REFUGEE RESETTLEMENTS ARE A RISKY, BILLION DOLLAR BOONDOGGLE!

Written by Ron Tamaccio on . Posted in Guest Articles

Publisher's note:  Ron Tamaccio is a retired professional airline pilot and senior military officer.  After leaving those professions, he worked with the USDOT as an Regional Administrative Officer in Atlanta.  He lives in Greenville with his wife, Patricia.  

Ron Tamaccio:  People fleeing their homes in fear for their lives deserve help.  However, the knowledgeable, thoughtful, and cautious among the compassionate think it’s better if that help comes in the form of temporary assistance, i.e., a “safe haven,” in their own, or nearby countries, with similar values and customs.  Those who take the time to “think” instead of “react” also know that what these unfortunate people do not need – and, in most cases, do not even want - is a permanent relocation to another continent!  

Regrettably, as with nearly all disasters, the charlatans and profiteers arrive.  In this case, we have nine groups of “voluntary agencies” (VOLAGS), with names that sound like they are associated with a church or some other religious entity, competing for extremely lucrative government contracts, in 181 US cities, to assist the US State Department in carrying out the reckless and dangerous UN mandate to resettle refugees from the Middle East.

Sadly, most of these VOLAGS, and their 350 subcontractors, only get involved with resettlement programs because they are paid very well for their “charitable services.”  Usually, their compensation comes in the form of a per-capita fee for each refugee they relocate.  These are not altruistic, well-intentioned entities.  They are opportunists seeking to profit from the unfortunate circumstances of others, and the unbelievably naïve largess of the US Government!   Once they get their “payday”, they will disappear, leaving behind the problems they helped create.  The cost to correct them, is, of course, left to the taxpayers!  

Unfortunately, even some of the traditional charitable organizations are succumbing to the temptation of “fee-for-service” reimbursements for their humanitarian efforts.  When compensation is involved, “charity” becomes “enterprise.”  “Good works” become “jobs,” and the “mission” becomes a high-stakes confidence game!  Real “charity” requires using your own resources, not someone else’s!

If all the Federal dollars disappeared from this program, most of the VOLAGS would disappear as well.  This is a Billion Dollar Boondoggle.  To be precise, it had a $1.059 Billion price tag for FY-2015, and that does not include subsidized housing, most healthcare, food stamps, cash assistance, public education, or the costs to the criminal justice system!  These outrageous costs are directly attributable to a group of unscrupulous scammers who are using the unfortunate situation in the Middle East to enrich themselves and their organizations.  

Shame on them and shame on the elected officials and government bureaucrats who accept their irrational arguments without challenge, and provide outrageous amounts of money to support their imprudent programs.

Furthermore, these VOLAGS, and their supporters, cleverly orchestrated a false-choice scenario to support their profiteering.  Arguments like “If we don’t relocate the refugees, they will all be killed,” obviously ignore other, much less expensive alternatives.

Next, add things like: fraudulent security reports, a wholly ineffective vetting process, and totally inadequate, or, in some cases, completely nonexistent medical screenings for communicable diseases, and you have a dangerously flawed strategy for allowing refugees from the Middle East to settle in our communities.

So, what’s the solution?  One, increasingly popular, proposal is to temporarily P A U S E the entire refugee resettlement program.  It’s not that hard to understand or implement.

Pause it.  Audit it.  Uncover the role of the UN in it.  Suspend all funding for it.  Explore other options.

Once again, just a few weeks ago, political leaders in Washington failed to take serious action to protect us from the dangerous threat of terror attacks from jihadists imbedded in the refugee population.  Instead of withholding funding from the current program, they provided 100% funding for it in the Omnibus Budget Bill!

Finally, the ultimate irony: funding for this UN mandate is more than double the total amount of discretionary spending the Veteran’s Administration requested to treat the needs of our military veterans for all of FY-2016.

Outrageous, yes; disgraceful, absolutely!

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Barack Obama – The Best Friend of America’s Muslim Enemies

Written by Tim Dunkin on . Posted in Guest Articles

Publisher's note:  On the heels of my very recent Op/Ed, Tim Dunkin has added flesh and clarity to my brief opinion.  As always, Tim is informative and to the point.

Please sit back and enjoy another grand slam from Tim's keyboard.

Tim Dunkin:  With the passing of another week, we have seen yet another manufactured controversy involving Donald trump – this time involving his “failure” to “correct” a questioner at a campaign even in New Hampshire who asserted that President Obama is a Muslim.  The media went into spasm of joy over this supposed “gaffe” that they are now assuring us will doom his presidential campaign.  Turning aside for the moment from the possibility that the questioner was actually a serial Democrat plant who makes a habit out of trying to moby Republican events, the question he asked reignited the debate over whether Barack Obama is a Christian or a Muslim.  While dismissed by left-wingers with a “Pshaww!,” this is actually an interesting question whose answer helps to explain why Obama does some of the things he does, and helps us to better understand, and thus develop defenses against, the many dangerous things he has done to weaken this country, both at home and abroad.

It should be pretty obvious to anyone who knows anything about it that whatever else he may be, Barack Obama is not a Christian.  He has never professed a genuine Christian testimony of repentance and salvation.  He demonstrates no evidences of a changed life (“by their fruits ye shall know them…”).  He hasn’t regularly gone to church since leaving the congregation of “Reverend” Jeremiah Wright and his anti-Christian socialistic “liberation theology” doctrine.  His support for a plethora of extremist left-wing social positions ranging from abortion on demand to gay “marriage” to radical feminism marks him out as someone who hates God.  So he certainly is not a Christian.

