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July 09, 2013

National Review and The Weekly Standard's Message For the House GOP: Kill the Bill

I expect Drew will have more to say on this, but National Review and The Weekly Standard have a joint editorial out today entitled Kill the Bill that's worth a read.

First, they make a point that I've been repeating for a while about the Comprehensive Piece Of Shit: we've been down this road before and we know where it leads.

The bill’s first fatal deficiency is that it doesn’t solve the illegal-immigration problem. The enforcement provisions are riddled with exceptions, loopholes, and waivers. Every indication is that they are for show and will be disregarded, just as prior notional requirements to build a fence or an entry/exit visa system have been – and just as President Obama has recently announced he’s ignoring aspects of Obamacare that are inconvenient to enforce on schedule. Why won’t he waive a requirement for the use of E-Verify just as he’s unilaterally delayed the employer mandate? The fact that the legalization of illegal immigrants comes first makes it all the more likely that enforcement provisions will be ignored the same way they were after passage of the 1986 amnesty.

Exactly. A Wimpy bill (I'll gladly enforce immigration policy on Tuesday for amnesty today) should've been a non-starter for the Senate GOP but Rubio. The House GOP largely seems to get this, but it really comes down to Boehner standing firm on the Hastert Rule because there are probably enough of them that don't to pass something by joining forces with the Dems.

Another point Kristol & Lowry make that needs to be pounded home to the House is that there's simply no reason to rush this bill to passage. Supporters of Schumer-Rubio make the nonsensical argument that we need to pass their de jure amnesty bill because we already have de facto amnesty.

Well if we already have amnesty, what's the rush?

The status quo may be bad, but, as we're quickly learning with Obamacare, "change" can always be for the worse, and passing monstrous bills in haste virtually guarantees a bad outcome.


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