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NATION SUPPORTS Immigration Reform

There is broad NATIONAL CONSENSUS FOR Immigration Reform…across dcrallyAmerica. Let’s take a look at some NUMBERS…

Does everybody support it? no! But the MAJORITY does…and we go by the majority, unless of course you are House Speaker John Boehner – then you go by a “majority of a majority!” Which means that Republicans won the election and Romney is President…

The only people loudly yelling to deport the “illegal Mexican criminals” are from the Tea Party arm of the Republican Party and other racists groups on the extremist fringe…

Loony Iowa Representative Steve King held a STOP AMNESTY “in your face” rally in House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s backyard. 60 people turned up…yes, 60. More people show up at little league games…

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King has made statements (about immigrants) like:

“For everyone who’s a valedictorian…there’s another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.” 

And — “If you bring people from a violent civilization into a less-violent civilization, you’re going to have more violence right? It’s like pouring hot water into cold water, does it raise the temperature or not?”

King was apparently trying to show Cantor (who criticized King for his insensitive comments) that HE, King, is “da man” with mega support for his racist opinions! Yep! 60 kilotons of people power!

Immigrtation Evangelists

THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS FAVOR IMMIGRATION REFORM.

Here’s a list of SOME of those who have come forward to support Immigration Reform:

The National Association of Evangelicals… Represents more than 45,000 local churches from 40 different denominations and serves a constituency of millions. Ranges from the American Jewish Committee, to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Southern Baptist Convention, United Sikhs, Presbyterians, Mennonites and Mormons.

Evangelical Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform

Our national immigration laws have created a moral, economic and political crisis in America. Initiatives to remedy this crisis have led to polarization and name calling in which opponents have misrepresented each other’s positions as open borders and amnesty versus deportations of millions. This false choice has led to an unacceptable political stalemate at the federal level at a tragic human cost.

Reform Immigration Now!

As evangelical Christian leaders, we call for a bipartisan solution on immigration that:

  • Respects the God-given dignity of every person
  • Protects the unity of the immediate family
  • Respects the rule of law
  • Guarantees secure national borders
  • Ensures fairness to taxpayers
  • Establishes a path toward legal status and/or citizenship                      for those who qualify and who wish to become permanent residents
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If Jesus came as undocumented – would we welcome him today?

Statement on Citizenship (March 18, 2013)  May 2nd Open-Letter to Congress: 

Signatories: Heads of the Evangelical Immigration Table 

  1. Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals
  2. Stephan Bauman, President and CEO, World Relief
  3. David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World
  4. Noel Castellanos, CEO, Christian Community Development Association
  5. Luis Cortés, President, Esperanza
  6. Richard Land, President, Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
  7. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
  8. Gabriel Salguero, President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition
  9. Mathew Staver, Chairman and Founder, Liberty Counsel
  10. Jim Wallis, President and CEO, Sojourners
  11. Heads of Evangelical Denominations
  12. Randall A. Bach, President, Open Bible Churchesevang1
  1. Gary M. Benedict, President, The Christian and Missionary Alliance, United States
  2. Joel Boot, Executive Director, Christian Reformed Church of North America
  3. Ed Boschman, Executive Director, U.S. Mennonite Brethren
  4. Eugénio Duarte, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
  5. Robert Duncan, Archbishop and Primate, Anglican Church in North America
  6. Jim Eschenbrenner, General Council Secretary, Christian Union
  7. David Graves, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
  8. William J. Hamel, President, Evangelical Free Church of America
  9. Bruce Hill, Bishop, Evangelical Congregational Church
  10. Bill Hossler, President, The Missionary Church
  11. Ken Hunn, Executive Director, The Brethren Church
  12. JoAnne Lyon, General Superintendent, The Wesleyan Church
  13. Rob McCleland, Executive Director, North American Baptist Conference
  14. Jesse Middendorf, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
  15. Jerry D. Porter, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
  16. Joseph Tkach, President and Pastor General, Grace Communion International
  17. Stan Toler, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
  18. Berten Waggoner, National Director, Vineyard USA
  19. Gary Walter, President, The Evangelical Covenant Church
  20. J. K. Warrick, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
  21. Phil Whipple, Bishop, United Brethren in Christ
  22. George Wood, General Superintendent, General Council of the Assemblies of God
  23. Bryant Wright, President, Southern Baptist Convention 

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Leaders of Evangelical Organizations

  1. Scott Arbeiter, Board Chair, World Relief
  2. Leroy Barber, President, Mission Year
  3. Edward O. Blews, Jr., President, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
  4. Paul Cedar, Chair and CEO, Mission America Coalition
  5. Jim Daly, President and CEO, Focus on the Family
  6. Kit Danley, President, Neighborhood Ministries
  7. Mark DeYmaz, Executive Director, Mosaix Global Network
  8. Daniel F. Flores, President, Sociedad Wesleyana
  9. Jose L. Gonzalez, Founder and President, Semilla, Inc.
  10. Wayne Gordon, Chairman and President, Christian Community Development Association
  11. Alec Hill, President and CEO, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA
  12. Benjamin Homan, President, John Stott Ministries/Langham Partnership
  13. Gregory C.V. Johnson, President and Founder, Standing Together
  14. Jim Liske, CEO, Prison Fellowship Ministries
  15. Alejandro Mandes, Director of Hispanic Ministries, Evangelical Free Church
  16. Jim Mellado, President, Willow Creek Association
  17. Jesse Miranda, Chief Executive Director, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
  18. Steve Moore, President, Missio Nexus
  19. Doug Nuenke, President, Navigators
  20. Kevin Palau, President, Luis Palau Association
  21. Luis Palau, Founder and CEO, Luis Palau Association
  22. Josue del Risco, National Coordinator, Church Mobilization Group, North American Mission Board
  23. Mike Rolfes, Executive Director, Renew Chicago
  24. Rick Ryan, Convoy of Hope
  25. Doug Seebeck, Executive Director, Partners Worldwide
  26. Ronald J. Sider, President, Evangelicals for Social Action
  27. Richard Stearns, President, World Vision U.S.
  28. Ed Stetzer, President, Lifeway Research
  29. T.V. Thomas, Chair, Ethnic America Network
  30. Barbara Williams-Skinner, Co-Chair, National African American Clergy Network
  31. Ken Wytsma, Founder, The Justice Conference 
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Dr. Russell Moore

Dr. Russell Moore, President of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission – wrote to every senator, reaffirming the Southern Baptist Convention’s commitment to passing compassionate and commonsense immigration reform:

June 20, 2013

Dear Senator:

As the newly elected president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, I write to share a faith-based perspective on immigration reform.

