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For GOP, immigration reform and sweet talk won’t be enough

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In a previous blog post, I presented some polling data from Latino Decisions. Its numbers make the case that embracing broad immigration reform would be a vote getter among Hispanic voters. The firm then offers some messaging advice:

012813immig2On the surface, it may appear as though to win a greater share of the Latino vote, Republicans must a) embrace comprehensive immigration reform and then b) become a lot more like Democrats.

At least that was my initial reaction. And LD’s messaging advice certainly reflects the idea, argued in NR by Heather MacDonald, that it “is not immigration policy that creates the strong bond between Hispanics and the Democratic party, but the core Democratic principles of a more generous safety net, strong government intervention in the economy, and progressive taxation.”

Yet if immigration reform is not sufficient, it certainly seems to be necessary. So too more hospitable rhetoric. But then what? Well, how about a pro-growth, pro-market, pro-family economic agenda that appeals to middle-class voters of whatever race or ethnicity: a) an expanded child tax credit to offset both income and payroll taxes for parents, b) financial reform to end crony capitalist bank subsidies, c) the elimination of investment taxes, d) education reform beyond private school vouchers, and d) a plan for transforming the PPACA into true consumer-driven health reform.

11 thoughts on “For GOP, immigration reform and sweet talk won’t be enough

  1. Hilarious. Have you not kept up with California?

    Après le amnesty, le deluge my friend. It will be the end of the GOP.

    The most ironic thing is how the GOP never learns. You were told the exact same propaganda lines during the 1980s amnesty – when the GOP was actually more moderate and/or liberal, even during the Reagan era.

    Oh, now the Hispanics will love us! After the amnesty, the hispanic share to the Dems went up even MORE!

    The GOP is indeed the stupid party. It’ll be demographically sunken and it deserves to die. It never understood that taking hints from your enemy might not be the smartest thing to do and your enemy might not – I say might not – have your own best in mind when giving you all that ‘helpful’ advice.

        • So my question stands? Why does the GOP actively want to assist in it’s own murder?

          Then again, a good case can be made that is by now too late anyway so even a no to mass amnesty will not do much. It will only prolong the inevitable.

          Still, people – both liberals and conservatives – will be looking at the post-1965 immigration act which was skewed from the beginning to the very poor, people who came from cultures which were often anti-Democratic and where the state had a massive hand in the matter of the land and wonder in amazement how the GOP did nothing but continue that immigration wave.

          The GOP was told that if it would only let a little more in, they would like it. And the GOP bought the myth.

          It has been able to compensate with an ever-higher share of the white electorate. That route is now closed. Whites are not like blacks or other minorities. Whites do not block ethnically, generally speaking. They do not vote on race. So you can’t rally the ‘white vote’ the same way you can rally the black vote. The GOP won’t see 80% whites voting for it because the GOP is too close to Wall St, too eager to assist the neocons in their wars abroad for the broad swath of white people to support.

          As I said, let the GOP die already. The Whig party was killed off. The Republican party should be next.

          • I can’t for the life of me understand what the Republicans get out of this. For the Democrats it’s obvious, but the Republicans are not going to get any votes out of this. Is it really about cheap labor for business and bargain basement lawncare?

  2. As a Hispanic women it upsets me how Latinos are used as political pawns. Neither party could care less about us. However the Democratic Party has figured out a way to fool us into thinking that they’ve got our back. Obama masterminded that when he ran in 2008. He promised the Latinos everything that they needed to hear. Yet with the democrats holding the senate, congress and Obama as president he chose, and yes I use the word ” chose ” not to do anything for Latinos. My way of looking at it is why play your ace card when you’ve already won the game ( ie he did get the Latino vote in 2008). So what does he do in 2012, he plays his ace card by granting Latinos amnesty for two years. His way of thinking is ill dangle the carrot in front of their faces but won’t let them taste it. Obama has managed to play Latinos for fools. However what makes me even sadder is how Latinos can be played, I not being one of them. You would have thought that they would have figured out that obama did in fact use them the first time around. Whats that saying, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me! oh yes shame on all these latinos that think that obama and the dems actually care for them. As for your Eva Longlorias, they’re sell outs to the Latinos. They march to Obamas drum just to get a seat at the table.

    • “So what does he do in 2012, he plays his ace card by granting Latinos amnesty for two years. His way of thinking is ill dangle the carrot in front of their faces but won’t let them taste it.”

      Umm, Latinos? Funny, my wife is Latina and she didn’t need amnesty, she’s an American citizen. Same with my daughter. What you want is instant amnesty for illegal immigrants, most of whom will be tax eaters and instant Democrat voters.

  3. Forget about what the GOP should learn from the last election about attracting the Hispanic vote. If amnesty for illegals is forced upon us, what should we as Americans learn?

    First, the “rule of law” is a farce. All you need is sufficient numbers and your mob is not only not subject to the law, they are immune from legal prosecution. What’s more, the powers that be will actually start to grovel and pander to you.

    I say we start with proposed gun control laws, particularly those that would require that we register our weapons. If the argument is that we cannot possibly enforce immigration laws because there are 7-20 million illegals in the country … well, there are tens of millions of gun owners living here too. What are they going to do throw us all in jail? Next, we stop paying income taxes. How many times have we heard from the pro-amnesty crowd that illegals paying sales tax is enough to warrant a pass on their not paying income taxes? Well, if that is good enough for them, why not us?

    Selective enforcement of the law is tyranny. And the only way to avoid being subject to that tyranny is to form our own mob – just a loud, just as demanding, just as contemptuous of the law. If our mob is sufficient in size (that is sufficiently large to overwhelm the legal system) we will be able to dictate our own terms on almost every question ignoring those laws that we do not support.

    • First, the “rule of law” is a farce. All you need is sufficient [economic power] numbers and your mob is not only not subject to the law, they are immune from legal prosecution. What’s more, the powers that be will actually start to grovel and pander to you.

      D*mn straight. Put those bankers in jail!

      • Your comment assumes that I would not be in favor of jailing bankers if, in fact, they have broken the law.

        Sorry to disappoint.

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