In "Obama is ready to sign up immigrants" (Web, Tuesday) writer Stephen Dinan points out that 1.7 million immigrants could be eligible for legal status through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), President Obama's Dream Act by presidential fiat. The 1.7 million number shocks few despite the White House's original claim that the amnesty would benefit 800,000 illegal immigrants. Unfortunately, the number of illegal immigrants eventually granted status, allowing them to compete with unemployed American workers, may be even higher.
A team of reporters and editors for The Washington Times won first place in the spot news category of the Society of Professional Journalists' annual Dateline Awards for its coverage of the August earthquake in Virginia. The paper also captured first-place awards in sports, features and arts criticism categories.
It's tough for Tea Party supporters these days. The movement's members find themselves under increasing attack as their challenge to the status quo grows stronger. Democrats, still sour from losing the House, have lost their cool. "As far as I'm concerned, the Tea Party can go straight to hell," proclaimed ethics-challenged Rep. Maxine Waters, California Democrat, at an Aug. 20 community meeting.
I reluctantly disagree with a contention made in "Judges seem receptive to health care challenge" (Page 1, June 9) about the Obamacare lawsuit pending before the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Washington Times' Stephen Dinan wrote in a Page One article on Thursday, "Congress on Wednesday signaled it won't close the prison at Guantanamo Bay or allow any of its suspected terrorist detainees to be transferred to the U.S." ("House acts to block closing of Gitmo"). As President Obama campaigned on a promise to close Guantanamo, his Department of Justice announced, "We strongly oppose this provision." I suggest a compromise:
Listen to The Washington Times' new radio show, sponsored by The Times and wsRadio. This week, business reporter Patrice Hill discusses the economy's impact on the election, and political reporters Christina Bellantoni and Stephen Dinan dish on the campaigns. Part 1 / Part 2
Crush on Obama
A fiscal disaster In response to my letter to the editor, "Fiscal timebombs" (Wednesday), Amelia Pierson questioned the politicians' intentions behind the proposed immigration bill ("Illegals and Social Security," Letters, Friday). She wondered if the immediate infusion of taxes paid by 12 million to 20 million new taxpayers would put off a failing Social Security to a much later date. The answer to that is no, it will do just the opposite. A large immediate infusion of taxes would only increase the annual Social Security surplus, the out-of-control spending of Congress and add millions of workers entitled to future Social Security benefits. Social Security in its present form will be running a cash income surplus for about the next 10 years. The surplus cash income is put into the general funds and spent annually by our spendthrift Congress. There is no mechanism to save the annual Social Security cash income surplus for the future .
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