The Ebola Czar Makes Perfect Sense

by: the Common Constitutionalist:

Since last Friday the right has been all a Twitter (literally) over Obama’s choice for Ebola Czar. Many are asking, how could he do such a thing – appointing a political operative – one who has no medical background at all?

Talk Radio, the blogosphere, Fox news were/are all appalled at the choice of a non-physician or other medical expert to head the new layer of red tape just created.

Yes, a new Czar is what we need, because apparently the other umpteen government departments that are already supposed to deal with medical, health and disease issues can’t or won’t do the job and evidently no department in government has the common sense to coordinate with another on its own. Some Czar has to be appointed to tell them to.

So the right is livid and confused over the choice, while those on the left are either defending Obama’s choice or are silent. My guess is the ones who are silent are either running for reelection or didn’t get the talking points memo, or both.

One who did get the memo, or probably wrote it, is Media Matters. In typical leftist fashion Media Matters didn’t defend the new Czar Ron Klain, but walked the typical path of change the topic through “Gotcha Politics” and “Moral Relativism”. read more

Valerie Jarrett Has Boehner Commitment on Amnesty

from Breitbart:

President Barack Obama’s top adviser and confidant told a group of global elites on Thursday in Las Vegas, Nevada that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has made a commitment to the White House to try to pass amnesty legislation this year.

After hailing the Senate’s amnesty bill that the Congressional Budget Office determined would lower the wages of American workers, Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s senior advisor, told attendees at the yearly invitation-only SkyBridge Alternatives Conference that Boehner would help the White House make a push get immigration reform enacted in the next three months.

“I think we have a window this summer, between now and August, to get something done,” Jarrett said, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “We have a commitment from Speaker Boehner, who’s very frustrated with his caucus.” read more

Boehner Releases Immigration Deform Proposal

Drum roll…..the long awaited GOP principles on illegal immigration were presented today to the House GOP Conference at their annual [aptly-named] retreat.  Sorry to disappoint you but there is nothing new under the sun.  Their framework is a mirror image of the Senate “Gang of 8” bill, albeit cloaked in even more deceptive and disingenuous language in order to distract conservatives with shiny objects.  Let’s go through some of the text:

  • After proposing broad amnesty, the document says that” none of this can happen before specific enforcement triggers have been implemented.”  That might sound like it was written by the Tea Party, but in reality every GOP leader has made it clear that enforcement triggers mean something ambiguous after the “probationary” legal status is granted. read more

Immigration “Week of Escalation”

Immigration activist groups have declared they will launch a “week of escalation” this week to pressure lawmakers in Congress with acts of civil disobedience to pass comprehensive immigration reform this year.

According to Politico, pro-immigration reform groups will target House Republican leaders and over 20 Republicans they think are vulnerable on the issue. Their goal is to get a vote on immigration reform this year.  read more

I Read the Bill…Well, Not Quite

by: the Common Constitutionalist


I had a goal this past weekend. It was rather ambitious but one I thought I could tackle. It was to read the Immigration Bill, but after finding a copy online, I quickly discovered if I wanted to not have my eyes bleed or head explode I’d better develop a new tact.

I also concluded that due to the bills length, 1274 pages, there isn’t a government official, elected or otherwise that know what is in this monstrosity.

As a matter of fact, a member of Congress, representative John Carter (R-TX) admitted just that last Friday. He said: “there are things in the bill that I don’t know what they mean because I’m not an immigration lawyer.”

As a matter of principle, all these politicians should be thrown out on their derrières for not reading these bills or understanding them, yet still voting for them. The sad truth is that most of them simply don’t care.

Back to it. So back online I went and found a summary of the bill. The summary was 72 pages, 4803 sections!

I knew early on I would not get through the whole document. Frankly I wanted to prove to others and myself wrong; that the bill wasn’t as bad as I had heard.

I was wrong. It’s worse and I only made it to section 2551 out of 4803.

