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Well, the Dear Leader has given his much-anticipated speech on illegal immigration.

Let’s dissect it, shall we?

My fellow Americans…

0bama’s an American?  Can he prove that?  Can we see his school records to see whether he was here as a foreign student?  No?  Never mind, then.

…tonight, I’d like to talk with you about immigration.

No he doesn’t.  He wants to talk to us or at us, but not with us.  That would require dialogue, in which autocrats have no interest.

For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations.  It’s kept us youthful, dynamic, and entrepreneurial.  It has shaped our character as a people with limitless possibilities – people not trapped by our past, but able to remake ourselves as we choose.

No, our tradition of assimilating legal immigrants has done all that.

But today, our immigration system is broken, and everybody knows it.

It is broken because 0bama and his ilk have refused to enforce the laws.  They broke it, now they say they’re going to fix it?!  Enforce the laws.  Then see whether the system is broken.  Try the system first before you say it doesn’t work.

Families who enter our country the right way and play by the rules watch others flout the rules.  Business owners who offer their workers good wages and benefits see the competition exploit undocumented immigrants by paying them far less.  All of us take offense to anyone who reaps the rewards of living in America without taking on the responsibilities of living in America.  And undocumented immigrants who desperately want to embrace those responsibilities see little option but to remain in the shadows, or risk their families being torn apart.

If they wanted those responsibilities, they would have entered legally.  They flout the rules because they do not want to obey the rules.

It’s been this way for decades.  And for decades, we haven’t done much about it.

And he’s not going to do anything about it, either.  It is illegal to hire people who are here illegally.  Is he going to increase prosecutions of those employers?  Is he going to put those employers out of business?  No.  That’s the crux of the problem, and 0bama won’t do anything about it.

When I took office, I committed to fixing this broken immigration system.  And I began by doing what I could to secure our borders.

That’s a good one!

Today, we have more agents and technology deployed to secure our southern border than at any time in our history.  And over the past six years, illegal border crossings have been cut by more than half.  Although this summer, there was a brief spike in unaccompanied children being apprehended at our border, the number of such children is now actually lower than it’s been in nearly two years.  Overall, the number of people trying to cross our border illegally is at its lowest level since the 1970s.  Those are the facts.

And how can we possibly know that?  If we know they are crossing illegally, why don’t we stop them?

Meanwhile, I worked with Congress on a comprehensive fix, and last year, 68 Democrats, Republicans, and Independents came together to pass a bipartisan bill in the Senate.  It wasn’t perfect.  It was a compromise, but it reflected common sense.  It would have doubled the number of border patrol agents, while giving undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship if they paid a fine, started paying their taxes, and went to the back of the line.  And independent experts said that it would help grow our economy and shrink our deficits.

But no mention of H.R.3846, The United States Customs and Border Protection Authorization Act, which passed the House Ju;y 29th and was totally ignored by the Senate?

Had the House of Representatives allowed that kind of a bill a simple yes-or-no vote, it would have passed with support from both parties, and today it would be the law.  But for a year and a half now, Republican leaders in the House have refused to allow that simple vote.

And what if the Demonrat leaders of the Senate had allowed a simple yes-or-no vote on H.R.3846?  Would you have signed that if it passed?  When the next Congress passes an immigration bill, will you sign that?

Now, I continue to believe that the best way to solve this problem is by working together to pass that kind of common sense law.  But until that happens, there are actions I have the legal authority to take as President – the same kinds of actions taken by Democratic and Republican Presidents before me – that will help make our immigration system more fair and more just.

No, they haven’t.

Tonight, I am announcing those actions.

First, we’ll build on our progress at the border with additional resources for our law enforcement personnel so that they can stem the flow of illegal crossings, and speed the return of those who do cross over.

I’ll believe it when I see it.  He’s had six years to do that.

Second, I will make it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy, as so many business leaders have proposed.

And day laborers and criminals, too, I’m sure.  You know — the ones who commit crimes that Americans won’t.

Third, we’ll take steps to deal responsibly with the millions of undocumented immigrants who already live in our country.

That would be deporting them.

I want to say more about this third issue, because it generates the most passion and controversy.  Even as we are a nation of immigrants, we are also a nation of laws.