As you are aware, the Southern Baptist Convention is the nation’s largest non-Catholic denomination, with nearly 16 million members worshiping in more than 46,000 autonomous local congregations. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the official Southern Baptist entity charged by the Southern Baptist Convention to speak to  our nation’s moral, cultural, and religious liberty issues.

The Southern Baptist Convention asks our governing authorities to implement just and compassionate comprehensive immigration reform. We oppose the two extremes of deportation and amnesty, seeking an approach that improves enforcement of our immigration laws balanced with compassion for those here without legal status. This position echoes previous resolutions passed by the Southern Baptist Convention in 2006 and 2011 in favor of a balanced approach to comprehensive immigration reform. Full text

Leaders of Evangelical Universities and Seminaries

  1. Danny Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  2. Mark Bailey, President, Dallas Theological Seminary
  3. Jay Barnes, President, Bethel University
  4. David Black, President, Eastern University
  5. Bill Brown, President, Cedarville University
  6. Carlos Campo, President, Regent University
  7. Joseph Castleberry, President, Northwest University
  8. Andrea Cook, President, Warner Pacific College
  9. Timothy George, Dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
  10. Robin Hadaway, Interim President, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  11. Dennis Hollinger, President, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
  12. Gordon MacDonald, Chancellor, Denver Seminary
  13. Corlis McGee, President, Eastern Nazarene College
  14. Russell Moore, Dean of the School of Theology, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  15. Richard J. Mouw, President, Fuller Theological Seminary
  16. Philip Ryken, President, Wheaton College
  17. Shirley Mullen, President, Houghton College
  18. Joseph Stowell, President, Cornerstone University
  19. Timothy Tennent, President, Asbury Seminary
  20. Craig Williford, President, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Evangelical Journalists, Authors, Artists, Business and Thought Leaders

  1. Cheryl Broetje, Vista Hermosa Foundation
  2. Dr. Don Buckley, Physician, Pensacola, FL
  3. Victor G. Carrillo, President and Chief Operating Officer, Zion Oil and Gas
  4. Shane Claiborne, Author and Activist
  5. Andy Crouch, Author and Editor-at-Large, Christianity Today
  6. Margaret Feinberg, Author and Speaker
  7. John Fuder, Author
  8. Art Gay, Minister-at-Large, Evangelical Initiatives International
  9. Troy and Sara Groves, Musicians
  10. Gary Kinnaman, Grace Unlimited
  11. Jonathan Merritt, Faith & Culture Writer
  12. David Neff, Editor-in-Chief, Christianity Today
  13. John Perkins, Founder, Christian Community Development Association
  14. Malcolm Yarnell, Editor of the Southwestern Journal of Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary 

Other Denominational and Network Leaders

  1. Paul Borthwick, Senior Consultant, Development Associates International
  2. Walter Contreras, La Red de Pastores del Sur de California
  3. Kimberly Dirmann, Supervisor, Foursquare Southwest District
  4. Jose Garcia, State Overseer &emdash; California, Church of God of Prophecy
  5. Lydia Gonzalez D’Ross, Oklahoma Director, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
  6. Jorge Fuentes, President & Founder, La Red de Oracion USA
  7. Frank Lyons, Assistant Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh, Anglican Church in North America
  8. Robert Mills, Executive Director, Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists
  9. René Molina, Pastor Principal, Iglesias de Restauración/ELIM, Southern California
  10. Carl Nelson, President, Transform Minnesota
  11. Rogelio Ovalle, Superintendent, Council of Assemblies of God Northern Pacific Latin American District
  12. Suzii Paynter, Director, Christian Life Commission, Baptist General Convention of Texas
  13. Jesse Rincones, President, Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas
  14. Dennis J. Rivera, District Superintendent, Council of Assemblies of God Central District
  15. Wendy Tarr, Director, CLUE Orange County
  16. David Warren, State Representative, Ohio Association of Regular Baptist Churches
  17. Jim Wideman, Executive Director, Baptist Convention of New England
  18. Pastor Adan Aguirre, Senior Pastor, Impacto de Fe (Arvada, CO)
  1. Kenton Beshore, Senior Pastor, Mariners Church (Irvine, CA)
  2. Stuart and Jill Briscoe, Ministers at Large, Elmbrook Church (Brookfield, WI)
  3. Rob Bugh, Senior Pastor, Wheaton Bible Church (West Chicago, IL)
  4. Tim Celek, Lead Pastor, The Crossing (Costa Mesa, CA)
  5. Jackson Crum, Lead Pastor, Park Community Church (Chicago, IL)
  6. Dharius Daniels, Founder and Senior Pastor, Kingdom Church (Ewing, NJ)
  7. Alberto Delgado, Founder and Senior Pastor, Alpha & Omega Church (Miami, FL)
  8. Jerry Dirmann, Founder and Senior Pastor, The Rock (Anaheim, CA)
  9. Joe Duke, Founder and Senior Pastor, LifePoint Church (Baltimore, MD)
  10. Dave Ferguson, Lead Pastor, Community Christian Church (Naperville, IL)
  11. David Fleming, Pastor, Champion Forest Baptist Church (Houston, TX)
  12. David Galvan, Pastor, Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida (Dallas, TX)
  13. Jose Gonzalez, Pastor, Harvest Bible Church (Phoenix, AZ)
  14. Dave Gibbons, Senior Pastor and Founder, Newsong Church and Xealots
  15. J.D. Greear, Lead Pastor, The Summit Church (Durham, NC)
  16. Philip Griffin, Senior Pastor, Elmbrook Church (Brookfield, WI)
  17. Juan Guillén, Pastor, Willow Creek Casa de Luz, Willow Creek Community Church, (South Barrington, IL)
  18. Cynthia Hale, Senior Pastor, Ray of Hope Christian Church (Decatur, GA)
  19. Steve Harling, Lead Pastor, Foothills Community Church (Arvada, CO)
  20. Spike Hogan, Senior Pastor, Chet’s Creek Church (Jacksonville, FL)
  21. Joel Hunter, Senior Pastor, Northland, A Church Distributed (Longwood, FL)
  22. Bill and Lynne Hybels, Founders, Willow Creek Community Church (South Barrington, IL)
  23. John Jenkins, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Glenarden (MD)
  24. Wilfredo de Jesus, Senior Pastor, New Life Covenant Church (Chicago, IL)
  25. Tyler Johnson, Lead Pastor, Redemption Church (Phoenix, AZ)
  26. Lee de Leon, Executive Pastor, Templo Calvario (Los Angeles, CA)
  27. Nick Lilo, Lead Pastor, Waterstone Community Church (Littleton, CO)
  28. Crawford Loritts, Senior Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church (Roswell, GA)
  29. Max Lucado, Minister of Preaching, Oak Hills Church (San Antonio, TX)
  30. Troy Jackson, Senior Pastor, University Christian Church (Cincinnati, OH)
  31. Mark Jobe, Lead Pastor, New Life Community Church (Chicago, IL)
  32. Dave McDowell, Senior Pastor, Community Fellowship Church (West Chicago, IL)
  33. Tom Melton, Senior Pastor, Greenwood Community Church (Greenwood, CO)
  34. James Merritt, Lead Pastor, Cross Pointe Church (Duluth, GA)
  35. Rich Nathan, Senior Pastor, Vineyard Columbus (OH)
  36. Carlos Ortiz, Founder and Senior Pastor, Cristo Vive Churches (Miami, FL)
  37. Daniel Prieto, Pastor, Foursquare Church (San Antonio, TX)
  38. Bob Roberts, Senior Pastor, NorthWood Church (Keller, TX)
  39. Alan Robinson, Senior Pastor, Carlisle Brethren in Christ Church (PA)
  40. Hanibal Rodriguez, Lead Pastor, Iglesia del Pueblo (West Chicago, IL)
  41. Mike Romberger, Senior Pastor, Mission Hills Church (Littleton, CO)
  42. Randall Ross, Senior Pastor, Calvary Church (Naperville, IL)
  43. Chris Schutte, Senior Pastor, Christ Church Anglican (Phoenix, AZ)
  44. Jim Tolle, Senior Pastor, La Iglesia En El Camino (Los Angeles, CA)
  45. David Uth, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church (Orlando, FL)
  46. Jim Walters, Senior Pastor, Bear Valley Church (Lakewood, CO)
  47. Greg Waybright, Senior Pastor, Lake Avenue Church (Pasadena, CA)
  48. Chris Williamson, Senior Pastor and Founder, Strong Tower Bible Church (Franklin, TN)
  49. Sandy Willson, Senior Minister, Second Presbyterian Church (Memphis, TN)
  50. Dave Workman, Senior Pastor, Vineyard Cincinnati Church (OH)
  51. Paul Zink, Pastor, New Life Christian Fellowship (Jacksonville, FL)
  1. Lamar Cooper, Senior Professor of Old Testament and Archaeology, Criswell College
  2. William Dembski, Research Professor of Philosophy, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  3. Michael Emerson, Professor of Sociology, Rice University
  4. David Gushee, Director, Center for Theology and Public Life, Mercer University
  5. Dan Heimbach, Senior Professor of Christian Ethics, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  6. Steve Lemke, Provost, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
  7. Juan Francisco Martínez, Associate Provost, Fuller Theological Seminary
  8. Scot McKnight, Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary
  9. C. Ben Mitchell, Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy, Union University
  10. Tom Parker, Director, Fuller Seminary Southwest
  11. Phil Roberts, Former President, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  12. Daniel Rodriguez, Associate Professor, Pepperdine University
  13. Daniel Sanchez, Professor of Missions, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  14. Will Stoller-Lee, Director, Fuller Theological Seminary in Colorado
  15. Walker Tzeng, Chief Operating Officer, Olivet University 

