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America Is On The Same Glide Path As The Fatal Germanwings Flight

America Is On The Same Glide Path As The Fatal Germanwings Flight

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The pilot was locked out of the cockpit. That phrase finally revealed the full horror of the crash of Germanwings flight 9525.

Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz waited for the pilot to leave the cockpit then locked the door to prevent his re-entry. After which Lubitz, for reasons unknown and perhaps unknowable, deliberately steered the jet into a harrowing 8-minute plunge, ending in an explosive 434 mph impact with a rocky mountainside. One hundred fifty men, women and children met an immediate, unthinkably violent death.

Lubitz, in his single-minded madness, couldn’t be stopped because anyone who could change the jet’s disastrous course was locked out.

It’s hard to imagine the growing feelings of fear and helplessness that the passengers felt as the unforgiving landscape rushed up to meet them. Hard, but not impossible.

ISIS Tweet: We Are Coming to America
ISIS Tweet: We Are Coming to America

America is in very deep trouble and we feel the descent in the pits of our stomachs. We hear the shake and rattle of structures stressed beyond their limits. We don’t know where we’re going anymore, but do know it isn’t good. And above all, we feel helpless because Barack Obama has locked us out.

He locked the American people out of his decision to seize the national healthcare system.

He locked us out when we wanted to know why the IRS was attacking conservatives.

He locked us out of having a say in his decision to tear up our immigration laws and to give over a trillion dollars in benefits to those who broke those laws.

Obama locked out those who advised against premature troop withdrawals. He locked out the intelligence agencies who issued warnings about the growing threat of ISIS.

He locked out anyone who could have interfered with his release of five Taliban terror chiefs in return for one U.S. Military deserter.

And, of course, Barack Obama has now locked out Congress, the American people, and our allies as he strikes a secret deal with Iran to determine the timeline (not prevention) of their acquisition of nuclear weapons.

Was Andreas Lubitz depressed, insane, or abysmally evil when he decided to lock that cockpit door and listen to no voices other than those in his head? Did he somehow believe himself to be doing the right thing? The voice recordings from the doomed aircraft reveal that as the jet began its rapid descent, the passengers were quiet. There was probably some nervous laughter, confusion, a bit of comforting chatter with seat mates, followed by a brief period in which anxiety had not yet metastasized into terror. It was only near the end of the 8-minute plunge that everyone finally understood what was really happening. Only near the end when they began to scream.

Like those passengers, a growing number of Americans feel a helpless dread as they come to the inescapable conclusion that our nation’s decline is an act of choice rather than of chance.

The choice of one man who is in full control of our 8-year plunge. I wonder when America will begin to scream.

Dr. RICHARD S. WELLS

39,000 illegal immigrant kids coming to U.S.

39,000 illegal immigrant kids coming to U.S.

By VÍCTOR MANUEL RAMOS  victor.ramos@newsday.com

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Many of the children coming from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala likely will be resettled where there are established Central American communities, such as Long Island’s Nassau and Suffolk counties, said Marc Rosenblum, the report’s author.

“They are coming from similar communities and are headed to similar communities,” said Rosenblum, deputy director of the institute’s U.S. Immigration Policy Program. “The local impact is that whatever challenges school districts and local health care systems are under already are likely to increase.”

The second wave of immigrants, as some are calling it, is expected even as localities and school systems struggle to absorb about 53,500 children who arrived in the last fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, 2014. Those minors continue to move through a multistep immigration court process to decide whether they can stay or are to be deported.

More than 3,000 of those minors moved in with relatives or sponsors on Long Island, making the region one of the top places in the nation to receive the children.

Some Long Island school districts saw enrollment spikes from the recent arrivals and felt pressured to give them needed classroom instruction and other educational services. At the same time, immigrant advocates and other groups, including New York Communities for Change and the Long Island chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union, mobilized to protect the children’s rights.

Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) said Wednesday that he and Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) will reintroduce a proposal to send emergency funding to school districts that are receiving the young immigrants. The two co-sponsored a bill that stalled last year.

“Because of a failed federal policy, financial responsibility must fall on the federal government and not the Long Island taxpayer,” King said in a statement.

Israel Wednesday called the bill to reimburse schools “common-sense, bipartisan legislation to provide emergency relief.”

