The New Border: Illegal Immigration’s Shifting Frontier

Sebastian Rotella
ProPublica / News Analysis
Published: Thursday 6 December 2012
The border is an expression of problems that exist far from the border.
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Jim Hightower
NationofChange / Op-Ed
Published: Thursday 22 November 2012
Dear Lord, indeed! Please save us from the pathetic pieties of such messianic political bosses.

Lord Help Us - Bosses Gone Berserk

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ABOUT Jim Hightower
National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the book, Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow, Jim Hightower has spent three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be - consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks.

And then there is the Key

And then there is the Key West businessman who committed suicide because Obama was re-elected. What is wrong with this country?????? No politician is going to "save" anything. Why do we keep thinking they will????

One had to figure that a few

One had to figure that a few sadistic corporate psychopaths would do that upon Obama's re-election. But the numbers are very small, and I'm sure, there are those employers that will not agree with this style of Stalinist business behaviour. These folks will be hired into new jobs again quickly, and if I was in such a position to hire (alas I am but an employee myself), I certainly would.

Let us all send Robert Murry

Let us all send Robert Murry of Murry Energy a lump of coal for Christams!!

Dear Lord, thank you for

Dear Lord, thank you for allowing these morons to fire people instead of adapt to their environment. For soon, they will be extinct.

Interestingly enough, what about all those who have made more money than you, not fired employees, and are still making money--- and will continue to make money when Obama Care is implemented?

The way I see it, Atlas' of the 1%, is that you are unfit to compete. So go die.

You act like 5 year olds who never learned how to play with others.

Papa John’s customer's, those

Papa John’s customer's, those oysters you will find on your pizzas in the near future are not an extra ingredient from the sea, they are a different type of oyster straight from the lips of Papa John’s employee's, a comment on their company's employee policies ! You may want to consider calling Dominos in the future. Did this guy think he was the only pizza delivery business in the country ? Talk about cutting your own throat !

BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT!

BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! Enough of this crap form these LOSERS.

Let the 1% and CEO's lie,

Let the 1% and CEO's lie, cheat, and steal without punishment. Their days are numbered. Revolt is coming and if they do not willingly redistribute some of their wealth, the impoverished will do it for them. History proves this is not a good thing for the rich.

But if this is how the CEOs and the Job Creators want to run things, that's fine. I will not buy their products and I will make sure to tell everyone I can to not buy their products.

So I no longer eat at Applebees, Papa Johns, and several other places. No great loss to me. If I am going to eat out, I will look even harder to find a Mom&Pop. If I shop, I will shop at Mom & Pop's that share my customer service values.

There are costs to doing business. Customers will pay those costs if the product is good, service is good, and there is perceived value. The one thing people are starting to take a negative view on is million dollar plus C-level salaries. There is no consumer value in that. Workers have been taking pay cuts for 30 years now. The C-level have been taking huge pay increases.

Listen up, One Percent. Ever

Listen up, One Percent. Ever since Ronald Reagan, you've created nothing but pink slips. Your goal has been, "All customers. No employees".

Obama's re-election and resurgence of the Democratic party is a wake-call.

Burn all that coal (or oil or

Burn all that coal (or oil or gas) and the Planet is DEAD!

If the Murrays of the world (including China, etc.) are DEAD and BURIED SOON, there may be a chance. But time is running out...

Relocalize and Power Down or your grandchildren will witness the Death of the Planet...

Wow! The "Job Creators" will

Wow! The "Job Creators" will not create jobs? They are bold enough to sate this. We now know there is class warfare and it is the "Job Creators--not" that are stealing this country.

A special consideration goes to the owner of Papa John’s Pizza. This is a guy who made his fortune peddling toxic, junk food. Now he is upset that people need healthcare? He should embrace the ACA which will keep people alive with stains and HTN drugs so they can stay alive and purchase his toxic food.

Lord is already bought by the

Lord is already bought by the bosses. His representatives have more in common with the bosses than with their flocks. Look at their tax free lifestyles and the amount they are making compared to their flocks. So, the force to invoke is organization. We should find a way to organize ,OUTSIDE of the two party system (they are with the bosses as well), the powerless masses deprived of their legitimate livelihood with slave wages (those lucky ones who still have wages) and fewer hours for themselves. We must find a way to help them become their own representatives (occupational representation) in the decision structure. Unless we do that (impossible under current arrangements), the bosses will keep expropriating workers with machines and keep pocketing their share of livelihood. We were told in college that robotization of production would free humans and distribute the ensuing goodies equitably, workers working fewer hours with more benefits. The greedy, bead- eyed bosses think working people are less than human and thus should be discarded as waste product of machines. That cannot continue without social upheaval. We see that upheaval all over the world It will be coming here if bosses keep shoving people to the streets with no place to go to.