(Titles and institutions are provided for identification purposes only and do not constitute endorsements by those institutions)

–> Also SUPPORTING Immigration Reform: chamber

  • THE US CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: which represents more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions.

The undersigned organizations urge the United States Congress to enact legislation that would bring meaningful reforms to critical components of our nation’s immigration system. Reform of an outdated, broken immigration system is essential if we are to achieve a fully revitalized economy that provides rewarding and lasting jobs and opportunities for all Americans.

Thought leaders from across the ideological spectrum agree that enacting immigration reform now will accelerate U.S. economic growth at a critical time when it has struggled to recover, and will help to enable sustained growth for decades to come.

Failure to act is not an option. We can’t afford to be content and watch a generation-old immigration system work more and more against our overall national interest. Instead, we urge Congress to remain mindful of the clear benefits to our economy if we succeed, and work together and with us to achieve real, pro-growth immigration reform.

Sincerely,

  1. Adams Insurance Service, Inc.
  2. Adobe
  3. Advanced Decisions, Inc.
  4. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
  5. AGCO Corporation
  6. Albany-Colonie (NY) Regional Chamber
  7. Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
  8. Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers
  9. 2 of 11
  10. ALOM
  11. American Action Forum
  12. American Action Network
  13. American Association of UniversityWomen
  14. (AAUW)
  15. American Beekeeping Federation
  16. American Coatings Association
  17. American Council of Engineering Companies
  18. American Council on International Personnel
  19. American Farm Bureau Federation
  20. American Feed Industry Association
  21. American Honey Producers Association
  22. American Hotel & Lodging Association
  23. American Immigration Lawyers Association
  24. American Institute of Certified Public
  25. Accountants
  26. American Jewish Committee (NJ)
  27. American Meat Institute
  28. American Nursery & Landscape Association
  29. American Project Consultants, LLC
  30. American Sheep Industry Association
  31. American Standard Development Company
  32. Anaheim (CA) Chamber of Commerce
  33. Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce
  34. Applied Materials
  35. Appvance Inc.
  36. Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  37. Arizona Farm Bureau Federation
  38. Arizona Nursery Association
  39. Arizona Technology Council
  40. Arkansas State Chamber of
  41. Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas
  42. Arlington Chamber of Commerce (TX)
  43. Arsenal Venture Partners
  44. Aspen Square Hotel
  45. Associated Industries of Massachusetts
  46. Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado
  47. Association for Competitive Technology
  48. AT&T
  49. Austin Ventures
  50. Autodesk, Inc.
  51. Avid Park Capital, LLC
  52. Axcelis Technologies
  53. Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber
  54. Baton Rouge Area (LA) Chamber
  55. Belton Area Chamber of Commerce
  56. Bennington Area (VT) Chamber of Commerce
  57. Blount Partnership
  58. Brokaw Nursery, Inc.
  59. 3 of 11
  60. BSA | The Software Alliance
  61. Buckeye Valley (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
  62. Business Council of Alabama
  63. Business Council of New York State, Inc
  64. Cabarrus (NC) Regional Chamber of Commerce
  65. Cadence Design Systems
  66. California Chamber of Commerce
  67. California Cotton Ginners Association
  68. California Cotton Growers Association
  69. California Farm Bureau Federation
  70. California Grape and Tree Fruit League
  71. California Strawberry Commission
  72. CALinnovates
  73. Camarata Masonry Systems, Ltd.
  74. Capital Factory
  75. Cargill
  76. Carpet Empire Plus
  77. Caterpillar Inc.
  78. Cervilenz Inc.
  79. Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County
  80. (IN)
  81. Chamber of Commerce Southwest LA
  82. Chambers of Commerce Alliance of Ventura &
  83. Santa Barbara Counties (CA)
  84. Chamber West (UT)
  85. Chandler (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
  86. Cherry Lane Farms
  87. Chicago Southland (IL) Chamber of Commerce
  88. Chicagoland (IL) Chamber of Commerce
  89. Cisco Systems, Inc.
  90. Collaborative Communications
  91. Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry
  92. Colorado Nursery & Greenhouse Association
  93. Committee of 100 for Economic Development,
  94. Inc. (LA)
  95. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  96. Compete America
  97. CompTIA
  98. Computer & Communications Industry
  99. Association
  100. Concord Servicing Corporation
  101. Concord Software Leasing Corporation
  102. Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association
  103. Consumer Electronics Association
  104. Cordele-Crisp (GA) Chamber of Commerce
  105. Corning Incorporated
  106. Cottonwood Technology Fund – NVCA Member
  107. Cummins, Inc.
  108. Dairy Producers of New Mexico
  109. 4 of 11
  110. Dakota County (MN) Regional Chamber of
  111. Commerce
  112. Dallas Regional Chamber
  113. Danna & Danna, Inc.
  114. Danna Farms, Inc.
  115. Danna Investment Co.
  116. Danna Land Co.
  117. Danna Properties, LP
  118. Daytona (FL) Regional Chamber of Commerce
  119. Dell
  120. Deloitte LLP
  121. Delta Planning, Inc.
  122. Denton Glass Company
  123. Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
  124. Diversified Thermal Insulation
  125. Dow Chemical Company
  126. East Bay (RI) Chamber of Commerce
  127. East Valley (UT) Chamber
  128. eBay Inc.
  129. EcoFactor Inc.
  130. Edison Ventures
  131. Einstein’s Alley NJ
  132. Elance, Inc.
  133. EMC
  134. EnerNOC, Inc.
  135. Engine
  136. Erie (PA) Regional Chamber & Growth
  137. Partnership
  138. ETM-Electromatic Inc.
  139. Everett Partners, Ltd.
  140. F5 Networks
  141. Facebook
  142. Fall River Area (MA) Chamber of Commerce
  143. and Industry
  144. Farmers Investment Co.
  145. Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce
  146. Finelite Inc.
  147. FirstFruits of Washington
  148. Fitzgerald Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
  149. Flagstaff (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
  150. Florida Chamber of Commerce
