Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Next Hurdle for the Obama Administration...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
erty -vs- Tyranny

Boston firefighter James Plourde carries an injured girl away from the scene after a bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston. (AP Photo/MetroWest Daily News, Ken McGagh)

Giving thought to the Boston Marathon bombing and potential political consequences for the current administration the following article from THE HILL points up a very valid concern for the Obama team and far left Libertarians. Just what is the potential impact on the immigration issue. Certainly a valid concern in these times of uncertainty and terrorist madness.

THE HILL - The Boston Marathon terrorist attack allegedly hatched by two brothers from Chechnya is threatening to disrupt President Obama’s second-term agenda.

Opponents of immigration reform — the most promising priority of Obama’s second term remaining after the defeat of gun control — are already using the attack to try to slow progress on a bipartisan Senate bill.

More broadly, the attack is raising questions about how the administration should deal with 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was captured Friday after an exhaustive manhunt in Boston, and concerns over whether the FBI was too complacent in letting his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev out of its sight after interviewing him in 2011.

The issues are expected to create political problems and distractions for Obama, whose fight against terrorism has largely been a political success highlighted by the killing of Osama bin Laden.

It is unclear how much oxygen the issue will consume in the coming weeks, but it seems certain it will shift the political debates in Washington.

“It definitely shifts the focus away from the issues they’ve been talking about,” said one top Democratic strategist. “Part of it depends on how deep this rabbit hole goes. Were there mistakes made or weren’t there? A lot of this depends on what the facts are but it shifts people’s attention from other issues and that’s a complication.”

Added one former senior administration official: “Does this push his agenda aside? It’s hard to say but I’m sure this is something that will occupy more presidential bandwidth in the near term than anything else.”

Republicans are already raising questions about the FBI interview, though there has been no direct criticism of Obama on the issue yet.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) called the revelation of the FBI interview with Tamerlan Tsarnaev, which came after queries by the Russian government, “very disturbing” in a Friday interview with CNN. {Read More}

Perhaps Micheal Savage is not that far wrong with his Borders, Language, Culture mantra. Or is he? Certainly worth serious consideration.

Via: Memeorandum


  1. What? No response from the left? Hm...

  2. Les: surely any attempt at top-down control of language and culture is rather statist, and rips into the First Amendment, does it not?

    1. It does. Yet effective controlled immigration is sensible IMO. Likely why we gave it up long ago. That and the desire for cheap labor and maximized profit.

  3. More like real-value labor. So that is a goal of immigration reform? To keep out those who are better at a lot of jobs and protect "workers" like those at Chrysler who were paid more than $60 an hour to build the worst cars in the country?

    There are a lot more benefits than "maximizing profits" to be had from avoiding grossly overpriced shoddy products/services.

  4. " workers from GM and Ford Motor Co. make in the neighborhood of $60 per hour when taking into account their pay and benefits. Chrysler Group counterparts lag at $48 hourly, including benefits. That's a compensation gap of 20% between Chrysler and GM and Ford."


    1. Indeed. GM products are overall below average and shoddy. Rewarding people for doing lousy work by triple-paying them is completely nonsensical. The fair real-world value of such factory work is a lot closer to $20 an hour, and anything so far from that is unsustainable and something has to give. This is part of how the unions have forced the auto industry to fire hundreds of thousands of people and offshore auto jobs.

  5. It's less now. The higher figures were from just a few years ago, and they were a major cause of the auto industry collapse. It is still unsustainable for unskilled labor, especially their typically shoddy labor. And if they keep triple-paying people to make below average automobiles, a reckoning will come again soon, and maybe this time Uncle Sam won't fling another $40 billion dollar corporate welfare gift at the industry.


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