We are one step closer to adopting the most significant immigration overhaul in the nation’s history—the Senate passed the reform bill yesterday in a 68-to-32 vote. Now it is headed to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to meet its fate. But Diana Furchtgott-Roth, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, thinks the economic benefits of the Senate's plan may be too good to pass up.
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Sitting down with CNBC, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner explained how the Obama Administration saw a way to correct the nation’s fiscal problems. He argued that “if you don’t try to generate more revenues through tax reform, if you don’t ask, you know, the most fortunate Americans to bear a slightly larger burden of the privilege of being an American, then you have to — the only way to achieve fiscal sustainability is through unacceptably deep cuts in benefits for middle class seniors, or unacceptably deep cuts in national security.”
GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says we need a radical proposal to "change America's culture of poverty," and put children to work. He advocates allowing kids as young as nine to replace school janitors. Gingrich thinks this approach would not only teach good work ethic to children in poor communities, but also help them earn a wage for their families.