An Empty Suit and Taxpayers; Are We Know Nothings?


Schultz Was a Useful Know-Nothing

Schultz Was a Useful Know-Nothing

 

A Nation of Sewers and the Taxpayer Gets The Result

A Nation of Sewers and the Taxpayer Gets The Result

Go Sue Yourself! 

Don King likes to say “only in America.”  Well, these days that phrase takes on a new meaning.  With all of this bailout stuff going on, the biggest of bailouts is insurance giant AIG.  Operating with the notion that it’s “too big to fail,” the US government now owns nearly 80% of the company stock after pouring in billions of dollars into the company.   So, what is AIG doing?   AIG is suing the government.  AIG claims the IRS improperly penalized it for $61.9 million in tax credits that the IRS disallowed.  The company is suing for over $300 million in interest and penalties.  So, we the taxpayers own most of AIG.  The government supposedly operates as a representative of we the taxpayers.  So, in essence, we the taxpayers are suing we the taxpayers.   And get this…AIG wants the government to reimburse it for having to bring the lawsuit.  So, that means that we the taxpayers are suing we the taxpayers and we the taxpayers want we the taxpayers to pay for the lawsuit.  Guess who gets hosed in the end?  We the taxpayers.

According to Prescott F. Hall, many of these people lowered the "mental, moral and physical average" of America

According to Prescott F. Hall, many of these people lowered the "mental, moral and physical average" of America

On This Date in History:

  This is another in my long list of examples of how the calendar may change, but political arguments often do not in this country.  This time, it has to do with immigration.  Today, we have the issue of illegal immigration and part of the issue involves illegal immigrants committing crimes, not being able to speak or write English and generally bringing a bad element to the nation.  Well, let us borrow Mr. Peabody’s Way Back Machine and travel back to the late 19th Century. 

A group of mainly lawyers and scholars with academic roots in Harvard founded the Immigration Restriction League(IRL).  It was the first official anti-immigration group.  I’ve read one account that claims the group held white-superiority views.  I’m not sure if I buy it.  It seems to more akin to the Know Nothings of the mid 19th century in that the league’s main objective seems to have been more anti-foreigner, forgetting that every one of them probably had ancestors that came from somewhere else.  It pushed for new laws to restrict immigration.  The members must not have been too pleased when the first decade of the 20th Century found a nearly unprecedented 9 million immigrants hitting the shores of America.  So, it was back to the drawing board.  The league decided it needed new supporters so Prescott F. Hall(1906 NY Times Review of Hall’s Book),  the IRL’s executive committee secretary, sent out the following letter on this date in 1910 to notable Americans such as our friend Alexander Graham Bell and presidents of universities such as Stanford and Harvard.  See if you can imagine someone writing this exact letter today.

Hall Might Have Used This For His Immigration Warning

Hall Might Have Used This For His Immigration Warning

“The Immigration Restriction League is a non-political and non-sectarian organization, with members from all parts of the United States.  Since 1894, it has led the agitation for the better enforcement of existing immigration laws, and the enactment of needed legislation.  It is opposed only to such immigration as lowers the mental, moral and physical average of our people.

Immigration the coming year will again near the 1,000,000 mark.  Of recent immigration, 1-4 over 14 years of age could not read or write in any language; 3-5 were Slavic and Iberic races of Southern and Eastern Europe; nearly 1-3, including women and children, had no occupation; 3-5 were destined for only 4 states.

In 1908, the foreign born population of 13.6% furnished 15.6% of the criminals, 20.8% of the paupers, and 29.5% of the insane.  Between 1904 and 1908, the aliens in these institutions increased 34%.

The League feels that facts like these show that the present laws governing the admission of aliens are inadequate to protect our social and political standards and institutions from deterioration.  Those pecuniarily interested  in the immigration laws are strongly organized to influence legislation, while those who believe in a proper selection of the aliens coming to us are scattered.  This letter is written with the purpose of getting in touch with those who agree with the attitude of the League.

O'Reilly Might Have Liked Hall

O'Reilly Might Have Liked Hall

We should much appreciate a letter from you, stating whether you favor (1) Further selective tests for immigration (2)Obliging aliens to be able to read in some language (3)Increasing the present head-tax of $4, and if so to what amount (4)Requiring immigrants to be in possession of an amount of money sufficient to support them while seeking work.

We should also be glad to have your views on this subject, outside of the questions noted above.”

 

Going Back in Peabody's Way Back Machine Doesn't Always Bring a Change

Going Back in Peabody's Way Back Machine Doesn't Always Bring a Change

Now…when you read the above letter, it seems to me that this group of people had some of the same complaints that opponents of immigration today have.  However, there is one important difference:  The IRL was talking about legal immigration while today the reference is generally regarding illegal immigration.  That’s an important distinction.  But, as I read this letter, I keep thinking of Bill O’Reilly and his rants every time he finds that an illegal immigrant (alien) committed a crime.  I think of all of the people who get angry when people in the US don’t speak English, even though there is no official language in this country.  However, Mr. Hall adds something new….he claims that nearly a third of the “insane” are foreigners.  There are so many odd angles and interpretations you can take regarding this issue both then and now.  All I am pointing out is, if you are concerned about this issue now…don’t worry….your grandfather, great-grandfather or great-great grandfather may have shared the very same concerns when he was your age.  The calendar moves on, but our politics seem to go in circles.  It happens more often than you might think.