  151. Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape
  152. Association
  153. Fox Cities (WI) Chamber of Commerce &
  154. Industry
  155. FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc.
  156. FWD.US
  157. Gatlinburg (TN) Chamber of Commerce
  158. Gazzang Inc.
  159. General Electric
  160. 5 of 11
  161. Georgia Chamber of Commerce
  162. Georgia Green Industry Association
  163. Gilbert (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
  164. Global Immigration Benchmarking Council
  165. GLOBALFOUNDRIES
  166. Goleta Valley (CA) Chamber of Commerce
  167. Google Inc.
  168. Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition
  169. Greater Boca Raton (FL) Chamber of Commerce
  170. Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
  171. Greater Des Moines (IA) Partnership
  172. Greater Durham (NC) Chamber of Commerce
  173. Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce
  174. Greater Houston Partnership
  175. Greater Indianapolis (IN) Chamber of Commerce
  176. Greater Irving-Las Colinas (TX) Chamber of
  177. Commerce
  178. Greater Memphis (TN) Chamber
  179. Greater Omaha Chamber (NE)
  180. Greater Pittsburgh (PA) Chamber of Commerce
  181. Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
  182. Greater Richmond (VA) Chamber
  183. Greater San Antonio (TX) Chamber of
  184. Commerce
  185. Greater San Fernando Valley (CA) Chamber of
  186. Commerce
  187. Greater Topeka (KS) Chamber of Commerce
  188. Green Bay Area (WI) Chamber of Commerce
  189. Grok Inc.
  190. Grower-Shipper Association of Central
  191. California
  192. Gulf Citrus Growers Association
  193. Henderson County (NC) Chamber of Commerce
  194. Hilton Head Island-Bluffton (SC) Chamber of
  195. Commerce
  196. Hilton Worldwide
  197. Hispanic Leadership Network
  198. HR Policy Association
  199. Hudson County (NJ) Chamber of Commerce
  200. Huffman & Hawbaker Farms
  201. IBC Bank
  202. IBM Corporation
  203. Idaho Dairymen’s Association
  204. Idaho Farm Bureau Federation
  205. Idaho Nursery and Landscape Association
  206. Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee
  207. Rights
  208. Illinois Farm Bureau
  209. Illinois Green Industry Association
  210. Illinois Technology Association
  211. 6 of 11
  212. Indiana Chamber of Commerce
  213. Indiana Farm Bureau
  214. Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association
  215. Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association
  216. Infinera
  217. Information Technology Industry Council
  218. Ingersoll Rand
  219. inSPIRE STEM USA
  220. Intel Corporation
  221. International Dairy Foods Association
  222. Intersouth Partners
  223. Intuit
  224. IRONCO Enterprises LLC
  225. Irrigation Association
  226. Jan Medical, Inc.
  227. Jefferson Chamber of Commerce
  228. Johnson City TN Chamber of Commerce
  229. JumpStart Inc.
  230. Juniper Networks
  231. K & W Mfg. Co., Inc.
  232. Kansas Chamber of Commerce
  233. Kansas Farm Bureau
  234. Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce
  235. Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers
  236. KnowledgeTree Inc.
  237. Kovio, Inc.
  238. Laredo (TX) Chamber of Commerce
  239. Las Vegas (NV) Metro Chamber of Commerce
  240. Lassen Canyon Nursery, Inc.
  241. Lee & Hayes, PLLC
  242. Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce
  243. LiveOps, Inc.
  244. Lone Star Boat, RV & Self Storage
  245. Long Beach (CA) Chamber of Commerce
  246. Longview (TX) Chamber of Commerce
  247. Los Angeles County Economic Development
  248. Corporation (LAEDC)
  249. Loudoun County (VA) Chamber of Commerce
  250. Louisiana Irrigation Association
  251. Lubbock (TX) Chamber of Commerce
  252. Madrona Venture Group
  253. Manhattan (NY) Chamber of Commerce
  254. Marriott International, Inc.
  255. Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.
  256. Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association
  257. Massachusetts Innovation & Technology
  258. Exchange (MITX)
  259. Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension
  260. Partnership
  261. 7 of 11
  262. Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council
  263. MC Marketing Group LLC
  264. Meadowlands (NJ) Regional Chamber
  265. Melaleuca, Inc.
  266. MetricStream
  267. Metro South Chamber of Commerce (MA)
  268. Michigan Apple Association
  269. Michigan Chamber of Commerce
  270. Michigan Farm Bureau
  271. Michigan Milk Producers Association
  272. Michigan Nursery & Landscape Association
  273. Microsoft Corp.
  274. Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  275. MIND Research Institute
  276. Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
  277. Minnesota Farm Bureau
  278. Minnesota High Tech Association
  279. Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association
  280. Mitsubishi International Corporation
  281. Monterey County Farm Bureau
  282. Morgenthaler
  283. Morris County (NJ) Chamber of Commerce
  284. Morris County (NJ) Hispanic-American
  285. Chamber of Commerce
  286. Motive Power Systems Inc.
  287. Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association
  288. Motorola Solutions, Inc.
  289. Myrtle Beach Area (SC) Chamber of Commerce
  290. Naperville Area (IL) Chamber of Commerce
  291. NASDAQ OMX
  292. Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
  293. National Association of Manufacturers
  294. National Christmas Tree Association
  295. National Council of Agricultural Employers
  296. National Council of Chain Restaurants
  297. National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
  298. National Foreign Trade Council
  299. National Grape Cooperative Association Inc.
  300. National Immigration Forum
  301. National Onion Association
  302. National Potato Council
  303. National Retail Federation
  304. National Roofing Contractors Association
  305. National Venture Capital Association
  306. New England Apple Council
  307. New Jersey Main Street Alliance
  308. New Jersey Nursery & Landscape Association
  309. 8 of 11
  310. New Mexico Association of Commerce &
  311. Industry
  312. New York Farm Bureau
  313. New York Technology Council
  314. NewComLink
  315. Nisei Farmers League
  316. Nitero, Inc.
  317. NM Association of Commerce & Industry
  318. North American Blueberry Council
  319. North Carolina Farm Bureau
  320. North Carolina Nursery & Landscape
  321. Association
  322. North Carolina Technology Association
  323. North East Ohio International Business Network
