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Lies and Damned Lies
by Kevin_Foley
November 06, 2012 12:41 PM | 1327 views | 6 6 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
It's easy to lie. Just ask Mitt Romney.
 
But it's more difficult to tell the truth, especially when you present progressive arguments in a conservative stronghold like Cobb County. When I write my columns and blogs, I know they'll be scrutinized and any error will be vigorously waved in recrimination. So I'm especially careful to get my facts straight but some scrutinizers find fault anyway.
 
One of them is Mr. Pete Borden who believes he "called me out" and I should now just slink away, intimidated by his soaring intellect and acid pen. To Mr. Borden, standing up to his baseless attack is "juvenile." This is the motis operandi of so many conservatives in the face of undeniable facts.
 
Scream "liar" and then, "I'm done talking about this."
 
So, Pete, thanks for the last word.
 
You claim I have made "untrue attacks" on Romney when, in fact, I merely presented his ever-changing positions on a score of important issues. I repeated his own words and I quoted his co-religionists and his critics. Virtually everything I wrote is verifiable.
 
You of course failed to back up your charge in the first blog post and then, after I called you out, came back with two bogus "examples" that "prove" your point. But anyone who has carefully listened to Paul Ryan's views on contraception knows he wants it outlawed. Likewise, anyone who has paid attention to Romney knows he'll make access to contraception harder and more costly for women if he can.
 
Ironically, contraception wasn't even a political issue until the far right social engineers like Paul Ryan seized control of the
Republican party and made it one.
 
I began voting in 1972 and I have never seen a presidential candidate as craven and as dishonest as Mitt Romney. As I noted recently, he's just an empty Armani suit reciting any line he thinks will get him elected, true or not. This is how he behaved in business and as governor of Massachusetts.
 
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Lib in Cobb
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November 08, 2012
@Off Balance: Yes, you are.

Borden's baseless accusation
by Kevin_Foley
October 30, 2012 04:18 PM | 1563 views | 13 13 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Pete Borden has made a serious accusation in a nearby blog. He suggests I have lied in three of my columns published by the MDJ in recent weeks. However, Mr. Borden fails to back up his accusation with any specific examples.
 
The three columns in question all present Mitt Romney as what he is, a shape shifting prevaricator who lacks the conviction and guts to take a stand on any important public issue (more on that Friday). I back up my commentary with Romney's own statements and/or actions, something Mr. Borden doesn't like.
 
I was a journalist long before I entered public relations. I am also an author of historical fiction. I know how important research is, so I spend an inordinate amount of time on my MDJ columns making sure everything I write is supported by the truth.
 
For Mr. Borden to irresponsibly suggest I "made stuff up" is highly insulting and he's dead wrong. He might not like the facts, but they are what they are, Mr. Borden, whether you agree with them or not, whether you respect me or not.
 
So I challenge you here, Mr. Borden, to be very specific and present to MDJ readers ANY lie in any of the three columns I wrote or do the decent thing and publicly withdraw your accusation.
 
"Give 'em Hell" Harry Truman once famously said, "I never gave anyone hell. I just told them the truth and they thought it was hell."
 
Welcome to hell, Mr. Borden.
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Lib in Cobb
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November 02, 2012
Thank you, Freindly Web Editor.


Benghazi Sideshow Endangers Allies
by Kevin_Foley
October 24, 2012 08:38 AM | 1951 views | 24 24 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
By now, the phony outrage expressed by conservatives, reactionaries and tin foil hat wearers has become passe. There's always some nefarious Obama plot afoot to aid the terrorists and undermine America. 

A great example appeared recently in the MDJ when another blogger/columnist condemned the Obama administration for not providing enough security at the Benghazi, Libya consulate, where four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens were killed in a terrorist attack. 

The writer deliberately or unknowingly left out a crucial fact: House Republicans cut the Obama administration's request for security funding by $128 million in fiscal 2011 and $331 million in fiscal 2012. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the GOP lawmakers, who included Paul Ryan, that the cuts would be "detrimental to America’s national security.”

