We think Planned Leak
President Obama continues to forget that there is a legislative branch in the United States Government. This is a Republic after all… or is it? Seems the White House (while Obama was in seclusion with serial adulterer Tiger Woods) leaked an immigration bill to the press. Legislation that didn’t include one meeting with House Republican’s or GOP Senators who want Immigration reform to become a reality.
Like this writer has said before, Democrats don’t want solutions to their hot button issues. Fixing problems would make the Democratic party less necessary.
We don’t think that David Axelrod is under any illusion, Obama WANTED that bill out there. He NEEDED that bill out there. Whatever the GOP comes up with outside of that outline, will be a non starter and immigration reform will stay an issue for another two years for the 2014 election.
Having said that, here is what the Guardian had to say on the issue.
A former top adviser to the president said Monday that the White House had made a “mistake” in distributing a draft bill on immigration reform, as Republicans attacked the leaked blueprint as an attempt to sideline bipartisan input.
“The mistake here was to disseminate it so widely within the administration that it got leaked,” David Axelrod said, speaking on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “And I’m sure if they could they’d take that back.”
Republicans reacted angrily over the weekend to the revelation that the White House was passing around its own immigration legislation. Senator Marco Rubio, part of a so-called “gang of eight” which is leading work on the issue, said the White House had not consulted Congress on the draft. “It’s a mistake for the White House to draft immigration legislation without seeking input from Republican members of Congress,” Rubio said in a statement. “If actually proposed, the President’s bill would be dead on arrival in Congress.”
Leaked White House Immigration Bill Puts Pressure on Senate
On Saturday, a spokesperson for the Obama administration stressed that the administration bill was neither final nor an attempt to derail a reform effort by a group of Democrats and Republicans in the Senate.
“We continue to work in support of a bipartisan effort, and while the president has made clear he will move forward if Congress fails to act, progress continues to be made and the administration has not prepared a final bill to submit,” White House spokesman Clark Stevens told USA Today.
Still, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a leading voice in the Senate group working on a bipartisan bill, said in a statement that it was a “mistake” for the White House to draft its own legislation without seeking GOP input. As a result, he said, President Barack Obama’s bill would be “dead on arrival in Congress.”
“The President’s bill repeats the failures of past legislation,” Rubio said. “It fails to follow through on previously broken promises to secure our borders, creates a special pathway that puts those who broke our immigration laws at an advantage over those who chose to do things the right way and come here legally, and does nothing to address guest workers or future flow, which serious immigration experts agree is critical to preventing future influxes of illegal immigrants.”
Read More at ABC News.
Democrats Dirty Little Secret
The president and his liberal friends in the media like to make everyone think it’s Republicans who’ve been thwarting comprehensive immigration reform all these years.
But the dirty little political secret is that it’s the Democrats who are really the ones who don’t want to see immigration reform happen anytime soon.
As long as immigration policy remains a political football to fight over, Democrats can use the issue as a way to brand Republicans as anti-immigrant and continue to capture the vast majority of Latino voters.
Read More oneidadispatch.com.
- Obama Reverses Course, Leaks Own Immigration Plan: ‘Dead on Arrival,’ Says Rubio (conservativebyte.com)
- White House Leak Reveals Details of Immigration Plan (on.aol.com)
- White House Immigration Bill Leaked…Rubio Calls It “Half Baked” (dreamingallmylife.com)