So, the Wall Street bankers from Baltimore and New York City praised O'Malley and Rawlings-Blake for embracing the 'New Economy'. We heard that the 10,000 new citizens on which Rawlings-Blake campaigned are in fact these immigrants. They emphasized teachers and healthcare workers coming from South America and the Philippines just as we watch the laws removing protections for immigrant workers become ever more harsh. Obama removes all signs of 'child labor and agriculture' protections his administration has been backing, to gain the vote of the midwest farmers and meat industry; Mikulski shelves the green card wage increase; and fees to get green cards and to apply for in-state tuition for undocumented families are becoming prohibitively high........which is the point. YOU PUSH THE DREAM ACT AND THEN MAKE IT PROHIBITIVE SO ONLY A SELECT FEW CAN ACCESS THIS BENEFIT. YOU CAN SEE IT COMING FOLKS! So all these foreign professionals will be caught in this wage/sweat shop limbo.
Current public sector employees are seeing their wages and benefits slashed to poverty and healthcare co-pays mean limited access to healthcare. In California, one of the 'New Economy' immigrant states along with New York, the firefighters and police, along with teachers are fighting these cuts, threatening to leave.........which with these wages, professionals will leave. THAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THESE CUTS.....TO GET THESE PROFESSIONALS OUT AND HAVING THESE IMMIGRANT FAMILIES AT THE READY TO REPLACE THEM.
This is the middle-class that is being eliminated......in Third Way Democratic states. So when I speak of healthcare for Medicaid patients becoming basic public health checkups.......I'm speaking to these middle-class families who will be pushed onto Medicaid. The way healthcare reform is structured, a good 70% or more will be pushed to Medicaid just as Medicaid is becoming cursory. THIS IS ABOUT YOU MIDDLE-CLASS, NOT JUST THE POOR!
So, we see below a teacher for a charter school lamenting the conditions for which she had to work. She was handed scripted curriculum, scripted teaching parameters, and with teach to the test evaluation, all developed by these private non-profits, felt she was not a professional.......simply a cog in a machine. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT TEACHING LOOKS LIKE TO THESE WALL STREET BACKERS OF EDUCATION REFORM AND THAT IS WHAT THE FOREIGN TEACHING IMMIGRANTS ARE MEANT TO ADDRESS. Will this be isolated to the underserved communities.....you can ask any public teacher and they will say loudly and strongly.......THIS IS WHAT ALL THAT IS PUBLIC EDUCATION WILL BE......MIDDLE-CLASS AND ALL.
If your Democratic official is not shouting loudly and strongly against these charter school, 'New Economy', private health systems that WILL DRIVE QUALITY OF LIFE TO THIRD WORLD LEVELS, they are not working for the middle/lower class---------
VOTE YOUR INCUMBENT OUT!
EDUCATION CoLab Radio / By Nancy Bloom 'Firing Day' at the Charter School
After publishing this piece, a charter school teacher was terminated by her school and escorted from the building -- even though she had already resigned. June 4, 2012 |
I just quit my job as a teacher in an urban charter school. Even though I still don’t have another job and I support myself entirely, it is the best decision I ever made. It was especially liberating to do as my colleagues – and after five incredibly stressful years on the education front lines, my truly beloved friends – waited for the June 1 ax to fall.
Every June 1, the exhausted teachers and staff at my school learn whether they will be rehired for another grueling year. Last year the school gave 43 staff and teachers the you’re-outta-luck-pal letters, including the entire three-man physical education department and the student support genius, Dany Edwards, who somehow made harmony out of the schools’ cacophony of crazy student behavior. This year the school’s three glorious new gymnasiums are largely unused because we have no gym teachers and Dany is dead of unknown causes. Whatever happened to this beautiful young man, firing him didn’t help him live any better or happier for his last few months on earth. And the kids he championed lost his tender, tough, hilarious and real guidance.
This post is dedicated to you Dany, one year after you ran from the building in frantic disbelief, waving your letter as you ran up and down Hyde Park Avenue, looking for people to share your grief. If they can fire you, they can fire any of us. Except they can’t fire me. I beat them at their game.