Unfortunately, it's not

Unfortunately, it's not better enforcement of safety standards for coal miners, strict new environmental laws that coal-fired power plants must obey, or new payments based on the real costs of cleaning up those coal-ash pits like the one that burst and swamped black poison into that river. Some of those happened slightly, but Murray Energy's real come-uppance is the sunset of American industry, the rise of natural gas, and just the end of coal as an economical fuel. China has much better, cheaper-to-mine deposits, doesn't have to save lives or the environment at all, and all America's easy-to-reach coal has been reached.

It is very pertinent that the

It is very pertinent that the world's foremost expert on psychopathic behavior, the man trusted by law enforcement departments all over the world, the man who wrote the checklist of characteristics on how to identify psychopaths has made this statement: (not an exact quote, but close and to the point) if he couldn't study psychopaths in prison, he'd do so on Wall Street.

These are the people in society who are emulated, glorified, and respected. We blindly (as a nation) treat these people as if they have special credit cards that give them intelligence and wisdom bonuses for their purchases. If they buy your soul, what do they win?

The fact is that we can prove many of these "leaders" to be psychopaths. Look at my greatest enemy: Monsanto. When making Agent Orange in Nitro WV, and making PCBs in Anniston Ala, they literally killed and damaged untold, unknown numbers of Americans with impunity. The Washington Post article states (very close to a quote - read over 17 months ago)

"Managers at Monsanto found that a fish dipped into a nearby creek died within ten seconds. It bled profusely, and it's skin peeled as though it had been dipped in boiling water. Fish in a nearby creek were found to contain over 3,500 times the allowable PCB levels. Internal memos reveal that managers chose not to change their discharge practices, or notify the local communities, stating: "we need every dollar of business we can get."

These people and their investors should literally be tried and imprisoned if not executed for crimes against humanity and the world. (every single fish in the ocean now has PCBs because of their toxic waste dumping)

Remember this absolutely key point. Corporations are legal entities, BUT ALL DECISIONS OF THE CORPORATION ARE MADE BY THE WEALTHY PEOPLE THAT RUN THE CORPORATIONS.

Current corporate law provides NO way to make these people responsible for their psychopathic choices. There is no way to control the corporations as current law exists. Suits will be deflected to officers and the corporation will emplace another suit to make the evil choices in the scapegoat's place.

Oh, they should be executed.

Oh, they should be executed. Both them and their political and media enablers.

Eventually the shit will hit the fan. It's only a matter of time.

I believe the top managers

I believe the top managers and CEO's of the richest corporations in the country are wanting to get out while the getting is good (so to speak). They think that the corporate taxes and their own personal taxes on the hundreds of millions of dollars they have accumulated over the last 3 decades of the rich taking the cream off the top are finally over. They don't give a damn about their country or employees, and that is very obvious. I'm glad that the Obama administration is pushing for more taxes on the rich and the super rich. I only hope that they don't stop at a 4% raise on the top marginal rate. When we were coming out of the Great Depression, we had leaders who weren't afraid to tax the rich, and possibly loosing their support, because they knew that the 99% whom weren't rich would agree with their tax policies. In 1938 we had 33 tax brackets from 4% for income up to $64,000(adjusted for inflation) all the way up through 32 more tax brackets to a top marginal rate of 79% for income over $79Million. The corporate tax rate will most likely go up under this Obama administration, but I am confident it will not rise anywhere near as much as the personal income tax rate hike. We need to let the corporations keep a fairly large portion of profit, so that they may build their companies. I could see a progressive tax rate on the corporations as well. Maybe something like 12% for the first $500K, 15% for the next $5Million, 20% for the next $15Million, and 25% for all corporate income over $20.5Million. I would love to see the Democratic Party get organized behind a change in the personal income Tax Code in the area of "20 Brackets to $20Million," and a top marginal rate of 60% for all income over $20Million.

