From The Hill:
Democrats want immigration reform on the table as the White House fiscal commission examines ways to reduce deficits, saying there is a “credible connection” between the issue and the country’s fiscal situation. Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Andy Stern and Rep. Xavier Becerra (Calif.), both Democrats on the bipartisan fiscal commission, said reforms giving the 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States a chance to stay in the U.S. legally could boost the economy and thereby help pay down the debt.
In a letter sent Monday to the commission’s co-chairmen, Stern listed “comprehensive immigration reform” as one of six issues he wants the commission to address, along with entitlements, retirement security, the budget process, defense spending and the tax code.
“Our current set of circumstances has 12 million people working in this country and not maximizing their contributions to the economy,” Stern told The Hill.
No wonder Obama wanted this union hack on his "deficit commission". No doubt this entire agenda - amnesty for 12 million illegals, slashing defense spending, raising taxes ("the tax code") was discussed and approved by Obama prior to Stern being named to the panel. And no doubt, these items are all high on Obama's list of things that need Change, but even the One Who Walks on Water knows that politically, he can't all this done himself. But if it is done under the smokescreen of "reluctantly taking the advice of a bi-partisan fiscal commission"....
And imagine, if instead of throwing out 12 million folks who entered this country illegally, we allow them all to stay, and tax the living sh*t out of them? Wouldn't VAT help the deficit!
Via Protein Wisdom:
Getting rid of the underground economy by enforcing federal illegal immigration law? Not on the table.
A “credible connection” between illegal immigration, the underground economy, and entitlements to law breakers that overtax resources and drive up costs? Not found.
To which I will add "Getting rid of an ill-conceived health care "reform" bill that all studies now show will actually cost way more than it will ever save? Not on the table...."
Problem for Obama, of course, is that the scam is just about up, nobody will take him seriously if he urges Congress to implement the final pieces of a hard-core leftist agenda under the guise of "bi-partisanship", not based on the hateful, divisive way he has governed (if you wish to call it that), and the out of control spending programs he has enacted which also, of course, are "not on the table" of the fiscal commission.
Too late on this one, Baracky. If only you had compromised somewhere down the road, you may have had a chance to pull this scam off. That's what happens when you get greedy too early on in the game...