Some proponents of immigration reform, especially on the liberal left, would like to grant amnesty to illegal aliens who fulfill certain criteria and pay back taxes. They claim that it would help the economy, but at least one organization disagrees with this assertion.
In a new report, entitled No Home for Amnesty in a Sustainable America, Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS), a non-profit organization, states that, historically, amnesty legislation ended up giving legal status to more people than what initial estimates suggested. For example, the 1986 amnesty program led to the naturalization of more than 3 million illegal immigrants, although authorities expected only about 1 million to be eligible.
The report further found that since 1986, six additional amnesties led nearly 6 million people to acquire legal status in the United States. Hence, the authors caution that this policy approach may end up attracting a new wave of illegal immigration, as foreigners will anticipate a future amnesty that will allow them to stay in the country.
"Amnesty legislation has not worked in the past, nor will it in the future, even if it is disguised under the rubric of ‘comprehensive immigration reform’," said Marilyn DeYoung, chairman of the board of CAPS.
She added that "America simply cannot grow on like this, and voters will have a hard time understanding how we can deter illegal behavior by rewarding illegal behavior."
CAPS researchers say that because of massive immigration, California has the lowest number of workers with a high school diploma in the nation.
In a bittersweet development for conservatives and gun rights supporters in Chicago, the city’s Mayor Richard M. Daley made the surprising announcement that he will step down when his term ends, after more than 20 years in power. However, Rahm Emanuel, the political arch-enemy of many conservatives, has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Daley.
"I’ve always believed that every person, especially public officials, must understand when it’s time to move on," the mayor said during a news conference at City Hall. "For me, that time is now."
Among the reasons for Daley’s decision, commentators have mentioned his wife’s deteriorating health and a series of political setbacks, including a failed bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games and the Supreme Court’s vote earlier this year to strike down the city’s long-standing handgun ban.
Daley has become known as a vocal proponent of gun control during his tenure.
It appears that all eyes are now turning to Emanuel, President Barack Obama’s controversial chief of staff, who had previously been quoted as saying he would like to run for mayor of Chicago.
He still has some time to make up his mind as the mayoral general election is scheduled for Feb. 22, 2011.
Catastrophes like the Chile mine collapse don’t happen often, but when they do survivors may be at a loss as to how to utilize the physical and emotional resources they have in order to make it until rescues arrive.
Recently, NASA experts provided advice for the trapped miners and those who provide psychological care to maximize their survival chances during what may be a months-long ordeal. This information can also come in handy to anyone who becomes trapped underground during other types of accidents or recreational activities such as spelunking.
The agency’s psychologist Al Holland, who was part of the delegation that visited the site, said it was important for the miners’ well-being to form an underground community with a hierarchy and establish different social groups, according to CNN.
He also stressed the importance of using lighting to maintain sleep and wake cycles in order to prevent signs of mental decline and confusion.
All of the consulted experts agreed that survival was only the first step and healthcare providers as well as families and the community will have to work together to help re-introduce the men to society both mentally and physically, especially in terms of returning to a solid-food diet, the news provider further reported.
The collapse at the San Jose mine occurred on Aug. 5 leaving 33 miners working 2,300 feet below the ground missing and presumed dead. However, 17 days later the authorities discovered all were alive and launched a rescue effort that may last until the end of this year.
The best political fundraiser I’ve received this year came from a guy you’ve probably never heard of. But what he represents is crucially important to our country this year, so let me tell you about it… and him.
The message began with an eye-catching photo. Front and center, with that famous green face and black hat, was none other than Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West.
Except it wasn’t Elphaba. Thanks to some clever photo-shopping, it was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). And the copy immediately under the photo began, “Help me defeat the Wicked Witch of the West.” Well, let me tell you, with those nine simple words John Dennis had my attention… and soon thereafter, a political contribution as well.
As you’ve probably guessed, Dennis is running against Pelosi to serve as the Representative in the 8th Congressional District of California. Now, since Pelosi represents what is probably the most left-leaning district in one of our most left-leaning states, I don’t figure his odds are very good. After all, Pelosi got 70 percent of the vote two years ago. To say that the fruits and nuts in San Francisco love her would be an understatement.
