Breaking: Obama administration to loosen deportation rules

posted at 10:44 am on June 15, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

So, the “framing” economic speech yesterday was a bust — yeah, they’re going to need us to move away from that ol’ chestnut pretty quickly — so here comes the next big talking point in the Obama-campaign wheelhouse.

President Obama has decided that the Homeland Security Department will no longer deport younger illegal immigrants who haven’t broken the law, and will instead issue them work permits.

 The Obama administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives. The election-year initiative addresses a top priority of an influential Latino electorate that has been vocal in its opposition to administration deportation policies.

The policy change, described to The Associated Press by two senior administration officials, will affect as many as 800,000 immigrants who have lived in fear of deportation. It also bypasses Congress and partially achieves the goals of the so-called DREAM Act, a long-sought but never enacted plan to establish a path toward citizenship for young people who came to the United States illegally but who have attended college or served in the military.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was to announce the new policy Friday, one week before President Barack Obama plans to address the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials’ annual conference in Orlando, Fla. Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney is scheduled to speak to the group on Thursday.

Updates to follow…

Update: At least as far as the Latino community is concerned (and opinion abounds on the electoral significance of Latinos as a voting group, and whether they really vote so monolithically), this is going to present a stiff challenge for Romney’s campaign. As ABC points out:

The Obama administration is likely to deny that politics played a role in the announcement, but the timing is ideal for the president’s reelection campaign. In the GOP primary, Mitt Romney adopted strictly conservative positions against illegal immigration in his effort to woo right-wing voters. He backs a strong fence along the border with Mexico, opposes most amnesty and boasts of his move as Massachusetts governor to deny in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. …

Obama’s announcement today is likely to curry favor with Hispanics, a key growing voting bloc who could determine the winner in November in important states like Florida, Colorado and Nevada. The president currently beats Romney among Hispanics in polls, but most Latinos say they disapprove of his deportation policy.

Deportation rates under President Obama have actually been relatively high — a point about which many Latino voters and immigration advocates have been displeased. This could be a crucial appeasement-move that will inspire Latinos to get to polls in November.

Can President Obama even do this without Congressional approval? I’m not sure, but then again, it hardly matters. If he can, great; if he can’t, great: It’s just another jab he can aim at an “obstructionist,” “do-nothing” Congress.

Update (Ed): So …. he’s going to hand out hundreds of thousands of work permits when unemployment is at 8.2% nominal, 14.8% U-6, and the civilian participation rate is near the 30-year low Obama set last month (now 63.8%)?  The only thing this accomplishes is driving the labor rate further downward and the unemployment rate further upward.  Work permits make sense when you’re creating jobs, but not when jobs are scarce.  I’m not sure that’s going to endear Obama to unions and blue-collar voters struggling to find work already.

Update (back to Erika): A calculated move to steal some of Sen. Marco Rubio’s alternative-DREAM-Act thunder? It’s widely known that Sen. Rubio has been crafting legislation that would give visas to undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children if they attend college or join the military, though it would not provide legal permanent residency — and President Obama’s plan sounds pretty darn similar. Plenty of Republicans aren’t exactly thanking Rubio for his upcoming proposal, but as a tea-party rockstar with Hispanic roots, Rubio is a major threat to Democrats’ claim that they’re the best political party for Latinos’ interests. Team Obama definitely needed to get out in front on this one.

Update: Here are some immediate reactions from our Congresspeople concerning the Obama campaign’s — er, sorry, I mean, the White House’s — newest immigration policy.

Rep. Allen West, R-Florida

“This is yet another example of executive branch overreach. We have a legislative process that ensures representative governance by the consent of the American people. This action should be crafted into legislation, debated in committee and brought before the House and Senate for vote, with accordance of our Constitutional Republic way. Secretary Napolitano is an unelected administrative bureaucrat who does not have the right to make governing decisions for this country. It is apparent that the goal of the Obama administration is not to govern, but rule by edict. This again is a reflection of the desperation of President Obama and his liberal progressive disciples as November draws nearer. …

Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey

“For all the young people who call this country their home but have been unable to fulfill their dreams, I am profoundly grateful to the President and the Administration for suspending the deportation of Dreamers. For these young men and women who want to become doctors, teachers, police officers and soldiers, this announcement will change their lives forever.”

