Bipartisan breakthough greatly exaggerated

  • Article by: Slate
  • Updated: February 1, 2013 - 12:02 PM

Senators came to the microphone pushing immigration reform this week and the old folk tales of bipartisanship were once again in the news.

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kindaliberalFeb. 1, 1312:59 PM

Obama should be as aggressive as possible. Constantly engage the American people when republicans stand in the way of progress in gun control, immigration, and debt reduction. He won. When a deal can't be made, blame the republicans. It more than likely will be their fault as the people decided in the last election. They hate him anyway so why play nice. Hardball is all they understand. If they could they'd impeach him for virtually anything.

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comment229Feb. 1, 13 1:43 PM

Here's a new thought; I don't know how many times I keep hearing that Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich got it done. Last time I checked, they were both still alive and kicking. Why not bring them in, give them a small staff, and let them figure it all out? Bet they do a lot better job than congress, and there isn't one group that can claim it is a partisan deal. I would be willing to take a chance; how about you?

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comment229Feb. 1, 13 1:54 PM

We have met the enemy and they are us. Congress has the lowest approval rating in history, and a news organization pointed out that 90% are still here. McConnell keeps talking even though a poll in Kentucky shows that only 17% of voting citizens would vote for him again. Apparently, my congressmen are o.k. but yours are the problem. And finally, a flash to the news media; go ahead and cover something else until the three months they bought by kicking the can down the road is up, because there will just be lip service until then.

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gandalf48Feb. 1, 13 1:55 PM

kindaliberal - [Obama should be as aggressive as possible. Constantly engage the American people when republicans stand in the way of progress in gun control, immigration, and debt reduction.] *** You might have a point with gun control (although the last federal assault weapon ban was useless) and immigration (although once again Bush and McCain...and other Republicans pushed for immigration reform a few years ago and met resistance with Republicans as well as Democrats) but you cannot be serious about debt reduction. None of Obama's budgets have ever actually had a reduction in the debt within 30 decades (deficit reduction, yes but not debt reduction). Obama rarely talks about debt/deficit reduction and when he does it always a pretext to increased taxes, he never comes to the table with cuts (other than minor military cuts which are supposed to happen anyway due to reduction of forces in Iraq and Afghanistan).

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prowlerFeb. 1, 13 2:02 PM

"Barack Obama's re-election marks only the second time that three consecutive presidents have served consecutive two-year terms." Silly me, I thought our President was elected to a four-year term. I need to pay more attention to changes in the Constitution.

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wetbuckzFeb. 1, 13 2:09 PM

Open Borders Lobbyists, Unions, Special Interest Groups and politicians are well represented in the immigration debate. The only people that aren't represented in the immigration debate are unemployed and working blue/gray/white collar American workers that compete with fraudulenty documented workers, overstayed visa workers and legal immigrants for jobs, wages and benefits.

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sharkysharkFeb. 1, 13 2:36 PM

Until borders are secure there certainly won't be any deal on immigration.

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Gopher10Feb. 1, 13 4:50 PM

It became apparent to me that when our president scheduled a trip to La Vegas to speak about immigration reform, in an effort to upscale the bipartisan approach that the gang of eight had worked on, that our president would have no part of it and will not allow any credit to be gained by the members of congress. He is satisfied with the current status quo, it favors the Democrats.

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russ999Feb. 1, 13 6:33 PM

The U.S. spent $18 billion on immigration enforcement in the 2012 fiscal year, which is more than every other federal law enforcement agency combined.

Border crossings are at 40-year low: At the same time, illegal border crossings have dropped to their lowest level since the Nixon administration, and net undocumented migration is at or below zero. Meanwhile, annual deportations at a historic high.

Most parts of the border are already secure: Even with fewer people apprehended at the border, border agents now patrol every single mile of the border every day. The vast majority of the border already meets one of Homeland Security’s highest standards of security, and there are 21,370 agents, along with six unmanned aircraft systems.

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