The GOP Ineptitude against Obama’s Amnesty

Monday, July 28th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Immigration

Not only is this president akin to an arsonist who comes onto the scene of the border crisis as the firefighter, he is actually standing there with a blow torch promising to set our sovereignty ablaze like never before.  While we are suffering the consequences of Obama’s open immigration invitation to the world, he is threatening to grant further amnesty to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants.

To be clear, administrative amnesty is a flagrant violation of federal law (8 U.S.C. § 1225), which requires ICE to place aliens who are not “clearly and beyond a doubt entitled to be admitted” to the United States into removal proceedings.  Moreover, any effort to grant illegals work permits is incontrovertibly in violation of Section 274A of the Immigration and Nationality Act:

(a) Making employment of unauthorized aliens unlawful

   (1) In general

   It is unlawful for a person or other entity—

(A) to hire, or to recruit or refer for a fee, for employment in the United States an alien knowing the alien is an unauthorized alien (as defined in subsection (h)(3) of this section) with respect to such employment, or

(B)

(i) to hire for employment in the United States an individual without complying with the requirements of subsection (b) of this section…

Yet, amazingly, despite this unprecedented imperial activity, Speaker John Boehner omitted immigration as an example of Obama violating separation of powers in his op-ed defending his lawsuit against the President.

One would expect Republicans to use their first leverage point to put an immediate end to this lawlessness, especially while Obama is openly promising to double down on administrative amnesty. Yet, not only are Republicans refusing to use current appropriations to rein in this imperialism, they plan to give him new funding without first demanding that he swear off further amnesties.

Folks, this is not just about Republicans as a powerless minority party.  With control of the House, they can easily leverage all funding against administrative amnesty.  They certainly have the power to block new funding.  Yet they are silent.

Does anyone really think this behavior will change when Republican take back the Senate?

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The K Street Revolving Door Continues Turning

Monday, May 12th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Obamacare

A few weeks ago, we noted that House GOP leadership has carefully picked which partial Obamacare bills come to the floor.  Notably, only those aspects of repeal that are fully supported by the health care lobbyists on K Street ever see the light of day for a floor vote.  The example from last month was a bailout of Cigna’s calamity with expatriate health insurance plans for American executives serving overseas.

The health care industry spent a lot of money campaigning for Obamacare, but now they don’t want to deal with the consequences of the law, at least not those aspects that affect their bottom line in the near-term.  It’s no surprise that Senator Marco Rubio’s “risk corridors” bill, which would eliminate the slush fund to bail out insurance companies from revenue losses due to the Obamacare mandates, never received a vote in the House.  It is vehemently opposed by the health industry lobbyists.

To illustrate just how strongly Republicans are controlled by K Street look no further than today’s news that Brendan Buck has accepted a position as the top spokesman for the health insurance industry.  Buck, a longtime spokesman for Speaker John Boehner, will become vice president of communications at America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP).

As the Washington Post notes, AHIP is a supporter of Obamacare and a big force behind opposing the elimination of the “risk corridor” bailout.

Over the next few months, we will begin to see a number of stories about how repealing Obamacare is a thing of the past.  Just today, The Hill observes how “the GOP goes quiet on Obamacare,” as there is no more pending legislation going through committee or coming up for a floor vote.

Indeed it has become clear that the battle over defunding Obamacare last fall was not just a disagreement in strategy.  If we fail to get rid of leadership and elect more fresh conservative blood, passing amnesty will supplant repeal of Obamacare as the cause célèbre of the Republican Party.

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They Lied to Us

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Immigration, Obamacare

We told you so.

During the battle to defund Obamacare last fall, we all warned that the schism within the party was about more than strategy; it was about the future of Obamacare itself.

At the time, our opponents within the party mocked our effort to defund Obamacare as a folly and even asserted that our strategy was distracting from the problems with Obamacare itself and would weaken our ability to repeal it.  They promised that as long as we hold tight and wait until Republicans win back control of the Senate, we could repeal Obamacare.

We responded by noting that once the dependency of Obamacare would take effect, the law would be immutable.  Even though the coverage offered by Obamacare would be subpar and eventually collapse the healthcare system, for the time being that is the only coverage many people would have, especially those who were thrown off their insurance plans.  We also pointed out that the first time Republicans would have full control of government would not be until 2017, at which point the law would never be repealed.