So far this fiscal year, 12,065 unaccompanied minors have been referred for resettlement by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said a spokesman for the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement, which shelters the children until they are released to relatives or sponsors. About 620 of those had come to Long Island and New York City as of February — 178 in Suffolk and 113 in Nassau.

In addition to unaccompanied minors, children also arrive in the United States with their mothers or other relatives, a trend that is expected to continue. Those children are counted separately in federal statistics as being part of family units.

Victoria Campos, an immigration attorney with offices in Huntington Station, Bay Shore and Riverhead, said she has about 25 newcomers among her clients, but most of her cases are from 2013 and 2014. She has seen a decline recently, noting there is a months long lag until attorneys see new cases.

“I tend to agree that there is going to be a second wave,” said Campos, adding that “a lot of the minors that have come are here because something traumatic has happened in their lives,” and conditions in their countries haven’t improved in the past year.

They are fleeing a host of ills, including high crime, gang violence and poverty in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Cities in those countries have some of the highest murder rates in the world.

The recent surges in border crossings have been felt more acutely where there were established immigrant populations.

The Hempstead school district became the focus of investigations by the state attorney general’s office and the State Education Department after advocates complained that newly arrived children were turned away from school last fall.

There are larger concerns for the region’s affected school systems, now in the midst of figuring out budget plans for the 2015-16 school year.

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The US’s ‘open border’ policy has allows numerous ‘children’ into our country who while technically are children under the age of 18, are part of the extremely violent gang MS13 plus part of many drug cartels.  Many Americans will be victimized and killed because of Mr. Obama’s blatant disregard for securing our border.

Americans Not in Labor Force Exceed 93 Million for First Time

Americans Not in Labor Force Exceed 93 Million for First Time

62.7% Labor Force Participation Matches 37-Year Low

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The number of Americans 16 years and older who did not participate in the labor force–meaning they neither had a job nor actively sought one in the last four weeks–rose from 92,898,000 in February to 93,175,000 in March, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

That is the first time the number of Americans out of the labor force has exceeded 93 million.

Also from February to March, the labor force participation rate dropped from 62.8 percent to 62.7 percent, matching a 37-year low.

Five times in the last twelve months, the participation rate has been as low as 62.8 percent; but March’s 62.7 percent, which matches the participation rate seen in September and December of 2014, is the lowest since February of 1978.
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BLS employment statistics are based on the civilian noninstitutional population, which consists of all people 16 or older who were not in the military or an institution such as a prison, mental hospital or nursing home.

In March, the civilian noninstitutional population was 250,080,000 according to BLS. Of that 250,080,000, 156,906,000 — or 62.7 percent — participated in the labor force, meaning they either had or job or had actively sought one in the last four weeks.

Of the 156,906,000 who did participate in the labor force, 148,331,000 had a job and 8,575,000 did not have a job but actively sought one. The 8,575,000 are the unemployed. They equaled 5.5 percent of the labor force—or the unemployment rate of 5.5 percent (which matched the unemployment rate seen in February 2015).

According to the BLS, the aging of the baby boom generation is a key factor affecting the labor force participation rate:

“The baby boomers’ exit from the prime-aged workforce and their movement into older age groups will lower the overall labor force participation rate, leading to a slowdown in the growth of the labor force,” explains the BLS.

“In 2000, baby boomers were aged 36 to 54 years and were in the group with the highest participation rates: the prime-aged group 25 to 54 years old. The participation rate for women in this group was 76.7 percent and for men was 91.6 percent, so that the overall participation rate of the group was 84.0 percent. The participation rate of the next-older age group, that 55 years and older, was 32.4 percent, so the difference between the two age groups was 52 percentage points. With the passage of every year after 2000, a segment of the baby-boomer population passes into the 55-years-and-older age group and thus moves from a group with a high participation rate in the labor force to an age category with a much lower particiption rate, causing the overall participation rate to decrease,” states BLS.

Australia Just Declared WELFARE JIHAD On Muslim Leeches Sapping The System

Australia Just Declared WELFARE JIHAD On Muslim Leeches Sapping The System

Australia Just Declared WELFARE JIHAD On Muslim Leeches Sapping The System

Australia is doing what America should do, but we won’t for at least the next two years as we endure the time remaining in President Obama’s second term. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is putting his foot down and no longer taking any more chances, now that terrorists are coming into his country in droves and recruiting Australians, who are fleeing to join the Islamic State in Syria.