Update: Let Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano be clear: This is not to be confused with amnesty.

“A grant of deferred action is not immunity, it is not amnesty,” Napolitano told reporters. “It is an exercise of discretion.”

Update: Sen. Rubio responded by saying that the content of Obama’s proposal is “welcome news,” but was quick to decry the manner of it:

“Today’s announcement will be welcome news for many of these kids desperate for an answer, but it is a short term answer to a long term problem,” the Cuban American Rubio said in a statement. “And by once again ignoring the Constitution and going around Congress, this short term policy will make it harder to find a balanced and responsible long term one.”


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Yeps, the idiotic machine hack from Texas corrupt establishment. What a monster!

Your troll-fu is weak! You should have cited Tardasil and the “racist rock” as excuses.

Not the entire comment board. When I call you crazy, I mean you are crazy. The fact that you seem to believe you represent the entire comment board only certifies I’m correct in my assumption.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 5:51 PM

I’ve seen maybe one or two other people support your position tops today. You’ve been attacking everyone nonstop through these threads, and calling all of Obama’s critics “crazies” and “racists” and “bigots.” By all means though, keep spinning and providing us with entertainment if you like! :)

Doomberg on June 15, 2012 at 6:08 PM

So you’ve never been then….

libfreeordie on June 15, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Hey, MORON! Why don’t you and the Imbecile in Chief, and every other liberal idiot out there, move to the wonderland of your wet dreams, be it Russia, Cuba or North Korea. Let us be, be free of your moronic, idiotic wet dreams based on a FRIGGING BOOK, written 150 years ago, by another free loader moron who never worked a day in his life and lived off others’.

Take it from someone who HAS lived in Europe and has experienced this liberal wet dream in its full glory. Unlike you and every other moron liberal out there who base your views on a book that has been PROVEN wrong, by more than 100 years worth of historical FACTS and tens of millions of lives lost, and counting, in the process.

Watch a FRIGGING TV, for Christ’s sake, and tell us all what is happening in the epicenter of this liberal wet dream for the past few months and how people under its control like it.

riddick on June 15, 2012 at 6:13 PM

I’ve seen maybe one or two other people support your position tops today. Doomberg on June 15, 2012 at 6:08 PM

You need to leave mom’s basement once in awhile. My positions:

Romney was elected with the support of 70% of the Republican primary voters and he seems to have at least half of the voters willing to vote for him.

Rubio’s dream act provisions have wide popular support.

The only position I defended today that puts me in a minority – and I fully reckon that – is my believe that this EO is an illegality and a violation of the Separation of Powers. In fact, my understanding that Article II, Section 1 and Article II, Section 3, don’t make the case that EO are constitutional isn’t exactly popular.

Don’t confuse the HotAir comments boxes with the real world.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Well, produce links. I need to produce the same links over and over because the crazy aren’t even able to google a few polls. Yet, the crazy never produces any links.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Can some help me out here?

Palin attacks the lame stream media, She needs to quit whining.

Romney attacks the vast left wing conspiracy, and he’s right on target.

idesign on April 18, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Has Romney said Palin “needs to quit whining” or anything? If not, what’s your point?

And Romney isn’t “whining” or even “attacking”. He’s noting an undisputed fact, giving it the importance it deserves and using the proper tone.

On an aside, it’s hilarious how most of the crazy still believes that the moby is actually a “TruCon” like them having a meltdown and don’t understand they’re being trolled.

joana on April 18, 2012 at 1:57 PM

I’m glad there are folks sufficiently fluent in RINO-speake to understand why co-opting (and thus legitimating) Clinton-speake is politically astute.

Terp Mole on April 18, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Here, your posting preferences were identified based upon your previous comments:

Has Romney said Palin “needs to quit whining” or anything?

joana on April 18, 2012 at 1:57 PM

No, but deranged Mittwits like you have, daily.

idesign on April 18, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Listen to the interview. He did the exact opposite of what you think he did. He used the Clintonian expression in a bantering tone.

joana on April 18, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Do you know what’s embarrassing? That you don’t understand Romney used that expression to poke fun at Clinton. Perhaps you should listen to the interview.

