Representative government? Depends. Are you a GOP corporate crony?
Or are you just another of those teabagger types who keep giving the big government, establishment, “pro-business” center-rightests who are your nuanced and professional betters — your leaders, for Chrissakes! — such fits with your outrageous clinging to the Constitution, or the rule of law, or principles, or your desire to have jobs, or keep your health care?
Because if you are the former, you’re aces: the GOP has your back, and they are willing to completely lose their base, and lose coming elections, in order to satisfy you and your donations to the Party. If you’re the latter? What are you gonna do, vote for the Democrats? Stay home and let Hillary win?
House Speaker John Boehner announced on Tuesday the hire of Rebecca Tallent, a top immigration policy aide who will advise the Speaker on the topic.
Tallent joins Boehner’s office from the Bipartisan Policy Center, where she was the director of immigration policy. Her hire — which was announced at the bottom of a press release along with other new staff additions — signals that there’s still life for an immigration reform bill to become law sometime over the next year.
And it came two weeks after Boehner declared in a press conference that despite press pronouncements, immigration reform was “absolutely not dead.”
Pro-immigration reform advocates that have been critical of Boehner hailed the move, while groups that have decried Senate-passed legislation as “amnesty” pushed back furiously.
“The Speaker remains hopeful that we can enact step-by-step, common-sense immigration reforms — the kind of reforms the American people understand and support,” Michael Steel, a Boehner spokesman, said in an email.
“Becky Tallent, a well-known expert in this field of public policy, is a great addition to our team and that effort.”
Prior to joining the BPC, Tallent was the point person on Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) staff, often leading his various pushes for immigration. From the 108th to 110th Congresses, Tallent helped draft four major immigration-related bills while working for both McCain and Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.) . She was also a policy adviser on McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.
Her move back to the Hill drew differing reactions from both sides of the immigration debate. Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, said on Twitter that Boehner is “ready for amnesty.”
Boehner also got praise from unlikely sources — like Marshall Fitz, the director of immigration policy at the left-leaning Center for American Progress.
“Hiring Becky is an important signal that the Speaker is serious about achieving a legislative result,” Fitz told Business Insider in an email.
“He could have hired someone junior to simply manage the issue portfolio; that would have signaled that he was going in to a defensive crouch on the issue, just trying to run out the clock. But instead he hired someone senior with deep experience on the issue and a proven track record of effectively working across the aisle. In other words, he hired someone who knows how to get to yes.”
Boehner and other members of House GOP leadership have long signaled that they believe something needs to be done to reform the nation’s immigration system. But contra the comprehensive bipartisan Senate bill, they prefer to do so through a piecemeal method. Recently, President Barack Obama said he was open to that idea.
“If they want to chop that thing up into five pieces, as long as all five pieces get done, I don’t care what it looks like,” Obama said during an interview at The Wall Street Journal CEO Council.
Face it, you dull, mouthbreathing, anti-progress fringe arsonists and latent domestic terrorists: you’ve been checkmated. Big government is here to stay, and Karl Rove is your secret king. Big business crony capitalism and corporatism is the name of the political game, and while sure, amnesty may provide the Dems with a permanent tipping point majority as the welfare state grows exponentially, the GOP’s corporate donors get themselves some cheap labor in exchange for funding a perpetual campaign by Republicans that promises to vigorously take on the Big Government Democrats at every turn.
Because being a permanent adversarial minority party, when the government is so big that being in power isn’t the only way to line one’s pockets, isn’t such a bad gig, it turns out. Particularly if you have no real principles in the first place.
Now. Get your asses in line — and let’s help all of Karl Rove and Grover Norquist’s “conservative” groups defeat these Teabagging interlopers, so that we can once again have a smoothly-run, single-party kabuki theater take the place of a true representative republic.