Quite frankly, Abbott understands that Australia’s welfare systems is far too abused and is funding radical Islamists, as they leech off taxpayers in his country, all while they plan to obliterate the hand that feeds them. It’s the worst form of system abuse there has ever been. But the first step is acknowledging it’s happening and not making excuses for it like Obama does.

Australia Just Declared WELFARE JIHAD On Muslim Leeches Sapping The System

Abbott announced in February that the well of welfare funds is drying up immediately for all individuals who he believes pose a viable threat to his country and western culture in general. In addition to benefits getting the axe for terrorists, these same people will also be stripped of their right to travel in an effort to prevent them from joining the radical terror army in the Middle East, the Conservative Tribune reported.

“For too long, we have given those who might be a threat to our country the benefit of the doubt,” Abbott said. “We will never sacrifice our freedoms in order to defend them, but we will not let our enemies exploit our decency either.”

In his same statements on the matter of taking immediate action to eradicate the cancer that is Islam, Abbot demanded that it’s time for Muslim leaders to “get with the program” in rooting out the violent strain of radical extremism that plagues their faith.

“I’ve often heard Western leaders describe Islam as a ‘religion of peace,’” Australia’s conservative leader announced. “I wish more Muslim leaders would say that more often, and mean it.”

Australia Just Declared WELFARE JIHAD On Muslim Leeches Sapping The System

Abbot’s aggressive action is directed in particular at the Muslim immigrants flooding into Australia, bringing terrorism with them while hiding out within non-radical Muslim communities and sucking the country’s generous welfare system dry. The leader is wise to these Islamists’ disguise, noting that the abuse is intentional and that terrorist wannabes find refuge there since it’s so easy to take advantage of the handouts.

“People who come to this country are free to live as they choose. Provided they don’t steal that same freedom from others,” Abbott said, according to Right Wing News.

Where there is assertive action against a particular problem group, there is outrage from sympathizers, who want to perpetuate the problem. Muslims groups and organizations across Australia area freaking out about Abbott’s statements, referring to his plan as being “divisive” and accusing the leader of making Muslims “scapegoats” for Australia’s problems. But Abbott isn’t backing down to their whines and plans to stay the course, regardless of other people’s problems with his decision.

If only America’s leaders could live up to their titles and follow Abbott’s lead… Sadly, there is no hope for that, at least for the next two years, as has been proven time and time again.

12,509 illegal kids already over border in second wave

12,509 illegal kids already over border in second wave

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The next explosion of illegal teen border crossing is in full swing, but just one-in-six are being sent home, with most of the rest settled in the United States, according to new government figures.

The U.S. Border Patrol agency reported that they have seized 12,509 illegals under age 18 since October, making it the second biggest surge in history after last year’s unprecedented movement of unaccompanied youths across the nation’s southern border.

However, when compared to the numbers of illegal kids turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, it is clear that most are being “booked in” to U.S. facilities and then released — not sent home.

ICE documents provided to the Washington Examiner shows that ICE is accepting an average of 2,000 a month, meaning that the Border Patrol is returning just one of six kids to their countries, mostly Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

For example, the papers show that ICE “booked in” 2,355 unaccompanied youths in December 2014, second only to the previous December’s 3,582.

“And this is supposed to be the slow time of year,” said expert Jessica M. Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies. “Cities and towns that have already received large numbers of unaccompanied illegal alien minors should brace themselves to repeat the process again in the coming months,” she added.

Based on those figures and her experience charting the last year’s surge of illegal immigrants, teens, she projected that U.S. border officials are on track seize about 42,000 unaccompanied alien children, or UACs, this year.

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While fewer than the 56,029 taken into the United States last year, it is a clear sign that the administration’s claim it has posted a “Return to Sender” note on border crossings isn’t having the expected impact on the mostly boys crossing into the United States.

Consider: Already in the current fiscal year, which began in October, ICE has let in 6,580 illegals, more than in all of fiscal year 2011. Generally, said Vaughan, most are released to await an immigration hearing in three to five years.

The “custody management” documents show that babies less than a year old are being accepted into the U.S., with the largest group being 17-year-olds; illegal boys outnumber illegal girls two to one; the top country of origin was Guatemala with 3,292 youths let into the U.S.

