John Boehner is obviously feeling the heat after the President's announcement last week that DREAM Act-eligible young people will not be deported. He's so flummoxed he has totally stopped even making partial sense. Hell, he's in full-blown fantasy-world.
President Obama's decision to stop deporting some illegal immigrants will make it more difficult for the White House and Congress to reach a bipartisan deal on immigration reform, House Speaker John A. Boehner said Monday.
The president's decision "puts everyone in a difficult position," Boehner (R-Ohio) told reporters after his weekly meeting with GOP lawmakers. "I think we all have concerns for those who are caught in this trap, who -- who through no fault of their own are here. But the president's actions are going to make it much more difficult for us to work in a bipartisan way to get to a permanent solution."
Obama announced Friday that his administration will stop deporting some illegal immigrants who were brought to the country as children and have gone on to be productive and otherwise law-abiding residents. The move pushed immigration policy to the forefront of the presidential campaign and was seen by some of the president's supporters as a wise attempt to box-in Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and GOP lawmakers, forcing them to either endorse the president's move or criticize the decision and potentially distance them further from the nation's fast-growing Hispanic electorate.
While showing sympathy for those affected by the policy, Boehner said Tuesday that Obama had again "turned to the politics of envy and division" by making the surprise decision and working to distract voters from his weak economic record -- arguably the only issue Republicans want to discuss this campaign season.
"Where's the president's plan? There is no plan," Boehner said of Obama's immigration reform record. "Three-and-a-half years he's been in office, he talks about this, but he -- there's no plan."
Let's just skip the nonsense about the President being the reason no bipartisan deal can be struck. That's total garbage and everyone knows it. Everything he's achieved has been a compromise that pissed off the left wing of his own party as much as it pissed off the right wing of the other one, so I'm not even deigning to address that ridiculous notion.
No, the part that I bolded is the part that made me spit coffee on my screen.
Does the Speaker of the House not realize that the White House has a website? And that on that website, there are scads of statements and speeches on immigration reform?
His plan has been posted on the White House website since January 27, 2011, but since Boehner has staffers who are unfamiliar with our high-tech ways, here it is, all clickable and stuff: Immigration & Winning the Future.
Then on May 11, 2011, he went to El Paso and made a big speech about it and made his position -- his "plan" if you will -- so well known that it was on the evening news and in all the papers.
A couple of weeks after the El Paso speech, the White House released the results of questions they asked the public about immigration reform, and in August they attempted to broaden the scope of the conversation that needs to be happening.
If John Boehner wants to criticize the President's plans on their substance, that's fine. We all should welcome that, and the press should do what their name suggests and press him for specifics. But he shouldn't just get to make sh-t up and have his bullsh-t assertions -- or, as we call them where I come from, LIES -- go unchallenged by the M$M is nothing short of journalistic malpractice.