Maywood, California, a small city in Los Angeles County numbering about 45,000 residents, is broke. Such are the city’s dire straits that in June it fired all of its employees and turned police and fire protection over to the county. Officials, naturally, pinned the blame for the situation on decreasing property tax revenues and the national recession, and indeed, they may well provide a small reason the city went under.
Two persistent myths peddled by the open-borders lobby about illegal aliens are that they do not harm the wages or American workers, and even if they do, illegals in particular and immigrants in general do the jobs that Americans won’t do.
Mike Lee, a Tea Party endorsee, is not planning on wasting any time in his position as Utah's newly elected Republican Senator. Lee asserts that of the many things the voters emphasized to him on his campaign trail was that they wanted to see Congress "balance the budget." He plans to do just that, and soon.
When the conservative National Taxpayers Union (NTU) and the liberal U.S. Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG) announced their report "Toward Common Ground: Bridging the Political Divide to Reduce Spending," the authors acknowledged that "while these proposals won't get us all the way [to significantly reduced government spending], it is a start that could establish some common ground and make government more accountable in the process."
In the midst of a drug war with Mexico so severe that Americans have been warned not to venture into sections of U.S. territory on the U.S.-Mexican border, the Obama administration has agreed to allow Mexican long-haul rigs into the United States without constraints. The White House is enacting the provision to meet the requirements of the North American Free Trade Agreement.