What Senator Rubio’s “95, 96 percent of the bill” looks like
By now, Senator Rubio’s comments on Sunday that the Senate bill is close to perfect have been seen by most activists. In case you missed it, the relevant video clip is below:
So what does a supposedly A- grade bill look like in Washington? Let’s see…
- An empty promise on border control.
- Channeling Obamacare, it has loopholes galore.
- Those loopholes include adding non-citizens to America’s already overburdened entitlement system sooner than advertised.
- Continued exploitation of young, unskilled immigrants and subsequent government welfare program expenditures – at the behest and benefit of Big Business, (H/T to National Review’s Victor Davis Hanson.)
Of course, the pro-amnesty portion of the GOP isn’t – at least, by and large – aiming to pass this bill for reasons of efficiency, morality, constitutionality, etc. Instead, it’s all about elections. From Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC):
Graham said passing the bill is a political necessity for the GOP.
“If we don’t pass immigration reform, if we don’t get it off the table in a reasonable, practical way, it doesn’t matter who we run in 2016,” he said. “We’re in a demographic death spiral as a party.
The only way we can get back in the good graces of the Hispanic community, in my view is pass comprehensive immigration reform.”
Graham said a candidate like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush could win the White House in 2016 if Republicans back immigration reform.
Oddly, Senator Graham makes no argument that the GOP should target black Americans, or Asian Americans, or perhaps all Americans with its policies. No, for Senator Graham it appears electoral survival consists of highlighting ethnic differences, not policies that are sound for the nation as a whole.
And speaking of electoral survival, Ann Coulter’s latest column has this little bit factual information for pro-amnesty Republicans:
As journalist Steve Sailer recently pointed out, the Hispanic vote terrifying Republicans isn’t that big. It actually declined in 2012. The Census Bureau finally released the real voter turnout numbers from the last election, and the Hispanic vote came in at only 8.4 percent of the electorate — not the 10 percent claimed by the pro-amnesty crowd.
The sleeping giant of the last election wasn’t Hispanics; it was elderly black women, terrified of media claims that Republicans were trying to suppress the black vote and determined to keep the first African-American president in the White House.
Contrary to everyone’s expectations, 10 percent more blacks voted in 2012 compared to 2008, even beating white voters, the usual turnout champions. Eligible black voters turned out at rate of 66.2 percent, compared to 64.1 percent of eligible white voters. Only 48 percent of all eligible Hispanic voters went to the polls.
While the Hispanic population of America is expected to continue to grow, both parties need to stop focusing on narrow demographic numbers – age, race, ethnicity, etc. – and focus on following the Constitution and enacting policies that help all Americans increase their chances of achieving the American Dream. The party that better prepares the nation for the future is the party that should, and will, win the support of the American people.
95% complete? This 1,000+-page bill is so bloated and vague it doesn’t warrant a percentage. It’s past time for Senator Rubio and his “Gang of Eight” allies to go back to the drawing board and be straightforward and honest with the American people about the utter failure of their amnesty bill, and try again, working for real reform this time.