Chase the Economy but Don’t Lose Sight of Immigration

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Ethan Gach

I write about comics, video games and American politics. I fear death above all things. Just below that is waking up in the morning to go to work. You can follow me on Twitter at @ethangach or at my blog, gamingvulture.tumblr.com. And though my opinions aren’t for hire, my virtue is.

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  1. Avatar LeeEsq says:

    My political instincts are telling me we are experiencing why highly ideologically and partisan parties are not good under a system based on separation of powers.Report

    • Avatar Kim in reply to LeeEsq says:

      Your political instincts are dumb and deaf.
      It is the refusal to compromise that dooms the state.
      Gingrich was plenty ideological and partisan,
      but like a good statesman, was willing to come to the table
      in good faith.Report

  2. Avatar Art Deco says:

    Declaring the Republican Party paralyzed by their on strategy of obstructionist nihilism, Elias explains,

    Again, the Republican congressional caucus is under no obligation to assist the President with his tar babies. If they want Mr. Boehner’s help with fiscal consolidation, they have to meet him somewhere near halfway.Report

    • Avatar Ethan Gach in reply to Art Deco says:

      Paralysis refers to their inability to succeed on meaningful segments of THEIR agenda–not their unwillingness to assist the President with his.Report

      • Avatar Art Deco in reply to Ethan Gach says:

        I am afraid that with separation of powers, bicameralism, and the Senate’s parliamentary rules, that’s baked in the cake for just about anyone. Make’s no sense to refer to the Republican caucus as ‘nihilistic’ due to that. But you knew that.Report

    • Avatar greginak in reply to Art Deco says:

      Huh…i had thought simplifying the tax code was a repub goal. So was fixing the immigration problem. Oh well i guess those are just Dem issues so therefore the R’s have no obligation to do anything about them.Report

      • Avatar Art Deco in reply to greginak says:

        I would say Mr. McCain and Mr. King have different conceptions about what it means to ‘fix’ the immigration problem. Simplifying the tax code is a goal of many Republicans. Too bad the President has no interest in that.Report

      • Avatar Kim in reply to greginak says:

        Art,
        Show me the numbers. If you say that the president has no interest in that, show me how much he got last election from the accounting orgs. Then mockup vs Romney.Report

      • Avatar greginak in reply to greginak says:

        Ummm yeah Art…simplifying the tax code doesn’t mean cutting rates and eliminating loopholes…gotcha…that makes sense. Fixing immigration apparently doesn’t mean finding a way to make the immigrants here legal in some way and making the system work so there is less illegal immigration…right sure. Or to just cut to the chase…meeting R’s halfway means just doing what they want.

        Compromise usually means both sides get something they want.Report

    • Avatar Barry in reply to Art Deco says:

      Perhaps you should have a friend explain the legal complications of the debt ceiling re: budget, taxes.

      Although I do support the 14th Amendment, and therefor the right and duty of the president in that respect.Report

  3. Avatar George Turner says:

    Well, Republicans are naturally going to be divided over immigration. Many business leaders want immigration reform to depress wages and make hiring and firing easier. But most Republicans are not business leaders, they’re workers who don’t want to see their wages fall due to increased competition from a labor pool expanded with millions of new immigrants who will work for almost nothing, or would rather work with poor and minorities who do speak English rather than ones who don’t.

    The Democrats don’t have any reason to be divided because the new voters will help invigorate their electoral success, and poor and minorities are used to being really poor and unemployed anyway. It keeps them loyal.Report

    • Avatar Barry in reply to George Turner says:

      “But most Republicans are not business leaders, they’re workers who don’t want to see their wages fall due to increased competition from a labor pool expanded with millions of new immigrants who will work for almost nothing, or would rather work with poor and minorities who do speak English rather than ones who don’t.”

      The joke is that you’re basically accusing the rank and file Republican of being racist, because they’re happy to support everything else which lowers wages.Report

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