Don’t bother with the facts, the opponents have made up their minds. “For fiscal conservatives, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates the Senate bill would reduce our deficit by nearly a trillion dollars over the next 20 years. For liberals, economists project that passing comprehensive immigration reform would raise wages by 25 percent and create 160,000 jobs each year – American jobs. . . . Approximately 20 percent of small businesses are immigrant owned, and they contribute nearly 776 billion dollars to the U.S. economy, every year. Immigrants employ one out of 10 American workers. . . . Immigrants are more likely than natives to create their own jobs — making them job creators, not job takers. 40 percent of Fortune 500s were created by an immigrant or their child, including AT&T, Bank of America, eBay, Google, Intel, Kohl’s Department stores and Yahoo. Comprehensive immigration reform would help grow our GDP by four percent, each year.”
There was never any evidence that Majority Leader Eric Cantor supports “amnesty.” But the good news for immigration reformers is that Congressman Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) who is “running for House majority leader as an underdog conservative alternative to Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., . . . said he supports the creating of a guest worker program, which would allow immigrants to legally come to the United States and work for the farming industry.” McCarthy supports immigration reform as well.
More proof Democrats are thinking for themselves on foreign policy. “The second-ranking House Democrat on Tuesday said President Obama ‘should be considering’ missile strikes in Iraq. Rep. Steny Hoyer (Md.), the Democratic whip, warned that the advancing Sunni insurgency threatens not only the Iraqi government, but other countries as well if the country becomes a terrorist training ground. With that in mind, Hoyer said Obama should be weighing missile strikes in an effort to curb the threat to the West.”
The political reality is such that neither Democrats nor Republicans trust President Obama on Iran. Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Eliot Engel, the committee’s ranking member, released a bipartisan letter, reading in part: “Almost all sanctions related to Iran’s nuclear program are also related to Tehran’s advancing ballistic missile program, intensifying support for international terrorism, and other unconventional weapons programs. Similarly, many of these sanctions are aimed at preventing Iranian banks involved in proliferation, terrorism, money laundering and other activities from utilizing the U.S. and global financial systems to advance these destructive policies. Iran’s permanent and verifiable termination of all of these activities — not just some — is a prerequisite for permanently lifting most congressionally-mandated sanctions. This often unnoted reality necessitates extensive engagement with Congress before offers of relief are made to Iran, and requires Congressional action if sanctions are to be permanently lifted.”
In actuality, “As President Obama weighs whether to re-enter the Iraq war, the country’s neighbor, Iran, is looking to step into the void. U.S. and senior Iraqi officials tell The Daily Beast that Iran is now offering the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki its army, its spies and highly trained irregular units from its revolutionary guard corps to root out the Sunni insurgency that now threatens Baghdad.”
In case you needed corroboration: “Iran Is Not an Ally in Iraq. . . . What is needed from Iran, meanwhile, is not more involvement in regional conflicts, but less. Specifically, Tehran must end its support for the Assad regime in Syria; its provision of arms, funding and equipment to Sunni and Shia extremist groups alike (such as Hezbollah and Hamas); and its nuclear brinkmanship. This would do far more to improve prospects for the Middle East than the deployment of [Revolutionary Guard] irregulars in Iraq.” Read the whole thing.
Such data rarely appear in the MSM. “Since 2008, Israel has significantly reduced the number of roadblocks within the West Bank from about 40 to about to about 10, thanks to several factors. Blocking entry into Israel with a much-maligned security fence has enabled the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to allow goods and people to move inside the West Bank with considerably less hindrance. . . . Israel has done more over the last several years to improve the quality of Palestinians’ lives than lift travel restrictions. It has worked with the Palestinian Energy Authority to build electricity substations; advanced cash to the PA to help it meet its budgetary requirements; increased permits for Palestinians to work in Israel; adopted numerous measures in the West Bank to increase the export and import of goods; and approved special measures to facilitate West Bank tourism during holiday season.”