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Inside the Beltway: Park Geun-hye shows backbone

- The Washington Times - Monday, May 6, 2013

"We will make them pay."

South Korea President Park Geun-hye, commenting on the fate of North Korea should it launch an attack of any size or scope on her nation, to CBS News.

AMNESTY, THE MOVIE

How timely. As the immigration battle reaches a dramatic crescendo in the nation's capital, consider that the Heritage Foundation has revealed the hair-raising economic fallout should the current population of illegal immigrants be granted amnesty: Each individual would receive $592,000 more in lifetime government benefits than he or she would pay out in taxes, ultimately generating a lifetime fiscal deficit of $6.3 trillion, the new report notes.

Read the report, see the movie. The movie?

"It's the film that could kill the immigration bill, but you can't see it in a theater because Hollywood and the mainstream media reject films made by Dennis Michael Lynch," declare those who support this outspoken and independent filmmaker, who is now offering "They Come to America II: The Cost of Amnesty" to the public. The new documentary features personal interviews with, among others, Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican; former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani; and former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard.

"Americans are being fed artificial facts about the impact amnesty will have on the job market and national security. Every politician who pushes for amnesty forgets the Americans who have sacrificed their lives for this country," says Mr. Lynch. "I've lived this problem in real time on the border, I've worked with the Border Patrol, and I've driven state to state visiting unemployment lines, and the fact is amnesty for 11 million or more illegal immigrants will push America over the cliff."

The DVD is available to stream live, to rent or buy; Mr. Lynch promises that if you buy one DVD for $20, he'll send you four more, just to get the word out. Details here: TheyComeToAmerica.com.

GUN NUMBERS

Information to fuel part two of the gun control debate: At precisely 10 a.m. on Tuesday, the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics releases what's simply billed as the "Report On Firearm Violence, 1993-2011." Facts and figures can be found here at the appointed time: BJS.gov.

Meanwhile, National Rifle Association talk radio host and friend of Inside the Beltway Cam Edwards reports that the official attendance at the organization's annual convention this year was a record-breaking 86,222.

THE JENNY FACTOR?

Things are excruciatingly close in South Carolina. In the special election Tuesday for U.S. representative, Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch has 46 percent of voter support while Republican rival Mark Sanford has 47 percent, says a Public Policy Polling survey. Pollster President Dean Debnam observes, "It's just a question of whether voters are more put off by Sanford or the Democrats in Washington."

But wait. Will the former governor's dramatic extramarital affair and very public divorce from wife Jenny Sanford two years ago sway the vote? Maybe. Consider that 54 percent of the respondents have an unfavorable impression of Mr. Sanford. In contrast, 50 percent favor Ms. Colbert Busch — while 54 percent have a favorable impression of the former Mrs. Sanford.

GORETOPIA

Fourteen years ago, he was worth less than $2 million. Since January, Al Gore has become "Romney rich," a revelation that generated much buzz among those either annoyed or transfixed by the former vice president's business acumen.

"He made an estimated $100 million in a single month. In January, the Current TV network, which he helped to start in 2004, was sold to Qatari-owned Al Jazeera Satellite Network for about $500 million. After debt, he grossed an estimated $70 million for his 20 percent stake," note Bloomberg analysts Ken Wells and Ari Levy.

"Two weeks later, Gore exercised options, at $7.48 a share, on 59,000 shares of Apple Inc. stock that he'd been granted for serving on the Cupertino, California-based company's board since 2003. On paper, it was about a $30 million payday based on the company's share price on the day he claimed the options," the pair write, adding that the value could eventually total $46 million.

What with his real estate holdings, speaker fees, book and movie profits, Mr. Gore is worth more than $200 million, edging into Mitt Romney territory ($250 million). New York magazine, meanwhile, declares that Mr. Gore is richer than Mr. Romney, but no matter.

The Gore fans see him as "the progressive Democrat who should have been president, visionary author and Internet prophet, the man who more than anyone drove climate change to the center of public consciousness," the Bloomberg analysts say. "Detractors see Gore as a limousine liberal, tiresome pedant and climate alarmist who lives a jet-setting, carbon-profligate lifestyle while preaching asceticism for everyone else."

MEMORY LANE

And a wee update from Bain Capital, which was under much scrutiny when the aforementioned Mr. Romney ran for president last year, even though he left the Boston-based assets management firm in 2001. Bain Capital LLC and Golden Gate Capital have agreed to acquire the technology provider BMC Software Inc. for $6.9 billion — making it the third-largest private-equity deal of 2013.

POLL DU JOUR

86 percent of Americans will celebrate Mother's Day this year.

62 percent will buy something for their mother, 24 percent for their wife; 11 percent will buy for daughters, 8 percent for grandmothers, 8 percent for sisters.

$20.7 billion: Amount U.S. consumers will spend in total on Mother's Day.

$4.2 billion: Amount consumers will spend on jewelry.

$3.5 billion: Amount consumers will spend on Mother's Day brunch or dinner.

$2.3 billion: Amount consumers will spend on personal electronics.

$169: Amount the average consumer will spend on Mother's Day, an increase of 11 percent from 2012.

Source: A National Retail Federation survey of 4,912 U.S. adults conducted April 2 to 9 and released April 30.

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