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Flake Admits Backlash Against Immigration
Reform, But Doesn´t ´Understand´

Breitbart TV, by Jeff Poor

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Posted By:KarenJ1, 7/10/2014 10:34:02 AM

In an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Special Report” on Wednesday, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) discussed the current state of affairs surrounding the issue of immigration. Flake, the guest of the show’s occasionally occurring “Center Seat” segment, admitted the rise of a populist movement opposing any immigration reform movement that included a version of amnesty. However, he admitted to being perplexed as to why there’s such an opposition stating there’s a need for not only low-skill labor “particularly in the agricultural areas and hospitality areas,” but high-skill labor of “those in the STEM fields.” Partial transcript as follows: STEPHEN HAYES, Weekly Standard: You

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I cannot believe that Flake continues to insist that there is a need for low skilled workers as well as high skilled workers. There are stories every day about Americans who cannot get a job in the high skilled workers. He didn´t utter a word about closing that border. I´m really sick of these squishy Republicans who insist the need for an immigration bill when the current laws aren´t even enforced.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 7/10/2014 10:38:38 AM     (No. 9918242)

Flake was weak. And his flashing his eyes and his smiles every couple of seconds, regardless of what he was saying at the time, sent very odd messages. Nervous tic? Trying to convey lots of personality? I´m a real insider know-all guy? Not good.

He seemed flaky to me.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/10/2014 10:40:18 AM     (No. 9918244)

I understand what Flake was saying. The jobs requiring low or no skills are going begging here in Texas. Hotels can´t get maintenance or service workers and fast-food places are desperate for hirees. If every illegal in the country was sent home tomorrow, the "resort" and recreation industries would shut down the next day. This is a sad fact. The answer, as I heard Flake say earlier, is a guest-worker program as we used to have. That program worked well and it would be a method for getting the undocumented into a computer base where they could be monitored if they were allowed work permits.

For my own clarification, I wish any of the people who are working or postulating on "immigration reform" would be specific. I´m leery of anything labeled as "comprehensive", so what parts need to be rewritten, thrown out or tweaked?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Wizard of IS, 7/10/2014 10:42:54 AM     (No. 9918248)

He´s either clueless or he´s learned integrity from Obama. Sadly my other Senator is McCain who´s worse. Where to I find a Republican with functioning gonads.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: WestCoast, 7/10/2014 10:43:16 AM     (No. 9918250)

low skill?? Does that include painters, roofers, drywallers, framers etc. I´m in the Pacific NW and it seems that at a lot of construction sites I visit, spanish is the predominant language.
I´m not up on current wages, but it used to be that a lot of people made a decent living at any of the above jobs.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: TOOTALL, 7/10/2014 10:47:00 AM     (No. 9918252)

It´s a LIE that we need more STEM workers. Newly graduated American Citizens can´t get jobs in those fields and there has been a constant outsourcing of that work overseas.

I have a friend who works at a high level in these fields and says that ´temporary workers´ in these areas are coming to the US, being trained by US workers, only to return to their home countries and take the job from the person who just trained them. This is happening on a rotating program of 90,000 individuals.

Its a LIE!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: eoddad, 7/10/2014 10:47:02 AM     (No. 9918253)

#3 I think he learned integrity from McCain not Obozo.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: charliesea, 7/10/2014 11:00:10 AM     (No. 9918270)

If the mainstream republican party doesn´t find its gonads they will be looking at a new crop of libertarian voters that they caused. Sarah Palin has more testosterone than McConnell, Boehner, McCain and most of our GOP lawmakers put together. Americans are looking for a leader not a mealy mouthed professional office seeker. We´re looking for truth and responsibility.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Wakeupcall, 7/10/2014 11:07:19 AM     (No. 9918281)

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), a big part of America´s problems for being a Marxist democrat in a supposed republican party of which I now believe the whole two party thing is a lie. America has one political party an it is not one that perpetuates a free people in control of their government, no, it perpetuates a slave people under control of a Marxist communist government for all intents and purposes. They just don´t have enough people fooled to give them the 2/3rds. they need to throw out the constitution, yet. They are well on their way of attaining this goal.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: enuf8, 7/10/2014 11:14:48 AM     (No. 9918296)

Immediately after he won the Senate seat he became a surrogate of John McCain. He did a quick turn around from his conservative cries to get elected.