But my point is, I’m not voting for John Dennis; I’m voting against Nancy Pelosi. And since it’s not legal for me to actually cast a ballot in that election, I’m doing the next best thing: I’m voting with my money.
You can, too. If you’d like to cast a vote against the re-election of the nastiest Speaker of the House of Representatives in living memory, it’s simple: Go to www.johndennis2010.com and click on “donate.” You can’t miss the big white-on-red icon; you’ll find it on every page on his website.
While you’re on your computer, here’s something else that will make you feel better. Go into Word, or what other word-processing software you use. Type a few words — say, “be gone, lady.” And then create a file for that comment that you call “Nancy Pelosi.”
Once you’ve created the file, the next step is easy. Call it up and click on the “delete” key. Your computer will ask you something like, “Are you sure you want to remove Nancy Pelosi?” Hit the yes key and, presto change, she’s gone. Wasn’t that fun?
Sadly, removing the living, breathing Pelosi from her seat won’t be as easy. But we can remove her from the job she covets more than anything else in the world. On the first Tuesday of November we can make certain the Democrats lose their grip on the House of Representatives. If that happens, she’ll lose her position as Speaker of the House. And she’ll have to start paying for her own airline tickets, poor lady.
Pelosi is just one of the people I’m voting against this year. Another is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). I’ve already told you the story of the great pleasure I took in introducing his opponent to a standing, cheering, foot-stomping crowd of more than 2,000 people at FreedomFest in July. If you missed that column, or would simply like to read it again, click here.
At the end of her speech, as she strolled off stage to a standing ovation, I presented Sharron Angle with the very first contribution she received that day. I’m delighted to report that by the end of the evening, my fellow conferees had added $60,000 to her campaign coffers.
Frankly, she’s going to need every penny and then some. Reid has bragged that he will have a $20 million war-chest for his reelection campaign. There are a lot of wealthy Democrats around the country who will cough up big bucks to keep Obama’s best buddy in the Senate.
Not to mention the union goons in Las Vegas, who can be counted on to pull every dirty trick imaginable to smear Angle and get out the vote for their guy. Come Election Day in Nevada, the “graveyard shift” may take on a whole new meaning. So if you’d like to “vote” along with me, and you don’t live in Nevada either, click on www.sharronangle.com.
For me, the Nevada Senate campaign is twofer. By sending a contribution to Angle, I get to put my money where my mouth is and vote against Reid. If he loses, that’s something I’ll be able to point to with pride for a long, long time.
But I also get to support someone I actually like. Angle strikes me as just what we need in Washington — someone who is feisty, fearless and committed to her principles. If she does win, am I afraid that she’ll follow the same path of so many other politicians and “go to Washington and turn left”? Sure, it’s possible. But even if she turns out to be the most scheming Machiavellian since Lyndon Johnson, so what? She’ll still be a Senate newbie, without any of the power, perks and position of the current Majority Leader.
What a defeat it will be for the left if they lose both positions — Speaker of the House and Majority Leader of the Senate. If that happens folks, you can count on Chip Wood pouring the expensive bubbly on Nov. 2. (Or maybe Nov. 3, if we have to wait until all the West Coast results are in.)
By the way, the technique I’m describing works just as well if you want to vote for someone who is running in another district or another state. I’m proud to say that I helped pull off one of the greatest political upsets of the year with my contributions to Rand Paul in Kentucky.
I supported him before the Republican primary and you can bet I’ll support him again between now and Election Day. If he turns out to be half the maverick libertarian-independent his dad is, I’ll be bragging about his victory, and my very small role in it, for years to come. If you’d like to join me, go to www.randpaul2020.com.
There was another stunning upset of a RINO Republican several thousand miles northwest of me when Joe Miller defeated Lisa Murkowski in the Republican primary in Alaska. I can’t claim I had any role in this one. The check I send Joe next week will be the first donation I’ve made to his campaign.
But if he does nothing else, his defeat of the Murkowski machine deserves some support. So let me include his campaign website, too. It’s http://joemiller.us. Maybe if enough of us send him a few bucks he can afford to buy a razor.
So is there anyone I like running in my neighborhood, where I’ll actually get to put an “X” by his name on my ballot box? I’m glad you asked. Here in Florida, I really like Marco Rubio, the former state legislator who frightened one of the sleaziest politicians in the state — our current governor, Charlie Crist — into abandoning his principles, his promises and his party.
