Archive for January, 2009

OBAMA

January 27, 2009

Has newspaper really solved eligibility question?
Retired teacher cited as proof but she claims no first-hand knowledge
Posted: January 26, 2009
8:25 pm Eastern

By Bob Unruh
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

A New York woman quoted as saying she “remembers” the birth of Barack Obama and who was hailed as independent evidence of the president’s eligibility to occupy the Oval office has told WND that’s not exactly how things happened.

Instead, she told WND she could provide no specifics about the birth.

The interview by the Buffalo News with Barbara Nelson was cited by the Democratic Underground website under the headline “Independent Confirmation of Obama’s Birth.”

WND has reported on the many lawsuits filed in recent months that allege in various ways that Obama does not meet the “natural born citizen” clause of the U.S. Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, which reads, “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”

Some allege his birth took place in Kenya, and his mother was a minor at the time of his birth – too young to confer American citizenship. The cases argue Obama’s father, Barack Obama Sr., was a Kenyan citizen subject to the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom at the time and would have handed down British citizenship.

There also are questions raised about Obama’s move to Indonesia when he was a child and his attendance at school there when only Indonesian citizens were allowed and his trip to Pakistan in the 1980s when such travel was forbidden to American citizens.

Obama supporters jumped on the Buffalo paper’s story when Nelson said she may be the only person left “who specifically remembers his birth.”

The report said: “When Barack Hussein Obama places his hand on the Bible today to take the oath of office as 44th president of the United States, Barbara Nelson of Kenmore will undoubtedly think back to the day he was born. It was Aug. 4, 1961, at Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women & Children in Honolulu.”

But Nelson told WND her knowledge of the birth came only from a physician, Dr. Rodney West, with whom she was dining
, and the subject was brought up because of the mother’s novel name and the “musical” name of the son, Barack Hussein Obama. She told WND the conversation also was memorable because Obama’s mother’s name was Stanley, named after her father, and the son also was named after his father.

However, Nelson told WND today, “I don’t know in what capacity [West] knew about this particular birth.”

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She said the birth and the unusual names arose in a conversation with West, a leader in the development of obstetrics services throughout Hawaii before Obama was born.

However, she said the assumption that West delivered the baby, or that she said that, were just wrong.

“Being one of the leaders in obstetrics in Hawaii, he could have had physical or informational access to all of the obstetrics [on the islands],” she told WND.

The discussion centered on the “peculiarity of a woman named Stanley,” she said.

“I just said tell me something [that has happened],” she said. “And he says Stanley had a baby, and that’s something to write home about.”

He also told her the father was the first African student at the University of Hawaii, “another interesting local thing,” Nelson told WND.

“[West] never said to me, ‘I delivered a baby,'” Nelson said.

She said she then recalled the name and circumstances 10 years later when the baby’s father, now an official in Kenya, returned to Hawaii to speak.

Nelson told WND “to those of us from Hawaii,” there aren’t any questions or issues about Obama’s birth.

“Hawaii is knee-deep in people who know the whole Obama history,” she said.

A blogger at ObamaCitizenshipFacts.org pointed out that West could not possibly have delivered Obama since, according to a Hawaiian Pearl Harbor history website, he retired in 1956, five years before Obama’s birth. “December of l956, after delivering at least 5,000 babies … he retired from the practice of medicine,” said the Pearl Harbor Survivors Project website.

“Hope this is helpful in squelching another convenient remembered memory put out there by the O-Bot crowd to try and substantiate his birth in Hawaii without showing an ‘original, long-form, birth certificate known as a CERTIFICATE of Live Birth,’ not the phony image of the ‘CERTIFICATION of Live Birth’ computer
form he has been touting as proof,” the blogger wrote.

Nelson confirmed that West, who died only months ago, spent a great deal of his life in medical management, working with the major obstetrics providers in Hawaii, serving the American Medical Association in the state and directing one of the obstetrics clinics.

Nelson said she was “appalled” at being caught up in the arguments over Obama’s birth.

“All I have was a very nice, wholesome story,” she said.

The lawsuits over Obama’s eligibility, however, remain pending, and commenters on the blog site agreed they should.

