On immigration reform, next move is the GOP’s

John BoehnerMemo: To congressional Republicans

Subject: Immigration

I hear you’re angry?

Yawn. Everything angers you. And when anger is a permanent condition, it loses whatever emotional impact it might once have had on others. Nobody fears it any more.

Yet clearly, that anger has become very very important to you. You keep it at blast-furnace levels,  turning daily to Rush and Hannity and Breitbart and Fox News to stoke it with more fuel, whether legitimate or imagined it doesn’t seem to matter. Just make it burn. And the truth is that you’ve been angry about a lot of things for a lot of years, most of which have nothing to do with Barack Obama, although he sure does make a convenient target for it.

Anger doesn’t impress.  And it surely doesn’t make your arguments any more rational or convincing for those outside your circle of anger. You’ve allowed yourselves to become a caucus of Rumpelstiltskins, stomping and fuming in perpetual frustration that leads repeatedly to your own self-destruction. On immigration in particular, you have allowed your course to be set by the worst among you, by idiots ranting about canteloupe-sized calves and other foolishness, and the reasonable among you don’t dare to reclaim control because as your speaker explained so well, that would be “too hard.”

“Pass a bill.”

That’s what the president said last night: “Pass a bill.”

You don’t like what Obama is doing? Fine. The choice is yours. You can whip each other into yet another fine frenzy, shutting down government or even talking of impeachment in retaliation. I hear that wacky sheriff out in Arizona is going to file a lawsuit against Obama. So is the new governor of Texas. It’s a thing.

Or … you could pass an immigration bill that contains your own solution for the 11 million here illegally.

“Pass a bill.” Obama said it in a very calm, reasoned tone, but he knew and you knew that it was really a taunt of sorts. Because you don’t have a solution. You know it, and Obama knows it. You have anger.

As with health care, you’ve had the House for four years now and in all that time you haven’t passed or even drafted a bill reflecting a GOP solution to the problem of the 11 million. The policy that your more rabid members really want — a massive police action ripping 11 million people out of their homes, jobs, communities, schools and churches, shipping them south on buses and in rail cars with no legal process — is completely impractical, utterly inhumane and politically suicidal. Yet they won’t support anything that falls short of that, and you have allowed that stubbornness to dictate to you.

As of Nov. 4, you now have the Senate as well, giving you control of all of Congress. You’ve been like a dog chasing that car for years and now you’ve finally caught it; the rear bumper is firmly within your teeth, and the sweet taste of chrome  fills your mouth.

But now what? Can you actually drive that car?

“Pass a bill.” Come up with a solution.

Prove that “smug, arrogant man” in the White House wrong is about you: Legislate. Compromise. Govern.

Or fume and revel in your apparently inexhaustible and exhilarating anger.

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consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

So conservatives are still upset today we see. What's new

bu2
bu2

There's no NEED to pass a bill.  Doing nothing is actually a legitimate political choice.


Now the Republicans do want some change.  They want the existing laws to be enforced, which is the President's constitutional duty.  But this President has strong fascist tendencies and doesn't believe in the Constitution.

cloudodust
cloudodust

Geez. You want anger, read comments from the Progs with a Blog posted daily on this forum...Therein one will find the reality of what anger truly looks like. In the meanwhile, when my ancestors crossed the Atlantic to find a better life, there were no social nets that created a Taker mentality. No SNAP, no free health care, in essence, no free ride. Creek jumping is quite different than 5th class stowage for a trip taking months over the open seas with nothing but hard work needed for survival upon arrival. Really a case of comparing potatoes to tacos...

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

The corporate tax system is broken and Senate Democrats keep obstructing reform.  A Republican President should act to fix the system.  Democrats would of course be just fine with that process.

gt1995
gt1995

Per usual, Jay misses the point.


While he enjoys the talking point about the GOP being obstructionist, holding the House for two years without passing legislation he, and many other lefties, Dems held both chambers of Congress with Supermajorities AND the Presidency with a newly elected, popular individual and accomplished what? Not immigration reform. Not tax code overhaul. Not anything of substance that solved issues for the American people.


The GOP has held a comfortable majority in the House for the last four years. Many bills wee passed and died in the Senate without a vote, without debate, without even a review. Now they hold the House and the Senate for the next two. I full expect that Legislation will now begin to flow to the President's desk.


The real question is this... Will Obama be the same tone deaf, feckless leader he has been. A man who enjoys BEING President but doesn't enjoy the JOB of President. Or will he become Bill Clinton, a man who got his clocked cleaned in mid term elections and rather than try to battle it out with the GOP, showed his true political and leadership skills and made major positive changes for the American people.


Yes, even a solid Conservative like myself can say something good about President Clinton. Credit is given where credit is due,

Jimmyliscious
Jimmyliscious

@gt1995 Or will he become Bill Clinton, a man who got his clocked cleaned in mid term elections and rather than try to battle it out with the GOP,


I wish he would become Bill Clinton. But this destructive tool will do all he can to create chaos. 

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

@gt1995

Liberal fascists care only that their Idiot Messiah "won" something.

They can't tell you what they won or why they support the Messiah's actions, other than they were told to.

Kamchak
Kamchak

"Gruber unto others as you would have them Gruber unto you."

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

@Kamchak

Loser Democrats celebrate their ignorance and having been taken for chumps.

It's the adult version of high schoolers mocking the smart kids for "acting white".

JKLtwo
JKLtwo

It's a  shame we don't have a leader in the White House.

Orange15
Orange15

@JKLtwo 


Kind of scary this guy carries around codes to waste a pretty good piece of the world isn't it?

barkingfrog
barkingfrog

@JKLtwo I think you left a white out as in It's a shame we don't have a white

leader in the White House.

bmcdog
bmcdog

Amen, brother!

Opposition is simple. Solutions are tough.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Elvez 

LOL, the "lame stream media" says, "What?"

Elvez
Elvez

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Kamchak
Kamchak

@Elvez 

 ...drinking the kool-aid

Disgusting cliche.

BTW, the product was Flavor-Aid.

Do at least try to pretend that you know what the hell you're going on about.

Just suggestin'.

JKLtwo
JKLtwo

@Kamchak @Elvez BTW, the product was Flavor-Aid.

Do at least try to pretend that you know what the hell you're going on about.


I would listen to him Elvez.  If there was ever an expert certified stupid Demwit kool-aid drinker, kamchak is it.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Elvez 

To reiterate --  Do at least try to pretend that you know what the hell you're going on about.

Elvez
Elvez

@Kamchak @Elvez I'll tell you what I'm going on about pal.  If these e-mails tie the president (and or his administration) to this IRS abuse of power, that will make Nixon look like a jay walker.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Elvez 

IRSGHAZI !

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Kamchak
Kamchak

@td1234 

"I'll get you, my pretty, and your little Gruber, too!"


Elvez
Elvez

@Kamchak @Elvez


MORONGHAZI !


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Jimmyliscious
Jimmyliscious

@Elvez The effing libs on this blog laughed at me when I told them that they were retrievable. I used to do that for a living. But they knew better and trust the Gruber government. Sheeples!

Paul42
Paul42

Lemme guess.  still no suggestions from the conservatives as to what an immigration bill would look like?

Those talking points must be on snail-mail distribution.

RantNRave
RantNRave

"You can have td's Gruber when you pry it from his cold dead hands! "


TD 1234


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