I don’t know if Rubio can win in a three-way election. His Democratic opponent will get a lot of votes from the knee-jerk Democrats (and we have a lot of them in Florida) who only cast their ballot for candidates with “Democrat” after their name. Since he’s running as an independent, I don’t think Charlie Crist has a chance to win. But he may take away enough votes from the middle to cost Marco Rubio the election.
If you’d like to keep this from happening and you don’t live in the Sunshine State, you can still “vote” for Rubio by going to www.marcorubio.com.
Okay, there you have it: Several ideas on how you can help our country by voting against some people who need to be kicked out of their powerful posts and plush offices. But I’m sure there are many more people out there who deserve our support… or our approbation. And there are some political-action groups that do wonderful work all over the country with the contributions they receive.
So it’s your turn. Use the comments section below to tell me who you’re voting against and why: And even some of the people and organizations you support. Hey, we all know that money talks. Let’s do our part to make certain it’s shouting for freedom this fall.
Until next time, keep some powder dry.
— Chip Wood
*Lighten up, for goodness’ sakes. Yes, we’ve been pretty serious for the past few issues of Chip Shots and Straight Talk. (And come to think of it, in This Week in History, too.) So this week, let’s lighten up a bit.
An alert reader told me that, because of the weak business climate, there will be a ton of mergers and acquisitions coming down the pike. He urged me to “get in on the ground floor.” If we do, he promised, we can make some big bucks. I know you’ll want to get in on some of these deals, too. So as a public service, here’s an advance peek at some of the headlines you’ll be seeing in the coming weeks and months:
- Hale Business Systems will enter into a four-way merger with Mary Kay Cosmetics, Fuller Brush Co., and W.R. Grace. The new entity will be known as Hale Mary Fuller Grace.
- Polygram Records, Warner Bros. and Zesta® Crackers will unite to become Poly Warner Cracker.
- Zippo Manufacturing, Audi Motors, Dofasco and Dakota Mining will merge to become ZipAudiDoDa.
- FedEx and its major competitor, UPS, will soon be one entity. Yes, it will be known as FedUP.
- Think that’s bad? In one of the most unusual mergers ever, Knott’s Berry Farm and the National Organization for Women will merge to become Knott NOW!
- Finally, Victoria’s Secret and Smith & Wesson will merge under their new name, TittyTittyBangBang.
And that, I think, is pun-ishment enough for one day.
— Chip Wood
Gold prices remained flat during the last two days, but were still near their record highs, as a new survey found that a significant majority of Americans now fear that a double-dip recession is going to happen after all.
Some 65 percent of the respondents expressed this view, according to StrategyOne, a global consultancy. Of those, approximately 44 percent say it will be more severe than the previous recession and 21 percent worry it will be significantly worse.
"The consumer economic engine which drives our growth is either stalled or stuck in first gear," said Bradley Honan, senior vice president of StrategyOne.
He added that "until consumers feel more confident and are willing to spend more freely, growth will likely be anemic at best."
In fact, the survey found that in the next few months, about 41 percent of people are planning to cut back on their spending, nearly 80 percent say they will spend less this Christmas, and almost 90 percent admit that they won’t make a big-ticket purchase in the next three to four months.
In view of these results, individuals who are concerned about preserving their wealth and assets may turn to precious metals such as gold for safe investment options. On Sept. 8, gold futures for December delivery traded at $1,255 an ounce at 9:24 a.m. on the COMEX in New York, and the metal has increased in value by 15 percent so far this year, according to Bloomberg.
A social engineering bill to restrict residence in the suburbs and rural areas and force Americans into city centers has passed the United States Senate Banking Committee and is on the fast track to passage in the Senate.
The bill is called the Livable Communities Act (SB 1619) and it was introduced by corruptocrat outgoing Senator Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.). It seeks to fulfill the United Nation’s plan Agenda 21, adopted at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and signed onto by “New World Order” President George H.W. Bush.
This bill is designed to destroy your community. According to the non-profit American Policy Center the bill:
- Is a blueprint for the transformation of our society into total Federal control.
- Will enforce Federal Sustainable Development zoning and control of local communities.
- Will create a massive new “development” bureaucracy.
- Will drive up the cost of energy to heat and cool your home.
