Media Mashup: December 1, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 6.11.04 PMU.S. Isn’t the Bad Guy On Refugees

National Review provides an analysis of how America has allowed many refugees to settle here.

“Under a Carter administration scheme, the Refugee Admissions Program, the United States has admitted hundreds of thousands of aliens since 1980 — and, as the Center for Immigration Studies explains, asylum petitions have surged since the mid-Nineties. If there is a refugee “crisis,” it most certainly is no fault of ours: For example, the U.S. took in two-thirds of the world’s refugees resettled in 2014, with Canada a distant second, admitting about 10 percent. Those figures come from an invaluable briefing by Refugee Resettlement Watch, which illustrates that the Syrian component is but a fraction of what we must consider. Tens of thousands of what are called “refugees” have come to our shores from Muslim-majority countries. From Iraq alone, the number is 120,000 since 2007, notwithstanding the thousands of American lives and hundreds of billions of American taxpayer dollars sacrificed to make Iraq livable.”

Read more at http://www.nationalreview.com/article/427698/syria-refugees-debate-muslim-immigration

U.S. Strategic Plan Needs A Serious Update

National Interest calls for a major revision of the U.S. defense plan.

“The 2015 National Security Strategy (NSS) of the United States says the nation’s primary strategic imperatives are to ensure the “security of the United States, its citizens, and U.S. allies and partners; A strong, innovative, and growing U.S. economy… A rules-based international order…that promotes peace, security, and opportunity…” The Pentagon seeks to accomplish those objectives by “employing the instruments of national power in a synchronized and integrated fashion…” Those laudable goals make up our strategic theory. But how are we doing in the only place it matters: on the muddy, messy, and complex ground?

“We’re in desperate need of change.

“If the national objectives outlined in the NSS have been our target, our foreign policy has failed miserably over the past several decades and currently works at cross-purposes to American interests. Consider the national and international environment that faced the United States on September 10, 2001, the day before the horrific terror attacks: there were no American troops engaged in any war. The U.S. economy was very strong, enjoying a budget surplus that year of $163 billion. Al Qaeda, small in numbers, posed a limited threat to the U.S. and the world.

“Since that time, American combat troops, often numbering in the hundreds of thousands, have been continuously fighting wars on multiple continents; the budget deficit for FY2016 is projected to be $474 billion; and the terrorist threat has exploded in capacity and capability, representing a serious threat to the United States. Are these developments merely a product of external factors foisted on our country, or have our strategic actions been partly to blame?

“Without a doubt, external forces and organizations seek to harm the United States, and many are actively engaged in fighting against our interests. But the record unambiguously and painfully shows that our actions contribute mightily to the deteriorating economic and security situation.

http://nationalinterest.org/feature/american-security-leaders-biggest-flaw-14460

Democrats Get More Of The Big Money

Despite the notion that the GOP gets much of the money from fat cats, OpenSecrets.org has found that Democrats actually get the lion’s share. The percentage on the right is first for the Democrats and second for the Republicans.