Nonetheless, they fought us every step of the way and publicly lambasted conservatives in the halls of Congress.  Obviously, Democrats had nothing to fear, as they knew the majority of Republicans had no intention of holding their ground and would even tear down their own base in order to do Harry Reid’s bidding.

Fast-forward just a half a year and Republicans are now admitting they lied to us.  They never had any intention to fight for full repeal of Obamacare.  Now that the defund fight is behind us, they are admitting that they cannot repeal it.  Over the past week, no less than John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers – prominent GOP leaders who opposed the defund effort – have come out of the closet to imply, in varying degrees, that full repeal is a thing of the past.

What we are starting to see from GOP leadership is a pattern of only attacking those portions of Obamacare that the lobbyists for big business or the healthcare industry oppose, even though these same people have lobbied for the broader law.  The House plans to re-introduce the bill that would bailout Cigna – a supporter of Obamacare – from one aspect of the law that adversely affects them.

The irony is that while GOP leaders like Boehner and McMorris Rodgers are surrendering on Obamacare, they are vehemently pushing for amnesty and open borders.  Even Rand Paul, while backpedalling on repealing Obamacare, is talking up passage of amnesty and downplaying the problems with illegal immigration.

Folks, the fix is in.  If we continue down the same path and fail to install new leadership, don’t act surprised when Republicans abandon the effort to repeal Obamacare and go all in for Obama’s amnesty bill.  And frankly, if we reelect these same leaders, that is exactly what we deserve.

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These are our Leaders?

Friday, April 25th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Elections, Immigration, Obamacare

Imagine the leaders of the Democrat Party mocking the party faithful.  Try to conjure up the image of Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid running false ads against liberal candidates.  Save that thought in your mind because you will never see it in real life. Democrats harness the power of their base to advance the cause of their ideology and party platform.  Republican leaders, on the other hand, are at war with their party’s platform.

While speaking to a rotary club in his Ohio district, Speaker John Boehner had this to say about conservatives who are concerned about open borders:

“Here’s the attitude. Ohhhh. Don’t make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard,” Boehner whined before a luncheon crowd at Brown’s Run County Club in Madison Township.

“We get elected to make choices. We get elected to solve problems and it’s remarkable to me how many of my colleagues just don’t want to. … They’ll take the path of least resistance.”

Boehner said he’s been working for 16 or 17 months trying to push Congress to deal with immigration reform.

“I’ve had every brick and bat and arrow shot at me over this issue just because I wanted to deal with it. I didn’t say it was going to be easy,” he said.

Yes, Mr. Boehner.  We actually want to solve the immigration problem.

We want to deal with the problem of criminals being let out of jail.

We want to deal with the problem of Obama suspending deportations.

We want to deal with birthright citizenship and other magnets that allow foreigners to violate our sovereignty and take advantage of the welfare state.

We want to make immigration work for the American people, not for your donors.

Sadly, you have no interest in joining us in combating the President’s malfeasance.  You are the one who is too scared to make hard decisions.  It’s a lot easier to go along with the political class and cowardly hide behind the misleading canard of “reform” just for the purpose of pushing the same failed amnesty that has engendered endless cycles of illegal immigration and that is already spawning a new wave.  It’s akin to saying conservatives are cowards for not dealing with “healthcare reform” because they don’t support Obamacare.

Oh, woops, Boehner is ostensibly saying that as well.

While mocking conservatives for fighting Obama on amnesty, Boehner made it clear that he has given up the fight over full repeal of Obamacare.

(To) repeal Obamacare … isn’t the answer. The answer is repeal and replace. The challenge is that Obamacare is the law of the land. It is there and it has driven all types of changes in our health care delivery system. You can’t recreate an insurance market overnight.

Which means that he has no intention to repeal it.

It’s funny how we warned those who opposed the effort to defund Obamacare that they would never repeal it at a later date.  They denied the charge at the time; now they are embracing it.

What about the House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor?

He is being challenged by Dave Brat, a little-known economics professor with almost no money.  Yet, amazingly, Cantor is up with a negative ad that is appallingly dishonest.  Cantor is not man enough to run ads touting his enthusiastic support for amnesty.

Folks, this is GOP leadership for you.  And this is the leadership we will continue to have if we fail to take back the party.

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House Republicans Push Another Corporate Bailout Disguised as Partial-Repeal of Obamacare

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Obamacare

When observing the actions of political class Republicans it’s important to remember what makes them tick.  It’s not that they are liberal or moderate; it’s that their ideology is power.  When conservative policies will benefit them politically and assuage their donors and lobbyists, they will jump on board the constitutional bandwagon.  But as soon as there is a schism between their puppet-masters on K Street on conservative policy, they are completely off the reservation.  Nowhere is this more evident than with Obamacare.