Unless they are laws 0bama doesn’t like.  Then he will just choose not to enforce them.

Undocumented workers broke our immigration laws, and I believe that they must be held accountable – especially those who may be dangerous.  That’s why, over the past six years, deportations of criminals are up 80 percent.  And that’s why we’re going to keep focusing enforcement resources on actual threats to our security.  Felons, not families.  Criminals, not children.  Gang members, not a mother who’s working hard to provide for her kids.  We’ll prioritize, just like law enforcement does every day.

That is not what law enforcement does every day.  They do not ignore petty crimes and only prosecute dangerous criminals.

But even as we focus on deporting criminals, the fact is, millions of immigrants – in every state, of every race and nationality – will still live here illegally.  And let’s be honest – tracking down, rounding up, and deporting millions of people isn’t realistic.  Anyone who suggests otherwise isn’t being straight with you.

So what?  Tracking down and prosecuting all the millions of minor criminals in the United States is also unrealistic.  But when one is caught, he is prosecuted.  When an someone here illegally is caught, he should be deported.

It’s also not who we are as Americans.  After all, most of these immigrants have been here a long time.

So the more you break the law, the less you should be prosecuted for it?  “Well, he’s been selling weed a long time, you know.  Really worked hard to establish a hardy, high-THC crop and a reliable clientèle.  We should just let him keep doing it.”

They work hard, often in tough, low-paying jobs.  They support their families.  They worship at our churches.  Many of their kids are American-born or spent most of their lives here, and their hopes, dreams, and patriotism are just like ours.

“After all, he’s trying to support his family with that pot business.  He even donates some of the money to the church.  And his kids’ hopes and dreams would be dashed if we destroyed his crop and sent him to jail.”

As my predecessor, President Bush, once put it:  “They are a part of American life.”

So are stupid demonrats — but we don’t have to like it.

Now here’s the thing: we expect people who live in this country to play by the rules.  We expect that those who cut the line will not be unfairly rewarded.  So we’re going to offer the following deal:  If you’ve been in America for more than five years; if you have children who are American citizens or legal residents; if you register, pass a criminal background check, and you’re willing to pay your fair share of taxes – you’ll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily, without fear of deportation.  You can come out of the shadows and get right with the law.

Are those IF clauses ANDed together?  Does one have to have BOTH been here five year AND have children who are American citizens or legal residents?  Now, here’s the thing.  This is being done by executive order, not by law.  As such, it is impossible for these people to get right with the law in this fashion.  The law makes no such accommodation.  Thus, as soon as the next president is elected, he can and should deport all those who register under this deal.   Shout that from the rooftops, folks.  This is why people don’t want to register their guns — because the government will know where they are and come get them.  Now, the government will know where the illegals are, so we won’t have to track them down to round them up and deport them!

Oh, and how, exactly, do you do a background check on an illegal immigrant?

That’s what this deal is.  Now let’s be clear about what it isn’t.  This deal does not apply to anyone who has come to this country recently.  It does not apply to anyone who might come to America illegally in the future.  It does not grant citizenship, or the right to stay here permanently, or offer the same benefits that citizens receive – only Congress can do that.  All we’re saying is we’re not going to deport you.

You don’t have the right to stay here permanently, but we won’t deport you?  Sounds like a non sequitur to me.

I know some of the critics of this action call it amnesty.  Well, it’s not.  Amnesty is the immigration system we have today – millions of people who live here without paying their taxes or playing by the rules, while politicians use the issue to scare people and whip up votes at election time.

The current system is amnesty because 0bama refuses to enforce the law.  The law is not the system.

That’s the real amnesty – leaving this broken system the way it is.  Mass amnesty would be unfair.  Mass deportation would be both impossible and contrary to our character.  What I’m describing is accountability – a commonsense, middle ground approach:  If you meet the criteria, you can come out of the shadows and get right with the law.  If you’re a criminal, you’ll be deported.  If you plan to enter the U.S. illegally, your chances of getting caught and sent back just went up.

There is no accountability in this deal.   There is no fairness in this deal.  How is this in any way fair to those who have played by the rules?

The actions I’m taking are not only lawful, they’re the kinds of actions taken by every single Republican President and every single Democratic President for the past half century.  And to those Members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer:  Pass a bill.

