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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Let it sink in. CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE STEVE SEVIGNY, MD.


Dear David,

Half-measures and political posturing are unacceptable. Children are being thrown in cages. Taken from their parents. Having their shoelaces and toys taken from them. Tossed in cages. Having their diapers changed by other children.
Let that sink in.


Demand your Senators take action!
Mothers and fathers packed up their children along with what little they have and embarked on a perilous journey in search of a better life. This is the story that began what we know today as America. And it is the same story that is being turned into a dystopian nightmare on our southern border. Our immigration system is broken, we've known that for quite some time. The can has been kicked down the road while Republicans have sown fear and hatred to win elections. 

It's time to end that. It's time to decide what our values are, who we want to be as people and as a nation. 

While it may take more than a few days to enact meaningful change, we can no longer afford to wait for the Washington establishment to act on an issue they have ignored for far too long.

Join me in demanding that your Senators introduce meaningful, compassionate action to truly reform our broken immigration system instead of allowing it to continue to be a desperate, fear-mongering ploy for votes and children held hostage to politics.


In Solidarity,
Steve

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

CONSUMER GUIDE TO AVOIDING SCAMS AND SCOUNDRELS. LOOKING OUT FOR BAD ADVICE, SCAMS, AND CON ARTISTS ON THE INTERNET. PT 1.


Fraud Prevention, Scam, Corruption


Even Though the PERSONAL COMPUTER has changed the Lives of Millions, and gives instant access to Valuable and Important Information, Many People still fall for the same Types of Scams and Bogus Sales Pitches that Have Existed for Centuries.

While Technology has Advanced and Changed, Creating New Categories of Products Designed to make Life Easier, Safer, and More Productive for Humanity in General, the Criminal Element Has also Adapted to the expanded Market Place.

The Expansion of the Internet, with its TENS OF THOUSANDS OF WEBSITES, allows the Dishonest and Unscrupulous Many More Outlets for Scheming and Creating New Ways to Separate the Unsuspecting,Trusting, and Gullible from Their Money.

However, there are Certain Safeguards and Precautions you can Take That May Help in Avoiding Internet Predators Hoping to Latch on to your Wallet.

#1- IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBTS ABOUT A COMPANY OR PRODUCT, ASK FOR MORE INFORMATION THAT CAN BE INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED-  ANY REPUTABLE COMPANY SHOULD BE READY AND WILLING TO PROVIDE SUCH MATERIAL.  ANY HESITATION OR RELUCTANCE TO DO THIS IS A HUGE RED FLAG.

THIS LEADS US DIRECTLY TO #2.

#2- IF THERE IS ANY DOUBT, DO NOT TAKE ANYONE AT THEIR WORD, NO MATTER WHO THEY ARE. (THIS INCLUDES YOURS TRULY).  

IF ANY CLAIM CANNOT BE BACKED UP WITH SOUND EVIDENCE OR RESEARCH, THEN YOU SHOULD STEER CLEAR.  

IT IS YOUR MONEY, ASSETS, OR EVEN GOOD HEALTH THAT IS ON THE LINE.  IF THIS INSULTS SOMEONES VANITY, TOUGH LUCK FOR THEM.  IT IS YOU, AND YOUR FAMILY THAT WILL SUFFER THE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES.

LOOK FOR THE NEXT POST ON THIS TOPIC.

Date-  9/20/2015.

IT'S NOT JUST "GET RICH QUICK " SCHEMES ANYMORE.


Donald Trump, Pop Art, Edit, Dollar

So, we have a sitting President actively trying to eliminate a Government Program, created and subsidized by Public Funds, that makes Health Care affordable for every American.
            
In its place? Private Corporations selling for profit Health Care Plans that guarantee nothing.

The Result? A possible return to the Days when many Americans could not afford Medical Coverage.


In addition, the use of the PRESIDENTS NAME in advertising that sells and endorses a product created for the Private Sector.

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We want action on World Refugee Day. FREEDOM UNITED.


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Dear David,

Shocking stories of migrants’ experience are pouring out from around the world. We have had enough! It is time to stand #WithRefugees.

In the US, an aggressive family separation policy is underway, in the UK citizens have risen up to stop the forcible deportation of a trafficking victim[1] and in the Mediterranean governments are turning back boats. Meanwhile, in Libya migrants are being sold in slave markets,[2] and similar slave-like conditions are now appearing in Algeria.[3]

On World Refugee Day, call for action!  