- Will drive up the cost of gasoline as a way to get you out of your car.
- Will force you to spend thousands of dollars on your home in order to comply.
A carrot and stick policy will be used to get your local government to sign on. The carrot is billions of dollars in grants available if your local government agrees to amend zoning laws that restrict housing in outlying areas, forcing people to give up their homes and land and move into the city center.
The stick will be denial of the funds and bad publicity generated by “Green” organizations criticizing government officials for turning down free money.
The rub is the grants will come with strings attached that force local governments to bend to the will of the Feds.
The idea of these social engineering initiatives is to force people to live in a congested area in high rise buildings with housing on the upper floors and stores on the bottom. The whole area will be linked by mass transit creating the “utopian” communities loved by socialists.
The result will be higher costs for housing (because overcrowding will make housing space a premium) and goods and services (because of less choice and competition) and less freedom to move about (because cars won’t be necessary and parking space will be prohibitively expensive).
As we pointed out here President Barack Obama is — not surprisingly — an advocate of this type of nonsense. And his cabinet is populated by elitists who think they know better than you how you should live.
It is imperative that you call your two Senators immediately and tell them to oppose Dodd’s SB1619.
I remember the first time I read Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. I was a prisoner in an 8th grade English class. I also knew I was going to be facing Ayn Rand and George Orwell, with Anthem and Animal Farm looming on the syllabus. The teacher was clearly working on a bit of a motif.
The only motif my teenage mind could discern was: “Truckload of homework.” The teacher was endeavoring to instill a more profound lesson: Literary and intellectual oppression is anathema to civilized society. For those of you who are victims of teachers’ unions: Burning books is stupid.
Burning books also doesn’t work. The anti-intellectualism of someone who would torch even Al Franken’s idiotic drivel deserves even less respect than the driveller himself. Don’t sell Al’s deepest thoughts short — there’s that wobbly leg on the coffee table, for instance. More to the point: From the Nazi Säuberung to the Fairness Doctrine, even short-lived victories in a war on knowledge always end up buried under a pile of either bodies or ballots (in the Fairness Doctrine example, a pile of Dennis Kucinich speeches).
During my internment in 8th grade English, I would gladly have siphoned gas out of my teacher’s Oldsmobile to assist an effort to rid us of the collected works of Bradbury, Rand and Orwell.
I was 13. What’s Terry Jones’s excuse?
Jones, the pastor of the incongruously-monikered Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., has announced that he and his congregants will be marking the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by putting the Koran to the torch. Despite cautionary notes sounded by everyone from the local fire department to General David Petraeus, Jones is going ahead with his bonfire of the inanities. Jones says he and his congregation are making a statement about standing up to the forces of terrorism embodied by the Islamofacists who flew planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in rural Pennsylvania.
I say Jones is playing the part of a lowbrow Macbeth (bet Jones is no fan of Shakespeare, either). By throwing his pyrotechnic tantrum, he’s offering sound and fury, but signifying very little.
Standing up to the forces of extremism and stupidity by acting in an extremely stupid manner is… extremely stupid. I have perused the Koran and remain decidedly non-Muslim (it’s a bacon thing). Nor do I have any desire to set my copy on fire, because it’s a really nice leather bound edition and I am intelligent enough to read divergent doctrine and/or opinion without being overcome with the urge to reach for a lighter (or shop for a new vest in the Semtex department).
However, Jones and his flock burning the Koran won’t further inflame the hatred of those who venerate the 9/11 hijackers. Gainesville, Fla., is also home to the University of Florida. Give an Islamofascist an eyeful of what the Gator coeds are wearing on campus and the Dove World Outreach Center might as well festoon their building with flaming Suras.
“Akbar, did you see the church in Gainesville has burned the Koran?”
“I did, Mustafa. But did you see that girl outside the student union? I COULD SEE HER ARMS ABOVE THE WRISTS!”
“THAT’S IT! DEATH TO THE INFIDELS!!”
They’ve already drawn their proverbial line in the rubble. Besides, we’re already fighting them and have been for the better part of a decade. And for the millions of Muslims worldwide who want nothing to do with the Al-Qaida/Taliban brand of Islam, most are either smart enough to recognize crazy when they see it or will shake their heads with the same sad bewilderment which I feel every time Chris Matthews starts talking about Obama-induced tingling in his lower extremities.
