Attacking Obama on the Economy, Mitt Romney Makes a Play for the Hispanic Vote

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: September 3, 2011 3:55 AM

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Looking to score points with Hispanics and slipping behind Gov. Rick Perry of Texas in the polls, former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts hit Tampa on Friday, as he continued his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

Romney spoke to  the Republican National Hispanic Assembly.

According to a poll from Quinnipiac University released earlier in the week, a majority of Hispanics -- 56 percent -- approve of President Barack Obama’s performance in the White House. With the unemployment rate remaining higher for Hispanics than the national average, Romney and other Republican hopefuls are looking to chip into Obama’s support with that group. In 2008, Obama carried 67 percent of the Hispanic vote against Republican candidate John McCain.

Picking up a phrase used by another politician from Massachusetts -- John F. Kennedy Jr. -- Romney called America a “nation of immigrants.”

“We’ve found common ground not in our heritage but in our hearts,” said Romney. “When generations looked up and saw the Statue of Liberty for the first time, or a piece of sandy beach that was freedom, or stepped off a plane traveling from tyranny to hope, these new Americans surely had many questions and doubts about the life before them. But one thing they knew without a doubt is that they were coming to a place where anything was possible; that in America, their children, and their grandchildren, would have a better life. That confidence in a better tomorrow defines us as Americans.”

Romney turned his focus toward the economy.

“We are united not only by our faith in America. We are united also by our concern for America,” Romney said. “Twenty-five million Americans are out of work, or have stopped looking, or have only part-time jobs but want full-time work. Hispanics have been hit terribly hard, with an unemployment rate that is higher than the national one. Home values have dropped more than they did during the Depression and Florida has seen some of the worst of it. National debt is almost as large as our entire economy, and we owe a huge chunk of it to China.”

Romney pointed to his record in the private sector and said that it helped prepare him for public office.

“Sometimes I was successful and helped create jobs, other times I wasn’t,” Romney said. “I learned how America competes with companies in other countries, what works in the real world and what doesn't.

“Turning around a crisis takes experienced leadership and bold action. For millions of Americans, the economy is in crisis today, and unless we change course, it will be in crisis for all of us tomorrow,” insisted Romney. “To win this fight for America's future, we will have to rise above politics.”

Romney offered praise for America’s role in the world and contrasted American exceptionalsim with Obama’s actions.

“So critical was President Obama of America before the United Nations that Fidel Castro complimented him for his ‘courage’ and ‘brave gesture.’  And Venezuelan dictator and thug Hugo Chavez joined in on the praise,” said Romney. “We can’t lead the world by hoping our enemies -- like the rogue regimes in Havana and Caracas -- will hate us less.”

Romney mentioned the jobs plan that he will unveil on Tuesday and offered some hints at what it would contain: lower taxes and regulations and calls for more energy exploration.

“From my first day in office my No. 1 job will be to see that America once again is No. 1 in job creation,” said Romney. “On Tuesday, I will present a detailed plan to get America back to work and to grow our economy. It will be bold, sweeping and specific. But any plan is only as good as the person leading it. And you know, if we want to create jobs, it helps to have a president who has had a job! I will make business taxes competitive with other nations, eliminate burdensome regulations and bureaucracy, and support America’s workers instead of its union bosses. I will promote the exploration of our own natural resources, which will create countless jobs. I will make sure that America’s workforce is prepared for the modern economy.”

Romney also hammered Obama for expanding the size and scope of the federal government.

“Government at all levels under President Obama has grown to consume almost 40 percent of our economy,” said Romney. “We are only inches away from ceasing to be a free-market economy. I will cut federal spending, cap it at 20 percent or less of the GDP and finally, finally balance our budget. We must pass a torch to the next generation, not a bill.”

While attacked by conservatives on his right for backing a state health-care system that relied on an individual mandate when he was governor of Massachusetts, Romney took aim at the federal law backed by Obama.

“I will insist that Washington learns to respect the Constitution, including the 10th Amendment," said Romney. “We will return responsibility and authority to the states for dozens of government programs – and that begins with a complete repeal of Obamacare.”

Romney also pledged to fight for free trade -- including two measures with Latin American countries currently stalled in Washintgon.

“I will vigorously advance our trade interests around the world,” said Romney. “That means ratifying pending agreements with allies like Colombia and Panama to create jobs right here in Florida and across America.”