Congress didpass a bill.  Many years ago.  How about enforcing that one before demanding another that you will not enforce?

I want to work with both parties to pass a more permanent legislative solution.  And the day I sign that bill into law, the actions I take will no longer be necessary.

Oh, really?  So your executive orders will say that they expire as soon as you sign an immigration bill?

Meanwhile, don’t let a disagreement over a single issue be a dealbreaker on every issue.  That’s not how our democracy works, and Congress certainly shouldn’t shut down our government again just because we disagree on this.  Americans are tired of gridlock.  What our country needs from us right now is a common purpose – a higher purpose.

Congress didn’t shut down the government last time.  Congress funded everything except 0bamacare.  0bama chose to shut down the government by not signing that bill.

Most Americans support the types of reforms I’ve talked about tonight.  But I understand the disagreements held by many of you at home.  Millions of us, myself included, go back generations in this country, with ancestors who put in the painstaking work to become citizens.  So we don’t like the notion that anyone might get a free pass to American citizenship.  I know that some worry immigration will change the very fabric of who we are, or take our jobs, or stick it to middle-class families at a time when they already feel like they’ve gotten the raw end of the deal for over a decade.  I hear these concerns.  But that’s not what these steps would do.  Our history and the facts show that immigrants are a net plus for our economy and our society.  And I believe it’s important that all of us have this debate without impugning each other’s character.

Legal immigration is a net plus.  Illegal immigration is a net minus.

Because for all the back-and-forth of Washington, we have to remember that this debate is about something bigger.  It’s about who we are as a country, and who we want to be for future generations.

Yes, and you want us to be just another Latin American socialist banana republic.  Thank you, no.

Are we a nation that tolerates the hypocrisy of a system where workers who pick our fruit and make our beds never have a chance to get right with the law?  Or are we a nation that gives them a chance to make amends, take responsibility, and give their kids a better future?

They do have the chance to get right with the law.  Go home, go to an American consulate or embassy, and apply to come here legally like everyone else.  That is how they can make amends.

Are we a nation that accepts the cruelty of ripping children from their parents’ arms?  Or are we a nation that values families, and works to keep them together?

We send criminals to jail, and we do not let their kids go with them.  If they want to take their children with them when they are deported, they should certainly be allowed to do so.

Are we a nation that educates the world’s best and brightest in our universities, only to send them home to create businesses in countries that compete against us?  Or are we a nation that encourages them to stay and create jobs, businesses, and industries right here in America?

Hey, idiot, those nations send their best and brightest here so that they will go back.  If we allow those students to stay, those countries will stop sending them here.

That’s what this debate is all about.  We need more than politics as usual when it comes to immigration; we need reasoned, thoughtful, compassionate debate that focuses on our hopes, not our fears.

How about some compassion for the poor Americans who cannot compete with the illegal immigrants because the employers can pay the illegals under the table — no Minimum Wage and no payroll taxes?  How about some compassion for the poor shlubs to wait years, even decades, to come here legally, and you spit in their faces and make fools of them by this deal with lawbreakers.

I know the politics of this issue are tough.  But let me tell you why I have come to feel so strongly about it.

Yes, it’s all about feeling.  Thinking is not for demonrats.

Over the past few years, I have seen the determination of immigrant fathers who worked two or three jobs, without taking a dime from the government, and at risk at any moment of losing it all, just to build a better life for their kids.  I’ve seen the heartbreak and anxiety of children whose mothers might be taken away from them just because they didn’t have the right papers.  I’ve seen the courage of students who, except for the circumstances of their birth, are as American as Malia or Sasha; students who bravely come out as undocumented in hopes they could make a difference in a country they love.  These people – our neighbors, our classmates, our friends – they did not come here in search of a free ride or an easy life.  They came to work, and study, and serve in our military, and above all, contribute to America’s success.

Wait.  You’ve seen these things?  And why did you not prosecute these lawbreakers you saw?

