A case for term limits

It is hard to imagine that our Founding Fathers, many of whom were private businessmen that put their own business on hold while forming our government,  envisioned career politicians holding office for 20, 30, and 40 years.  Perhaps that is why when writing our Constitution, numerous restriction were put in…Read More

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It is hard to imagine that our Founding Fathers, many of whom were private businessmen that put their own business on hold while forming our government,  envisioned career politicians holding office for 20, 30, and 40 years.  Perhaps that is why when writing our Constitution, numerous restriction were put in place on eligibility to serve in Congress, but none related to length of service.  In the 19th Century, the turnover rate of Congress was consistently 45-50% as members served their duty and returned to the private sector. Since 1990 the turnover rate has averaged less than 7% every two years in Congressional elections despite record low approval ratings.  Why?

 

Finances:  According to the FEC 2012 reports, the House incumbents raised $237 million to the challengers $19 million.  House members receive on average $1 million per year (including franking privilege) for staff and office expense.  Staff is often used in an election cycle for campaign purposes under the guise of “constituent outreach”. Challengers are at a distinct disadvantage from Day 1.

Lobbyist: With the advent of PAC’s and Super PAC’s, much of the campaign finance imbalance can be attributed to the influx of outside influence monies.  It’s no secret that on the first day in office, members of Congress are already beginning their solicitations for contributions to the next election.

What would term limits accomplish?

 Restoration of a Congress where votes are cast based on what is best for our country rather than what is best for reelection chances.  Look no further than our last gov’t shutdown crisis where many members voted out of fear of being “primaried” rather then what they truly felt was in our country’s best interest.

Reduction in pork barrel spending.  Candidates who are facing term expiration will no longer feel the pressure to “bring home the bacon” and curry favor with their constituents.

Reduction of lobbyist and crony capitalism.  The need to continually feed a candidate monies to keep them in office is reduced if there is an expiration date.

 

Arguments against term limits.

 

Elections are a form of term limits;  As outlined above, the incumbents have a significant advantage over challengers. Much of that advantage is derived from tax payer monies.

It reduces Congressional experience;  Congress is no place for on the job training.  If a member of the House or Senate needs 6-10 years to gain experience, they are truly in the wrong position.

 

Summary:

The GOP’s 1994 Contract With America contained an item called Citizens Legislature Act that called for a maximum (12) years service yet was never enacted.  Today, 22 years later, many of those same legislators are still in office

In 2012, the Senate brought to the floor a bill to adopt an Amendment to the Constitution limiting the number of terms a Senator could serve.  It was defeated 75-24 in one of the rare bi-partisan votes.

Many groups, both left and right are once again advocating for Congressional term limits.  We need to offer support to each of these groups regardless of ideology.

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Make E-Verify Mandatory

Less than 10 states currently mandate use of E-Verify by both private and public employers. E-Verify is a quick, free, and easy tool for combating illegal immigration and is simply good public policy. Here’s why: It Protects American Workers. E-Verify prevents job-related identity theft because full name, SSN, date of birth, gender and photographic…Read More

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Less than 10 states currently mandate use of E-Verify by both private and public employers. E-Verify is a quick, free, and easy tool for combating illegal immigration and is simply good public policy. Here’s why:

It Protects American Workers. E-Verify prevents job-related identity theft because full name, SSN, date of birth, gender and photographic identification must match.

It Prevents Wage Depression. Employers that hire illegal aliens over American workers drive down fair market wages and avoid obligations they owe their employees under state and federal laws. E-Verify prevents the depression of wages that result from illegal aliens willing to work for substandard pay.

It Turns Off The Magnet.  Mandating use of E-Verify reduces the attraction that causes many illegal immigrants to make an often dangerous journey.  Reducing employment opportunities eliminates that attraction.

