Quotes of the day

posted at 10:31 pm on January 31, 2013 by Allahpundit

Human Events: What is your response to conservative critics, such as Ann Coulter, who called the statement of principles from the Gang of Eight the same as amnesty?

Marco Rubio: I recognize and understand that people have bad memories and bad feelings about past efforts to reform immigration, but what I’ve done is I’ve just identified a problem and an issue that was going to emerge with or without the president, who clearly telegraphed his intention to raise this issue. And I just feel that conservatives are better having our own solutions than waiting for the president to come up with one and simply responding

I think it’s unfortunately true that a significant percentage of current Hispanic voters favor the Democratic Party and voted for the president; but, I don’t believe that’s necessarily a permanent thing. The bottom line is that if we can’t convince people of all backgrounds, including Americans of Hispanic descent, that limited government and free enterprise is a better way, not just for them, but for the country, not only is the conservative movement doomed, but ultimately I think America is doomed, in terms of us continuing being an exceptional nation. So, I have tremendous confidence in our ability, in our, I mean, the movement’s ability, to communicate our principles and convince people to change their minds on these things.

I just think it’s going to be harder to do that and it almost becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy is an entire generation of Americans of Hispanic descent end up convinced and believing the Left’s line that conservatives don’t like people like them. That’s not true, but that’s what they’re being told and we can’t do anything that makes that argument easier for Democrats.

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1. While immigration reform alone won’t make most Hispanics switch from D to R, it is the gateway policy needed before conservatives can begin to make their case to that community. And even though future Republican presidential candidates could conceivably win doing as poorly among Hispanics as Mitt Romney did — at least for another election, maybe two — such a weak showing leaves little margin for error and makes a large, Reaganesque GOP win improbable.

2. Immigration reform would nudge conservatives and Republicans to move beyond an economic agenda — both in terms of policy and messaging — that’s been focused almost exclusively on a) debt reduction, and b) directly meeting the needs of business and entrepreneurs. Keep all that stuff, of course, but what about education and health care reform and the tax code’s anti-parent bias? A populist, middle-class agenda won’t just help win the votes of Hispanics, but also the votes of millions of middle-income and working-class Americans of whatever race and ethnicity who think the GOP and conservative policies have nothing to offer them.

3. Even if it will be initially hard to move the Hispanic vote rightward, immigration reform sends a signal to other groups — Asians, women, younger voters — that the GOP is an open, inclusive, and compassionate party.

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Paraphrasing Winston Churchill, supporting immigration reform won’t be the beginning of the end of Republicans’ problems with Hispanic voters, but it might be the end of the beginning.

An American community that shares many of the values and policy views of conservatives ought to be open to appeals from Republican candidates. That a huge majority of Latinos won’t consider voting for Republicans is attributable, to a great extent, to their impression that the party and self-identified conservatives on talk radio and cable TV believe America would be a better place without them…

The GOP won’t be rewarded for it with greater Hispanic support in the next election or probably the election after that. All they will have achieved is an overdue and sensible solution to a national problem and the opportunity to start talking to Latino voters about something other than whether they want their relatives to self-deport.

Eventually the party will likely find support among more than a quarter of these voters for its principles of low taxes and limited government and for conservative social values. It might take a while. But it had better happen before a Republican presidential nominee loses the state of Texas to go along with the Democrats’ control of California and New York — before, in other words, Republicans become a permanent minority for having alienated too many other minorities.

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Ted Cruz, the new senator from Texas, urged conservative activists to recognize cultural realities among Hispanics in America, to wit: “There are 2.3 million Hispanic small-business owners in the country. . . . We are an incredibly entrepreneurial community.” Hispanics in America want what everyone wants, to rise. They will be open to arguments on which party’s policies are more likely to clear the path. Republicans spent 2012 answering President Obama with the slogan “You built that!” But that was a slogan aimed at those who’d already arrived, who were established. The GOP message, he said, should have been, “You can build that.” The party should not allow itself to look like the party of big business, it has to be the party of the young person in the garage inventing something that will challenge big business…

In fact, solving immigration is important politically to the GOP because it would remove an impediment to reconciliation. But immigration reform itself probably won’t result in any electoral windfall for the Republicans. Mexican-Americans strike me as like the Irish who came to America in the great wave from 1880 to 1920. They saw the Republicans as snobs and establishment types, saw the Democrats as scrappy and for the little guy, and cleaved to the latter party for a good long while. That may be what’s coming here, but no one knows—everything’s more speeded up now, political affiliations are less placid and implacable than they once were. But Mr. Cruz’s insight on how to make an effective appeal was a needed corrective.

