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And by cheap labor, of course we don’t mean a reduction in minimum wage that would help American workers at the lowest levels work their way up… of course the GOP is pushing for importation of foreign labor in the form of amnesty for illegals.

From Politico:

CAMBRIDGE, Md. — The House Republican leadership is trying to sell their colleagues on a series of broad immigration principles, including a path to legal status for those here illegally.

Speaker John Boehner’s leadership team introduced the principles at their annual policy retreat here. Top Republicans circulated a tightly held one-page memo titled “standards for immigration reform” toward the tail-end of a day that include strategy conversations about Obamacare, the economy and the national debt.

The memo is worth dissecting on its own, and I may get to it later; but ultimately, the effect is going to be amnesty for illegals just like the Democrats want.  More undocumented Democrats, more cheap labor for businesses, more out of work Americans, more strain on the “social safety net”.

At least a few Republicans recognize the economic problem a bit more:

Yesterday afternoon, before President Obama’s State of the Union Address, Senator Jeff Sessions’ staff hand-delivered to each Republican member of the House an important memo on the so-called immigration reform bill being debated on Capital Hill. The 3-page document, written by Sessions, argues that pushing the current immigration legislation forward is bad politics, bad policy, and that there’s a better way for Republicans.

It’s bad politics, Sessions writes. “In the rush to pass an immigration bill, there has been a near absence of any serious thought about the conditions facing American workers. The last 40 years has been a period of record immigration to the U.S., with the last 10 years seeing more new arrivals than any prior 10- year period in history. This trend has coincided with wage stagnation, enormous growth in welfare programs, and a shrinking workforce participation rate. A sensible, conservative approach would focus on lifting those living here today, both immigrant and native-born, out of poverty and into the middle class—before doubling or tripling the level of immigration into the U.S.

Hopefully he means legal immigrants in that last sentence.

He adds, “House Republicans, in crafting immigration principles, should reply to the President’s immigration campaign with a simple message: our focus is to help unemployed Americans get back to work—not to grant amnesty or to answer the whims of immigration activists and CEOs. In turn, that message could be joined with a detailed and unifying policy agenda for accomplishing that moral and social objective.

The big business billionaires who want to bring in cheap labor are already out there pushing.  And of course the more you read what they actually wrote, the more clear it is they just want more cheap labor, just like progressives want more Democrat voters who they can bribe with handouts.

It’s difficult to explain the importance of the Constitution to someone who doesn’t care about citizenship (and doesn’t speak English), and it’s difficult to explain the importance of the rule of law to someone who’s allowed to break it.  But it’s easy for Democrats to tell them “we’re going to raise your wages”.

May as well date the post, since this stuff will be ongoing.

Carrot-faced crybaby earthworm John Boehner is “setting up an immigration debate” which is not a debate, but just a question of “how do we tell people to let home invaders stay on the couch and claim it as theirs”:

GOP leaders are finalizing plans for an open debate on immigration to be held by legislators at their late January closed-door strategy session in Cambridge, Md.

The debate will include a panel of legislators, an outside expert, and an open mic, allowing members to comment on a one-page set of “principles” that likely will be released at the event, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

There should be no “debate” or question of “principles” on how to create amnesty for criminals.  There is one answer – deport illegal aliens.  Deport them all, deport them wherever you find them.  Make the climate for illegals hostile, and they will go away.  Legal immigrants and naturalized citizens will applaud it, and American citizens will applaud it.  The only people who won’t applaud it will be the slimy businessmen who want cheap, unaccountable labor and the Democrats who want free voters.

The new Quinnipiac University poll shows that both independent and GOP voters have swung sharply against an immigration amnesty since last May.

The reason is simple.  There’s a push for amnesty, and Americans are loathe to want to admit people whose first steps into the country were as criminals.

Furthermore, there is no economic argument.  We have a crippling labor participation rate and still have high unemployment across the country, yet somehow, illegals are needed to come in and do jobs that unemployed Americans won’t do?  And jobs that Americans are leaving the labor force about because those jobs have vanished?  What a load of nonsense, even taking into account leftist desires to make Americans into dependent pawns of the state who don’t work.

Senator Jeff Sessions said that the House is the last line of defense against the economic and socially destructive push for amnesty for illegal aliens.

On Friday, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) said the House was the last line of defense for the millions of Americans whose wages and livelihood will be put at risk by amnesty and comprehensive immigration reform.

He urged House Republicans to put the interests of American workers ahead of those of the consultant class, lobbyists, and Democrats who want cheaper labor and more potential votes.

House Republican leaders are preparing to unveil their “immigration principles” which will include amnesty provisions that the Congressional Budget Office determined would lower the wages of American workers. Sessions, the ranking Member of the Budget Committee, said that Obama and Senate Democrats have “uniformly embraced an immigration plan that would devastate wages and working conditions for millions of struggling Americans to benefit a small cadre of lobbyists and CEOs.”

