Thursday, November 19, 2015

Kansas Refugees: Business and Politics


Wichita, Kansas has suffered many layoffs in the aerospace business sector for the past five years. That means many native Kansans are out of work and struggling while federal taxpayer dollars are used to feed, clothe, house, educate and employee refugees and immigrants.

January 17, 2015

Learjet layoffs deliver a blow to Wichita’s hopes for economic recovery

The layoffs announced last week by Bombardier Learjet made it feel a lot like 2009 again, or 2010 or 2011 or 2012 or 2013.

In 2012, Republican Governor Sam Brownback put a massive tax-cutting package into place while Kansas was in a small business boom. The business tax cuts were supposed to help the Kansas economy and encourage large corporations to move to Kansas, creating new jobs for the unemployed. However, many of the small businesses set themselves up as corporations to take advantage of the tax cut and who could blame them? The unintended outcome left the state treasury even more distressed.

In reality, the “tax break” cost the state between $160 and $165 million. Further, the lowered prices for farm commodities, oil and natural gas increased the budget shortfall to the $800 million dollar range for 2013.

May 31, 2015

Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan told Senate Republicans on Sunday that Gov. Sam Brownback would veto any attempts to roll back tax break for business owners. The Legislature eliminated income taxes for the owners of limited liability corporations and S corporations in 2012 after Brownback championed the policy.

Some Republican leaders, including the Senate president and vice president, have floated ideas to tweak the tax break as part of a fix to the state’s $400 million budget hole.

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What was the legislators' brilliant solution? Increase sales tax for everyone else!

Effective July 1, 2015 - Sales Tax Rate for the entire state increased from 6.15% to 6.5%

While native Kansans are feeling the economic pinch on every level, the refugees and immigrants keep coming. On one hand, the immigrants provide a cheap labor supply to big businesses such as Tyson Meats. But how does that help the average tax payer when Tyson is not contributing to our state’s depressed economy since they get a tax break? And this scenario can apply to many other states and even the federal government. The taxpayer foundation is overburdened while the country sinks deeper and deeper in debt.

Tyson Foods, Inc. is an American multinational corporation based in Springdale, Arkansas. They are the second largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork. In 2001, Tyson acquired IBP, Inc., the largest beef packer and number two pork processor in the U.S. for over $3 billion. They have also acquired companies such as Hudson Foods Company, Garrett poultry, Washington Creamer, Franz Foods, Prospect Farms, Krispy Kitchens, Ocoma Foods, Cassady Broiler, Vantress Pedigree, Wilson Foods, Honeybear Foods, Mexican Original, Valmac Industries, Heritage Valley, Lane Processing, Cobb-Vantress, Holly Farms, Wright Brand Foods, Inc. and Don Julio Foods. In 2014, they made a $6.13 officer to acquire all the shares in Hillshire Brands. They won the bidding war against Pilgrim’s Corp.

They knowingly use immigrant workers – illegal or not. The result? The American employment rate drops, our meat prices go up and Tyson makes more money!

Tyson meatpacking facilities in Kansas are listed below:

· Emporia Emporia Freezer - Beef - Freezer

· Emporia Emporia PBX - Transportation

· Emporia Emporia Plant - Beef

· Holcomb Finney County Freezer - Beef - Freezer

· Holcomb Finney County Hides - Beef Hides

· Holcomb Finney County PBX - Transportation

· Holcomb Finney County Plant - Beef

· South Hutchinson Hutchinson Plant - Further Processing

· Hutchinson Hutchinson Plant (KPR) - Further Processing

· Holcomb Kansas Terminal 23 - Transportation

· Olathe Missouri Terminal 02 - Transportation

· Olathe Olathe Distribution Center - Warehouse

· Olathe Tynet Missouri Office - Administrative Office

American Security is jeopardized so Big Business can bring in cheap labor

Muslims are vocal about their rights and so are Americans. The only difference is that our government listens to the Muslims. Muslim employees in our country actively seek accommodations to wear hajibs, to set aside time or space for daily prayer, or to perform ablutions before prayers. In meatpacking plants they fight to abstain from handling pork.

Could these kinds of pressures on pork producers and processors affect this sector of our business? No doubt, they factored into Smithfield’s sale to China and to the fact that other meat processors ship meat overseas to be processed and then sent back to the U.S.