In 2009, House republicans voted to cut $1.2 billion, including funding for 300 diplomatic security positions. If Paul Ryan's budget is passed, another $400 million would be slashed for embassy security.

As part of the kangaroo court he's conducting in the House to lay blame on the Obama administration, GOP Rep. Darrell Issa (who voted against State security funding along with Ryan) released sensitive documents that have put in danger the lives of Libyans helping the CIA. 

Sen. John Kerry said, "It's bad enough that it's becoming a political sideshow presumably driven by the calendar...but even worse is that in their rush to make news they've exposed Libyans who were working side by side with America."
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LB Armstrong
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November 05, 2012
Foley, your comments on the ad taken out by 500 general officers and admirals in support of Romney?

I can't wait to hear the spin on this one. Remember, even Gen. Hugh Shelton (Clinton's snuffy) signed the ad that appeared in the Wash Times today, Nov. 5th.

Obviously, Obama relieving (even arresting) the commanders in the field who were responding aginst orders to stand down and would've assisted our people in Benghazi didn't sit well with the generals (including former commandants of the Marines, the first woman general, etc). As my husband (30 year veteran of the Marine Corps)said: "This is as close to a military coup as we will ever see in America. This is HUGE, so huge, the civilian media will never even know what questions to ask."

Obama has a problem with his role as CinC. It's not going away, even if he's re-elected. Defend this. Defend his inaction on Benghazi. Defend his lies to America and the United Nations. Just try.

Have you no decency, Congressman Ryan?
by Kevin_Foley
October 16, 2012 11:06 AM | 1642 views | 34 34 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
One of the first attacks leveled by Congressman Paul Ryan during last week's vice presidential campaign was to blame the deaths of four Americans at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya on the Obama administration.
 
It should be remembered that, in 2003, we were told Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and probably nuclear weapons that he was going to give the al Qaeda terrorists. "Mushroom clouds" would follow if the U.S. didn't invade Iraq...which also happened to be sitting on one of the world's largest oil fields.
 
We now know that 10 years, 4,500 American deaths, and $1 trillion later it was all a sham. Worse, not a single Bush administration official has ever been held accountable for the Iraq disaster.
 
But with Barack Obama in the White House, the GOP is suddenly all about accountability.
 
Ryan's attempt to capitalize on the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens to score some cheap debate points caught the attention of the late ambassador's father, Jan.
 
"It would really be abhorrent to make this into a campaign issue," said Stevens, who added he is getting regular briefings from the State Department. "The security matters are being adequately investigated...It does not belong in the campaign arena."
 
But Mr. Stevens doesn't understand that winning the White House is far more important to Mitt Romney's benefactors like casino owner Sheldon Adelstein than common decency.
 
While GOP leaders were whining about the "rude" treatment their poor little wonder boy - who never served in uniform - got at the hands of Vice President Joe Biden, another parent who lost a child in Benghazi had already told the GOP campaign not to include her son's death as part of Romney's "political agenda."
 
Evidently Ryan ignored the message.
 
Barbara Doherty spoke out after Romney talked about his chance meeting with her son, Glen Doherty, a Navy SEAL, at a Christmas party. Romney, who, like so many privileged boys, managed to dodge fighting in Vietnam, got all choked up as he talked about the dead warrior-hero in front of a big crowd, which infuriated the SEAL's mother.
 
"It’s wrong to use these brave young men, who wanted freedom for all, to degrade Obama,” said Doherty's mother. “I don’t trust Romney.”
 
All this happened before the debate and before the investigations in Benghazi have been completed, yet Ryan blithely used the deaths of four Americans to smear Obama.
 
At long last, Mr. Ryan. have you no decency?
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Lib in Cobb
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October 23, 2012
Snake: Very typical for a Repuke. When you have nothing else take a comment out of context and continue to run with it. I am certain that the continued reminders of Allen West's race are unnecessary.