  324. Northeast Dairy Producers Association
  325. Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
  326. Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce
  327. Northumberland County (VA) Chamber of
  328. Commerce
  329. OCZ Technology Group, Inc.
  330. OFA – The Association of Horticulture
  331. Professionals
  332. Ohio Chamber of Commerce
  333. Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
  334. Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association
  335. Ohio Venture Association
  336. ON Semiconductor
  337. OnShift, Inc.
  338. Oracle
  339. Oregon Association of Nurseries
  340. Oregon Cherry Growers, Inc.
  341. Oregon Farm Bureau
  342. Outdoor Amusement Business Association, Inc.
  343. Overland Park Chamber of Commerce
  344. Overstock.com
  345. Oxnard (CA) Chamber of Commerce
  346. Packard Place
  347. Palm Desert Area (CA)Chamber of Commerce
  348. Paramount Citrus
  349. Paramount Farming Company
  350. Partnership for a New American Economy
  351. Paymetric Inc.
  352. Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
  353. Permac Industries
  354. Pokeware
  355. Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce
  356. Port Hueneme (CA) Chamber of Commerce
  357. Preemptive Solutions
  358. Prescott (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
  359. Prime Time International
  360. 9 of 11
  361. Produce Marketing Association
  362. Producers Chemical Co.
  363. Professional Landcare Network
  364. PTV Sciences
  365. Purple Leaf, LLC
  366. Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce
  367. Qualcomm
  368. R&L Well Drilling LLC
  369. Rackspace Hosting, Inc.
  370. Rancho Cordova (CA) Chamber of Commerce
  371. Retail Industry Leaders Association
  372. Revolution
  373. River Cities Capital Funds
  374. Robert Mann Packaging, Inc.
  375. Rochester (MN) Area Chamber of Commerce
  376. Rogers-Lowell Area (AR) Chamber of
  377. Commerce
  378. Rollins, Inc.
  379. Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship
  380. S3 Ventures, LLC
  381. SailPoint Technologies, Inc.
  382. Salt Lake (UT) Chamber
  383. San Antonio (TX) Hispanic Chamber of
  384. Commerce
  385. San Diego County Farm Bureau
  386. San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
  387. San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
  388. Santa Clara (CA) Chamber of Commerce and
  389. Convention-Visitors Bureau
  390. Santa Clara University
  391. Schuylkill (PA) Chamber of Commerce
  392. Scottsdale (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
  393. Semiconductor Equipment and Materials
  394. International
  395. Semiconductor Industry Association
  396. Signature Landscape Inc.
  397. Silicon Valley Bank
  398. Silicon Valley Leadership Group
  399. Society for Human Resource Management
  400. Society of American Florists
  401. South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
  402. South Carolina Farm Bureau
  403. South East Dairy Farmers Association
  404. South Metro Denver Chamber
  405. Sports Tutor, Inc.
  406. St. Louis (MO) Regional Chamber
  407. St. Paul Area Chamber (MN)
  408. State Agriculture and Rural Leaders
  409. Statewide Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce
  410. (NJ)
  411. 10 of 11
  412. Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NJ)
  413. StepLeader
  414. Sun-Maid Growers of California
  415. Sunshine Hope
  416. Surplus Service
  417. SV Angel
  418. Sweet Potato Council of California
  419. Sylvatex
  420. Symantec
  421. Synopsys, Inc.
  422. TechAmerica
  423. TechNet
  424. Technology Association of Oregon
  425. Technology CEO Council
  426. Telecommunications Industry Association
  427. Tempe (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
  428. Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  429. Tennessee Farm Bureau
  430. Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights
  431. Coalition
  432. Teradata
  433. Texas Association of Business
  434. Texas Farm Bureau
  435. Texas Instruments Incorporated
  436. Texas International Produce Association
  437. Texas Nursery & Landscape Association
  438. The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
  439. The Center for APA Women
  440. The Chamber of Reno, Sparks, and Northern
  441. Nevada
  442. The Internet Association
  443. The Latino Coalition
  444. The MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce
  445. The National Grange
  446. The New England Council
  447. The Partnership for a New American Economy
  448. The Shurtleff Group
  449. The Technology Association of Georgia
  450. Tompkins County (NY) Chamber of Commerce
  451. Torrance (CA) Area Chamber of Commerce
  452. TransPak, Inc.
  453. TransPremier LLC
  454. Trimble Navigation
  455. Tucson (AZ) Hispanic Chamber
  456. Tucson (AZ) Metro Chamber of Commerce
  457. Tulsa (OK) Regional Chamber
  458. U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  459. U.S. Travel Association
  460. 11 of 11
  461. Uesugi Farms, Inc.
  462. Ugaldes Restaurant
  463. United Dairymen of Arizona
  464. United Fresh Produce Association
  465. UnitedAg
  466. Valley Industry & Commerce Association
  467. Ventura (CA) Chamber of Commerce
  468. Ventura County Agricultural Association
  469. Venture Investors LLC
  470. Vessey & Company, Inc.
  471. Vida Capital Inc.
  472. Virgin America
  473. Virginia Chamber of Commerce
  474. Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association
  475. Virginia Farm Bureau
  476. Virginia Green Industry Council
  477. Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association
  478. Washington Farm Bureau
  479. Washington Growers League
  480. Washington Laboratories and American
  481. Certification Body
  482. Washington State Dairy Federation
  483. Washington Technology Industry Association
  484. Welch Foods Inc.
  485. West Coast Mennonite Central Committee
  486. Western Agricultural Processors Association
  487. Western Digital Corporation
  488. Western Growers
  489. Western United Dairymen
  490. White Pine (NV) Chamber of Commerce
  491. Willits & Newcomb, Inc.
  492. Wine Institute
  493. Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce
  494. Woodrow Engineering Company
  495. Woolley Engineering Research Corp.
  496. XTn Group, LLC
  497. Yahoo!
  498. Yelp
  499. Yuma Fresh Vegetable Association
  500. Zacarias Actuarial Consultants, Inc
  501. Zachry Holdings, Inc.
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Zuckerberg: Supports Immigration Reform