The first thing you need to know reader, is that there is no job security at a charter school. Even excellent veteran educators, like the three physical education teachers who were fired one year ago, are vulnerable. Between them these men gave something like 35 years to the school. They offered serious nutrition education in their fight against childhood obesity. They miraculously coached kids who have hair trigger tempers through team sports without break-out fights. They taught the kids good sportsmanship and how to represent themselves, their families and the school during games at other schools. They taught yoga, which the kids actually used to calm themselves in class. And they worked the kids hard. Oh how I miss seeing the kids come to class from gym all red and sweaty and happy. This gymless year, the kids seem fatter and more out of breath as they huff and puff their way to the third floor.
To you Michelle Rhee and all you anti-union fanatics, you are wasting your time waiting around for superman. They already fired superman at my school. You see a union would have protected Dany as well as these three talented teachers who provided quality physical education to all of our 1200 students. Meanwhile, some not-so-gifted staff and teachers get to keep their jobs every June 1. At least public schools and their unions have transparent guidelines for tenure and enough respect to let teachers know they won’t be rehired for the next school year by March or earlier. June 1 is late to jump into the teacher hiring season. I suspect the administration keeps it a secret to the bitter end because they don’t trust us to keep working hard. They are suspicious and we are paranoid. It’s part of my school’s culture.
The second thing to know is that we work very hard at my charter school, completing endless tasks that are not designed to instill habits of critical thinking in our students. Rather we are driven like cattle to collect mounds of data, to divvy the data up into tidy and irrelevant skill categories, and finally to create individual action plans to remediate each student’s poor data points. We are required to write lesson plans that note exactly which discreet skills we will be working on during every minute of every school day while delivering scripted programs. It takes hours to make these plans and we don’t use them. Can’t use them. Because kids are unpredictable and surprises happen. Most of us work at least ten hours on every weekday preparing our rooms and teaching. We continue working on weekends. The building is open on Saturdays and during vacations and there are a lot of cars in the parking lot on these days off.
THIS NEW 'RACE TO THE TOP' POLICY MOVES PUBLIC EDUCATION ONE STEP CLOSER TO PRIVATIZATION BY OPENING THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM TO INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT FROM THESE PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS THAT ARE THE NON-PROFIT GRANTING AGENCIES LIKE ABAG DESCRIBED BELOW. THIS IS THE PUBLIC SECTOR VERSION OF ALEC, THE CORPORATE LAW WRITING ORGANIZATION WRITING CONGRESSIONAL BILLS.
Announcing the Race to the Top District Competition
Posted on May 22, 2012 by Cameron Brenchley
Secretary Duncan and the Department of Education announced a new Race to the Top District competition today, one that is aimed squarely at the classroom level with a focus on the relationship between teachers and students.
The proposed competition offers nearly $400 million in grants and invites school districts to create plans for individualized classroom instruction aimed at closing achievement gaps and preparing each student for college and career.
“Race to the Top supports states that raise standards, build better data systems, evaluate and support principals and teachers, and dramatically transform their lowest-performing schools,” Duncan said during today’s announcement. “It also supports the development of new and better assessments aligned with high standards.”
The new competition asks districts “to show us how they can personalize and individualize education for a set of students in their schools,” Duncan noted. “We need to take classroom learning beyond a one-size-fits-all model and bring it into the 21st century.”
The proposal offers competitive preference to applicants that form partnerships with public and private organizations to sustain their work and offer services that help meet students academic, social, and emotional needs, and enhance their ability to succeed.
The 2012 competition proposal will be available for public comment until June 8, and the Department plans to release the application in July with an October submission deadline. Awards will be announced by the end of the year.
This is a typical non-profit grantmaking organization you are seeing across the country. Here in Baltimore the organization below represents one of several 'giving' groups. Now, what these organizations guarentee to their donors is considerable control over community development as the elected officials both local and statewide are in line to vote and approve whatever these people promote.
They make you feel that these organizations are open to the public, but in fact, as you see in red below, your must be voted in by their board to be a member. I assure you that if I came with my millions of dollars they would not have the likes of me as a member! So this is what you see as a complement to the business tax credits given for enterprise zone development. These two policies give complete control of development in your locality and state to these few people. That is how the concept of 'New Economy' can be pushed with almost no knowlwedge of what is happening by the larger community.
To complete this incestuous circle, this same money is what buys your elected official at election time and promotes the media blackout during elections that blocks any challengers from winning primary elections.
