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Eugene Robinson at The Washington Post updates us on how the GOP is once again blocking immigration reform:
The Republican Party was supposed to be getting its act together for the midterm election. Instead, judging from the disarray on immigration reform, things may be getting even messier.

I’m referring to House Speaker John Boehner’s embarrassing climb-down. After vowing for months that the House would finally take action on immigration, last week he surrendered. The bitterly divided Republican majority cannot agree on how to proceed. Apparently, this is supposed to be President Obama’s fault.

If Boehner spilled gravy on his tie, he’d probably blame Obama. The fact is, Obama has done everything humanly possible to make it easier for Republicans to support sensible reform.

Michael Tomasky at The Daily Beast offers up a blistering indictment of the Republican's refusal to change its ways:
This is what the larger Washington establishment has become: The enabling spouse of the drunk. “They’ll change. I just know it. This time, I really don’t see how they can’t. I mean, supporting immigration reform is so clearly in their own self-interest!” And certainly, it is. But laying off the sauce is certainly in the alcoholic’s self-interest, too. In that case, we all understand why the alkie doesn’t stop. It has nothing to do with self-interest. He knows his own self-interest. But he can’t change until his shame and disgust with himself is such that he’s ready to try.

With the GOP, it’s more complicated, because this isn’t just one person’s conscience. It’s an entire machinery of ideology-fueled delusion and rage.

Much more on this and the day's top stories below the fold.

The Times Union:

At least this time the discussion was honest: the failure of immigration reform is all about political power, not the best interests of people or the nation.

There was serious hope just a few weeks ago that House Republicans would, finally, come to the table on reforming the nation's immigration system and creating a path to citizenship for many of the estimated 11 million immigrants living here illegally. And just like that it was gone, with Republicans saying that they'd first like to see how the fall elections go.

Millions of lives kept on hold, again, all so some politicians can hedge their political bets.

If the sheer immorality of it doesn't shame House Republicans, perhaps they should consider that this could be one of the most damaging things they've done to their party in years.

The Denver Post:
Well, that ray of sunshine didn't last long. House Republicans' encouraging tilt toward immigration reform, complete with a statement of principles conceding that even immigrants without documents who meet certain criteria should be able to "live legally and without fear in the U.S.," survived for just one week.

It took one week for heated backlash from anti-immigration stalwarts in the House and around the country to prompt Speaker John Boehner into backtracking. [...] Boehner's capitulation to the GOP's die-hards is deeply disappointing. It was also brazenly insincere. [...]

Rarely has a party been so stubbornly in denial about the need to reach out to a wider base.

Greg Sargent:
There is a simple question that will determine whether we get something approaching real reform. Can enough House Republicans find a way to embrace some form of legal status for the 11 million, packaged with border security triggers, under conditions that accomplish the following: 1) Allow for a policy solution to the 11 million that is actually workable; 2) Allow for a policy solution to the 11 million that Dems can accept and can be signed into law by Obama.

When Republicans cite distrust of Obama on immigration, what they are really saying is this: We are not sure there is any set of workable border security triggers, as conditions for legalization, that is iron-clad enough to enable us to persuade the base that we’ve developed an adequate safeguard against Obama’s secret desire to throw open the borders — and by extension, to accept legalization.

Charlie Cook:
For Republicans, the fear of being attacked from the right and having to defend themselves from a more conservative primary challenger is, in some cases, real or entirely possible. Even those not facing the immediate threat of such a challenge foster a deep concern that it could happen.

Although a certain amount of paranoia is natural for any elected ​official, it is particularly prevalent now among Republicans, who are enmeshed in a civil war between the Republican Party establishment and the GOP’s tea-party/most conservative elements. Those in competitive districts or states also have to keep getting their base out to vote in general elections—although most base voters, particularly conservatives, vote no matter what, even in midterm elections.

But the fear of a primary also has a calendar component.

And from The San Francisco Chronicle:
In barely a week, Republican leaders have flip-flopped on immigration reform, switching from a willingness to consider useful changes to a swift backpedaling on a topic that will likely freeze any movement for this year and beyond.

