Health care pledge upheld while president back pedals on immigration reform

How many seats will my party lose this Nov?

President Obama must think we are not paying attention to his personal agenda.  When it came to his desire to address a national health care plan for America he pressed on even without support from Republicans.  “I have made a solemn pledge that I will sign a universal health care bill into law by the end of my first term…”
Mr. President. How many Republicans in the House voted for that bill in March of this year?  Zero!

At American University yesterday he gives a speech where he stated: “the presence of so many illegal immigrants makes a mockery of all those who are going through the process of immigrating legally.  Indeed, after years of patchwork fixes and ill-conceived revisions, the legal immigration system is as broken as the borders.”

In his nationally televised appearance he stated “without bipartisan support, as we had just a few years ago, we cannot solve this problem.  Reform that brings accountability to our immigration system cannot pass without Republican votes.  That is the political and mathematical reality.”

After the November General election does he believe that we will have fewer Republicans in Congress so that he can get some level of immigration reform passed as he finds himself with fewer Democrats in both houses of Congress?

This is a very controversial issue that requires a leader with political will. Didn’t he pledge to introduce immigration reform in his first year in office? Mr. President, that deadline passed six months ago.

Setting all this aside, his first responsibility as Commander-in-Chief is to protect our citizens. Seven years ago we created a cabinet level Department of Homeland Security whose primary responsibility is to protect the territory of the U.S. We have a failed effort called a war against drugs yet ignore repeated requests from our states that share a common border with Mexico while armed drug dealers and coyote’s cross into the U.S. on a regular basis.

When president Obama is asked to send 6,000 troops to protect our southern border, that he admits is broken, he drags his feet yet six months ago began sending 34,000 additional troops to fight another battle in Afghanistan.

It will be interesting to listen as the threatened litigation by the Justice Department against the state of Arizona progresses.  FOX News has even reported that our southern neighbor, the nation of Mexico, may join the fight. This will surely push the devastating BP oil slick to the back pages.


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