Economy & Business, International, Politics

Business Lobbies: Import Workers, Bribe with Citizenship

The U.S. government should import foreign workers for home construction jobs and also pay them with shares of American citizenship, an industry executive demanded Wednesday at an advocacy event held by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“We, right now, this year, need 430,000 workers [and] over the next couple years by 2023, we’re going to need probably another million,” said Michael Bellaman, the president and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors trade group. He continued:

We need a merit-based, market-based, rule-of-law worker visa system that provides the necessary opportunities for [foreign] people that want to work in the United States, as well as for our employers to take those trained [foreign] individuals that have spent three years [working] in their companies, with the opportunity to sponsor them to a pathway to citizenship, a legal form of status, something more permanent, that will be a value to our industry.

The demand is a deep betrayal of fellow Americans by the business interests, responded Roy Beck, the former journalist who founded NumbersUSA to oppose the outsourcing of jobs to migration.

“There’s an ethical bond that connects” Americans, he said, “but what people from George Bush, especially George W. Bush, on through President Biden have done — with some exception for President Trump- is to disconnect and basically free the elites of this country from any sense of ethical obligation to their fellow citizens.” Read more…

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Economy & Business, Politics

Biden HUD Declares War on Suburbia

A house with a white picket fence and a big backyard might have been a staple of the American dream once upon a time, but if the Biden administration gets its way, the dream could soon be out of reach for millions of people.

As part of his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, the Biden administration is pushing local governments to allow apartment buildings in neighborhoods that are restricted to single-family homes. The administration claims it’s a way to ease a national affordable housing shortage and combat racial injustice in the housing market.

Current zoning laws that favor single-family homes, known as exclusionary zoning, have disproportionately hurt low-income people who can’t afford to move to the suburbs, the administration said. Their only choice is living in crowded apartment buildings. Biden’s proposal would incentivize local governments to get rid of exclusionary zoning by awarding grants and tax credits to cities that change their zoning regulations.

While the proposal has had some bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, not everyone is on board.

Critics claim the federal government’s plan would change the landscape of towns and cities across the country and torpedo the American dream.

“The Biden plan’s backers are hypocrites,” former New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey said. “Biden himself owns a four-acre lakefront home in upscale Greenville, Delaware, where there is absolutely no public housing, affordable housing, or rentals that accept housing vouchers. And don’t expect any to be built next door to the Bidens.” Read more…

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Economy & Business

Declassified: Google Wants to Make Privacy Impossible

Recently unredacted documents in a lawsuit against Google reveal that the company’s own executives and employees knew how difficult the tech giant makes it for smartphone users to keep their location data private.

Business Insider reports that recently unredacted documents in a lawsuit against Google reveal that the company’s own executives and engineers knew how difficult the company made it for users to keep their location data private. According to the documents, Google continued to collect location data even when users turned off various location-sharing settings, made popular privacy settings hard to find within smartphone settings menus, and allegedly pressured LG and other smartphone makers into hiding settings solely because users liked them.

During a deposition, Jack Menzel, a former vice president overseeing Google Maps, admitted that the only way the company wouldn’t be able to determine a user’s home and work locations is if that person intentionally worked to throw Google off their trail by setting their home and work addresses as different locations. Read more…

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Economy & Business, Politics, States

Data Doesn’t Lie: Red States Outperform Blue

The good news is our economic recovery from the pandemic is finally underway. The bad news is that it’s going a lot slower in blue states than red states- thanks to foolish big-government policies.

This is the inescapable conclusion revealed by the latest jobs and unemployment data.

“The unemployment rate in April nationwide was 6.1%, but this obscures giant variations in the states,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “With some exceptions, those run by Democrats such as California (8.3%) and New York (8.2%) continued to suffer significantly higher unemployment than those led by Republicans such as South Dakota (2.8%) and Montana (3.7%).” Read more…

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Economy & Business

Even Google’s Employees Are Spooked by E-Surveillance

An ongoing lawsuit against Google by the Arizona attorney general’s office, which alleges that the tech behemoth has continued to collect location information even when users had turned tracking off, has revealed that some of Google’s own employees had concerns about the company’s practices after a news report detailing the controversy was published.

“The reality is that the stuff we’ve uncovered is shocking,” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich told FOX Business in an interview last week. “It just confirms that Google is doing everything it can to spy on everyone it can, without providing any sort of notice to anyone.”

Brnovich’s office sued Google in May of last year, alleging that the tech giant used deceptive and unfair practices to track users’ location, even if they had opted out — and used that information to target users with ads that generated more than $130 billion in revenue in 2019.