Groups/Indivuals like:     

  1. John McCain (R-Ariz.) – Gang of 8 senators
  2.  Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) – Gang of 8
  3. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)  – Gang of 8
  4. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)  – Gang of 8
  5.  Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)  – Gang of 8
  6. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.)  – Gang of 8
  7. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)  – Gang of 8
  8. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)  – Gang of 8
  9. Microsoft
  10. Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook founder
  11. American Farm Bureau – voice of agriculture at the national level.
  12. The Small Business Majority
  13. AFL-CIO: American Federation Of Labor (57 unions representing more than 12 million workers)
  14. AFSCME – American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (1.6 million working and retired members)
  15. SEIU – The Service Employees International UnionUAW – United Auto Workers
  16. UFCW – United Food and Commercial Workers
  17. NEA – National Education Association
  18. American Federation of Teachers (1.5 million members, more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide).
  19. MIRA – Massachusetts Advocacy and Refugee Coalition
  20. National Council Of La Raza (Largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S. 300 affiliated community-based organizations, reachess millions of Hispanics in 41 states)
  21. AILA – American Immigration Lawyers Association
  22. Border Angels
  23. National Immigration Reform
  24. CHIRLA – Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
  25. Voto Latino
  26. Promise Arizona
  27. Republicans for Immigration Reform – yes, indeed!
  28. ICIRR – Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
  29. LULAC – League of United Latin American Citizens
  30. Alliance For Citizenship
  31. President Obama/White House
  32. Majority of Democrats
  33. Law Enforcement groups

And these are just a FRACTION of the support for Immigration Reform..because EVERY state has scores of groups/agencies that are supporting and pushing for

John Boehner:

Speaker Boehner

Immigration Reform.

So when 60 people turn out to oppose something – what? Do we, like House Speaker John Boehner, INSIST on a majority of those paltry 60 before we act?

Americans SUPPORT Immigration Reform…in poll after poll. But Republicans are not listening – because voters sent them to do the WILL of their puppet master – the extremist, fringe, racist TEA PARTY – instead of the will of the American MAJORITY!

Bain, Romney and China: Haier

“China has opened its once-rigidly controlled economy in a way that has allowed both domestic Chinese and foreign nationals to flourish, deftly handling the conflict between communism and capitalism by brushing economic ideology aside.”  Bain Capital.

WHY did BAIN give Chinese appliance maker Haier the capital to BUY American appliance maker Maytag so Haier could make cheaper appliances in China to COMPETE with American appliance maker Whirlpool?

Should we not also learn to do THAT here in America, Mr. Romney – brush economic ideology aside? The economic ideology of Tax Cuts, the economic ideology of policy making, the economic ideology of regulation? But Republicans AND Democrats would have to work TOGETHER!!!

It’s more politically advancing to be hypocritical and pretend you’re going to bite the hand that feeds you! Like China – a country that Venture Capital firms including Bain Capital are flocking to like vultures to a carcass.

Romney is pledging that should he become President, the FIRST thing he will do, on DAY ONE in the Oval Office is haul China before the World Trade Organization because of China’s Trade Practices. (Well isn’t THAT the most important issue?)

And the Tea Party THINKS Romney’s FIRST act will be to repeal Health Care Reform, the one based on his “Romneycare” in Massachusetts. Dream on!

Anyway, with Romney SO AGAINST unfair trade with China, so against the very idea of China benefitting to the detriment of America and American businesses, you should probably ASK him WHY Bain (the company he makes his millions from) has offices in three Chinese cities: Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing?

Bain cartoon

I guess those are to handle the fall-out after Romney clamps down on China? Guess Romney thinks the Chinese will be pleased with Bain when Romney goes after them? I’m also sure Bain is encouraging Romney to “go on, get the Chinese. Even though they close our offices we don’t care about profit – we care about fair trade!”

Imagine a parent saying: “The moment I take over the PTA I’m going to see to it that we stop buying our textbooks from X Publishing because they are too expensive” then you find out his money comes from a Public Relations company that sends its authors to X Publishing!

How would that play with you? 

Well Bain Capital, the same Private Equity/Venture Capital/Financial Services company that Romney touts as the backbone, foundation and underwriter of his “Private sector experience”…the same Bain Capital he credits with creating so many “jobs upon jobs” THAT unless you’re a graduate of Bain Capital Life University you cannot understand the complexity of trade and commerce –  yes THAT Bain Capital was backing a Chinese company to buy an America Company and export jobs to China!

Chinese brand HAIER has a plant in Camden, South Carolina.

In 2005, Bain Capital provided some of the money (that’s what Bain does, PROVIDE CAPITAL) so Chinese home-appliance company Haier could BUY U.S appliance maker, Maytag.

You may have seen the Haier brand in stores. Didn’t know it’s Chinese? Well soon as Romney becomes President he will SLAP HAIER AROUND…or so he’s telling us.

Haier is a Chinese multinational consumer electronics and home appliances company, a global leader in consumer electronics. The company employs more than 70-thousand people world-wide, distributes products in more than 165 countries and regions and had global revenues of $23-billion in 2011.

China is aggressively looking to BUY or invest in assets – companies, real estate and natural resources – around the world. Haier saw buying a U.S. company as a quick and easy way to break into the U.S market. (It’s like marrying a U.S. citizen as the fastest/easiest way to work in America.)

According to a report in Bloomberg: Haier would be able to produce Maytag appliances in China at lower costs and compete with America’s Number One appliance maker Whirlpool Corp. Haier was planning to buy Iowa based Maytag so the Chinese company COULD MAKE THE APPLIANCES IN CHINA AT LOWER COSTS! You got that, Right?