1 Service Employees International Union $224,273,550 $222,520,804 $1,294,169 99%
2 ActBlue $194,439,211 $193,985,073 $59,727 100% 0%
3 American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees $94,708,977 $93,739,954 $671,755 99% 1%
4 National Education Assn $93,656,468 $89,590,047 $3,192,344 97% 3%
5 Fahr LLC $80,409,603 $80,409,603 $0 100% 0%
6 American Federation of Teachers $70,769,128 $69,987,011 $348,050 100% 1%
7 Las Vegas Sands $70,417,242 $30,950 $70,379,411 0% 100%
8 Carpenters & Joiners Union $70,069,398 $65,240,497 $4,682,026 93% 7%
9 National Assn of Realtors $69,556,807 $24,973,895 $26,678,035 48% 52%
10 Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $66,273,173 $65,000,555 $997,418 99% 2%
11 United Food & Commercial Workers Union $64,072,657 $63,589,291 $306,750 100% 1%
12 AT&T Inc $62,395,194 $26,064,645 $36,178,562 42% 58%
13 Laborers Union $58,350,719 $50,642,172 $3,479,566 94% 6%
14 Perry Homes $55,513,249 $22,300 $55,220,949 0% 100%
15 Goldman Sachs $54,453,925 $28,376,553 $25,992,022 52% 48%
16 American Assn for Justice $49,343,405 $45,745,238 $3,452,317 93% 7%
17 AFL-CIO $46,919,763 $45,364,095 $1,135,676 98% 2%
18 Soros Fund Management $46,644,808 $45,511,318 $1,090,450 98% 2%
19 Contran Corp $46,091,117 $655,868 $45,333,099 1% 99%
20 Plumbers/Pipefitters Union $45,314,065 $41,043,291 $1,517,870 96% 4%
21 United Auto Workers $44,540,584 $43,606,279 $233,380 100% 1%
22 Communications Workers of America $44,279,765 $43,850,787 $237,790 100% 1%
23 Teamsters Union $43,283,858 $40,830,506 $2,122,448 95% 5%
24 Adelson Drug Clinic $43,006,118 $20,000 $42,994,018 0% 100%
25 Newsweb Corp $40,350,521 $39,959,271 $251,250 99% 1%
26 EMILY’s List $38,960,245 $38,664,879 $4,794 100% 0%
27 Renaissance Technologies $36,896,127 $7,659,966 $29,196,074 21% 79%
28 United Parcel Service $36,438,428 $12,961,233 $23,416,655 36% 64%
29 Citigroup Inc $36,245,564 $17,266,852 $18,579,303 48% 52%
30 JPMorgan Chase & Co $35,675,167 $16,897,267 $18,677,045 48% 53%
31 American Bankers Assn $35,392,446 $12,310,296 $22,976,625 35% 65%
32 National Auto Dealers Assn $35,227,985 $11,164,211 $24,049,774 32% 68%
33 Sheet Metal Workers Union $34,885,391 $34,154,806 $608,585 98% 2%
34 Blue Cross/Blue Shield $34,235,758 $12,495,442 $21,692,990 37% 64%
35 Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union $33,910,938 $33,335,147 $403,791 99% 1%
36 Elliott Management $33,809,998 $137,360 $33,540,488 0% 100%
37 National Assn of Letter Carriers $33,678,576 $24,896,799 $2,431,475 91% 9%
38 National Beer Wholesalers Assn $33,055,541 $11,872,716 $21,161,075 36% 64%
39 Microsoft Corp $33,043,368 $18,365,752 $14,571,649 56% 44%
40 Victory Campaign 2004 $33,038,925 $33,038,925 $0 100% 0%
41 American Medical Assn $32,950,717 $13,204,935 $19,690,882 40% 60%
42 Operating Engineers Union $32,466,960 $28,011,016 $4,373,594 87% 14%
43 General Electric $32,211,821 $15,024,023 $17,138,366 47% 53%
44 Lockheed Martin $31,247,085 $13,239,136 $17,965,568 42% 58%
45 Bank of America $30,833,206 $12,642,197 $18,154,452 41% 59%
46 United Steelworkers $30,352,363 $19,961,909 $78,600 100% 0%
47 National Assn of Home Builders $30,030,505 $10,149,390 $19,849,365 34% 66%
48 Bloomberg Lp $29,983,536 $11,544,433 $725,627 94% 6%
49 Koch Industries $29,519,116 $1,717,198 $27,890,922 6% 94%
50 American Dental Assn $29,427,233 $10,744,636 $13,472,966 44% 56%
51 Morgan Stanley $29,264,245 $12,651,050 $16,555,910 43% 57%
52 Verizon Communications $29,153,366 $11,729,226 $17,323,826 40% 60%
53 Deloitte LLP $28,555,326 $10,230,766 $18,258,431 36% 64%
