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October 16, 2013 - 10:27 am

As I’m writing this, White House spokesman Jay Carney confirms that President Obama will pivot — not to jobs, silly! — from the budget mess to the immigration mess. But don’t worry your heads thinking that he’s going to go centrist and bi-partisan and do something right. He is going to go after yet another divisive partisan battle on the heels of the current divisive partisan battle, before this one is even over.

President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that stalled immigration reform would be a top priority once the fiscal crisis has been resolved.

“Once that’s done, you know, the day after, I’m going to be pushing to say, call a vote on immigration reform,” he told the Los Angeles affiliate of Spanish-language television network Univision.

He loves to make these promises to the Spanish-language media. But don’t call it pandering.

“There’s something in that bill [the Gang bill that passed the Senate but died in the House] for everyone!” Carney says. And by everyone, he means no one who wants real security on the border or who thinks it unwise to promise any form of amnesty for those already here illegally, drawing even more workers into an already tight labor market. He means, there’s something in it for Democrats who want to import millions of new voters, and there’s something in it to cause the Jennifer Rubins of the world to go off on Republicans again. There’s something in it for Democrats to demagogue and for Republicans to be divided about, again. It’s a whole new, very old and tiresome, fight.

The question before us is, does Obama intend to push immigration reform so that it rolls through a war-weary GOP-controlled House, or is he going to push immigration reform so that it gets rejected again while the fight deflects attention from the Obamacare rollout mess, and he gets to use the immigration bill’s failure as a campaign issue next year?

Or is it all of that? A heads-Obama-wins-tails-Republicans-lose sort of thing. If he gets it passed, he gets what he wants in policy and the GOP base is demoralized by yet another sellout. If it fails, he gets his campaign issue, and a divided GOP. All the while, another fight steals air from the Obamacare flop.

While we await the opening bell in that fight, it’s a fine time to note that Barack Obama is community organizing the country, making one demand after another, always escalating tensions while claiming that he isn’t, pitting Americans against one another for his own fun and profit, constantly picking fights with two and three purposes in mind, always to advance him and his party by whatever means are necessary. In the debt fight he is winning and may wrest the power of the purse from Congress. A reasonable man who really loves this country would just simply let people be for a while. But that’s not how Barack Obama does business. We’re never going to get a second’s peace from this guy.

We have three more years of his shenanigans to deal with. At least.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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We know he is going to do this type legislative onslaught. If we had Republican leadership we would have bills that we were prepared to continually introduce and actually fight for. What's the GOP agenda and why is the GOP always reacting and on the defensive? I think it is fear...
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
I don't know if the current president has the attention span of an infant or if the country does. Up till now the distinction hasn't been important. But since civil warfare seems more and more the only constructive solution, I just want to know what I'm up against.
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
Since he just rolled the Republicans on the shutdown (with substantial help from the Republican ideological purity wing), why not? He thinks he's on a roll.
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
You're wrong about the "substantial help" bit. It came from the "moderate" go-along to get-along Establishment Republicans who can't see beyond the Washington status quo. And Obama is on a roll when Republicans would rather fall on their knees in abject surrender, than fight.
48 weeks ago
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I have an idea for immigration reform. Use emergency rooms, employers, libraries, electric and cable companies, and any other bureaucracy these morons touch to find them and kick them all out with a size 16 boot, seizing their assets to pay for it. How's that for "reform?"

No, that makes too much sense for the racist suicide cult that is the Dem Party. If you put the Daily Kos in charge of Egypt, they'd destroy that country a heck of a lot quicker than Mohamed Morsi ever could.

Every Joe Blow from Africa would come, welfare would surge, gays would occupy mosques, feminists would throw down the whole shebang, and self-pity would become the national political and educational past-time, just like in America.

The fact is that America is running on the fumes of past success. Once the new kids fully kick in generationally and numerically, you can stick a fork in it.
48 weeks ago
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"Suicide Cult" really is about the size of it.

Unfortunately, like too many suicidal individuals, they want to take other people out before they stick the muzzle into their own mouths.
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
So, since it's obvious this country's future is toast - what's the best long term plan for riding out what's coming for the next few generations?

Spam (the canned meat, not what clogs email), precious metals (lead and brass), land and home that is owned outright and well away from the urban centers, heirloom garden seeds and a plot to plant them in, and maybe a hands-on trade that might find a resurgence in relevance in the coming economy (maybe blacksmithing, buggywhip manufacturing or horse-shoeing...?).
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