Voter Integrity

The North Carolina Board of Elections recently uncovered recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) waivers which allows some illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. were also registered to vote. The Board of Elections crosschecked their voter rolls with DACA recipients and found many were registered to…Read More

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The North Carolina Board of Elections recently uncovered recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) waivers which allows some illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. were also registered to vote. The Board of Elections crosschecked their voter rolls with DACA recipients and found many were registered to vote even though they are not U.S. citizens. Click Here to read more.

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Strong Case for E-Verify

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.

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. Click Here for a link to the excerpt.

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Export-Import Bank Update

In another example of Congressional cowardice, the House and Senate voted to extend authorization of the Export-Import Bank, set to expire Sept 30th, until after the mid-term elections. Americans First has previously illustrated how this government “bank” which sole…Read More

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In another example of Congressional cowardice, the House and Senate voted to extend authorization of the Export-Import Bank, set to expire Sept 30th, until after the mid-term elections. Americans First has previously illustrated how this government “bank” which sole purpose is to provide taxpayer backed government loans to foreign companies in the hopes it will promote the sale of American products is nothing but corporate welfare for multi-national corporations. Ironically, only days after passing the extension, a Memphis, Tn. based firm admitted to fraudulently obtaining a loan and paid a $3.5 million dollar fine.

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Who Is Actually Funding Terrorism?

ISIS, 9/11 and the Malign Influence of the Saudis By Dan M. Rose and Ron Vissing of Americans First, Inc. While our nation recently mourned the victims on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and now grapples for a response to beheadings of Americans by the Islamic State in…Read More

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ISIS, 9/11 and the Malign Influence of the Saudis
By Dan M. Rose and Ron Vissing of Americans First, Inc.

While our nation recently mourned the victims on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and now grapples for a response to beheadings of Americans by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), more attention should be focused on another sinister Islamic state too often ignored in the mainstream media’s coverage of terrorism: Saudi Arabia.

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Backlash Against foreign worker visas

Amid calls for expanding the nation’s H-1B visa program, there is growing pushback from Americans who argue the program has been hijacked by staffing companies that import cheaper, lower-level workers to replace more expensive U.S. employees — or keep them from getting…Read More

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Amid calls for expanding the nation’s H-1B visa program, there is growing pushback from Americans who argue the program has been hijacked by staffing companies that import cheaper, lower-level workers to replace more expensive U.S. employees — or keep them from getting hired in the first place.

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Obama Administration Seeking Corporate Cover

A recent report revealed that the Obama Administration has been meeting with corporate business to gain support for executive action on amnesty and increased legal immigration. Ironically these corporate supporters claiming more skilled labor is needed include Cisco and Microsoft…Read More

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A recent report revealed that the Obama Administration has been meeting with corporate business to gain support for executive action on amnesty and increased legal immigration. Ironically these corporate supporters claiming more skilled labor is needed include Cisco and Microsoft who have announced massive layoffs of over 20,000 workers. Americans First discussed the abuses of the H1-B visa program on a recent program.

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Export-Import Bank

Americans First Radio recently highlighted the harmful effect the Export-Import Bank has on taxpayers. The new House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy agrees with Americans First that this New House leader opposes U.S Export-Import Bank. It’s refreshing to see a new face that actually…Read More

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Americans First Radio recently highlighted the harmful effect the Export-Import Bank has on taxpayers. The new House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy agrees with Americans First that this New House leader opposes U.S Export-Import Bank. It’s refreshing to see a new face that actually stands up to crony capitalism in the interest of American citizens.

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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, 19 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.

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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