Maryland lawmakers feel pressure on nation's debt limit

May 16, 2011 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Baltimore Sun

When Rep. Andy Harris spoke at a Cecil County senior center recently, the first slide he showed on the wall behind him was an ominous chart projecting exponential growth over the next seven decades.

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The bottom line on the matter is that either Obama and his cabinet Secretary are woefully ignorant of the real conditions on the border, or they are simply lying to keep the media spotlight off the violence that plagues American citizens who live near Mexico. Doing so will help Democrats keep the border open for illegal aliens to, someday, join the ranks of Democrat voters.

What Obama Said

Obama's remarks in El Paso were shown to be flatly ludicrous in light of what the three Texas law enforcement authorities offered in their testimony. The President declared, "we have strengthened border security beyond what many believed was possible.

Then they wanted a fence.… The fence is now basically complete....

So, here’s the point. I want everybody to listen carefully to this. We have gone above and beyond what was requested by the very Republicans who said they supported broader reform as long as we got serious about enforcement. All the stuff they asked for, we’ve done.

Napolitano made similar claims before a leftist confabulation in Washington, D.C. not a week after an expert for the Government Accountability Office said the border is totally out of control. She asserted much the same thing in testimony before the Senate.

The Real Story

On May 11, the day after Obama spoke in El Paso, U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul (pictured above), the Republican representing the 10th district of Texas, held a hearing of his subcommittee on Homeland Security Oversight, Investigations, and Management. McCaul invited three top lawmen from border communities to testify: McAllen, Texas Police Chief Victor Rodriguez, Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzales, Jr., and Col. Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

None of them shared the administration's rosy view of the border as a peaceful place.

Chief Rodriguez described to the committee the savage brutality Mexicans face every day, noting that it has reached unprecedented levels. "Horrific acts of violence, gruesome killings, mass murder and countless atrocities typify the violence in Mexico today," he said.

Whereas we tend to believe that this lawlessness occurs only in the border region of Mexico, there appears to be no part of Mexico that has been spared by such violence....

Whereas we tend to believe that the reach of the drug trafficking cartels' activities, whether such be drug trafficking or drug related violence, is limited to our border communities, there is no corner of our country that has been immune from the effects of that reach.

We know that people in Mexico live in constant fear, not just for their safety, but for their lives, the lives of their children and for their personal property.

Their stories are pure HORROR.[Emphasis in original.]

Rodriguez said his department and other law enforcement agencies "seize thousands and thousands of tons of drugs."

Every ounce of those drugs was unlawfully introduced into our country. In every case,[d]rug [t]rafficking [o]rganizations trampled on our borders.

Today, multi-ton seizures are not uncommon.

There are landowners today that fear working their lands because of these constant incursions.

To this end, we have built walls, virtual fences and added thousands of boots on the ground. It is obvious that doing less on this front is not acceptable.

The violence in Mexico does affect us. There are acts of crime that reach beyond Mexico.

Sheriff Gonzalez detailed the danger to American citizens living near the border. Three examples from his testimony show how dangerous the border has become.