Earth's final tombstone will

Earth's final tombstone will "not" be an audacious marker made of the finest materials and stand proudly above all others. It will be a small, inconspicuous slab of concrete...a jagged chunk representing, above all else, a civilization destroyed
by avarice. It will not bear the inscription R.I.P. but will be a begrimed testament replete with the stains of our savaged environment. It will read simply C.E.O.

Perhaps it will just be a

Perhaps it will just be a lump of dirty brown coal with the word Murray engraved.

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Jim Hightower
Other Words / Op-Ed
Published: Wednesday 21 November 2012
“With his diabolical Affordable Care Act and tax-the-rich attacks on us wealthy job creators, they moan, this president is out to destroy American business.”

Bosses Gone Berserk

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The sky is falling! The End Times are upon us! It's all over for America! And it's all because of you working-class voters.

That's the wretched wail of a few corporate chieftains who claim to be somewhere between flummoxed and furious that Barack Obama is getting another four years in the White House. With his diabolical Affordable Care Act and tax-the-rich attacks on us wealthy job creators, they moan, this president is out to destroy American business.



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National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the book, Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow, Jim Hightower has spent three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be - consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks.

Most of these "bosses" who

Most of these "bosses" who claim to have fired employees will re-hire them (or different people at lower wages if that is possible), re-hire them on a part time basis, etc. No business owner is going to cripple his/her business just to spite Obama and the Democrats. This is just political posturing.
(And the guy who claims he fired people who voted for Obama broke the labor laws. He should be investigated by the Dept of Labor and sued by the people he unfairly fired.

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The Vegas boss was/is

The Vegas boss was/is irrational. A basic trait of many Republican voters or they would not be voting for billionaire benefits when their own benefits suffer in the process.
I have seen comments on right wing web sites that call Democrat voters "Marxist pigs" and suggest it is time to take the government by force and imprison leaders of the Democrat party.
Totally irrational people that need to be identified and isolated.

If a boss actually fired

If a boss actually fired workers based on who they voted for, and not their performance, that's an irrational business decision--since he or she could have been firing high performers.

Being that as it is, we are dealing with irrational behavior. Speaks volumes, no? This is a simple case of control at any cost, even one's own self interest.

As the owner of a very small

As the owner of a very small business I am trying to make a living. But I'm also trying to serve my community. When the ONLY thing that matters is the bottom line $$$, corporations fail in their responsibility to serve the community. This guy makes Ebeneezer Scrooge look like Albert Schweitzer. What a slime ball. I wouldn't buy a Papa John's pizza if I was starving.

Another disappointing article

Another disappointing article by what was once a relevant writer.

Passing on costs is what

Passing on costs is what those without health care coverage do to those with it and to the public at large. If Papa John wants to pass on the costs to his workers, we need to ensure that he picks up his fair share through increased taxes. He might even find that the rational thing to do is to participate. After all, health care costs are tax deductible, but income taxes are not.

It is obvious to those who

It is obvious to those who understand health care and insurance and employment that the "Berserkers" do not. In the long run, they'll suffer the economic consequences of being willfully stupid. In the meantime, however, I personally refuse to do business with them.

I second Sally McKinney's

I second Sally McKinney's comment. That part of the health-care bill hasn't even happened and won't til 2014? Shame on those business owners who have laid-off employees. For one thing with a group policy their own insurance cost will go down. Secondly, if your business is really on the margins of solvency you can put more of the cost of the plan onto the workers where they can decide if they can or can't afford it. It will still offer them the opportunity to get health-care at a reduced price. However I suspect that you can be counted into the rolls of "greedy bastards" who want it all for themselves regardless.

Let's see, Papa John's wans

Let's see, Papa John's wans to give out 2 million free pizzas this football season but can't afford to pay a little more for health insurance? Right. This isn't retaliation, it's stupidity.

It's time to financially

It's time to financially boycott businesses that bribe politicians to rig the game in their favor.

. . The question is whose

. . The question is whose pulling their strings ?? do you think they're smart enogh to dream this up all by themsleves ???
>> John Schnatter, the company's CEO >> he'd jack-up the consumer price >>
Schnatter decided not to slap his customers, but to smack Papa John's workers instead......
..WalMart justifies its low pay differently ( article above) >> OR >>
. . . . his fear of Obamacare made him fire enough workers to exempt his business from providing health care. ............"I tried to make sure that the people I had to lay off voted for Obama,"
a quiet conspiracy?? whose pulling the strings ?? Hostage gave its executives 300% pay raises and filed for bankruiptcy ???

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