While other issues such as corporate welfare, amnesty, and Common Core are blatantly embraced by the corporate interests, Obamacare is more complicated.  On paper, big business opposes many parts of Obamacare.  But that is the point.  They oppose the parts of the bill that directly affect their bottom line (at least with the shortsighted focus on the near term), but have no problem with the rest of the bill that distorts the market and raises costs on individuals. Indeed, much of the insurance industry was in on Obamacare from day one.

Hence, that is why none of us are surprised that GOP leadership has quietly given up on Obamacare.  This is not just about strategy, it’s about core beliefs.  Look no further than the Chamber of Commerce’s official position that they desire to fix Obamacare.

Accordingly, this is why Republicans and even some Democrats have enthusiastically embraced repeal of the medical device tax.  Undoubtedly, it is a pernicious job-killing tax, but it is unanimously opposed by the business community.  Juxtapose that to repeal of the risk corridors (the insurance company bailout for those who participate in Obamacare but inevitably incur losses from the mandates), championed by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), and you won’t find too many followers.

Today, we will witness the latest example of leadership’s tendentious treatment of big business in the Obamacare debate.  The House will quietly vote on a bill sponsored by Democrat Rep. John Carney (D-DE) and Republican Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) (H.R. 4414), which would exempt all expatriate health insurance plans from Obamacare.  Expatriate plans are robust high-end forms of insurance for executives, primarily in big corporations, working overseas and in need of global access to healthcare.  The bill is co-sponsored by a random mix of moderate Republicans and Democrats.

Carney and Nunes sent a letter to their colleagues noting that these plans are offered by Cigna, Metlife, Aetna, and United Health.  This is not surprising because Cigna provides health insurance to large companies with many top executives working overseas.  Perforce, all of the special interests groups who oppose full repeal or defunding of Obamacare have swooped in on this bill.  The American Benefits Council and the Chamber of Commerce quickly circled the wagons around this bill, which had not undergone any committee hearings or markups and was randomly passed under suspension.

While there is some debate among conservatives about partial repeal bills, even those conservatives who support a partial repeal strategy should only support game-changing bills that both bring relief to the consumer and help disrupt the viability of the entire law.  For example, in the case of the 1099 tax-reporting provision, it benefited all businesses and alleviated them from an onerous burden.  The 1099 provision required companies to report all vendors from which they purchased $600 worth of goods or services within a year on their annual tax report.  Moreover, instead of bailing out Democrats from the political wrath of a deleterious provision, we extracted concessions from them by limiting the individual subsidies for purchasing insurance.

The expatriate reform, on the other hand, is a parsimonious tweak (yet full repeal for one special interest) that serves no purpose but ameliorating the law, making some Democrats look good, and playing into the insidious and selfish strategy of big business and the insurance companies.  Moreover, Republicans have not attached any other concession to this bill like they did with the 1099 repeal.

In the case of Cigna, they spent million promoting Obamacare; now they are looking for a bailout specifically for their corporate clients.  There’s no reason we should help them out.  It’s no surprise that Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD), a conservative House member and lifelong physician, allegedly accused leadership of being in the pockets of big insurance companies.

The Wall Street Journal continues to lambast conservatives for opposing partial-repeal measures, but they are too shortsighted to see how these bills are geared towards bringing relief to Obamacare lobbyists, not consumers and taxpayers at large.

Those who think that the intra-party battle of 2014 is merely about strategy are not paying attention.  Establishment Republicans have never stood for limited constitutional government and free markets except for when it overlaps with corporate interests.  Don’t be fooled by the ubiquitous public opposition to Obamacare within the party.  If conservatives fail to win this year’s primaries, a GOP majority will not be committed to repealing Obamacare.

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House Leadership Makes Another End-Run Around Conservatives

Friday, March 28th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Economy

Once again, House GOP leaders have shown why it is important for us to elect enough stalwarts to replace the entire leadership team.

Every Republican complains about spending.  One establishment Republican is even running an ad promising to “castrate” D.C. spending.   Yet few of them are committed to blocking a new spending increase, much less roll back existing programs.  Today, House leaders brought a bill to the floor that will increase spending.  They didn’t have enough votes to pass it, so they decided to ram it through by voice vote.

