“All told, nearly 700,000 jobs could be at risk next year.”
That was President Obama earlier this month, urging Congress to bail out the federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF). He warned failure to act would be the equivalent of Congress laying off the “entire population of Denver, or Seattle, or Boston.”
A November 2013 paper by James Sherk, Senior Policy Analyst in Labor Economics at The Heritage Foundation, provides some different numbers:
“Across the U.S., just over 300,000 Americans work in highway, street, or bridge construction—less than the population of Wichita, Kansas.”
Obama’s math just doesn’t add up.
Charles Krauthammer got right to the heart
of the immigration crisis on our Southwest border in a Washington Post column Thursday:
Why do they come? The administration pretends it’s because of violence and poverty.
Nonsense. When has there not been violence and poverty in Central America? Yet this wave of children has doubled in size in the past two years and is projected to double again by October. The new variable is Obama’s unilateral (and lawless) June 2012 order essentially legalizing hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came here as children.
Message received in Central America.
The Heritage Action Sentinels
are engaging full force on the political battleground.
Check out this Wall Street Journal Letter to the Editor from Sentinel Clay Hamlin. Clay is the founder of the Hamlin Family Foundation and the CEO of CITRS, a non-profit character education company catering to K-12 schools.
Clay’s letter corrects a common misconception about immigration and the grassroots movement. He explained the grassroots is “solidly in favor” of reforms to our immigration system, including “securing our borders, allowing temporary guest workers where needed, using E-Verify, awarding green cards to highly educated foreigners who are potential ‘job creators,’ derailing ‘chain immigration’ and many other beneficial reforms.” He then added this very important point:
The Obama Administration is quick to blame the current crisis on our southern border on Republicans in Congress. They claim Republicans have failed to fund the administration’s efforts to effectively deal with the massive influx of children from Central America entering the country illegally.
White House Director of the Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz says Congress can’t criticize the administration while withholding funding to deal with the situation.
Unfortunately for Muñoz and her friends in the administration, there is plenty to criticize, and throwing money at the border is not the solution to the crisis.
Heritage Foundation’s David Inserra and Romina Boccia explain:
Ultimately, additional funding is not the solution to the U.S.’s immigration woes. Instead, the Obama Administration should rescind its anti-enforcement policies that are contributing to this crisis in the first place. Specifically, the Obama Administration is claiming executive authority to not enforce the immigration laws through “prosecutorial discretion.”
Read the whole piece here.
State and local lawmakers have been in crisis mode recently, as D.C. politicians try to figure out how to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent. But folks in Utah and Pennsylvania have a much less frenzied outlook than their counterparts in other states.
In Utah, federal funds make up only 20 percent of their total transportation budget. That’s why John Gleason, spokesman for the Utah Department of Transportation, says his state is better equipped than others to cope with cuts in federal funds.
In Pennsylvania, PennDOT spokesman Rich Kirkpatrick said, “We’re in a position where we don’t have to alter our plans; we can weather this immediate crisis.”