Both need replacement----NOW!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: civilservant, 7/10/2014 11:34:35 AM     (No. 9918328)

#2, my first job was grafting peach branches onto nursery stock.
My second was cleaning out gas station toilets.
I took both jobs since so few others were around to do it-rural area- that they paid above average.
Now lets look at the ILLEGAL immigrants:
work force = X# of people = wages set lower as available pool of workers is high.
work force = .5X, wages RISE as the pool is smaller.
PLENTY of Americans would do the job if the labor pool was not so large as to artificially deflate the wages.

#´s 4 & 5 know what the deal really is.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: nimby, 7/10/2014 11:37:22 AM     (No. 9918333)

#3..Answer to your " Where todo* I find a Republican with functioning gonads?"

Try finding a Ted Cruz in AZ!!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: dwa, 7/10/2014 11:40:15 AM     (No. 9918337)

If Flake truly doesn´t understand, then he is truly dumb and should not be in the Senate. If he is lying, then again he should not be in the Senate. Either way, he should not be there making laws for the rest of us.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: M2, 7/10/2014 11:41:09 AM     (No. 9918340)

OP, my sentiments exactly. Enough Americans are out of jobs so that they can take those low-skilled jobs if they want to. One of the problems is that they are getting paid more in welfare NOT to work than to work a low-skilled job.

I agree that talk of border security is far more to the point than needing low-skilled workers, because we all know that most of those low-skilled illegals will go on welfare rather than actually get jobs.

So I don´t get Flake´s perspective. The "backlash" against immigration isn´t against immigration. It´s against illegal immigration, a problem this POTUS and his Party adamantly refuse to address.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 7/10/2014 11:53:23 AM     (No. 9918362)

It is a straw man argument to speculate about the impact on the resort industry "if every illegal was sent home tomorrow." No one advocates mass deportations. But it is a must to protect the sovereignty of the USA with strict border control. Americans are unwilling to take low end jobs at the current wage scale which is sharply depressed by the presence of millions of illegals. The elitist, investment class benefit from the exploitation of illegals workers who are heavily subsidized by the beleagured middle class. Illegals are net tax recipients and everybody knows it.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: dman, 7/10/2014 12:00:56 PM     (No. 9918371)

The appropriately surnamed "Flake" is a RINO. What else is there to say? If he understood, he would be on our side.

#2: How about letting capitalism work? Increase wages, improve working conditions (including speaking English on the job), and the millions of unemployed Americans - especially young people - will fill them. Case in point: there is no shortage of NYC trash collectors - there is a price point for every job.

If sufficient manual labor cannot be found, then automation and mechanization can be employed to reduce the demand. Capitalism can find a solution short of illegal immigration slavery.

Prices will rise, but by how much? Exactly what percentage of the retail price of a head of lettuce goes to the migrant who picked it? What percentage of the hotel bill goes to the bell hop? Those portions of the tab are minimal, as will be the impact of letting the market work.

As to STEM workers, of which I am one: there are millions on the sidelines - retired and otherwise underemployed - ready and able to pick up the slack once tech employers become willing to give another look. How about training and re-training your workers, like tech companies used to do in the 70s and 80s? How about ending defacto age discrimination? H-1B visas should be limited to extraordinary cases.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: mc squared, 7/10/2014 12:01:47 PM     (No. 9918372)

Why don´t we save money by just sending back the low skilled and uneducated and keep the rocket scientists?

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Reply 17 - Posted by: MeiDei, 7/10/2014 12:02:28 PM     (No. 9918373)

41 years ago I was visiting friends in San Diego & while we were outside enjoying the weather I noticed a convoy of trucks on the highway below.