Every year, due to the lack of free-market healthcare for seniors, Congress must supplement payments to doctors who treat Medicare patients.  Government intervention into the healthcare market has precipitated such inflationary pressure in the healthcare sector that the government reimbursement rate, known as the SGR formula, is insufficient to cover the costs of Medicare payments.  In order to rectify the situation, instead of passing free-market Medicare reform, Congress passes a temporary fix (doc fix) every year to reimburse doctors for the underpayments, which are roughly 24 percent of their payments.

After failing to adopt the annual temporary “doc fix” last December, the House passed a bill two weeks ago that will permanently boost payments and pay for the increased spending by tying it to a long-term delay of the individual mandate in Obamacare.  H.R. 4015, the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act, passed the House with 12 Democrats joining every Republican in the chamber.  This bill actually used a legitimate offset to end this charade of temporary fixes until we can finally impose free market structural reforms on the single-payer Medicare system.

After Senate Democrats balked at the proposal, Republicans decided to give in and pass a temporary extension.  They used a hodgepodge of tenuous offsets spread out mainly over the next 5-10 years to compensate for an immediate expense that will undoubtedly reoccur every year under the 10-year budget frame.  When they sensed that they lacked the votes to pass the bill, House leaders made an end-run around Congress:

The bipartisan power move to hold a voice vote allowed members to avoid a tough roll call, which would have forced them either to vote for a bill they do not support or allow doctors who treat Medicare patients to take a pay cut, incensing powerful outside interests.

The tactic flies in the face of Speaker John A. Boehner’s pledge to be a transparent and rule-abiding Congress, members and aides said. […]

The move incensed members of both parties, who said that democracy was in effect subverted to avoid putting members in a politically tough situation.

“It erodes our confidence in our own system, and there will be discussion about this, I’m quite sure about that,” said Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.

“I don’t like it, I don’t like the idea that they’re going to do surprise votes for voice vote which turns out to be the equivalent of unanimous consent, because if anybody had called a vote on this thing, I think they knew it wasn’t going to pass,” King continued. “A lot of members, for a long time, are going to have to post somebody here to sit on edge waiting to call for a recorded vote because of this maneuver, this tactic here today.” [Roll Call]

This is part of a disturbing pattern of leadership using over-hyped deadlines as leverage to pass bad legislation.  In this case, the doc fix deadline was set at April 1.

Remember, this pattern will not change with Republicans in charge of the Senate, unless we change leadership in both chambers.  They have shown that when they are up against a Washington deadline – be it a debt ceiling, budget bill, or any number of program reauthorizations – they will press the panic button and give into Democrat demands.

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D.C. Oligarchy Performs Broadway Amnesty Show

Monday, February 10th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Immigration

Despite all the talk about partisan acrimony in Washington, the establishment in both parties is doing a great job working together to pass amnesty.  In fact, their carefully choreographed kabuki theater in the media should win them awards for great team work against the Country Class.

The news out of Washington last week was that Speaker John Boehner got the message loud and clear from rank-and-file members to put the brakes on his push for amnesty.  This spurious media narrative is ridiculous when you consider the strength of the forces behind amnesty.  The entire D.C. establishment has been preparing for this effort for months, backed by a multi-million dollar media campaign.  Every lobby shop in Washington is supporting amnesty.  There is no way they would suddenly agree to cease and desist after a few days of predictable grumbling from conservative House members.

The ‘slow-down’ on immigration is nothing but a carefully orchestrated strategy coordinated with Democrats so that conservatives will ignore the issue.  As the Washington Examiner’s Byron York quoted from a GOP leadership aide, “the best way to pass a bill is to tell people a bill is unlikely to pass.”

This same kabuki theater was orchestrated last year when the Senate passed the Gang of 8 amnesty.  After the bill was first introduced, conservatives carpet bombed the 1,000-page monstrosity on numerous fronts.  The Republican leadership chose to embrace a few of our concerns and promised to address them.  Far from abandoning the bill, they used the lull in action to create the shiny object of “enforcement triggers.”  McConnell and Cornyn pushed the first trial balloon of strengthened triggers.  They were predictably shot down, but gave rise to the final ‘goldilocks’ plan – the Corker-Hoeven amendment – which was sold as a grand compromise to assuage the concerns of conservative critics.  The bill passed with overwhelming support, and the rest is history.

