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Drudge already made the comparison, as have several other people.  It’s immediate, and immediately understandable.

Obama will negotiate with Iran, but not with Republicans in congress.

Iran is funding terrorism, is a state sponsor of terrorism, and yet the Obama administration calls Republicans terrorists.

Republicans are pushing through bills that will fund all of government except Obamacare – a wholly transformative, unconstitutional mandate that demands that every living citizen pay a tax in order to exist, that changes the nature of the citizen to the government and ignores that the Constitution limits the government (something even ignored by SCOTUS).

For me personally, a government shutdown will be a huge hassle.  I’d very much like for the Democrats to do the jobs their offices demand and pass budgets that fund necessary functions of government.  Then they can bicker over Obamacare.  But since Democrats refuse to allow for passage of those bills as they’re about their agenda and single-payer socialism, and are instead saying “give us Obamacare or we’ll shut it all down and blame you”, I guess a government shutdown is the next best option.  I’ll take the hassle in my own life that comes with a government shutdown for the knowledge that a government health care system is being stopped.  And it can be stopped.

Anyone who’s dealt with government health care (I know people with broken bones that healed wrong while waiting on government paperwork, and had to be rebroken and set by private doctors because government-related injuries were never treated by government) knows it’s a pathetic system of rationing.  Without the ability to use personal resources to move things along, or to benefit from charity, or from experimental treatment, or even the basic efficiency of the private sector, it’s nothing but a failure all the way around.  But don’t take my word for it.

Here’s hoping the government is funded, but not Obamacare.  And if we can’t get that, here’s hoping for a shutdown until the Democrats finally listen to what the American people want… which isn’t a 22,000 page bill and regulations they read after they pass it.

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It’s very much worth it to take a few minutes and watch, even though the very last part is a chest-beating call for belligerence by Kerry that is logically inconsistent.

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This is one of the letters they’re referencing:

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Via Jawa Report, from FAIR:

amnesty s 744 crime paysFelony for thee, but not for those here illegally.

But it looks like this is one that was pushed through Friday night and will be force voted on today without anyone having read it Apparently it’s up to 1170 pages… at least.

Michelle Malkin flat out states the case – Mass Illegal Alien Amnesty Violates our Founding Principles.

I repeat: SchMcGRubio and Company want us to trust them with a thousand new pages of phony triggers, left-wing pork, and make-believe assimilation gestures. Trust them? Hell, no. There’s only one course for citizens who believe in upholding the Constitution and protecting the American dream: Stop them.

CALL NOW: (202) 224-3121.

For those who’ve never called it before, that’s the capitol switchboard number to reach your senators or representatives if you don’t feel like looking them up individually.

Remember, it was stopped in 2007, it can be stopped now.  Our government wants us to feel beaten down so they can do anything they like.  With enough calls, elected reps take notice and worry about their jobs.  Without enough calls, the fence-sitters simply go wherever they’re told by the rest of DC.  The situation on the ground may be different, but the situation inside in DC is all the Ruling Class will notice until they have to ask why the phones are ringing off the hook.

To start, Bill O’Reilly getting his dumb amnesty-supporting ass ripped a new one by Laura Ingraham:

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From Jake Tapper at CNN:

Asked at a Senate hearing on border security in April whether the number of attempted crossings into the U.S. had increased in the last three months, U.S. Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher said the number had gone up.

“This particular year, yes, sir, we have seen an increase in attempted entries between the ports of entries. We’re actually up in terms of apprehensions, about 13%. The reasons and modus behind that are varied, some of which is hearing sequestrations, some of which is hearing immigration reform, and some of it is hearing, you know, they just want to come and be joined with their families,” said Fisher.

Fisher is a politician who won’t mention that illegals are asking for their “Obama papers” in the field.  Ask any Border Patrol Agent in the field who’s encountered an alien in the last few months.

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From ThinkProgress:

Senator Brian Schatz’s (D-HI) filed an amendment for the immigration bill Wednesday that would allow stateless people in the U.S. to seek conditional lawful status if their nations have been made uninhabitable by climate change.

The Senate’s immigration bill currently recognizes that people who come to the U.S. may have no country to return to for a variety of reasons and allows them to come forward to apply for legal status as a stateless person. But one cause for displacement that is overlooked in current law is how climate change has caused people to lose their homes and their nationality.