Read more:

Meatpackers. Refugee resettlement watch.

How China purchased a prime cut of America's pork industry

China lifts restrictions to US pork processing plants

Chinese purchase could impact our food industry


I am not singling out Republicans for the immigrant/refugee drain on America’s economy. Members of both parties are equally responsible for allowing this travesty.

For those who remember, the Clinton administration had close ties with Tyson Foods who donated heavily to Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign. Hillary was an attorney for Tyson Foods, Arkansas’s largest employer. As far back as 1978, when Bill Clinton was Attorney General and on the verge of being elected as Governor of Arkansas, Hillary was mentored by James Blair, friend, lawyer and outside counsel to Tyson Foods. She relied on insider information and entered the commodities markets.

Hillary has always supported immigration and it is no wonder she was appointed Secretary of the State by the Obama administration. Many of you already know about her dubious, “anti-American” history. I will provide a few links for further reading but be aware and be forewarned of her dangerous political views.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has launched a website tracking the 2016 presidential candidates’ positions on Islam, and so far it seems to have the fewest problems with Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican hopefuls New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)

Hillary Clinton White House Muslim brotherhood

I truly had hope in Bernie Sanders. The American people desperately need a voice in our government. I am referring to the everyday worker bee, taxpayer. But then I read Bernie’s platform regarding refugees and was dismayed. From his own campaign page:

As president, Senator Bernie Sanders will:

Sign comprehensive immigration reform into law to bring over 11 million undocumented workers out of the shadows. We cannot continue to run an economy where millions are made so vulnerable because of their undocumented status.

Oppose tying immigration reform to the building of a border fence. Undocumented workers come to the United States to escape economic hardship and political persecution. Tying reform to unrealistic and unwise border patrol proposals renders the promise illusory for millions seeking legal status.

Sign the DREAM Act into law to offer the opportunity of permanent residency and eventual citizenship to young people who were brought to the United States as children. We must recognize the young men and women who comprise the DREAMers for who they are – American kids who deserve the right to legally be in the country they know as home.

Expand President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to include the parents of citizens, parents of legal permanent residents, and the parents of DREAMERs. We need to pursue policies that unites families and does not tear them apart.

Authorize and substantially increase funding for the Legal Services Corporation to provide legal representation to guest workers who have been abused by their employers. Further, employers should be required to reimburse guest workers for housing, transportation expenses and workers’ compensation.

Substantially increase prevailing wages that employers are required to pay temporary guest workers. If there is a true labor shortage, employers should be offering higher, not lower wages.

Rewrite our trade policies to end the race to the bottom and lift the living standards of workers in this country and our trading partners. Not only have free trade agreements like NAFTA and CAFTA hurt U.S. workers, they have been a disaster for small farmers in Mexico and Central America.

The Present pro-Muslim, pro-Immigrant, pro-Refugee Administration

Most of you already know a great deal about the Obama Administration. If not, there are volumes of information on the internet and many books on the subject.


Obama and his Islam Roots

The Obama appointees, i.e. “czars”

The short list:

Jeffrey Zients

Brought in to fix (the website that didn’t work)

Director of National Economic Council

Richard Holbrooke, “Afghanistan-Pakistan Czar”

Holbrooke, a distinguished diplomat, had a long history in foreign affairs. Many thought he would have been secretary of the state if Hillary Clinton had won the 2008 election. He had the wrong history, personality and operating style to fit in with the Obama inner circle.

Cass Sunstein, “Regulatory Czar”

Sunstein—officially the administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs—worked for the administration from 2009 to 2011 and was responsible for reviewing every economically significant regulation introduced by the government. He favored gun control and animal rights. His wife is Samantha Powers.

Samantha Power (wife of Cass Sunstein)

Current United States Ambassador to the United Nations.

She was a senior adviser to Senator Barack Obama until 2008. She resigned from his presidential campaign after apologizing for calling Senator Hillary Clinton a “monster.” Power focuses on issues such as LGBT rights, protection of religious minorities, the protection of refugees and promoting human rights for the Middle East, North Africa, Sudan and Burma.

Politics does make for strange bed fellows but the more we learn, the more we can expose the truth.