It's an about-face filled with political calculation, but it's also a directly personal loss for 11 million people living here without papers. Legalizing their status is essential in reforming a system that has created a sub-world of undocumented people with few protections or opportunities.

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  •  I know what is wrong with this world! (12+ / 0-)

    I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate.

    by Ender on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 04:48:36 AM PST

  •  Immigration Non-Action...It's all Obama's fault... (16+ / 0-)

    and Obamacare....and Benghazeeee.....and Fast and Furious....and especially Obama.....and Obamacare....etc.

  •  Believing that the GOP will act reasonably (26+ / 0-)

    or even act at all on:

    Immigration reform
    Pay equality
    Gender equality
    Race equality
    Tax reform
    and more more more...

    requires also a complete and unwavering belief in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy.

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 04:56:07 AM PST

  •  GOP: help, I've fallen & I can't get up (10+ / 0-)

    80 % of Success is Just Showing Up!

    by Churchill on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 04:57:10 AM PST

  •  I wonder who is hedging both sides (13+ / 0-)

    of the "civil war between the Republican Party establishment and the GOP’s tea-party/most conservative elements. " We have heard that certain Libertarian billionaires have been supporting the rise and propagation of the "tea party" for quite a while. So can they just abandon them to their ignorance and inanity now that they are a nuisance while they funnel funds to more "moderate" candidates? But a lot of that money is carefully disguised and hidden, so I suspect that there will be a lot of bet hedging, ie supporting both sides in this conflagration. It could get pricey. More popcorn please!

  •  With Rush, Savage, Cruz, Palin and Rand driving (23+ / 0-)

    the bus there is only one place the bus is going....over the cliff. The question is how do we turn their failures into gains for the people of this country and ultimately of the world?

  •  It's about amnesty (8+ / 0-)

    This ONE issue with regard to Immigration Reform is the KEY issue.  An immigration reform bill would sail through both houses and Obama would put his pen on it if there was absolutely no mention of anything that even smelled like amnesty or a "quick path to citizenship" in the bill.

    The republicans have convinced themselves that if the Mexicans living in our country currently illegally were to be given citizenship they would be adding that many new democratic voters so that's a HUGE issue for them.

    Some of the GOP leaders in the House have waffled on it and they immediately got a ration of crap from the main republican body in that chamber.  

    This is going to be a tough one.  It may very well take democrats having control of both houses again to get it done like the ACA.  

      •  It's not just racial. (3+ / 0-)
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        ekgrulez1, Laconic Lib, salmo

        When the economy turns down and the economic pie contracts, people demonize others, often an easily identifiable group, because they are all fighting for their economic life.  We saw this in Europe during the Great Depression after WWI, and it is occurring elsewhere in the world in countries we hear less about.  In addition to race, religion, ethnicity, language and other group identifiers can be used alone or in combination to single out those who are "to blame" for everyone else's woes.

    •  Call it the Ronald Reagan Immigration Reform Act (18+ / 0-)

      After all Saint Ronnie was the last president to grant amnesty.

      This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

      by DisNoir36 on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 05:16:51 AM PST

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    •  It's about money and power for the GOP (1+ / 0-)
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      It always is.

      They want to wield the power - and deny it from Democrats (especially the brown one in the White House). And if some sort of 'amnesty' was granted to brown people here illegally, who would they be able to abuse in indentured servitude?

      Election Day is Nov 4th, 2014 It's time for the Undo button on the 2010 Election.

      by bear83 on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 05:31:51 AM PST

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    •  I don't believe the contention among the (3+ / 0-)

      Republicans is about what they're calling amnesty.  Even if there were no mention of citizenship in a bill put before them, the most conservative Republicans (who seem to be running things in the House) wouldn't approve it.  They will never believe the border is secure enough, and they will never support any level of acceptance of the undocumented.  

      Boehner is going to have to find the fortitude to confront the radicals in his party and move away from enforcing the "Hastert Rule" if anything whatsoever is to be accomplished - not just on immigration but on any matter of consequence.  He shows inclination to do so from time to time, but it always comes to naught.  The only solution I can see is the Democrats' return to control of the House.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 06:40:40 AM PST

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      •  So (2+ / 0-)
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        SueDe, Stude Dude

        SueDe, do you personally think the boarder is secure enough?  That issue is aside from the issue I mentioned here and there are democratic leaders that agree it is not.  I happen to agree with them.  A secure boarder is important especially knowing that those that want to hurt our country can pass through it with impunity.  

