Morning Action: The Immigration Debate Through the Prism of Social Security

AMNESTY.  Proponents of the Senate’s amnesty bill argue that illegal immigrants who are given legal status will be able to pay into Social Security, which they see as a good means of boosting the program in light of our own demographic decline (sub. req’d):

The Senate immigration bill would waive prosecutions of undocumented immigrants who have used fraudulent Social Security numbers to get jobs, potentially allowing them to claim Social Security payments when they retire.

Tucked into the bill (S 744) is language intended to encourage undocumented workers to come forward once they receive provisional legal status. The language is a recognition that millions of people working illegally in the United States have used somebody else’s Social Security number, or made one up, in order to get a job.

However, they fail to acknowledge the costs of Social Security benefits and other entitlements to taxpayers for the 11 million illegal immigrants who would be granted legal status and eventually citizenship.

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Raising Your Taxes is Easier Than Checking the Weather!

Today on the Senate floor, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) claimed that taxing consumers for online purchases is as easy as finding out the weather.  He made those comments in a defense of the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013, which Heritage Action opposes.  He states that an internet company can find out the tax for any jurisdiction as easily as they could find out the weather just by knowing someone’s zip code.

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Morning Action: Rushing the Senate’s Internet Sales Tax Bill

OBAMA AMNESTY.  The President got what he wanted, and how he’s going to battle for it:

Organizing for Action, the activist group that grew out of President Obama’s 2012 campaign, plans what it calls a “major day of action” next month to gather support for the bipartisan Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill. 

“This is a huge moment for President Obama,” said Emmy Ruiz, OFA’s immigration campaign manager, in an email sent to supporters of the Obama campaign Sunday. “The president made it clear last year that comprehensive immigration reform is a big part of his agenda — and we can help him keep that promise to the American people.” 

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Morning Action: A Victory on Guns, New Battles on The Horizon

GUNS. After the Senate’s vote on the gun-grabbing Schumer-Toomey-Manchin bill, Heritage Action CEO Mike Needham released the following statement:

Today, the American people dealt a devastating blow to the left’s attempt to undermine the Second Amendment.  The Schumer-Toomey-Manchin Amendment was an ineffective Washington solution crafted behind closed doors that has no place in our political system.  Heritage Action will continue to oppose any bill that infringes on the constitutional rights of the American people. 

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Internet Sales Tax Bill Would Erode States’ Rights

Right now, all eyes are on the Senate as they weigh in on our Second Amendment rights.  The good news is that the gun-grabbing Schumer-Toomey-Manchin bill went down by a vote of 54-46.  Of course, no victory – or defeat – in Washington is permanent, and there are always new battles to fight for freedom.

But liberals in the Senate don’t just want to undermine our Second Amendment rights.

Liberals are after rights of all kinds.  Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) is now setting up a possible vote on internet sales tax legislation that would erode states’ rights.

The bill in question is the deceptively named Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013.  It’s anything but “fair.”  In fact, it would actually make interstate competition more difficult, which as Heritage explains was one of the very things the U.S. Constitution was designed to protect.

Moreover, the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act does not take into account the rights of states that do not have a sales tax, which is in part why it has drawn bipartisan opposition from Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).

Like the gun debate, this one illustrates why conservatives must always hold Washington politicians accountable.

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