Trump and Cruz Call Rubio Out on his Gang of Eight Amnesty Push

As the Republican presidential primary heats up, illegal immigration is again taking center stage.  While this is nothing new (as we know President Reagan attempted to address it in the ’80s, John McCain made it a priority in ’08, and on), the discussion has taken an interesting turn this election cycle.

At issue, of course, are Obama’s executive amnesty, the recent influx of illegal immigrants (including huge numbers of children), the vast number of illegals currently living and working in the U.S., border security (such as it is), and a host of related issues including the burden of illegal immigration on tax payers in terms of jobs, health care, schooling, police and judicial involvement, and various entitlement costs.

Marco Rubio’s involvement with the Gang of Eight, particularly his subservience to bipartisan efforts with Chuck Schumer, has not gone unnoticed by either the conservative base nor by the other presidential hopefuls.

When Rubio ran for the Senate in 2010, he was claimed to be an adamant opponent of amnesty, and only once elected did he jump at the chance to work on a massive “comprehensive” amnesty plan.  At the time, Professor Jacobson noted that Rubio was “played” by both Schumer and the GOP pro-amnesty McCain-Graham tag team (and he was right).

Since then, Rubio has tried to distance himself from his own choices (while raking in money from pro-amnesty supporters behind closed doors), but it’s worth noting that his mentor Jeb Bush probably played a role in decisions that Rubio now seems to regret.  For example, like Jeb, Rubio was very quick to distance himself from the TEA Party that was instrumental in electing him to his current seat in the Senate; this is not unlike Jeb’s negative assessment of the conservative base when he dismissed us as unnecessary to his presidential ambitions.

To me, it seems that Rubio’s amnesty lies are, er flip-flop is, more rooted in his being a campaign conservative who says one thing to get elected and does the opposite once in office.  That’s not a rare thing in American politics, so it’s somewhat amusing to me when Donald Trump now claims that Rubio’s support for amnesty is “because he’s Hispanic.”

Watch:

This seems to be an off-the-cuff remark and not his campaign’s message; he also does not reject the idea of Rubio as his VP running mate should he win the GOP nomination.  However, even if a comment made in passing, this seems a simplistic and somewhat specious argument.

Beyond the points made above, not only are the majority of GOP establishment (i.e. supporters of amnesty) white, but one of the staunchest opponents of amnesty is himself Hispanic.

Watch:

Ted Cruz has stated that he literally laughed out loud at Rubio’s bizarre claim that his position on illegal immigration is the same as Cruz’s.

Politico reports:

[Cruz] told reporters after, “In the “Gang of Eight” fight Marco chose to stand with Chuck Schumer and to lead the fight tooth and nail for a massive amnesty plan. I chose to stand with [Alabama Sen.] Jeff Sessions and to lead the fight to defeat amnesty.”

Cruz’s broadside was the latest in an escalating feud between the two senators that blew up in the wake of Tuesday’s fourth GOP debate, during which both had strong performances. Rubio over the past couple of days has tried to equate Cruz’s record on immigration which his own more relatively conciliatory one, while Cruz has pushed back hard on those efforts.

“I have to admit that I laughed out loud at that,” Cruz said earlier Friday on Mike Gallagher’s radio show, in response to Rubio’s assertion on Thursday that they held similar views on immigration reform. He went on to add, “that statement was truly stunning. That’s like Obama saying my position is the same as his on Obamacare. That’s like Ayatollah Khamenei saying my position is the same as his on the Iranian nuclear deal.”

Cruz, you may recall, led the fight against the Rubio-Schumer Gang of Eight amnesty bill.  Watch:

And the bill was stopped in its tracks.

Like Trump, Cruz has released his own illegal immigration plan summary in which he focuses on three key elements:  securing the border, restoring the rule of law, and reforming legal immigration to protect Americans.  See link for discussion of each point.

SECURE THE BORDER

A Cruz Administration’s first priority for immigration reform will be to secure the U.S.-Mexico border. We will:

  • Build a wall that works.
  • Triple the number of Border Patrol agents.
  • Increase vital aerial surveillance and other technology along the border.
  • Finish the biometric tracking system at our nation’s ports of entry.

RESTORE THE RULE OF LAW

We need a President who will follow the law, hold those who break it accountable, and take seriously the duty to protect Americans. To restore the Rule of Law, a Cruz Administration will:

  • End President Obama’s illegal amnesty.
  • Increase deportations and end catch-and-release.
  • End sanctuary policies, sign Kate’s Law, and deport criminal immigrants.
  • Prohibit illegal immigrants from receiving financial benefits and strengthen E-Verify.