Here are some of the gems I found. Some you may have already heard, some not. Due to the language, I will paraphrase. My comments will be italicized.

Section 3: No one will be granted RPI (Registered Provisional Immigrant) status until Big Sis (Sec. Napolitano) submits a border security plan to Congress.

So nothing actually has to be done – just a plan submitted. Rubio already admitted that.

Section 4: If after five years high risk border sectors haven’t been controlled, a “Southern Border Security Commission” will be established.

After five years? Oh, and the commissioners are appointed by Obama (or the next president), Reid and Boehner. Terrific! I feel safer.

Section 1105:… The secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture must conduct an environmental impact study of security activities.

That way they can provide cover for Big Sis to shut down border security due to environmental concerns.

Section 1107: DHS will provide sat phones (satellite phones) to those in high-risk rural areas without cell service.

For what? Who will they call? Some law enforcement entity that couldn’t get to them in time to do anything? And if they tried to defend themselves they would probably be charged with a hate crime.

Section 2101: an alien granted RPI status may be issued a Social Security card.

Is it just me, but aren’t Social Security cards reserved for American citizens only? This section states that they receive the card so that they may enlist in the armed services. It does not specify any other purpose. Use your imagination; they will.

Observation: while reading this summary, I noticed throughout the bill, the “Secretary” has a lot of discretion to do things or not, to change things or not and to waive requirements as she sees fit. I thought it interesting.

Section 2104: if an aliens RPI application is denied (not that it ever would be) they can appeal the decision in US District Court or an appellate court.

That won’t clog up and already overburdened court system much.

Section 2106 you have probably heard. DHS doles out millions of dollars to liberal nonprofits like La Raza to teach aliens English, the Constitution and American history (and register them as Democrats). What you may not have heard is the same program is repeated in section 2535 under a different program name.

The newly named “Office of Citizenship and New Americans” heads it up.

Section 2232 allows the feds to tell the agricultural industry how much they must pay their workers and the USDA Secretary is charged with forcing annual pay raises between 1.5 and 2.5% per year – regardless of the economy.

At this point I started running out of gas, but I couldn’t resist this one last gem.

Section 2551: waiver of English requirement for senior “new Americans”. If you’re over 60 and have lived in the US for 10 years or more – you don’t have to learn English.

10 years and they can’t speak our language? That’s an immigrant that will really help our economy. I also noticed about halfway in, the word “alien” disappeared and was replaced with “new Americans”.

Well that’s about as much as I could stand. Just know that these examples were just a fraction of what is wrong with this bill. This Bill from front to back is a disaster, chock-full of benefits and no enforcement. Don’t be fooled by any of the rhetoric!

Left Wing Writer Opposes Immigration Bill

While the U.S. Senate easily passed the immigration bill Thursday, the measure is expected to encounter resistance from GOP House members before it ever lands on President Obama’s desk in the Oval Office.

The battle shaping up looks to be fierce. But in the midst of this political fight is one voice you just don’t hear that much about:

A liberal encouraging other liberals to oppose the immigration bill.

He’s not an elected official, but a writer for the left-leaning New Republic magazine.

And T.A. Frank knows his article, Why Liberals Should Oppose the Immigration Bill: It’s about low-wage American workers, won’t garner him kudos from his political tribe:

The consensus among decent people in favor of the immigration bill making its way through Congress is so firm that expressing dissent feels a bit like taking the floor to suggest we chop down the Redwood National Park. People don’t want to hear it, and they also think you’re a nut. That makes this article one of the hardest I’ve ever had to write. It’s not that I’m afraid people will get angry; it’s that I can’t imagine anyone on my side (liberal) is open to persuasion.

Frank’s objection to the immigration bill has its roots in future concerns:

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Marco’s Feelin the Heat

by: Matt K. Lewis of the The Daily Caller

with comments by yours truly [ ]

Sen. Marco Rubio took to the floor of the U.S. Senate Wednesday afternoon, to address concerns that have arisen from some grassroots conservatives over his support of immigration reform.