The numbers seized at the border are typically higher than the number of those booked into the United States since some are turned back. What’s more, only about half of those who try to cross the border illegally are typically caught or even noticed.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner’s “Washington Secrets” columnist, can be contacted atpbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.

92,898,000 Americans Not Working

92,898,000 Americans Not Working

62.8%: Labor Force Participation Has Hovered Near 37-Year-Low for 11 Months

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The labor force participation rate hovered between 62.9 percent and 62.7 percent in the eleven months from April 2014 through February, and has been 62.9 percent or lower in 13 of the 17 months since October 2013.

Prior to that, the last time the rate was below 63 percent was 37 years ago, in March 1978 when it was 62.8 percent, the same rate it was in February.

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“The civilian labor force participation rate, at 62.8 percent, changed little in February and has remained within the narrow range of 62.7 to 62.9 percent since April 2014,” the BLS said in its release on the February employment data.

92,898,000 Americans were not in the labor force in February, according todata released from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on Friday.

The labor force participation rate is the percentage of the civilian noninstitutional population who participated in the labor force by either having a job during the month or actively seeking one.

In February, according to BLS, the nation’s civilian noninstitutional population, consisting of all people 16 or older who were not in the military or an institution, reached 249,899,000. Of those, 157,002,000 participated in the labor force by either holding a job or actively seeking one.

The 157,002,000 who participated in the labor force was 62.8 percent of the 249,899,000 civilian noninsttutional population, which matches the 62.8 percent rate in April, May, June, and October of 2014 as well as the participation rate in March of 1978. The participation rate hit its lowest level since February 1978 (62.7 percent) in September and December of 2014.

BLS points to the aging of the baby boom generation as a key factor affecting the labor force participation rate:

“In 2000, baby boomers were aged 36 to 54 years and were in the group with the highest participation rates: the prime-aged group 25 to 54 years old. The participation rate for women in this group was 76.7 percent and for men was 91.6 percent, so that the overall participation rate of the group was 84.0 percent. The participation rate of the next-older age group, that 55 years and older, was 32.4 percent, so the difference between the two age groups was 52 percentage points.”

But, with the passage of every year after 2000, a segment of the baby-boomer population passes into the 55-years-and-older age group, thus moving from a group with a high participation rate in the labor force to an age category with a much lower participation rate, causing the overall participation rate to decrease, BLS explained.

“The baby boomers’ exit from the prime-aged workforce (with the highest participation rates) into the 55-years-and older age groups (with much lower participation rates) will ultimately lower the overall labor force participation rate, leading to a slowdown in the growth of the labor force.”

In February, 92,898,000 people did not participate in the labor force. These Americans did not have a job and were not actively trying to find one. When President Obama took office in January 2009, there were 80,529,000 Americans who were not participating in the office, which means that since then, 12,369,000 Americans have left the workforce.

Of the 157,002,000 who did participate in the labor force, 148,297,000 had a job, and 8,705,000 did not have a job but were actively seeking one -– making them the nation’s unemployed.

The 8,705,000 job seekers were 5.5 percent of the 157,002,000 Americans actively participating in the labor force during the month of February. Thus, the unemployment rate for that money was 5.5 percent.

Obama Add Two Immigrants To US For Every New Job Created

Obama Add Two Immigrants To US For Every New Job Created

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The United States has accepted two new immigrants for each additional job created since 2000, according to federal data.

The data shows that 18 million legal and illegal immigrants settled in the United States from 2000 to 2015, while only 9.3 million additional jobs were created, according to the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors a reduced level of immigration.

After subtracting deaths, departures and retirements among the immigrants, the working-age population of immigrants grew 12 million since 2000, according to data at the Bureau of Labor Standards, said Steve Camarota, the author of the CIS study.

The working-age population of Americans aged 16 to 65 also grew by 16 million, Camarota told The Daily Caller. That’s a combined working-age population increase of 28 million, which is three times the number of jobs added since 2000.

The huge growth in labor, and the slow growth of employment, debunkspredictions by Democrats and business groups that immigrant labor spurs the economy enough to ensure that even Americans gain from the inflow.