REFORM LEGAL IMMIGRATION TO PROTECT AMERICANS

In order to strengthen our immigration system, protect national security, and better serve American workers, we must:

  • Suspend the issuance of all H-1B visas for 180 days to complete a comprehensive investigation and audit of pervasive allegations of abuse of the program.
  • Halt any increases in legal immigration so long as American unemployment remains unacceptably high.
  • Enforce the public-charge doctrine.
  • End birthright citizenship.

Cruz makes his point via Twitter:

The question facing Republican primary voters is: Has Rubio learned his lesson?  Perhaps an even more pertinent additional question is: Have we, as we watched Rubio go from TEA Party hero to GOP establishment zero, learned our lesson?

Fuzzy Shorts: “Obama’s a Muslim,” Islamophobia, the 2016 Presidential Race

What a couple of weeks!  With so much going on, the time seems ripe for another “Fuzzy Shorts” post, so here goes . . .

What Upsets Leftists About “Obama’s a Muslim”?

Everyone’s trying to pile onto Trump for not defending Obama’s religion . . . including Hillary Clinton who started the whole thing in the first place.  What I can’t understand is why the progressives–left and right–are so outraged.

You’d think they believe that being a Muslim is a bad thing or that Islam is an undesirable religion to which one should denounce any connection. Why is the left, who despises Christianity to the point of removing God from the Democrat platform, so insistent that Obama is a Christian?  So insistent, in fact, that they are demanding that every GOP candidate agree that he is, in fact, not just a Christian but definitely not a Muslim?

What happened to tolerance?  Wouldn’t his being a Muslim (if he is, which I doubt, though there is food for thought on that) be a wonderful banner under which they can march in robotic lockstep?  The first black president is also the first Muslim president!  It’s a twofer you’d think they’d embrace.  But no, the very idea is anathema to them.  Who’s the real Islamophobe in this?

Ben Carson, the Islamophobe  . . . and Christianophobe

Meanwhile, Ben Carson is under fire for his comment that an American president should not be a Muslim.  This seems eminently reasonable to me given the nature of the American republic in which the power (supposedly) rests with the people and the nature of Islam in which the power purportedly rests with Allah but actually rests with Imams.  The two just don’t mesh.  That’s not bigotry, it’s just simple fact.

A fact that prominent Islamists have acknowledged repeatedly.

Carson has now come out and stated that he wouldn’t support a Christian theocracy in America, either.  And he’s right on that, too.  For the same reasons.

Rick Perry and Scott Walker Out of 2016 Race

I can’t stand Rick Perry, so I was happy to seem him exit the race as early as he did.  He’s an awful candidate, and worse, while he has some conservative ideas, he’s basically a “compassionate conservative” (i.e. a progressive).  The thing that made him anathema to me was his Islamic curriculum in Texas public schools, but there were other things that he did that I, as a Constitutional conservative, didn’t like one bit.  It’s all moot now, anyway, because he’s no longer governor of Texas, and he’s never going to be president. Yay!

Scott Walker was a bit of a surprise, however.  I expected his candidacy to be stronger than it was, but he made so many mistakes, was so uninspiring (lacked that fire in the belly we like to see in a presidential candidate), and just didn’t have enough (any?) knowledge about foreign (or, for that matter, domestic) issues.

He’s going back to Wisconsin to be a great governor, but he may be back on the national stage if he can take some time from combating unions and running his state to bone up on the myriad issues that a president must have done pat . . . or at least have heard about.

Who Thinks of Christians as “Crusaders”?:  Obama . . . and ISIS

Hmmm.

 

Jeb Bush and the Second Amendment

Did he say that the right to bear arms is a “states rights” issue?

 

Seems so. Or maybe not.  He just seems clueless about foundational principles, and that, to me, is the real problem.  That and the fact that he’s running on his somewhat conservative record as Florida governor . . . a record he effectively denounced in 2012 when he stated that he “used to be a conservative.”

Trump? Really?

I didn’t get it in 2011, and I don’t get it now.  Why are normally rational, normally conservative people supporting Donald Trump?  Really.  I want to know.

He’s hit a nerve, I get that.  He played the same game last time around, only then it was Obama’s birth certificate, so he didn’t get as much play as he is getting with immigration.