I suppose I should note that liberals are — predictably — trying to cast Jones and his minions as members of the “religious right.” I should subsequently direct you to the aforementioned Fairness Doctrine for an example of who the Islamofascists’ kindred spirits are on this side of the pond.
The real issue here is that Terry Jones and the Dove World Outreach Centrists are morons, albeit morons basking in their 15 minutes of fame. They don’t represent the American people, so President Obama can scrap his latest apology to nations which stone women for flashing their ankles, and MSNBC’s “hosts” can stop wringing their hands.
If you burn books, you’re just an idiot — nothing more. If you’re concerned about idiots, look for the smoke, then walk the other way.
Mental health and quality of life are among the most important elements of the recovery process after invasive medical treatments, such as breast cancer surgery. Fortunately, a new study has shown that lower anxiety levels in individuals who practice a special type of yoga may improve the recovery process.
Researchers from the University of Alberta in Canada analyzed questionnaires from women who participated in a 10-week session of Iyengar yoga before and after the regimen was completed.
They discovered that a staggering 94 percent of the patients reported improvements in their quality of life, 88 percent felt better physically and overwhelming majorities saw an increase in happiness and lower levels of fatigue.
The women also tended to have a better body image and lower levels of stress and depression.
The study was recently detailed in the journal Cancer Nursing, and the researchers say they plan to use upcoming Iyengar yoga sessions to examine how the practice affects recovering cancer patients’ joint range of motion, upper body strength and balance.
The plan to burn copies of the Koran has attracted criticism from global political and religious leaders, but this does not seem likely to stop pastor Terry Jones from going ahead with the project on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Top military leaders from the United States and around the world are among the most recent opponents of the Gainesville pastor’s plans.
The commander of the coalition troops in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, warned that the burning of Islam’s holy books "could cause significant problems" for the men and women serving in that country and around the world. He added that it could jeopardize the American effort in Afghanistan, which is still a fragile state plagued by sectarian violence fueled by opium trade.
Petraeus’ comments were echoed by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who said the action could be detrimental to the North Atlantic alliance’s troops serving in Afghanistan.
"I think it’s a disrespectful action and [I] urge people to respect other people’s faith and behave respectfully," Rasmussen added, quoted by TheHill.com.
"I think such actions are in a strong contradiction of all the values we stand for and fight for," he concluded.
Meanwhile, Jones said he was "weighing the situation," but implied he would go ahead with the demonstration despite having been denied a permit, according to media reports.
Barring legislative action before the end of the year the Federal estate tax — also known as the death tax — will return on Jan. 1, 2011. That means the Feds will steal 55 percent of the estates valued at more than $1 million of people who die after Jan. 1.
Elected elites and their media lapdogs have successfully sold the argument that only the rich pay estate taxes and therefore those taxes are justified. But add the value of a home, a retirement account (such as a 401k) and a little bit of savings and other real property and it doesn’t take long to pass the $1 million threshold.
That’s going to saddle the heirs with a hefty tax bill or subject them to losing a portion of their inheritance: wealth their parents worked hard to acquire. Yet the elected elites want to confiscate hard-earned wealth from the achievers and redistribute it. This is a basic tenet of Marxism.
The right to own property and control it is basic to freedom. The elected elite know this and that’s why they love to find ways to steal property from the populace.
Thomas Jefferson realized this and he wrote:
“To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father’s has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association — the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.”
If it’s not bad enough that the elites are denying to everyone “a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it,” this is just one of the many of President George W. Bush’s tax cuts that expire at the end of 2010. Without Congressional action, 2011 will yield the largest tax increases in U.S. history.
Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) is a Constitutional conservative and advocate of the Tea Party. Robert Ringer recently interviewed King as part of his Liberty Education Series. In the interview King talks about President Barack Obama’s economic philosophy and his (Obama’s) lack of respect for entrepreneurs and small business owners, and King’s efforts on the small business committee to try and reign in the over-regulation of the government. King believes the Administration wants to nationalize Fortune 500 companies. King says there is a small but good core of Constitutionalists in the Congress now, but believes a new wave will come in with the November elections. The interview is about 15 and a half minutes long. Click above to listen to the entire interview.