Government policy towards migrants has failed to consider the devastating impact of modern slavery on victims. We need to make it clear that their experience cannot be disregarded and ignored in the pursuit of aggressive migrant policies.

Join our call on the UN to formally investigate slave markets in Libya to stop this egregious practice, protect migrants and refugees from the risk of slavery in Libya and bring their traffickers to justice.

We are ready to flex our power. We believe that in order to really impact change and protect the lives of migrants in Libya, the first step must be launch an official UN investigation.

That’s why we’re asking if you can help grow the Freedom United campaign to call for Secretary-General Guterres to formally investigate slave markets in Libya. With evidence from an official investigation, the UN will be able to take the necessary steps toward securing freedom for these vulnerable migrants and refugees.

In solidarity,

Joanna, Miriam and the whole team at Freedom United

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Zero tolerance for zero tolerance. Jennifer Boysko, Run Everywhere.

David,
Are you as shocked and disgusted as I am by the images of migrant children being ripped from their parents’ arms along our southern border?
 
The White House and the Justice Department have hidden behind the law, misapplied the Bible and, as always, blamed Democrats to deflect from the inhumanity of their zero-tolerance policy. 
 
The sad truth is that the President could end this travesty in an instant. But he’d rather use it as leverage to get his idiotic wall funded.
 
 
From health care to gun law reform, today’s Republican Party has shown that it is out of step with the wishes of the electorate. 
 
But forcibly separating kids from their parents is a new low.
 
Here in Virginia we saw how Republicans changed their tune about Medicaid expansion after progressives made stunning gains in November’s election.
 

It’s one thing to talk tough on immigration. It’s quite another to commit atrocities.
 
We are better than this,
 
Jennifer Boysko
Finance Chair, Virginia Democratic House Caucus
Chair of Run Everywhere

The Children. CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE KEN HARBAUGH.

David,

I celebrated Father’s Day this week with my children. As a father and a Christian, I am grateful everyday for the blessings of my family.

But these past few days have been full of stories of other families and children, daughters and sons separated from their parents at our border.

We are a nation founded on laws. And we must secure this land.

But we are also a nation founded on values. And we must live with integrity, courage, and humanity.

This crisis has been fueled in part by years of congressional inaction. If our Congress can’t come together now and protect young children, what can they do?

And if my opponent, Bob Gibbs, will not even talk about these children, what will he do? Time and again, Bob Gibbs is silent in the face of suffering.  

If he is waiting for political cover, he has it. Faith leader Franklin Graham, Former First Lady Laura Bush, Senator Ted Cruz, Governor John Kasich, and Senator Orrin Hatch are just a few members of Gibbs’ own party who have stepped up, stepped forward, and condemned the separation of children from their parents at the border.

But it should not take political cover to do the right thing. Our Congressman should have the wisdom to act.

Courage. Integrity. Humanity. These are the values of the nation I risked my life to defend. I agree with Laura Bush: we must find “a kinder, more compassionate and more moral answer to this current crisis.”

And we must do it now.

In service,

Ken

Photos from this weekend’s March to Demand Action on Gun Violence. CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE PAT RYAN.

Hi David -- What an amazing weekend. My team and I marched on Saturday with students, parents, teachers, and activists to send a message to our current Representative John Faso, who has taken $45K from the NRA and has been silent on the issue of making our schools, churches, and streets safer. We collected dozens of letters along the way from high school students and activists and delivered them to his office to demand that he take action on the gun violence epidemic we face.
 
We started at the FDR House in Hyde Park and finished at Rep. Faso’s office in Kingston with truly an amazing turnout. Thanks to Hudson Valley Stands UpNew Yorkers Against Gun Violence, and Karen Smythe for NYS Senate for standing with us!
 
 
My parents walked alongside me for the first stretch of the march. My mom is a retired Kingston Elementary School teacher and one of the reasons I hold this issue so close to my heart. Here’s a photo of us on the Walkway Over the Hudson.
 
 
I’m inspired by the leadership from students at Hudson Valley Stands Up who came out to march and speak during the middle of their finals week.
 
 
Here’s a photo of my incredible wife Rebecca who marched the entire way with me and my team. I’m so lucky to have a partner so driven and dedicated to fighting for a better world. Couldn’t do this without her. Love you Rebecca!
 
 
There were some truly powerful signs made my activists at Saturday’s march. Here are a few that made an impact on me:
 
 
 
 
Here’s a photo of us making our way to Rosendale. Our interns Evan, Eli and Niall marched with us the entire 30 miles. They led walkouts at their high school to demand action on gun violence. I’m so grateful to have these three on our team fighting for change in our community.
 