[ Concerns?! How about betrayal. And he not only supports it, he appears to be the head betrayer.]

“I have received numerous emails and calls from conservatives and tea party activists,” he said at the beginning of his remarks.

[ From what Ted Cruz has said, the senate phone lines have been on fire. Senate aids are apparently getting a bit tired of fielding the less than complimentary calls]

“To hear the worry, anxiety, and growing anger in the voices of so many people who helped me get elected to the Senate, who I agree with on virtually every other issue, has been a real trial for me,” he confessed.

[ Evidently it is not enough to sway you to change your position. Those who supported you understand that this is truly a game changer. If this gets pushed through, nothing else will matter. We can’t believe you don’t see it]

But he said he told them that he would go to Washington to “fight to stop what is bad for America,” and that what we have now is, in fact, hurting America. ”I simply wasn’t going to leave it to Democrats alone to try to figure out how to fix it.”

[ That’s what we thought you would do, fight for us and the Constitution. And name one thing the “Government” has ever fixed, democrat or republican?]

“I got involved because I knew that if conservatives didn’t get involved in shaping this legislation, it would not have any border security reforms our nation desperately needs,” Rubio said.

[ Well, I’ll be kind and won’t call that a lie, but it sure isn’t the truth. There is no security, but there are hollow promises of maybe some security sometime…maybe]

Rubio asked tea party conservatives who are upset to understand that he honestly believes “it is the right thing for our country.”

[ If  that is truly what he believes than he has been lost to the dark side. That or he never was anything but a slick talker. I don’t know which and frankly I don’t care]

And he assured them he would continue to fight along side them for “real tax reform, lowering the debt, balancing our budget, reducing regulations, rolling back job-killing environmental policies and repealing the disaster of Obamacare,” and to defend “the sanctity of life and traditional marriage.”

[ Senator Rubio…the bottom line is that none of  those other things will matter at all if we allow, by some updated estimates, upwards of 40 million illegals to become legalized. Our already fragile economy will be overwhelmed (Cloward and Piven) and the country we knew will be unrecognizable in as little as 5 years, give or take. I’m stunned you don’t see it. Or worse, maybe you do]


Amnesty Vote Today!

On Monday at 5:30pm, the United States Senate will vote on the most sweeping immigration reform proposal it has considered in almost 3 decades – and it will do so having only seen the nearly 1200 pages of text for approximately 72 hours.  Americans – including myself, my fellow senators and our staffs – are still trying to figure out exactly what is in the new Schumer-Corker-Hoeven “deal.” 

Sound familiar?  Pass it to find out what’s in it?  Reminiscent of Obamacare, the lengthy amendment to replace the Gang of 8’s original bill was crafted behind closed doors and introduced late on Friday, after many members had left town.  In the 2007 immigration debate, close to 50 amendments were considered.  But this year, we have only debated 9 – with some of us being completely shut out. 

Given only a weekend to review the language, we will now vote on whether to end a debate that never really began.   To be clear – this is not a difficult vote.   On process alone, we should all vote “no.“  This was by design – the President, Harry Reid and the Gang of 8 preferred all along to ram through a “deal,” and not have a real debate – just like Obamacare.  Worse, just like Obamacare, the “deal” involved lots of horse-trading and buying off of votes at the last minute – a display of everything that is wrong with Washington, and one of the things I specifically campaigned against.

But, on substance – the vote is even easier.   There are too many troubling provisions of the bill to list, such as de facto affirmative action hiring for current illegal immigrants due to Obamacare and huge amounts of discretion for the DHS Secretary to waive deportation and inadmissibility.   And for all the talk, the new Schumer-Corker-Hoeven “deal” is nothing new at all.  It’s the same amnesty-before-false-promise-of-security of the Gang of 8 and the bills of debates past. 

