Now what for the GOP? Immigration amnesty

  • Article by: CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER , Washington Post
  • Updated: November 9, 2012 - 6:00 PM

Yes, amnesty. Use the word. Shock and awe -- full legal normalization (just short of citizenship) in return for full border enforcement.

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traderbillNov. 9, 12 6:11 PM

Krauthammer is correct, and is solution is simple, but only if the GOP can as he says act rationally, something they have thus far failed to do.

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pumiceNov. 9, 12 8:03 PM

From the article: "The answer to Romney's failure is not retreat, not aping the Democrats' patchwork pandering." So then, Mr. Krauthammer, constitutional conservatism--in which Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Kelly Ayotte, Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, Scott Walker, Nikki Haley, Jeb Bush and Mitch Daniels are so well versed--believes that entitlements caused our crushing debt and are unsustainable? That providing for the common good (see Article I, Section 8 of the US Constitution) is an unassailable argument for smaller government? And that Governor Chris Christie will be rehabilitated to that cohort after he no longer needs the services of FEMA?

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pumiceNov. 9, 12 8:11 PM

Re: "The solution is simple..." According to Mr. Krauthammer, the solution requires only a single policy change: "Border fence plus amnesty." Let's see... the Republican base has shrunk to white southern evangelicals, senior white males, and upper-income Protestants. What's the fastest path to 50% + 1? Which voting demographic is growing by 50,000/month? And Mr. Krauthammer accuses Democrats of pandering???

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scottyhomerNov. 9, 12 9:41 PM

I keep seeing that the Republicans are the Party of "smaller government", but I've never actually seen them try to achieve that. Under Republicans we've seen government grow, both in the number of employees and programs, and in how it reaches into our personal lives.

Now I'm not saying the Dems are not guilty of growing government either. But Republicans have a long and certain history of this despite all of the rhetoric and Tea Party slogans.

One thing is certainly different between the Democrats and Republicans. Inclusion. The Democrats will pretty much accept anyone, including former Republicans and RINO's. Republicans have been so busy kicking out moderates to appease the vocally conservative base that they've also alienated many minorities. The effect on the minorities was probably not deliberate, but it is real and measurable. Much of the dialogue we heard from the Republicans during the primaries denigrated people who were not white males and/or soccer moms.

If the Republicans want to earn the respect of groups like Hispanics immigration reform won't cut it. It's needed, but I doubt that was the issue many third or fourth generation Hispanics worry about. The Republican attitudes toward people are of more importance. That includes issues like health coverage, contraception, abortion vs pro-life issues, and trying to be the worlds supercop.

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raschumacherNov. 9, 1210:18 PM

“All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies.” - John Arbuthnot

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vlombardyNov. 9, 1210:44 PM

Yup, the Republicans have a plan: build a bigger wall, set up an amnesty program and the latinos will come running to the Republicans. And the elderly with no Medicare or Social Security will be so happy with the cuts of those programs that they will come running. And the rest of the poor with no Medicaid, or food assistance, or housing assistance will demand to join the party. And as more and more people drift into poverty as a result of increased wealth transfer to the top 1% under the Republican "fiscal cliff" plan, there will soon be hundreds of millions begging to be part of the Saviors of America. Either that, or Mexico will be guarding the wall from their side.

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martiankingNov. 10, 12 1:16 AM

Not gonna work for the GOP. They had a chance to have the Hispanic vote, but the bases support of AZ ID laws and the bases support of anti immigrant everything ruined that chance. They are riding the receding tide of angry white guys into oblivion.

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wisebookNov. 10, 12 7:33 AM

Of course AMNESTY. We are not going to spend billions in tax dollars to deport 10 million people. We also only need look at our population projections that show that about 2030 we are going to need to import labor. We need to get them in here now, teach them English, Math and Science and they will carry this economy forward. Sorry that the Republicans appear to be doing it only out of electoral necessity but if that's what it takes....

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pitythefoolsNov. 10, 12 8:25 AM

Sure. Just get those pesky Latinos to fall in line, no need to change anything else in the Republican platform. Talk about a state of denial.

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rockpile12Nov. 10, 12 9:01 AM

I have to partially agree with Mr Krauthammer – the necessity of smaller government is undebatable. Maybe the marketing ploys of a slick and articulate liberal might win an election in the short term, but the weight of an obese government will not be tolerated by those who can do something about it. Smaller government and fiscal prudence are the social issues of the future and they are supposed to be firmly in the camp of Republicans. The operative phrase there is “supposed to be”. In fact, the GOP won’t even have to make their case overtly, it will be made for them by the likes of Greece, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Cuba, North Korea, California, Illinois and New Jersey. Put another way, the greatest advertising tool for conservatism is liberalism on display.

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