 
A lot of politicians will talk the talk on gun violence, but our campaign is the only one walking the walk. When we reached Faso’s office, we were met with cheers from activists waiting to rally with us. Students from Hudson Valley Stands Up spoke at our rally. You can watch a video of their speeches here.
 
We’ve reached a moment in our country where we have an opportunity to take action on the issue of gun violence. Over 60% of Americans want to reinstate the Federal assault weapons ban, but our country is lacking leaders with the moral courage to put an end to the violence.
 
Now just [D-06] from our primary here in NY-19. We’re pushing hard this last week. If you’d like to join in our efforts, reach out. We can’t do this without you.
 
Thanks and talk soon,
Pat

Ratings change! CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE JENNIFER WEXTON.

This is big news. Today, the Cook Political Report upgraded our race from “Toss Up” to “Leans Democratic.” It’s hard to overstate just how big of a deal this is. The Cook Report is one of the most highly respected, independent reports predicting elections in the country. While this ratings change is great news, it is no guarantee we will win in November.

Barbara Comstock has a reputation as a ruthless campaigner, and now that we’ve seen this ratings upgrade, we are sure to see mega-donors dumping millions of dollars into this race to keep her in office. We simply cannot let that happen.

We know we ask a lot... Even though the winds are blowing in our favor, this is still going to be one of the toughest races in the country.

Thanks,
Team Wexton

24 Hour Listening Tour Recap. CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE JOSH WELLE.

Hi David,

The Listening Tour was incredible.  As I traveled the district for 24 hours straight, I was able to hear the issues and needs directly from folks in unlikely places. We heard stories of struggle from homeless men and women at a tent city in Howell, from young adults fearing racial discrimination at a diner, and from parents fighting for better safety in schools. This is something Chris Smith hasn’t done in 24 years! Please check-out my 24-hour listening tour on Facebook. For a complete listing of all stops including links to the videos please see below:

Friday June 15th
Saturday June 16th

Leadership is about listening. In the meantime, please like, share on FB and reach out to us at info@welleforcongress.com or (732)-784-7179.

*The stars above represent all of the stops during the 24 hour listening tour
Thank you,
Josh

Momentum, Electric Momentum. CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE STEVE SEVIGNY, MD.

Dear David,

I am honored and excited to receive the endorsement of IBEW Local 756!
"Steve earned our support with his passion for healthcare, education, and our community. Working families need a friend in Congress they can rely on to put people before profits, and Steve Sevigny is that person." - Dan Hunt, IBEW 756

IBEW Local 756 represents over 300 electrical workers in the Sixth Congressional District and partners with educational institutions in our district to teach the trade. 
Sevigny Secures IBEW 756 Endorsement
Working families across the district and the nation need representation that will fight for our values - the right to organize and bargain, for everyone to be paid a living wage and treated with respect, and that believe that healthcare is a right. 
 
With your support, I will fight for those values every day.
 
I am honored to have this endorsement and excited to see our campaign grow every day.
 
Thank you,
 
Steve

Vote early! GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE ALEC ROSS.

David,
There’s only ONE WEEK until the election and two days left of early vote.
Turnout is up across the state, but we need your help to make sure we have the votes to win. 
I started this campaign off with a simple message - talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not. We need to make sure that every Marylander has the same access to opportunity regardless of zip code.
I’ve been fighting to bring together talent and opportunity my entire career. I was a Baltimore City Public School teacher, and I co-founded a nonprofit because I saw how many barriers low-income families faced when trying to get ahead.
With your help, we can bring our vision for a better Maryland to reality.
- Alec

Trump & Pence in Indiana. GREEN MOUNTAIN PAC.

My friend and colleague, Senator Joe Donnelly's GOP challenger in Indiana is Mike Braun: a far-right former Republican State Representative who poured millions of his own money into his primary campaign.
President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have already made a special visit to Indiana to campaign for Joe's opponent and attack Joe -- and the Koch brothers and other special interest groups have spent more than $7 million in ad buys on top of that.
We need to rush Joe's campaign the support they'll need to fight back and keep Joe's seat blue this fall...