joana on April 18, 2012 at 5:34 PM

We had voter fraud, dead people voting, missing ballot boxes and a bunch of dems/indys voting to give Romney the nomination when at least 60% of Republicans voted against him, yet I am supposed to swallow the Romney koolaid and vote for someone I don’t respect and cannot stand. Not happening.
PhiKapMom on April 18, 2012 at 5:33 PM

These Kos trolls need to actualize the talking points. Not that it really matters anymore, but Santorum won the democratic vote by a mile. In some states, it was the only thing making him competitive.

joana on April 18, 2012 at 5:36 PM

These Kos trolls need to actualize the talking points. Not that it really matters anymore, but Santorum won the democratic vote by a mile. In some states, it was the only thing making him competitive.

joana on April 18, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Not everyone who doesn’t like Romney is a troll or a Moby. Many of us are just disillusioned with the Republican party and at least the last two nominees. Many of us held our nose and voted for John McCain, and frankly we are sick of holding our nose and voting for the loser. Snubbing the base and insulting the base will be a losing strategy. Yes, you need independents and moderates, but you need the base as well.

The fact that Romney understands the media is against him is a point in his favor. I look forward to see his VP pick and if he using them to shore up the base or continues to focus on moderates and independents.

melle1228 on April 18, 2012 at 5:53 PM

I think that looking at his record on fiscal and economic issues, it’s fairly easy to see that there isn’t much of a difference between Obama and Santorum. I’ve explained why – and why I think his record is much worse than Romney’s (who at least vetoed dozens and dozens of spending bills); feel free to refute my points. I’ve been asking for people to point out what’s exactly conservative or even moderate on Santorum’s record on those issues for hours – so far the fews that have responded said “nothing”.

joana on February 14, 2012 at 7:06 PM

I think that looking at his record on fiscal and economic issues, it’s fairly easy to see that there isn’t much of a difference between Obama and Santorum. I’ve explained why – and why I think his record is much worse than Romney’s (who at least vetoed dozens and dozens of spending bills); feel free to refute my points. I’ve been asking for people to point out what’s exactly conservative or even moderate on Santorum’s record on those issues for hours – so far the fews that have responded said “nothing”.

joana on February 14, 2012 at 7:06 PM

One of the things about this primary process that has grated so much is the absolute, black-and-white certitude that one candidate or the other was indisputably better than the others. That hasn’t been the case at all. Either a given candidate was reasonably conservative but personally flawed, or else he/she was politically flawed but personally acceptable.

Joana, you’ve obviously got an agenda, and that’s fine. It’s just not going to change any minds when you try to present someone like Romney as being even more conservative than GWB and angrily denounce anyone who disagrees with you. People aren’t buying what you’re selling, so maybe positivity and a general focus on electability would serve your purpose better.

Nom de Boom on February 14, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Those are just a few that point out your full-throated support for Romney. There are others as evidenced by the responses to you, such as the one directly above, “It’s just not going to change any minds when you try to present someone like Romney as being even more conservative than GWB and angrily denounce anyone who disagrees with you.”

AZfederalist on June 15, 2012 at 6:20 PM

I knew this was coming. Knew it.
This guarantees the Latino vote.
Next up to shore up the black vote: reparations.

the new aesthetic on June 15, 2012 at 6:26 PM

You’re an idiot. We have something called national sovereignty and the Rule of Law. Illegals are not allowed to be present in America, let alone work here.

Get a clue or STFU, you deranged imbecile.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 15, 2012 at 12:38 PM

I’m sure that Native Americans felt the same way. How’d that work out for them?

Rainsford on June 15, 2012 at 1:30 PM

I dunno – why don’t you go ask Elizabeth “Fauxcahontis” Warren?

psrch on June 15, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Those are just a few that point out your full-throated support for Romney. There are others as evidenced by the responses to you, such as the one directly above, “It’s just not going to change any minds when you try to present someone like Romney as being even more conservative than GWB and angrily denounce anyone who disagrees with you.”

AZfederalist on June 15, 2012 at 6:20 PM

I never denied my full support for Romney. Or that I think Bush was a socialist and even worse than Romney. Have you been paying attention? And yeah, I’ve always said Romney is much more conservative than Big Labor, entitlement expansionist, Nanny-statist freak Santorum.

You produced all those quotes and all of them prove my points.

Hey, maybe you can pick some angryed quotes attacking me too! Or maybe you’re just angryed part deux.