Whirlpool stepped in, bought Maytag and Bain pulled out…

Romney’s BAIN CAPITAL and another Private Equity firm, Blackstone Group, offered Haier the MONEY to buy Maytag. Yes, the same Romney who wants to haul China before the World Trade Organization for it’s shameful trade practices, HIS Bain Capital:

  • Was offering a Chinese appliance maker the money to BUY a U.S. appliance maker
  • So the Chinese firm could make the dishwashers and refrigerators cheaper in China
  • SO THE CHINESE APPLIANCE MAKER COULD COMPETE WITH AMERICA’S NUMBER TWO APPLIANCE MAKER (after GE) WHIRLPOOL!!!

Well that did NOT happen, Bain Capital. No thanks to you or Romney! Whirlpool saw the light and BOUGHT Maytag!

Michigan-based Whirlpool had annual sales of more than 19 billion in 2011, 68-thousand employees and 66 manufacturing and technology centers around the world. Whirlpool brands include: Whirlpool, Maytag, Kitchen-Aid, Amana, Brastemp and Consul.

OK, let’s see some newspapers excerpts about that Bain/Haier deal:

June 21 (Bloomberg) — Haier Group, China’s largest refrigerator maker, and two buyout firms offered $1.28 billion for Maytag Corp., opening a bidding war for the No. 3 U.S. appliance manufacturer.

Maytag said in a statement late yesterday it will consider the $16 a share bid from closely held Haier, Bain Capital LLC and Blackstone Group LP.

June 21 (Bloomberg) — Haier’s factories in China would be able to lower Maytag’s costs and help it compete with Whirlpool, which has six factories in Asia.

Haier’s bid follows the $1.25 billion purchase of International Business Machines Corp.’s PC unit this year by China’s Lenovo Holdings Ltd. Haier is based in the Shandong city of Qingdao.

“It is very difficult for Chinese appliance makers to establish a brand and sales network in the U.S.,” said a Shanghai-based analyst. “The shortcut is to buy an existing American brand. Quite a few Chinese companies may also follow this pattern.”

Haier … would be able to take advantage of its low-cost manufacturing in China in buying Maytag….China’s wages for unskilled labor are about 4 percent of the standard rate in the U.S., the Asian Development Bank said in an April report.

The company, which has 13 overseas factories, has invested at least $30 million in a factory in Camden, South Carolina, where it makes a half million refrigerators a year. Haier plans to make air-conditioners and washing machines in the U.S. in the future, according to the company’s Web site.

Bain Capital, founded by Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and based in Boston,has invested in more than 30 industrial and manufacturing companies since it was founded in 1984, including Alliance Laundry, a manufacturer of commercial laundry equipment.

Maytag “Repairman” – remember him?

Tribune news services | July 18, 2005: Whirlpool tops offer for buyout of Maytag.

Whirlpool Corp. announced Sunday an offer to acquire fellow appliance maker Maytag Corp. for $2.3 billion…Whirlpool said its offer of $17 per share for Maytag, which is based in Newton, Iowa, includes cash and stock and is based on assumed debt of $969 million.

Haier, partners drop bid to buy Maytag. 2005-07-20 11:08

NEW YORK – Haier Group, China’s largest appliance maker, and its two private equity partners have dropped out of the $1 billion-plus bidding race for Maytag Corp., Maytag said on Tuesday.

Haier and two private equity firms — Bain Capital and The Blackstone Group — were exploring a $16 a share bid for the company.

Then Whirlpool launched a surprise offer on Sunday for more than $1.3 billion, or $17 a share. Whirlpool, which also has the Roper and KitchenAid brands, said it would pay at least 50 percent in cash and the balance in shares.

The prospect of a Haier takeover helped stir anti-Chinese sentiment in the U.S. over Asian companies gobbling up U.S. businesses. That concern has been stoked by a bid by China oil company CNOOC Ltd. to buy California-based Unocal Corp. for $18.5 billion.

That speculation ended on Tuesday, when Haier, Bain and Blackstone submitted a formal letter to Maytag, saying that the group has decided not to pursue an offer.

China’s Lenovo bought IBM. Lenovo is the world’s second-largest PC vendor (by 2011 market share) after America’s Hewlett-Packard, HP. Lenovo makes ThinkPad line of notebook computers and the ThinkCentre desktop line.

Washington Post/Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Haier Group Co., China’s largest home-appliance maker and primary aspirant to becoming the country’s first global brand, has withdrawn from the bidding for Maytag Corp., according to a statement released by Maytag.

Haier, along with U.S. private equity firms Blackstone Group LP and Bain Capital LLC, had expressed interest in buying the Iowa appliance maker for about $1.3 billion.

Haier’s decision to drop out amounts to a rare sign of caution from China as its companies aggressively pursue foreign takeovers and new markets in what Beijing has termed the “go out strategy.” 

Analysts saw Haier’s interests in Maytag as a…deal that would have used the venerable U.S. brand name to sell machines that could be made in the Chinese company’s existing factories.

July 18, 2005/Bloomberg News: Whirlpool Makes Unsolicited Bid for Maytag, Creating 3-Way Race

Whirlpool’s bid for Maytag comes amid recent anxiety on Capitol Hill and in executive suites about the increasing willingness of Chinese companies to flex their financial muscles in trying to acquire American firms.

China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) headquarters – Beijing, China. Made a bid to buy now defunct Union Oil Company of California (Unocal ). Unocal merged with Chevron.

The China National Offshore Oil Corporation’s $18.5 billion bid for Unocal last month, which came just two days after Haier’s bid for Maytag, has drawn the most scrutiny. Last December, I.B.M announced plans to sell its personal computing business to China’s biggest personal computer maker, Lenovo.

Asia times: Haier Group bids US$1.3bn for Maytag

With its established brand name and, especially, well-developed marketing and sales networks, the purchase of Maytag would give Haier an edge in the US market. Haier considers the US a key market and started local production in the US in 2000, producing 500,000 refrigerators a year at a South Carolina production facility.

Romney’s Bain Capital has ADVICE for Chinese companies that want to take on the Global market: Innovation!

Now what advice does Bain have for Chinese companies? (Yes, those companies Mitt Romney plans to DECIMATE when it hauls China before the World Trade Organization).