He’s brash and outspoken.  So is Chris Christie.  So is that lady at Walmart who wants her dollar refund NOW!

He’s . . . well, I’ve run out of reasons that I can see that people are supporting him.  Oh, China.  Right, same playbook from when he wanted to run in ’88 or whenever . . . only then, it was Japan he was targeting as stealing from America.

It seems to me that people are simply plastering their own anger, dissatisfaction, frustration, hopes, dreams, and ideals onto Trump and imagining him to be other than he is.  To me, this is very familiar.  A bit too familiar in a rather alarming way.

Remember the last time we had an egomaniacal, thin-skinned control freak seeking the highest office in the land?  Remember how we warned that there were serious problems that were being either ignored or brushed aside?

Those comments about spreading the wealth . . . well, that’s not a red flag.

Those disturbing associations . . . well, that’s just guilt by association. Pfft!

Those worrying statements about bankrupting coal . . . well, he’s evolved.

Those bizarre statements about healing the planet and stopping the seas from rising . . . just rhetoric.

Nothing to see here.  Just vote, make history!  The blank slate cometh, paint him as you will!

And now, we see it all playing out again.

Trump did once support not just Democrats, but particularly vile, evil ones like Harry Reid over Sharon Angle, Nancy Pelosi–whom he claimed did a fabulous job on ObamaCare, Hillary Clinton–whom he claims is just “marvelous” and does a “great job.”

Well, sure, he has to support them to do business.  Um, or something.  Oh!  He thinks illegals commit violent crime!

Trump supports universal health care.  Yeah, but he also wants to repeal ObamaCare. Okay, but he wants the government in charge of every American’s health care; for all we know, he doesn’t think ObamaCare gives enough control to government (my guess). So? He thinks that we should all speak English in America!

He supports all abortion, including late-term abortion and thinks that Planned Parenthood should still be funded even after the appalling infanticide, baby mutilation, and baby parts-for-profit schemes.  Yeah, well.  He wants a border fence, so he can perform abortions in the White House for all I care!

He abuses government power in cruel and greedy ways that enriches (only) him and kicks little old ladies out of their family home.  So? Did you hear that he thinks we should send all the illegals back?? Did you?!  (Yeah, but I also heard the part where they can all come back again after touching “home plate.”)

Paul Krugman supports Trump’s economic policies.  Krugman, need I remind you, is a big government Keynesian.  So! Um . . . border fence!

He’s supported gun control, higher taxes (he loves the progressive tax system, thinks it’s not progressive enough), all entitlements (with more that he wants to see added, by the way), and he supports restrictions on the First Amendment to “respect” Islam.  Yeah, but . . . illegal immigration!

He’s mean-spirited, petty, and nasty in the face of any and all opposition (even when there is no actual opposition, just plain old questions that Carly answered with ease).  He’s a fighter!

One thing we know for sure:  Trump does not now and will never see himself as a public servant; Trump would be Trump.  The boss.  The king.  The final word on any and every thing.  He’d know best, and we’d better just believe it because . . . he said so!

Why, please please tell me why, Trump is resonating with conservatives.  I really really really don’t get it.

The 0Care Fiasco and Advice for the GOP

Obama’s Down, But Not Out

Things look grim for the radical left, no doubt about it.  But.  Let’s not crack open the champagne just yet because Obama and his traitorous horde will never let 0Care be repealed (if they can help it, and sadly, they can).  It’s not just the legacy thing, it’s not just the “starter home for single payer” thing, and it’s not just the supreme embarrassment of this whole fiasco.  0Care does a lot of other things, some totally unrelated to health care (shocker!), that Obama and his commie puppet masters will not allow to be repealed.

Let us not forget that 0Care hands the entire student loan industry over to the federal government.  That it sets up a “civilian national security force” beholden only to the president.  That it fundamentally changes the work week (from 40 to 30 hours), and with it the work ethic, productivity, and tax revenue of this nation.  That it gives the government unprecedented access to your financial information, including direct access to your bank accounts.  Indeed, your income will be “monitored” for irregularities that pertain to your health care status (!). That it paves the way, explicitly, for all “group” insurance to be brought under one government body within three years (MediCare, Medicaid, the VA, military, “exchanges,” etc.). There’s even a provision for “automatic enrollment“; i.e. against your will or intent.  That it sets up “well child” visits by your favorite government official who must be let into your home … whenever they please. And who knows what else is in there (I only got to page 454). He may have anointed himself Grand Poobah of the World for all we (or anyone) know(s).