SPC Extended Convective Outlook

SPC Extended Convective Outlook

Weather Bottom Line:  Forecast on track except we’ve got a ridge building in and that will make it difficult to get even any insubstantial showers.  On Monday, the GFS still wants to spit out a little rain but that seems nonsensical in that the scenario is that

00Z Sat NAM Midday Temps Mid 50's

00Z Sat NAM Midday Temps Mid 50's

dying storms from the west give out their last dying breath over us.  Again, seems silly because any storms should get the hell kicked out of them as they move right into the ridge.  Now, if there is a ridge building here, then there is a trof somewhere else and that somewhere is the plains.  Monday still looks like a good bet for a lot of action in the plains.  The reason I have been mentioning this for the last few days is that the dynamics and such will be so strong and the models have been so consistent with the feature, I find it hard to believe it will all just go poof and disappear after one day.  Typically, the strong storm will either start to wind down after its mature cycle, will get another reinforcing shot of stregnth or will begin to split apart.  But the conservation of energy dictates that it has to go somewhere.  The SPC knows this but has been hesitant to illustrate anything beyond the Monday AM to Tuesday AM time frame.  On Friday, they put out a second area to our Southwest for Tue AM to Wed AM.  I did a quick scan of the modeling data and suspect that we will have a threat sometime Wed AM to Thu AM though there are many factors out there and the

00Z Sat NAM Midday Sun Low 60's

00Z Sat NAM Midday Sun Low 60's

area may end up being mainly to our south.  Also, timing issues will be in play.  We will be in the low 60’s on Saturday, mid 60’s on Sunday and then move up through the low to mid, perhaps even upper, 70’s for the first 3 days of next week.  We should have several days to moisten up the atmosphere to some degree.  How much remains to be seen but I suspect that we will be under a low-level confluent flow.  Any lifting mechanism in that scenario  should allow for some good storms…but again…timing issues will be at play.   The latter part of the week will be cooler, but not cold.  Just keep this in mind if you have plans next week…mid week strong storms are something we should keep an eye out for.  I betcha at least one weekend tv weather foof will say something like “with that warm air…we will have to pay the price!”  That is certainly not always the case weatherwise, but the individual I am thinking of has a habit of saying that…so if something does happen, you can claim victory and if nothing does happen, you pretend like you never said it.  Truth is, it’s too early to be making such specific statements.  But what do I know?  I’m currently in retirement and a has-been.

DAY 4-8 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK 
   NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
   0328 AM CDT FRI MAR 20 2009
  
   VALID 231200Z – 281200Z
  
   …DISCUSSION…
  
   LATEST MEDIUM-RANGE GUIDANCE REMAINS IN REMARKABLY GOOD AGREEMENT IN
   THE EVOLUTION OF A POWERFUL SYNOPTIC SYSTEM OVER THE CNTRL U.S. ON
   D4 /MON MAR 23RD/.  ALOFT…AN INTENSE MID/UPPER-LEVEL LOW WILL
   SHIFT EWD FROM THE CNTRL ROCKIES INTO THE CNTRL PLAINS WHILE AN
   ASSOCIATED SURFACE CYCLONE DEVELOPS FROM THE CNTRL HIGH PLAINS NEWD
   INTO THE CNTRL PLAINS BEFORE OCCLUDING.  BOUNDARY LAYER MOISTURE
   QUALITY STILL APPEARS SOMEWHAT QUESTIONABLE WITH DEWPOINTS REMAINING
   LARGELY IN THE 50S.  HOWEVER…THE PRESENCE OF STEEP LAPSE
   RATES…STRONG DYNAMIC FORCING AND STRENGTHENING WIND FIELDS WILL
   LIKELY FOSTER NUMEROUS SEVERE STORMS /INCLUDING SUPERCELLS/ ALONG OR
   AHEAD OF DRYLINE OR PACIFIC FRONT OVER THE CNTRL AND SRN PLAINS.
  
   BOUNDARY LAYER MOISTURE IS EXPECTED TO IMPROVE AHEAD OF PACIFIC
   FRONT OVER LOWER ELEVATIONS OF THE SRN PLAINS INTO OZARK PLATEAU BY
   D5 /TUE MAR 24TH/.  WHILE PRIMARY UPPER LOW/VORTICITY MAXIMUM AND
   ASSOCIATED SURFACE LOW ARE FORECAST TO DEVELOP NEWD TOWARD THE UPPER
   MIDWEST…MODEL GUIDANCE SUGGESTS A SECONDARY VORTICITY MAXIMUM/JET
   STREAK ROTATING THROUGH THE LARGE-SCALE TROUGH BASE OVER THE SRN
   PLAINS.  GIVEN THE INCREASING MOISTURE/INSTABILITY AND CONTINUED
   STRONG WIND FIELDS…POTENTIAL WILL EXIST FOR ANOTHER ORGANIZED
   SEVERE WEATHER EPISODE FROM ERN PARTS OF OK/TX INTO PORTIONS OF AR
   AND PERHAPS SRN MO AND NRN LA.
  
