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July 8, 2013 9:08 AM
Low wages & fat govt contracts: Big biz bonanza in Senate immig. bill
Posted by Laura
So now we see why big business front groups like "American Action Network" (shares office space with American Crossroads) & "Americans for a Conservative Direction" (funded by Facebook CEO and Obama pal Mark Zuckerberg) are salivating over the prospect of immigration amnesty. The deal guarantees that wages will be kept low for millions of workers and it continues the government bloat that huge corporations love.

The CBO report on the initial Gang of 8 bill confirms that wages will be depressed for 10+ years with the mass legalization of new workers, and with millions of foreign workers invited in on top of the 11 million. Meanwhile, thanks to Sen. Bob Corker (a.k.a. Tennessee's version of Lindsey Graham) the Senate made companies like drone-maker General Atomics ecstatic by proposing to throw tens of billions of dollars at the Department of Homeland Security. The GAO has pegged the post-9/11 agency as a breeding ground for "poor management and wasteful spending." From the Los Angeles Times:

The Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, considers Homeland Security Department acquisition programs to be at "high risk" for abuse. A GAO report in February concluded that major acquisitions "continue to cost more than expected, take longer to deploy than planned, or deliver less capability than promised."

"There could be abuses," said Stewart Baker, former head of policy at Homeland Security, warning it would take "gut-straining effort" to complete the surge in 10 years.

"You can say without fear of being wrong that tens of millions, hundreds of millions will be wasted," said Edward Alden, an immigration policy expert at the nonpartisan Council on Foreign Relations. "I don't know of anybody who thinks this is the best expenditure of money." The spending plan already has generated opposition in the House. The bill is "throwing $46 billion at a problem without any plan, without any strategy, without any definition of operational control," Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation."

Also, bravo to Mark Kirkorian who agrees that the GOP should use the immigration issue to convince low-wage voters that Republicans are not merely shills for Big Business. Talk about a great "gateway issue" for Republicans to young and minority voters who will see their wages compromised by this amnesty foolishness.
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