  • When Fortune China and Bain & Company recently surveyed more than 600 Chinese executives across a range of industries, we found that nearly 80 percent readily conceded that they are less innovative than multinationals.
  • Innovation comes in many forms. It can be a new business model, a re-invented sales force, or a transformed operating process. For one thing, Chinese companies’ capabilities and their strategic competitive positions against multinationals are well suited for generating incremental, customer-led innovations.
  • When we asked them to rank their performance against a specific set of criteria, the senior managers came up short in several categories.
  • Appliance maker Haier made itself a global competitor thanks to a carefully constructed innovation strategy…the company’s strategic plan included relying on imported technology innovations (from where, Bain?) to improve local products…by building this firm innovation foundation, Haier was able to aggressively enter-and win in-the global appliance market,
  • Chinese companies might have some great ideas, but they often lack the talent to turn them into profitable ventures. More than half the Chinese companies surveyed said they have less than 25 people dedicated to an innovation team. This dearth of talent is a major handicap when going up against multinationals like innovation titan Procter & Gamble.

IF Bain Capital had won, today Maytag would be OWNED by China. The very same China that Bain founder Mitt Romney wants to clamp down on over unfair trade practices…

IF Whirlpool had NOT stepped in, Bain Capital and Haier would have sent those Maytag jobs to China.

IF Haier had bought Maytag, Maytag would now be a CHINESE brand.

Still believe Romney will clamp down on China…?

Still believe he cares about jobs — or just profits for HIM — and other executives like him?

Yeah – just wait!!!

“The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than commonly understood. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.” John Maynard Keynes.


Food For Thought…

Just because you are free to do something, should you do it – and when you do it, should we/others be called upon to comment on it?

Seems to me that values are becoming trivialized.

Is MODESTY something to be admired and embraced here in America – or do we just let it ALL hang out, along with our breasts?

Do you see/agree that there is an eroding of  some mores/moral attitudes and values that trivialize and demean the culture?

I see commentators on TV oohing and aahing over babies and pet animals that create “great” art. To hear them, you’d think Van Gogh had no idea what HE was doing!

Why are they telling us about this? So we can go out and force our babies and pets to perform? Then we save the money we make from their 15-minutes of fame for their retirement? Nah, we’ll spend it!

I see people who can’t act getting multi-million dollar roles…not because they can convey emotion, but because they have a big following…a young following.

I see record producers going after younger and younger singers. What’s next: Baby Gangsta? Ole Blue Nappies?

I see America making celebrities out of people who are not worth the attention they get. People who are motivated by money, fame and spotlight being glorified for having multiple plastic surgeries, multiple love partners, multiple problems, multiple arrests, multiple kids that they cannot support and then pimp those kids out to make ends meet. (That’s the way I see it).

We’re being taught that to “break through” the celebrity wall, we must pose in Playboy or make a sex tape. Starting a community center for runaway kids will NOT bring attention – but runaway boobs will!

People who will give their 5-year olds plastic surgery to win beauty contests – and claim to see NOTHING wrong in that. At least if these parents say: Yes, it’s weird, I know, but it’s my kid and I want her to be Miss America someday, and so…

But these parents seem oblivious!

Why is it that we’re now being asked to weigh in on every single thing, nonsensical or not.

Snow not cleared in time: Let us KNOW what you think!

Pizza delivery guy attacked? Let us know what YOU think?

This mother decides to have 50 kids. Tell US what you think!

First Lady Michele Obama shops at Target! Ooh, tell us, quick – what DO you think?

I see people who treat marriage like just one more roadshow, a narcissistic spectacle. Your young girls then proceed to scream over these calculating fame guzzlers. Why?

I see people getting record deals who cannot sing, who must wear skimpier and skimpier clothing and gyrate to sell albums. Singers, who without the benefit of countless in-studio mixing and remixing make you CRINGE when they perform live.

Are there no MORE Lionel Ritchies, Whitney Houstons, Celine Dione’s or Tom Jones’s left. And if an up-and-coming artist with a VOICE rose up and started singing – would their records sell or would we rather have meaningless, repetitious nonsensical lyrics.

“Yeah, yeah, yeah…oo-oo-oo” repeated a million times between bursts of foot work?

Does the media have to parse every court case, opine about who was right and who was wrong, orate on who is guilty and who is not…deconstruct evidence and when we don’t get the verdict commentators led us to believe we should get, send jurors death threats?

Jurors are examining the evidence and we’re not. We’re running on HEARSAY. And even if we don’t like the verdict, it is what it is! Let the LEGAL system handle it…we should not take justice into our own hands and harass people who had their day in court. Let them be. If you know something different, go to court and testify.

I feel that in TODAY’S AMERICA, people can’t say what they feel anymore – that nobody must be offended anymore – that everything must always work well and on time, that nothing must go wrong, that after a disaster everything must be immediately set to rights.

Nobody takes any responsibility for anything, anymore.

We buy houses/merchandise we cannot afford, but it’s NOT our fault.

Our child stabs someone, but it’s NOT his fault.

We spend every cent we make living beyond our means, buying nonsense we don’t need, but think we can’t live without, SAVE NOTHING, then when we lose our job, we blame everybody else because another job should be right there waiting for us.

We are uninterested in the political process, can’t name the Supreme Court judges whose decisions affect our lives every day, but know who Paula, Randy and Simon are. (Reality show TV judges.)

This society is so disengaged with World Politics, we seem NOT to understand that the world and America has entered a new economy, based on technology, and therefore, many jobs have disappeared AND WON’T BE COMING BACK.

Once upon a time, there was a big industry here in New England based on Whaling and Whale Oil. Then gas and electricity came along. Do you still expect a job making tallow candles to light homes?

Do you still expect to see a factory taking shape in your town to build cameras that use film – or phonograph records? Doubt it. But you may see one making computer parts. Are you trained to work in such a factory? If not, what are you doing about it? Waiting for a politician to fix it?

We seem NOT to understand that the Global economy is sick – just look at what’s happening in Greece and Italy, right now. This is affecting and will affect you! Expect belt-tightening. It will get worse before it gets better. Don’t look for a great economy just yet, regardless of what politicians say! WE HAVE NOT EVEN STARTED TRIMMING THE BUDGET YET!

Riots in Europe? Just like here, in America, other nations say their economic house is broken, everybody claims to want to fix it…BUT NOBODY IS WILLING TO TAKE THE TOUGH MEASURES NEEDED TO FIX IT. America, too, MUST cut debt. But

  • Pentagon interests don’t want to cut military spending
  • Retirees don’t want to touch Medicare/Social Security
  • Education interests don’t want to cut education
  • Business interests don’t want to cut companies’ tax breaks
  • Energy interests don’t want to lost drilling concessions
  • Agriculture interests don’t want to lose subsidies.

WHERE DOES THAT LEAVE US?

Why don’t we balance our budget by cutting spending in Canada. Then we won’t have to cut anything here…!

Ah, don’t mind me.

Long ago you’d NEVER have been able to read anything I wrote. Pontification was left to Walter Cronkite. Now I can go online and say anything I want.

Isn’t life great?!

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