In my view, here is how it works. What works you ask? The great taxpayer rip-off of course. It doesn’t matter whether the groups are left-leaning environmental groups or the ten volags (non-governmental organizations) bringing refugees to America, the strategy is the same. There are probably many more hands in our pockets then we can imagine, it just happens I know about these two pets of the liberal big government crowd.
Lets take Refugee Resettlement, the subject of our blog of course. And, lets take for a specific example, The International Rescue Committee (IRC). Today I noticed this drum-beating article in something called “The Globalist” (what else!) about Iraqi refugees by Anne Richard, a VP at the IRC. The title of the article is, “Americas responsibility to the Iraqi refugees”. There is absolutely nothing new in this opinion piece dressed up as news. This is boiler plate; if I’ve seen one of these articles I’ve seen ten. They are all the same, they are everywhere. These articles are meant to tug at the heartstrings of Americans, you know to soften us up, to make us feel obligated to bring millions of Iraqis to America NOW.
By the way, Anne Richard is a former employee of the US State Department having worked for Madeleine Albright (the revolving door in action). She makes a salary of between $100,000 and $200,000 (based on the salaries of other VP’s at IRC). But that is ‘chump change’ compared to the IRC CEO’s salary. Dr. George Rupp, former Pres. of Columbia University, brings in a cool $357,657 a year salary according to the organization’s 2005 Form 990. Thats more than the Vice President of the United States, the Speaker of the House, or the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court receive (no wonder public service is so unpopular).
The IRC is a $200 million plus a year organization that recieves close to half of its income from you, the taxpayer. Actually it was $88 million from government grants in 2005. The immigration industry is big business and in order to stay in business it needs to find “refugees” to move around the world.
So, the circle goes like this:
* Beat the drum in the mainstream media to bring more refugees while wearing the ‘white hat’ (its about feeling good).
* Convince Congress, the President and the public that we must do something.
* More of your money goes out to these private groups through grants and contracts with the federal government.
* Employees of these NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS make big salaries while wearing the ‘white hat’.
* To stay in business (and get more of your tax dollars) they need to beat the drum (create the crisis) to bring more refugees to America.
I wonder if there are actually courses in this because the M.O. is the same from one leftist cause to the next.