The practice had initially been revealed after an Associated Press article in 2018 reported that Google could continue to track users’ locations even after they had opted out of Google getting access into “location history.” The outlet reported that, even with location history paused, some Google apps automatically store time-stamped data without a prompt, such as storing a snapshot of a location just when someone opens its “Maps” application. Read more…

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Economy & Business, Health & Environment, International

Sinaloa Cartel Hive Busted in Washington DC

A massive drug bust targeting the infamous Sinaloa Cartel in the wealthy DC suburbs nabbed millions of dollars in cash and resulted in the seizure of thousands of pounds of lethal narcotics bound for America’s streets. According to authorities in Loudoun County, Virginia, where the largest of busts took place, the murderous Mexican cartel had enough fentanyl on hand to twice kill every man, woman, and child in the county of nearly half a million people.

Through an investigation dating back to 2017 and concluding in 2020, authorities directly connected drug traffickers in the wealthy DC suburbs with the Sinaloa Cartel of Mexico, an infamous crime syndicate once led by Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman . The massive law enforcement effort, dubbed Operation Angels Envy, remained under wraps until this week when its conclusion was announced publicly. Officials say the investigation eventually stretched across 7 states, with authorities seizing enough drugs to cause deaths of genocidal proportions.

Just over one year ago, in February of 2020, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office executed the largest drug bust in county history as part of Operation Angels Envy, Sheriff Mike Chapman announced this week. In total, county authorities and their federal partners say they seized more than 50 kilograms of cocaine, 2 kilograms of fentanyl, 1 kilogram of heroin, 6 pounds of marijuana, 150 grams of crack cocaine, 7 guns, and more than $1.4 million in cash as part of the historic drug bust, in total carrying an estimated street value of $6.5 million. Read more…

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Economy & Business, Health & Environment, Politics

Biden’s Medical Apartheid

When you head to the beach this summer, look out for “vaccinated” and “unvaccinated” sections. That is if they let you in. White liberals, who have all been vaccinated, are now demanding that their unvaccinated neighbors get the COVID-19 shot, or else. The tyranny of “lockdown” is blending seamlessly now into a kind of medical apartheid.

This push, which follows a weeks-long media campaign portraying unvaccinated Americans as a pack of rabid animals, received a boost after the CDC officially “allowed” vaccinated people to have their lives back. This turned out to be a sleight of hand. Joe Biden quickly fired a shot across the bow, threatening, “The rule is now simple: get vaccinated or wear a mask until you do. The choice is yours.” Has an American president ever issued a more tyrannical, contemptuous statement?

The choice is yours. According to the White House, America now has a medical caste system. How did this happen? Read more…

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Economy & Business, Politics, States

Red States Counterattack to Defend Coal Workers

More than a dozen Republican state treasurers are threatening to pull assets from large financial institutions if they agree to decarbonize their lending and investment portfolios, Axios has learned.

Fifteen of them, led by coal-heavy West Virginia, say they’re prepared to use this financial muscle to push back.

The effort includes treasurers from other states with large energy industry presences such as North Dakota, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma.

What’s happening: The state officials sent a letter on Tuesday to Kerry, who’s leading the administration’s efforts to enlist banks in its climate policy fight.

“We intend to put banks and financial institutions on notice of our position, as we urge them not to give in to pressure from the Biden administration to refuse to lend to or invest in coal, oil and natural gas companies,” the officials wrote.

In an interview with Axios, West Virginia state Treasurer Riley Moore said he was prepared to terminate contracts with banks that pull back their fossil fuel industry lending in response to administration pressure.

“Frankly, it is not fair for the people of West Virginia to allow a bank to handle our money when they’re diametrically opposed to our way of life,” Moore said.

What they’re saying: Moore called the issue “a matter of life and death for my people.” Read more…

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Economy & Business, Politics

Victory: Court Blocks Biden’s Anti-White Discrimination

The Biden administration, at several levels, has implemented racial preferences that have led to litigation involving farmers and others excluded because their skin does not have enough color in it.

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals just issued and injunction halting racial and gender discrimination in the Coronavirus Relief package that recently passed Congress. The issue was not the relief package itself, but racial and gender preferences used by the Small Business Administration to favor non-whites and women.

Here are excerpts from the Opinion:

This case is about whether the government can allocate limited coronavirus relief funds based on the race and sex of the applicants. We hold that it cannot. Read more…

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Economy & Business

Exposed: Amazon Donated to Convicted BLM Terrorist

Last summer, Amazon announced a $10 million donation for “organizations supporting justice and equity,” including a donation directly to the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation. At the time, BLM Global Network was sponsored by Thousand Currents, a non-profit whose vice-chairman is Susan Rosenberg, a convicted left-wing terrorist. It’s a major oversight for Amazon, the self-anointed arbiter of domestic terrorism…

Rosenberg, a former member of the Weather Underground, came to national prominence as a central figure in the May 19 Communist Organization, a group responsible for a series of violent incidents in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Among May 19’s best-known crimes is the group’s role in the 1981 robbery of a Brinks armored truck which resulted in the murders of two policemen and a security guard. Read more…

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