54 International Assn of Fire Fighters $28,458,881 $24,119,576 $4,221,205 85% 15%
55 Credit Union National Assn $27,684,074 $13,397,970 $14,218,520 49% 52%
56 Ernst & Young $27,561,058 $11,296,889 $16,107,932 41% 59%
57 Comcast Corp $26,146,535 $14,602,386 $11,399,896 56% 44%
58 Time Warner $25,795,246 $19,317,056 $6,296,594 75% 25%
59 PricewaterhouseCoopers $25,602,575 $9,250,072 $16,296,729 36% 64%
60 American Hospital Assn $25,323,202 $13,286,902 $11,993,254 53% 47%
61 Shangri-La Entertainment $25,285,583 $25,277,633 $7,950 100% 0%
62 Boeing Co $25,178,381 $11,662,584 $13,484,867 46% 54%
63 NextGen Climate Action $25,074,615 $25,074,615 $0 100% 0%
64 Honeywell International $25,022,293 $10,859,813 $14,138,500 43% 57%
65 UBS AG $24,852,904 $10,093,823 $14,539,806 41% 59%
66 Democratic Governors Assn $24,303,538 $20,204,538 $0 100% 0%
67 Ironworkers Union $24,095,933 $22,914,063 $1,119,370 95% 5%
68 Northrop Grumman $23,283,984 $9,946,746 $13,273,809 43% 57%
69 Union Pacific Corp $23,057,938 $6,400,089 $16,653,164 28% 72%
70 Air Line Pilots Assn $22,720,793 $18,427,543 $4,247,250 81% 19%
71 AFLAC Inc $22,185,661 $9,618,951 $12,583,215 43% 57%
72 Club for Growth $22,061,524 $114,519 $21,684,540 1% 100%
73 Pfizer Inc $21,946,163 $7,757,637 $14,162,036 35% 65%
74 National Rifle Assn $21,927,085 $3,832,742 $18,075,095 18% 83%
75 National Assn of Insurance & Financial Advisors $21,783,074 $8,957,530 $12,800,044 41% 59%
76 National Air Traffic Controllers Assn $21,742,804 $17,824,004 $3,892,800 82% 18%
77 American Postal Workers Union $20,878,639 $19,592,051 $507,480 98% 3%
78 Altria Group $20,534,120 $6,335,879 $14,203,787 31% 69%
79 New York Life Insurance $20,347,881 $9,984,398 $10,358,853 49% 51%
80 Credit Suisse Group $20,306,475 $8,486,377 $11,780,398 42% 58%
81 Raytheon Co $20,284,150 $8,698,631 $11,523,857 43% 57%
82 Akin, Gump et al $20,074,428 $12,728,618 $7,311,335 64% 37%
83 National Rural Electric Cooperative Assn $19,441,177 $8,757,846 $10,664,081 45% 55%
84 Pharmaceutical Product Development Inc $19,139,311 $3,000 $24,605,701 0% 100%
85 City of New York, NY $19,104,269 $15,943,861 $752,059 96% 5%
86 Chartwell Partners $19,005,228 $232,700 $18,724,828 1% 99%
87 American Financial Group $18,755,016 $2,231,079 $16,546,851 12% 88%
88 General Dynamics $18,754,106 $8,530,811 $10,155,983 46% 54%
89 United Transportation Union $18,726,795 $16,404,729 $2,242,546 88% 12%
90 American Institute of CPAs $18,358,395 $7,629,544 $10,695,551 42% 58%
91 Chevron Corp $18,337,183 $3,343,481 $14,951,169 18% 82%
92 National Cable & Telecommunications Assn $17,892,484 $8,465,285 $9,385,549 47% 53%
93 Wal-Mart Stores $17,828,261 $6,176,846 $11,639,377 35% 65%
94 Exxon Mobil $17,568,663 $2,333,270 $15,193,978 13% 87%
95 Anheuser-Busch InBev $17,415,865 $7,902,337 $9,491,664 45% 55%
96 Wells Fargo $17,367,746 $6,087,239 $11,235,666 35% 65%
97 Republican Governors Assn $17,363,969 $850 $16,382,021 0% 100%
98 TRT Holdings $17,361,862 $13,150 $17,348,712 0% 100%
99 FedEx Corp $17,149,229 $6,535,364 $10,601,440 38% 62%
100 Amway/Alticor Inc $17,114,190 $63,835 $17,266,360 0% 100%

Based on data released by the FEC on March 09, 2015.

Feel free to distribute or cite this material, but please credit the Center for Responsive Politics. For permission to reprint for commercial uses, such as textbooks, contact the Center

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Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to charper@temple.edu.

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