:46:22 AM PDT by algernonpj (He who pays the piper . . .)
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To: leaning conservative
I've read about a trend in dumpster diving for food. It sounds like public schools would be a great place to hit.

Or that we need to funnel food thrown away from free lunch programs to the homeless.

11 posted on 09/21/2011 7:58:05 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: algernonpj

Northern NJ is a perfect case in point; unskilled Americans out of work while unskilled (often illegal) Hispanics doing all the work they used to do for a fraction of the price. The imported people become a niche of their own, where big chain supermarkets or other jobs that require interaction won’t hire you unless you speak one of the “goo-back” tongues.


12 posted on 09/21/2011 1:43:36 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: maddog55

Nah man, we’re doomed at this point. The situation is too far out of hand. It doesn’t matter who becomes president in 2012.

Dark Ages, here we come!


13 posted on 09/21/2011 5:19:05 PM PDT by WilliamHouston
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To: kearnyirish2

Those who support the uninterrupted stream of illegals to create a permanent underclass of minorities, have the gall to point the finger at “conservatives” as racists.

Man, that chaps my hide.


14 posted on 09/21/2011 5:26:24 PM PDT by workerbee (We're not scared, Maobama -- we're pissed off!)
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To: workerbee

The uninterrupted stream of illegals is creating a permanent underclass of “Anglo” Americans, without which Obama would never have been elected. We already had a permanent underclass of minorities; now we’re just making that underclass “look like America”.


15 posted on 09/21/2011 8:55:57 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: kearnyirish2
Northern NJ is a perfect case in point; unskilled Americans out of work while unskilled (often illegal) Hispanics doing all the work they used to do for a fraction of the price. The imported people become a niche of their own, where big chain supermarkets or other jobs that require interaction won’t hire you unless you speak one of the “goo-back” tongues.

Your post reminds me of a conversation I had here in central NJ with a man who is 100% native Hawiian and some one who does sub contracting on construction.

He has been given grief and lost jobs because the people he hired were not ethnically 'diverse' enough. Well, he couldn't find enough 'diverse' employees who spoke English, i.e. with whom he could communicate!
16 posted on 09/22/2011 6:47:31 AM PDT by algernonpj (He who pays the piper . . .)
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To: SunkenCiv; Paleo Conservative; dennisw; Cacique; Clemenza

ping


17 posted on 09/22/2011 10:27:14 PM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: HiJinx

immigration ping


18 posted on 09/22/2011 10:39:56 PM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; 7.62 x 51mm; ..

Ping!


19 posted on 09/22/2011 10:55:11 PM PDT by HiJinx ("Good government is the concern of all men." ~ Louis L'Amour)
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To: Louis Foxwell
Otherwise intelligent-seeming people of every political stripe seem convinced that "The World is Running Out of Oil." They also seem convinced that producing crude oil is a dirty, anti-environmental business.

The BIG LIE has succeeded. For the next 150 years at least, the world will run on Oil, Coal, Natural Gas and Nuclear energy. Hydroelectric Power is real. Solar and wind power are not, but eminently suitable for small applications. What is a better automotive energy deal, for example, a VW TDI getting 60mpg, or a Prius getting 45?

Switching passenger cars to small turbo-charged, computer controlled diesels alone would end our dependence upon foreign oil right now. Is there some mystical reason why a 30 mpg Toyota Corolla needs to do 0-60 in 6 seconds, with its 4 cyl gasoline engine, when the same car with its Japan-available diesel does 0-60 in 12 seconds and gets 50 mpg?

Yes,Yes, oil wells can be a little sloppy in the opening phases, but after they start pumping, they are little problem. Beverly Hills produces oil! People all over the country literally have producing oil wells next door ... even in their back yards. It is not a problem.

There is more oil available than the world can refine. There is enough oil available in the United States to at least deliver OPEC a stunning blow. When Michelle Bachmann says "$2.00 Gasoline" she isn't kidding. The constraints on oil are artificial.

20 posted on 09/23/2011 7:50:29 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Team Obama will not shrink from violence to remain in power. Be ready.)
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To: leaning conservative

Let me tell you a good story.
Just yesterday,my wife volunteered to serve a meal to about 40 persons in Covington Ky on convention.
It was a convention of members of volunteer neighborhood associations from all over the eastern USA.
The venue was the banquet hall in a stunning 19th century Catholic Church.
The City of Covington was only involved so far as to provide the transportation to the various volunteer neighboorhood groups who were feeding and hosting.
The city failed to provide that transportation.
the conventioneers were stuck at their various hotels.
In the various neighboorhoods hundreds of meals were wasted .
The particulr Church that my wife volunteered at serves daily free meals to the homeless, has done that for decades.
However the forty meals prepared for the guests that the city of Covington left at their hotels....
All had to go into the garbage....
because the city health department requires that any food served at the parishes kitchen must “sealed” upon arrival.
That is the way it is.
Totally AFU.


21 posted on 09/24/2011 7:06:18 PM PDT by nkycincinnatikid
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To: WilliamHouston

22 posted on 09/28/2011 8:42:46 PM PDT by caveat emptor (Zippity Do Dah)
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To: Louis Foxwell; WilliamHouston
We are capable of becoming energy independent in a few short years. This alone would add trillions to our economy and tens of millions of jobs. We should be the major exporter of oil to the world instead of the world’s major importer of oil.

I'm still predicting OB will turn his campaign around by easing restrictions on energy development and production in time to have the economy moving before the election, possibly as just a campaign ploy.


23 posted on 09/28/2011 8:45:28 PM PDT by caveat emptor (Zippity Do Dah)
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To: caveat emptor
Herman Cain has made the very strong point that as we move toward energy independence, countries like Iran will falter because they depend 70% for their government revenues on oil sales, whereas Saudi Arabia only depends on oil sales for 30% of their revenues (although, I don't know how Mister Cain arrived at those numbers in his interview with Dickhead Morris).

That the democrat party does not want this nation moving toward energy independence is at least a clear sign that they are enemies of the Republic.

Of course, if the oil companies were the major campaign contributors to the democrat criminal enterprise, the perspective from the treacherous democrats might change, but I doubt it, because it appears to be the goal of the democrats to end the independence of this Republic and bring US under a global governance. There's something in the last part of the Bible about that ... oh, and way back in Daniel, too, and in Ezekiel! Does that portend for whom the democrat criminal enterprise works, wittingly or unwittingly?

24 posted on 09/28/2011 8:55:53 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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