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Strawman: The President Just Wants to Get Things Done.........

5 months, 1 week ago by Strawman

 

 

While I rarely weigh in more than once a week, the “performance” by President Obama Wednesday night was just too much to bear.  Speaking—if you call it that---after meeting with Texas Governor Rick Perry and others, Obama laid the blame of the recent influx of illegals from Central America at the feet of the Republicans.  He, as usual, was the bystander, just arriving to the party.  And was appalled at the situation after all he had done to make the border more secure than ever before.  And all this happened on the very day that Ray "School Bus" Nagin, the former mayor of New Orleans,was sentenced to 10 years behind bars.  Can we read anything into that coincidence?

Throwing down the gauntlet Obama said, “the problem here is not major disagreement around the actions that could be helpful in dealing with the problem, the challenge is: is Congress prepared to act to put the resources in place to get this done?  Another way of putting it, and I said this directly to the governor, is are folks more interested in politics, or are they more interested in solving the problem?”

Let me translate that for you; the president said---I need the money---you have the money—I want the money—and I want you to spend the money where I say we need to spend the money.  You, Congress, need to shut up, give me the bill and I’ll sign it first chance I get.  But understand this, the 3.8 billion dollars I’m requesting won’t solve the problem.  It will prolong it.  My administration, Jeh Johnson, Eric Holder and the like, will run the clock on this situation while the illegals stay.  The story will get stale and the media will find something else to report on all while the American taxpayer and the various church groups and good Samaritans will continue to tend to the flock and pick up the tab.  In essence, we’ll do no more than we’re doing right now.

The man with pen and the phone—the man who’s already changed, re-written or chosen not enforce a number of laws while he’s been in office—could, by executive order, change HR 7311, a bipartisan bill introduced and passed in 2008.  That bill, which calls for the immediate deportation of those from contiguous countries (Canada and Mexico), grants those from other countries the right to a hearing to determine if they should be deported.   Those hearings, under the circumstances now in play, could and would take months if not years.  Meaning that we the people would have to care and feed those who await a “trial” in a country where they have no standing and have no rights.  

So what’s the right thing to do?  Try this:

  1. Immediately send any male over the age of 10, still in custody, back to his home country.

  2. Gather the “family groups” and transport them to their home countries by the end of July.

  3. Provide each “guest” the necessities they’ll need for the trip.  Those would include a travel bag or  back pack, snacks, water, toiletries and $100 in their local currency.

  4. Vaccinate each person for the various diseases they’ve brought to America

  5. Run heavy media campaigns in each country announcing the arrival dates of those who illegally visited America.  Then run additional media in those countries to tell those citizens they are not welcome in the United States and not to come here.

All of this would need to be front loaded by a campaign delivered by a bipartisan group of congressmen and senators and broadcast on every media outlet who would cover it. and backed up with op/eds in the major papers and on websites.  Appearances on the various news programs, both radio and TV, for no less than a week would also help to insure that Mr. Phone and Pen would get the message and do the right thing. 

But, at the end of the day, I doubt seriously we’ll see any of that happen as those steps, designed to “fix the problem” wouldn’t allow a certain someone the opportunity to be depicted as a “problem solver.”   Those he desired to be “punished” would instead come off looking good. 

And Barack just wouldn’t be able to deal with that.  But he could fix all of this with just a stroke of the pen….


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