I can’t start this article without slamming the President too. With ALLLLL the major problems we have as a country, what does the President want to focus on? Drumroll, please…Climate change. UUUUGH!!! Seriously. I’m almost speechless. It is days like today where the most exercise I get is rolling my eyes.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say “exercise” was probably the one thing Meatloaf wouldn’t do for love.
In 2010 at a press conference about Obamacare, then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi famously uttered the stupidest thing ever said on Capital Hill: “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it.” Well, apparently we are doing it again, this time with a 1,200 page immigration bill.
Quick review. Here is what we are proposing: After the bill passes, Immigration officials must ensure that immigrants, upon entry, have the necessary funds for their personal sustenance and for their dependents (Article 34). We will classify the act of “illegal immigration” as a felony, with possible imprisonment for: a) foreigners who enter the country with fake or falsely signed papers (Article 116); b) up to 10 years for foreigners who are deported and illegally attempt to re-enter (Article 118); c) up to 6 years for foreigners who violate the terms of their visa (Articles 119 – 121); and d) up to 2 years for ANYONE who illegally enters the country (Article 123). We will also add an amendment to the Constitution that specifically forbids non-citizens to demonstrate or to express opinions on domestic politics.
Hey…that doesn’t sound all baaaaa…Wait…OHMIGOSH!! I’m so sorry. This isn’t right. I’m confused. The above is from MEXICO’S immigration laws and MEXICO’S Constitution. Boy is my face red.
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No, no. We are going the opposite way. After all, we don’t want to be seen as bigots. (Hey, wouldn’t using the Mexican laws as a model be considered the most “un-bigoted” thing you could do?) In THIS bill even the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) admits it will: a) lower middle-class wages, b) hurt the poor, c) explode welfare costs, and d) cut illegal immigration by only 25%.
I think that last one is way off. There will be an explosion of new people. Because of the “supply and demand” rule, this explosion will only hurt the poor – more. Why, as an employer, would I give any employee a raise when I have a line out the door of people willing to work for minimum wage?
But wait. It gets worse than that. One of the provisions of Obamacare is that all employers who have over 50 employees must provide Health insurance or face a fine of $3,000 per month, per employee. So the employers have a choice between paying the fine or paying the expensive Health Care. Hmmm…? What to do? OH WAIT…If, as an employer, I get rid of my “citizen” employees and only hire the new “immigrant” employees I won’t have to pay the $3,000 fine OR insurance. You see, the new “immigrants” aren’t eligible for Federal programs. That’s a real win/win. Unless, of course you are a law-abiding citizen. Then for you, it sucks.
The problem is the Republican Party is being hacked to death with a double edged sword. On one side of the sword, the “Establishment Republicans” have been suckered by the business lobby (who support the cheap labor provided by illegal immigrants) into thinking they will never win a major election again without the Hispanic vote. I have thoughts on this, but that is another article for another day. On the other edge of the sword the Democrats (who only want reform so the new, entitlement-receiving immigrants will vote Democrat) paint those opposed to a slave labor class in America as being racist. It’s a plan brilliantly played by the Democrats. Big business doesn’t care and Establishment Republicans are too stupid to notice.
Too Stupid to Notice.
“Cheap labor” isn’t cheap. It is only cheap for the employer. Why? Well today, 71 percent of illegal immigrant households, with children, collect government benefits, and 57 percent of all immigrant households receive government benefits, compared to 39 percent of native households. Now instead of having to pay a little bit more for our strawberries, we all get to support underpaid employees.
I listened to Marco Rubio’s speech about this bill (June 26) and I have to tell you, there is a lot in the bill I agree with. I really like Marco Rubio. In this case I just believe he is wrong. Not that his points aren’t valid. I agree something needs to be done. I believe he is putting too much faith in the Democrats. Democrats lie. They will do it every single time. This bill is going to pass the Senate, not pass the House, go into “compromise” (read “Republicans will be suckered into caving – AGAIN”) and come out the other end as amnesty. Again, the bill is TWELVE HUNDRED PAGES.
Unquestionably there are good, hard working people who what to come and contribute to this county. I get that. I don’t fault anyone in wanting to come to this country. It’s the best country on earth . I also get there are those who came here as children and this is the only country they know. I agree something should be done for them. But we need to start with a fence. Good fences make good neighbors.
Instead of building a fence, using E-verify to ensure employees are legal FIRST, we are going to screw everything up.
LIFEZILLA: I’m not cynical. I’m even worse. I’m realistic.