Romney is a center-right technocrat – that’s my opinion of him since 4 years ago, when I supported like 5 guys before him – who was the most conservative and viable candidate on this primary. That’s what I’ve always said. If you people were too over-emotional and started screaming “RINO!!! LIBERAL!!” as maniac freaks at anyone who defended Romney, that’s not my fault. And yeah, that’s what you would do.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 5:54 PM

joana on June 15, 2012 at 6:28 PM

AzFederalist, I think you might want to pay attention to this – just in case you missed it:

Moving away from what? Romney was, by far, the strongest candidate we could have running from an electability perspective. Anyone who disagrees with this is just a total and complete idiot. Back then and now. And I fully support him now as I did during the primary. I can fully support people I don’t fully agree ideologically – I understand that for a person of your type, that’s simply impossible to grasp.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 6:04 PM

joana on June 15, 2012 at 6:29 PM

So, let me see. Romney says now he agrees with Rubio on immigration. So, flip flopping again. I guess “deport them” is no longer on the table.

riddick on June 15, 2012 at 6:29 PM

1200+ comments! “It’s a new…track…record!”

ConservativeLA on June 15, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Making even more friends, Joana?

I knew you were full of crap.

wolly4321 on June 15, 2012 at 6:32 PM

I’m confused.
joana on June 15, 2012 at 4:37 PM

That’s the only thing I’ve seen you say in this thread that has a scintilla of sincerity to it.

Flora Duh on June 15, 2012 at 6:32 PM

LOL … Both Bush & Romney were restricted (BY LAW.. Remember that thang ?) to work with their liberal MAJORITIES … Only so much they could accomplish, at the time..
Sorta Iike the Founders & slavery thang, y’know ???

pambi on June 15, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Rep. King and Rep. West already pointed out illegality of the new royal edict, Rep. King actually said he will be filing a lawsuit.

But Boehner and McConnell are still MIA at some doughnut shop.

riddick on June 15, 2012 at 6:38 PM

joana on June 15, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Do you ever read what you post?

katy the mean old lady on June 15, 2012 at 6:39 PM

1200+ comments! “It’s a new…track…record!”

ConservativeLA on June 15, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Nah, no where close.

katy the mean old lady on June 15, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Nah, no where close.

katy the mean old lady on June 15, 2012 at 6:42 PM

joana alone will be good for another 500+

riddick on June 15, 2012 at 6:45 PM

riddick on June 15, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Oh, c’mon … Don’t interrupt the enemy while he’s busy tying his own noose !!
Patience !!

pambi on June 15, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Nah, no where close.

katy the mean old lady on June 15, 2012 at 6:42 PM

joana alone will be good for another 500+

riddick on June 15, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Depends on HAers, no ???
QED … Hehe.

pambi on June 15, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Has Boehner scheduled a presser yet?

riddick on June 15, 2012 at 7:00 PM

ddick on June 15, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Think : surrogates .

pambi on June 15, 2012 at 7:14 PM

via drudge:

Plan ‘Tracks Closely to Proposal Offered by Sen. Marco Rubio’…

Good Job, Marco Rubio. Giving Obama and the libs cover on immigration.

It’s almost as bad as Romneycare giving Barry cover on ObamaCare.

When will the Republicans learn????

portlandon on June 15, 2012 at 11:04 AM

It’s almost like Republicans just can’t out-pander Democrats…..

There Goes The Neighborhood on June 15, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Has Boehner scheduled a presser yet?

riddick on June 15, 2012 at 7:00 PM

He’s busy in a meeting with Reid and McConnell to see what they want him to say/do:-)

bluefox on June 15, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Congrats Erika! 1224 and still counting.

Bmore on June 15, 2012 at 7:22 PM

It’s quite amazing you did a research on your own and didn’t find anything. Not surprising though.

joana on June 15, 2012 at 5:12 PM

LOL!

OK, class, notice the condescending, Alinsky-esque Leftist snark in the reply above. All I did was respectfully ask for some links to some polls, and added this statement:

BTW, I just did a quick search of my own

Notice how the Subject immediately changes my “quick search” to “research”, and then suggests I am Stupid for not finding any results!

But the Subject’s real problem? The first link she provides doesn’t prove what she’s claiming. Neither does the second one.