 

Send a message to your local state legislator by Clicking Here and tell them to mandate E-Verify

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Tell The Senate To Pass Sanctuary City Bills

Sanctuary cities—state and local jurisdictions with policies that obstruct immigration enforcement—pose a serious danger to our communities. Americans across the country have demanded that Congress act to punish sanctuary cities since Kate Steinle was tragically shot and killed July 2015 in San…Read More

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Sanctuary cities—state and local jurisdictions with policies that obstruct immigration enforcement—pose a serious danger to our communities. Americans across the country have demanded that Congress act to punish sanctuary cities since Kate Steinle was tragically shot and killed July 2015 in San Francisco by an illegal alien with seven convictions and five previous deportations. The House has passed two Sanctuary City bills with bi-partisan support but outrageously, the Senate still has not passed the legislation to punish these jurisdictions that defy federal law and cost innocent American citizens’ their lives. Make your voice heard and demand the Senate act.  The House has passed two Sanctuary City bills with bi-partisan support.  Click Here to send an automated message to your legislator

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Kentucky Tonight

Dan Rose, President of Americans First was a guest panelist discussing immigration policies on Kentucky Tonight, a PBS statewide television program.  You can watch the replay by clicking here

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Dan Rose, President of Americans First was a guest panelist discussing immigration policies on Kentucky Tonight, a PBS statewide television program.  You can watch the replay by clicking here

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A Tax Plan For Citizens Not Corporations

American citizens who believe in a fair and equitable tax system should be incensed by the Republican tax plans.  Click here to read more.  Americans First thanks Kyforward.com a leading online newspaper for publishing…Read More

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American citizens who believe in a fair and equitable tax system should be incensed by the Republican tax plans.  Click here to read more.  Americans First thanks Kyforward.com a leading online newspaper for publishing this

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The Truth About DACA Amnesty

Much has been  speculated on regarding amnesty for DACA recipients.  The Center For Immigration Studies explains that it isn’t just 1 amnesty, it’s actually 8 amnesties, many that would never be offered to American citizens.  Click Here to read the full article

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Much has been  speculated on regarding amnesty for DACA recipients.  The Center For Immigration Studies explains that it isn’t just 1 amnesty, it’s actually 8 amnesties, many that would never be offered to American citizens.  Click Here to read the full article

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Victims of Illegal Immigrant Crimes

Americans First leadership recently went to Washington D.C. as guest of FAIR and AVIAC (Advocates for Victims of Illegal Alien Crime).  Our purpose was to lobby the Senate and specifically Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring several Sanctuary City bills to the floor for vote.  Both HR 3003 and HR…Read More

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Americans First leadership recently went to Washington D.C. as guest of FAIR and AVIAC (Advocates for Victims of Illegal Alien Crime).  Our purpose was to lobby the Senate and specifically Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring several Sanctuary City bills to the floor for vote.  Both HR 3003 and HR 3004 (better known as Kate’s Law) have passed in the House with bi-partisan support but are languishing in the Senate.  Many of the family members of the victims outlined in this article (click here)  were in attendance.   It’s time the Senate moved on these bills and expedite them into law before the list of victims grows longer.

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Turn Off The Illegal Immigration Magnet

Our federal government spent hundreds of millions to build the E-Verify system for employers to check the immigration status of applicants. However, there is no mandatory use of a simple system that is free to employers and takes less than 10 minutes to execute. Today, less than 10 States require…Read More

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Our federal government spent hundreds of millions to build the E-Verify system for employers to check the immigration status of applicants. However, there is no mandatory use of a simple system that is free to employers and takes less than 10 minutes to execute. Today, less than 10 States require employers to use E-Verify. In fact, the State of California made it illegal for cities and county governments to create ordinances requiring employers to use E-Verify. America needs to crack down on not only the illegal border crossings, but also the magnet that corporate businesses use to attract illegal immigrants.

Take a moment to watch an excerpt from the documentary Food Inc. that illustrates how corporations flaunt immigration laws and act in concert with authorities to keep the supply of cheap illegal immigrant labor flowing. Take special note of how Smithfield Foods advertises in Mexican newspapers for jobs and provides buses to transport workers. Click Here for a link to the excerpt.

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What is Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes Hiding?

What is Secretary of State Grimes trying to hide by refusing to cooperate with President Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Electoral Integrity? She insists that Kentucky’s voter rolls are clean, but refuses to provide the Commission with the information it needs to verify if that is true. Her position is…Read More

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What is Secretary of State Grimes trying to hide by refusing to cooperate with President Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Electoral Integrity? She insists that Kentucky’s voter rolls are clean, but refuses to provide the Commission with the information it needs to verify if that is true. Her position is ridiculous given actual evidence of Kentucky voter registration irregularities. What evidence, you might ask?