Instead, the post-2000 flood of migrants and young Americans workers has swamped the slow-growing labor market, and is helping to drive down salariesand to boost values on Wall Street. “Median household income, on average, has fallen 9 percent since the turn of the century,” The New York Times reported in January, matching conventional economic predictions about supply and demand in the labor market.

The extra immigrants are mostly poor, drive up taxpayers’ costs for welfare spending and are crowding into classrooms and spiking state and local education budgets.

The public is increasingly hostile to extra immigration, even as respondents tell pollsters that they value the American tradition of immigration and also that they respect immigrants. The contrast between public statements and private voting was demonstrated in the Democratic stronghold of Oregon, where Americans voted in November by two-to-one to deny drivers licenses to illegals. A January 2015 Gallup poll showed that only seven percent of Americans want a higher rate of immigration, despite minimal media coverage about the scale of immigration.

One reason for the low support for additional immigration is migrants’ willingness to take jobs at lower pay than Americans. In part, they take lower wages because their pay will be effectively increased by the government’s subsequent award of citizenship to them. That’s a hugely valuable deferred payment to migrants, their children and their retirement-age parents.

American citizens, however, can’t get citizenship as deferred wages. Instead, they must ask employers to pay their full wages — except for welfare payments— which puts them at a disadvantage in the labor market.

The percentage of working-age, native-born Americans who are in the labor market has fallen from 76.0 percent in 2000 down to 71.5 percent in 2014, according to the CIS report. The trend has pushed 13 million additional Americans out of the workforce since 2000.

In November 2014, one in every five U.S. jobs was held by a foreign-born worker, up from one-in-six jobs in January 2010, according to federal datahighlighted by the Center for Immigration Studies.

The resulting poverty and social conflict in the United States has spiked demand for big government aid programs since 2000. That demand helped Sen. Barack Obama claim the presidency in 2008 and 2012.

But Obama and his allied Democrats have accelerated the process.

During Obama’s tenure, the normal immigrant inflow of 1 million per year has been boosted by the unprecedented distribution of roughly 7.4 million work-permits to illegals, refugees, tourists and other categories of foreigners.

That 7.4 million is in addition to the roughly four million working-age immigrants among the 6 million legal immigrants who have arrived since 2009.

The combination of the 4 million and the 7.4 million has added roughly 11.4 million new foreign workers to the labor market since Obama was inaugurated in January 2009.

During the same period, roughly 26 million young Americans joined the workforce in search of the jobs needed to pay off college debts, to buy houses and to start families.

That means roughly one working-age immigrant has entered the labor market for every two or three young Americans who turn 18 during Obama’s six-year tenure.

Gallup Poll CEO Says Obama’s Unemployment Numbers “Are a Big Lie!”

Gallup Poll CEO Says Obama’s Unemployment Numbers “Are a Big Lie!”

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Jim Clifton, the Chairman and CEO at Gallup, has acknowledged the dirty little secret that the Obama administration and their media lapdogs assiduously attempt to hide: the official unemployment rate reported by the U.S. Department of Labor does not accurately reflect the grim reality of American unemployment.

Clifton sardonically notes the “celebrating from the media, the White House and Wall Street about how unemployment is ‘down’ to 5.6%. The cheerleading for this number is deafening. The media loves a comeback story, the White House wants to score political points and Wall Street would like you to stay in the market.”

Then Clifton savages such claims. He points out that the Department of Labor simply doesn’t count someone as unemployed if they gave up looking for a job after four weeks of fruitless searching. Adding that as many as 30 million Americans are truly out of work or severely underemployed. Clifton writes bitterly: “Trust me, the vast majority of them aren’t throwing parties to toast ‘falling’ unemployment.”

But Clifton doesn’t stop there; he explains exactly how ridiculous the Department of Labor’s standards are, noting that if a worker performs one hour a week and gets paid a minimum of $20, that worker does not count among their number of unemployed workers.

Even that shocking fact does not end Clifton’s litany of Labor Department subterfuges: if an American works part-time but seeks full-time employment, that American does not count as unemployed. He uses the example of someone who has degree in chemistry or math but can only find part-time work because that job is all that’s available.

Clifton blasts, “There’s no other way to say this. The official unemployment rate, which cruelly overlooks the suffering of the long-term and often permanently unemployed as well as the depressingly underemployed, amounts to a Big Lie.” He notes, “Gallup defines a good job as 30+ hours per week for an organization that provides a regular paycheck. Right now, the U.S. is delivering at a staggeringly low rate of 44%, which is the number of full-time jobs as a percent of the adult population, 18 years and older.”

