Friday, January 31, 2014
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
House Immigration Principles
Hold on to your hats, folks. House Republican leaders released their immigration reform principles at their caucus retreat yesterday, and all signs suggest we are headed for a bumpy ride. Reports indicate that the discussion over the principles revealed deep GOP divisions over policy and timing.
It is clear from reading the principles that House leaders were struggling to balance competing interests. There is a lot of language about border security. That’s good. It speaks of a step-by-step approach to reform and overhaul of the visa system. Fine. Obviously, criminal aliens and gang members would not be allowed to remain in the United States. But, unbelievably, Democrats have resisted this in the past.
Now for the more troubling elements. The Democrats’ DREAM Act is a central element of the plan. While rejecting a “special path to citizenship” for other illegal immigrants, millions would be permitted to “live legally and without fear in the U.S.,” but their eventual status is murky.
Democrats won’t accept anything that does not include citizenship — they want more left-wing voters. In fact, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka blasted the principles as a “joke” and a “hoax,” adding, “Without citizenship, it’s a nonstarter.”
Of course the devil is in the details and we don’t have any details at this point, just a statement of principles. But the greatest concern is how anything gets negotiated with Democrats who control the Senate and the White House. The Republican House can pass a great bill, but once Obama and Harry Reid are done with it, it won’t be our bill anymore.
I agree with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), who said yesterday:
- “[House leaders] may or may not be right, but their argument is that we should focus exclusively on Obamacare and on jobs. In that context, why on earth would the House dive into immigration right now? …Rather than responding to the big-money lobbying on K Street, we need to make sure working-class Americans show up by the millions to reject Obamacare and vote out the Democrats.
“…if we are going to fix our broken immigration system — and we should — it makes much more sense to do so next year, so that we are negotiating a responsible solution with a Republican Senate majority rather than with Chuck Schumer.”
A Moment Of Truth
Immigration reform, budgets and taxes are all important issues. But I believe America’s growing virtue deficit and the breakdown of the family are equally important, if not more so, to the survival of this great nation.
Strong families are the foundation of strong societies and parents are the greatest role models in a child’s life. Even when you think they are not paying attention, they are!
So when the Inspiration Network recently approached my public policy organization, American Values, with a unique opportunity to promote the family, I gladly accepted. Together we produced an ad about the critical role parents play in developing the character of their children. Watch it here. Your support for our work makes opportunities like this possible. Thank you, my friends.
When so much of the popular culture mocks and undermines traditional values, the Inspiration Network is a great alternative with family-friendly entertainment and classic shows you can enjoy with your kids. Please support them and their advertisers!
Obamacare Blunders On
Here are latest Obamacare blunders making headlines:
- Obamacare was supposed to help cure the crisis of too many uninsured Americans, right? Well, it seems the uninsured don’t like Obama’s plan. A new poll by the Obamacare-friendly Kaiser Family Foundation finds that uninsured Americans disapprove of Obamacare by a nearly 2-to-1 margin.
- Obamacare was going to make health insurance more affordable, right? That’s not what is happening to thousands of businesses, including this Pennsylvania small business. Premiums went up 32% and deductibles went up much more. Millions of Americans have experienced similar instances of rate shock thanks to Obamacare.
- Why are so many Americans paying more for their health insurance now? Because, as the Associated Press reports, Obamacare really was all about the redistribution of wealth.
- Perhaps they thought they were signing up for Obama’s free health care, but rate shock might also explain why an estimated 20% of Obamacare “enrollees” are not paying their premiums.
- Obamacare was supposed to provide more access to healthcare, right? Don’t tell that to a lot of sick children in Seattle. Hopefully their parents will vote Republican this November!
“No One Is Listening”
Former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan wrote a prophetic column last week. Referring to President Obama’s then-upcoming State of the Union address, Noonan wrote:
- “No one’s really listening to the president now. He has been for five years a nonstop windup talk machine. Most of it has been facile, bland, the same rounded words and rounded sentiments, the same soft accusations and excuses.”
Peggy was right. The Nielsen ratings are in, and Obama’s address posted the worst viewership in 14 years. He’s been losing State of the Union viewers every year, and that shouldn’t surprise anyone. Re-runs always lose viewers.