Friday, June 15, 2012

We Are Now Under the Rule of a Dictator: "It's Not Amnesty!" (UPDATED)

I spent a lovely morning shopping four great estate sales today picking up a few little treasures for my various collections.  On the way home I stopped at the grocery store to get a few things and was tickled to see that they had three six-packs of my Sam Adams favorite, Latitude 48 IPA in stock.  It's a good thing I bought all of them because when I came home, fired up the computer and saw that Barack Obama is enacting the DREAM Act by fiat I had to go open one of those IPAs just to get my blood pressure back down to normal.

In case you haven't heard, from the New York Times:
Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children will be able to obtain work permits and be safe from deportation under a new policy announced on Friday by the Obama administration.
Obama says these illegal immigrants are "essentially Americans" and that this makes the immigration system "more efficient, more fair, and more just."  

Just not MORE LEGAL. 

Congress has repeatedly rejected the DREAM Act, but in ObamaWorld, that just doesn't matter:
Republicans were quick to criticize Mr. Obama, saying that he was overstepping his powers in an end run around Congress. But he said he acted only "in the absence of any immigration action from Congress to fix our broken immigration system."
Never mind the rule of law!

Is there no end to what he won't do through executive fiat?

Is there no limit to the blatant political pandering?

Pirates Cove responds:
Even the AP can’t stop themselves in pointing out that this is simply campaign year politics, rather than serious policy. What Democrats always forget when they essentially push some type of amnesty is that these people still can’t vote, and the other illegals that want these policies can’t vote, either. And those who came to the US and obtained their citizenship the proper way aren’t particularly keen on voting for those who give illegals a free pass.
Well, they can vote in Florida where the DOJ is suing to stop the purging of illegals from voter rolls.

Rush Limbaugh:
What's that gonna do to the unemployment number?  Are we gonna count 'em looking for work or not?  If we don't, the number won't drop. If we do, the number will go up.  What's it gonna do for those of you trying to get work to learn that 800,000 new illegals are in the job market who will work cheaper than you do?  And what's next is home mortgages and student loans.  Those are the next two things that are gonna fall.  

Rush is calling this the "Catch, Release, Vote" program.

Janet Napolitano:
"This is not immunity, it is not amnesty," said Janet Napolitano, the secretary of homeland security, which oversees immigration enforcement. "It is an exercise of discretion."
Well, that's certainly parsing words.

Ed Morrissey:
So …. he’s going to hand out hundreds of thousands of work permits when unemployment is at 8.2% nominal, 14.8% U-6, and the civilian participation rate is near the 30-year low Obama set last month (now 63.8%)?  The only thing this accomplishes is driving the labor rate further downward and the unemployment rate further upward.  Work permits make sense when you’re creating jobs, but not when jobs are scarce.  I’m not sure that’s going to endear Obama to unions and blue-collar voters struggling to find work already. 

Well, as Rush asked, are we going to count them in the unemployment numbers or not?

Back to the New York Times and the parameters:
The policy, effective immediately, will apply to people who are currently no more than 30 years old, who arrived in the country before they turned 16 and have lived in the United States for five years. They must also have no criminal record, and have earned a high school diploma, be in school or have served in the military. 
My first question is how were they enrolled in school if they were illegal in the first place?

And obviously these age parameters include a whole new voting block for The One.

This will certainly open the borders for many more who want to come on over.  Nobody is going to stop you anymore unless you confess your membership in some drug cartel.  Sounds to me like all you have to do is come on in, go to school, stay for five years and you're all good.  That ought to make all those going through the proper channels feel all warm and fuzzy.

Obama will use Republican outrage as a campaign point in his re-election.  He will say that Republicans are anti-immigration and want to shut the doors on immigration.  This will be false.

All he needs to do is to craft a plan that will get through Congress - a plan that is acceptable for both sides of the aisle.  But the BrilliantOne has been unable to do that.

And so instead, he's going to rule America like a dictator.

Until November, that is.