“I want to know why obama is fighting to not show his birth certificate and until he does then I reserve judgement (sic) on his eligibility,” said one.

One case, handled by lawyers including Gary Kreep of the United States Justice Foundation, is seeking Obama’s school records from Occidental College, which could reveal if Obama attended class on aid intended for foreign students.

Another lawyer working on similar allegations, Philip J. Berg, has written to Congress seeking an investigation, while California lawyer Orly Taitz’s filings have been before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Berg, whose information is on his ObamaCrimes.com website, said the issue isn’t going to disappear.

Others agreed.

“Should Senator Obama be discovered, after he takes office, to be ineligible for the Office of President of the United States of America and, thereby, his election declared void,” argues a California case brought on behalf of Ambassador Alan Keyes, also a presidential candidate. “Americans will suffer irreparable harm in that (a) usurper will be sitting as the President of the United States, and none of the treaties, laws, or executive orders signed by him will be valid or legal.”

Obama has claimed in his autobiography and elsewhere that he was born in Hawaii in 1961 to parents Barack Hussein Obama Sr., a Kenyan national, and Stanley Ann Dunham, a minor. But details about which hospital handled the birth and other details provided on the complete birth certificate have been withheld by Obama despite lawsuits and public demands for release.

WND senior reporter Jerome Corsi went to both Kenya and Hawaii prior to the election to investigate issues surrounding Obama’s birth. But his research and discoveries only raised more questions.

The biggest question was why, if a Hawaii birth certificate exists as his campaign stated, Obama hasn’t simply ordered it made available to settle the rumors.

The governor’s office in Hawaii said there is a valid certificate but rejected requests for access and left ambiguous its origin: Does the certificate on file with the Department of Health indicate a Hawaii birth or was it generated after the Obama family registered a Kenyan birth in Hawaii?

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AMERICAS FINAL DEMISE FROM WITHIN

January 16, 2009

INVASION USA

Immigrants ravage U.S. infrastructure

Financial analyst: $1.6 trillion required to repair devastation

Posted: January 15, 2009
11:50 pm Eastern

By Chelsea Schilling
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

Edwin S. Rubenstein

The United States will need $1.6 trillion to repair damage to its infrastructure from a massive influx of immigrants, a new report reveals.

In his report titled, “The Twin Crises: Immigration and Infrastructure,” prominent researcher Edwin S. Rubenstein examines 15 categories of infrastructure: airports, border security, bridges, dams and levees, electricity (the power grids), hazardous waste removal, hospitals, mass transit, parks and recreation facilities, ports and navigable waterways, public schools, railroads, roads and highways, solid waste and trash, and water and sewer systems.

Rubenstein, a financial analyst and former contributing editor of Forbes and economics editor of National Review, claims the nation is facing a crisis – with immigration responsible for at least 80 percent of spending needed to expand the U.S. infrastructure before the middle of this century.

“If the infrastructure crisis could be fixed by spending money, there would be no crisis,” Mr. Rubenstein explained in a statement. “Since 1987, capital spending on transportation infrastructure has increased by 2.1 percent per year above the inflation rate. At $233 billion (2004 dollars), infrastructure is already one of the largest categories of government spending. Our infrastructure is ‘crumbling’ because population growth has overwhelmed the ability of even these vast sums to expand capacity.”

While immigration policy has been hotly debated for a number of years, Rubenstein writes that its impact on infrastructure is rarely discussed.

Public schools

Immigrants make up 21 percent of the school-age population in the U.S.

“In California, a whopping 47 percent of the school-age population consists of immigrants or the children of immigrants,” the report states. “Some Los Angeles schools are so crowded that they have lengthened the time between classes to give students time to make their way through crowded halls. Los Angeles’ school construction program is so massive that the Army Corps of Engineers was called in to manage it.”

According to the U.S. Department of Education, 18 percent of all schools are considered overcrowded, and 37 percent use trailers and portable structures to accommodate growing student bodies. Public facilities are an average of 40 years old. Cities with high populations of illegal aliens are spending large amounts of their budgets on constructing new schools.

“Our anticipated gains in the number of foreign-born students alone will require us to build one elementary school a month to keep up,” Miami-Dade, Fla., school Superintendent Roger Cuevas said.

