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February 12, 2009

Stimulus Bill Summary

-- by Dave Johnson

While the corporate media writes about "who wins" without writing a word about matters that people care about, Chris Bowers put together a readable summary of what is in the package. Open Left:: A Readable Summary of the Stimulus / Jobs Bill

Posted by Dave Johnson at February 12, 2009 11:52 AM


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300,000 Jobs for Illegal Immigrants?

While the House-passed stimulus bill contains explicit language to bar employment of illegal immigrants in these construction projects, the Senate bill deliberately omits this language. If the Senate version of the bill becomes law, a great number of the workers employed in government construction programs will likely be illegal immigrants. About one out of seven (or 15 percent) of workers employed in construction in the U.S. is an illegal immigrant.

At present, all federal employees are checked by the E-Verify system, but outside contractors receiving federal funds (such as construction firms) are not required to use the system. Requiring contractors receiving stimulus funds to use E-Verify will greatly reduce the probability that those funds will be used to employ illegal immigrants.

E-Verify is a real-time, web-based verification system run by the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration. E-Verify can determine with great accuracy the authenticity of the personal information and credentials offered by employees and new hires. Despite years of use and screenings of millions of employees, there has never been a single instance in which a lawful worker lost permanent employment as a result of erroneous information provided by the E-Verify system.

For more information, please see the following WebMemo by Robert E. Rector “Senate Stimulus Bill Would Provide 300,000 Jobs for Illegal Immigrants”.

Posted by: Mace [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 12, 2009 7:44 PM

Thanks for the summary. I really wish that the bills were listed on the white house website in full - I thought that that's what transparency was supposed to mean. I am a supporter of stimulus, though. This country was built through strong government programs and spending. The conservative myth that all private spending is wise and productive and public spending foolish and wasteful is what has gotten us into the economic mess we find ourselves in today. It's the decline in national investments that has led us to a place where from 1989 to 2006, the highest-earning 10 percent of U.S. households collected over 90 percent of the nation’s income gains. Today the top 1 percent of American families receives 23 percent of all personal income, up from just 10 percent in 1979. Corporate executives earn 275 times as much as average workers, compared with 27 times in 1973 (these facts are taken from the downloadable book Thinking Big, which I highly recommend). If tax cuts could save us, they would have already done so. Time for some stimulus AND spending.

Posted by: Investoid [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 13, 2009 3:14 PM

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