   THEREAFTER…MODEL DIFFERENCES BEGIN TO ARISE IN THE EVOLUTION OF
   THE UPPER-LEVEL PATTERN.  MOREOVER…CONSIDERABLE TSTM ACTIVITY OVER
   THE PREVIOUS TWO DAYS MAY POTENTIALLY DISPLACE THE EFFECTIVE WARM
   SECTOR FURTHER TO THE S/SE THAN WHAT CURRENT GUIDANCE INDICATES.
   NONETHELESS…IT DOES APPEAR THAT MODERATELY STRONG WIND FIELDS WILL
   BE MAINTAINED ACROSS THE GULF COAST REGION IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO A
   MOIST AND UNSTABLE AIR MASS.  AS SUCH…THE POTENTIAL FOR SEVERE
   WEATHER WILL LIKELY CONTINUE THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE EXTENDED
   PERIOD.  HOWEVER…GIVEN THE UNCERTAINTY IN THE DETAILS…NO
   ADDITIONAL SEVERE WEATHER AREAS WILL BE DELINEATED ATTM.
  
   ..MEAD.. 03/20/2009

3 Responses

  1. I’m all for immigration but, as you said, the illegal immigration is what concerns me. Hey, at least the folks in the days of the IRL were on record and paying taxes such as they were back then (Did they have federal income tax at that time?). Our neighbors to the south seem to only want to come here to work–is that such a terrible thing? But let’s get them on the record and paying taxes though. And let’s stop the free healthcare and food stamps for these folks who come here legally. I shop at Aldi’s a good bit and I see a lot of foreigners there, presumably legally, and they’re buying their groceries with a food stamp card. When did we decide that we had to feed these folks when they come here? I don’t know when this happened but I don’t like it at all. It is sad too that they seem to have access to better healthcare (through Medicaid) than our senior citizens who’ve worked and played by the rules. I’m all for having these folks come here legally but our having to take care of them when they arrive sticks in my craw. That was NOT going on in the days of the IRL, I’ll wager.

  2. Off the top of my head, I believe the Constitution was amended in 1913 so as to allow the Fed Tax. I like the way that the IRL claims that the immigrants from eastern Europe hurt our mental, moral and physical fitness. Most of those guys families came from western Europe not all that long prior….presumably that means that they were more morally upright, physically fit and mentally sound than their colleagues in the east. I suspect they were also more Protestant than the eastern Europeans…which is why I compare the outfit to the Know Nothings.

    Today, one thing to consider is that those folks who come over illegally generally do not file income tax returns. But, they have to have a social security number, fraudulent or not. Unless they get paid in cash under the table, they do get Social Security, Medicare and income tax deducted. So, in those cases where they get paid by check, they are paying into the system. Now, if they are getting paid under the table, then there is no reason for the illegal employer to pay minimum wage. So, if say a strawberry grower is only paying someone $5 an hour to pick strawberries, presumably that would mean lower prices for strawberries. So, it’s not necessarily cut and dry.

    I don’t understand why we do not enforce our laws though. I mean, why have a border if it’s irrelevant. Funny thing is, during the Reagan administration, I think there was supposedly some 3 million or so illegals. They passed a bill, sponsored in part by Rom Mazzolli, that was supposed to end illegal immigration. Well, now we’re up to 12 million illegals. I would be very curious to find out what Mr. Mazzolli thinks went wrong. He’s an honest and good man and would have an honest assessment. Was it not enforced? Were there obstacles unforseen? Did things change? Whatever, it didn’t work as expected. I suspect that had President Bush brought forth his amnesty plan with the proviso that the borders be secured and shut down first, it would have gained support. They should have said, first off, we shut down and secure the borders. Once that is done, then the 12 million can apply for an orderly, legal amnesty program that would allow them to stay provided that they had jobs, etc..or whatever other provisions they might have had. But, instead they said, lets give everyone amnesty and we’ll think about securing the border. We know what would have happened…amnesty and the border never being secured. I think securing the border goes beyond immigration…its also a matter of national security as well as drug prevention.

  3. it’s all a big ****in’ scam man they got us by the balls the Scee Aye’ Eh Runs the Media, because the Shadow fed allows and pushes them too, it’s a hoax of freedom in this country our people are not represented whatsoever on the national stage, or, in the federal government’s national, and global decisions. They’re going to sell our whole population out, giving all the Rights to every seed in the universe to monsanto, and dictating that all beef, chicken, pork, rice, greens and grain, be treated with monsanto’s mutagenic growth hormone Codex alimentarius (introduced by the WORLD Health organization) will do all of this and outlaw nutrients, effectively neglecting, starving every body that’s not rich enough have pusher’s of organic, illegal food to death. You hear me? THEY’RE GONNA KILL US ALL! Check out the Georgia Guidestones! they only want 500 Million people on the Planet. the Rothschild’s own the world and they are satanists.

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