President Obama has been in many matters dithering in Hamlet-esque style, while in matters of radical liberal concerns he has acted with stunning stealth. See the bureaucratic changes in immigrations laws or labor regulations, or environmental rules.
In the first three days of 2014, Obama administration agencies have enacted 141 new or amended regulations, the majority restricting energy and environmental matters.
Yet, no one can explain why he dithered when having to make decisions about immigration even when he had huge Democratic majorities in Congress.
Meanwhile, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has been pilloried and pummeled in 2012-13 by Obama, the various factions of his House majority, the television talking heads, and the news media.
The speaker has maintained that he will not take up the Senate’s flawed immigration bill, but he will pass piecemeal understandable immigration legislation.
All the while, President Obama has dithered about immigration legislation since his 2007-2008 campaign promises that an immigration bill would be enacted during his first year as president.
According to the Latin Times, Obama said in September 2013 a “piecemeal” approach (immigration legislation) was acceptable if it included a pathway to citizenship.
On Nov. 21, 2013, Boehner stated, “The American people are skeptical of big comprehensive bills” referring to the Senate immigration bill. He also welcomed Obama’s willingness to accept a step-by-step immigration approach.
Obama’s press secretary stated on November 22 that Obama was not going to sign any piecemeal immigration legislation. Obama has repeatedly said one thing, then re-phrased it differently.
In December, Obama told The Wall Street Journal CEO Council that if Congress wants to chop the immigration Senate bill into five pieces it is okay as long as it gets done.
Where does the president stand on immigration reform?
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., bragged repeatedly that Boehner will cave on the Senate bill as he has no guts for a fight. Democrats point to Republican fears of a continued bloc voting by Hispanics for the Democrats.
Democrats say Boehner’s recent hiring of Rebecca Tallent as his new director of immigration policy means the speaker will surrender on immigration reform. Tallent worked for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a co-author of the current Senate bill.
Yet Obama, Reid, and the Democrats may have misread Boehner’s resolve and political acumen. The news media have failed to report the many immigration and other bills the House has passed and sent to the Senate that Harry Reid refused to bring up for a vote.
On Jan. 8, 2014, Boehner announced his leadership team was drafting “principles” for overhauling the immigration laws.
Speaker Boehner knows the first House immigration bill of 2014 should be a modernized guest worker bill for both skilled and unskilled foreign workers. Such a bill would appease the high-tech plutocrats, the agricultural community, and most Hispanics. A clean and simple bill would also be cost free — no entitlements and all costs borne by the employer and the worker.
Other immigration reform bills dealing with border security, naturalization, family unity, visas, and employment verification would be handled in regular order. Whether Harry Reid would continue his “pocket veto” on all new House bills or not, is still a question.
A veteran Washington insider opined, “Reid is the leader of the Democratic Party with Obama merely a disinterested figurehead and Nancy Pelosi just a worn-out liberal nag.”
In order to detract from the Obamacare chaos and start 2014 campaigning, Obama and the Democrats will pound the class warfare themes with cries of raising the minimum wage, pushing income and social inequality, and whining that entitlement programs are civil rights and that social justice demands open borders.
The Democrats hackneyed “social justice” mantra was unsuccessful when they used it in the first decade of the 1900s and it will be unsuccessful today. With a foreign policy unfocused, a sluggish economy, real high unemployment and underemployment, constant illegal alien border crossings, and education in an abysmal state, Obama harkens to his community organizer roots — no truth exists — and what he says is the truth.
"An organizer working in and for an open society . . . does not have a fixed truth . . . everything to him is relative and changing. All change means disorganization of the old and organization of the new." — from "Rules for Radicals" by Saul Alinsky, a Chicago radical community organizer.
Aside from Obamacare, Obama continues to have trouble with the truth, especially with his former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates’ new tell-all book.
A Quinnipiac University poll of December 10 showed immigration was considered a priority with only 5 percent of the people, while 41 percent of the people considered the economy the top priority, and 22 percent of the people considered the deficit a priority.
Boehner may prevail, after all.
James H. Walsh was associate general counsel with the U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service from 1983 to 1994. Read more reports from James Walsh — Click Here Now.
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