That is why we started this petition, so that Americans can speak out and let Senators know that they oppose the legalization-first bill offered by the Gang of 8 and Schumer-Corker-Hoeven.

Here’s what we know that the bill does:

Grants Immediate Amnesty with Empty Promise of Border Security

Although we are told that it fixes border security, the Schumer-Corker-Hoeven amendment maintains the Gang of 8’s flawed framework of guaranteed and immediate legalization, followed by an empty promise of eventual border security.  This structure repeats the mistakes of the 1986 amnesty, which, as noted by former Attorney General Edwin Meese, is precisely the same as this “deal,” and only encourages more illegal immigration.

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Ryan v Levin on Immigration


by: the Common Constitutionalist

Paul Ryan was on Mark Levin’s show on Tuesday discussing immigration. You know, the same Paul Ryan that with his tag team partner Marco Rubio, have been pushing for a “comprehensive immigration” bill. I’ll give him props for his courage at least.

Levin told Ryan that some new immigration numbers were just-released. He said that new CBO estimates are that the Senate bill will only reduce illegal immigration by 25%. Ryan responded by saying that the House will not focus or discuss the Senate bill and will only focus on their own bill.

Ryan said that “this problem” has to be dealt with. The “problem” being illegals but would not say the words illegal alien or illegal. He called them undocumented workers.

Ryan continued saying that we had a law in 1986 and it didn’t work nor did the ‘96 or 2006 laws. Ryan claimed, as Levin laughed out loud, that they in Congress want to get it right this time.

Naturally Mark asked him: “Why should we trust you [guys]?” Ryan said that this time they would have “real metrics” that would have to be met to secure the border. Not just DHS’s promise. He said the GAO would make the determination of border security. He then went on to explain the metrics that must be met regarding the undocumented workers.

Levin asked: “What if the illegal doesn’t meet your requirements. Are you going to deport them?” Ryan’s answer: “Yeah, then they are deportable, that’s the whole point.” Levin interrupted rather emphatically by saying that they’re not going to be deported!

Notice that Ryan said they are deportable, not that they would be deported. One has to listen very carefully as politicians throw out these code words.

Levin added that the president is in charge of who is deported and he simply won’t do it no matter what Congress insists on.

And of course Levin is correct. That’s why this argument is so specious. It sounds like tough talk but that’s all it is. I’m reminded of the Bumble Snow Monster that looked scary but was harmless after his teeth were removed.

Ryan’s response was if you write a law and they break the law, they are deportable. It can’t be fought or adjudicated. Huh? They already broke the law just getting here. What the heck do they care if they break another?

Could someone as intelligent as Paul Ryan really be this naïve, or is it something else?

Ryan then asked Levin: “Do you believe we will find 11 million or more people, round them up and kick them out?” Levin’s answer: “no, under this administration we won’t round up a half million people.” Ryan said that no administration could do that, even if they tried.

Frankly, how would we know? We’ve never tried. And I beg to differ. You won’t get them all, but you can get 70% within a few months time with the will and a few thousand agents. I live on the outskirts of a northeastern city. It’s a small city but a city nonetheless. I guarantee, you give me 1000 agents and a few days and I could find 75% of all illegals in my city. Why? Because they all settled in about 10-block area downtown and I’ll bet every city is the same. That’s why! 

All of what Ryan continued to promote was in the 1986 amnesty bill. Levin pointed this out to Ryan. Ryan didn’t really acknowledge it. He continued to drone on about metrics that have to be met regarding security and legal status of the undocumented workers. It didn’t convince Mark and it didn’t convince me.

Look, the bottom line is that all the metrics, the rules and new laws are not going to solve the illegal problem. We have been debating this current problem for over 25 years.

If they, Congress, were serious, they would simply state that we can live with our current situation for another year or two. Therefore Congress’s proposal should be to secure the border…period. Each border State would then verify to its security. When that is completed, we can revisit the rest. It’s that simple and that’s why it will never be done. It’s not “comprehensive” enough!