Two “polls” do not American public opinion make. If they did, there would only be 2 “polls” for Presidential Job Approval, not the multiple ones we have now. Last time I checked there were at least a dozen different “polls” for Presidential Job Approval alone.

FAIL-

Del Dolemonte on June 15, 2012 at 7:30 PM

He’s busy in a meeting with Reid and McConnell to see what they want him to say/do:-)

bluefox on June 15, 2012 at 7:20 PM

I think they are still trying to figure out how Rubio/Romney immigration reform differs from that of Imbecile’s just announced one, and as with RomneyCare/ObacaCare comparison, they can’t find any differences.

Romney today: “I was for deportations before I was against them”.

Go GOP!

riddick on June 15, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Del Dolemonte on June 15, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Typical Obot:-)

bluefox on June 15, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Article I, section 8, clause 4 of the United States Constitution expressly gives the United States Congress the power to establish a uniform rule of naturalization. The Immigration and Naturalization Act sets forth the legal requirements for the acquisition of, and divestiture from, citizenship of the United States. The requirements have become more explicit since the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, with the most recent changes to statutory law having been made by the United States Congress in 2001.

Impeach this dictator now before it’s too late for all of us.

gordo on June 15, 2012 at 8:07 PM

I sure hope Ericka gets paid via post count !
;-)

pambi on June 15, 2012 at 8:17 PM

riddick on June 15, 2012 at 7:37 PM

It can get crazy. However, what Obama issued today has nothing to do with Immigration reform. He’s talking “illegals” which by even being in the Country are breaking the law. Now B.O. wants to overlook that and make it worse by giving them work permits etc.
But the bottom line for B.O. is VOTES!! 800,000. Always need to look at the motive with this crew:-) And it’s always self serving.

bluefox on June 15, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Sooooooooo, the bastage does his little thing again. I haven’t read all of the posts yet. Just want to add my fiddy cents: HOW THE FREAK DOES THIS SOB/POS/WANNABE GET AWAY WITH THIS KRAP!!!!????? Where the he!! is crybaby beohner, et al? Jeez louise…..why is this even acceptable??????? *snort* *spit* *gag* When the he!! does this BS stop? Do we have to have some kind of……fight? Dear gawd,,,,,,,, *deep breath*

sicoit on June 15, 2012 at 8:33 PM

sicoit on June 15, 2012 at 8:33 PM

.
I think most of us here “feel ya’”, man.

The frustration over the LOUD SILENCE from Congress is wearing thin.

listens2glenn on June 15, 2012 at 9:15 PM

sicoit on June 15, 2012 at 8:33 PM

There have been many attacks against Romney but they have all backfired. This particular plan may be very difficult to implement.
We’ll wait and see what Romney further expands on his comments.
Congress? Well, they will be “disturbed” by this but that’s about all.

Also the Supreme Court is getting close to rendering a decision on Obamacare, so maybe the Administration had a heads up and this is something to distract? Drudge had a headline up about Ginsberg making a statement?? (Why?) and linked to Politico for the article.

Maybe this is something to bait Romney with? A lot of politics going on. I’d remain calm and wait and see…

bluefox on June 15, 2012 at 9:34 PM

It can get crazy. However, what Obama issued today has nothing to do with Immigration reform. He’s talking “illegals” which by even being in the Country are breaking the law. Now B.O. wants to overlook that and make it worse by giving them work permits etc.
But the bottom line for B.O. is VOTES!! 800,000. Always need to look at the motive with this crew:-) And it’s always self serving.

bluefox on June 15, 2012 at 8:27 PM

What if some states claim that this batch of work permits are illegal, and pass laws forcing employers to refuse them?

slickwillie2001 on June 15, 2012 at 10:00 PM

bluefox on June 15, 2012 at 9:34 PM

.
I would like to really “disturb” Congress.

listens2glenn on June 15, 2012 at 10:14 PM

bluefox on June 15, 2012 at 8:27 PM

What if some states claim that this batch of work permits are illegal, and pass laws forcing employers to refuse them?

slickwillie2001 on June 15, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Right now there are no details how any of this “plan” they put out today is going to work. From what I’ve read there are a lot of various steps to be taken before it can be put in place. Background checks on these illegals for one. 800,000 of those will take considerable time I would think. Another thing is to verify those illegals, put them in a data base, etc. What was put out there today seemed like a general plan and not detailed. So I would say it will be some time before the States need to make any decision.