So does this mean we don't have a chance to change things? No, not at all. The internet gives you and I the ability to get the word out without much money.....we just need to network. Start by sharing this website and by establishing your own online newsletter that will let people know the who,what,when,where of voting next election. Don't let people be apathetic or listen to powers-that-be who aren't working in their interest.......help everyone become informed!
About The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers (ABAG)
ABAG's mission is to maximize the impact of philanthropic giving on community life through a growing network of diverse, informed and effective grantmakers.
The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers is the region’s premier resource on philanthropy, dedicated to informing grantmakers and improving our community. ABAG was founded in 1983 to provide a forum in which colleagues could address common problems, approaches and interests.
Our members include more than 130 private and community foundations, donor advised funds, and corporations with strategic grantmaking programs - representing the vast majority of institutional giving in our area.
ABAG is …
- The Resource on Grantmaking
- The Network for Givers
- The Voice for Philanthropy
Knowledge. Connections. Leadership.
ABAG's Core Values Are:
- Generosity: We believe generosity is one of the most important values. It is essential to communal welfare and something everyone should practice in some form.
- Inclusive and Respectful: We value the perspectives and contributions of all people, and incorporate the viewpoints of diverse communities in our work.
- Diversity: We are committed to supporting a funding community that encompasses differences in the attributes of both individuals (such as race, ethnicity, age, socio-economic status, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation, and religion) and organizations (foundations and giving programs of differing sizes, missions, geographic locations, and approaches to grantmaking).
- Welcoming: We create an open, compassionate and trusting environment that facilitates learning, dialogue and healthy debate to inform and strengthen philanthropy.
- Forward-Thinking: We seek strategic opportunities to meet new and existing needs in new ways.
- Forthright Stewards: We conduct our business with honesty and integrity and utilize best practices in the stewardship of our resources and accountability for our results.
Become A Member More in this Section... Our Members Membership in the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers is open to any private, community, operating, or corporate foundation, donor advised funds or corporate giving program.
For information on becoming a member of ABAG, please contact Adam Donaldson, Member Services Director
Organizations established with the primary purpose of grantmaking which meet the following criteria may be eligible:
- The grantmaking program is the most significant part of the organization's activities. As a guideline, grants awarded should make up at least 50% of the organization's total annual expenditures. (For corporate giving programs, the term "organization" refers to the corporate giving unit, not the entire corporation.)
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Contributions are based on your organization's annual grants made in Maryland in the most recent fiscal year.
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SO, WHAT ARNE DUCAN IS SAYING HERE IS THAT THESE PRIVATE NON-PROFITS FUNDED BY THE CORPORATIONS AND RICH WILL DESIGN INDIVIDUAL INSTRUCTION FOR YOUR SCHOOL AND FOR THE CLASSROOM TEACHER TO USE IN INSTRUCTION. THE TEACHER DOES NOT DESIGN THE INSTRUCTION.....THE PRIVATE NON-PROFIT DOES.
DO YOU SEE HOW INSIDIOUS THIS IS BECOMING? THIRD WAY CORPORATE DEMOCRATS ARE GIVING THE WEALTHY AND CORPORATIONS FULL CONTROL OVER EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR LIFE IN THE CITY AND COMMUNITY YOU LIVE. YOUR ELECTED OFFICIAL IS COMPLETELY OUT OF THE LOOP AS ARE YOU AND I.
Take a look at my Maryland and Baltimore Development Organization Site to see how these guys work.
VOTE YOUR INCUMBENT OUT OF OFFICE!!!!!!
The Paulson Plan
The Rise Of The American Oligarch Class
By Robert Wenzel 29/09/08 "ICH' -- - The word oligarchy dates back at least to the time of Aristotle and comes from the Greek words for "few" (ὀλίγον olígon) and "rule" (ἄρχω arkho). An oligarchy is generally considered any form of government where a small elite segment of society, be they from royalty, wealth, family or military, rule. The most current day popular meaning associates an oligarch with an extremely wealthy person who acquires his wealth, or increases it significantly, by incorporating the use of government influence. Oligarchs are not the only ones who become rich, but their success and secretive influence over governments put them into a separate class.