        This is not the issue I have brought up here.  Perhaps it would be good to have a diary here on that issue?

        Thank you.

        •  Our border is not impenetrable, (0+ / 0-)

          but it never will be.  There are thousands of cars and trucks that pass across our southern border every day.  The Texas border itself is almost 2,000 miles and is serviced by 29 legal entry locations.  Already those vehicles many times sit in lines for hours in order to cross.  The border agents do an admirable job of checking as many of the vehicles as possible, but it would be impossible for the agents to search every vehicle and intolerable for drivers and passengers.  Unless the U.S. changes the constitution in order to post our entire military across the southern border, we can not hope to cover every mile.  And that effort wouldn't affect the Canadian border, all the seaports or make a dent in the people who come into the country on a legal visa and just stay.

          I don't know what "secure enough" means, but what I suspect the conservatives will insist on is "completely," which is not now nor will it ever be practical.

          "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

          by SueDe on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 11:21:14 AM PST

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  •  Time to target the heavy Hispanic districts (22+ / 0-)

    In particular

    Coffman CO-06
    Denham CA-10
    Valadao CA-21
    Ros-Lehtinen FL-27
    Diaz-Balart FL-25
    Pearce NM-02
    Miller CA-31
    Nunes CA-22
    McKeon (retired) CA-25
    Royce CA-39
    Issa CA-49
    Cook CA-08
    Calvert CA-42
    Hastings WA-04
    Sessions TX-32
    Farenthold TX-27

    Plus a whole bunch of other Texas districts where the Hispanic population accounts for 25% or more of the population.  

    That's enough districts there alone to flip the House without taking into account any other factors or districts which the Dems could win.  The Dems should be (and in some cases are already) registering Hispanic voters and getting them out to the elections.  If Hispanic turn out in these districts in large numbers then the GOP is fucked and they will pay the ultimate price electorally.  Texas alone offers up a handful of districts which could be ripe for the picking if there are good candidates, especially considering Wendy Davis is energizing Dem voters and women down there.  You get the Hispanic voters energized as well and not only can Dems hopefully steal  a few House seats but also elect a Dem Governor.        

    This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

    by DisNoir36 on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 05:14:57 AM PST

    •  That's what I've been saying (11+ / 0-)

      Democrats in those districts need to do alot to get the Hispanic voters registered and actually get out and vote. Voter turnout among Hispanics is normally low, especially in midterm elections. If a good number of eligible Hispanic voters turnout in those districts they can not only send a powerful message to Republicans but could decide control of the House.

      •  Exactly right (9+ / 0-)

        It's time to get Hispanic voters motivated and flip some seats over to the Democratic side of the aisle.

        Election Day is Nov 4th, 2014 It's time for the Undo button on the 2010 Election.

        by bear83 on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 05:44:37 AM PST

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      •  Blue Texas (15+ / 0-)

        If Dems want Texas to turn blue sooner rather than later and put a fucking stake right through the modern GOP heart they would focus on A) Women B) Hispanics C) Other Minorities D) 18-30 year olds.

        To a large extent they already are.  From what I hear there is an unprecedented effort underway to register voters.  It doesn't take much to flip Texas blue and to steal a bunch of House seats.  Take the more extreme of extreme cases in Louie Gohmert.  This dumb as shit fuckstain has never won with more than 190,000 votes.  Even in 2010 he only managed to get 129,000 fucking stupid tea bagging nut sacks  to vote for his sorry ass.  He's in an R+24 district.  There are 655,000 people in that district.  A full third of his district is minorities.  That's over 200,000 people right there.  Even if only half of those voted and voted Democratic that would be 100,000 votes.  In 2006 when he won with 68% he only got 104,000 votes.  Now add in women who are deeply offended by him or the younger voters and all of a sudden you have a race.  There may not be enough votes to boot his sorry ass but you bet he'll be shitting his pants and that's money the GOP will have to spend in 'safe' districts.  There are SEVENTEEN GOP held seats that are less safe than TX-01 which is an R+24.  