Manbearpig took my home and I lost my nationality!  I’m super serial, you guys!

The weather gets crappy, so illegal aliens get to break into your home and stay.  They don’t become “stateless” – they left because the weather sucked.  Now the left blames you for the weather – the weather is your fault, so they need to stay in your house.

This is absurd.

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Finally, Ted Cruz offers a way to do something about it:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) launched a national petition on Thursday to stop the Senate Gang of Eight’s amnesty bill and send Washington a “strong signal” of the grassroots opposition to the bill.   …

Cruz urged supporters to share the petition with friends and to “act now–without delay–to help us defeat amnesty and stand for legal immigration!”

The petition is the first part of the link.  Cruz, even though he’s proven to be a good guy, is still a politician, and after you sign the petition, it redirects you to ask for donations.  He’s a good senator, but I’m paying his salary right now.  If he wants a bonus, he’ll have to keep up the good job I’m already paying him for.

In the meantime, the petition is at least something.

Well, that and calling your senators and representatives.

There’ve been a cluster of these stories coming pretty fast as the Gang of 8 pushes for amnesty for illegal aliens.

First, from FOX, the Kansas Secretary of State’s home was mobbed by illegal alien supporters.  To the left, it’s completely justified in targeting someone’s home and family:

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is calling for a criminal investigation after a huge mob of illegal alien supporters surrounded his private home Saturday and held a rally on his front porch.

At least 200 members of Sunflower Community Action were bused into Kobach’s Kansas City-area neighborhood on Saturday – to protest his staunch anti-illegal alien views.

“I was just appalled,” Kobach told Fox News. “They have a right to protest at my office or at public places – that’s fine. But they don’t have a right to enter someone’s private property and engage in this kind of intimidation.”

“I have four little girls and they would have been terrified to see 200 protesters shouting at their daddy on megaphones on the front lawn,” he said.

Kobach noted there’s a solution to the left’s standard tactics of mob invasion.

The secretary of state is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment – and he said the incident at his home is an example of why Americans should bear arms.

“If we had been in the home and not been armed, I would have felt very afraid – because it took the police 15 minutes to show up,” he said. “It’s important we recognize there’s a reason we have the Second Amendment. There are situations like this where you have a mob and you do need to be able to protect yourself.”

He said had they been home and the mob had gotten out of hand, his family would have been in “grave jeopardy.”

“The Second Amendment is the private property owner’s last resort,” he said.

Short version:

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The CBO has stated that the new “Gang of 8″ bill will simply create more illegal immigration by encouraging violations of the law.  Naw, ya think?

…the CBO report also found that the bill, which takes steps to prevent people coming to the U.S. illegally while offering the hope of citizenship to some 11 million people already here without authorization, does not come close to ending illegal immigration. Indeed some aspects of the bill would make the problem worse, the report said.

“Unauthorized residents would find it harder both to enter the country and to find employment while unauthorized. However, other aspects of the bill would probably increase the number of unauthorized residents — in particular, people overstaying their visas issued under the new programs for temporary workers,” the CBO report said, adding that the net annual flow of unauthorized residents would decrease by about 25 percent compared to current law.

A bit more on this at NRO’s the Corner.

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HotAir did illegal immigration as their “quotes of the day” theme yesterday.

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Finally, J. Christian Adams at PJ Media takes a counterpoint to the Arizona voter ID law ruling by SCOTUS:

Something perverse happened after the Supreme Court’s decision today invalidating citizenship-verification requirements in Arizona for registrants who use the federal voter registration form. The Left knows they lost most of the battle, but are still claiming victory. That’s what they do. Election-integrity proponents and the states are saying they lost, but don’t realize they really won.

So far I’ve been of the opinion that election integrity is being stomped.  But Adams makes a point:

Arizona can simply push the state forms in all state offices and online, and keep those federal forms in the back room gathering dust. When you submit a state form, you have to prove citizenship.  …

After the decision today, states have a green light to do double- and triple-checking even if a registrant uses the federal form. The Left wanted the submission of a federal form to mean automatic no-questions-asked registration. This is a big loss for the Left because now states can put suspect forms in limbo while they run checks against non-citizen databases and jury-response forms. Another significant victory in today’s decision. The Left wanted to strip them of that double-checking power.