Asked if this was a military exercise they said "no" it was farm workers coming in from Mexico; the trucks were provided by the growers. Now this isn´t a discussion about the working conditions of the workers, I mention it only because the transportation in & out of the country seemed to work well. I wonder how many able bodied people on welfare in CA and elsewhere can take a couple of shifts a week in this area & have their compensation go into the welfare fund. That sounds heartless to many but it is doable; wasn´t it something like Clinton´s workfare program?

Also, many of the resorts & restaurants, etc., on Cape Cod & the Jersey Shore utilized college age students from NY, NJ, OH, CT, MA & RI - usually, but not always, those that were in a degree hospitality program @ their schools Granted the Cape is seasonal & probably a poor example, however, the work experience was often translated into jobs at home, around their colleges or wherever the job opportunities took them after graduation. What has changed that? Unfortunately, I have more questions than answers.


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Reply 18 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 7/10/2014 12:07:46 PM     (No. 9918384)

If he is still perplexed, he is dumber than sand. The reson Americians don´t take those jobs is because illegals have driven the wages down so low, hence the min wage whinners.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 7/10/2014 12:11:16 PM     (No. 9918388)

all I gleaned from Flake´s appearance on Fox is that he has great dental care. His teeth sparkled even on long shots.

other than that, I was left totally unimpressed...

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Reply 20 - Posted by: athina, 7/10/2014 12:15:08 PM     (No. 9918396)

There should not be a guest worker program as long as there are people on welfare. Or unemployment.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: stablemoney, 7/10/2014 12:39:33 PM     (No. 9918436)

This country will never eliminate poverty because the establishment republicans and democrats will always import it, so we can never advance, will always be burdened with all the problems associated with poverty, including discontent, crime, disease, out of control schools and hospitals. Flake is aptly named.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 7/10/2014 12:50:18 PM     (No. 9918449)

apparently many here understand what the self-named "elites" do not. Many of us, Dear Wife and I included, have DONE many of those "jobs Americans will not do". We´ve picked fruit, cleaned toilets, washed dishes, caught chickens, swept floors and a whole lot else. And we know others who can say likewise. And we grew up making a buck doing some of them. And did some well after passing the age of 18.
But our kids couldn´t do most of them, and your kids can´t either, because Illegal aliens are. And we all know it.
H1-B´s are taking the STEM jobs that lots went heavily in debt to be educated and credentialed for. Only to see the jobs go to folks from Egypt, Pakistan, Mumbai, or Chile. Or the available positions restricted to "protected classes", or what a headhunter I spoke with calls the "left handed Lebanese Lesbians", and for a white male pay half of the ´normal´ rate of 10-15 years ago.
Ask me how I know.
So top-level bankers with family connections do ok. And you can often find a job stocking shelves at WalMart, or repeating "would you like fries with that" at a fast food joint. Outside of that, not so much, including construction and other traditionally well-paying blue collar jobs.
We expect the party of Obumble, Clintoon, Cynthia McKinnie, Grijalva, and such to intend damage to the nation and the people. What hurts is that we see as an alternative the party of Jebbie Boosh, Eric Cantor, Jeff Flake, McVain, Lindsey Graham, Lamar Alexander, Mark Pryor, Olympia Snowe, Boehner, and the whole Chamber of Commerce types, equally intent on plunging daggers into our backs.
he´s probably telling the truth. H doesn´t understand. I don´t understand why the people of Arizona have sent two worthless illegitimi to the Senate.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: stevendm, 7/10/2014 12:53:55 PM     (No. 9918457)

These jobs would be attractive if immigration was limited (thus raising wages naturally) AND welfare was limited for those people unable to work (as opposed to being unwilling to work).

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Reply 24 - Posted by: wtm, 7/10/2014 1:18:30 PM     (No. 9918487)

Americans should have first pick on the jobs.........