Hysteria Grips Conservatives as Election Nears
by Kevin_Foley
September 26, 2012 07:50 AM | 1685 views | 15 15 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
It's called buyer's remorse; that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach when you realize you bought a lemon you can't return.
 
That's what many conservatives felt about this time back in 2008 and what they're feeling today, a little more than a month away from the presidential election.
 
They know they chose the wrong candidate and they're stuck with him. Republicans are watching the White House slip through their fingers as Mitt Romney stumbles and bumbles from one shocking gaffe to the next, revealing his true inner self along the way, a man with no convictions, no core, no moral compass.
 
Romney fails to even mention the sacrifice of our troops fighting in Afghanistan or their families at home in his acceptance speech, then he tells us he doesn't care about "those people" who don't pay income taxes, which includes the working poor, senior citizens, servicemen and women, students and disabled people.
 
Far right media attack dogs like Michelle Malkin are lashing out at mainstream conservatives like Bill Kristol who had the temerity to admit, "The Obama team has turned (the economy) around pretty well. The Clinton speech at the convention was very important in that way. How horrible was it four years ago?"
 
Conservative columnist Peggy Noonan was even more blunt: "It’s time to admit the Romney campaign is an incompetent one," she recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal.
 
Desperate for any edge, other conservatives are grasping at straws in an effort to smear Obama in the run up to the election. When he's not the food stamp president Obama is appeasing Muslim terrorists. When he's not running guns to the Mexican drug cartels, he's responsible for 8 percent unemployment because the GOP-led House hasn't passed his jobs bill.
 
They keep throwing any garbage they can dream up at the president and, guess what? None of it's sticking, at least where it matters in the key swing states. A new Washington Post poll has Obama up by 8 points in Ohio and Virginia, 4 points in Florida. A poll of Latinos and Hispanic puts Obama's lead at more than 40 points.
 
But the real evidence hysteria has seized the GOP appeared yesterday in the form of half-term Alaska Governor and professional media crackpot Sarah Palin, who advised the governor to "go rogue" because America needs a "come to Jesus" moment.
 
Yeah, that worked well last time. Go for it, Mitt!
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CobbCoGuy
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October 15, 2012
It ain't over yet, but I'm kinda liking the way the polls are trending now.

Looking forward to the next townhall debate.

Fein's Hitler Comparison Reveals Ignorance of Nazi Atrocities
by Kevin_Foley
September 18, 2012 07:57 AM | 2411 views | 11 11 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Dr. Mel Fein is evidently unaware of Adolf Hitler's murderous reign.

 

I usually eviscerate Fein's sloppily constructed arguments when his columns post in the MDJ. It's not hard to do because Fein provides so much mindless drivel with which to work. But his latest Obama-Hitler comparison is beyond the pale and deserves an expanded rebuttal.

 

Dr. Fein, Hitler murdered six million Jews. He started a world war that killed scores of millions more. In Germany he ruthlessly hunted down and exterminated an unknown number of his political opponents. Hitler dropped bombs on innocent civilians across Europe.

 

It took the combined forces of good to crush this unimaginable evil.

 

So comparing the duly elected and personally popular president of the United States to one of the worst monsters to ever walk the planet renders the lives of those Hitler slaughtered meaningless.

 

Knowingly or unknowingly Fein invokes the Holocaust when he says Hitler and, “As we’ve said repeatedly, invoking the Holocaust to make a political point is never acceptable," according to the National Jewish Democratic Council.

 

That's because Fein and others who compare Obama to Hitler make the Nazi leader little more than a cartoon character, his crimes against humanity mere footnotes in history. By playing the "Hitler card" - as unoriginal and offensive as it is - Fein reveals he really has little or no understanding of what Hitler did.

 

His latest screed attempts to justify Fein's disgusting and disgraceful line of attack by declaring, "It should, therefore have (sic) come as no surprise that Mitt Romney has been compared with Joseph Goebbels and his wife, Ann, with Eva Braun."

