October 10, 2013 |
A growing appetite for energy has caused China to overtake the U.S. as the world's biggest net importer of oil in September. On average, China used up 6.3 million more barrels a day than it produced last month, according to the Energy Information Admin. That points to imports equaling that amount to make up the shortfall. China's econonimic growth, rising income levels and growing car sales have stoked a hunger for more and more oil, the agency said. Meanwhile, the U.S., which still consumes far more oil per person than China, is enjoying booming domestic production thanks to new technology.
February 5, 2011
Early American wisdom Re "To be a Paine patriot," Opinion, Jan. 30 After decades in which monopolists have been allowed to run riot through our economy, concepts such as the collective good and the public commons are music to my ears. Thomas Paine believed that the chief measure of Americans' patriotism was their willingness to sacrifice in proportion to their means and abilities. A patriot would forgo maximizing profits ? even forgo profits altogether ? if they came at the expense of the soldiery, the poor or the national debt.
January 26, 2012 |
It didn't take long for the animus between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich to erupt in the 19th GOP presidential debate Thursday night at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. The issue was illegal immigration, and the two are in something of a metaphorical death match in Florida with the fourth primary contest coming up Jan. 31. Romney and Gingrich sparred over a radio ad by Romney that accuses Gingrich of calling Spanish the “language of the ghetto.” Gingrich denied he had denigrated Spanish and claimed Romney had taken him “totally out of context.” The debate got heated when moderator Wolf Blitzer raised Romney's claim that identity cards and an e-verify program would discourage illegal immigrants from trying to work here, and that many would eventually “self-deport.” Did Gingrich still stand by his accusation that Romney's plan amounted to an “Obama-level fantasy.” Gingrich said he agreed that “self-deporation will occur if you're single and have only been here a short period of time.” But people who have been here many years - “grandmothers and grandfathers,” as Gingrich often puts it - will never leave their families, Gingrich said.
December 6, 2010 |
President Obama once favored a "crackdown on employers" who hired illegal immigrants, and as a candidate called for "much tougher enforcement standards" for companies that employed illegal workers. But this week, Obama's top courtroom lawyer will join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in urging the Supreme Court to strike down an Arizona law that goes after employers who hire illegal workers. The administration also seeks to void a part of the state's law that tells employers they must check the federal government's E-Verify database to make sure their new hires are authorized to work in the United States.
February 1, 2012
For months, Republican presidential hopefuls steadfastly avoided any discussion of immigration, except to rotely demand tougher and stricter border enforcement. Now we know why: They have no answers. In the weeks leading up to Tuesday's Florida primary, the candidates finally addressed the subject, seeking to woo Latino voters with fantastical fixes that purported to address the immigration crisis but in fact would do nothing to resolve it. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, for example, believes that the 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country will simply "self-deport" after his stepped-up enforcement of immigration laws makes it too difficult to for them find work.
January 27, 2012 |
“When I'm shot at, I'll return fire. I'm no shrinking violet,” Mitt Romney said after Thursday night's Republican presidential debate, the final one before voters go to the polls in next week's Florida primary. By most accounts, the former Massachusetts governor had a strong night. He stayed on the offensive against his top rival, Newt Gingrich, seemingly determined not to deny Gingrich a chance to play the role of the bully on the block. And when Romney was attacked -- either by Gingrich or Rick Santorum or Ron Paul -- he effectively swatted them away.
April 5, 2013 |
More than half of small businesses are in favor of requiring all employers to comply with some kind of E-Verify system, even though a majority of them don't use it or have never heard of it, according to a national survey. The National Small Business Assn. interviewed nearly 300 businesses for its 2013 Workforce and Immigration Survey . It found that 17% employ immigrant workers and that 46% depend on workers with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.
July 9, 2009 |
The Obama administration continued its push for a legal workforce Wednesday with an announcement that federal contractors and subcontractors would soon be required to verify that their employees are eligible to work in the U.S. Beginning Sept. 8, the government will award contracts only to companies that enroll in E-Verify, an online program that uses federal databases to check whether employees are in the country legally and authorized to work.
May 14, 2009 |
The federal government's E-Verify program, which seeks to reduce the hiring of illegal immigrants, is becoming increasingly popular, with 1,000 new businesses signing up each week despite concerns about its reliability. More than 124,000 businesses, including nearly 10,000 in California, are signed up for the Web-based identification program that enables employers to check whether an employee is authorized to work, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
March 12, 2010
Analyzing Ashburn Re "State senator says he is gay," March 9 When state Sen. Roy Ashburn (R-Bakersfield) came out of the closet, he said he voted against gays because he felt that's the way his constituents would want him to vote. Let's say you can understand that. Can you also understand him presenting himself falsely when he ran for office because that's the way his constituents wanted to see him? Alan Burnett Burbank Let me get this, er, straight.