A recent example of a major grab of power and wealth in this type of oligarch fashion comes from the period of the collapse of the Soviet Union. In the confusion during the collapse, and the rise of Boris Yeltsin as president of Russia, the oligarchs made their move. With relatives or close associates as government officials, sometimes even government officials themselves, they achieved vast wealth by acquiring state assets very cheaply during the so-called "privatization" process controlled by the Yeltsin government.
The current $700 billion Paulson bailout plan has brought to the forefront a new class of what must be called American Oligarchs and oligarch wannabes. Some may have originally earned their wealth by supplying consumers with desired goods, but at some point they crossed over to the dark side to use government as a vehicle to take from the poor and the middle class to give to themselves. Others, never produced an honest product and have been career long parasites on the working classes.
It is instructive that outside of this small group of oligarchs and wannabe oligarchs, few appear to have been in favor of the Paulson "bailout". (Note: The use of the word "bailout" to describe the Paulson Plan is a misnomer, see my column: THE BIG LIE: The Supposed Paulson 'Bailout' Plan).
A letter circulated and signed by many academic economists was sent to Congressional leaders objecting to the plan. The Austrian economists, who are the only ones who understand the business cycle, as would be expected also objected to the plan (See Rockwell: Stop the Bailout and Murphy: The Government Is Not Promoting Stability ).
Even some bankers have objected:
U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's proposed $700 billion bank rescue aims to help ``poorly run'' companies and the primary beneficiaries would be Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley, said BB&T Corp. Chief Executive Officer John Allison in a critique of the plan.
Treasury ``is totally dominated by Wall Street investment bankers'' and ``cannot be relied on to objectively assess'' the impact of government policy on the financial industry, Allison wrote in a Sept. 23 letter to Congress...
Allison, 60, said Congress should ``hear from well-run financial institutions'' as lawmakers consider the plan, which seeks to ease the credit crunch by buying troubled mortgage- related assets. Under Allison, Winston-Salem, North Carolina- based BB&T avoided the subprime mortgage market, whose collapse led to the credit crisis. BB&T has risen 26 percent this year, the best showing in the 24-company KBW Bank Index.
From the right, Newt Gingrich has called the plan "stupid." From the left, Paul Krugman opposed the plan, calling it "Cash for trash."
Most noteworthy is the fact that the notoriously pro-Bush FOX television network carried this AP report:
There is scant public support for President Bush's $700 billion federal rescue plan for the U.S. financial industry and little expectation it would solve the crisis that has roiled the markets and hobbled some of the country's largest investment firms, according to a poll released Friday.
Just 30 percent of Americans say they support Bush's package, according to an Associated Press-Knowledge Networks poll released as White House and congressional leaders struggled to rescue the plan after House Republicans rebelled against it. Despite the president's pleas that the package is urgently needed to prevent an economic meltdown, 45 percent say they oppose Bush's proposal while 25 percent said they are undecided.
Yet, despite the extremely limited support for the plan, the Oligarchs prevailed and Paulson's Plan will become law. Indeed, the Oligarchs were out in full force to support the legislation. As I have pointed out before, Paulson with his Goldman Sachs connections must be considered an oligarch, but there are others.
Billionaire David Rubenstein, co-founder of the politically connected Carlyle Group, has come out in favor of Paulson's Plan. Rubenstein told CNBC that he hopes Congress will move quickly to approve the rescue of the U.S. financial system.
Carlyle Group almost has too many ways to benifit from Paulson's Plan to count. They ran a mortgage securities firm that went under. Those securities will be coming up for sale under a reorganization, just in time for purchase by the Treasury.
The Federal Reserve has changed regulations which will allow them to buy larger stakes in bank stocks. And Rubenstein wants to buy some of the paper the Treasury acquires. "Private equity can help by buying these assets," he told CNBC. "Private equity can be among the most significant buyers of assets."
Billionaire Warren Buffett is in favor of the plan, and he just bought, through Berkshire Hathaway, a $5 billion stake in Goldman Sachs. Goldman Sachs just received approval from the Fed to become a bank holding company, so that they can buy up troubled banks (And then sell the troubled mortgages of the banks to the Treasury?). Buffett called Paulson's plan "absolutely necessary'' and said that "I am betting on the Congress doing the right thing for the American public and passing this bill,''
Billionaire Wilbur Ross , through a firm controlled by Ross, bid $435 million last September to buy the service unit of American Home Mortgage, which collects payments from homeowners. He is in favor of Paulson's Plan and penned a column published at the New York Post to say so, "...we need this passed, and passed quickly...,"wrote Ross.