"In Zapata County, Texas, during one operation," he testfied, "deputy sheriffs seized several rounds of .50 caliber cartridges during a traffic stop. The ammunition was seized from individuals that were working for the Zeta Cartel. On December 16, 2010, a reported gang member was arrested in Zapata County after 30 hand grenades were discovered hidden under the spare tire of the vehicle he was driving.
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The Real Story
On May 11, the day after Obama spoke in El Paso, U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul the Republican representing the 10th district of Texas, held a hearing of his subcommittee on Homeland Security Oversight, Investigations, and Management. McCaul invited three top lawmen from border communities to testify: McAllen, Texas Police Chief Victor Rodriguez, Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzales, Jr., and Col. Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
None of them shared the administration's rosy view of the border as a peaceful place.
Chief Rodriguez described to the committee the savage brutality Mexicans face every day, noting that it has reached unprecedented levels. "Horrific acts of violence, gruesome killings, mass murder and countless atrocities typify the violence in Mexico today," he said.
Whereas we tend to believe that this lawlessness occurs only in the border region of Mexico, there appears to be no part of Mexico that has been spared by such violence....
Whereas we tend to believe that the reach of the drug trafficking cartels' activities, whether such be drug trafficking or drug related violence, is limited to our border communities, there is no corner of our country that has been immune from the effects of that reach.
We know that people in Mexico live in constant fear, not just for their safety, but for their lives, the lives of their children and for their personal property.
Their stories are pure HORROR.[Emphasis in original.]
Rodriguez said his department and other law enforcement agencies "seize thousands and thousands of tons of drugs."
Every ounce of those drugs was unlawfully introduced into our country. In every case,[d]rug [t]rafficking [o]rganizations trampled on our borders.
Today, multi-ton seizures are not uncommon.
There are landowners today that fear working their lands because of these constant incursions.
To this end, we have built walls, virtual fences and added thousands of boots on the ground. It is obvious that doing less on this front is not acceptable.
The violence in Mexico does affect us. There are acts of crime that reach beyond Mexico.
Sheriff Gonzalez detailed the danger to American citizens living near the border. Three examples from his testimony show how dangerous the border has become.
"In Zapata County, Texas, during one operation," he testfied, "deputy sheriffs seized several rounds of .50 caliber cartridges during a traffic stop. The ammunition was seized from individuals that were working for the Zeta Cartel. On December 16, 2010, a reported gang member was arrested in Zapata County after 30 hand grenades were discovered hidden under the spare tire of the vehicle he was driving."
As well, "some of the threats law enforcement and residents along the border deal with on an almost daily basis include, but are not limited to," the following crimes:
• kidnappings,
• carjackings,
• home invasions,
• extortions,
• shooting from Mexico at U.S. law enforcement officers, local, state, and federal,
• armed individuals escorting drug and human loads into the United States,
• members of Mexican [drug trafficking organizations] visiting the homes of U.S. officers to threaten them and their families,
• drug/prison/gang members working for Mexican DTO’s,
• undocumented/deported criminals re-entering the United States, including murderers and child sex molesters, and,
• auto theft (vehicles are used for smuggling of humans and drugs).
Gonzalez also told the story of a Texas judge who can no longer freely roam his own 500-acre ranch in Kleberg County because the border has become so dangerous.
McCraw offered detailed crime data. "Over the last 18 months, six of the seven Mexican Cartels have established command and control networks in Texas “It’s more violent.” Testified McCraw, "The bottom line is that it’s not secure. There’s been a proliferation of organized crime in Texas.” The data McCraw offered the committee “only prove that the border is not secure,” he said.
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hey we have no real lAswmakers in Maryland

only LAW BREAKERS
OMALLEY........

NO ENFORCEMENT OF LAWS ON THE BOOKS
AND CREATING NEW ANTI CONSTITUTIONAL LAWS AND CALLING INVADERS
"NEW AMERICANS" for expamle
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TOS abiders wrote:
hey we have no real lAswmakers in Maryland
only LAW BREAKERS
OMALLEY........
NO ENFORCEMENT OF LAWS ON THE BOOKS
AND CREATING NEW ANTI CONSTITUTIONAL LAWS AND CALLING INVADERS
"NEW AMERICANS" for expamle
O'Malley just signed a bill to give in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens (aka undocumented Democrats). And they wonder about "the nation's debt limit"!
Prediction: Watch MD taxpayers vote with their feet as the state transforms itself into "California East."
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This is what Maryland Taxpayers need to face! With this government protecting their own interests! I can't imagine how blind and deaf this government is? Maryland specifically Montgomery County has been a sanctuary of illegals who has been for years exhausting this government or should I say the taxpayers money! I am very confident to say that illegals here don't care how many kids they want to have. Why? Simply because they can go to hospitals free of charge when it's time for them to give birth. Then, feeding their kids isn't impossible, again why? Because government provides them of what they need. I am telling you, these people are earning more than I do. Because they are not paying taxes and at the same time receiving government financial support! And I just want to let you know too, that these illegals are renting apartments, have 1 or more cars and are only wearing branded clothes and yet didn't pay any penny for hospital visits/bills and didn't buy a gallon of milk for their kids! I pity those Americans who are now homeless, because their own government cannot support them anymore they'll rather help and upgrade the lives of those people who are here illegaly. They can't be safe in their own country!

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Aqua Buddha wrote:
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O'Malley just signed a bill to give in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens (aka undocumented Democrats). And they wonder about "the nation's debt limit"!
Prediction: Watch MD taxpayers vote with their feet as the state transforms itself into "California East."
MD is one county away from where I live. They already saw a rise in crimes and such when one county in VA cracked down.

There is an org (Help Save Maryland) that needs support. The have breakdowns of what each MD county is paying per household to support illegals.

There are counties so hurting for jobs that an influx of illegals will have a negative effect on the lower skilled. Poverty in PG County, MD is pathetic and will get worse.