        Pete Sessions in TX-32 has a 49.5% minority district.  If the 36% Hispanics turn out he is toast.  He's never won with more than 150,000 votes and that was in 2012 a presidential year election.  In 2010 he had 79,000 votes and in 2006 he had 71,000 votes.  This is a district with 655,000 people, half of whom are minorities.  Dems only need to get 90,000 voters to turn out or roughly 40-000 to 50,000 more than is typical in an off year election to boot this slimy fucker out.  

        Joe Barton TX-06 has about 651,000 people, about a third are minority.  Off year elections he's gotten at most 115,000 votes while Dems have gotten 45,000 to 55,000.  Another 55,000 and this BP ass kissing motherfucker is lobbying for BP full time.  

        Bubba Blake Farenthold represents a minority majority district with 49% Hispanic population.  In 2010 this dumb piece of shit won with 50,954 votes.  FIFTY NINE THOUSAND FUCKING VOTES!!!  There are 700,000 people in his district.  If the Dems can't turn out 75,000 people to boot his dumb ass then they're pathetic.  BTW this is an R+13 district.  

        You can go down the line.  Even what are considered 'safe' seats can be put in play and some even won with some effort in turning out Hispanics, women, other minorities and young voters.  These assholes aren't winning by huge margins of votes.  It looks huge percentage wise but vote wise it's not.  

        We have to turn out our voters in 2014 and make the GOP pay.  

        This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

        by DisNoir36 on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 06:16:57 AM PST

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        •  There are whole platoons of Democrats (9+ / 0-)

          engaged in registration drives in Texas, despite the barriers our governor and legislature have put in our way.  We have a meeting in March in my county (Bexar, which is already blue) to enlarge our efforts to include not only registering voters but planning a workable arrangement to get voters to the polls.  I have connections in Corpus Christie, and I'll be moving my efforts to that area to register voters and deliver them to the polls to unseat that "dumb piece of shit," Blake Farenthold.  He's an abomination and embarrassment, and I believe it's possible to unseat him.  The people of that district deserve a much better representative.

          "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

          by SueDe on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 06:59:02 AM PST

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          •  Thanks for all your hard work SueDe! (2+ / 0-)
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            Let us know how that goes in Texas. Based on what I see here, I really think that state is about to flip sooner than some people think.

            A village can not reorganize village life to suit the village idiot.

            by METAL TREK on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 07:03:41 AM PST

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          •  That's great SueDe (2+ / 0-)
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            TerryDarc, SueDe

            I really believe that he CAN be unseated.  He would be gravy as far as I'm concerned.  But if we see a few R+10 seats flipping in the heart of Texas come election night 2014 then our chances of flipping the House will be real good.  I'm really encouraged by the work you guys are doing down there.  All joking aside by us Yankees in the north, most of us would love nothing more than a BLUE Lone Star in the south.  

            This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

            by DisNoir36 on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 07:16:12 AM PST

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        •  GREAT post DisNoir36! (1+ / 0-)
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          That's the attitude we need to have! :)

          A village can not reorganize village life to suit the village idiot.

          by METAL TREK on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 07:04:21 AM PST

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    •  interesting. thanks. and great tag line. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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  •  suggestion (4+ / 0-)

    The Rs call us the Democrat party, leaving out the "ic" to be snide.  I would like us to ban "GOP"--they are not the government of the people.

    Actions speak louder than petitions.

    by melvynny on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 05:18:13 AM PST

  •  For the base of the party its all about fear: (9+ / 0-)

    Fear of change, especially the fear of the changing face of America. That's why they despise the president, despise the LGBT community, and the overall changing demography of the country because they fear they can't get the new faces to accept their positions and policies and will lose out. They don't know exactly how to adapt to a changing America, which may explain why the irrational Tea Party is dominating Republican politics at the moment. Until the party base can learn how to accept and adapt to change and when they finally have competent leaders, the GOP will stay irrational and irrelevant to an ever changing country.

    •  That is exactly the profile I see personally in (3+ / 0-)

      the few TP/GOP types I still know and sometimes encounter—as briefly as possible.