 

Who made that comparison? Such an inflammatory statement demands attribution. Fein offers none.

 

It gets worse. Fein suggests Obama and his supporters have, "emulated the Nazi example. Amazing as it may sound, their playbook is a variation on the Hitler school of politics. The evidence is both chilling and overwhelming."

 

So we look for that "chilling and overwhelming" evidence.

 

Gestapo in black leather coats banging on doors at midnight? SS storm troopers in jackboots goose-stepping down Cobb Parkway? Construction of concentration camps where political opponents will be gassed and incinerated?

 

"In the past, I have been taken to task for comparing some of Obama’s actions with those of Hitler, but I am about to double down.

Mind you, Obama does not advocate a 'final solution,' nor will he intentionally start a world war, but he has copied many of the Fuehrer’s methods."

 

Oh, I get it. The president is only guilty of doing the non-lethal stuff Hitler did. I feel much better.

 

Fein goes on to support his daring "double down" with more of the same threadbare and mostly discredited laundry list of Obama gripes he made last week and the week before that, garbage you can hear any night of the week on Sean Hannity's show.

 

Nothing new from Dr. Fein. Nothing original. Certainly nothing to demonstrate he's given very much thought to what he writes. But isn't that what educators are supposed to do, especially if they have terminal degrees and teach at major universities? Think?

 

I wonder if KSU President Dr. Dan Papp reads Fein? If he does, is Papp proud Fein is one of his university's prominent "thought leaders."

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Frank S Perry
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September 20, 2012
The nazis are everywhere! "Blame immigrants!" scream the Fascist Stormtrooper Tea-Party zealots and right-wing "populists". BLAME IMMIGRANTS for a financial meltdown caused by both Wall Street and Main Street,this is a real example of the Hitler effect. Anti-immigration laws and the crackdowns on undocumented by the brownshirted Republicans is exactly likle Hitler's fatherland.

American Troops Just 'Factors of Production' to Romney
by Kevin_Foley
September 13, 2012 12:43 PM | 2229 views | 17 17 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
When he was running Bain Capital, Mitt Romney bought and sold companies the way the rest of us change socks. There's nothing wrong with that, mind, because it's the American way of business.

 

Romney's business acumen, initiative and hard work earned him a fortune and he deserves every dime he ever made.

 

Buying and selling companies has a human component. There are men and women who work in the factories, stores, and industries on the market. Each employee has a mortgage or rent, kids in school, car payments, pensions, and all the rest. Sometimes, in the course of the transactions engineered by Romney, those workers found themselves expendable.

 

It's a fact of life, part of our free enterprise system. I don't agree with how Romney treated those who found themselves out of work. Unfortunatley that's how he chose to do business and that's how it goes in business sometimes.

 

But the principles that guide business are not the same ones that govern the defense of America.

 

We have citizen soldiers here, men and women who volunteer to put their lives on the line to protect the rest of us. They and their families deserve our support and our recognition for doing what many of us wouldn't or couldn't do. They're heroes, not "employees."

 

So it was appalling and also very revealing that Mitt Romney, who enthusiastically supported the Vietnam War as a young man only to avoid it later, stood up to accept the nomination of the Republican Party and never, not once, acknowledged American troops in harm's way, the men and women fighting and dying in Afghanistan and those selflessly serving around the world.

 

You know why?

 

Because to Romney the troops are like the workers he once used and discarded during his days at Bain Capital. They're just "factors of production," small people unworthy of recognition or even mention, numbers to be added or subtracted depending on the profit and loss statement.

 

We already know Romney intends to follow the Bush failed model of trickle down economics. Why not invade a country too? Say, Iran, the prime beneficiaries of a war being Romney's big donors in the military-industrial complex, the same folks who did so well when we invaded Iraq.

 

Romney has rattled his Iran saber enough on the campaign trail for us to know what's coming if he manages to get elected.

 

Those "factors of production" - our sons and daughters and husbands and wives - would soon be coming home in stainless steel caskets while Halliburton's stock soared.

