Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Republicans Cave Again

             The $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill recently passed by Congress and signed into law was not only not contested by Republicans who control Congress, but was gaily advanced by them. Every time Democrats threaten to shut the government down if Republicans don’t agree to increase spending, Republicans agree to increase spending. Even when they are the majority party in both houses. Those stout proponents of smaller government! What courage, principle and character! They are just who they claimed to be, right?
This time, Republicans actually proposed and pushed through a temporary expansion of the H-2B visa program, quadrupling the issuance of visas to foreign workers for non-agricultural or temporary service jobs in 2016. They also fully funded the refugee-resettlement program in spite of major national-security concerns. Not content with those “accomplishments,” they permitted federal grants to “sanctuary cities” with no qualifying conditions (I thought sanctuary cities were so named because they refused to use money or resources to enforce federal immigration laws?!)  and dismissed all efforts to reform the cronyism-riddled EB-5 visa program that essentially allows foreigners to obtain a green card if they simply give a certain amount of cash to an American business.
(Last week, on his radio program, Rush Limbaugh had this to say about establishment Republicans: “The donors have become more important than the voters to many in the Republican Party. So, if you, masses of people who vote, want something, the power of your vote collectively expressed has now been dwarfed by the amount of money given by donors.  And if the donors want the Republican Party to stand aside or maybe even join with the Democrats on comprehensive immigration reform, then that's what elected Republicans are gonna do.”).

He’s right.

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