He lists five different things the left wanted and notes that some state forms stay active, which means there may be a way to actually begin to enforce citizenship as a condition of voting by allowing for state forms to take precedence.

I’m still skeptical, but he makes a point.

The last post on this topic here.  There’s no shortage of people who hold the same critical opinion of the two-faced Republicans.

HotAir has stumbled on the perfect person for Paul “Turncoat Screech” Ryan to debate about amnesty:

I’m assuming he would say that earned citizenship, which is slightly different, also doesn’t qualify as amnesty. In that case, I’ve got the perfect debate opponent for him. Meet Marco Rubio, candidate for Senate. October 24, 2010:

RUBIO: First of all, earned path to citizenship is basically code for amnesty. It’s what they call it. And the reality of it is this. This has to do with the bottom line that America cannot be the only country in the world that does not enforce its immigration laws.

It is unfair to the people that have legally entered this country to create an alternative pathway for individuals who entered illegally and knowingly did so.

Yup, good ol’ Marco “Quisling” Rubio.

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The Heritage Foundation is ready to debate it.

Yesterday at a forum on immigration sponsored by the National Association of Manufacturers, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) said the Senate’s Gang of Eight bill “is not amnesty” because “amnesty is wiping the slate clean and not paying any penalty for having done something wrong.”

We beg to differ, Mr. Chairman.

Much of the debate in Washington has focused on how and when illegal immigrants receive permanent legal resident (PLR) status, commonly referred to as a green card, which then funnels into citizenship.  While proponents correctly note that process will take up to 15 years, it is the wrong focus.

The appropriate focus is on the process of acquiring registered provisional immigrant (RPI) status.  This legalization process begins when the Secretary of Homeland Security submits two plans to Congress, a mere six months after enactment, and is open to nearly every illegal immigrant who has been physically present in the country before January 1, 2012.  After acquiring RPI status, formerly illegal immigrants will have legal status in the United States, allowing them to work, live, and travel abroad.

Read the whole thing here.

Not all of the Republican party is on board for amnesty, but there are getting to be some high-profile names from Republicans who otherwise aren’t loathesome traitors.

To start, former VP candidate Paul Ryan:

On Wednesday, Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, who has supported forms of immigration reform since he was a House staffer in the 1990s, declared that he would “debate anybody” who calls the current bipartisan effort “amnesty.”

No, he won’t debate anyone, and for a simple reason.  He’d lose.  It is amnesty.

“Earned legalization is not amnesty,” Ryan said during a forum on immigration sponsored by the National Association of Manufacturers. “I will debate anybody who tries to suggest that these ideas that are moving through Congress are amnesty. They’re not. Amnesty is wiping the slate clean and not paying any penalty for having done something wrong.”

The usual definition to amnesty is to give a pardon to someone for crimes.  Given that the punishments for illegal entry into the country can range from a few weeks, months, or even years in jail, and that they get to stay and enjoy the fruits of their crime, this is amnesty.

If someone breaks into your house and camps out on the couch and your homeowner’s association says they have to do the dishes and then they can stay, your house is still broken into, and the home invader is still living in your house.  They didn’t “earn their residence” except to the contemptible worm in the HOA who declared they can violate your home.

This is amnesty.

Ryan pointed to provisions baked into the Senate bill from the beginning that require those in the United States to pay a fine, back taxes, undergo background checks and enter a years-long probationary period before earning citizenship, a process that can take up to 15 years.

He’s a fool to believe those will really be implemented, for one.

For another comparison, suppose that someone kidnaps and rapes three girls for a decade.  Rather than punish him for the crime, the government decides that he should pay a fine, redo his taxes to represent one of them as a wife and the other two of them as dependents, undergo a marriage counseling and after a probationary period, be allowed to marry the one whose child he fathered through rape.  And he can keep the other two as dependents in his household.  His crime is bureaucratically blessed and allowed to continue.  By Ryan’s definition, that’s not amnesty.

And then there’s the otherwise not-an-idiot Rand Paul:

“First, everyone has to acknowledge that we aren’t going to deport 12 million illegal immigrants,” said Paul.