Clifton concludes with a flourish: “I hear all the time that ‘unemployment is greatly reduced, but the people aren’t feeling it.’ When the media, talking heads, the White House and Wall Street start reporting the truth — the percent of Americans in good jobs; jobs that are full time and real – then we will quit wondering why Americans aren’t ‘feeling’ something that doesn’t remotely reflect the reality in their lives. And we will also quit wondering what hollowed out the middle class.”

Obama to call for new tax increases in State of the Union address

Obama to call for new tax increases in State of the Union address

Tea Party: Taxed Enough Already

WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to use his State of the Union speech to target tax loopholes that benefit the wealthy, while offering new tax breaks for middle-class items like child care, White House officials said Saturday.

In the prime-time address Tuesday, the president plans to call for ending certain loopholes on trust funds, increasing the top tax rates on dividends and capital gains, and imposing new fees on big financial firms that borrow heavily.

Obama also plans to propose new tax breaks for families that have a second working member, child care and the costs of college education, according to a White House proposal.

He will propose a requirement for businesses that do not have a retirement plan to automatically enroll employees into individual retirement accounts.

The package is designed “to simplify our complex tax code, make it fairer by eliminating some of the biggest loopholes, and use the savings to responsibly pay for the investments we need to help middle-class families get ahead and grow the economy,” says a White House statement.

In unveiling a plan to be discussed at the State of the Union, the Obama administration said that closing loopholes for the wealthy would generate revenue of $320 billion over 10 years; the new tax breaks that Obama plans to propose would cost $235 billion over 10 years.

The $235 billion includes both the new tax breaks and the president’s proposal to make community college free for responsible students, which he laid out last week.

Republicans who control both the U.S. House and Senate have objected to what they call tax hikes and excessive business regulations proposed by the Obama administration, saying they would slow business activity.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said this week that Obama has practiced “the old politics of pitting, you know, one set of Americans against the other, on the outdated ways of bureaucratic control, all top-down Washington solutions.”

Republican leaders have also said they would work with Obama on simplifying the tax code, one of the goals of the president’s package.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said that one goal of tax reform should be reducing the corporate tax reform, helping U.S. businesses become more competitive globally. McConnell said this week that the problem with past Obama plans is that “you leave out most of American business.”

An administration statement said that “hundreds of billions of dollars” in inherited assets that are part of trust funds escape taxation every year, and called for the elimination of this “trust fund loophole.”

Another proposal is to increase the top rates on long-term capital gains and dividends from 23.8% to 28% on the highest income households, the level they were at during the Reagan administration.

The proposed fee on financial firms would discourage them from over-borrowing, one of the things that led to the financial meltdown, the White House said. It said the fee could be applied to some 100 firms that have assets of more than $50 billion.

Some of the revenue from these loophole closings would be used for tax breaks designed to “reinvest in the middle class,” said the White House statement.

They include a proposed $500 “second earner” tax credit for families in which both spouses work.

Another State of the Union plank would triple the maximum child care tax credit, providing up to $3,000 per child under the age of 5.

The White House said Obama wants to consolidate six college aid programs into two, helping provide students up to $2,500 in assistance.

A proposed requirement that workers be enrolled in some kind of retirement savings plan would apply to employers who have more than 10 employees.

Obama and aides have spent the past two weeks promoting other items he plans to discuss Tuesday, including proposals on housing, manufacturing, community college, cybersecurity and paid leave.

In his Saturday radio address, Obama previewed some of the people who will sit in the presidential box during the speech.

They include a woman who expanded her business through a federal loan, a wounded warrior who fought in Afghanistan and a man who is repaying his student loans and obtained health insurance through federal programs.

Obama told the radio audience that his State of the Union Address will emphasize economic recovery and “how to build on our momentum” through rising incomes and a stronger middle class.

“And I’ll call on this new Congress to join me in putting aside the political games and finding areas where we agree so we can deliver for the American people,” Obama said.

The White House has announced Obama’s travel in the days after Tuesday’s speech. The president will speak Wednesday at Boise State University in Idaho, and Thursday at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.