      Yes, I too have some reservations about effects. For example, will an increased immigrant population also support the somewhat Western European values I hold on environment, National Parks and animal welfare? I've spent considerable time in countries where those values are low and know the result. Those are issues to be worked on, but "fear" is the wrong reaction. In general I view my life in a highly diverse area seasoned by the mix of cultures (and I certainly enjoy the food choices!).

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

      by pelagicray on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 06:18:44 AM PST

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      •  Thank you for expressing your concerns (2+ / 0-)
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        highacidity, pelagicray

        in a respectful and unemotional way.  I would add to your short list the role of women in society and the family, the importance of education and the entire LGBT issue.  Many other cultures do not share our approach to these issues.

        I retired from a large diverse public university.  Most of my female students who were second generation Americans rejected large chunks of their birth culture, especially the treatment of women.

        •  Largely my experience as well—second generation (2+ / 0-)
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          Heart of the Rockies, Jay C

          loses some baggage I worry about. Third more. And, yes, your list is included in my longer version.

          The problems I see, here and anywhere immigrants from another cultural tradition are arriving in numbers (and that is happening in non Western countries to some extent), are more related to tendencies to either react very negatively (TP/GOP, racist, anti-immigrant fanatic) or, only slightly better, go too far in "multicultural respect" and allow some aspects that directly challenge our values—even law—in these areas to persist with silence. "No, you shall not beat your daughter for "dishonoring" you by . . ." and "No, you must allow a service dog in your restaurant regardless of your cultural values about dogs" and "Yes, we indeed enjoy your kid's paper on your religious tradition's major holiday celebration" has to be the way we deal with the clash of values.

          Actually I'd apply that to my native and long, long past "Southern culture"! Only vague traces remain, but I value some of the benign and even pleasant aspects while being pretty unmerciful on the worst, particularly racism.

          The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

          by pelagicray on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 07:38:42 AM PST

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        •  P.S.: We could learn a whole lot as well. (2+ / 0-)
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          Heart of the Rockies, Jay C

          One of the things missing in this, and I just did in the comments I made, is that the thing is anything except one sided.

          We could do very well picking up more than enjoyable foods and decor from those cultures. Family importance is one I think we should try to integrate (maybe restore) is an example. My other culture spouse intensely dislikes the "cold" family culture here. While close extended families are not always a paradise by any means our "nuclear family" trajectory in my opinion is far worse. Yep, I think kids do benefit with more than one or two loving "family" members to thrive. Dependable mutual support overcomes bumps that in isolation can be crushing. That is one of the things I think we could begin to learn from some of the immigrants arriving on our shores.

          The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

          by pelagicray on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 07:51:29 AM PST

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          •  One thing about modern life that (2+ / 0-)
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            pelagicray, Jay C

            mitigates against extended family interactions is job mobility, which may well increase with the ACA divorcing health care coverage from employment.

            Our family is scattered to the winds. It started during the depression and has continued in recent decades.  People move for a better job or educational opportunities.

            •  So was mine, but then distance matters a bit less (1+ / 0-)
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              Heart of the Rockies

              than in the days I remember when "long distance call" was a major event and distance, even intercontinental, is not a total barrier to warmth, concern and "support" in many things. I've felt that myself with family by marriage thousands of miles away.

              I am also seeing a slight trend to reassembly.

              The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

              by pelagicray on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 08:12:36 AM PST

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              •  When I was a child long distance (2+ / 0-)
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                was not only very expensive but required an operator to make the connection.  My parents wrote their parents once a week every week.

                We are lucky now to have both e-mail and videoconferencing.  Those both help to bridge the distance and keep people in touch.  Many families also use social media like Facebook.

  •  I LOVE THAT (1+ / 0-)
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    Forward is D not R


  •  Delusioneering. (1+ / 0-)
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    ...just sayin'...

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 05:35:52 AM PST

  •  E-Verify is ALL we need. (0+ / 0-)

    With 3 applicants for each job, we do not need more low-skilled workers to compete for the few jobs that are out there. As a Democrat, I despise the level of income inequality out there. Allowing 11 million illegals to join the work force, and make it harder for legal workers to find a job is just insane.