What you’re saying is you’re not going to do your f*cking job, Rand.

The sleazy numbers game is one of the first thrown around by government officials who want amnesty.  “It’s too big.  We can’t do anything.  Woe is us.  We can’t enforce the law.  We just have to give up.  You just have to give up.”  We hired them to do a job.  If they say “we aren’t going to”, then we need a mechanism for throwing them out for refusing to do their job.

From the CDC:

Adults drank too much and got behind the wheel about 112 million times in 2010—that is almost 300,000 incidents of drinking and driving each day—according to a CDC Vital Signs study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That’s not 12 million illegals, that 112 million drunk drivers.

If numbers are the criteria, let’s stop enforcing drunk driving laws.

“In order to bring conservatives to this cause however, those who work for reform must understand that a real solution must ensure that our borders are secure,” said Paul.

Not happening.  Conservatives don’t let home invaders stay.  And Sen. Marco “GOP Presidential Hopeful” Rubio stated that he wanted to give citizenship to invaders first:

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Rand Paul goes on:

“But we also must treat those who are already here with understanding and compassion.”

I’ve got some understanding and compassion.  I’m willing to allow for no penalty if they self-deport.  If they leave and aren’t detected, I’m willing to ignore that they were here, and if they apply for entry into the US legally, they get a do-over.  Not out of principle, mind you, just out of practicality.  If they’ve self-deported, we won’t try them in absentia and order them removed.  There.  That’s how much I’m willing to give.

Other than that, they can get out of my living room.

But here’s part of Rand Paul’s argument:

“Imagine 12 million people who are already here coming out of the shadows to become new taxpayers,” said Paul.

Imagine 12 million people filing for benefits and using up government services – the costs are enormous.  Illegal aliens are primarily day laborers and working at basic jobs.  These are people more likely to file for assistance (illegals already can get assistance, and do so illegally) due to their economic standing, and that’s not going to change.

Sen. Rand Paul (R.-Ky.) said to illegal aliens who want to live and work in the United States: “[W]e will find a place for you.”

I’ve got a place for them.  Wherever they came from.

There are legal immigrants in their home countries desperately yearning to breathe free in the US, and we’re going to give amnesty to a bunch of line-cutting illegals whose first step into the US was breaking the law.  The guy in India busting his ass to get here legally, or the gal in Poland, or the family in Bangladesh are all getting crapped on because a huge number of illegals in the US are from Democrat-voting constituencies and the Democrats want their votes, and either foolish or stupid Republicans think that by giving out free citizenship they’ll somehow out-Democrat the Democrats.

Ann Coulter is right – the GOP is so stupid it deserves to die.

Democrats terrify Hispanics into thinking they’ll be lynched if they vote for Republicans, and then turn around and taunt Republicans for not winning a majority of the Hispanic vote.

This line of attack has real resonance with our stupidest Republicans. (Proposed Republican primary targets: Sens. Kelly Ayotte, Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio.) Which explains why Republicans are devoting all their energy to slightly increasing their share of the Hispanic vote while alienating everyone else in America.

It must be fun for liberals to manipulate Republicans into focusing on hopeless causes.

A wise Latina, A.J. Delgado, recently explained on Mediaite.com why amnesty won’t win Republicans the Hispanic vote — even if they get credit for it. Her very first argument was: “Latinos will resent the added competition for jobs.”

But rich businessmen don’t care. Big Republican donors — and their campaign consultants — just want to make money. They don’t care about Hispanics, and they certainly don’t care what happens to the country. If the country is hurt, I don’t care, as long as I am doing better! This is the very definition of treason.

Listening to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus burble a few weeks ago on “Fox News Sunday” about how amnesty is going to push the Republicans to new electoral heights, one is reminded of Democratic pollster Pat Caddell’s reason for refusing to become a Republican: No matter how enraged he gets at Democratic corruption, he says he can’t bear to join such a stupid party as the GOP.

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This is the Ruling Class Republicans deciding they’ll do what they want to us Country Class folk.  The one half of the ruling class decides they want more cheap labor, the other side wants more cheap labor and knows they’ll get free votes to further cement their power.  And all the while, the citizen whose compact made the government gets shit on.