For months, Democrats have been accusing Tea Party candidates who won GOP nominations for moderating their anti-debt, anti-big government message and shifting to the center. However, there is now evidence that some Democratic candidates are doing the same.
As polls increasingly show falling popular support for Democrats’ handling of the economy, some members who are up for re-election this November are now calling for curbing government spending, even as President Obama promised billions in new funding for infrastructure projects.
For example, Senate candidate Paul Hodes from New Hampshire was quoted as saying that both the GOP and the Democrats have "willfully spent with no regard for our nation’s debt" for too long.
There are also signs that some Dems may be shifting on one of the hottest issues of the current election season, namely the idea that tax breaks for the rich should be allowed to expire.
The Obama administration has expressed a desire to let the Bush-era cuts expire, but Representative Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) recently went on record as saying that now was "no time to do anything that could be jarring to a fragile recovery," quoted by The Associated Press.
However, he added that the United States couldn’t afford to make these cuts permanent and the government could revisit the idea when economic growth firmly takes hold.
As national gun rights leaders are preparing to hold the 25th Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference in San Francisco later this month, they are also celebrating a significant public relations victory in the famously liberal city.
More than 15 ads promoting the event have appeared in transit locations around San Francisco, which the Second Amendment Foundation called "something of a coup."
The organization said San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency allowed the posters to go up despite its rules that prohibit advertising that may promote the use of firearms.
"We suspect the MTA is allowing our ads despite their policy because they believed we were prepared to file a lawsuit on First and Second Amendment grounds if the city didn’t take them," said Alan M. Gottlieb, SAF executive vice president.
"Knowing we were responsible for the McDonald victory over Chicago and the defeat of their own 2005 gun ban proposition, and probably aware of our litigation in New York, Maryland, North Carolina, Illinois and California, they did not want to lock horns with us again," he added.
The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport hotel from Sept. 24 to 26 and will bring together gun rights activists from around the nation.
There are no effective treatments for allergic asthma at the moment, so people suffering from this condition can only be treated symptomatically in order to keep their quality of life from deteriorating. However, a new study from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center offers hope for better therapeutic strategies in the future.
The center’s scientists have identified a genetic mechanism that can help determine the severity of allergic asthma. They say that what distinguishes a mild form of the disease from a more severe case is the pro-inflammatory protein called interleukin-17 (IL-17A).
When exposed to an environmental pollutant — such as cigarette smoke — the body produces high levels of IL-17A, which in turn stimulates the expression of a gene called complement factor 3 (C3) that sets off an “amplification loop,” perpetuating increasing inflammatory responses.
“This study suggests that at some point it may be possible to treat or prevent severe forms of asthma by inhibiting pathways that drive the production of IL-17A,” said senior investigator Marsha Wills-Karp, director of the Division of Immunobiology at Cincinnati Children’s.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 7 percent of adults and more than 9 percent of children in the U.S. have asthma.
The results were presented in the Aug. 29 issue of Nature Immunology.
A newly discovered cell linked to melanoma tumor growth may help researchers better develop future treatments, according to findings published in Nature.
During a recent study, researchers examined cell samples taken from the melanoma cancer, which provided more accurate results compared to cultured cells. During analysis, investigators found CD271, a compound located in more than 16 percent of all samples that made up to 41 percent of the tumors.
After finding this protein, researchers administered cells with high levels of CD271 into mice that were genetically-altered to have poor immune systems. The results of the transplant showed that the animals that had cell growth on the skin increased the risk of cancer by 70 percent.
“This could be the reason why we often see melanoma patients relapsing and coming back to the clinic,” said Alexander Boiko, a post-doctoral fellow from the Stanford University School of Medicine. He added that targeting cells containing CD271 may lead to “a combination therapy [that] might work to kill both types of cells in the tumor and, hopefully, prevent disease recurrence.
These findings may bring researchers closer to increasing the survival rate of those who have developed the disease. In 2006, more than 8,400 Americans died from melanoma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As President Barack Obama prepares to call on lawmakers to pass more stimulus spending, a growing number of Americans are voicing their concerns over the ability of the Democratic party to handle the nation’s finances.
In a Labor Day speech, the president outlined a $50 billion plan to revamp the nation’s roads, railways and airports in an effort to stimulate the economy and get people back to work, according to The Wall Street Journal.
