As I watched some of the news reports regarding the situation on our border with Mexico, the focus was on the children who, according to the politicians and the media, are caught up in and victimized by the illegal activity there. Thus we are to ignore the laws regarding illegal entry and focus on the humanitarian effort to help these children. There is the impression that their welfare is a common goal that we all can embrace; the reality of that crisis, however, comes nowhere near that conclusion.
The House remained in Washington and worked to achieve some meaningful legislation to address the border problem. The Republicans led the way and a bill was passed which would give the Obama Administration about $650 million to address the situation. Within that legislation, border security was made a primary issue as part of the spending appropriation. Of course, with the Senate already out on vacation and Obama waiting with his veto pen, the effort was reduced to little more than symbolism. In other words, there is no common goal with regard to the situation on the border, just more politics as usual, carried out in a manner to acquire what Obama is demanding—$3.7 billion in taxpayer dollars to spend as he sees fit and no securing the border.
Even if Obama called the Senate back to Washington for an emergency session, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would have either pigeon-holed the House bill and let it die there, saying that it doesn’t have enough support to bring it to a vote, or he would have shred the bill into something unrecognizable before sending it back to the House. Even if Reid surprised us all and did allow a vote on the proposed House bill, Obama would immediately veto it, decry it as an insufficient remedy forced on him by House Republicans, and accuse the House of playing politics in a time of humanitarian crisis. Ironically, he has no problem playing golf as this crisis drags on and on.
The common sense thing to do first is to stem the leakage on the border and, second, to address the effects of that leakage. Obama and the Democrats cannot afford to implement such a plan as it will quickly eliminate a problem they intend to use as a political issue for the upcoming 2014 mid-term elections. The current situation gives Democrats a platform from which to rally support, claiming as they will, that the Republicans have stymied them at every turn. Obama will point his finger and blame the Republicans while it is he who remains totally unwilling to compromise on any approach that puts border security first.
Obama wants particular things and he will not budge until he gets them. He wants the $3.7 billion to spend in whatever fashion he wishes. You might remember that of that $3.7 million, less than 2% is earmarked for border security. The rest is going to be spent caring for those caught up in this humanitarian crisis. Never mind that laws have been broken and all who cross the border in that fashion are, in fact, illegal aliens. Obama also wants to expand the welfare state in order to begin amassing a large cross-section of potential Democrat voters for the future. In other words, he is stacking the deck in favor of his party at the polling booth. “Oh wait,” you say, “these people cannot vote, they are not citizens!” If you believe that, then I truly feel sorry for you. Once amnesty is granted, the next battle cry from the Left will be “citizenship and benefits for all!” Such a strategy bestows upon the Democrat Party the face of compassion and puts them in a favorable light with the illegals as the people who got them what they wanted in coming to America. Citizenship will be just one more benefit handed out to them like bags of candy on a Santa Claus visit. Once they have it, then the Democrats will have more voters in their pockets.
Obama also wants a platform from which to continue to blame Republicans for our nation’s woes. The blame game plays well with the low-information voter, who never bothers to compare Obama & Company’s words with their actions. It rallies the base while continuing to drive a wedge between Americans. With the large influx of illegals, Obama also ups the ante significantly by financially burdening the middle-income wage-earner of America with their health and education costs. I know—he is always touting how he is working everyday to help middle America grow and succeed, but his actions in that regard do not support his words. Patriotism is alive in America in the hearts and minds of middle-income Americans. That spirit is the biggest point of resistance to Obama’s Hope & Change and his efforts to fundamentally transform this nation. He knows that he cannot get it done before he leaves office, but he can create an environment that will be very difficult to fix for many, many years to come. The continuation of the border situation supports this viewpoint and Obama will persevere in taking any actions necessary to perpetuate chaos and burden the American taxpayer with the bills associated with it. Add to this the enormous cost of ObamaCare, and you have a formula that will destroy middle-income America financially.
The House generated legislation which addresses the border situation and it puts border security at the forefront of the matter, where it should be. The heart of the problem is a function of border security, the rest is simply aftermath. Obama & Company would like you to focus on the aftermath and ignore the issue of border security; in doing so they are appealing to your human compassion to mask the real issue. When we close the border and put in place the things necessary to sustain that closure, the other problems will begin to disappear and citizenship in the United States of America will once again be something one can claim legally and with great pride. That is a common goal worth defending by every American.
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