Republicans, the Beltway/Establishment variety, are idiots. John Boehner, Speaker of the House, is first among them.
The House Republicans have a get-away every year to plan their legislative agenda for year.This year, more than any other year, the agenda was a list of how to sell out the nation, screw the Republican base, and make a package deal with the US Chamber of Commerce and a group of moderate, left-of-center, establishment Republican organizations for their souls.
Why anybody would cut a deal to purchase the souls of moderate members of the House is beyond us, they transferred ownership of those worthless articles a long time ago.The Democratic Leadership in DC has them in a rusted tomato paste can in Harry Reid’s bottom desk drawer.
Here’s what’s being reported about the conference by Breitbart, and it’s a different tune than the Establishment is singing.
That said, it is hard to imagine Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) moving forward after yesterday’s closed-door showdown. According to estimates from those who were in the room–both in favor of moving forward and against–the dozens of GOP lawmakers who spoke were at least 80-20 against bringing a bill to the floor this year.
There is a palpable sense of disappointment among those interested in moving forward. In private conversations, the word that is used is that the meeting was “predictable.” The same people in the GOP conference who kept Boehner from moving on a bill in 2013 are just as opposed in 2014.
Apparently even Boehner isn’t overly optimistic.
He even suggested this is just not in the cards.
“These standards are as far as we are willing to go. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said yesterday that for her caucus, it is a special path to citizenship or nothing. If Democrats insist on that, then we are not going to get anywhere this year,” Boehner told members, according to a source in the room.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), who outside of Boehner is the biggest force pushing the conference to bring forward legislation, also seemed to be feeling the heat.
This “plan” is an absolute sell ou and needs to be killed. Dead.
The plan is an out-and-out amnesty for about 15 million illegal aliens currently in the US and will extend to another 40 million of their relatives in the next 10 to 15 years. It offers instant “legal residency” subject to some kind of mystical “probation” that will give the government time to verify that all 15 million illegal aliens are really good citizens before they can move forward toward green card status and eventual citizenship.
The selling point that Boehner and Ryan are pushing is that border security must happen before any sort of path to citizenship happens. Anyone who believes that, we’ve got a great deal for you on some Arizona swamp land that will make a great vacation home during those cold winters in blue country. That whole meme is a lie that makes Obama’s Liar of the Year award with “You can keep your health plan…” look like a Papal Decree.
This one, courtesy of Boehner and Ryan – with the assistance of the US Chamber of Commerce, etal – works out to be “You can keep your country if you like it. Period.”
Any immigration legislation that has been or will be considered hinges on being able to trust the administration – and future administrations – to follow the law and actually secure the border. That isn’t going to happen, and it’s not likely to happen no matter which party holds the Oval Office. Certainly, this administration has refused to follow our current immigration law, and has created new law without bothering to consult the Congress. The “Dreamers” rules that legalize children of illegal aliens who were brought here by their parents was a regulation enforcement mechanism created by the Obama administration, it not only is NOT law, it runs exactly counter to our current immigration law.
The idea that Paul Ryan and the surrender caucus can write a law that this, or any, administration will have to follow is simply a fool’s paradise. If Boehner and Ryan are successful in getting this legislation to the floor of the House it’s a good bet that the nation dreamed of by our Founders is dead, and unlike amnesty legislation, it won’t be resurrected.
Get ready for all out war. We are going to have to blow up the House phones and let our Representatives know this bill is poison.