O’Reilly: Border Situation ‘Creating an Underclass of People Dependent’ on Taxpayers

During his “Talking Points Memo” segment on his Tuesday broadcast, “The O’Reilly Factor” host Bill O’Reilly warned of the consequences of not getting a handle on the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border.

According to O’Reilly, Americans do have a duty to help the poor, but it is unreasonable to expect this country to help the entire world’s poor.

“[T]he harsh reality is we cannot support all of the world’s poor,” O’Reilly said. “It’s impossible. And since the Obama administration cannot control the southern border, the USA is now facing a crisis. Already, the states of Texas and Arizona are being hammered. They don’t have the resources to handle all of these children and many of their parents. Arizona may sue the federal government over the situation.”

He said, however, there was a more long-term problem with the influx at the southern border, which is allowing people in that are unable to contribute very little to society but are dependent on the American taxpayer.

“Look, most of these kids and their parents can’t speak English, have little education and few skills,” he added. “How are they going to compete in our competitive marketplace here? How? The answer is, they are not going to compete. And it will take decades for most of them to be self-sufficient. So we are creating an underclass of people, totally dependent on American taxpayers who are already under siege from every direction. The immigration crisis could very well damage the entire infrastructure of America. There is no question about it.”

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New York City Being Overwhelmed By Illegal Immigrant Children

With some comparing it to a refugee crisis, New York City, among other areas, is struggling to deal with the explosion of illegal immigrant children brought about by the Obama administration’s failed policies.

The fallout is being felt most acutely in places with large immigrant populations, like New York, where newly arrived children and their relatives are flooding community groups, seeking help in fighting deportation orders, getting health care, dealing with the psychological traumas of migration, managing the challenges of family reunification and enrolling in school. “It’s almost like a refugee crisis,” said Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, an advocacy group.

And a lack of cooperation by Federal officials may not be making things any easier. They refuse to “reveal how many children they are holding, how many are being released or where they are being sent”. 

Advocacy organizations in the New York region are reporting “a stunning rise in the number of unaccompanied minors seeking help in the past several months,” kicking into what many view as an already overwhelmed system.

“We are trying to triage,” said Emma Kreyche, organizing and advocacy coordinator for the group. “I don’t think anyone really knows what the scope of this is and how to see what’s coming down the pike and figure out how to respond.”

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Bobby Jindal Responds to Arne Duncan’s Charge that Common Core Veto Was ‘About Politics’

On Tuesday U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan criticized Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) who recently vetoed a controversial bill that would have bound his state further to the Common Core standards and the aligned PARCC testing.

On CBS News This Morning, Duncan said Jindal was motivated by his political ambitions and not what is best for children.

“Gov. Jindal was a passionate supporter before he was against it,” Duncan said. “That situation is about politics; it’s not about education. And frankly that’s part of the problem.” 

In a statement to Breitbart News, Jindal responded:

We will not be bullied by the federal government. The proponents of Common Core claim it is not a federal takeover, but Secretary Duncan’s comments and actions prove otherwise. He has already threatened Oklahoma with a loss of funding, and we may be next. Our Founders came up with the Tenth Amendment for good reason, but the Obama Administration wants to keep ignoring it. We will not let President Obama and Secretary Duncan take over the education of Louisiana’s children.

Though Jindal once supported the Common Core standards, on Friday he said they would “take away local control and standardize our education system” and “would significantly impair parents’ ability to have clear information about the performance of their child’s school and teachers’ ability to have meaningful feedback.”

While Duncan repeatedly referred to the Common Core standards as being “higher” than other standards, the fact is that the Common Core standards have never been proved to be “rigorous,” and most standards experts agree that claim is invalid. Duncan blamed the increasing unpopularity of the nationalized standards on “implementation” in local school districts.

His statement that critics of Common Core need to “take politics out” of the debate ignores the fact that it was the Obama administration that overreached and introduced financial incentives and waivers from federal No Child Left Behind restrictions to states that adopted the standards.

Duncan’s statement that “We need to help all of our children be successful and we need to come together behind that” underscores the recent statement by primary Common Core financial sponsor Bill Gates, who confirmed that the standards initiative is a social engineering project that attempts to close the gap between “low-income” and “suburban kids.”

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Dana Milbank Blows It Again

Yesterday Dana Milbank wrote a column claiming a Heritage panel on Benghazi had devolved into “ugly taunting of a woman in the room who wore an Islamic head covering.” This being Dana Milbank it was inevitable there would be serious problems with his reporting of the event.

Sure enough when Media Matters posted video of the panel (in an attempt to back up Milbank’s claim), it turned out the actual exchange had little in common with the one described in Milbank’s column. Here’s what Milbank wrote:

Then Saba Ahmed, an American University law student, stood in the back of the room and asked a question in a soft voice. “We portray Islam and all Muslims as bad, but there’s 1.8 billion followers of Islam,” she told them. “We have 8 million-plus Muslim Americans in this country and I don’t see them represented here.”