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Gordon Mills, 7/10/2014 1:21:30 PM     (No. 9918492)

Thank you, Arizona for the flakes Jeff and John. Thank you South Carolina for Gramnesty. When you are overrun you asked for it and deserve it.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: TXknitter, 7/10/2014 6:44:20 PM     (No. 9918922)

#2. Nope. Those Texas hotels have simply set their system up to hire and run their business using only low skill Mexicans. Actually, the dumber (not a slam, merely mean not educated) the better management tends to like it. Illegals are too scared to make demands for better benefits and pay. These employers get no sympathy from me. Since Texas hotels are booming? Advertise better pay and you will see plenty of folks who just plain need jobs (yes they exist in Texas) and those jobs will be filled.

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While our current secretary of state John Kerry is under fire for sarcastically joking about Israel’s “pinpoint operation” in Gaza, one former secretary of state echoed those sentiments during an appearance on CNN Tuesday afternoon. Speaking to Wolf Blitzer, Madeleine Albright said she thinks Israel is “overdoing” it with its offensive into the Gaza Strip and losing some of its “moral authority” in the process. “I do think the point has to be made, if rockets are being shot at Israel, that Israel does have a right to defend itself,” Albright said. “But the bottom line is the question of proportionality.” Blitzer singled out her use of the word

Paul Ryan, 2016?
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Hot Air, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/23/2014 1:12:58 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Republican Party’s bookish former vice presidential nominee, is starting to look like a candidate for the presidency in 2016. In August, Ryan will publish a book with a distinctly campaign-themed title, The Way Forward. On Tuesday, the Federal Election Commission approved of a nationwide book tour sponsored by Ryan’s publisher and the Political Action Committee the Wisconsin congressman founded, Prosperity Action PAC. “The book will address “the state of the conservative movement in America today, discuss how it contrasts with liberal progressivism, and explain what must be done to save what Representative Ryan refers to as the

Loon population rebounding in Vermont
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Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 7/23/2014 6:13:21 PM     Post Reply
Colchester – Experts estimate there are nearly 300 adult loons living on Vermont´s lakes and ponds, up from just a couple dozen 30 years ago. On Saturday, more than 200 volunteers spread out across Vermont for the annual loon survey. The results of the survey are trickling in, but Eric Hanson of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies and the coordinator of the Vermont Loon Conservation Project, said there are many more birds now than just a few years ago. He said 15 years ago there were around 100 loons. In 1983, biologists counted only 29. "It is a decent, stable population. I'm hoping that actually things do start to level out.

FEC chair warns of chilling regulations,
book ban on conservative publishers

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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
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The chairman of the Federal Election Commission today blasted Democratic colleagues opposed to his effort to protect conservative media after they imposed rules on the publisher of Rep. Paul Ryan´s new book, opening the door to future book regulations -- or even a ban. "By failing to affirm this publisher’s constitutional right, statutory right, to disseminate a political book free from FEC conditions and regulations, we have effectively asserted regulatory jurisdiction over a book publisher,” warned Chairman Lee E. Goodman, one of three Republicans on the six-person FEC.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s
Twisted Anti-Vaxx History

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Daily Beast, by Russell Saunders    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/24/2014 5:13:54 AM     Post Reply
Despite multiple studies showing no link between vaccines and autism, RFK Jr. continues to use his position to spread that lie. What will it take to make him stop? If you’re headed to Capitol Hill with a cause, it helps to be a Kennedy. For Robert Kennedy Jr., scion of America’s most storied political family, all it takes is his name to arrange face-to-face meetings with two powerful Senators. As a physician who has traveled to Washington, D.C., with health-care advocacy groups on a number of occasions, I envy the access he displays in a recent profile in The Washington

Opponents say prolonged
execution offers more evidence for
challenge to lethal injection

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Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/24/2014 6:15:03 PM     Post Reply
ST. LOUIS – The nation´s third botched execution in six months offers more evidence for the courts that lethal injection carries too many risks and amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, death-row lawyers and other opponents said Thursday. Death-penalty opponents say the execution of an Arizona inmate who took two hours to die shows that state experiments with different drugs and dosages are a callous trial-and-error process. The result: Every few months, an inmate gasps, chokes and takes an unusually long time to die. "These executions are experiments on human subjects," said Cheryl Pilate, an attorney for several Missouri death-row


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