Tomorrow, I’ll travel to Las Vegas and meet with some of these students, including a young woman named Astrid Silva.  Astrid was brought to America when she was four years old.  Her only possessions were a cross, her doll, and the frilly dress she had on.  When she started school, she didn’t speak any English.  She caught up to the other kids by reading newspapers and watching PBS, and became a good student.  Her father worked in landscaping.  Her mother cleaned other people’s homes.  They wouldn’t let Astrid apply to a technology magnet school for fear the paperwork would out her as an undocumented immigrant – so she applied behind their back and got in.  Still, she mostly lived in the shadows – until her grandmother, who visited every year from Mexico, passed away, and she couldn’t travel to the funeral without risk of being found out and deported.  It was around that time she decided to begin advocating for herself and others like her, and today, Astrid Silva is a college student working on her third degree.

Are we a nation that kicks out a striving, hopeful immigrant like Astrid – or are we a nation that finds a way to welcome her in?

Bully for her.  How about this deal — she can stay, and even become an American citizen, but her parents are immediately deported?

Scripture tells us that we shall not oppress a stranger, for we know the heart of a stranger – we were strangers once, too.

Even the Devil can quote scripture.

My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants.  We were strangers once, too.  And whether our forebears were strangers who crossed the Atlantic, or the Pacific, or the Rio Grande, we are here only because this country welcomed them in, and taught them that to be an American is about something more than what we look like, or what our last names are, or how we worship.  What makes us Americans is our shared commitment to an ideal – that all of us are created equal, and all of us have the chance to make of our lives what we will.

I thought it was because our ancestors killed all the Indians. How did that unchecked illegal immigration work out for them?

That’s the country our parents and grandparents and generations before them built for us.  That’s the tradition we must uphold.  That’s the legacy we must leave for those who are yet to come.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless this country we love.

God has blessed America.  But 0bama and the rest of the demonrats want to fundamentally change that.

Listen to (Milwaukee) Police Chief Edward Flynn response to a question from a reporter (saying he was disrespectful, read: “racist”) asking why he was on his phone checking the updates earlier in the press conference.

We need more real talk like this:

How long before Sharpton comes after him?

So all of a sudden, the great and mighty Harry Reid cowers after a devastating mid-term election, still being Senate Majority Leader, and cuts loose with a vote on the Keystone Pipeline. Why? Hasn’t done it for 5 years and said it wouldn’t come up for a vote……until now. Oh, right, Landrieu got it pushed in the Senate because she is so well liked and influential. Ok, but it needs 60 votes to go before the president, Mary; not 59. Of those 59, all 45 Republicans and 14 Democrat Senators pushed for it. Neither of the Independent Democrats voted pro, as usual. So we didn’t get to see if Obama would veto it and Mary doesn’t have the influence she portends. I saw it as a waste of time until the new congress comes in but it is worthy to note what will ensue.

Landrieu ain’t going to make it in the run-off election, and if this WAS NOT the reason for pushing forward this vote, it will be interesting how the next vote will transpire. You see, the GOP will go from 45 votes to 53 votes in the new congress. If those same 14 Democrats vote on the new passage (and why wouldn’t they since they just demonstrated that this issue needs to move forward and quickly), then Congress will have the 60 votes necessary to move it to Obama’s desk for passage or veto. Now here is where the rubber meets the road. Was this current vote a ruse to dupe American citizens of the Senates’ intent to actually save a Democrat seat rather than cheaper oil and good jobs for Americans? If not, Obama will be facing a 67 pro vote veto. That would be called a two-thirds majority and an override. Would he be so brash, arrogant and stupid to actually veto the bill? Oh, brother. I relish the new year. So many great and revealing circumstances coming to bare.

Why is the question I tend to ask. You have a liberal agenda that has failed every step of the way. At each turn, when that specific item on the agenda is questioned, dodges, spin, division and lies are thrown in our face to keep us at bay. At least till the next agenda item comes forefront. Now I agree with Gruber about the American people being stupid: not all of them, mind you, just the stupid ones. So why would the conservatives or Republicans feel uneasy about not appeasing those stupid Americans. I sure wouldn’t. Look where that philosophy has gotten them and us so far.

It is time, now, to start setting the agenda for the new Congress. Obama-the-petulant-child wants to go in front of the mic with immigration reform. Let him. Let him pull that cart on his own. Any other idiots that want to hitch their horses to that cart, well, let them do it also. They can all go down in flames together. As far as ANY agenda THIS Congress going forward; the only thing I see that needs negotiation is the budget extension. Let them play with just that for a bit…..and a short bit at that. Like a couple of months worth. Then with the new Congress they can start cutting back the pork and funding only things essential for our citizens. We don’t need the help of those Dems who refused to clean their own house and do things right for America. The pipeline has been waiting for almost 6 years. It can wait a few more months.