There are likely other oligarchs who maintain a low profile and keep their names out of the headlines, and there are oligarch wannabes like former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani . Giuliani has put out a press release advising that his firm has formed a "task force" to "guide financial institutions, private investment funds, institutional investors and other market participants through the legislative, regulatory and enforcement challenges posed by the" Paulson Plan.
Clearly, the new oligarchs have arrived in America. It will mean a lower standard of living for the rest of us as it is clear by the Paulson Plan that they are not afraid to think big when grabbing money from the populous at large. Further, they have the political skill and influence to get the legislation passed that will benefit themselves even when there is virtually non-existent popular support. Be scared, very scared. The new American Oligarchs now rule financial America and there is no such thing as enough with them. They will be back for another big bite from our wallets and income streams, all too soon.
Update: Word has reached me (HTrpm) that snuck into Paulson's plan are changes that will make it easier for the Fed to inflate the money supply. So is the play for the Oligarchs to grab the banks, the assets and the mortgages and then inflate the money supply boosting the value of all these assets by trillions, while the rest of us simply get to deal with the price inflation as higher prices at the grocery store, the gas pump and everywhere else?
Robert Wenzel is an economic consultant and Editor & Publisher of EconomicPolicyJournal.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.
This is what the 'New Economy' backers in Baltimore/Maryland envision for us......a destination for all those foreign business people enriched in the massive fraud-----THE FOREIGN 1% WHO ARE LEAVING THE AUSTERITY MEASURES IN THEIR COUNTRIES WITH THE CASH THEY STOLE FROM THE CITIZENS OF THEIR COUNTRIES. Of course not all these people are bad, but I feel safe to say 99% are unscrupulous. JUST WHAT WE NEED .....MORE GREEDY WALL STREET BANKER TYPES! I like Paul Krugman's term in the article above.......THE CASH TRASH. You can recognize Baltimore's development in this piece on New York City.....they are ready for Part 2.
Rules Stretched as Green Cards Go to Investors
By PATRICK McGEEHAN and KIRK SEMPLE Published: December 18, 2011
Affluent foreigners are rushing to take advantage of a federal immigration program that offers them the chance to obtain a green card in return for investing in construction projects in the United States. With credit tight, the program has unexpectedly turned into a mainstay for the financing of these projects in New York, California, Texas and other states.
The number of foreign applicants, each of whom must invest at least $500,000 in a project, has nearly quadrupled in the last two years, to more than 3,800 in the 2011 fiscal year, officials said. Demand has grown so fast that the Obama administration, which is championing the program, is seeking to streamline the application process.
Still, some critics of the program have described it as an improper use of the immigration system to spur economic development — a cash-for-visas scheme. And an examination of the program by The New York Times suggests that in New York, developers and state officials are stretching the rules to qualify projects for this foreign financing.
These developers are often relying on gerrymandering techniques to create development zones that are supposedly in areas of high unemployment — and thus eligible for special concessions — but actually are in prosperous ones, according to federal and state records. (Sound familiar)?
One of the more prominent projects is a 34-story glass tower in Manhattan that is to cost $750 million, one-fifth of which is to come from foreign investors seeking green cards. Called the International Gem Tower, it is rising near Fifth Avenue in the diamond district of Manhattan, one of the wealthiest areas in the country.
Yet through the selective use of census statistics, state officials have classified the area as one plagued by high unemployment, the federal and state records show. As a result, the developer has increased the project’s chances of attracting foreigners who will accept little, if any, return on their investment in the project if it means they can secure American visas for their families.
A senior federal immigration official, Alejandro Mayorkas, acknowledged in an interview on Friday that the program might need more scrutiny. Mr. Mayorkas and other federal officials said they were concerned that some of the maps that New York and other states were approving might not adhere to the spirit and intent of the regulations.
The Times’s review of the program in New York indicates that several other major projects are also based on questionable maps.
For example, the Battery Maritime Building, at the foot of Manhattan near Wall Street, has been classified as being located in an area that needs help attracting jobs. That designation is the result of a development zone whose outlines resemble a gerrymandered political district, project documents show.
The zone snakes up through the Lower East Side, skirting the wealthy enclaves of Battery Park City and TriBeCa, and then jumps across the East River to annex the Farragut Houses project in Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn.