He added that their plan “doubles the flow of immigrant workers, adds another 30 million new permanent residents to compete for every job, and guarantees illegal immigration will continue permanently in the future.” Sessions warned the House to not pass comprehensive immigration reform in everything but name only, which is what Obama has desired and Rep. Luis Gutierrez’s (D-IL) has said his “Republican friends” do as well.

Luis Gutierrez would have been forcibly removed from the country a few generations ago.  He has stated outright that his only loyalty is to the illegal alien community.  And his “Republican friends” are filthy turncoats willing to destroy the country for their personal interests.  At least Gutierrez has the courage of his ideological convictions to pretty much say he supports the destruction of the country and the Reconquista for his Balkanizing racialist group of illegals.

But that’s okay, because soon all his little illegal alien kinsmen (who he embraces while defecating on the legal aliens and naturalized citizens who bust their butts to get their hard-earned and well-deserved portion of the American dream) will be freed again, as Congress is cutting funding for jailing illegal alien criminals.

WASHINGTON — A massive 2014 federal spending bill passed this week by Congress would cut nearly $60 million — or about 25% — from a federal program that reimburses states and local governments for the cost of incarcerating undocumented immigrants convicted of crimes.

Local and state taxpayers will have to pick up a bigger share of the tab as Congress moves to reduce the annual funding of the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) from $238 million to $180 million in 2014.

Among the states that would be hit hardest are Arizona, California, Florida, New Jersey, New York and Texas, which have high numbers of undocumented immigrant criminals serving time in state prisons and county jails.

The feds should be picking up those bills, as its the fedgov’s job to enforce uniform immigration laws.  Every time the fedgov lets illegals go in the interior of the country because they refuse to let ICE do their jobs and refuse to deport illegals, and actively court illegal aliens as voters and “dreamers”, the states and counties are paying the price for it.  Every illegal alien who steps into the country is one more sucking up resources at hospitals, schools, and as clearly illustrated here – law enforcement resources.

“This is already a burden for state and local law enforcement and county budgets, and this latest cut just makes things worse,” said Matt Chase, executive director of the National Association of Counties. “Our view is that it’s the federal government’s role to take care of illegal immigration. They’re supposed to protect the borders but they’ve failed and local law enforcement is paying for the consequences of undocumented aliens being in the country.”

It’s not just his view, it’s the law.  And the fedgov is willingly failing in it, because dirtbag RINOs like Paul “I’m All For Amnesty” Ryan and company are willing to support illegal aliens for their corporate buddies, and the Democrats of course are willing to help those fools commit suicide at the polls by offering amnesty to undocumented Democrats… and thus we have the entirety of the federal government’s political side pushing for something that the citizenry utterly loathe and oppose.

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And while I’m at it, a reminder that Chris Christie and Marco Rubio are both all about having home invaders get the right to sleep in your bed and claim it as theirs.

From the Washington Times:

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… under the terms of this week’s deal, Congress set a deadline instead of a dollar cap. That means debt can rise as much as Mr. Obama and Congress want it to, until the Feb. 7 deadline.

Get ready for your household to owe more in taxes. Thanks Congress. Thanks Mr. President.

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Obama has no desire for negotation in the budget debate, only capitulation by the House Republicans. In not so many words, blaming the House, he spells it all out as the Republican’s fault to government employees in this government-wide email:

Shutdown Message 1a

Shutdown Message 2a

PDF Version here: Message_from_the_President_to_U.S._Government_Employees

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Interpreted/translated:

Lip service.

Big government is big.

…Congress has failed to meet its responsibility to pass a budget before the fiscal year that begins today.

I want you to know that I will keep working to get Congress to reopen the Government, restart vital services that the American people depend on, and allow public servants who have been sent home to return to work.  At my direction, your agencies should have reached out to you by now about what a shutdown means for you and your families.

It’s all Congress’s fault.  I will do everything good, they do everything bad.  The services shut down are all their fault.  I will protect you and your family.

Lip service lip service.

You do all this in a political climate that, too often in recent years, has treated you like a punching bag.  You have endured three years of a Federal pay freeze, harmful sequester cuts, and now, a shutdown of our Government.  …

None of this is fair to you.  …

Blame blame blame, you’re a victim of Congress.  Blame blame blame, sequester was mine and Jack Lew’s idea, but I’ll blame Congress again; shutdown is because I won’t negotiate and accept individual spending bills, but I’ll blame them.

Lip service lip service, big government good!  Lip service.

Quoting another president to seem non-partisan, setting up for the next “House Republicans are to blame”.

This shutdown was completely preventable.  It should not have happened.  And the House of Representatives can end it as soon as it follows the Senate’s lead, and funds your work in the United States Government without trying to attach highly controversial and partisan measures in the process.

It’s Congress’ and the Republicans’ fault.  Senate good, Congress bad.  It’s partisan to represent your constituents.  People who oppose any part of government oppose all of government.