The point here is that he’s not going to let those wonderful power grabs and that massive destruction of Americans’ personal liberty go easily.  We can’t get too excited about this cataclysmic 0Care roll-out: he can and will use the full might and power of the United States government against his “enemies.”  These “enemies” are always the American people, never the (former and real) enemies of our nation.  Know that.

The Stupid Party Can Be Counted On To Screw This Up

We all see a major change here, we see opportunity and hope for real change.  You know what the Stupid Party sees?  They see . . . erm, ugh, well, maybe.  The entire nation is set to turn on 0Care and on Obama himself, and the Stupid Party will squander it.  We can pretty much count on that.

You know what’s going to happen? The establishment GOP will get behind some lunatic idea and then turn this total victory into a loss.  It’s what they do. What, you may ask, can they do to screw up, to spit on, to vomit on and return this gift from Heaven?  Oh, any number of things.  They’ll try to impeach Obama before they have the Senate. They’ll keep banging their heads against the repeal wall–again, before they have the Senate (and with no clear plan for health care, more on that in a bit).  They’ll . . . oh, who the hell knows, they’ll do something so stupid that Alinsky will applaud from his grave.  Obama is counting on it.  And I doubt that today’s GOP lets him down.

What the GOP Should Do (But Won’t)

One.  Stop being absolute, condescending morons.  We KNOW that the House cannot repeal 0Care.  Stop the smoke.  Curtain the mirrors.  Those votes, your stupid website, mean NOTHING.

Two. Find a way to make your plans easy to digest.  Obviously, lying is a bad way to go (gee, we’ll cover 30 million extra people, and everyone will pay less and get more and keep their doctor/plan . . . um, dumb.).  Republicans do have good ideas, but selling them will not be easy because we can’t promise to stop the rising of the oceans and a unicorn in every pot.  Hopefully, Americans are past that.

Three.  Embrace the TEA Party.  Failure to do so is a mistake.  We got you the House, and we can get you the Senate. Have we had failed candidates?  Yes.  Have you?  Um, McCain, Romney ring a bell?

Four. Stop with the amnesty nonsense.  It’s over.  We are a party of Americans, and if you insist on going down that failed McCain and Romney path . . .well, failure follows. See history for examples.

Five. Tax and Entitlement reform.  Be bold, be strong.  Freaking do it.  The nation is ready, past ready.  (And leave Paul Ryan out of it, he’s depressingly regressive.)

Six. Stop being weak, whiny, and pale shadows of the regressive left.  If you want that, go there. Just go.  Be Democrats.  Really.  (Yes, I mean you, Christie, Jeb, Rubio, and even Paul Ryan.) Weak, wavering, and whiny doesn’t win hearts, minds, or elections.  Witness 2008 and 2012.  Look at strong conservative voices, at Reagan, at Thatcher.  Trying to be more like the commie regressive Democrats makes you a joke to both sides.  And laughingstocks don’t win.  Ever.

Fuzzy Shorts: Individual Market, Regressive FAIL, Obama’s Latest Lie, and 2016

Not Just the Individual Market. D’oh

Everyone is focused on the current massive (in the tens of millions) cancellations of health insurance policies–that people liked and wanted to keep–in the individual market.  I guess that makes sense as these are the ones that are being sent out . . . now.  But it won’t be long before that Obama delay of the employer mandate kicks in, and pretty much everyone with employer-based insurance will find themselves in the exact same boat.  Or actually, without a boat.  Or a paddle.

I cannot wait to see how the leftists who are currently ridiculing, bullying, and otherwise being their usual holier-than-thou selves will react when it’s they who are hit with losing the plan they like and being forced into the 0care exchanges at not only higher monthly rates but with higher co-pays and deductibles.  That’s mean.  I shouldn’t be eagerly anticipating that . . . ugh.  But I kind of am (bad Fuzzy!).

Of course, as I predicted in 2009, the blame will go to the companies who are doing exactly what the law demands: paying the slight fine rather than subsidizing ridiculously expensive “comprehensive” plans that few want and no one needs.  This is the same scheme built into 0Care that rewards the young and healthy for NOT buying a plan (who wouldn’t pay the comparatively small tax-fine-abomination instead of being hit with insane costs for coverage they neither want nor need?).  The law was designed to fail in this way, and anyone who has employer-based insurance now . . . get a clue, you won’t have it in two years.  Period.  So get over your “but I’m not on the individual market” so I’m not speaking up nonsense.  Soon, they are coming for you.