Romney slammed Obama for failing to secure the border.

“Three years ago, candidate Obama promised to address the problems of illegal immigration in America. He failed. The truth is, he didn’t even try,” insisted Romney. “I am a great proponent of legal immigration. Many of you are living proof of the unique strength of America that is constantly renewed by new Americans. The promise of America has brought some of the world’s best and brightest to our shores. It’s what brought Mel Martinez, the first Cuban-American U.S. senator here. And it brought to America the parents of Marco Rubio, who is one of America’s great leaders today.

“Our country must do a better job of securing its borders, and as president I will. That means completing construction of a high-tech fence, and investing in adequate manpower and resources,” continued Romney. “We must also get tough on employers who hire illegal immigrants. That means putting in place an employment verification system that is both reliable and secure.

“Finally, we must stop providing the incentives that promote illegal immigration. As governor, I vetoed legislation that would have provided in-state tuition rates to illegal immigrants and I strengthened the authority our state troopers had to enforce existing immigration laws,” said Romney. “As president, I promise to lead on this critical issue. The people who came to America did not come for a handout; they came here for opportunity. The president and his party are about handouts and the redistribution of wealth. That is not what brought people to these shores. Our party is about freedom and opportunity. It’s as simple as that. They believe in government, we believe in freedom and opportunity.”

Romney’s appearance in Tampa drew the fire of two Hispanic Democrats serving in the Florida House -- Rep. Darren Soto of Orlando and Rep. Janet Cruz of Tampa.

“Mitt Romney wants the tea party vote,” said Cruz in a call with the media held on Friday morning. “He’s not after the Latino vote.”

Soto hammered Romney on education, knocking the Republican for opposing the DREAM Act. “We see Mitt Romney flip-flopping all over the place on this,” said Soto.

Both Democrats looked to defend Obama. Cruz shrugged off polls that showed Obama’s approval fading and Soto reminded the media that the general election was still more than a year away.

Romney was not the only Republican presidential candidate to speak in Tampa on Friday. Businessman Herman Cain, a favorite of the tea party movement, also spoke. Cain has lagged behind Perry and Romney , pulling in the single digits in most national and state polls.

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com or at (850) 727-0859.

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The IRS reported it has issued 10.8 million ITINs (Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers), with a very few being used by celebrities for book signing, foreign investors and whatever other reason? So at the most must leave roughly 10 million illegal aliens as heads of household that have arrived in violation of the law, hired as an infringement of the law, and using ITINs to skirt the law, since the program began in 1976. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration on Thursday released an account, unveiling that the Internal Revenue Service, returned $4.2 billion dollars in refundable tax credits 2010 to illegal aliens. Using IRS ITIN numbers so illegal aliens are paying into the US taxation system, but are collecting in ‘earned income child tax credits,’ most of this money back. An illegal alien cannot qualify for a legitimate Social Security number, to file income tax returns, so they use the ITIN number issued by the IRS.

This questionable program was intended to assuage that tax burden on the lowest American income earners, but in recent years has shown to be rife with fraud. President Obama’s stimulus program included tax cuts for low-income workers. Obama’s intention was, to put cash back into taxpayers’ hands, so they will spread it around to heighten the economy. But thanks to the (EITC) Earned Income Tax Credit, the majority of this “tax relief” will go to individuals who have never paid anything in taxes—NOT A DARN CENT—and have already defrauded prior administrations and today’s government in massive sums each year—to Illegal aliens. .” We the taxpayers are the gullible idiots who pay for their squatting here. The Inspector General said that the IRS should require those claiming the credit to prove that they are actually eligible to work here legally? However, IRS management “claims” that they have no legal power to request any proof with the inspection of individual income tax forms. A copy of the Inspector General's report can be found here:


An IRS audit showed that 72 percent of tax returns filed by those using (ITIN) taxpayer identification numbers and not a Social Security numbers claimed the child tax credit. Nearly all ITIN-based returns include W-2 forms that list Social Security numbers, belong to U.S. citizens, IRS data shows. Foreign Nationals use the stolen or fabricated Social Security numbers to gratify the employment necessities of businesses. In violation of the law, the ITIN numbers have also involved in using the IRS number as Identification to open bank accounts and obtain driver’s licenses and to vote.

