Charles Krauthammer, speaking on Fox News Special Report, is a perfect example of the paradox most Americans feel over an immigration crisis that has pushed Obamacare, the VA, the IRS and Benghazi out of the news and the collective consciousness of our media in a classic White House abstract/distract manuever.
After Speaker John Boehner announced Republicans would be suing the President for his Constitution negating executive orders, Krauthammer called the lawsuit a “potential breakthrough” for calling Barack Obama to account for his “medium crimes,” and that Obama “clearly, lawlessly” changed the law regarding the employer mandate.
“The substance is it’s a very serious issue, and I think Democrats will regret not having taken seriously the president’s overreach on domestic issues,” Krauthammer said. “There’s a very strong argument that he has overreached by actually creating law, ignoring law, not enforcing law, changing laws on his own, which you are simply not supposed to do, and there are many examples of it.”
Then on Thursday Republicans in the Senate defeated the $2.7 billion aid package for immigrants.
Charles Krauthammer called that a “ridiculous” contradiction after House leaders said more action is required by Obama before they can pass a border security bill. And Krauthammer said:
“It is ridiculous to sue the president on a Wednesday because he oversteps the law, as he has done a dozen times illegally and unconstitutionally, and then on a Thursday say that he should overstep the law, contradict the law that passed in 2008 and deal with this [the border] himself.”
House Speaker John Boehner’s statement said:
“This situation shows the intense concern within our conference – and among the American people – about the need to ensure the security of our borders and the president’s refusal to faithfully execute our laws. There are numerous steps the president can and should be taking right now, without the need for congressional action, to secure our borders and ensure these children are returned swiftly and safely to their countries.
For the past month, the House has been engaged in intensive efforts to pass legislation that would compel the president to do his job and ensure it can be done as quickly and compassionately as possible. Through an inclusive process, a border bill was built by listening to members and the American people that has the support not just of a majority of the majority in the House, but most of the House Republican Conference.
We will continue to work on solutions to the border crisis and other challenges facing our country.”
And Republicans are in a real damned if the do or don’t situation. There is a clear mandate from a great many Americans that the purse strings can not be “opened” unless the President has realistic plans to control the border crises and that his next step, once given the money, is not to just grant amnesty to new immigrants, and citizenship via DACA to illegals already in the US.
A new Pew Research poll released on Wednesday found that 53% of Americans “think that the legal process for dealing with Central American children who cross the border illegally should be accelerated, even if that means that some children who are eligible for asylum are deported.” Just 38% “support staying with the current policy, even though the process could take a long time and the children will stay in the U.S. in the interim.”
A Gallup poll found that illegal immigration was the “most important problem” currently facing Americans. That report also puts Obama’s approval rating on this situation at 28%.
If that is not a clear mandate that we are not tolerating the President acting like a child who owns the ball, demanding we play the game he wants, what is.
The question becomes whether President Obama cares about what America’s want, much less the retention of our role as as a leading nation. Someone, Congress, needs to care about the real Americans who are paying the price for Barack Obama’s policies. Real Americans would like at least one of the political parties to do something for them. Republicans are doing something. They won’t play the game Obama wants.
If they leave for recess, Obama will pick up his pen and do exactly what he wants to. It is what he has done in the past, there is no reason to believe he won’t do it in the future. Immigration is also a necessary pre-midterm election distraction from Obamacare, the VA, IRS, Benghazi and the reality that many Americans cannot find work, all of which are the salt in our national wound.
56% of Americans disapprove of his handling of the economy however his overall approval rating on the economy has been around 40% for most of the past five years. What might scare Democrats into sitting down to help Republicans solve the problem is that Republicans now hold an eight-point advantage as the party better able to deal with the economy (47% to 39%) and change from their 42%-38% edge in January.
Right now there are ninety million Americans out of the workforce and an influx of immigrants bringing disease and stressing a financial infrastructure that is already collapsing beneath a $17 billion deficit.
And President Obama, having spent what he had, wants to spend more money on it. Lots more. Billions more.
It seems neither the Republicans nor the Democrats are doing anything to help real Americans who are suffering the most. What one thing, if the people in Washington were inclined, if done right now, would help the American people the most? The first step has to be for the administration to stop tossing more money that we don’t have at a problem that does not have a solution that is acceptable to the American people.
The second is for all elected officials to push Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Ted Cruz and if necessary President Obama and Valerie Jarrett, aside. And those willing to forget about vacation and roll up their sleeves and not leave the hill until they collectively fix what they have broken. Just like a credit card company, Americans need to say the credit limit is breached. Work with what you got.
And while they are going to be unpopular with main stream media, and some Democrats, like minded Democrats and Republicans have to demand that the Administration do what is best for America, not either party.
And this week that is not wholesale amnesty and borders flown open not only to children, but the long term financial strains American’s cannot afford.
Democrats may slam Republicans for pursing the lawsuit, but it is a non-destructive way, short of impeachment, for them to take action on behalf of Americans. We need action. We need Congress to hold the purse shut and find solutions before good money, and America’s future, is thrown after bad by a President legally out of control.
“The one thing to be said about it is, they’re trying to find a way less than impeachment, some step that is not about impeachment, which is a constitutional crisis, as a way to rein in a runaway president. I hope it succeeds,” Krauthammer said.