"All of this will not only create jobs now, but will make our economy run better over the long haul," he said, as quoted by the news source.
The announcement comes on the heels of a poll conducted by the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation, which shows that more Americans feel that Republicans would do a better job of handling the economy than Democrats, CNN reports.
The poll showed that 46 percent of Americans give the edge to the GOP, while 43 percent favor Democrats on the issue of the economy.
"That’s bad news for the Democrats, who in past elections have had large leads over the GOP on those domestic issues," polling director Keating Holland told the news source.
I have a sneaking suspicion that President Barack Obama has a sign on his Oval Office desk that reads, “The buck stops with Dubya.”
According to the Boston Herald, “Our President cannot resist a good opportunity to blame Bush.” The President has blamed Bush on everything from the credit crisis to Hurricane Katrina.
It was on the five-year anniversary of Katrina late last month that Obama showed courage in the face of criticism and calmly reiterated the message from that chart topping song a decade past, “It Wasn’t Me.”
Last month the President was campaigning for the upcoming elections in New Orleans, ground zero for Katrina. He told the audience that he would not abandon their cause. Then the President called Katrina and its aftermath not just a natural disaster but “a manmade catastrophe — a shameful breakdown in government that left countless men, women and children abandoned and alone.”
“Implicit in Obama’s remarks,” wrote The Associated Press: “is an indictment of sorts against former President George W. Bush’s administration for its handling of the crisis.”
When it comes to the Gulf Coast the President just can’t resist blaming Bush. During the height of the BP oil spill the President was at it again.
“For too long, for a decade or more, there has been a cozy relationship between the oil companies and the federal agency that permits them to drill,” said Obama from the White House Rose Garden last May. “It seems as if permits were too often issued based on little more than assurances of safety from the oil companies. That cannot and will not happen anymore."
In fact, the Obama administration has a laundry list about the previous President, two wars in the Middle East and an economy that can’t get traction. The way Obama is revving up for the fall elections you would almost think he himself was running against Bush.
While giving a speech last month, Obama said the Republican Party hasn’t differentiated itself from its predecessor.
“They don’t have a single idea that’s different from George Bush’s ideas — not one,” Obama said to applause. It seems that Obama thinks he is taking the high road as to not actually naming Bush but instead saying, “The previous administration.”
Countless times Obama has said that it is Republican policies which caused the recession.
“We got here after 10 years of an economic agenda in Washington that was pretty straight forward,” Obama said in August. “You cut taxes for millionaires, you cut rules for special interests, and you cut working folks loose to fend for themselves. That was the philosophy of the last administration and their friends in Congress.”
And it is not just Obama whose mantra is to fault Bush. Congressional Democrats like to blame the former President for just about everything. Even with the 2010 midterm elections a couple of months away, Democrats think that “blaming Bush” is still a winning strategy, even though they have had a majority for almost four years and Obama has been in control for nearly two.
I am not yet an old timer but I have been around the block. Never before have I seen a sitting President blame his predecessor the way Obama has blamed Bush.
Consider the mess Ronald Reagan inherited from Jimmy Carter.
When Reagan took office on Jan. 20, 1981, inflation was out of control, the economy was in a deep recession, and America was coming off of two oil embargoes which had lead to gasoline lines that stretched for blocks. On that day Iran still held American hostages and the nation’s standing in the world had never been lower.
Yet according to my research Reagan did not blame Carter once. Instead he got on about the business of leading the nation forward. And he did a damn fine job, coaxing legislation to stimulate the economy while curbing inflation and increasing jobs. Reagan also cut taxes, strengthened the nation’s armed forces and created renewed confidence in the United States such that the greenback surged.
The same could be said about President Lyndon B. Johnson, whose downfall was caused by Vietnam. It was President John F. Kennedy who first sent combat advisors to Vietnam and it was Kennedy’s Cabinet that urged Johnson to get tough on North Vietnam. Yet during his Presidency and the years that followed when he was on his ranch near Stonewall, Texas, Johnson did not blame JFK.
And was there ever a leader who could more easily blame his predecessor than Winston Churchill? It was Prime Minster Neville Chamberlain who placated Hitler and neglected Britain’s defense forces. It can be argued that Chamberlain laid the groundwork for World War II. Yet when Chamberlain died it was Churchill that defended him with a eulogy: “Neville Chamberlain acted with perfect sincerity according to his lights and strove to the utmost of his capacity and authority.”