Since he was elected to the Senate in 2012, Joe has been a passionate advocate for affordable health care, fought fiercely on behalf of our nation's veterans, helped lead the charge against the growing opioid epidemic ravaging communities in Indiana, Vermont, and across the country, and done so much more.
We need to keep him in the Senate so he can continue fighting for our Democratic values, but with Politico calling Joe the most vulnerable Democrat this cycle, we can't take his victory for granted.
Indiana is looking more and more like a $100-million Senate race, with the bulk of that money coming from conservative, dark-money groups like the Koch brothers propping up Joe's opponent.
To fight back against their attacks and win, Joe's counting on grassroots support from Democrats across the nation.
Thank you for helping keep Joe's seat blue.
Sincerely,

Patrick Leahy
U.S. Senator

Monday, June 18, 2018

PRESIDENT OBAMAS IMMIGRATION SPEECH: COMPARE THIS TO DONALD TRUMPS "IMMIGRATION POLICY." PART 5. THE FINAL CHAPTER.


To Finish up on this Topic, Analysis of President Obamas Speech on Immigration Reform, here are a few more Direct Quotes that can give us the Desired Direction he has in mind to Solve Some of the Problems included in the Controversy.

"First, we’ll build on our progress at the border with additional resources for our law enforcement personnel so that they can stem the flow of illegal crossings, and speed the return of those who do cross over."

COMMENT-  I really don't see how much more can be done through additional resources, if this is just another way of saying 'Spend More Money.'  It would seem that a change in Strategy and Tactics is the real key.  Proper Deployment of Existing Assets would be much more Beneficial.

"Second, I’ll make it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy, as so many business leaders have proposed."

COMMENT-  In other words, it is Foolish to Treat every Single Illegal Immigrant the same way, when there are those who can make Real and Substantial Contributions to this Country.  Pure Common Sense, and an Excellent Point, that is very hard to Refute.

"Third, we’ll take steps to deal responsibly with the millions of undocumented immigrants who already live in our country..."

"...focusing enforcement resources on actual threats to our security. Felons, not families. Criminals, not children. Gang members, not a mom who’s working hard to provide for her kids. We’ll prioritize, just like law enforcement does every day."

COMMENT-  This is Basically, as I suggested above, using existing Tools already in place more effectively.  Again, not treating every Violation the same way.















FINALLY, THERE IS THIS...

"If you’ve been in America for more than five years; if you have children who are American citizens or legal residents; if you register, pass a criminal background check, and you’re willing to pay your fair share of taxes -- you’ll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily without fear of deportation. You can come out of the shadows and get right with the law. That’s what this deal is."

COMMENT-  This is the Bottom Line, at least until Opponents try to Destroy what it is trying to Accomplish. Here are The Important Elements:

-  Keeping Families Together is a Priority, if done under the Right Conditions.

-  This includes registering with the Government, to become A TEMPORARY RESIDENT, NOT A CITIZEN.

-  Criminals are TREATED DIFFERENTLY.

-  Registering will mean one more thing;  That Place of Employment will become known, and any Income will become Taxable.  This is no Small Consideration.

If you Disagree with any, or all, of the Presidents Proposals, you should at least understand why.  We are Mostly a Nation of Immigrants...

...AND WE OWE IT TO THE MEMORIES OF OUR ANCESTORS, TO GIVE OTHERS THE SAME CHANCE THEY HAD.

PRESIDENT OBAMAS IMMIGRATION SPEECH: COMPARE THIS TO DONALD TRUMPS "IMMIGRATION POLICY." PART 4.

Let us return to the Presidents Speech on Immigration.

Early on, he relates a Compromise Bill that Passed the Senate last Year:

"I WORKED WITH CONGRESS ON A COMPREHENSIVE FIX... 68 DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS AND INDEPENDENTS...TO PASS A BIPARTISAN BILL IN THE SENATE...IT WAS A COMPROMISE."

The Bill, According to the President, Would have;  "Doubled the Number of Border Patrol Agents, while giving undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship, if they paid a fine, started paying their taxes and went to the back of the line."

Obviously, this didn't pass through the House of Representatives, because House Leadership refused to hold a Vote on the Bill.

The Question becomes simply one of WHY?  If an Elected Official truly believed the Bill was wrong and ineffective, what led to this conclusion?

WAS IT:

-  DOUBLING THE NUMBER OF BORDER PATROL AGENTS.

-  ALLOWING UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS A CHANCE TO EARN CITIZENSHIP BY:  PAYING A FINE, MAKING TAX PAYMENTS, AND WAITING THEIR TURN BEHIND OTHERS ALREADY INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS.

-   A REASON  NOT SPECIFICALLY ADDRESSED BY THE BILL?  

Further, if the House Leadership was convinced that this was Irresponsible, and not supported by most Americans, a Vote would have made their position that much more Powerful.