Illegal aliens as well as Americans are cheating the rest of the taxpayers, with Mothers filing under their Maiden name for perhaps two children, then the Father filing for the same two children as a different tax return under his family name and both receiving child refund tax return dollars. Of course, as always this is just the tip of the iceberg on fraudulent returns.
The federal government is fleeced by sending tax checks to P.O. boxes and addresses in foreign countries.

Frosty Woodbridge wrote for News with Views:

"Your U.S. Congress participates in and supports one of THE most fraudulent taxpayer abuse schemes ever concocted within the Federal Government. It’s time the administration put its foot down rather than allow millions of unlawful immigrants to step onto American soil—while soaking billions out of the U.S. Treasury.

Since the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) became part of the income tax code in 1975, it has quietly become the largest cash transfer program in the United States. At a cost of more than $44 billion per year, EITC spending dwarfs that of the traditional welfare program—Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)—and food stamps combined. More than 23 million households currently receive the credit.

Edwin Rubenstein exposed one of the most dramatic tax frauds ever on the American taxpayer: “Defrauding the American taxpayer,” Volume 19, Number 3, spring 2009, Social Contract, “The Earned Income Tax Credit and Illegal Immigration - A Study in Fraud, Abuse, and Liberal Activism.”

“More than one in four immigrant households received the EITC in 2000—nearly twice the 13.2 percent rate of house-holds headed by Native Americans. And because immigrant households are larger via higher fertility, their EITC payments are larger than those received by native households.

“Bottom line: Immigrants accounted for about 13 percent of the U.S. population in 2008 but receive an estimated 26 percent of EITC benefits—about $12 billion.”
The most distressing aspect of EITC stems from unlawful immigrants tapping into the program on a massive scale. For example, in Greeley, Colorado this year, district attorney Buck Young raided a tax filing agency to find over 1,000 fraudulent returns by unlawful workers. While they paid little or nothing in taxes, they received hundreds of thousands in bogus returns, costing taxpayers millions of dollars. That same scam multiplies all over the country.

“Tax relief" goes to people who never paid a cent in taxes, and may have already defrauded the government of huge sums each year. "EITC scams are common, well-organized, and massive," Rubenstein writes in the report. EITC ranks second out of 57 government programs in fraudulent payments.

“But enthusiasm for the credit has blinded policy makers to its problems. The EITC program is dominated by fraud. Year after year about one-third of all EITC returns are based on illegal multiple returns, phony Social Security numbers, or claims of non-existent children or spouses. A disproportionate share of illegal alien households receives the benefit.

“For most poor families, the tax credit check is the largest single sum of money they will receive during the year. Most receive it after filing income taxes. But some need the money immediately, and they can get it—for a price. A niche financial sector thrives by lending EITC recipient’s immediate cash in return for a hefty chunk of their credit check. The cost to the poor of these so-called Refund Anticipation Loans (RALs) has been estimated at 6 percent of the entire EITC program.

The EITC is the most illegal-immigrant friendly of poverty programs; illegal immigrants constitute a far larger share of the poverty population now.

Implication: The EITC is a textbook case of unintended consequences. Our economic meltdown may be among them."

There is only one cure for the corruption in federal agencies and that is joining the TEA PARTY. Thousands of fraudulent programs will be exposed and billions of dollars will be saved. This confronts the rot that has entered the Democratic and the Republican parties, and the astronomical deficit that America is suffering from. Read some unrevealed evidence at Judicial Watch, that is a legal non-profit, being There the opposite to the Communist backed ACLU; a panderer to the illegal alien invaders. In addition, NumbersUSA gives you in depth analysis of costs to taxpayers and insider news from Congress. Lastly, the controversial website of “American Patrol” gives you one-click Bridging editions to the nationwide media, where the truth prevails. It is no wonder that millions of illegal aliens can send $46 billion dollars a year to families, via foreign banks?

1. Remember illegal aliens do vote in federal elections, and we all need to contact our politicians, to either issue an official to scrutinize voter rolls, or specifically absentee ballots.
2. ISSUE a mandatory federal ID card, for all Americans.
3. Make illegal entry punishable as a felony, not a civil offense.
4. Build the real 2006 Double border Fence.
5. The TEA PARTY will not tolerate illegal immigration or any form of amnesty, including Sanctuary cities, dream acts or covert enactments by disguising Immigration Reform.
6. The TEA PARTY will support Arizona, Alabama, Georgia and other states against any retribution by the Democratic or Republican establishment.
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