Hospitals

Rubenstein cites a recent construction boom among the nation’s hospitals. As many as 60 percent of America’s hospitals are either under construction or have plans for new facilities.

“But we have a two-tier hospital system in the U.S. Hospitals in poor areas – that serve primarily uninsured immigrants and Medicaid patients – cannot afford their facilities,” he writes. “The uncompensated costs are killing them. In California, 60 emergency departments (EDs) have closed to avoid the uncompensated costs of their largely illegal alien caseloads.”

Illegal aliens use emergency rooms more than twice as often as U.S. citizens, and providing their uncompensated care has been the death of many emergency departments.

In 2006, more than 46 percent of illegals did not have medical insurance. Although illegal aliens are not supposed to be eligible for Medicaid, they receive Emergency Medicaid and their children are entitled to all benefits that legal immigrants receive.

Because hospitals are forced to care for Medicaid recipients, the government program never covers full costs of service. It underpaid hospitals by $11.3 billion in 2006, he wrote.

Water and electricity

Rubenstein referenced immigration trends revealing that aliens often choose to live in cities with strained water supplies – especially near the border – and their sheer numbers have made conservation efforts nearly impossible.

“Cities like San Antonio, El Paso, and Phoenix could run out of water in 10 to 20 years,” he writes. San Diego’s water company has resorted to a once-unthinkable option: recycling toilet water for drinking.”

Due to immigration, demand for water exceeds the California State Water Project’s capacity. Now Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed building a $6 billion reservoir. Approximately one-fifth of the state’s electricity is tied up in collection, storage and transportation of the water.

Electric utilities are expected to require an additional $142 billion to keep generator capacity at recommended levels before 2050 due to the increasing population.

National parks

Trash left behind by illegal aliens

America’s national parks are also bearing the brunt of immigration. Illegals wear roads and paths through parks.

“Their fires, trash, and vandalism have despoiled thousands of acres of pristine parkland,” he writes.

According to Rubenstein, illegals leave beer, water and milk bottles, personal hygiene items and medications, clothing and shoes, food and food cans, jewelry, paper trash, sanitary pads, disposable diapers, backpacks, blankets, towels, plastic bags, homemade weapons, disintegrating toilet paper and human feces on U.S. property while they journey into the country.

They damage vegetation, leave abandoned vehicles and bicycles, spray paint trees and boulders and create campfires that turn into wildfires.

Border security costs

Costs for securing the nation’s borders are expected to increase 20.6 percent in fiscal year 2009. These include expenses for border patrol, electronic surveillance, the border fence and other security needs. President Bush allocated $44.3 billion for the Department of Homeland Security – a 4.5 percent increase from last year’s budget of $42.4 billion.

“While the U.S. builds a fence across much of the border, many illegals are taking a different route. Underground,” Rubenstein reveals. “Authorities have discovered dozens of illegal tunnels across the international border in recent years. Smuggling of drugs, weapons, and immigrants takes place daily through these underground passageways.”

Illegal aliens also use drainage systems to travel across the U.S.-Mexico border – from El Paso to San Diego.

“One tunnel, actually a system of two half-mile passages connecting Tijuana with San Diego, is by comparison a superhighway,” he wrote.

While the Border Patrol attempts to stop these underground incursions with steel doors, cameras and sensors, harsh weather conditions and human smugglers destroy the equipment and barriers.

These costs, and the expenses of providing “enhanced driver’s licenses” as alternative passports for citizens, RFID chips, government databases and watch lists are expected to soar.

Fiscal burden

In his research, Rubenstein finds that the average immigrant household generates a fiscal debt of $3,408 after federal benefits and taxes are considered. At the state and local level, the fiscal debt amounts to $4.398 per immigrant household.

“There are currently about 36 million immigrants living in about 9 million households, so the aggregate deficit attributable to immigrants comes to $70.3 billion,” he writes. “… Immigrants could deplete the amount of funds available for infrastructure by as much as $70 billion per year.”

Rubenstein cites figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, projecting that the U.S. population will reach 433 million by 2050 – increasing 44 percent, or 135 million, from today’s numbers.