Mark Krikorian:
The debate over this must not focus on the substance of the DREAM Act. We have a branch of government that does that kind of thing and it’s called “Congress.” The problem with today’s announcement is that it’s an unconstitutional expansion of executive power that can be applied to any area of law. If a future Republican president can’t get Congress to agree to a reduction in tax rates, say, or a change in environmental rules, he can just use this “discretion” to change things on his own. Democrats in Congress should be terrified of this precedent and stand with their fellow members across the aisle to put a stop to it. This is about the rule of law and nothing else.


Rep. Steve King (R-IA)  is suing to stop this unconstitutional ploy:
Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King said Friday that he plans to sue the Obama administration to halt implementation of its newly announced selective illegal immigration law enforcement policy. He told Mike Huckabee on the former Arkansas governor’s radio program Friday that he successfully sued his own state’s governor — and won — over a similar separation-of-powers issue. 
“I will tell you that — I’m not without experience on this — I’m prepared to bring a suit and seek a court order to stop implementation of this policy,” King said

Update 2:

Over at Legal Insurrection, Professor Jacobson reports (and has video & Twitter reaction) of the heckling of Obama at his speech today.

From CNN:

President Barack Obama did not respond kindly Friday to an interruption during his Rose Garden announcement of new immigration rules, telling the man shouting that it was neither the time nor the place to field questions. 
The reporter, who was wearing a temporary press badge, was identified as Neil Munro from the conservative website the Daily Caller. He later told CNN, "I have to ask the questions you all won't ask," referring to the reporters gathered who regularly cover the White House.

Here's the video:

Update 3:

Ed Driscoll reports that the Obamabots are making it a racial issue that Dear Leader was "heckled" or asked a question.

Update 4:

Senator David Vitter responds:
President Obama shows again how he isn't serious about securing our border or reforming our immigration system. He's certainly shown how serious he is about the politics of it. Like other DREAM Act proposals before, Obama's executive action today goes well beyond helping minor children caught in a policy loophole - it essentially grants amnesty to adults almost 30 years old.
Update 5:

Heh.  ABC News calls Daily Caller reporter Neil Munro "eccentric."
President Obama flashed anger for the first time in recent memory today as an eccentric conservative reporter interrupted his speech on immigration in the Rose Garden.
Even more curious, I'm wondering where ABC has been when they suggest that Obama hasn't "flashed anger" recently.  The man is a walking cesspool of anger.

More at Memeorandum and Instapundit.


Andy said...

Pat, I was talking about this with Pam this morning. I honestly don't think it's such a bad idea.

Heck...our boys grew up with a bunch of hard-working Mexican kids that got brought here by their parents.

They really didn't have any choice in the matter. But, they've made the best of their good fortune.

That DOES bug me that ObozO seems to believe that The US Constitution is some old, yellowed toilet paper, that needs flushed.

Even though I don't necessarily disagree that there should be some grace given to kids that have lived here, gone to school here, who have friends here, are willing to work, still bugs the crap out of me that ObozO hates The Constitution, and has done everything in his power to destroy it.

Backing up here...I don't think it's such a bad idea, at all. If ObozO had presented it as legislation, I have a sneaking suspicion that he'd have gotten support in The House, and in The Senate from both sides of the aisle.

But, it wouldn't have served his purpose if Republicans went on record as in favor.

Honestly...the Republicans have got to be VERY careful not to smash-mouth the Retard In Chief over this one. This is something that many on the right (myself being one) have posited as something that might be helpful to our nation.

I know that there are a billion logistics that THE MORON PRESIDENT didn't consider...and it will probably do more damage than we can envision right now. But, after living through a Reagan Presidency (God rest his beloved soul), and a Dubya Presidency that didn't do much to work on this issue...

Well...I have high hopes that this will be seen for what it is, and that Mitt will fix it once we are rid of our pResident.

Pat Austin said...


To me, it's a legal issue. There are proper channels for getting it done.

Is it pandering? Sure, but both sides do that.

Is it a political ploy? Sure. Both sides do that, too.

My point is get proper legislation passed through the proper channels. Don't just decide you're going to quit enforcing laws because they don't suit your political agenda.

Andy said...