Lip service.

And I will continue to do everything in my power to get the House of Representatives to allow the Government to reopen as quickly as possible, and make sure you receive the pay that you have earned.

Me I me I me I.  I will do this for you.  Trust in me.  Republicans in Congress did this to you, I will save you.

Lip service for your service.

First, a quote from the Washington Times:

The Park Service appears to be closing streets on mere whim and caprice. The rangers even closed the parking lot at Mount Vernon, where the plantation home of George Washington is a favorite tourist destination. That was after they barred the new World War II Memorial on the Mall to veterans of World War II. But the government does not own Mount Vernon; it is privately owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. The ladies bought it years ago to preserve it as a national memorial. The feds closed access to the parking lots this week, even though the lots are jointly owned with the Mount Vernon ladies. The rangers are from the government, and they’re only here to help.

It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.

The Republicans, fighting with smaller-bore weaponry, keep trying to get some things reopened with carefully targeted legislation. The Senate, under the thumbs of Sen. Harry Reid and the White House, refuses to budge from the trivial and the petty.

Sure, Harry Reid is under pressure from the White House to not budge, but that’s because the White House is out to harm the public in order to create “optics”, in this case, the illusion that government shutdown is painful and hurtful.

We’ve seen WWII veterans blocked from the WWII memorial, which was paid for almost entirely by private donations.  And again, we’ve seen sections of the Mount Vernon parking lots and the bus turn-around closed just to inconvenience the public (and you know it’s bad when Infowars has a credible, objective news story).

John McCormack at the Weekly Standard went by the WWII memorial today and found the barricades had been wired together to stop people from entering.  This is deliberate.  You can see how deliberate by comparing the WWII memorial to the WWI memorial:

ww2 memorial wired up

Admittedly, it ain’t much wire, but it’s the thought that counts.

Compared to:

ww1 memorial closed(Update: Technically, that’s the 2nd ID Memorial – apparently the McCormack and plenty of others assumed it was the WWI memorial.  I assumed it was a WWI memorial, just one on the other side of the city.  The DC WWI Memorial is a small dome, but it’s not a national memorial, it’s a District of Columbia memorial.  One of the only major WWI memorials in the US is the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, which as their website notes, is open.)

In addition to this, the US Normandy cemeteries are closed, open areas of rivers that are unmonitored and never closed are intentionally closed, and the reason from the Democrats?  “Because we have a Tea Party.

As a supporter of the Tea Party, I can explain Chuck Schumer’s statement.  He means to say, “We’re doing this to you because we have a Tea Party to destroy, and we’ll blame them for every tyrannical action we take against you.”

The Tea Party, founded to oppose government waste, would not be in favor in any way shape or form of spending money and man-hours to close locations that require no staffing, no monitoring, no observation, and that function year-round with no government.  Schumer is arguing the Obama administration’s actions – they are spending money to close things that cost no money.

Those barricades, as seen in the picture, are rented.  Who’s paying for those?  If the government’s shut down, there’s no reason to spend money on barricades to close access to something that requires no funding, no monitoring, no observation, no staff, nothing.

Again, they closed a river:

Galletta, hunched over his computer at Bighorn Anglers fly shop, had been fielding calls all Wednesday morning from his out-of-state fly-fishing clients who were concerned about whether they would have access to the upper Bighorn — the most popular section of the stream, and the area where the government shutdown Tuesday took the form of 8-foot long concrete barriers that blocked access.  …

“They closed something down that they never monitored all year long,” said Rick Law at the Bighorn Trout Shop.

He said the nearby Park Service contact station, where anglers pay a fee to launch their boats at the federal sites, had been empty all summer and he never saw a Park Service employee picking up trash or even enforcing the parking rules.

“I could see it if they had people up here working, monitoring and picking up trash, but they’re not,” Law said.

Others, like longtime fishing guide Richard Montella, questioned whether the agency even had the right to close the sites, since they aren’t part of the nearby federally managed Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.

“The worst of it is, we’re paying for this service,” he said. “To put it really bluntly, these people have nothing to do here.”

Oh, they do.  They’re there to make life as difficult as possible, and to get people like the California tourist quoted in the story upset at Republicans for opposing a tyrannical law.

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.

red tape tower obamacare

John Kerry says Obama can attack Syria with or without congressional approval, and may do so anyway:

“Now. I can’t tell you what judgment the president will make if, in three weeks, Bashar Assad uses chemical weapons again. But the president reserves the right in the presidency to respond as appropriate to protect the security of our nation.”

Syria has less to do with our security than Iraq or Afghanistan by a long shot, and the rebels in Syria are Al Qaeda, our enemy in Iraq and Afghanistan for the last few decades.  So there is no case for this, but Obama might attack anyway, even if congress says no, because screw you.

Meanwhile, VP Joe said this: