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Friday, July 11, 2014

Border Children

I stood one night on the banks of the Rio Grande in Texas. I was concealed by some underbrush and accompanied by the United States Border Patrol. It didn’t take long to see a person swimming across illegally—a snapshot of America’s immigration challenges.

The latest crisis at the border is a surge of children, unaccompanied minors as they are called in legal terms. Tens of thousands have been caught attempting to enter our country illegally. Some have been placed under surveillance in warehouses. Others have been released. Very few have thus far been returned home.

The border children come from Central American countries with stagnant economies and ungoverned space. Desperate poverty in the region, along with signals from the Administration about decreasing deportations, has created conditions that cause families to risk sending their children north. Young boys and girls are placed on trains or given to smugglers known as “coyotes.” Many then suffer terrible abuse, falling victim to human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Most Nebraskans are rightfully outraged by this dramatic failure of our immigration policy. The question of how to properly care for and deal with the children is under intense debate. From my perspective, first the President should immediately call up the National Guard to assist the Border Patrol to bring the situation under control. Second, the message needs to be clearly and continuously sent that persons arriving illegally will be quickly returned. Third, we must demand that the governments of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala set up the proper conditions for the repatriation of children and adults, ensuring their safety and humane treatment. Once the framework is set and order is restored, we can address the exceptional needs of those who have a just reason for asylum.

The First Lady of Honduras has said we want our children back. I agree with her. Now we must fix this latest immigration problem so that children are protected and families are reunited. On one of the committees I have served, we have already begun working on the proper procedures for repatriation and stopping the flow.

America has always had a vibrant immigration system, welcoming people who are facing political persecution or dire hardship, seeking a new life with their families. But chaos and disorder at our border harms our country’s ability to be generous and is not fair to those who follow the law.

About the Author:

JEFF FORTENBERRY has served as the U.S. Representative for Nebraska's 1st congressional district since 2005. He is the Chairperson for the Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition and Forestry. Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights and has a seat on the Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia. He is a member of the following Caucus groups:

Civil War Battlefield Caucus - Congressional Biofuels Caucus - Congressional Farmer Cooperative Caucus - House Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus - International Conservation Caucus - Sportsmen's Caucus.

Congressman Fortenberry has become the most knowledgeable representative on Capitol Hill for nuclear security issues.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Netanyahu Has Finally Had Enough From Hamas

אנחנו פועלים מול כמה חזיתות בעת ובעונה אחת. הלילה פעלנו נגד מטרות רבות של חמאס בעזה, והיעד של כל הפעולות שלנו הוא החזרת השקט והביטחון לכל אזרחי ישראל, ובראשם לתושבי הדרום. הניסיון מוכיח שברגעים כאלה יש לנהוג בקור רוח ובאחריות ולא בהתלהמות ובפזיזות. אנחנו נעשה כל מה שנדרש כדי להשיב את השקט והביטחון לדרום. בסוף השבוע אנחנו גם פעלנו בנחישות נגד ההתפרעויות בירושלים וביישובים ערביים. אנחנו נוקטים יד קשה מול פורעי חוק ומול מסיתים מכל צד שהוא. אין מקום במדינת ישראל ליידוי אבנים על שוטרים, אין מקום לזריקת בקבוקי תבערה, אין מקום לחסימת צירים או השמדת רכוש, אין מקום להסתות נגד עצם קיומה של מדינת ישראל. אי אפשר לאחוז בחבל הזה משני קצותיו. אי אפשר ליהנות מתשלומי ביטוח לאומי וקצבאות ילדים מצד אחד - ומצד שני להפר את החוקים הבסיסיים ביותר של מדינת ישראל. אני קורא למנהיגי הציבור הערבי לגלות אחריות, להתייצב בפני גל ההתפרעויות כדי להחזיר את השקט על כנו. מי שלא יכבד את החוק - ייעצר וייענש בחומרה. אני מבקש בהזדמנות הזאת בשם ממשלת ישראל לשלוח את הערכתי הרבה לשוטרים ולחיילים שעוסקים ללא לאות באבטחת ביטחונם של כל אזרחי ישראל.

"We are working on several fronts simultaneously. Overnight we were active against many Hamas targets in Gaza and the goal of all of our operations is to restore quiet and security to all of Israel's citizens, especially the residents of the south. Experience proves that at such times we must act responsibly and with equanimity, not hastily. We will do whatever is necessary to restore quiet and security to the south."

"Over the weekend we also took determined action against disturbances in Jerusalem and in Arab communities. We are taking a tough line against anyone who breaks the law and against inciters from whatever side."

"There is no place in the State of Israel for stone-throwing at police, throwing firebombs, blocking roads or destroying property, or incitement against the very existence of the State of Israel. This rope cannot be held from both ends. One cannot benefit from National Insurance payments and child allowances on the one hand and, on the other, violate the most basic laws of the State of Israel."

"I call on the leaders of the Arab public to show responsibility and come out against the wave of disturbances in order to restore quiet. Whoever does not abide by the law – will be arrested and punished severely."

"I would like to take the opportunity at this time, on behalf of the government, to send my great appreciation to the police personnel and soldiers for tirelessly dealing with the security of all Israelis."

Friday, July 4, 2014

Americans Wear Blinders Toward Its Own Stupidity

Canada's Top Ten List of America's Stupidity That You Will Never See On Late Night with David Letterman

Number 10: Only in America...could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a $35,000.00 per plate campaign fund-raising event.

Number 9: Only in America ...could people claim that the government still discriminates against black Americans when they have a black President, a black Attorney General and roughly 20% of the federal workforce is black while only 14% of the population is black 40+% of all federal entitlements goes to black Americans - 3X the rate that go to whites, 5X the rate that go to Hispanics!

Number 8: Only in America...could they have had the two people most responsible for our tax code, Timothy Geithner (the head of the Treasury Department) and Charles Rangel (who once ran the Ways and Means Committee), BOTH turn out to be tax cheats who are in favor of higher taxes.

Number 7: Only in America...can they have terrorists kill people in the name of Allah and have the media and liberals react by fretting that Muslims might be harmed by the backlash.

Number 6: Only in America...would they make people who want to legally become American citizens wait for years in their home countries and pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege, while they discuss letting anyone who sneaks into the country illegally just 'magically' become American citizens.

Number 5: Only in America....could the people who believe in balancing the budget and sticking by the country's Constitution be thought of as "extremists."

Number 4: Only in America...could you need to present a driver's license to cash a check, board an airplane or buy alcohol, but not to vote.

Number 3: Only in America...could people demand the government investigate whether oil companies are gouging the public because the price of gas went up when the return on equity invested in a major U.S. Oil company (Marathon Oil) averages 12% profit and they take all the risk and the US government takes by force 18.4% to 24.4% in gas tax for taking zero risk and doing absolutely nothing for that revenue other than creating a law to force the oil companies to give it to them. So the government makes 6% to 12% more profit than the oil companies themselves on gas sales for doing absolutely nothing but using force.

Number 2: Only in America....could the government collect more tax dollars from the people than any nation in recorded history, still spend a Trillion Dollars more than it has per year - for total spending of $7-Million PER MINUTE, and the left complains that it still doesn't have nearly enough money for all their programs.

NUMBER 1: Only in America...could the so called "rich people" who pay 86% of all income taxes - be accused of not paying their "fair share" by people who don't pay any income taxes at all .

Thursday, July 3, 2014

How the Mighty Have Fallen

When you've scaled the heights of popularity that President Barack Obama did back in 2004 there was only one of two places you could go. The most absurd would have been to have risen to the heights of Messiahship, a feat not likely to occur in the political arena. The other was to sink like a stone, which is what has happened to this once ‘beloved’ of the uninformed masses.

It would seem that after two elections and almost seven years those uninformed voters who elected Obama to the most powerful position in the world have become a tad more enlightened.

According to a July 2, 2014 poll from Quinnipiac University a greater majority of Americans, including many who voted for Mr. Obama, not once but twice, now believe him to be America’s worst president since World War II. Not only that, these same poll takers now say they think former Governor Mitt Romney would have made a much better leader, would have handled the economy with more intelligent policies and would have likely taken a much stronger stand against terrorists in Iraq, the situation with Assad in Syria, stronger sanctions against Iran and more open support for our only real ally in the region, Israel.

Ronald Reagan still polls as the best president since WWII followed by Bill Clinton and John F. Kennedy. Barack Obama has taken over the lowest position once held by George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter, with one exception - Bush still sits dead last when voters were asked who was the worst in handling the nation’s economy. Obama, however, is only one point higher than Mr. Bush in this area.

An amazing 54% of those taking the poll say that the Obama Administration is the most incompetent of all previous presidential administrations over the last 70-years in its ability to run the government in an efficient and professional bi-partisan manner.

The president’s personal polling numbers have dropped significantly from the once high 70’s down to the Bush/Carter territory of around 38%.

The president has seen a steady decline in his overall approval rating for the last couple of years due to his amateurish and seemingly arrogant mishandling of important issues like his signature program - ObamaCare, the economy, immigration, foreign policy and terrorism. He also gets low marks for not keeping his promise to reach across the aisle with those on the other side of the political spectrum and his much touted campaign promise to have the most transparent presidency in the history of the nation.

It is highly unlikely, barring some kind of political or diplomatic miracle, that President Obama and his administration will recover from the ever decreasing confidence the American people are beginning to display for his ability to govern. And, except for the most stringent and hardened supporters - those who are blinded by the rhetoric over the ability - his numbers will probably continue to slide downward to the lower 30’s or upper 20’s before the finish of his final term at the end of 2016.

An aging President Carter can now sleep soundly knowing that he no longer will go down in history as the nation's worst and most inept president.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Middle East Problem Explained in a Nutshell

This video sums up the entire middle east problem in less than 6-minutes.

The solution may take a bit longer because it requires one side to give up centuries of hatred for the other and a willingness to live alongside them in peace.