Let’s start with the findings by our non-profit citizens advocacy organization, Americans First, Inc., which undertook a limited investigation to find out whether any non-citizens are illegally registered to vote in Kentucky. Using information obtained from the Kentucky Department of Motor Vehicles, we compared a list of non-citizens in Fayette and Jefferson counties who obtained driving licenses using Non-US Citizen form TC-94-152 against a list of registered voters on the Secretary of State’s voter registration website. We found 38 people in those two counties alone who applied for a driver’s license using the Non-US Citizen application form who were registered to vote in Kentucky. Could these be non-citizens illegally registered to vote?

We first referred our findings to Secretary of State Grimes’ office which then referred us to the Special Prosecutions Division of the Attorney General’s office.  After further review of our findings, they confirmed that several of those we identified were indeed non-citizens who were illegally registered to vote, but neither the Attorney’s General office nor Secretary Grimes took any action against those persons. Most troubling is that all of them are still registered to vote.

Want more evidence Kentucky’s voter rolls are dirty? This past April, Judicial Watch served Secretary Grimes with notice of potential legal action against her office after their investigation determined there are 30 Kentucky counties with more registered voters than citizens over the age of 18 per 2015 U.S. Census Bureau estimates (Click Here ).  For example, Boone County has a population of approximately 85,000 persons over 18, but over 100,000 registered voters.  This is more evidence that Secretary Grimes is not maintaining clean voter registration records as mandated by the National Voter Registration Act.

There is evidence of voter registration irregularities not just in Kentucky but across the country. For example, The Public Interest Legal Foundation last month released a comprehensive report after its investigation found that Virginia recently removed more than 5,500 non-citizens from voter lists, including 1,852 people who had cast ballots.

And in 2012, a Pew Research study found that approximately 24 million voter registrations – one of every eight registrations in the U.S. – are either no longer valid or significantly inaccurate, that more than 1.8 million deceased individuals are listed as voters, and that approximately 2.75 million people have registrations in more than one state.

Much of the illegal voter registration stems from the ease with which a person can register with no verification of eligibility. The voter registration form used in Kentucky and other states merely requires a name, address and a social security number. The registrants simply declare on the form that they are a citizen and not otherwise ineligible, but there is no independent verification of citizenship or whether the social security number given is even valid. In Kentucky, if the social security number given by the registrant doesn’t match one of an existing registered Kentucky voter, the registration is automatically accepted. In effect, the system is essentially designed to facilitate fraudulent registration.

Given the evidence of voter registration fraud in Kentucky and across the country, Secretary Grimes’ refusal to cooperate with the Election Integrity Commission’s request is an inexcusable dereliction of her duty to our citizens. Her stated reason for not cooperating is also completely disingenuous. She was recently quoted as saying, “I’m not going to risk sensitive information for 3.2 million Kentuckians getting in the wrong hands, into the public domain and possibly for the wrong reasons, to keep people away from the ballot box”. Her faked concern is laughable since, for the princely sum of $450, her office will gladly sell to political parties and political action committees essentially the same voter information requested by the Commission.

The President’s commission’s effort to address the problem of illegal registration and voting has been equated with voter suppression.  But shouldn’t illegal voting be suppressed? Moreover, none of the efforts to cleanse the voter rolls of illegal registrants will prevent a qualified citizen from voting. Insuring only qualified citizens can vote enhances their electoral power by insuring their votes are not diluted by illegal ones. No American citizen should be opposed to efforts to purge our voter rolls of ineligible registrants to protect the integrity of our electoral process.

So, we again pose the question: with actual evidence of irregularities in Kentucky’s voter registration records, what is Secretary Grimes trying to hide by refusing to cooperate with the President’s Commission?

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Kentucky Voter Registration

Judicial Watch, a non-profit citizens watchdog group, has sent a Letter of Notification to Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes, NVRA-Violation-letter-KY-2017 , regarding her office’s failure to comply with Section 8 of the NVRA (National Voter Rights Act) that requires periodic maintenance of voter registration rolls.…Read More

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Judicial Watch, a non-profit citizens watchdog group, has sent a Letter of Notification to Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes, NVRA-Violation-letter-KY-2017 , regarding her office’s failure to comply with Section 8 of the NVRA (National Voter Rights Act) that requires periodic maintenance of voter registration rolls.  Judicial Watch has found 30 counties in Kentucky where the number of registered voters exceeds the number of residents of voter age (based on most recent Census data). American First has been advocating for this same maintenance of voter registration rolls.

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