John McCain has come back from the dead and, despite a second place finished in Michigan, now leads all other GOP candidates in the national polls.
Have voters lost their minds? Do they suffer from collective amnesia? Have their brains been taken over by space aliens?
After McCain combined forces with Ted Kennedy to try to ram an amnesty bill down our throats, he was Public Enemy Number One!
McCain hasn’t changed his position nor have we. Illegal immigration is at or near the top of almost every national or state list of GOP voter concerns.
What are voters thinking? Obviously, they are not thinking at all.
McCain is a war hero. He is strong on national defense issues. We all admire him for that. He has railed against runaway spending and those earmarks that legislators slip into bills in the dead of night. That, too, is commendable. However, his dogged determination to reward people who have broken into this country and make a mockery of the rule of law should cause any thoughtful voter to eliminate him as a candidate for the job as the nation’s chief executive.
After McCain tumbled in the polls in the early going, he did softened his stance. He now claims that he’s heard us and that he will secure the border first (before giving all those illegals amnesty). If you fall for that one, I’ve got a bridge in Rudy Giuliani’s state I’d like to sell you!
There is no “perfect” candidate for president. Compromises have to be made. However, the one quality we should require of any candidate who gets our vote is honesty. McCain built his campaign around that. However, his rhetoric on amnesty has shot the wheels right out from under his “Straight Talk Express.”
If you allow those who break into this country to stay, that is amnesty! A few years ago, that’s what McCain called it. Now he is trying to finesse this issue by calling it a path to “earned citizenship.” Straight talk? That’s enough to make a Clinton blush!
The idea that you will allow someone who breaks into this country to simply pay a fine of $5,000 in order to become legal is an affront to law-abiding immigrants who have patiently stood in line. It is also an affront to hard-working taxpayers who have to pick up the tab for a plethora of welfare services the amnesty recipient would eventually be able to tap. Furthermore, if the amnesty recipient gives birth here, the benefits immediately begin to flow through that child.
Would you pay $5000 to receive $30,160 in benefits per year for the rest of your life? That’s a no brainer!
A study by Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation found that is exactly what the average low-skill immigrant household received in just one year from direct benefits, means-tested benefits, education, and other services from all levels of government in 2004.
Another flat tire on the straight talk express is his straw man defense. The first straw man McCain puts up is that “you can’t round up 12 million illegals and send them home.” The reality is, if you put tough sanctions on employers and landlords and cut off the benefits and services, they will go home on their own.
The second straw man McCain puts up is that these people are doing the work that Americans are “unwilling to do.” In a free economy that depends on supply and demand, there is no job that will go unfilled at the right price.
The flood of unskilled or low skilled immigrants has driven down wages for these jobs. The big losers in this scam are the hardworking Americans on the lower end of the economic ladder whose good-paying jobs have gone away.
On the other end of the spectrum, McCain has voted repeatedly to increase in the number of H1B visas, which allow employers to import highly skilled workers (supposedly when there is a shortage here). This allows firms to lay off American workers, reclassify their jobs and import foreigners who will work for less. McCain also has voted repeatedly against amendments that would require firms to advertise these jobs here or certify that they have tried to find Americans to fill these jobs.
In short, McCain has done everything possible to insure that big corporations and agri-businesses have a steady stream of foreign workers who will take our jobs for less pay. This depresses wages, puts Americans out of work and increases the demand on welfare and other public benefits.
Wake up America. We cannot afford to make this man president of the United States.