Likewise, this year, House leaders along with their new-found Democrat partners, are outwardly embracing one of our concerns – that there is no trust in Obama enforcing the laws.  Acting like the foxes guarding the henhouse, one Republican after another is echoing the talking point: “you know what?  You guys are right.  We can’t trust the President to uphold his part of the deal.  We need to do something about that.”

Far from being comatose, the amnesty scheme is alive and well, albeit in the rope-a-dope phase.  The bipartisan oligarchy behind open borders is looking to create the shiny object of addressing the lack of trust in the president to prepare for an illusory grand bargain.  We are already starting to see this coordination and some trial balloons being floated in the media.

On Friday, the AP ran a story explaining how the White House is “giving Boehner room on immigration” with the understanding that “the GOP resistance is temporary and tactical.”

“Obama is willing to give Boehner space to operate and to tamp down the conservative outcry that greeted a set of immigration overhaul principles the speaker brought forward last week. For now, the White House is simply standing behind a comprehensive bill that passed in the Senate last year, but is not trying to press Boehner on how to proceed in the Republican-controlled House.”

Then, over the weekend, Chuck Schumer floated the first trial balloon – a plan that would grant immediate amnesty this year but suspend actual implementation until Obama leaves office.  Yes, as if they will really remain in suspended status for three years!

Keep in mind that Politico already reported earlier last week that Schumer had been engaging in private negotiations with Congressman Paul Ryan – even as Boehner was outwardly admitting defeat on the issue.

In the coming days and weeks, watch for some sort of negotiated settlement in which the President will agree to enforce some ancillary immigration law, thereby giving Boehner, McConnell, and Ryan the green light to push amnesty.

Folks, the problem here is not just a lack of trust in Obama.  It is a lack of trust in Republican leadership.  They act as if they are on our side fighting against an untrustworthy Democrat administration, yet they are really collaborating with Obama to bamboozle their own base.

We simply cannot afford to retain the current Speaker for another year if his entire agenda is aimed at fooling conservatives and placating his Democrat buddies.  In addition to defeating these people in primaries, we must get sitting members to publicly state whether they will vote for Boehner in the upcoming leadership elections.  Even if Boehner plans to retire at the end of the year, an immediate vote of no confidence in him would attenuate his ability to undermine the grassroots.

It only takes 17 members committed to opposing Boehner in order to deny him the 218 votes he would need to retain his speakership.

We can either sit back and wait for the next subterfuge from Boehner or we can take the destiny of our party into our own hands.  It is our choice to make.

 

GOP Debt Ceiling Strategy

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 and is filed under Debt

In a sane world, President Obama and the Democrats would be on the hook for requesting yet another debt ceiling increase after already racking up record high amounts of debt.  Obama is extremely unpopular, saddled with the failures of Obamacare, and accruing more debt than every other president combined.  Yet, thanks to self-immolation on the part of the stupid party, it is Republicans who find themselves getting trapped by their own leverage point.

President Bush was a big spender and conducted two major wars during his eight years in office.  When Bush was sworn in on January 20, 2001, the gross federal debt stood at $5.728 trillion.  On January 20, 2009, the day he left office, the debt had increased to $10.629 trillion, a jump of $4.9 trillion.  Just five years later, the gross federal debt stands at a whopping $17.263 trillion.  Obama has amassed $6.63 trillion in debt.  It took from our nation’s founding until July 2003 for us to achieve that milestone!

Roughly $6 trillion of the Obama debt increase is comprised of the public share (not intra-governmental holdings), which now stands at $12.305 trillion.  It took from our nation’s founding until October 2008 to amass that much in public debt.

Now take a step back and cogitate the past statements from the President – prior to his unprecedented expansion of the national debt.

“Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.”

Let that seep in for a moment.  Now add another $6.63 trillion over five years into the mix.

The debt ceiling, even more than a budget CR, can be messaged in plain language to the average voter.  Any responsible person understands that we should not reflexively raise the debt ceiling, eschewing the only tool to force a balanced budget, until we formulate a plan to end the cycle of debt.

And what will happen during the transition phase while we are debating a balanced budget?  Will we default?

Once again, let’s review the math of the federal budget.

According to the updated budget projection from the CBO, the Treasury is slated to take in $3.029 trillion in revenue this year.  Interest on the debt will cost $233 billion, a mere 7.7% of the massive tax revenue stolen from the private economy.  Once that is paid off, there is no default.  Period.  Anyone who claims we will default is knowingly misleading the public.

