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Guest-Worker Programs Hurt American Workers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Scruggs   
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 00:00

There are many people who say that our only serious immigration problem is that there are 12 million immigrants in the country who are technically illegal.  These people tend to believe that the only problem with 500,000 illegal immigrants per year is that they are, in liberal-speak,  “undocumented.” They believe that everything would be fine if legal immigration were made easier and employers could have more legal guest-workers. The problem with this is that our legal immigration levels are also unprecedented. Legal immigration is now averaging about 1.0 million per year. Previous to 1987, it averaged only 300,000 per year, and the rate of illegal immigration was much lower. According to Harvard labor economist, George Borjas, himself a Cuban immigrant, a total immigration level of about 500,000 per year is the maximum that will not hurt native-born Americans and their families.

Obama’s Gameplan For Winning In 2010 and 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Scruggs   
Wednesday, 16 December 2009 00:00

Changing the Electorate - Part 1

President Barack Obama’s poll num-bers are in a steep dive. According to the Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll on December 13, only 23 percent of American voters strongly approve of his job performance. Strong disapproval is registered by a whopping 42 percent. Rasmussen’s Presidential Approval Index has fallen to a record low of –19. Overall, 47 percent of voters somewhat approve of the President’s performance, down from a lofty 65 percent during his first days in office. A majority, 53 percent, now disapproves, but it is the shattering 42 percent indicating strong disapproval that demonstrates the ferocity of voter discontent with his policies and proposed legislative agenda. This is an early indication of a potentially high turnout of anti-Obama voters versus a weak turnout of pro-Obama voters, unless political sentiments change dramatically by the 2010 elections. Among the crucial unaffiliated or independent voters, Obama is racking up a catastrophic 49 percent strong disapproval rating compared to only 21 percent strong approval.

Gone With The Wind PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Scruggs   
Wednesday, 13 May 2009 00:00

Asheville and Hendersonville Tribunes (NC)

There was once a land of Cavaliers and cotton fields called the Old South. Here in this pretty world Gallantry took its last bow.  Here was last ever seen the Knights of their Ladies Fair, master, and slave.  Look for it only in books because it is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization Gone with the Wind.

Gone with the Wind, first published in June 1936, is according to many sources, the most successful and widely read novel ever published in America. The author, Margaret Mitchell of Atlanta, received a Pulitzer Prize in May of 1937 for her sweeping historical novel of the Old South set during the War for Southern Independence and Reconstruction.  The novel was also wildly successful internationally.  By 1965 it had been published in twenty-five different languages in twenty-nine countries.


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