A perfect example of this can be seen with Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s recent comments where he implies that immigration reform will be more difficult now because President Obama didn’t allow Republicans to blackmail him over “Obamacare.”
“The president has undermined this effort, absolutely, because of the way he has behaved over the last three weeks. This notion that they’re going to get in a room and negotiate a deal with the president on immigration is much more difficult to do because of the way the president has behaved towards his opponents over the last three weeks.”
In other words, because Republicans couldn’t blackmail President Obama into caving on “Obamacare,” they’re most likely going to refuse to pass sensible immigration reform—something the president has been supporting for quite some time.
Never mind that the Senate already passed a sensible immigration reform bill, the House is simply refusing to bring it up for a vote (just like they did with the Senate’s resolution which would have kept the government open) because they know it would pass.
So, is Rubio implying that House Republicans will once again hold legislation hostage to try to force the president into giving in to some of their ridiculous demands? And do Republicans really think that, after ticking off the majority of Americans with the shutdown, angering minorities and immigrants will help gain back popularity?
These people are just so petty and sad I’d feel sorry for them if they didn’t anger me on so many different levels.
So, I guess that’s another battle we’ll soon face with the lives of millions of people hanging in the balance. Because that’s the GOP way these days, isn’t it? Holding lives hostage to try to get their way on some issue.
I would think each piece of legislation should stand on its own. Why would Republicans negotiate with the president differently on immigration just because of their catastrophic failure with “Obamacare?” It only goes to show that these people view this as more of a game of “winners” and “losers” rather than a process of governing where they simply do their jobs.
As if immigration reform becomes more or less sensible based upon how President Obama handled “Obamacare.” To even imply that just goes to show how spiteful Republicans have become. For them, it isn’t about working with Obama, it’s about how many “victories” they can score against him.
I just hope that next November, the American people remember these antics and finally give President Obama a Congress that will work with him to help our nation move forward — instead of a Congress like we have now that seems more concerned about how many victories they score against him.
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