What do you do with the remaining funds?  You start funding core functions of government and those programs that people are already dependent on.

Social Security (retirement and disability) – $846 billion

Medicare – $505 billion

Medicaid – $298 billion

Defense – $582 billion

Veterans – $85 billion

Those expenditures account for roughly $2.3 trillion.  The remaining half trillion can be prioritized as needed for other functions related to homeland security, national parks, or any other limited function.  And remember, these numbers are extrapolated over a 12-month time frame.  The Treasury would have more flexibility to shift payments for vital services on a week-by-week basis as we work to responsibly downsize the rest of the federal government. Hence, the debt ceiling is a built-in balanced budget mechanism.

Democrats can’t have it both ways.  They imposed massive taxation, which has engendered enough revenue to cover the vital functions of government plus all of the entitlements.  They can’t tax and borrow.  Much like they claimed Obamacare is the law of the land, the debt ceiling is also the law of the land.  We already tax; we already borrow.  It’s time to force a long-term balanced budget.

Sadly, Democrats can and will have it both ways.  Instead of calling out Obama for his debt ceiling mendacity and publicly debunking his irresponsible lie about default, they obsequiously parrot his talking points.

The GOP mantra from Boehner and McConnell over the past few months has gone something like this:

“We are so scared of our own leverage point.  We so badly want to avoid default.  We absolutely cannot fight on this one, but please, Democrats, can you give us something in return?  We don’t know what that ‘something’ should be, but please let us off the hook from using our own leverage point.”

Well, after telegraphing that message to the Democrats for so long, there is not much we can do.  At this point, all we can do is defeat these undocumented Democrats in primaries and elect a new cadre of conservative fighters in the primaries – fighters who will telegraph a very different message to our opponents.

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RELEASE: GOP Leaders Double Down on Failed Amnesty Proposals

Thursday, January 30th, 2014 and is filed under Immigration, Press

“We will not support any candidate who favors any sort of legalization or amnesty…”

The Madison Project PAC released the following statement today regarding the GOP leadership’s plan to pass President Obama’s wrongheaded immigration proposals:

“Over the years, the Republican Party has continually been ridiculed for making politically tone-deaf decisions,” said Daniel Horowitz, Policy Director of the Madison Project.  “This latest effort to distract from Obama’s failures and Obamacare to focus on granting benefits to illegal immigrants ahead of a promising election cycle shows they are now, more than ever, out of touch with the American public. Seldom do we have a wealth of history to draw upon in order to learn from past policy mistakes like we do with the endless cycle of amnesty and open borders.  Yet, the House GOP leadership’s proposal is another ‘amnesty now, enforcement later’ plan that will engender a new wave of illegal immigration and grant perennial de facto amnesty to anyone who enters our country illegally.

“Although they crafted their document with careful wording, all of their specific proposals would grant immediate legalization, similar to the framework of the Senate ‘Gang of 8’ bill.  The idea that this legal status would be revoked if border triggers are not met or that the legal status would not grow into full-blown citizenship is absurd and disingenuous.   Moreover, passing the DREAM Act without first fixing our unqualified birthright citizenship and welfare system will chart a pathway to welfare benefits for millions of low-skilled illegal immigrants within just a few years.  It’s time Republicans place the needs of the American worker and taxpayer ahead of the desires of wealthy special interests and illegal immigrants.”

“Coupled with recent capitulations on the budget, Farm Bill, and debt ceiling, GOP leadership is showing they will never provide a bold contrast from the Democrats,” said Drew Ryun, Political Director of the Madison Project.  “The GOP establishment will learn you can fool some of the voters some of the time, but not all of the voters all the time.  Moving forward into this next election cycle, we view this issue as one that cuts across all three legs of the conservative stool – fiscal, social, and national security.  We will not support any candidate who favors any sort of legalization or amnesty before the proper security and enforcement measures are implemented and the rule of law is restored.”

The Madison Project supports and raises money for conservative candidates that have demonstrated a commitment to full-spectrum conservatism. The Madison Project website can be found at http://madisonproject.com/

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The Great GOP Establishment Amnesty Swindle

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Immigration

Something peculiar is happening on the immigration front in Washington.  With an eerie resemblance to the drumbeat leading up to Obamacare, Republican leaders are creating a sense of urgency that immigration must be addressed now.  And much like Obamacare is doing to our already-broken healthcare system, their proposals will exacerbate the very factors that have broken our immigration system over the past few decades.

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