Good leaders don’t make excuses and lament about their circumstances. They move forward. They lead. This is something that a whining and complaining Obama can’t seem to do, and the nation is suffering because of it.
Unemployment remains stunningly high, the housing crisis is unabated and investor confidence is shrinking rapidly. Late last month the Spectrem Millionaire Investor Confidence Index (SMICI) fell to its lowest level in more than a year as wealthy U.S. investors worried about politics and unemployment.
The SMICI fell 11 points in August to minus 18, its lowest level since June 2009, when it fell a record 18 points to minus 20 shortly after the S&P 500 index hit a 12-year low. Gluskin Sheff economist David Rosenberg calls current economic conditions “a depression, and not just some garden-variety recession,” and notes that any good news both during the initial 1929-1933 recession and the one that began in 2008 triggered “euphoric response.”
“Such is human nature and nobody can be blamed for trying to be optimistic; however, in the money management business, we have a fiduciary responsibility to be as realistic as possible about the outlook for the economy and the market at all times,” he said.
Rosenberg points out that encouraging gross domestic product (GDP) news happened in the period 1929-1933 where there were six quarterly bounces in GDP with an average gain of 8 percent.
“False premise,” warns Rosenberg. “We may well be reliving history here. If you’re keeping score, we have recorded four quarterly advances in real GDP, and the average is only 3 percent.”
Rosenberg points out that the “overall economic malaise” has come despite aggressive efforts by the Federal Reserve to stimulate the economy through rate cuts.
Given the growing economic crisis Obama would be smart to listen to political opponent, Senator John McCain, (R-Ariz.).
“George Bush looks like a piker compared to what has taken place since President Obama has come into the presidency,” McCain said. “He can keep ‘B.I.O.B.’ no matter what it is, ‘Blame it on Bush’ — he can keep that up. The American people are going to hold him accountable this November, not an administration that went out of power more than a year ago."
The problem is that the ultimate judgment on Obama won’t take place for another two years and two months. That’s another 26 more months of Obama blaming Bush while doing precious little else to reshape America’s fortunes. We can only hope that in the autumn of 2012 we have a new President; a President who gets on with the business of leading rather than finger pointing.
Yours for real wealth and good health,
Myers’ Energy and Gold Report
We all know what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorist attacks destroyed the Twin Towers in New York City, murdering almost 3,000 innocent civilians. Instead of revisiting that horrific event, let’s turn instead to a musical milestone that took place nearly 50 years earlier.
On Sept. 9, 1956, Elvis Presley made his television debut on the Ed Sullivan Show. An estimated 54 million people (82.6 percent of the TV audience at the time) sat glued before their television sets as Elvis sang “Hound Dog” and “Love Me Tender.” The cameras were forbidden to show anything below his waist, so viewers could only guess at what all the fuss was about. For his efforts, Presley was paid what was then the largest sum ever for a TV performance — $50,000.
Elvis’s recordings and other memorabilia, including visits to Graceland, continue to attract thousands of new fans every week. So much so, in fact, that the Presley estate earns more on royalties from licensing agreements today than Elvis ever earned while he was alive.
— Chip Wood
A year after the government’s massive spending program, Cash for Clunkers, United States automakers are reporting disappointing sales figures, suggesting that the long term effects of the initiative may be less stimulating than intended.
New vehicle sales for August fell 21 percent compared to last year when Cash for Clunkers was still rolling, according to CNN. The numbers are down 5 percent from July. In total, U.S. automakers sold fewer than 1 million vehicles for the month.
Some commentators have blamed the sluggish economy and slower than expected recovery for consumers’ reluctance to make major purchases.
"Car buying is far from repaired, and consumers hesitate before they make a big ticket purchase," Jesse Toprak, an analyst with the auto pricing site Truecar.com, told the news source. "It shows that the recovery is going to be much slower and more painful than expected."
Auto sales typically pick up in August, as manufacturers offer significant savings on their current inventory in anticipation of the new model year, which begins in the fall. However, sales figures for this past August were the lowest monthly figures in 28 years, according to Bloomberg News.