 

Do we really want to go there again?
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Matthew Jackson
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October 12, 2012
Really dont think romney is the guy for this country. def think that what the president is doing with bring the troops home is a plus for his campaign. its good to get these guys home and doing regular activities like play with airsoft replica guns http://www.airsplat.com/airsoft-video-games.htm and allow them to live a regular life again.

How Quickly They Forget
by Kevin_Foley
September 05, 2012 03:40 PM | 1823 views | 7 7 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Democratic convention officials announced President Obama's acceptance speech scheduled for tomorrow night at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte would be moved to the smaller Time Warner Arena due to the threat of thunder showers and lightening about the time the president would deliver his address.
 
Despite the verifiable weather forecast and the public safety considerations, Rush Limbaugh immediately snidely played the race card (as he always does with anything about Obama) saying Democrats couldn't fill "Black Panther Stadium" even though there was a ticket waiting list of 19,000 and free tickets to the speech were being sold on Craig's list for more than $200.
 
El Rushbo must have forgotten Mitt Romney's appearance before 1,200 supporters last February in Detroit's cavernous Ford Field.
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Lib in Cobb
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September 10, 2012
Kevi: A glaring difference between the DNC and the RNC was the lack of diversity at the RNC. Mittens said, "The GOP is the party for all the people".

Really! I will remain very doubtful.

Ryan Signals Lies Will Drive GOP Campaign
by Kevin_Foley
August 30, 2012 12:10 PM | 1700 views | 12 12 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Associated Press fact checked Paul Ryan's acceptance speech last night and found seven falsehoods.
 
As noted by White House adviser Jim Messina in a letter to Obama supporters this morning, "He lied about Medicare. He lied about the Recovery Act. He lied about the deficit and debt. He even dishonestly attacked Barack Obama for the closing of a GM plant in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin -- a plant that closed in December 2008 under George W. Bush. He also failed to offer one constructive idea about what he would do to move the country forward."
 
We saw the blueprint for Ryan's fact-free presentation Tuesday night, when Sen. Rick Santorum, the failed GOP presidential candidate from Pennsylvania, falsely declared that Obama had abolished the work requirements for welfare.
 
He echoed a controversial ad the Romney campaign is running that aims to anger white working class voters in swing states by suggesting "welfare recipients" (GOP code for African-Americans) are getting free hand-outs from a black president in exchange for their votes. The spot has been denounced as a blatant lie by every independent fact checker.
 
To that, Romney pollster Neil Newhouse said, “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.”
 
Messina offers an explanation as to why the Romney campaign is making the truth irrelevant this fall:
 
"The fact that this speech, on this huge stage, is this blatantly false represents a huge bet by the Romney campaign -- they've decided that facts, truth and reality will not be a brake on their campaign message. And they just signaled to the extremist billionaires and corporate interests that support them that they should go ahead and spend their hundreds of millions of dollars attacking Barack Obama with whatever lies can work."
 
The lies tell us all we need to know about the kind of president Mitt Romney would be if he's elected.
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Lib in Cobb
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September 05, 2012
The speakers nailed it last night at the DNC.

First Lady Michelle Obama nailed it, who President Obama is, was and what he will become. Lilly Ledbetter nailed her address about equal pay for women. Tammy Duckworth also nailed her speech about what President Obama means to the military. Deval Patrick had them standing in the aisles with his speech about the good President Obama has done for MA and the very not so good things Romney did to MA. Patrick's speech was a very clear look at why Romney does not discuss his years as governor in MA. Julian Castro, brought the house down about what can be accomplished if WE work together and the American dream. I will bet, Julian Castro will be the first Latino President of the United States.

The very obvious difference in the diversity of the audience between the RNC and the DNC was heart warming. There were more people of color and different ethnic origins and religions in one small section of the DNC compared to the entire Tampa arena at the RNC.

