Sadly, bipartisan means the opposite of what it meant in politically happier times on Capitol Hill. Now it means baiting the opposition into doing something that seethes with partisanship. This has never been more excruciatingly obvious than with two of the biggest partisan charades we have seen in years. On one hand, we have Democrats fighting tooth and nail to not participate in a House probe of what happened in Benghazi even though they will blame the investigation for not being bipartisan.
Why were we dismayed when Joe Biden claimed in a March 2014 speech that immigrants in our country illegally are “already Americans”? We heard the same thing from his boss about DREAMers, the immigrant special interest group of school and college age kids that Barack Obama expanded to include illegal immigrants under thirty:
They are Americans in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper.
Which of these outrages is less believable, that immigrants with no work permit or green card are guaranteed the minimum wage, or that our elected representatives are pushing for a pay increase because they failed to deliver amnesty?
There is precious little in American politics that should surprise anyone except the terminally naïve, but imagine conservatives in Congress trying to pass a bill that denied mandatory wage protections to immigrants who have no work permit or green card.
The rule of law has worked its way into the headlines again after the president’s excuse last week that there was only so much he could do on his own to stop deportations. He has already done more than enough with deferred action’s amnesty. Despite his ignoring of one of our country’s fundamental values, extremist Democrats still won’t see things his way.
Citizenship will be the biggest immigration fraud yet if Democrats strike a bargain with sellout Republicans. When the president talked about living up to responsibilities and restoring opportunity for everyone in yesterday’s weekly address, who do you think he was talking about? Not the long-term unemployed. We washed our hands of them long ago. If we really cared about unemployed citizens we wouldn’t be thinking about flooding the economy with cheap labor by legalizing the underground job market and boosting the minimum wage.