Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Comments Reveal Republican Support of Amnesty and Comprehensive Immigration Reform a Death Knell for the Party

Mississippi governor turned multi-millionaire lobbyist Haley Barbour has been working overtime in Washington to secure an additional 55,000 H1B visas per year.
"Barbour, who has made millions lobbying for large corporations such as Microsoft and R. J. Reynolds, has been urging Republicans to pass comprehensive immigration reform since November 2012, just days after the GOP’s disastrous electoral defeat. Barbour is also a co-chairman of the Immigration Task Force at the Bipartisan Policy Center, which supports Gang of Eight–style reform. According to GOP congressional staffers, Barbour has been one of the most aggressive behind-the-scenes lobbyists for comprehensive reform, even reaching out to the Gang of Eight’s most ardent opponents."
With the U.S. Chamber of Commerce vowing to spend $50 million in this year's primaries to defeat populist tea party candidates who oppose selling out hard working Americans to big business and big labor, you know a lot of secret money is also flowing into the hands of lobbyists like Barbour.
"When it comes to the push for comprehensive immigration reform, proponents are backed by teams of lobbyists representing labor unions, Silicon Valley, and big business. The debate has focused almost exclusively on the question of whether to give illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship, while largely ignoring the arguably more consequential provision of the Gang of Eight bill that would actually increase the number of low-skilled and temporary immigrants legally admitted to the country. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the Gang’s plan would admit nearly twice as many legal immigrants (38 million) over the next ten years as the number projected under current law (22 million)." 
While big businesses and establishment Republicans may be quick to sell out America's future, it's base and the vast majority of hard working Americans aren't standing for it.  Here is just a sampling of what they are saying that is being ignored by their representatives:
"Because we should let more people in before we help the ones already here. Makes perfect sense."
"The only reform Immigration requires is that of enforcing the existing law!
Anything else is not reform, it is elimination."
"I don't care who the Democrats run in '16, I will NEVER vote for a back stabbing amnesty (in any form) supporter just because he has an "R" by his/her name. I'll stay home." 
"We don't need to legalize 30 million unskilled illegals.. when we have tens of millions Americans jobless... I don't know how Dems have been suckered into supporting this anti workers immigration scam called reform.. this is a bill paid for by business."
"We have nearly 90 million Americans out of work, and this POS wants to import 3rd worlders to take what few jobs are available."
"Screw it. I'm voting for the third party in 2016. If the GOP is going to support Christie then that is proof positive that there is really only one political party in America."
"[T]here are 3 unemployed people for every job opening. The other day, thousands showed up for 36 icecream jobs at a MD plant. And the solution to joblessness is to shamnesty more illegals?
I live in a sanctuary state and it's ridiculous to see the laws flouted so flagrantly.
Every criminal illegal alien needs to be deported. Every criminal politician needs to be deported with them."
 "Haley Barbour - yet another charter member of the Republican Elite "Old Guard". The Republican Elite and modern Democratic Party; opposite sides of the same Progressive coin." 
"Well, there you have it folks. Those who want to sell out yours and your children's futures stand to make MILLIONS in doing so.
Trust me, Boehner, McConnell, Cantor, McCarthy, and Ryan all stand to do the same.
Be sure to post this on all of their Facebook pages, in addition to Carl Rove's, and the GOP's." 
"Big Business wants cheap labor, so what does that do to those with jobs or the millions of American Citizens who can't find one? You can't count on illegals made legal to pay enough here besides what they send to Mexico to pay for your welfare now can you?" 
"I've voted Republican for nearly 50 years. If the Republicans pass amnesty in any form, I'll never vote for anyone with an R after their name again. If no third party candidate is running, I'll vote Democrat." 
"The only thing these scum understand is VOTES. Call their offices and inform their staffers that they have received their last vote from you or your family." 
"There is a lamp post waiting for this traitorous sack of schiete. This man embodies everything that is wrong with the Republican Brand." 
"We have NO ONE representing the average US citizen anymore." 
"The overwhelming majority covered under “amnesty” are uneducated low-income laborers who will never have to pay income tax because their income is too low. They will join the 46% who currently don’t pay one single dime in income tax."
The American people get it.  Why don't establishment Republicans?




3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Death KNELL! If you want to be taken seriously, learn how to spell.

Anonymous said...

I am quite certain 'nail' was spelled correctly. I think what you mean to say is get the saying right, even though 'death nail' is a fairly common mistake, akin to irregardless or literally.

Google provide 131,000,000 results for 'death nail' and less than 4 million for 'death knell'. It would seem far more people get the sayings confused than get them correct.

Anonymous said...

Death KNELL! If you want to be taken seriously, learn how to spell.

He did not make a spelling error. He made an error of conflating two related expressions. He could have either used 'death knell' or 'the final nail in the coffin', which both effectively mean the same thing, namely that the GOP is going to hasten its demise with this policy.

His mistake was combining the two, but the meaning is still very clear.

See this site.

Do you have any opinions on the subject matter of his post? Or are you going to dismiss it because of his misuse of an expression? If so that would be like dismissing anything Obama had to say because he once stated he had visited all 57 states. Or dismissing Sonia Sotomayor who used the expression 'imminent domain', rather than the correct form "eminent domain", when going through her Senate confirmation hearings. (BTW Sotomayer's gaffe is much worse than this blogger's)