When he was campaigning last fall as vice presidential nominee with presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-1st) often cited the 20-plus million Americans who can’t find full-time jobs.
To paraphrase a favorite line used by the Obama administration, it was the right thing to say at the time.
But not a word about those jobless citizens during his April 22 visit to Chicago to help his new-found friend Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Chicago) push amnesty for illegal aliens. Instead, he had this to say about the millions here illegally who by law are eligible for deportation”
“We do not want to have a society where we have different classes of people where they cannot reach their American dream by being a full citizen.”
But it’s just dandy that this “government of the people” proposes to gives work permits to illegal aliens while millions of citizens go to bed every night worrying about how to provide for their families.
But let’s get back to Ryan’s quote. Is there such a thing as “part-time citizenship,” and when did illegal aliens achieve it? Are there swearing in ceremonies for these people that are attended by the president and the likes of DHS head Janet Napolitano?
Ryan insults our intelligence. He is saying that it is degrading to be a “part-time” citizen and this simply won’t be tolerated in a society where “justice for all” has always been a primary goal. However, when the millions of unemployed/underemployed citizens (most of them from birth) can’t find full-time work and, as a result, are unable to “reach their American dream” might attain that goal, well, your guess is as good as ours.
If Ryan and other spineless Republicans have anything to say about it, it won’t be nearly as soon as it will be for the 11 million illegals living in our midst and holding non-farming payroll jobs stolen from Americans: construction, manufacturing, transportation and services. (The majority of these jobs, by the way, are already being done by Americans, says the Bureau of Labor Statistics.”
Ryan says he’s been been pretty consistent on immigration; he has a career “C” grade from NumbersUSA, the 1.8-million member immigration reduction group in Arlington, Va., that keeps tabs on the voting records of the Fools on the Hill. Like many of his congressional colleagues, Ryan is all mouth about “secure borders” and “respect for the law.” But where are his ideas about creating an immigration policy that first and foremost tells the world in uncertain terms that we are serious about our sovereignty and protecting our jobs?
Is Ryan as “bright” as the media say he is? That’s debatable. Throwing millions of Americans under the bus for political gain is surely outrageous, but to do it despite plenty of evidence that the reward will be minimal shines a hot light on something less than intellectual prowess.
If the proposed 8th amnesty since 1986 becomes a reality, Gutierrez & Co. will have won millions of new Democratic voters. But what will Ryan and the Republicans have gained? Is handing a knife to your political opponents who will enthusiastically cut your own throat all that is necessary these days to be anointed by the media as a “rising star?”
It’s ironic that the Republican Party, which for years has supported amnesty and high levels of immigration in order to appease their corporate supporters’ insatiable hunger for cheap labor, now finds itself unable to get the very people they helped bring here to vote for them.
If you are among the millions of citizens who want but cannot find full-time work, aren’t you the least bit curious about why Ryan thinks illegal aliens should achieve their American Dream before you do?