Tuesday, June 19, 2012 | 10:50am
Sen. Rubio, Republicans Pissed Obama Stole their Immigration Homework
Despite drafting the “Dream Act” framework, Rubio and the GOP cry foul that THEY didn’t get to push the elevator button.
There’s no secret that Republicans everywhere think that Barack Obama is not only a socialist but was born with horns and a tail and walks around with a pitchfork. They have been disagreeing with the man about virtually anything since he’s taken office from his policy, to his choice of where to eat lunch to the color of his tie.
But many GOPers were stumped this week when he backed a decision to stop deporting certain young people. President Obama announced Friday that the Department of Homeland Security would grant two years of work authorization and reprieve from deportation to a select number of young undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as children.
Even Mitt Romney when asked during a recent interview with Fox News about the decision was vague on whether or not he would attempt to repeal the order upon taking office.
“You know, we will see kind of what the calendar looks like at that point and I am not going to tell which items will come first, second, or third,” Romney said. “What I can tell you is that those people who come here by virtue of their parents bringing them here, who came in illegally, that’s something I don’t want to football with as a political matter.”
Even voters, according to a poll released Tuesday by Bloomberg, seem to think the plan makes sense. So a chorus of cumbaya was sung on Capital Hill right? Well not exactly. The meat and potatoes of the President’s directive was largely derived from the “Dream Act“, a piece of legislation headed by REPUBLICAN Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio that failed in the Senate in December 2010. Despite maintaining support, the plan had yet to be resubmitted.
So now many Republicans are pissed that the President “stole Rubio’s thunder” and have pulled their support for the largely bipartisan bill, citing the President’s abuse of power in the use of Executive Order to push the suspension of deportations. Even Rubio himself now doesn’t support…his own legislation.
Ahhhh… I get it! The Republicans don’t really care what the policy is, if its a victory for the President they’re certainly going to take issue. Even when its a peice of legislation they themselves championed. The President isn’t trying to steal anyone’s thunder. He’s the freaking leader of the Free World. He doesn’t need to. Is it a political move? OF COURSE! He’s a politician. They’re all politicians! This notion that somehow politicians can somehow enact legislation without it being political is an oxymoron. That’s why they’re elected. We expect them to do what’s in the best interest of the party but they, themselves, lay out their agenda and the honest man will know half of the goals they set are lip-service and we just hope she can keep her word on some of the platform we elected them upon.
The Republicans major premise is that the President hasn’t done anything. That’s really not true. Sure the economy sucks. You want to beat him up on that, by all means. I’d like to make some more dough as well but to criticize him for bum-rushing the door with a bill everyone was in favor who cares? Everyone’s up in arms that he’s somehow breaking the law or at worse circumventing “proper channels” hell maybe those channels are too convoluted and the bureaucracy is too difficult to navigate. Isn’t that what conservatives are all for? Smaller government?
Bottom line: The GOP is going to give Obama a hard time until he’s out of office. We already know he’s not going to get re-elected so lets let the guy live for the next few months as a lame duck and start the Romney coronation. Since we already know he’s the best man for the gig, lets save the superpacts some dough and put it into getting this economy back in shape. How’s that for bipartisan?