Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Stabbing the American people in the back

Once again, Republicans and Democrats in Washington are getting together in the spirit of bipartisanship to screw the American people. DC elites versus the rest of us. How nice.

Once again, the vehicle for said screwing is "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" -- the legalization and eventual citizenship for an estimated 11 million illegal aliens living in the US. Such reform is necessary because ... well, no one has really tried to explain why it's necessary. Once these 11 million illegal aliens are legalized, then the federal government can secure he border ... which under the Constitution it's supposed to be doing anyway but is not because it wants to legalize these illegal aliens. But once those illegal aliens are legalized, then the United States can reap the benefits ... whatever those are, since no one has ever really explained how the United States or its people will benefit from this legislation.

It's almost like they don't know of any possible benefit to the American people. Or they don't care. I don't know which is worse.

What we do know is once these 11 million illegal aliens are legalized, the Democrats will basically have 11 million new voters and the Republicans will have lotsa cheap labor. In a time of high unemployment, 11 million new workers will be dumped on the market, depressing wages and making already scarce jobs even harder to come by.

"We're from the government and we're here to hurt you."
(And, yes, I'm using the term "illegal aliens" intentionally. That is the proper legal term.)

So, over the repeated, explicit objections of the American people, the Republicans and Democrats in Washington are about to push through legislation that will benefit themselves but, as far as I can tell, will not benefit the American people in the slightest and will actually harm them. In short, this legislation is utterly reprehensible and an abuse of federal power.

So, while we are all distracted with the Scandalpalooza, war in Syria, possible war in the Far East, and riots in Turkey, our elected officials in Washington are about to knife the American people.

Mickey Kaus, no far right wing conservative he, has created a "handy pocket guide to the provisions of the bill that promise tough future enforcement, etc. – and the reasons why they don’t do what they pretend to do" listing the catchphrases and what they really mean. A sample:

Schumer-Rubio promise/Why bogus
“Multiple triggers”/Legalization is immediate. DHS just has to write border “plan.”  The most any “triggers” can possibly do is delay green cards and citizenship.
“90 % effectiveness”/ If not reached, triggers only toothless commission. … Also: “90% effectiveness” – as defined by DHS–is really more like 50%.
“Pay back taxes”/ Only if already “assessed” by IRS (unlikely). Newly legalized may instead get refunds.
“Learn English”/ Only need to sign up for English class.
“Clean record”/ Allows two free misdemeanors. Additional misdemeanors (including assaults) can be waived by DHS.
“Pay a fine”/ Can be waived by DHS
“Back of the line”/ Get to wait out the line while living in the U.S (unlike suckers trying to come here legally).
Border fence/ Leaves it up to DHS, which decided not to complete fence in first place
“Comprehensive Southern Border Security Strategy”/ Only has to be “substantially” operational–whatever that means, as defined by DHS–before green cards are issued. (Legalization has already happened, remember!)
Read the whole thing, or download the PDF.

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