In fact, the small census tract that contains the Farragut Houses has become a go-to area for developers seeking to use the visa program: its unemployed residents have been counted toward three projects already.
The giant Atlantic Yardsproject in Brooklyn, which abuts well-heeled brownstone neighborhoods, has also qualified for the special concessions using a gerrymandered high-unemployment district: the crescent-shaped zone swings more than two miles to the northeast to include poor sections of Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant. A local blogger and critic of Atlantic Yards, Norman Oder, has referred to the map as “the Bed-Stuy Boomerang.”
Since 2008, developers have raised or have planned to raise close to $1 billion on these projects in New York City, according to federal and state records. Almost all of that money would come in increments of $500,000 — much of it from residents of China — and pour into wealthy areas.
In interviews, New York State economic-development officials praised the program but were reluctant to accept responsibility for administering it. Indeed, some state officials who certified projects for the program acknowledged that they did not know what was being built. They said they were following guidance from federal regulators.
“This program serves as a valuable tool to support job-creating projects that will put areas of high unemployment on a continued path to economic recovery and growth,” said Austin Shafran, a spokesman for Empire State Development, the state agency that oversees the program in New York.
Urged on by federal and state officials, investors in faraway places like Shanghai and Seoul along with American developers have been flocking to the program, which was created by Congress during the recession of 1990.
Under the program, known as EB-5, investors receive a visa that provides residency for two years and can be converted into a permanent green card if the holders can show the investment produced at least 10 jobs, even if the project has not been completed.
With the surge in EB-5 projects, many lawyers and consultants, in the United States and overseas, are getting involved. In China alone, more than 500 agents are jockeying to connect wealthy Chinese people to American developers, experts said.
Investors throng EB-5 conferences. Many, successful in their own countries, said they wanted to secure American residency for their children. But the competition has given rise to unsavory practices, EB-5 lawyers and consultants said, like agents who falsely promise guaranteed returns.
The minimum investment in the program was set at $1 million and has not changed in more than 20 years. But if the project is in a rural area or a place where the unemployment rate is 50 percent above the national average, the threshold for investing is $500,000, not $1 million.
By creating development zones that are ruled eligible for $500,000 investments, urban developers are at an advantage in luring contributions.
The zone drawn up for the Gem Tower consists of two census tracts in Midtown Manhattan. According to census figures, the tract that contains the project had an unemployment rate of zero for the last five years.
But the State Labor Department calculated that there were enough unemployed people in an adjoining census tract — one that includes Times Square — to justify calling the small zone an area of high unemployment.
Lela Goren, director general of Extell New York Regional Center, which is helping to raise the EB-5 investments for the Gem Tower, said she could not explain how the tower’s zone qualified as needy. “It qualifies, whatever the numbers, and it got approved,” Ms. Goren said.
The consultants arranging the EB-5 financing for the Battery Maritime and Atlantic Yards projects declined to comment.
Officials in other states expressed dismay over how New York developers were using the program. They said New York was unfairly siphoning off investments from less-developed areas.
“A lot of projects are in areas that are head-scratchers,” said James Candido, an official with Vermont’s Department of Economic Development.
Other states have sometimes not allowed such questionable development zones. California told a developer to relocate a manufacturing plant for a surgical-products company from a more prosperous part of San Jose to a poorer one, said Brook J. Taylor, a spokesman for the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development in California.
Federal regulators said states determined whether projects were located in areas of “greatest need.”
“The question is, are the state authorities adhering to the spirit of the law?” said Mr. Mayorkas, the federal immigration official who is the director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. “Where is the project being developed, and where are the jobs being created? Are the people from the areas of high unemployment being employed? Because that’s really the purpose. If they’re not being hired from those areas, then the question is justified.”
Mr. Mayorkas, whose staff has been scrambling to keep up with the boom in the program, said in the interview on Friday that he was concerned about allegations of gerrymandering.
If some project designations were not achieving “legislative intent,” he said, “then I think that is something that we need to consider as the laws are reviewed.”
WHY IS IT CONSTANTLY OK FOR THE PUBLIC TO ASK 'ARE THEY ADHERING TO THE SPIRIT OF THE LAW'?
VOTE YOUR INCUMBENT OUT!!!!!!