Undocumented Immigrants Don't Steal Jobs
by Kevin_Foley
August 16, 2012 10:51 AM | 1880 views | 7 7 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

WSJ: Labor Economist "Found That Higher Levels Of Immigration Coincided With Lower Levels Of Unemployment." Wall Street Journal editorial board member Jason L. Riley wrote of suggestions that "immigrant labor harms the job prospects of Americans":

But if immigrants, legal or illegal, displace U.S. workers, why was there less unemployment in the U.S. during the Clinton and Bush administrations, when we had higher levels of immigration, than we have today, when net migration from Mexico is zero?

Nor is this a new phenomenon. The labor economist Richard Vedder of Ohio University looked at the relationship between immigration and U.S. unemployment throughout the 20th century and found that higher levels of immigration coincided with lower levels of unemployment.

Immigrants to the U.S. not only seek jobs but also increase demand for goods and services, thus providing incentives for businesses to invest in capital, expand operations and hire more workers. Moreover, the immigrants who come here typically aren't replicas of Americans in terms of their education level and skills. They are concentrated at the high end and low end of the skills spectrum and are much more likely to be competing with other immigrants for jobs than to be displacing natives in the workplace.

Federal Reserve Bank Of San Francisco: "There Is No Evidence" That Immigrants' Positive Effects On The Economy Comes "At The Expense Of Jobs For Workers Born In The United States." From a 2010 San Francisco Fed letter highlighting research on the long-term effects of immigration on employment:

Immigration in recent decades has significantly increased the presence of foreign-born workers in the United States. The impact of these immigrants on the U.S. economy is hotly debated. Some stories in the popular press suggest that immigrants diminish the job opportunities of workers born in the United States. Others portray immigrants as filling essential jobs that are shunned by other workers. Economists who have analyzed local labor markets have mostly failed to find large effects of immigrants on employment and wages of U.S.-born workers.

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[T]here is no evidence that immigrants crowd out U.S.-born workers in either the short or long run. Data on U.S.-born worker employment imply small effects, with estimates never statistically different from zero.

[Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, 8/30/10]

Economic Policy Institute: "There Is Broad Agreement Among Academic Economists That [Immigration] Has A Small But Positive Impact" On Wages Overall. A February 2010 paper from the Economic Policy Institute details how an influx of workers creates demand for goods and services, creating more jobs and provides a net positive effect on the economy:

In the ongoing debate over immigration policy in the United States, the impact of immigrants on the wages of native-born workers has been a central point of disagreement. There is broad agreement among academic economists on one point: that immigration has a small but positive impact on the wages of native-born workers overall. Although new immigrant workers add to the labor supply, they also consume goods and services, creating more jobs. In other words, as the labor force expands (as it is always doing, due to both native population growth and immigration), the economy adjusts and expands with it, and average wages are not hurt. [Economic Policy Institute, 2/4/10]

Economists Francesco D'Amuri And Giovanni Peri: "There Is Hardly Any Evidence That Immigrant Workers Have A Negative Effect On The Wages Of Native Workers ... Or That They Crowd-Out Other Jobs In The US." Peri and D'Amuri wrote in 2010 that immigrants do not have a negative effect on wages, nor do they crowd-out jobs:

Despite popular belief, often based on anecdotes and bodged analysis, there is hardly any evidence that immigrant workers have a negative effect on the wages of native workers (see for instance Card 2009 and Glitz 2007) or that they crowd-out other jobs in the US (Card and Di Nardo 2000) or Europe. On the contrary, some authors emphasize the existence of a potentially positive effect of immigrants on the demand for native workers.

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[W]e analyse the net impact of immigration on natives' employment and we confirm previous results that did not find any significant effect. Moreover, natives' skill upgrading due to immigration could account for a 0.6% increase in average wages of natives in the 2008-2020 period, according to our simulations combining results of the empirical analysis with long-term demographic projections for Europe.

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frogbreath
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August 18, 2012
This just in:

Harry Reid told me that Lib in Cobb is really Kevin Foley.

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