I understand, Pat.

Proper legislation is in order. But, as we know, ObozO hates The Constitution, and being the god that he is in his own mind, feels it not necessary.

Still, my human, compassionate self does not see this as a bad idea.

It's just another example of a moron grasping at political straws, hoping to stay afloat.

I'm hoping that the tide will wash that jackass back to Hawaii (or wherever he came from), and we'll be rid of him for good.

I least the illegals I'm talking about know how to swing a hammer.

Anonymous said...

I don't have problems with either regulating immigration plans or the fact that a Black Man as President of the United States, and yet I'M THE RACIST...NO YOU..YOU ASSHOLES ARE THE RACISTS!!!

These hateful scumbags ask over and over 'why isn't this N-word impeached" Here's a thought..

Hmm, maybe because he hasn't done anything unconstitutional. Don't you love the constitution? It's pretty wonderful. If he had, he'd be impeached by now. You're crazy if you think he wouldn't have been.

I don't have problems with either regulating immigration plans or the fact that a Black Man as President of the United States, and yet I'M THE RACIST...NO FUCK YOU..YOU ASSHOLES ARE THE RACISTS!!!

These hateful scumbags ask over and over 'why isn't this N-word impeached" Here's a thought..

Hmm, maybe because he hasn't done anything unconstitutional. Don't you love the constitution? It's pretty wonderful. If he had, he'd be impeached by now. You're crazy if you think he wouldn't have been.

President Obama is neither a communist or anti- American. He is a decent man trying to govern a country in difficult times .

Communist is the biggest over statement.A liberal may be. A communist no, if the guy was a serious communist there would probably have been a revolution in America. Just because he wants to help his people doesn’t make him a Marxist.

Obama is not a crazy white-hating communist, you’re a mentally damaged black-hating racist. Obama is not an america-hating marxist, you’re a stuipid racist. Who ever actually believes Obama is a Muslim needs to get their head examined. you disgusting bigoted fuck-hole.

NO! and he’s not destroying America. He Got Bin Laden. (NOT KILLED) Got pirates. Killed more radical muslims than civilian killing Bush. Taking Iran to the mats. Withdrew from agreement when N Korea doubled back. Got us out of Iraq, honorable. Saved the country from financial ruin. Saved GM and Chrysler and a million American jobs. Got health coverage for 40 million Americans.

POS!?!? it’s no coincidence that such derogatory and meaningless epithets are used by racists. He isn’t anti-American, nor any of the other countless things you will hear. All of this talk about communism/socialism/Marxism, etc. is just fear-mongering and irrational rhetoric that is used to cloud the real issues at hand: Namely, some people don’t like the President for personal or subjective (because he’s black) No, its just that some people don’t like him because he’s black but they can’t say that so they make up lies about him instead to ruin his reputation!

Neither ME or Barack Obama are racists. He had a white mother he loved. YOU are the racists.

You call yourselves 'patriots' but clearly the Republicans care more about party than about country. Their entire strategy is to get back into power, and they don't care how much damage they do to the country in the process.

The ‘Destroy Obama‘ game plan has been simple: Obstruct, disrespect and demonize the president — as un-American a.k.a “Not one of WHITE Us”.

No president in the history of this country has suffered more dis-respect than Obama.

When you call Obama un-American, a Communist” a Marxist, a Muslim, we all know you mean “ni&&er”!

MikeAT said...


I pray we get an injunction from a federal judge to stop the thing and unlike the judge with the offshore oil ban he puts teeth in it i.e. finds our DHS Sec in contempt and puts her in jail. But more than that assume Romney is president in January will he rip this out like it needs to be done.

Like Obamacare, that's an open question.

Jayhawk said...

"...or served in the military." Oh, really? How does an illegal immigrant serve in the military? The answer is "fraudulently" by forging documentation, which is a crime requiring deportation, even under this new policy, as in "...must not have committed any crimes..."

Andy said...

Yeah, Jayhawk. I thought about that yesterday.

The policy pretty well steps on itself in that regard.

I don't think anyone with half a brain believes that this is anything other than pandering.