Yesterday in Kimberly, Idaho, Senator Mike Crapo held another Townhall. Crapo is on a mission to speak to people in all of the small towns in Idaho. The subject that Crapo wants to talk about is the federal deficit. The subject that the people want to talk about is the Refugee Resettlement program. One member of the audience said that the government should take all the money they are using to resettle refugees in Idaho and they should use that money to resettle them back in their home country. Sounds good to me.
One lady brought up Section 8 housing. Ten years ago Twin Falls had a very nice downtown but now it’s being ghettoized with Section 8 housing. Section 8 is a HUD program for subsidized low income housing. The housing vouchers are administered locally by the public housing authorities. That would be the Twin Falls Housing Authority. In the bigger cities, the “housing authorities” are the slum lords. How very distressing to find out that the city government in a small town in Idaho has gone into the slum creation business. But then I’m sure that there is big money in it for their “economic development” friends. Old neighborhoods have to be destroyed before they can be declared “blighted”. Once they have blight, federal teats opens up for the streams of money and mandates.
Those streams of federal money must really be flowing because, in the August 13, 2015 Times-News, it was reported that the 2016 proposed salary for the City Manager, Travis Rothweiler is $884,017. That is nearly a 37% increase over his current $645,788 salary. Mind you, Twin Falls is a town of less than 50,000 people. Like my Dad always used to say, there is big money in poverty.
Senator Crapo reiterated his support for a moratorium on the refugee resettlement program but he still supports the refugee program generally. He said we have to provide for those people who help us in countries like Iraq. Really Senator Crapo?
The “problem” of refugees began after World War I with the League of Nations. The following graphic was produced for a powerpoint presentation showing the organization of the League.
In reading the history of post World War I and the League of Nations plus following the creation of the system of international law and the United Nations system of Refugee Resettlement, it seem more like the purpose of conflict is to create refugees. Initially, the refugee situation in Europe was to build an international system of law but as the organizational structure was formalized within the United Nations system, it appears that refugee creation is the objective of conflict not the unfortunate outcome of it.
There was one woman at the event who said she had come to this country as a refugee from Russia. She deserves a ‘C’ for courage and a ‘D’ for dumb. She brought up the KKK, asked if we were going to close the bridge and several other things straight out of the ACLU and Southern Poverty Law Center talking points playbook. It was a fail. Nobody was buying it. She also brought up how these immigrants are starting businesses and contributing to the community. Another lady in the audience was quick to point out that these “immigrants” are given money (your tax dollars) to start businesses.
The federal Great Society Economic Development Agency (EDA) provides tax dollars to privatized regional economic development agencies like the Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization (SEIDO) who use the money to implement the federal agenda. Since the federal agenda seems to be to facilitate a foreign occupation of our country, the foreign occupiers are the only ones who can get money for businesses. That’s why you hear all the time how immigrants contribute so much to the economy. Hell… give any American the money to start a business with tax abatement and all kinds of other indirect benefits and they could start businesses too… but that’s not in the agenda.
The Chobani Yogurt factory in Twin Falls is case in point. Agro-Farma is the corporate name of the yogurt company. SEIDO arranged the deal for Agro-Farma to locate in Twin Falls. The CEO of Agro-Farm is Hamdi Ulukaya, a Turkish Kurd. Jan Rogers of SEIDO is quoted as saying:
“We thought we had a hold of Jaws and, in fact we had Moby Dick,” says Jan Rogers, executive director of Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization. “If we had known we were going after Moby Dick, we might have passed out halfway through the thing.”
I nearly passed out too when I saw the deal sheet for the yogurt factory. They used Tax Increment Financing with Agro-Farma kicking in $18,000 on a $25 million deal that included the purchase of the land and the building of infrastructure including a secondary water treatment facility. The city kicked in $6.7 million and the state kicked in $1 million. This deal was supposed to create jobs for locals and it did – up until the point when the state subsidy for “worker training” ran out. Then locals are laid off and the CEO then imports workers from the home country. In this case, that would be muslims from Turkey. It’s an identifiable pattern not just here, but all over the country.
Senator Crapo did his part for Agro-Farma as well. He succeeded in getting yogurt added to the school lunch menu as a replacement for meat. Great job, Senator Crapo.
As I add up the score card, Americans – Idahoans are losing all the way around. We have a federal government that is working for the United Nations. We have local Quislings who are selling out their constituents while draining their pocketbooks and destroying the future for their children, but through it all there are still moments of amusement. In today’s Times-News, there is an article that they are going to sponsor a “Community Panel” about the Refugee Program. The “non-partisan” panel is going to be at the College of Southern Idaho’s Fine Arts Auditorium on September 22, 2015 at 6:30 pm.
“It’s an opportunity for community members to ask questions and get factual information about refugee resettlement from a non-partisan panel”.
The panelists will represent agencies that provide services to refugees:
- The U.S. State Department
- City of Twin Falls
- The “health care community”
- College of Southern Idaho Refugee Center
- College of Southern Idaho
A little farther into the article it says, “The Times-News wants to facilitate the presentation of facts so people can get their questions answered and form their own educated opinions…”
Really? I have to say, that made me laugh. They may be “non-partisan” but they are certainly not “un-biased”. Apparently, the only people who can “provide facts” are the people who are making money on the refugee resettlement program – except for the State Department that is spending taxpayer money on it.
Senator Crapo has a point about federal deficit that went skyward in 2008 (the bank bailout) but instead of talking about Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, why don’t we talk about the federal Department of Energy, the Department of Education, the Economic Development Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, USAID, the State Department and the United Nations. Let’s talk about the nearly $600 billion dollars on IT systems that has been spent between 2007 and today. Let’s talk about “free trade” and the gutting of the U.S. economy. Let’s talk about the corporate tax system that allows corporations to offshore their profits while benefitting from American infrastructure and the American consumer market.
There is indeed a lot to talk about but only if the discussion can be an honest one that will actually benefit the American people. Novel concept right? Actually doing something FOR the American people rather than TO the American people.