Not sure amnesty is the hill to fight on. It is real expensive...some say $3 trillion over the lifetimes of the 4 million illegals who got the golden handshake. That is based on the premise that they on average have a 10th grade education and those folks take $3 from the gov't for every $1 they contribute. Also these folks will take jobs from native born and legal immigrants.... and depressing everybody's wages in the process. Also... the word of free First World benefits for Third World types who sneak across the border will prompt more illegals.
If Obama was smart, his "cause" would be 4% GDP and income growth.The Congress would still be Democrat if he had done that 2 years ago.
I'm at a loss to understand Danehy's portrait of economic recovery in light of the enormous holes in the demographics of who is working and at what sorts of jobs. The real issues are underemployment, the growth of low paying, dead end jobs in the services sector and stagnant wages for those who have remained employed through the ongoing recession. Nothing has changed for those in the middle and lower ends of the economy.
The stock market is booming? Swell, so are the compensation packages paid to CEO's of the same firms that threw the economy under the bus in the first place. The same pigs feed at the same troughs under the 6 years of Obama's presidency as had feasted under his predecessors. The gaps between the most wealthy, the middle class and the most vulnerable in the US has accelerated during his presidency, not abated. Where are the promised reforms?
Where is the federal support Obama campaigned on for job creating major infrastructure projects, repair of deteriorating bridges, high speed rail travel, sluggish internet speed compared with other nations?
Obama rates a D in education policies with his continuance of the No Child Left Behind federal intrusion into state and local governance under his, and Arne Duncan's, Race to the Top circus. Once again the federal government has caved in to the demands of profit making hucksters intent on rampaging through a trillion dollar marketplace while teachers and students are left to watch the carnage and wring their hands.
An end to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq? He's ginning up the military-congressional-industrial complex for new missions in those theaters and engaging in mission creep in Syria. Guantanamo is still in business 6 years after he campaigned on shutting it down.
Privacy rights? His administration has done nothing to rein in the NSA and is fighting to maintain the status quo of unconstitutional sweeps of every US citizen's telephone records and social networking behavior. Relations with Cuba? Don't ask. don't tell.
The mid-term slaughter of the Democrats is an indication that they and Obama have lost the support - as in going to the polls and voting - of the constituencies that elected him president twice. I voted for him both times as an Independent and like many of those who label themselves as progressives and moderates, I'm disappointed. Obama's lack of substantive accomplishment, and abandonment of key policy pronouncements made as a liberal/progressive candidate ,coupled with his kowtowing to the same power brokers as his successors and opponents, make it easier each day to label him "Bush Lite." And I believed you couldn't get much lighter than GW Bush.
Obama's pledge was that he "wouldn't do anything stupid" not that he wouldn't do anything. It is tempting to his supporters to blame the president's lack of achievement to the obstruction of those dastardly Republicans and there is some truth to that defense. Another truth is that it is the job of the president to reach out across the aisle, find bi-partisan support for legislation and use the bully pulpit to mobilize the masses to demand change when needed. Here, especially in mobilizing the masses who voted him into office he has failed.
Article too sick to comment on.
The Republicans should be proud of being the 'Party of No'. They have at least paused our descent into European Socialism, perhaps....
Once there was a douche named Danehick
Who could not write a column that was worth a lick
As a left wing nut, what he wrote always sucked
Always blowing smoke becuz he was such a dick ...
I appreciate that, Tom. As far as what Rush did or didn't do or what he may have bought his way out of or not I really don't know. I'm not privey to that information. However, if he did use money or his influence to avoid prison, all I can say is he ain't the first and won't be the last. The late Ted Kennedy comes to mind. Welcome to America. It's just the way it is.
Al, You're right and I apologize. Many people do start taking them for legitimate reasons and get hooked. What has always bothered me is that Limbaugh did things that would have landed the average person in prison (not just jail). He bought himself free and then tried to play it off like it was nothing.
It's obvious what Mark Robert meant. He's talking about people sneaking into the country ILLEGALLY . Not trucks delivering goods or tourists coming here to shop or visit. RioRican, typical liberal. Dead from the neck up. As far as my ol' buddy Tom goes it's quite simple. He looks at the world the way he does and nothing that C.W. 13 or Rat T. or Mark Robert or Danehy Suxs or any other conservative who comments here says is going to change his mind. Just like what Tom and his legion of liberals who comment here are going to change how we feel. Let them rant on and on and on about Bush, Chaney, no blood for oil, the war on women, take away their guns, Obummer died for our sins, etc., etc. We on the right know that we're called that for a reason. Tom did let me down though,with his remarks about Rush. Thousands of people including many of our Veterens start out taking pain pills for legit reasons and end up hooked on them. Drug dependency is a sickness, not to be laughed at. Call him a big mouth, a gas bag or what ever other civil name you can come up with, but leave the drug addiction out of it. It's not funny and doesn't help your cause.
Oh, yes, Mark Robert, let's do seal the border. To keep those 240,000 Ford Fusions from crossing up from Hermosillo where they are built from the ground up. To keep those grain cars from carrying millions of tons of Iowa corn down into Mexico. To keep increasingly affluent Mexicans from driving up to Tucson where they spend almost a billion dollars shopping.
Right-wingers have never been able to handle truth. It's because they all live in a fantasy world. Things just never change; the cycle goes on. We are screwed.
As long as there is a "Hastert Rule", there will be no responsible votes in the H of Rs; many bills could have passed (bi-partisan ones even) if allowed to come to a vote. No Work, All Politics means No Progress - Ever.
Evil Right Wingers, Obama is right about everything, blah blah blah. Seal the border, then worry about amnesty.
Boring Tom. Democrats are good. Republicans are bad. Call Rush names again. Share the fact that you grew up in the ghetto one more time. No wonder Dan Gibson is leaving this sinking ship.
You probably bored him to tears. What next, another anti-gun article? Or the State house conservatives are evil?
Or maybe more anecdotal crap about how your wife is a great teacher, so all public education is wonderful. Tedious Tom. Break out of your rut man.
History teaches us all about amnesty.
Once amnesty is given, it just keeps coming back over and over again.
You can't deny it.
12 dislikes already. I should open up a Kool-Aid stand in front of my house. I'd be rich.
I still can't believe we have a Superintendent of Public Instruction who thinks going to college is a bad idea.
The USC is not big enough for that *ss.
We will live to regret his actions. I hope he does.
Remember what we do after EVERY amnesty?
We continue to punish the good, law abiding prospects.
Lawbreakers rule. The POTUS included.
Rick and Rat T, well said gents. As I type this I'm listening to Barry Obummer wipe his ass with the Constitution. How sad.
I'm on board with you Daheny and also request that Terry Goddard stop running for offices.
Both Republican and Democrat middle class Arizona voters will regret the results of this election. Most of those elected won by a slivers width, from a very low percentage of eligible voters. Mandate? I think not. Those who did not vote, deserve what they get.
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