Regressive’s Whining Introspection Provides Food for Thought for TEA Partiers

This is pretty “old” now, but obviously, I feel it’s worth mentioning.  Absolutely ages and ages ago (in today’s “if it was said yesterday, it doesn’t matter” blog cycle), some regressive blogger I’d never heard of bemoaned the failure of the “progressive blog movement.”  It’s a lot of belly-button gazing, myopic, unintelligent drivel for the most part (gee, we had so much POWER! We were meeting IMPORTANT people! We MATTERED!), but there was one part that really caught my attention:

Unlike the Tea Party, most left wingers don’t really believe their own ideology.  They put partisanship first, or they put the color of a candidate’s skin or the shape of their genitals over the candidate’s policy.  Identity is more important to them than how many brown children that politician is killing.

So progressives have no power, because they have no principles: they cannot be expected to actually vote for the most progressive candidate, to successfully primary candidates, to care about policy first and identity second, to not take scraps from the table and sell out other progressive’s interests.

The Tea Party, say what you will about them, gets a great deal of obeisance from Republicans for one simple reason: they will primary you if they don’t like how you’ve been voting, and they’ll probably win that primary.  They are feared.  Progressives are not feared, because they do not believe enough in their ostensible principles to act on them in an effective fashion.

I, of course, have been saying this for years.  The real legacy of this century’s “new” progressive movement (that would take us back to the 1930’s, not exactly a banner decade for America) will be not only utter failure but loss of any and all credibility (how seriously will ANYONE take regressives when a Republican is elected and he or she chooses to continue Obama’s policy of continuing Bush’s policies?  Not. At. All. They–everyone from the remarkably silent during Obama’s reign Code Pink to the not-quite-as-silent-but-still-complicit at sites like the Daily Kos and Firedoglake–will be laughingstocks and ridiculous jokes to one and all.).

This regressive blogger guy is exactly right: their lack of principles is what failed them, what will always fail them.

The Sorry President and His Sorry Acolytes

Poor old Ron Fournier, devout Obot, worshiper at the Styrofoam columns of a Styrofoam president.  Fournier bemoans the Liar in Chief’s latest lie, and he actually gets some things right:

I’m sorry you couldn’t finesse a single Republican vote for health insurance reform in 2010.

[snip]

I’m sorry you campaigned for reelection on the famous false promise: “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan. Period.”

I’m sorry your aides debated whether to tell the full truth (that people could keep their insurance only if it hadn’t changed and if it met your standards) and decided instead to institutionalize the lie.

I’m sorry that when Americans recognized the deception you tried to reinvent history: “What we said was you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed.” No, no, no, no, no—that’s not what you guys said.

I’m sorry you didn’t trust Americans with the truth.

Heh. It’s hard not to laugh, isn’t it?  Poor, sad, pathetic Fournier, still pinning his “hope” for “change” in a liar and a charlatan.

Dear Ron: Obama cannot trust Americans with the truth because the truth is not, and will never be, acceptable to us.  Period.  You live in a crazy utopian dream world that has nothing to do with actual American values, and if you think that Obama can stand up and just say, woot!  I wanna be king of the world, and that anyone will do anything but laugh. Long and loud. You are delusional.  But then, we already know you’re delusional because we read your columns.

Brief Note on 2016

I’m pretty much done with the crazy.  I voted for McCain in 2008.  I voted for Romney in 2012.  Neither man I really liked for the job, they were just better than the alternative (well, in McCain’s case, perhaps, not so much).  This time, it looks like we’ll get another nonentity, regressive Obot (Christie seems to be the main one at the moment, and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I loathe the man.).

Next time . . . I’m all for swinging this crazy pendulum far far far right.  We need a frothing-at-the-mouth, rightwing nutjob, and we need him or her now.  Sadly, we don’t really have one, so I’m looking at Ted Cruz . . . and I’m looking at Rand Paul.  I’m not thrilled with Rand because he’s been too cautious lately, too . . . calculating.  I distrust that.  A lot.

And I want someone like Allen West on either ticket because he GETS it with regards to the Islamofascist threat and will know how to undo the immense damage that Obama has done to our military.  If West can’t or won’t run for president or VP, he simply has to be involved in fixing the military mess that Obama and his traitorous horde have created.