The RNC voted to back President Bush's guest worker program on Friday. This is the last straw for me. While I have in the past registered as a Republican, I no longer will. The party has gone way over the edge from when I supported it. High spending, no cost cutting, bigger government and this continued support of the destruction of America.
Screw the Republican Party
... the umbrella organization of the Republican Party adopted a resolution that calls for continued legal immigration, criticizes illegal immigration and endorses a new work program for foreign workers. However, the resolution states there should be "no amnesty for those persons presently in the United States illegally."
"The question is not 'Is there an issue?' -- the question is 'How you deal with it?' and I think we have to deal with it in a comprehensive way -- we don't have to deal with it in a way that's anti-immigrant," said party Chairman Ken Mehlman, who said the resolution "reflected where the president was."
No amnesty my ass. That's all the proposed guest worker program is.
As for not having to deal with it in a way that is anti-immigrant, no one is suggesting such. What those of us who have a brain are suggesting is that you stop illegal immigration. If we have to suspend legal immigration from Mexico and focus 100% on illegal immigration for two years or so in order to ensure that there is an orderly flow of legal immigrants, who are contributors to society and want to assimilate into America, then that's what needs to be done.
Randy Pullen, Arizona's committeeman, had gained enough signatures from fellow RNC members to force a vote on a version that specifically opposed a guest-worker program.
But after the pro-guest worker resolution passed Mr. Pullen withdrew his plan from the floor.
He said he has yet to see a guest-worker plan that doesn't amount to amnesty, and said Mr. Bush has his work cut out for him trying to explain how he can craft such a plan.
"The president wants a guest-worker program -- if that's what he thinks needs to be done, he's going to have to articulate to the Republican Party exactly what that plan means. I haven't heard it yet," he said.
All the RNC is suggesting is that we continue on the path we are headed down with no changes and I don't think the American people are going to fall for it. The people want something done and they want it done now.
Mr. Mehlman said amnesty "would mean that people who have broken the law are not punished for breaking the law."
He said that bills in Congress "have different definitions," but said Mr. Bush and the Republican Party oppose amnesty because "the effect of that would be to say people who have waited in line [that they] have to wait behind people who haven't waited in line."
Which is exactly
what is happening today and will continue to happen until they address the issue of illegal aliens and stop trying to be all nice to lawbreakers who have jumped in line. I actually can't believe that Mehlman had the nerve to say that with over 12 million people illegally living in this country while there are people who have gone through proper channels and waited years to come here legally.
What an asshat!
If you people up there that we've given the power of leadership to won't do your damned job then it's time for you to go!
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So-called "Guest Worker" programs have never worked anywhere they've been implemented. The "Guests" usually don't want to go home, and governments are loath to expel them.
We tried this with the "Bracero" program during World War II. The result was the birth of the "Illegal Immigrant problem" that we are all familiar with.
And what about "Guest" workers who have children in this country? You guessed it: American Citizens, with full entitlements.
Who's going to pay the health care costs for all these "Guest" workers, most of who will earn low wages?
All of us who do pay taxes and health insurance premiums will continue supporting those who do not.
Prediction: Nothing will be done to actually address the situation by either one of the two major parties.
The illegals will continue flooding across our borders (we live only 8 miles north of it) unchecked no matter what "policy" Washington adopts.
Our lawmakers can stop this problem, but no one in the Central Government has the political will to do so.
There's just too much money to be made and potential votes to be had.
Posted by: EdWonk on January 24, 2006 06:50 PM