MD does not get it and as VA cracks down as a state, PA has some legislators calling for crackdowns, NC and GA are... Yes, MD is going to be hurting in the next few years.

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Aqua Buddha wrote:
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O'Malley just signed a bill to give in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens (aka undocumented Democrats). And they wonder about "the nation's debt limit"!
Prediction: Watch MD taxpayers vote with their feet as the state transforms itself into "California East."
Before they vote with their feet they can sign the petition to turn it all around.
Marylanders seek the petition .....go to www.helpsavemaryland.com to find one and learn about other things to do to be activist-a good citizens duty.

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Before they vote with their feet they can sign the petition to turn it all around.
Marylanders seek the petition .....go to www.helpsavemaryland.com to find one and learn about other things to do to be activist-a good citizens duty.
You can also join their Facebook Group, though not a MD resident, I am a memeber and have also sent them stuff from what we did in my county which also included data about crime rates in surrounding counties after we cracked down.
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You can also join their Facebook Group, though not a MD resident, I am a memeber and have also sent them stuff from what we did in my county which also included data about crime rates in surrounding counties after we cracked down.
We have to get a certain number of signers on the petition soon or faghet aboud it!

I know about your county (s) and I repsect it very much . I am always glad to see your posts everywhere too!

“Help a down and out American”

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http://www.gazette.net/stories/05062011/busin...

"More people work in the agricultural sector than any other" in Latin America, he said. "It's really the basis for the economy. You can't see economic development in this region without agriculture."

Numerous Maryland companies enjoy substantial trade with Mexico, Honduras and other Latin American nations that have made strides in recent years to build their economies. Mexico is Maryland's fifth-largest foreign trade partner, as the value of the state's exports to Mexico grew by 58 percent from 2005 and 2010 to $488.3 million, according to federal figures. Honduras has seen Maryland exports rise by 48 percent in that time to $5.4 million.

Maryland exports to Chile, Argentina, Venezuela and Peru grew even more in the past five years, by fivefold to $153.3 million,$94.8 million,$85.6 million and $60.8 million, respectively.

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We have to get a certain number of signers on the petition soon or faghet aboud it!
I know about your county (s) and I repsect it very much . I am always glad to see your posts everywhere too!
Being from out of state, I do not think my signature would be worth crap.:(

A lot of the people my husband works with live in MD. Many in MoCo. We chose not to live in MD after looking at various counties and dozens of houses because there was an odd tax thing going on that just did not make sense. Though PWC has its issues, it has a dang good school system and seems to be very proactive regarding a lot of issues. We started a gang task force when many counties around us said we did not have a problem in this region - yet PWC recognized it was growing.

But my husband worked in Baltimore as a consultant for some time, and he consults in various states. We do have an interest in what happens in other areas because there is always a chance we will have to move. We came to this region because of consulting that morphed into a great opportunity when the lab up north was being merged with another university and that university was going to close down the lab my husband was at. With all the travelling he does, I have to keep an eye out. And what happens in one community will have fall out for others.

MD is going to be hurting. What happens there falls out to DC (where is the most dangerous areas of DC - the PG Co border.) What happens there spills to VA eventually as we have seen a huge influx of people from inner city DC and PG Co come to my area to grab the foreclosed houses. What happens here spills over to DC and MD.

MD refuses to see this for some reason.

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http://www.gazette.net/stories /05062011/businew184136_32533. php
"More people work in the agricultural sector than any other" in Latin America, he said. "It's really the basis for the economy. You can't see economic development in this region without agriculture."
Numerous Maryland companies enjoy substantial trade with Mexico, Honduras and other Latin American nations that have made strides in recent years to build their economies. Mexico is Maryland's fifth-largest foreign trade partner, as the value of the state's exports to Mexico grew by 58 percent from 2005 and 2010 to $488.3 million, according to federal figures. Honduras has seen Maryland exports rise by 48 percent in that time to $5.4 million.
Maryland exports to Chile, Argentina, Venezuela and Peru grew even more in the past five years, by fivefold to $153.3 million,$94.8 million,$85.6 million and $60.8 million, respectively.
Yet how much does MD import? I am all for trade with other countries but if you are growing something that you are exporting but you are also importing, would not it be cheaper to keep the goods closer to home for sale? Been up since 3:30 this morning and in my foggy mind... Does this make sense?
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Someone is always trying to manufacture,
give dis-info
white wash
or otherwise lobby for the invasion and invaders.

Some are a little more clever than the others but it is all easy to see through.

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