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Although it is in the best interest of the U.S. to follow Canada’s lead and ratify a free trade agreement (FTA) with Columbia, AFL-CIO players won’t give permission to their political whores in the Democrat controlled Congress to sign the agreement.  Democrats and their wingmen refuse to allow the agreement until Columbia shows “progress” in stopping the violence against labor unions and union organizers.

Violence against union members is a real issue in Colombia, but how does President Alvaro Uribe get credit for progress when Democrats refuse to define the term? In the eight years of Uribe’s presidency, killings of union members fell from 196 in 2002 to 28 in 2009; and convictions of murdered union members have risen from just two in the decade before Uribe’s presidency to 234 since he was sworn into office.  Also, union membership has nearly doubled from 850,000 in 2002 to 1.5 million in 2009.

It is patently irresponsible for Congress to punish America’s economy and a democratic ally for ideological and partisan interests. An FTA with Colombia would not only benefit corn farmers and increase jobs and exports, but it would also reward the dramatic progress on labor rights achieved during Uribe’s presidency.

“I am only one, but I am one.  I cannot do everything, but I can do something.  And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”Edward Everett Hale

I.M. Kane


 

Canada’s Senate approves free trade deal with Colombia

From AFP

A Canada-Colombia free trade pact is expected to be signed into law here next week, after Canada’s Senate voted in favor of the agreement late Monday, an official told AFP Tuesday.

The trade legislation adopted last week by members of parliament must still be signed by Governor General Michaelle Jean, representative of Queen Elizabeth II, said Monika Bujalska, press secretary to Trade Minister Peter Van Loan.

“This is expected next week,” she said.

The Senate passed the bill despite concerns about human rights violations in Colombia, which had held up signing the accord for two years.

Both governments must still set a date for the free trade agreement to come into force.

In Bogota, President Alvaro Uribe described the move as “a very good achievement” for Colombia.

The deal is expected to boost Canadian investment in Colombia’s mining and oil sectors, as well as increase agricultural exports, primarily wheat and barley. Canada-Colombia trade topped 1.3 billion dollars in 2008, according to the latest figures.

The accord contains several annexes on the environment and labor standards, in part due to concerns in Canada over assassinations of union leaders in Colombia in recent years.

These concerns were the primary reason behind US lawmakers’ rejection of a similar US-Colombia free trade deal signed in 2006. The Americans felt Colombia’s assurances were insufficient.

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“We understand that there’s a push for your Administration to develop a plan to unilaterally extend either deferred action or parole to millions of illegal aliens in the United States. …

While deferred action and parole are Executive Branch authorities, they should not be used to circumvent Congress’ constitutional authority to legislate immigration policy … “—Republican Senators in a letter to Brother O regarding an amnesty plan to illegals through Executive Order


 

Senators Challenge Pres. Obama on Rumors of Executive Order Amnesty

From NumbersUSA

Several Senators have learned of a possible plan by the Obama Administration that would provide a mass Amnesty for the nation’s 11-18 million illegal aliens. Led by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), eight Senators addressed a letter to the President asking for answers to questions about a plan that would allow DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to provide an amnesty if they can’t secure enough votes for a bill in the Senate.

The letter that was sent to Pres. Obama earlier today asks the President for clarification on the use of deferred action or parole for illegal aliens. The executive actions are typically used in special cases and are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, but if 60 votes can’t be secured in the Senate to pass a mass Amnesty, the Administration may use the discretionary actions as an alternative.

Here is the text of the letter signed by Sens. Grassley, Hatch (R-Utah), Vitter (R-La.), Bunning (R-Ky.), Chambliss (R-Ga.), Isakson (R-Ga.), Inhofe (R-Okla.), and Cochran (R-Miss.).

Dear President Obama:

We understand that there’s a push for your Administration to develop a plan to unilaterally extend either deferred action or parole to millions of illegal aliens in the United States. We understand that the Administration may include aliens who have willfully overstayed their visas or filed for benefits knowing that they will not be eligible for a status for years to come. We understand that deferred action and parole are discretionary actions reserved for individual cases that present unusual, emergent or humanitarian circumstances. Deferred action and parole were not intended to be used to confer a status or offer protection to large groups of illegal aliens, even if the agency claims that they look at each case on a “case-by-case” basis.

