The Immigrants: Myths and Reality | Southern Poverty Law Center To hear many anti-immigration groups tell it, people who move to the United States from abroad these days are a pretty sorry lot. Immigrants, these groups say, come here to suck up free social services, not to better themselves. If they do work, they steal jobs from Americans and increase unemployment. They bring all kinds of diseases with them, and once here they despoil the environment for native-born Americans. But studies from an array of groups — from the conservative Cato Institute to the liberal National Immigration Forum to the nonpartisan National Academy of Sciences — give the lie to these unfounded allegations. Here is the truth about some of these myths: MYTH: Immigrants use more government services than they pay for with their taxes. REALITY: Actually, the National Academy of Sciences found that the average immigrant annually contributes $1,800 more in taxes than he or she receives in benefits. MYTH: Immigrants increase unemployment and reduce wages.
Salaries of Government Officials – Current Annual Salaries of Top US Government Officials Shown below are the current annual salaries for the top elected and appointed US government officials, along with the annual salaries for these officials in 2000 or 2001. Executive Branch President of the United States 2014: $400,000 2000: $200,000Note: The president's salary was increased from $200,000 to $400,000 in 2001. Rank-and-File Senators and Representatives 2014: $174,000 2000: $141,300Also See: The 10 Wealthiest Members of CongressSpeaker of the House 2014: $223,500 2000: $181,400House and Senate Majority and Minority Leaders 2014: $193,400 2000: $156,900Note: Last salary increase for Members of Congress came in 2009.Also See: Salaries and Benefits of US Congress Members Judicial Branch Chief Justice of the United States 2014: $255,500 2000: $181,400Associate Justices of the Supreme Court 2014: $244,400 2000: $173,600Federal Circuit Judges 2014: $211,200 2000: $149,900Federal District Judges 2014: $199,100 2000: $141,300Also See: The U.S.
Μην χάσετε σήμερα, στο Ρεπορτάζ Χωρίς Σύνορα: «Η απειλή των νεοναζί» Στις προεδρικές εκλογές της Γαλλίας η Μαρίν Λε Πεν του Εθνικού Μετώπου εξασφαλίζει την τρίτη θέση στον πρώτο γύρο με 18,01%, το υψηλότερο ποσοστό που έχει καταγράψει στην ιστορία της η ακροδεξιά παράταξη. Στις επικείμενες βουλευτικές εκλογές της Ελλάδας οι δημοσκοπήσεις εμφανίζουν τη Χρυσή Αυγή να περνάει για πρώτη φορά την πόρτα της Βουλής. Η λαϊκή δυσαρέσκεια που γεννά η οικονομική κρίση, μέσα σε ένα σκηνικό ευρύτερης κοινωνικής αναταραχής και ανασφάλειας οδηγεί στην σταθερή άνοδο της ακροδεξιάς σε ολόκληρη την Ευρώπη. Νοέμβριος 2011,Γερμανία. Το «Ρεπορτάζ χωρίς Σύνορα» έφτασε στον τόπο του εγκλήματος και μίλησε με το στενό φίλο του θύματος, Χαράλαμπο Δημητριάδη, ο οποίος ήταν μαζί με το θύμα λίγα λεπτά πριν το έγκλημα. Ο Στέλιος Κούλογλου συναντά τον Τhorsten Heise , ηγετικό στέλεχος του NPD, στο «κάστρο» του, στο Φρετερόντε της Θουριγγίας, στην αυλή του οποίου βρίσκεται μνημείο των πεσόντων Ες Ες. Διαβάστε επίσης:
Um novo retrato da desigualdade global Distância entre nações reduziu-se, mas elite de super-ricos isolou-se ainda mais. Tornou-se claro: injustiças não são “naturais”, mas cuidadosamente produzidas. O artigo é de Joseph Stiglitz, prêmio Nobel de Economia, em artigo publicado no blog The Great Divide, do New York Times e reproduzido pelo sítio Outras Palavras, 15-10-2013. Segundo Stiglitz, "estamos caminhando para um mundo dividido não apenas entre os que têm e os que não têm. Eis o artigo. Sabe-se perfeitamente hoje que as desigualdades de renda e riqueza na maior parte dos países ricos, e especialmente nos Estados Unidos, dispararam, nas últimas décadas e, de modo trágico, agravaram-se ainda mais desde a Grande Recessão. São questões complexas. A partir do século XVIII, a revolução industrial produziu um aumento gigantesco da riqueza na Europa e América do Norte. Mas depois da Guerra Fria, no final dos anos 1980, a globalização econômica se acelerou e a distância entre as nações começou a encolher.
July 4th Note to Tea Partiers: Your Politics Would Baffle the Founding Fathers Mike Challenger, of Bothell, Wash., applauds a speaker as he stands dressed in Revolutionary-period wear at a tax day tea party rally of about a hundred protesters, April 15, 2011, in Bellevue, WA. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Editor’s note: These days, if you see a protester donning a tricorn hat and waving a Gadsden Flag, it’s a safe bet that he or she is a Republican activist who’s furious about “death panels” or the prospect of the government meddling in the Medicare program. But the tea party movement isn’t the first to claim itself to be the true defenders of the Constitution, or to enlist its Framers in a political cause. Throughout American history, activists across the ideological spectrum have insisted that the Framers would roll over in their graves upon encountering the perfidy of their political opponents. The reality is that the Framers disagreed about almost everything, and produced a Constitution that was filled with expedient compromises. “What would the founders do?”
As 2014 brings new state laws, a look at public opinion on the issues Every new year means adding thousands of new state laws to the books. This year’s wide range includes everything from tanning bed age limits (Illinois), to a new ban on selling shark fins (Delaware). While most new laws represent incremental change, sometimes state laws can also signal broader movement on a public policy issue or indicate a regional or demographic shift in public opinion. 1 In 2014, Colorado will become the first state to allow the recreational sale of marijuana. A Pew Research Center survey in April this year found that, for the first time, a majority of Americans (52%) think marijuana use should be legalized. 2 Four states, all located in the Northeast, will raise the minimum wage on Jan. 1 to at least 75 cents more than the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour. Some Democrats tried in 2013 to push a bill raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and party leaders have said they want to continue to push the issue in 2014.
LAND MATRIX Land Matrix partnership launches second phase of its Global Observatory on large scale land acquisitions Dynamic public interface promotes greater transparency in land investments Bern/Hamburg/Montpellier/Rome (10 June 2013) The Land Matrix partnership today launches the second phase of the Global Observatory on large scale land acquisitions. The Land Matrix Global Observatory is a tool that promotes transparency in land transactions and supports open data and open source communities focused on land deals. Since the launch of the Beta version in April 2012, the Land Matrix partnership has received a substantial number of reactions, most of which expressed appreciation for the initiative, though some noted concerns.
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