I see things like this: the Dems made this mess with their own rules. Soon they will not be the majority of power and want things fairer on the playing field. They also want to change the rules back to what they were to have the opportunity to obstruct again. Why in God’s name would a sane person even consider that? How many times before has this happened where the American citizen gets burned because of a “benevolent party” doing what is “right and fair”? The rules have been made and set. Let them Dems live and learn from their mistakes…..as we all have had to. Let them purge the crap from their party. Let Obama’s last 2 years be as Bush’s were. Let’s give the American people what they voted for and take away from the stupid people.

So all this time that the “informed” have been telling you that Obamacare is a scam, no one wants to listen. The Senate and House said the bill needed to be passed in order to find out what is in it……like it is a present waiting to be opened. So now, one of the chief architects decides to shoot of his mouth and rub it in your stupid faces; very bluntly, I might add. Remember, this is the superior Democrat party that knows what is best for everyone. Why? Because they feel the American people are too stupid to know what is best for them. In a sense, this statement is partially true. Those stupid voters that continue to believe the lies and vote Dem prove it every election. But what this video proves to me is that those individuals that voted for this bill in Congress are even more stupid than the American populace being besmirched here. They had a closed door meeting or two and we’re told that it was a way to get the poor health insurance and would also put these politicians in high regard with the people. Yup, the last couple elections proved that one. So we know that those who passed Obamacare in Congress lied, Emmanual lied. Gruber lied. The chief liar Obama did what he does best—he lied also. Good case for repeal. Better case for forcing vacancies in political positions. Best case to put members of the Congress and the administration, as well private contributors to this bill, in residence at the grey bar hotel. How much more do we need to eliminate this bad law?

This report lists a few election where Voter ID laws have made it a little harder to go from polling place to polling place casting votes as different people.  That’s why the demonrats oppose such laws.

With the new Voter ID law in Texas, the vote total was down 4.6% from 2010, and in Virginia, it was down about 1% from the 2010 midterms.  But there was no Senate election that year, either.  “While there are no studies yet on the impact on turnout in Virginia, Nate Silver estimates, based on academic studies, that in general such laws reduce turnout by about 2.4 percent.”

But wait, there were 11% fewer votes cast in Maryland this year, too!  And down 9.5% in Massachusetts!!  How can that be?  There is no Voter ID law in Maryland or Massachusetts disenfranchising the fraudulent.

So where is the disenfranchisement that was supposed to happen?

Whither Now?

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OK — so Republicans will be in control of both the House and Senate starting January 3rd.  Will 0bama work with the Republicans as Clinton did, and as Bush worked with the Demonrats in his last two years?  Not likely.  0bama is not the pragmatist his predecessors were.  I expect 0bama, unlike Bush, to use his veto power liberally.

So what can this new Republican majority do?

First, it now has even more power over the budget than it had with just control of the House.  The deficit has been coming down, and it can be brought down more.  Congress has to eschew omnibus budget bills and pass them one at a time.

First, pass a bill to authorize spending for debt service.  Nothing more.  At that point, the “default lie” is taken off the table.  Demonrats will no longer be able to say we will default on our debt if we do not pass spending bills.

Second, pass a defense spending authorization bill.  Providing for the Common Defense of the United States is the second thing the U.S. Constitution assigns to the U.S. government.  Only after that these first two authorization bills are passed and signed into law should Congress take up other spending bill.

Next on the list is “provide for the General Welfare of the United States.”  I think we can all agree on the majority of things that this entails.  The Interstate Highway System, for instance, provides for the general welfare of the States by facilitating travel and trade between the States.  FEMA, despite disagreements about how it does things and how efficiently it does things, goes directly to that general welfare of the States.  It is simply not practical for each State to supply itself with everything it might need to meet all potential disasters, and whatever is so stored is likely to be wrecked by the disaster anyway.

When that bill — probably the largest of all — is passed and signed into law, then Congress should move down through Article I, Section 8, and write spending authorization bills line by line.