First stop immigration. We see that Lindsey Graham was leading the fight for comprehensive immigration reform but then changed his mind when the Gulf Oil Spill happened and the direction of the country changed. Now we hear more excuses than anything else to comprehensive immigration reform when it is the next fix that this country seeks. So the American Hispanic population is sacrificed in order to make it appear that this President failed and boost the possibilities for a Republican landslide in the Midterm Elections and even in November. “In his first immigration speech, Obama took Republicans to task, in particular 11 GOP senators who had backed attempts during the previous Republican administration to tighten the immigration system.” “Obama dismissed the focus on a “border security first” approach, saying the system is too big to be fixed “only with fences and border patrols.” ” He advocated a comprehensive approach that would call on the government, businesses and illegal immigrants themselves to live up to their responsibilities within the law.” “Reform that brings accountability to our immigration system cannot pass without Republican votes,” he said. “That is the political and mathematical reality.” “In the Senate, Democrats fall short of the 60 votes needed to overcome GOP delaying tactics.” “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Obama would get the bipartisan support he wants “if he would take amnesty off the table and make a real commitment to border and interior security.” “It’s really going to be up now to Capitol Hill to answer what has been his very clear call for action,” said Angela Kelley, vice president for immigration policy and advocacy at the liberal Center for American Progress. (Superville, Darlene; 7/01/2010, Associated Press, Obama says politics to blame for immigration delay, Retrieved from [email protected]).
When it comes to unemployment benefits, the unemployed population is sacrificed in order to make it appear that this President failed and boost the possibilities for a Republican landslide in the Midterm Elections and even in November. “More than 1.3 million laid-off workers won’t get their unemployment benefits reinstated before Congress goes on a weeklong break for Independence Day.” “And hundreds of thousands more will lose their benefits in the coming weeks.” “The House voted 270-153 Thursday to extend Jobless benefits for people who have been laid off for long stretches, but the gesture was made futile by the Senate’s inability to pass the bill.” “For the third time in as many weeks, Republicans in the Senate successfully filibustered a similar measure Wednesday night before senators adjourned for vacation.” “I challenge you to look people in the eye and tell them that you voted no,” said
Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. “Tell them as they swallow their pride that you don’t care, that you don’t have a heart, that you don’t have any feeling.” Lewis’ booming voice rang throughout the House chamber, but his real audience, Republicans in the Senate, had already adjourned for their holiday break. (Ohlemacher, Stephen; 7/01/2010, Associated Press, 1.3 million unemployed won’t get benefits restored, Retrieved from [email protected]).
And finally it’s Wall Street Reform. Representative Jack Kingston, Republican of Georgia, may have explained their opposition to this bill clearer than anyone to date. He said on “Hardball with Chris Matthews” that the reason his party opposes it is because Wall Street is for it. I guess that means if one side of the argument is for something then it must not be good for the other side. If that’s the case then doesn’t it seem that Mr. Kingston and the crew believes that we can never agree on anything as a nation, so the Main Street population is sacrificed in order to make it appear that this President failed and boost the possibilities for a Republican landslide in the Midterm Elections and even in November. “The Wall Street reform bill is no longer the slam dunk it seemed to be just last week.”
“Republican Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts has helped Democrats overcome filibusters in the past, but he is now trying to derail one of the Obama administration’s signature efforts: a bill that would be the biggest overhaul of Wall Street regulations since the Great Depression.” “Brown said today he will oppose the bill unless lawmakers remove a $19 billion bank tax.” “I am writing you to express my strong opposition to the $19 billion bank tax that was included in the financial reform bill during the conference committee,” “Brown said in a letter to Senate Banking Committee chairman Chris Dodd and House Financial Services Committee chairman Barney Frank.” “This tax was not in the Senate version of the bill, which I supported.” “If the final version of this bill contains these higher taxes, I will not support it.” “Brown’s opposition is a real blow for Democrats.” “Brown was one of four Republicans who supported the bill.” “Two of the other Republicans who backed the measure may also be wavering: Sen. Susan Collins of Maine has raised concerns similar to Brown’s and Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa is still reviewing the bill” “In addition, two Democrats that voted against the bill the first time around appear set to do so again. Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin said Monday that he would not support the bill because it was not tough enough on Wall Street.” “My test for the financial regulatory reform bill is whether it will prevent another crisis.” “The conference committee’s proposal fails that test and for that reason I will not vote to advance it,” Feingold said in a statement.” “Democrat Maria Cantwell of Washington State has not said how she will vote on the bill, but she did not support it in May.” “With Byrd’s death and Brown’s about-face, Democrats now do not have enough votes for the measure to pass, when as recently as last week the bill appeared a sure thing.” (Karl, Jonathan and Jaffe, Matthew; 6/26/2010, The Note, Scott Brown: A Firm ‘No’ on Wall Street Bill as it now Stands, Retrieved from www.abcnews.com).