While we agree our immigration laws need to be fixed, we are deeply concerned about the potential expansion of deferred action or parole for a large illegal alien population. While deferred action and parole are Executive Branch authorities, they should not be used to circumvent Congress’ constitutional authority to legislate immigration policy, particularly as it relates to the illegal population in the United States.

The Administration would be wise to abandon any plans for deferred action or parole for the illegal population. Such a move would further erode the American public’s confidence in the federal government and its commitment to securing the borders and enforcing the laws already on the books.

We would appreciate receiving a commitment that the Administration has no plans to use either authority to change the current position of a large group of illegal aliens already in the United States, and ask that you respond to us about this matter as soon as possible.

Send a free fax to Obama over plans to provide amnesty for illegals via Executive Order.

Download a PDF version of the Senators’ letter.

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You are putting Israel in harm’s way, and you have promoted anti-Semitism throughout the world. …

[T]he underdogs you defend are murderers and criminals who want Israel eradicated.

You have brought to Arizona a civil war … Your destruction of this country may never be remedied … I hope the people in this great country realize your agenda is not for the betterment of mankind, but for the betterment of your politics.—Jon Voight


 

An open letter to President Obama from Jon Voight

By Jon Voight

President Obama:

You will be the first American president that lied to the Jewish people, and the American people as well, when you said that you would defend Israel, the only Democratic state in the Middle East, against all their enemies. You have done just the opposite. You have propagandized Israel, until they look like they are everyone’s enemy — and it has resonated throughout the world. You are putting Israel in harm’s way, and you have promoted anti-Semitism throughout the world.

You have brought this to a people who have given the world the Ten Commandments and most laws we live by today. The Jewish people have given the world our greatest scientists and philosophers, and the cures for many diseases, and now you play a very dangerous game so you can look like a true martyr to what you see and say are the underdogs. But the underdogs you defend are murderers and criminals who want Israel eradicated.

You have brought to Arizona a civil war, once again defending the criminals and illegals, creating a meltdown for good, loyal, law-abiding citizens. Your destruction of this country may never be remedied, and we may never recover. I pray to God you stop, and I hope the people in this great country realize your agenda is not for the betterment of mankind, but for the betterment of your politics.

With heartfelt and deep concern for America and Israel,

Jon Voight

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Grassroots candidate Tim Scott won the Republican nomination for Congress in a conservative South Carolina district putting him in the driver’s seat to become the first black Republican in Congress from the South since Reconstruction.

Scott’s victory over GOP establishment candidate Paul Thurmond, son of the late Senator Strom Thurmond, signals a shift away from the Party’s old guard establishment in the South. Scott was endorsed by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and the anti-tax Club for Growth.  

Scott will run against perennial candidate Ben Frasier in a district that has not sent a Democrat to Congress since 1978 and voted for Senator John McCain over Brother O 56%-42%.


 

Tim Scott wins nomination to become first black Republican congressman since 2003

By Kathy Kiely

Tim Scott is on track to become the first black Republican in Congress since 2003 — and the first from the South since Reconstruction — after beating one of the biggest names in South Carolina politics to win a Republican congressional nomination.

It was a victory for conservative Republican insurgents and a sign of the changing of the guard in the South: Scott, a member of the South Carolina state House, defeated Paul Thurmond, son of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond, who retired from the Senate at age 100 in 2003. Thurmond ran for president in 1948 on a segregationist platform.

A member of the Charleston County Council, the younger Thurmond had the backing of much of South Carolina’s GOP establishment. Two Republicans who represented the coastal Carolina district in Congress, Arthur Ravenel and Thomas Hartnett, endorsed him. So did several of the GOP hopefuls whom he and Scott eliminated in the primary election earlier this month. Among those throwing their support to Thurmond was another South Carolina legacy: Carroll Campbell, namesake son of a former governor.

Scott had national conservative support. Sarah Palin endorsed him, as did the anti-tax Club for Growth.

In an interview with USA TODAY earlier this week, Scott said President Obama inspired him in a negative sense: the fiscally conservative lawmaker said he considers the president’s health care plan “a step toward socialism.”

Scott will face Democratic nominee Ben Frasier, a perennial candidate who does not appear to have a campaign website or any campaign finance records on file with the Federal Election Commission

The district has not sent a Democrat to Congress since 1978; two years ago, it voted for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the Republican presidential nominee, over President Obama, 56%-42%.

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