By Mark Miller
CHICAGO (Reuters) – The future of Social Security is on the ballot this year – not that you could tell by the U.S. presidential debates, or by any other aspect of this rancorous, sensational election.
But 67 percent of registered voters rank Social Security as a “very important” part of their voting decision this year – just behind the economy, terrorism, gun policy and immigration, according to the Pew Research Center.
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Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders offered a compelling argument this week to those of his supporters still hesitant about a Hillary Clinton presidency. He explained that the success of the revolution relies not on who is president, but on the people continuing to fight for progressive ideals.
According to the Dept. of Homeland Security, we have the same number of undocumented immigrants in the US today, as there was in 2005. We had not added a single one in the past 11 years.
The few that come in are matched by the number that leave on their own. (See dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/statistics/publications/ois_ill_pe_2010.pdf) The story that the hate-mongers tell us about millions streaming across the border is a fairy tale.
These people came to the U.S. 10 to 30 years ago. During that time, they purchased homes, started businesses, had children and grandchildren. They did the same things that all immigrants to this country have ever done. They built a life for themselves.
These people are un-documented. It means that they belong to NO country. When Trump starts arresting them, he can’t deport them. Our prisons can’t hold them. He would need to put them in internment camps. What will be their fate, that of their children, their homes and businesses.
We have statutes of limitations for rape, assault, kidnapping and everything but murder. Trump will give no leniency for the worst of all possible crimes – wanting to have a better life for themselves and their families.
Notice who is laughing so hard in the front row
Clinton’s email server was used only by her and a couple of close associates. But people all over the world shared the same email server as Colin Powell. These users would easily include hackers from Russia or China.
Every machine on the Internet has an address. The address of Clinton’s email server was only available to the few who used it. But millions of AOL members need to access AOL email servers. The machine addresses are publicly available. This makes it infinitely easier for hackers to break in.
Exhaustive investigations found no past break-in into Clinton’s email server. AOL had countless break-ins of their email servers during Powell’s 2001-2005 term. In a single incident in 2004, information in 92,000,000 AOL emails accounts were hacked. [Washington Post June 24, 2004].
Clinton turned over 55,000 pages of emails to State Department’s investigators. But when they asked Powell for his emails, he said that he had not saved any of them.
But, in spite of all this, no attempt was ever made to investigate private email use by Powell or any other state department officials.
It’s hardly front-page news that Donald Trump is a big-league flip-flopper. Through Sept. 7, NBC News has tracked “117 distinct policy shifts on 20 major issues, tracking only his reversals since he announced his candidacy on June 16, 2015.”
But the GOP presidential hopeful is consistent on organized labor. He keeps trying to con union members with tough talk on trade. Trump promises to bring home American jobs lost to foreign countries, notably of the cheap-labor variety. “Our country is getting ripped off,” his website says. “We need the smartest people negotiating for us!”
But mum’s the word on the website about Trump’s record on outsourcing. Trump is a big-league outsourcer. His lucrative line of shirts, eyeglasses, perfume, cuff links and suits are produced in Bangladesh, China, Honduras and other low-wage countries, The Washington Post reported.