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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, 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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Voter Integrity

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

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

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Pork Barrel Spending & Crony Capitalism

Citizens Against Government Waste has released its 2016 report detailing wasteful subsidies and spending by the federal government.  The report identifies wasteful spending that cost $644 billion over 1 year and $2.4 trillion over the next 5 years most of which amount to crony capitalism.   Items range from defense…Read More

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Citizens Against Government Waste has released its 2016 report detailing wasteful subsidies and spending by the federal government.  The report identifies wasteful spending that cost $644 billion over 1 year and $2.4 trillion over the next 5 years most of which amount to crony capitalism.   Items range from defense contractors making M1  tank modifications that the Army says aren’t needed to sugar subsidies that guarantee corporate farms a minimum price that is TWICE the worlds average.  Click Here for the complete report

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Export-Import Bank Update

As Americans First pointed out last September, Congress had kicked the can down the road on reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, which sole purpose is to provide taxpayer backed government loans to foreign companies.  The issue is now before Congress again (click here) and…Read More

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As Americans First pointed out last September, Congress had kicked the can down the road on reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, which sole purpose is to provide taxpayer backed government loans to foreign companies.  The issue is now before Congress again (click here) and has support across party lines. Americans First is strongly opposed to this re-authorization that puts U.S taxpayer money at risk only to benefit large corporations such as Boeing and Caterpillar who receive the lions share of the benefits.  Congress should learn from the lessons of Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac that using taxpayer money as loan guarantees is an unwise process.

This program is rife with fraud. Only days after passing the extension last September, a Memphis, Tn. based firm admitted to fraudulently obtaining a loan and paid a $3.5 million dollar fine.  Tell Congress NO to re-authorizing the Export-Import Bank.

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Impact of EPA CO2 Reduction Mandate

According to the Congressional Budget Office, policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will also reduce employment. CLICK HERE to read the report. In particular, job losses in the industries that shrink would lower employment more than job gains in other…Read More

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According to the Congressional Budget Office, policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will also reduce employment. CLICK HERE to read the report. In particular, job losses in the industries that shrink would lower employment more than job gains in other industries would increase employment, thereby raising the overall unemployment rate. And if that isn’t harmful enough, according to the U.S. Labor Dept, the lowest 20% income earners will suffer the most. This segment spends over 23% of household income on energy. This nonsensical attempt to reduce CO2 emissions in the U.S. which accounts for less than 17% of worldwide emissions, will have little to no affect on global emissions all the while devastating American jobs and households.

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Americans First Uncovers Illegal Non-Citizen Voters

Americans First recently undertook an extensive investigation and uncovered non-citizens who are registered to vote.  Our inquiry sampled only 2 of 120 counties in Kentucky.  After reviewing our findings, the Kentucky Attorney General office confirmed that several of those identified in our investigation were indeed non-citizens.   Click here for…Read More

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Americans First recently undertook an extensive investigation and uncovered non-citizens who are registered to vote.  Our inquiry sampled only 2 of 120 counties in Kentucky.  After reviewing our findings, the Kentucky Attorney General office confirmed that several of those identified in our investigation were indeed non-citizens.   Click here for more info Americans First Press Release re Illegally Registered Non-Citizen Voters

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The Best Way To Protect American Lives

The Paris attack is merely the latest evidence of the insatiable thirst of Islamic radicals for Western blood. It is self-evident that keeping foreign radicals out of America is the most effective way to safeguard the lives of our citizens. And the surest way to keep them out is a…Read More

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The Paris attack is merely the latest evidence of the insatiable thirst of Islamic radicals for Western blood.

It is self-evident that keeping foreign radicals out of America is the most effective way to safeguard the lives of our citizens. And the surest way to keep them out is a moratorium on all immigration.

To critics who argue this would keep out harmless immigrants as well as terrorists, the alternatives pose too great a risk.

Proponents of admitting refugees claim that proper screening can identify potential terrorists. But there is no evidence screening will be effective, as FBI Director Comey recently admitted to Congress. Moreover, history proves “effective screening” is nothing more than an illusion. The 911 hijackers and Boston Marathon “bomb brothers” were all screened, yet still murdered our citizens. At least one of the Paris attackers was a Syrian admitted to Europe as a “refugee”.

Here in Kentucky, two Iraqi “refugees” were screened yet later convicted of a terrorist conspiracy. A moratorium would render moot flaws inherent in the screening process. An immigration moratorium would avoid the expense of weeding through the criminal history of foreigners, many of whom can present no reliable evidence of their background or even from where they come. It would also avoid discriminating among people from different countries and of different religions.

Reducing the terrorist threat may also involve military action. But foreign radicals are widely dispersed throughout Muslim countries, and have now penetrated Western Europe. No doubt many are already living among us. The FBI has confirmed it is currently investigating more than 1,000 ISIS operatives or sympathizers in the US, including active investigations in Kentucky. Keeping any more of them out of America with an immigration moratorium is more directly effective to protect us.

An immigration moratorium will also save taxpayer dollars since our government will no longer have to provide social services to the newly arrived. In 2012, 51% percent of households headed by an immigrant (legal or illegal) self-reported use of at least one welfare program. Resources that are currently spent screening and supporting immigrants can be redirected to help our own citizens and fight illegal immigration. Our federal government currently has to borrow billions just to feed and house our own people.

Then there is the financial scam of “church” affiliated refugee assistance groups who receive hundreds of millions of tax dollars to bring in refugees, siphon off money to pay exorbitant salaries to their executives, and then dump the refugees into our social safety net. These groups then repeat the process to get even more federal money. An immigration moratorium would put a stop to this fiasco.

An immigration moratorium will also have tangential benefits. Stopping immigration will reduce the oversupply of labor and thus naturally raise wages for working class Americans, particularly for workers at the lower end of the wage scale who compete against immigrants for jobs.

An immigration moratorium is not without precedent. One effectively existed from 1924 to 1965 during which our country had some of the largest gains in working class incomes and standards of living in its history.

As proponents of an immigration moratorium, we wish foreigners well and want them to thrive in their own countries. Private charities can assist the truly needy in their own countries. But America does not have the resources to support more immigrants.

To those who argue we have a moral obligation to take in refugees and immigrants– our government has a greater moral and legal obligation to protect our citizens. Our country has no obligation to endanger the lives of our people by admitting foreigners by the tens of thousands.

Refugee sympathizers and open-borders advocates have no right to salve their consciences by endangering Americans.

The primary responsibility of our government is to protect Americans from preventable harm.

There is little to no upside to American citizens from more immigration. And an immigration moratorium is the most effective step our government can immediately take to safeguard the lives of American citizens.

 

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Trans Pacific Partnership

Our friends at the Public Citizen have written extensively about the current TPP trade agreement that Americans First opposes (click here) and have provided great details about the harm to American citizens this deal poses.

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Our friends at the Public Citizen have written extensively about the current TPP trade agreement that Americans First opposes (click here) and have provided great details about the harm to American citizens this deal poses.

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