President Obama goes on to say;  "... I CONTINUE TO BELIEVE THAT THE BEST WAY TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM... WORKING TOGETHER... TO PASS THAT KIND OF COMMON SENSE LAW."

In other Words, The President is saying; I WANT TO COMPROMISE, SO STOP TRYING TO ACT ALONE. REFUSING TO NEGOTIATE IS A STUMBLING BLOCK TOWARDS PROGRESS, AND FINDING LASTING SOLUTIONS TO THIS ISSUE.


With that being said, the Presidents Response to such Tactics is the Following Course of Action, stated in the Body of the Speech;

"BUT UNTIL THAT HAPPENS, THERE ARE ACTIONS I HAVE THE LEGAL AUTHORITY TO TAKE AS PRESIDENT, THE SAME KINDS OF ACTIONS TAKEN BY DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTS BEFORE ME, THAT WILL HELP MAKE OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM MORE FAIR AND MORE JUST."
LOOK FOR PART 5.

PRESIDENT OBAMAS IMMIGRATION SPEECH: COMPARE THIS TO DONALD TRUMPS "IMMIGRATION POLICY." PART 3.




Again, this is taken from the Transcript of PRESIDENT OBAMAS speech on Immigration.

"Today we have more agents and technology deployed to secure our southern border than at any time in our history. And over the past six years illegal border crossings have been cut by more than half."

What do we find if these Statements are checked?


Well, referring to the number of Border Patrol Agents, this is what we find:

YEAR                                      2013            2010            2005            2000

TOTAL # OF AGENTS             21,391.         20,558.        11,264.         9,212.
ON STAFF. (U.S.)

# ASSIGNED TO THE              18,611.         17,535.        9,891.           8,580.
SOUTHWEST BORDER
SECTOR. 

We see it is true that the Total # of Agents has increased, both Nationally and in the Southwestern Operations Area.

Here are the APPREHENSION NUMBERS FOR 2011- 2013, FOR THE U.S. BORDER PATROL, FOR INDIVIDUALS ILLEGALLY ENTERING U.S.           

YEAR                                    2013                      2012                    2011 

TOTAL # OF                        420,789.                 364,768.              340,252.
APPREHENSIONS.                                
U.S. (ALL SECTORS.)

# OF APPREHENSIONS      414,397.                 356,873.              327,577.
IN THE SOUTHWEST 
BORDER SECTOR.


We can see that in just 3 years, the TOTAL # OF APPREHENSIONS HAS INCREASED FROM 340,252 TO 420,789.  THE # FOR THE SOUTHWEST SECTOR HAS GONE UP FROM 327,577 TO  414,397.  

THE ABOVE NUMBERS INDICATE AN INCREASE IN TOTAL STAFF, AND IN THE NUMBER OF APPREHENSIONS.  THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE IN THE SOUTHWEST SECTOR.

(SOURCES-  THE U.S. BORDER PATROL, AND THE U.S. DEPT. OF HOMELAND SECURITY.)
LOOK FOR PART 4.

PRESIDENT OBAMAS IMMIGRATION SPEECH: COMPARE THIS TO DONALD TRUMPS "IMMIGRATION POLICY." PART 2.


POST #18.  THE PRESIDENTS IMMIGRATION SPEECH- WHAT DOES HE ACTUALLY SAY?  PT 2.

(First Published on 11/26/2014.)




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(PLEASE REMEMBER THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS, AND THOSE SEEKING REFUGEE STATUS. THEY ARE NOT THE SAME, IT'S TWO DIFFERENT ISSUES.)

Let's continue with the analysis of the Presidents speech.

"...and undocumented immigrants who desperately want to embrace those responsibilities see little option but to remain in the shadows, or risk their families being torn apart."

This is a Moral Judgment on the choices given to Undocumented Immigrants. That if they reveal Themselves, it would result in their being forced out of the Country. This could mean Physical Separation from their Minor Children.  The President is implying that if there was an alternative solution, that keeps families together, it would be welcomed by those who want to stay in the U.S., and live up to all the responsibilities of residing in this Country.

Moving on:  "It's been this way for decades.  And for decades we haven't done much about it.  When I took office, I committed to fixing this broken immigration system, And I began by doing what I could to secure our borders."

The President has acknowledged the problem, but reminds us that he didn't create it.  He is also accusing former administrations of doing little to address the Issue.  However, he committed to solving the problem while in office, and reaffirms it.  

"Today we have more agents and technology deployed to secure our southern border than at any time in our history. And over the past six years illegal border crossings have been cut by more than half."
LOOK FOR PART 3.