Citizens for Responsible Government
Decatur, Illinois

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Illegal Immigration Continues

While military intervention in Syria, the debt ceiling debate, and Obamacare
dominate the nightly news cycle, it is immigration that will most dramatically affect America's future.

Proponents of so-called immigration reform claim America does not have enough native workers and increased immigration always creates more jobs for native workers.

The Current Population Survey (CPS), the nation’s primary source of information on the labor market, can be used to analyze these claims. 
According to CPS data from Q1 2000 to Q1 2013,

● the working native population (ages 16-65) increased 16.4 million while the number of workers decreased 1.3 million;

● the working immigration population, legal and illegal (ages 16-65) increased 8.8 million while the number of workers increased 5.5 million.

The claims of immigration reform proponents appear to be false. Indeed, ALL net employment gains for the last thirteen years went to immigrants.

Another reform argument is that providing amnesty to untold millions of illegal immigrants will increase America's GDP. This claim is probably quite true; however, also quite true is the vast majority of those immigrants will have very limited education. As such, they will compete with America's least educated native population for low paying jobs of limited quality.

Immigration reform will actually become a mass importation of increased poverty that will burden Americans with higher taxes, increased national debt, and reduced personal disposable income.

Proponents of amnesty and immigration reform often frame their argument around the concept of fairness. If fairness were truly important to them, they would seek to prioritize the welfare of their fellow citizens.

Commentary Posted by CRG on September 8, 2013

The Right to Keep and Bear Arms

In the Declaration of Independence, the founders correctly memorialized the fact that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights and that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Later, in the United States Constitution, the founders realized that in order to secure those unalienable rights, it was necessary for the people to have the right to bear arms. They understood that the right to life could require one to use arms to protect oneself from both natural and man-made risks. Having been through the Revolutionary War, the founders also knew that arms could be necessary to preserve the liberty the country had won through the bloodshed of patriots. Not only were they concerned about foreign foes, they were also concerned that someday a domestic tyrant could rise up to threaten our liberty. An armed citizenry is the ultimate deterrent to an overbearing government. Finally, the founders knew that the pursuit of happiness is meaningless without life and liberty.

President Obama ignores the Constitution and attempts through executive orders to infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Obama enjoins Congress in this unconstitutional pursuit to pass new gun control laws.

Why are they so anxious to limit the fire power of law-abiding citizens? What happened recently in Newtown, CT was a tragedy with immeasurable pain and sorrow. However, using this event to justify more gun control would compound the tragedy by exposing law-abiding citizens to the will of armed criminals and terrorists.

Instead of limiting our fire power, every American should be trained to use arms safely and effectively.  When the terrorists attack, you will want to have a semi-automatic weapon with several high-capacity magazines. Don’t let the government put you at risk.

Commentary Posted by CRG on January 16, 2013

Thank You, Justice Roberts!

CRG realizes there is a lot of angst and hand-wringing over the recent SCOTUS ruling.  There is also a lot of conservative anger and sense of betrayal directed at Chief Justice Roberts.  We will allow others to debate the correctness of the Court's ruling.

We urge everyone to take a breath and look at the politically positive aspects of the ruling.  Mitt Romney raised $4.7 million in the first 24 hours after the ruling, making Justice Roberts Romney's biggest fundraiser.  Tea Party members, previously ambivalent about Romney, will now galvanize around his campaign.  If they don't, then they have no one to blame for Obama's re-election except themselves.

Most important, the individual mandate is now legally a TAX.  As such, it needs only 51 votes in the US Senate to be repealed.  A 60-vote filibuster is no longer an obstacle to repeal the healthcare act in the US Senate.

Another positive aspect of this ruling is that President Obama cannot laud the decision for the individual mandate to stand without also acknowledging the legal rationale – it is considered a tax.  Between now and November 6 it will be interesting to see how many (and which) democrats campaign with the President in support of the largest tax increase in American history.

Mitt Romney's chances improved on June 28th.  Whether he can capitalize and win depends on him . . . and us.  We believe responsible government comes from responsible citizens who study the issues and make their voices heard by voting and encouraging others to study and vote.

 Commentary Posted by CRG on July 1, 2012

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