A full 82 percent of this increase will be directly attributable to new immigrants and their U.S.-born children.

“The brutal reality is that no conceivable infrastructure program can keep pace with that kind of population growth,” he wrote. “The traditional ‘supply-side’ response to America’s infrastructure shortage – build, build, build – is dead, dead, dead. Demand reduction is the only viable way to close the gap between the supply and demand of public infrastructure.”

He concludes, “Immigration reduction must play a role.”

CHINA AND THE AMERICAN DOLLAR

January 9, 2009

« China could soon stop propping up the dollar as it worries about its own economy.

China Can’t Afford More U.S. Debt

January 8, 2009 | From theTrumpet.com

America’s consumer-based economy is predicated on Chinese lending. Now China can’t lend like it used to.

China can no longer afford its massive lending to the United States, the International Herald Tribune has reported. China has already spent $1 trillion on American debt. In the past five years, Beijing has used as much as one seventh of the country’s entire economic output to buy up foreign debt—principally U.S. treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities.

But China now has too many problems of its own to worry about the U.S. The Chinese government is planning a $600 billion stimulus package for its own economy, leaving less cash to stimulate America’s flagging economy. Chinese tax revenue has fallen sharply, so instead of spending Chinese cash on America’s debt, Beijing is trying to finance its own recovery.

In the past, China’s readiness to buy debt has kept an otherwise-sinking U.S. economy afloat. Now that flotation device is disappearing right when America needs it most. The Tribune writes, “In the United States, China’s voracious demand for American bonds has helped keep interest rates low for borrowers ranging from the government to home buyers. Reduced Chinese enthusiasm for buying those bonds takes away some of this dampening effect” (January 8).

“All the key drivers of China’s treasury purchases are disappearing,” Ben Simpfendorfer, an economist in Hong Kong, said. “There’s a waning appetite for dollars and a waning appetite for treasuries. And that complicates the outlook for interest rates” (ibid.).

The Tribune goes on to detail exactly why China is now unable to lend to the U.S. like it used to. China has bankrolled its huge reserves by effectively requiring its entire banking sector, which is state-controlled, to hand nearly one fifth of its deposits over to the central bank. The central bank, in turn, has used this money to buy foreign bonds.

Now the central bank is rapidly reducing this requirement, instead pushing banks to lend more money domestically.

At the same time, three new trends mean fewer dollars are pouring into China to begin with. As fewer dollars flow into China, the government has fewer dollars to buy American bonds and help finance the U.S. trade and budget deficits. The Tribune reports:

* The first little-noticed trend is this: The monthly pace of foreign direct investment in China has fallen by more than a third since the summer. Multinational companies are hoarding their cash and cutting back on factory construction.

* The second trend is that many overseas investors—and some Chinese—are quietly pulling their money out of China. The reason: a combination of a housing bust and a two-thirds fall in mainland Chinese stock markets over the past year. Investors are pulling out in spite of China’s fairly stringent currency controls, prompting the director of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange, Hu Xiaolian, to warn on Tuesday that “abnormal” capital flows were taking place across China’s borders. She provided no statistics.

* A third trend that may further slow the flow of dollars into China is the reduction of its huge trade surpluses. China’s trade surplus set another record in November: $40.1 billion. But because prices of Chinese imports like oil are starting to recover while demand remains weak for Chinese exports like consumer electronics, most economists expect China to run trade surpluses closer to $30 billion a month.

This Chinese cash crunch comes at the same time the U.S. wants to borrow large amounts of cash in an attempt to borrow its way out of a borrowing-and-greed-induced recession. U.S. politicians have announced plans to spend trillions of dollars. If the money doesn’t come from China and other foreign lenders, the U.S. will have to create it from nothing. Common sense—not to mention history—should tell us that a nation cannot become richer by simply printing more money.

The fact is, the Great Recession is here, and America’s patched-up, jury-rigged economy is simply out of options. Built on a faulty foundation, it has to fall. No ad hoc repairs can fix it permanently. Because they ignore altogether the foundational failures of our economy, these “solutions” simply prolong the agony.

For more information on the economic problems facing the U.S., read “The U.S. Recession and the Zimbabwe Option.”