President Barack Obama, in a White House press release dated April 15, 2011, declared, “Today I have signed into law H.R. 1473, the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011.” The president noted, however, his “strong objection” to section 1112 barring the use of federal funds to bring Guantanamo detainees into the United States and section 1113 barring the use of federal funds to transfer Guantanamo detainees to the custody or control of foreign countries, unless specified conditions are met.
In addition, section 2262 prohibits the use of federal funds for several positions that involve providing advice directly to the president (the Obama czars). The president had agreed to terminate the positions of Obama czars for healthcare, climate change, urban affairs, and the auto industry but noted that “the executive branch will construe section 2262 not to abrogate these presidential prerogatives.”
In other words, the czars stay.
In negotiating with U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and other Republican representatives, the president had agreed to the above sections in return for their vote for a continuing resolution for fiscal year 2011 to avert a looming shutdown of the federal government.
The Republicans along with the American people are having their eyes opened to the type of change that candidate Obama promised and the type of tactics he mastered in Chicago working with followers of the founder of American community organizing, Saul David Alinsky (1909-1972).
Alinsky has had more effect on Democratic Party policies in the 21st century than any other American. Barack Obama is a testament to Alinsky’s belief in the efficacy of “adroit obfuscation” of the real agenda of change in dealing with the American body politic.
Comprehensive immigration reform is a case on point. The 2010 Census showed that Hispanics are now the largest minority in the country, and as such they have not forgotten Obama’s “intention” to enact comprehensive immigration reform during his first year as president.
His failure to act on such reform is highly unacceptable to Hispanic activists. Although a recent Gallup Poll placed immigration reform at the bottom of the list of issues concerning most Americans, for most Hispanics, immigration comes first.
With other polls showing that only 54 percent of Hispanics now support the president, Team Obama sprang into action. On April 19, 2011, the president held a closed-door “bipartisan” meeting to discuss immigration reform.
The following day, Melody Barnes, director of Obama’s Domestic Policy Council and a senior adviser, reported on the White House Blog that the president remains “deeply committed” to reforming U.S. immigration laws and has asked Republicans to work with him.
Obama urged those at his “bipartisan” immigration meeting to lead serious and “civil” discussions, disregarding his not-so-civil denouncement of House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., during the president’s recent speech on the budget.
After inviting Ryan and other Republican leaders including Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., to that speech, Obama in a campaign-mode tirade scourged Ryan, labeling his budget neither American nor courageous.
Hispanic journalist, Ruben Navarrette Jr., in an April 6, 2011, piece entitled, “The Obama Two-Step,” awakened the Hispanic population to the Obama deceit on immigration reform.
Navarrette noted that Obama panders to Latino voters by criticizing the GOP for being too tough on immigration and then pandering to non-Latino voters by being even tougher. Navarrette wrote, “So, it’s no wonder that Obama is left with his rhetorical hash and words that don’t match his actions.” Obama has made little attempt as president to keep his promises to Hispanics, counting on duplicity and charm to soothe the Hispanic masses.
In 2009 and 2010, when the Democrats held the White House and vast majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives, no progress was made on immigration reform. An anemic attempt to pass the Democratic “DREAM Act” (granting amnesty and education benefits to millions of illegal minors) failed in December 2010 with scarce help from Obama save some threadbare campaign rhetoric. In response to writers such as Navarrette, the Obama administration have been quick to counter their misstep with reinvigorated immigration concern.
Sanford Horwitt, an Alinsky biographer, spoke in Denver, Colo., in October 2009 on the topic, “Community Organizer in Chief: Barack Obama and the Legacy of Saul Alinsky.” Obama taught organizing while working for the Developing Communities Project in Chicago and on behalf of the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, just as Saul Alinsky had.
Obama’s manipulation of the Hispanic population with promises of a “path to citizenship” for illegal aliens is pure Alinsky. Obama and the Democrats know that the American people overwhelmingly oppose illegal immigration and budget-busting benefits for illegal aliens. The 2010 GOP election victories have handed House Republicans a heavy duty — to rein in the artful dodger in the White House.
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