Panelist Brigitte Gabriel of a group called ACT! for America pounced. She said “180 million to 300 million” Muslims are “dedicated to the destruction of Western civilization.” She told Ahmed that the “peaceful majority were irrelevant” in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and she drew a Hitler comparison: “Most Germans were peaceful, yet the Nazis drove the agenda and as a result, 60 million died.”

Again, that’s not how it happened. Milbank conveniently left out the calm, reasonable answer by Frank Gaffney and the fact that Brigitte Gabriel thanked Ahmed for her question. He then butchered Gabriel’s response, turning a reasonable point about he disproportionate impact of violent extremists into a violation of Godwin’s Law. He also forgot to mention the applause at the end of the exchange which seemed to include Ahmed’s response. In short, Milbank turned a respectful if passionate discussion into something else entirely.

This is not the first time Milbank has made a claim about conservatives which has been found wanting. Back in 2010 I wrote a letter to the Post’s ombudsman asking them to issue a correction for another misleading column. Once again Milbank had left out critical information that would alter the reader’s impression. The ombudsman forwarded my letter to Milbank but no correction was ever issued despite undeniable factual errors in the piece.

Milbank was criticized by Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly after another misleading column in which he claimed, using the same broken quotes he used in the Heritage piece, that after Barney Frank was re-elected Megyn Kelly commented, “Alas.” Full stop. As if she were lamenting his election. That was not true but once again no correction was ever made to Milbank’s piece. Here is Kelly describing what she actually said.

That Milbank is once again doing shoddy work in order to generate negative headline about conservatives is not exactly a surprise at this point. What is surprising is that someone outside the right noticed. Politico’s Dylan Byers deserves credit for pointing out that Milbank’s take on the panel was a “disaster.” It would have been nice if someone had said so four years ago in one of these previous instances, but better late than never.

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New GOP Report Highlights White House Connection to IRS Scandal

House GOP members determined to show that the actions of Barack Obama and his minions triggered the IRS targeting of politically conservative groups have released a 77-page report detailing the connections.

According to the report from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, called “Pressure from the Left Led the IRS and DOJ to Restrict Freedom of Speech,” the effort to target conservative groups was catalyzed by Obama’s January 2010 State of the Union Address, in which he “delivered a stunning rebuke” of the Supreme Court decision in favor of the group Citizens United.

Obama played fast and loose with the truth at the time, saying, “The Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests. I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse by foreign entities… And I’d urge Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to correct some of these problems.”

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, seated in the chamber at the time, famously muttered, “Not true,” prompting even the New York Times to examine Obama’s remarks and declare them inaccurate. Linda Greenhouse, the Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence, and Joseph M. Goldstein, Senior Fellow at Yale Law School, wrote for the Times:

Indeed, Mr. Obama’s description of the holding of the case was imprecise. He said the court had “reversed a century of law.” The law that Congress enacted in the populist days of the early 20th century prohibited direct corporate contributions to political campaigns. That law was not at issue in the Citizens United case, and is still on the books. Rather, the court struck down a more complicated statute that barred corporations and unions from spending money directly from their treasuries — as opposed to their political action committees — on television advertising to urge a vote for or against a federal candidate in the period immediately before the election.

The GOP report continues that Obama used his speeches as wielder of the “indisputably powerful” presidential bully pulpit to launch the effort to influence news outlets, thus encouraging the media to start the juggernaut rolling. The report also avers that Obama’s rhetoric also prompted IRS official Lois Learner to pursue Tea Party and other conservative groups that had attempted to secure tax-exempt status.

The report, supported by almost 100 news stories, remarks by Democratic legislators, and Lerner’s emails, states, “IRS employees read and acted upon the news reports. Put simply, as the president’s political rhetoric drove the national dialogue and shaped public opinion, the IRS received and responded to the political stimuli.” It also asserts that Obama continued to push his attack on conservative groups with a “rhetorical assault” in campaign-style speeches around the nation, and that less than a month after the SOTU, the IRS started pursuing the conservative groups’ tax-exempt status.

The report found 65 examples of Obama or congressional Democrats either sniping at the Supreme Court’s decision or arguing in favor of the Democrats’ failed Disclosure Act, which tried to change federal law and affect the Court’s decision by limiting campaign spending. Nancy Pelosi, who was the Speaker of the House in 2010, pontificated, “The decision undermines democracy and empowers the powerful. It opens the floodgates to a corporate takeover of our elections and invites unrestricted special interest dollars in our campaigns.”

By October 2010, the report states, the Justice Department had scheduled a meeting with the IRS to review how the Citizens United case would affect campaign-finance law. The very same month, Lerner spoke of the political pressure on the IRS to “fix the problem” that had been created by the Citizens United decision, saying that “everyone is up in arms” about the decision. She also intimated that the same people were pressuring the IRS to fix the problem before the 2012 presidential election.

The GOP is suspicious about the numerous e-mails from Lerner that have been declared missing; the IRS claims they vanished when Lerner’s computer crashed in 2011. The White House would not comment other than spokesman Josh Earnest calling the GOP’s suspicions “far-fetched.” He insisted that the Internal Revenue Service is making a good faith effort to find the emails.

But Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, when asked whether he thought the White House would go so far as to delete the emails, said, “I do. I think you can’t put anything past this administration.”

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