Is Barack Obama a Muslim?  You have to admit, he definitely has some tendencies in that direction.  Start with the fact that there are little things that seem to indicate some Muslim piety on his part, such as how he takes off his wedding ring during Ramadan (which many devout Muslims will do as part of the fasting ritual) and how he basically ignores Christian holidays like Christmas and Easter while giving official recognition at the White House to Muslim festival such as Eid al-Adha.  Then there are the weird little “slips of the tongue” that many have made so much about.  Remember when he Obama supposedly gaffed by talking about our 57 states?  This wasn’t really a gaffe – there are 57 member states in the Organization for Islamic Cooperation, a group that encompasses nearly all Muslim majority countries in the world.  Likewise, remember when Obama “misspoke” about “my Muslim faith” in that interview back in 2008?  That’s a rather odd slip of the tongue for someone to make if they weren’t trying to mask that they were Muslim, don’t you think?  While they might misspeak during an interview, I just couldn’t see Mike Huckabee or Franklin Graham or some other prominent Christian personality accidentally saying “my Muslim faith” before quickly correcting themselves.  That’s the sort of fumble a person makes when they’re trying to hide something.  

Even if he isn’t a Muslim, it’s still quite obvious that Obama prefers radical Islam over America, and is doing everything he can to strengthen the former and weaken the latter.  He has appointed radical Muslim supporters of Islamic terrorism to high positions within his administration.  He is in the process of helping Iran obtain nuclear weapons.  He has consistently lollygagged in his supposed “war against ISIS,” and has even helped to allow American weapons to fall into the hands of ISIS and other terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq. At the same time, he has consistently refused to provide support to friendly, non-radical Muslim groups in the area such as the Kurds.  He is also distancing us from the one sane, non-Muslim nation-state in the region – Israel.  On and on it goes.  One gets the feeling that if this were anybody but Obama, they’d be sitting in a cell in Gitmo while awaiting trial on charges of providing material support to terrorists.

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Who's Funding the Abortion Market and Why...? Part IV

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in Guest Articles

Jodi Fowler:  Who's Funding the Abortion Market and Why...?  Part IV

"Do abortion clinics adhere to state laws? Most do. However, one case, for example, is that of a Philadelphia abortion doctor, Kermit Gosnell, owner of the Women’s Medical Society clinic, who is accused of the death of seven babies and one woman during deplorable late-term abortion conditions and procedures.

“This case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women. What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable babies in the third trimester of pregnancy – and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors. The medical practice by which he carried out this business was a filthy fraud in which he overdosed his patients with dangerous drugs, spread venereal disease among them with infected instruments, perforated their wombs and bowels – and, in at least two occasions, caused their deaths. Over the many years...."

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Who's Funding the Abortion Market and Why...? Part III

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in Guest Articles

Jodi Fowler:  Who's Funding the Abortion Market and Why...? Part III

"So, do George Soros and Barack Obama think it’s nothing to kill a helpless “product of conception,” as the Planned Parenthood Association sidesteps to define a viable fetus?

Part II of the article, “Who’s funding the abortion market?” states virtually all of Obama’s czars and cabinet appointments are pro-abortion, and he promotes progressive actions such as “forcing taxpayers to fund pro-abortion groups that either promote or perform abortions in other nations.” Apparently, to the President of the United States of America, abortion is merely a form of population control.

And, then there is the many Soros-funded pro-abortion 527 organizations funnelling millions to promote abortion."

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Just Because all Dems Seem to be Liberal doesn't mean all Conservatives are Republicans

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in Guest Articles

A big mistake liberals make is to think all conservatives are republicans; there are plenty of conservatives like myself who are registered independents.

I love being an independent! It means a lot to me to even say that I'm independent, I have my own mind.

I don't feel the need to embrace an ideology on its entirety just because my party says I should, or because some people of a party say I should.

I think for myself, I believe on what makes sense and follows a logical train of thought.

The biggest problem I have with liberals is that the majority simply embrace the democrat party without ever questioning the logic of anything! They'll defend things that make absolutely no sense and completely contradicts other areas of their ideologies.

And independent mind would be able to support the pro-choice ideology but still see how barbaric selling baby parts for profit is, instead of trying to justify it. Even for the atheist this should be a moral issue, not a pro-choice issue.

But at the same time it makes no sense to be perfectly ok with abortion but raise hell when someone destroys turtle eggs.

It also makes no sense to say you're against religion, criticize Christians and call all Christians religious zealots, but defend Islam and make sure that everyone knows there are good and bad ones.

It makes no sense to be against Bush's spending but fine with Obama's spending (which is more than double).

It make no sense to be against deporting illegals because they do the work that Americans don't want to do, but at the same time complain that unemployment is high among unskilled people and give them welfare so they don't have to do take the jobs that the illegals are more than willing to take.

It makes no sense to want free college for everyone, when we already have millions of unemployed or under employed college grads - we need to increase demand, not supply.

It makes no sense to ask for more government spending when we have 97 trillion of unfunded liabilities.

It makes no sense to embrace the climate change agenda without questioning geoengineering by the government.

It makes no sense to cheer the strong stock market as a sign of economic recovery when only the "evil" top 1% benefits from it.

I can go one forever with things that democrats embrace that makes no sense simply because they contradict their own ideology.

What do I wish for our Country?

People that can think on their own! People that read, research, that are curious, that understand that morality doesn't require religion to exist, people that reject dogma.

We've given up so much of our liberties that even our thoughts are scrutinized these days, one must conform at any cost.

Children are medicated into conforming, adults are sued into conforming.

A mind sure is a beautiful thing....don't let them take it away!

 

Sybele Capezzutti

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