Republicans, you’re doing a great job of alienating independents who view you as the lesser of two evils.  You’re showing us that you’re absolutely worthless and have no respect for the nation or citizen and care more about a criminal home invader than you do about the homeowner.

Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.  The governed say NO again and again, and the Ruling Class says “eat cake”.

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And via HotAir, John McCain:

This morning on the Senate floor, Gang of Eight member Senator John McCain declared that the Gang’s immigration bill needed to pass in order to remove a “very huge stain on the conscience of the United States of America.”

No.  There is not “stain on the conscience” of the US.  The suffering of criminals is not our problem – it’s theirs – it’s self-created by them.  Don’t break the law when you enter the country and there’s no problem.

This is about you and your demons, McCain.  Deal with them with a shrink.

A lot of prisoners had it worse than I did. I’d been mistreated before, but not as badly as others. I always liked to strut a little after I’d been roughed up to show the other guys I was tough enough to take it. But after I turned down their offer, they worked me over harder than they ever had before. For a long time. And they broke me.

When they brought me back to my cell, I was hurt and ashamed, and I didn’t know how I could face my fellow prisoners.

You’re inflicting decades worth of your anguish on us because you feel bad about your actions in the past and suffering you endured.  That’s why you “reach across the aisle” and collaborate with Democrats whose interests are opposed to the nation’s.   Your VP candidate got more support than you did – there were a lot of people voting for your VP and a heart attack.

We tell you we don’t want this, and you insist that it must be done to us as if we’re guilty of something for wanting to be secure in our own nation.  For some reason, criminals need amnesty while we the citizens need punishment.  This isn’t about us, McCain, it’s about you.  Retire.

From Washington Times:

The Senate has voted to head off the potential for an early filibuster of the immigration bill, guaranteeing that the legislation will reach the floor later Tuesday, marking the beginning of a bruising three-week debate.

The 82-15 vote saw all Democrats and 27 Republicans vote to take up the bill, including newly minted Sen. Jeffrey S. Chiesa of New Jersey, who was sworn in on Monday, filling the seat of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

And the Democrats are talking directly to their undocumented voters already:

Sen. Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat, delivered a speech on the Senate floor in Spanish on Tuesday as he made his push for the chamber to pass his immigration bill.

Mr. Kaine said he would deliver his remarks in Spanish but said he would put an English translation into the Congressional Record.

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The letter here:

http://www.independentsector.org/uploads/Policy_PDFs/LettertoIRS501c4s_021612.pdf

Dated Feb 16, 2012.

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Looks interesting.

Update: Took down the question mark at the end of the title.  We can pretty well see this for what it is in light of the IRS data from the last few days.

Like the saying goes: “once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, and three times is enemy action”.

Update 2: From nonprofit group Independent Sector, their context for the letter:

    • Democratic Senators letters to the IRS
      • On March 12, 2012 a group of seven Democratic senators sent a letter to the IRS calling on the agency to adopt a bright line test to define a purpose “primarily” related to social welfare activities, as well as require 501(c)(4) organizations to document social welfare activity on Form 990s. The letter was a follow up to their February 16 letter to the IRS, which urged the agency to investigate abuse of the tax code by 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations.

That first part is this letter.

These two parts are the lead-up events to it, as Republicans asked about selective enforcement, and Democrats complained about the Citizens United decision in order to target conservative groups – which we’ve had verified over and over for the last few days.

    • Senate Democrats convene task force to craft response to impact of Citizens United
      • A group of seven Democratic senators, led by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), announced on March 13, 2012 that they are convening a taskforce to craft a new legislative response to what they see as the harmful impact of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. The taskforce said it intends to pursue all available legislative and administrative means to disclose to the public who is influencing American elections.
  • Senate Republican letter to the IRS
    • On March 14, 2012 a group of Senate Republicans sent a letter to the IRS questioning recent allegations of selective enforcement on tax-exempt organizations and requested a detailed analysis of the agency’s process for the approval and renewal of a tax-exempt designation under tax code Section 501(c)(4). The group is led by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee and Senator Rob Portman (R-OH).

Smoke, fire, all that.

Wonder if any of these fine senators were leaning on the IRS?

Boehner’s now wondering who should go to jail.  He’s got a whole new group of people to look at.