The usual Republican follies are underway. The party of smaller government and secure borders felt the donors tug on its leash and voted the donors way again. Let’s not pretend this is a surprise. It’s exactly what we expect. They want the Keystone Pipeline, they want to make cheating by their bankster friends easier and God knows what other Christmas gifts both parties added to this bloated disgrace pretending to be a budget. But they do not want to take on the President when he and their cheap labor donors are in agreement.
The right is angry that the GOP didn’t stop the president’s executive amnesty of millions of illegal interlopers. Patriotic Republicans see that the GOP leadership already disarmed itself by first vowing to avoid a government shutdown, then putting off the amnesty push-back to the next congress. By then it will be all the harder to reverse course.
Now, perhaps I’m naive about how high policy works. So let me share my sidewalk superintendent view.
The President has abrogated his responsibility to enforce immigration law by the expediency of executive fiat. The President is not claiming the right to create new law. He is granting himself the power to pick and choose the degree to which he will enforce our existing law. This is by any definition, a negation rather than an action. He is refusing to do his job in order to cull favor.
Democrats, race hustlers, and GOP donors all claim that this is because “Our immigration system is broken.” They repeat this as though they just read it, chiseled in stone. Both parties use it. Perhaps it should be affixed to the Statue of Liberty?
Never mind that if it is broken, the breakage is due to its lack of use. Are we meant to believe that our immigration system broke down under the force of lassitude? No, if we have millions of illegal aliens and their progeny running around loose, it is because for a long time, we have failed to deport them.
The Obama administration already fails to deport all but the worst criminals from the interior of our country. Even the moochers themselves are beginning to understand how safe they are. They have no fear of both testifying before and disrupting Congress itself.
In the face of this, the GOP congressional leadership came up with a plan. They are going to withhold money from the administration so that the administration they won’t have enough money to continue to do what it is already not doing.
Something is wrong here. I may only have worked on a state level government, but I have never seen a government employee threatened by a budget cut that didn’t actually threaten his take home pay. So far as I have learned, the Senate and House GOP in waiting have no intention of abolishing the immigration offices themselves. If the staff of our famously “Broken” immigration system continue to get their paychecks, cutting their budget will just give them more free time to play solitaire on their desktops. With such budget cuts, who could blame them for doing a lot more of what they do already, - nothing.
It strikes me that cutting the immigration budget just gets the immigrations system more and more “Broken.” And the more broken it is, the more wetbacks the President and company will force on the rest of us. Isn’t this obvious?
Can anyone imagine CNN or MSNBC or the New York Times failing to report on the shameful parsimoniousness of Congress? Can’t we imagine Josh Ernest hammering away at those niggardly Republicans, making our immigration system even worse?
It seems to me that if we want to solve this mess we would stop playing into the cheap labor lobbies hands and attack the problem head on.
I know, I know, impeachment. Remember we’re talking about invertebrates here. Creatures with spines don’t run for Congress.
No, this is how we beat this is. The next time some weasel from homeland security whines about not having the resources to deport millions of people, just demand to know how much would it take? Don’t take no for an answer. Get a figure. Then, double it. Then, appropriate and fund it.
It seems blindingly obvious to me that calling Obama’s bluff would be a masterstroke. Of course we must arrive at a figure sufficient to drive every interloper and his family to the Mexican border in a stretch limo with a full bar. There will be no suffering, especially with a full bar. Virgin Air would be available if this is impractical.
This perhaps simpleminded approach would have several positive effects.
First, all legislators love to spend money. Even Dem’s would have a hard time resisting this. Smart Republican congress critters could call this true immigration reform. What better way to fix our “Broken” system than by funding the hell out of it?
Second, the President would lose his fig leaf. We all know he doesn’t fail to deport illegals for lack of funds. He just doesn’t want to deport brown people. He wants more of them here. Without them as registered Democrats, neither of his daughters will ever be President. But with all that added money at his disposal, he will be forced to admit his real agenda. Indeed his left wing and Hispanic allies will force him to come out of his closet. I think this might just wake up the last few thousand white working class Democrats to what their leader and his party think of them.
Third, the President will of course continue refusing to deport illegals. But then, he would truly be defying the will of Congress and the American people. He would have to admit that the system wasn’t broken at all. He just didn’t like it. And for that, even our congressional salamanders and toads would vote for impeachment.
The cost of this measure would be high, but we are broke as it is, and still we throw money around like confetti. Why skimp on this most vexatious cause? We could sell and old aircraft carrier or two. I hear the Russians are in the market. Why not ask our true friends the Israeli’s. I’m sure they wouldn’t mind tossing back a Billion out of the three Billion we send them each year.