Watching Rightonline Conference and they seem to have some technical issue. It’s been good so far. Sarah Palin had a great one hour talk and now they are honoring Breitbart.

bluefox on June 15, 2012 at 11:32 PM

bluefox on June 15, 2012 at 9:34 PM

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I would like to really “disturb” Congress.

listens2glenn on June 15, 2012 at 10:14 PM

LOL, I think many of us would!

bluefox on June 15, 2012 at 11:34 PM

From the Obama presser:

This is not amnesty, this is not immunity, this is not a path to citizenship. This is not a permanent fix.

So under a directive with a 2-year limit, which could be rescinded by another executive order in another administration, which could be overturned by a court at any time, which may or may not get me a job or acceptance to a college, I should tell the Feds all about me and my illegal immigrant parents?

And prove my age, my continuous residence in the U.S. for 5 years, that I am who I say I am… without documents?

Word about the stupidity of this is spreading in the SoCal communities as I type.

de rigueur on June 15, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Would be funny if the worst backlash comes from the latinos actually :)…am sure you will see some of it in Floriida ….the mother of all ironies that would leave poor leftist media scratching their collective hydrocephalic head :)…but, but, but… Obama did everything right :)…

jimver on June 16, 2012 at 12:17 AM

Update: Let Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano be clear: This is not to be confused with amnesty.

“A grant of deferred action is not immunity, it is not amnesty,” Napolitano told reporters. “It is an exercise of discretion.”

Is it possible for us to exercise discretion to somehow NOT pay our Federal income taxes?

Danny on June 16, 2012 at 1:21 AM

Is it possible for us to exercise discretion to somehow NOT pay our Federal income taxes?

Danny on June 16, 2012 at 1:21 AM

I’ll tell ya what we need to do, we need to start a movement wherein several thousand (the more the better) American citizens just start pouring into Mexico and setting up camp. I think the Mexican government’s reaction would provide some perspective.

KMC1 on June 16, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Rubio is yet another traitorous douchebag whose only major “accomplishment” has been floating of amnesty and yet HotAir and Ace can’t stop fellating him. WTF has the Golden Cubano Boy done for conservatism so far besides beat Charlie Crist?

flawedskull on June 16, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Laura….Your position is rooted in hysteria and governmental propaganda. Quite frankly to most conservatives under 70 it is embarrassing. Neither the Federal government nor you are the arbiter of morality and the fact that they deem it illegal no more makes me believe it is wrong than I believe abortion to be ethical because the government says it is right. Tell William F Buckley he wasn’t a conservative because he argued for legalization his entire career. It would create tens of thousands of good jobs, decimalize the millions of Americans who are users, and best of all starve the leviathan governmental agency that abuses or liberties, incarcerates good and decent people, steals their property and generally abuses the constitution all in the name of a policy that does not work at all….God bless the states for taking back the power the feds usurped from them in the first place. Big government republicans are the only ones left who are fighting for this insidious policy. The left does not want to give up the power they have accumulated by this nanny-statism and that is the only saving grace we have had so far from being on the wrong side of this freedom issue. The good news is that conservatives in general are friendly to the issue and evidence by Sarah Palin, Pat Robertson, and many others who are not afraid to buck the establishment republicans. Within twenty years marijuana will be legal, the only question is whether we are on the right side or the wrong side of the issue.

Redstone357 on June 16, 2012 at 7:01 PM

wrong thread…lol

Redstone357 on June 16, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Rubio is yet another traitorous douchebag whose only major “accomplishment” has been floating of amnesty and yet HotAir and Ace can’t stop fellating him. WTF has the Golden Cubano Boy done for conservatism so far besides beat Charlie Crist?

flawedskull on June 16, 2012 at 2:58 PM

DITTO.

I think the reality is that voters retaliated/rebelled against Crist and Rubio benefitted from it.

Also, he’s a Jeb Bush mentee, so the Jeb Bush factor is pushing him.

Otherwise, you’re right, he’s more media-created and politician-pushed than can be found any specific attributes that render him Golden Boy for now.

He may be but I think it’s more than reasonable to expect the man to accomplish more and show us more of what he’s about before we hand him the keys to the nation.

Lourdes on June 16, 2012 at 8:38 PM

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