Time Runs Out on DREAM Act

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Here’s another sign that the Democrats time at the wheel is over. But  that doesn’t mean the Republicans get a free pass either when they take over.

 

Time Runs Out on DREAM Act

 

Dec. 7, 2010: Immigrants parents, students and others participate  in a candle-light procession and vigil in support of the Federal Dream  Act in downtown Los Angeles.

A bill that would have paved the way for undocumented kids to obtain U.S. citizenship was tabled today by the Senate, which voted 55 to 41 to set it aside.

The DREAM Act, which stands for the Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors, would have provided a road to citizenship for children who entered the U.S. at age under 16, have lived in the country for at least five years, and commit to two years of college or the military.

The bill was seen by advocates as the best hope for legislation that would help legalize some of the nation’s estimated 11 million undocumented residents.

Repeated efforts over the years to pass a comprehensive immigration reform measure have failed.

Political leaders and immigrants rights groups who wanted a path to legalization for undocumented immigrants who met a strict set of criteria then narrowed their focus, putting their energy behind the DREAM Act. They believed the DREAM Act had a better chance of getting the support of the American public because it pivoted on the notion of children penalized because of the actions of their parents.

The bill had passed the House of Representatives. Democrats were eager to pass the legislation through the lame-duck session, just before Republicans take control of the House of Representatives next month.

Republicans and anti-immigrant groups fiercely opposed the measure, dismissing it as a form of amnesty for law-breakers. American residents, they have argued, should not have to foot the bill so that young immigrants without documents could prosper.

The measure, a political football for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, became a bargaining chip this month in discussions that ultimately led to President Obama’s extension of the so-called Bush tax cuts.

“This defeat of the DREAM Act amnesty marks the end of an era in which the American jobs were constantly under attack,” said a statement from NumbersUSA, a group that advocates for strict enforcement of immigration laws, after the vote. “Now, we look forward to moving aggressively to offense. The next Congress has the strongest pro-enforcement membership since 1995 and probably since 1924.”

The president’s official Twitter account, meanwhile, sent out this message: “Despite today’s disappointing Senate vote, my administration will not give up on the DREAM Act, or on fixing our broken immigration system.”

Obama fully supported the DREAM Act. Members of his administration, including his director of White House intergovernmental affairs and a top Pentagon official, touted the benefits of passing the bill, citing, among other benefits, its potential to add to the pool of recruits for the armed forces.

Supporters also argued that children should not be punished for the decision of their parents to live in the United States illegally. They said the immigration-related barriers to higher education and employment for youth who are educated and bred in the United States amounted to wasted potential for the country.

The defeat is a crushing blow for the president, whom pro-immigrant Hispanics have criticized for not following through on his campaign promise to make comprehensive immigration reform a top priority.

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Go ahead, lame duck Congress: Make our day!

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Here’s a great article by Herman Cain who just announced there’s a 70% chance he’ll run for president in 2012. I personally think he’d make a good president going on what I know about him at this time.

Go ahead, lame duck Congress: Make our day!

For the first time, the president listened to the majority of the people and was willing to extend the existing tax rates for everyone. Many people do not like the backdoor welfare that he attached to the so-called deal that Congress is now considering, nor did we like extending unemployment benefits for another 13 months without identifying the off-sets in spending.

Liberals in Congress are upset that the president was willing to extend the tax rates. Conservatives are upset with the backdoor welfare programs, as well as the earmarks and pet pork projects Members are trying to attach to the “tax deal”.

According to Congress’s bipartisan Joint Committee on Taxation, the tax provisions will “cost” $801 billion, and the extended unemployment benefits will cost $57 billion. The $57 billion is a real cost because it promises to pay out money we do not have in the first place.

The so-called $801 billion cost, however, is based on a static calculation of taxes Congress thinks they will collect if they raise taxes, without taking into account lost tax revenue from lower business profits and higher unemployment. In other words, leaving tax rates the same for all income groups is not a cost! Just as leaving rates the same is not a tax cut as liberals want people to believe.

In fact, two private sector economists estimate using dynamic analyses that the GDP could be boosted one-half percentage point in 2011 by extending the tax rates for everyone through 2012, plus the 2 percent payroll tax holiday for workers.

The dynamic analyses estimates would have been even higher if the proposal had been to make the tax rates permanent, because a two-year tax window for businesses is not enough to inspire huge five and 10-year investments. Also, making the payroll tax holiday applicable to both employees and employers would have provided an additional badly needed jolt to our stalled economy.

But who wants to really stimulate the economy? Let’s just continue to spend our nation into oblivion and tinker with tax rates so we can continue to have a tinker-totter economy instead of a robust one.

Who wants to pass a “clean” tax bill for the good of the people and the nation? Let’s just keep adding on unrelated pork projects like ornaments on a Christmas tree to see just how stupid the voters really are.

What part of the election results of November 2, 2010 don’t they understand? What part of the grassroots citizens’ movement building across this country don’t they understand? What part of “can you hear us now” don’t they hear?

It is obvious that they don’t hear us and they don’t understand. This lame duck session of Congress is turning into a brawl amongst Democrats trying to leave town with a wagon load of pork, and a pander box of liberal goodies they can point to in 2012 saying we tried, but those obstinate Republicans got in the way.

The Democrats are digging themselves into a huge political hole with the pork and panders express. And if they fail to act and tax rates go up for everybody even temporarily, the election results of 2010 will seem like a picnic compared to the  shellacking on steroids they will get when the election results of 2012 are counted.

Go ahead, lame duck Congress. Make our day! You will find out just how informed most of the voters have become, since you did not hear us the first time.

Herman Cain .org

Reid Drops Support for Controversial $1.2T Spending Bill

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Harry Reid either finally got the message or just flat didn’t have the votes to pass it. The later is probably what happened.

In pulling the spending bill from consideration, Reid announced that he was filing cloture on two of the party’s other major priorities: the DREAM Act, which would grant pathways to citizenship for children of illegal immigrants, and the stand-alone repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the military law that restricts openly gay members from serving.

Votes on those measures, a leadership aide told The Huffington Post, would now come on Saturday morning. DREAM will go first, followed by DADT. The former has, it is believed, less of a shot at passage than the latter,

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Reid Drops Support for Controversial $1.2T Spending Bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid criticized Republicans Thursday for not supporting his 1,924-page $1.2 trillion catch-all spending bill, claiming the bill’s failure will “cause people to lose their job.” In exchange, Reid said he would work with Republican leaders on a smaller, short-term budget fix to avoid a government shutdown.

According to Reid, at least nine GOP senators had pledged support for the measure, but suddenly balked under the controversial pressure of growing earmarks. Instead, Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell proposed a resolution that would extend government funding for the next two months, allowing the new Republican House majority and bolstered GOP presence in the Senate to take up the measure in February. Reid pledged to work with McConnell to finalize such a measure.

The AP reports:

“Just a few weeks after the voters told us they don’t want us rushing major pieces of complicated, costly, far-reaching legislation through Congress, we get this,” McConnell said. “This is no way to legislate.” …

The catchall bill wrapped together 12 bills into a single foot-tall piece of legislation that Democrats had hoped to pass with just a couple of days’ worth of debate.

It was designed to bankroll the operations of every Cabinet agency for the budget year that started Oct. 1, funding the almost one-third of the federal budget that Congress has to pass each year.

The House and Senate typically spend months on the 12 annual spending bills, but Democrats didn’t bring even a single one to the Senate floor this year, an unprecedented collapse of an appropriations process.

The bill’s failure also represents a significant setback for the Obama administration who recently reiterated its support for the measure, despite its provisions to block funding for the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay.

The Blaze

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