    •  The undocumented population, for the most (3+ / 0-)
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      part, are already working - they will not have to "join the work force."  But right now there is no way for them to pay income taxes on any level (federal, state, city) because they lack valid social security numbers or are paid under the table.  Under the Senate bill, it would take 14 years for them to become citizens, but their participation in the economy could start right away.

      I agree that E-Verify should be used more widely, but that's hardly all that needs to be done.  Putting millions of undocumented people out of work will only make our country's situation worse.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 07:09:42 AM PST

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  •  Climate change and trade winds. (5+ / 0-)

    Guardian has an article noting:

    The contentious "pause" in global warming over the past decade is largely due to unusually strong trade winds in the Pacific ocean that have buried surface heat deep underwater, new research has found.
    with two comments well below about this "storage" of heat (and no mention of the effect on the ocean's ecology):
    "The oceans have continued to warm unabated, even during the recent hiatus in warming of surface temperature," he said.
    "This new research suggests that when the trade winds weaken again, the planet can expect rapid warming of the surface to resume, as greenhouse gas concentrations continue to rise," he said.
    As for use of such variances from some layman's idea of "global warming" another article, "Denying climate change isn't scepticism – it's 'motivated reasoning'" is worth a look.
    The nay-sayers insist loudly that they're "climate sceptics", but this is a calculated misnomer – scientific scepticism is the method of investigating whether a particular hypothesis is supported by the evidence. Climate sceptics, by contrast, persist in ignoring empirical evidence that renders their position untenable. This isn't scepticism, it's unadulterated denialism, the very antithesis of critical thought.

    Were climate change denialism confined solely to the foaming comment threads of the internet it would be bad enough, but this is not the case – publications such as the Daily Mail, Wall Street Journal and other Murdoch publications give editorial support to this view. Worse still, a depressingly large number of denialists hold office around the world. Australia's Tony Abbot decreed climate change to be "a load of crap", and a sizable chunk of the US Republican Party declare it a fiction. Even in the UK, spending on climate change countermeasures has halved under the environment secretary Owen Paterson, who doubts the reality of anthropogenic climate change, despite the fact the vast majority of scientists say unequivocally that the smoking gun is in our hands.

    After some discussion of the politicians involved:
    It should be no surprise that the voters and politicians opposed to climate change tend to be of a conservative bent, keen to support free-market ideology. This is part of a phenomenon known as motivated reasoning, where instead of evidence being evaluated critically, it is deliberately interpreted in such a way as to reaffirm a pre-existing belief, demanding impossibly stringent examination of unwelcome evidence while accepting uncritically even the flimsiest information that suits one's needs.

    Yeah, and meanwhile they are blocking every effort they can find to mitigate what is pretty certain to be an increasing disaster for current life on the planet.

    So, extreme weather, get used to it in lessening predictability. Storms and monster surf in Portugal. floods in Europe . . . Atlanta paralyzed . . . its nothing, don't fret. Be happy. Consume!

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 06:38:26 AM PST

  •  After the next election = Never ever ever (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    Because theres always a 'next election'. When youre an unprincipled coward.

  •  GOP inaction on immigration thus provides (0+ / 0-)

    the Democrats with a nice scab they can pick at for the rest of the year.

    The most violent element in society is ignorance.

    by Mr MadAsHell on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 08:43:34 AM PST

  •  Cooke still pushing excuses. After 'primary compo (0+ / 0-)

    nent' the conventional wisdom will be 'now Thugs can agree on immigration reform!'  However, the reality will be they will do nothing, claim - after blaming BO of course - to fear the t-liban not showing up or turning on them in Nov.  

    So, Cooke (who is a Republican after all) - and the other enablers - will claim 'there's an election component' and Thugs will see the light after the GE - and thus Hispanic voters should stay asleep.  Of course, nothing will come of that bc it is Thug racism and cowardice that drives their immigration policy which the election will not change.

    But, of course, then Cooke et. al. will make yet more excuses for Thugs bc 'how can they jeopardize their POTUS nom by voting for reform?, but Hispanic voters should stay asleep past 2016 bc a Thug POTUS will make it aaaallll better.'

    It would be disgusting if it weren't so predictable.

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