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[W]hat are the reasons to think such legislation would produce different results from those of the 1986 law?…

Nearly 60 percent of illegal immigrants come from Mexico, with which we share a 2,000-mile border. But net migration from Mexico appears to have been zero since the housing bubble burst in 2007.

We don’t know whether it will resume again. But we do know (as we didn’t in the decade after our free-trade agreement) that Mexico’s economy can grow faster than ours, as it is now.

Mexico is becoming a majority-middle-class country, which reduces incentives to emigrate. I predict ee’ll never again see Mexican immigration of the magnitude we saw between 1982 and 2007.

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As agents explained to me, the border crossers knew nothing of what lay ahead. Once their feet hit the American side, they would have to do the following: run through the blackness over terrain they’ve never seen before, navigating bushes and small gullies without so much as a flashlight, running in panic a distance of at least a mile — longer if they get lost. If they make it to the highway (Interstate 5, in this case), they have to find a car or van they have never seen before (only heard described) driven by someone they’ve never met before. They then climb in, sitting with people they don’t know heading to a place they’ve never seen. If they arrive safely, they live in a house with many others, hoping upon hope that they find work.

On the two nights I rode with Border Patrol agents, some crossers made it — becoming instant and daring criminals.

Others were captured. Some immediately burst into tears. Others practically hyperventilated with fear and anxiety. Still others walked grimly with the agents, certain they would soon try again…

Fundamental to all of these issues is the question of criminality. What is the nature of this crime? Who was wronged? What was taken? What is just?…

Immigration is about more than politics. It’s about humanity, our humanity. It’s about justice, our justice. It’s about our country and everything it represents to ourselves and the world.

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daily caller is out with another story…prob. be on Drudge tomorrow, well, today.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued subpoenas to the Marwood Group, the New York and Washington-based health care advisory firm that employs a former top Obama administration health official and coaches its corporate clients on how to profit from Obamacare.

http://dailycaller.com/2013/02/01/sec-subpoenas-obama-linked-firm-that-sells-obamacare-information-to-corporations/#ixzz2JdMPoiFU

mmmmm, mmmmmm, mmmmmm. That sweet taste of money.

file under: Political Intelligence – Examples

r keller on February 1, 2013 at 3:26 AM

file under: Political Intelligence – Examples

r keller on February 1, 2013 at 3:26 AM

Or crony capitalism.

The company, which is run by Ted Kennedy Jr. and counts Robert Kennedy Jr. as a senior adviser, has 60 health care-focused corporations and 135 private equity firms, lenders, and venture capital firms as clients.

The Marwood Group employs Dr. Barry Straube, former chief medical officer of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the Obama administration and one of the key officials involved in the implementation of Obamacare.

Straube, whose office oversaw all “Medicare coverage decision-making” in the United States under Obama, spoke on behalf of the Marwood Group at a “middle market dealmaking” conference in New York in 2012, where he explained to an audience of private-sector professionals how to profit off of Obamacare, based on his personal experience in the Obama administration.

!

http://dailycaller.com/2013/02/01/sec-subpoenas-obama-linked-firm-that-sells-obamacare-information-to-corporations/#ixzz2JdOAUNQt

Axe on February 1, 2013 at 3:32 AM

Axe…right, by any name still a rose. A bouquet of $$$$$$$$$$$

you, Axe, it is late at night, but i’ll confess…i’ve never gotten one of the bouquets of $$$$$$$$$…for selling inside info, or being a friend of someone handing out gobs of money (before some deadline)

and i googled political intelligent, and a wsj article popped on the same firm. And it has a photo of their HQ

online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324660404578202072713156116.html

now scroll down to the second pix…do you work in digs like that? Well, I never did. (but, me, no i’m not bitter…i had a good job, now retired)

r keller on February 1, 2013 at 3:41 AM

@tommy71 — Here; hold this axe. Decapitate anything that looks at you from the other side of the wall. I’m going to sew this up and pass out for a while. Try to slaughter quietly. :) I’m very tired.

* Ignore ‘diva. Anyone that has to name themselves “diva” isn’t.

* Seriously. Arnuki beast. Problem solved.

*poof*

*unpoof*

The axe is enchanted. The safe word is “Palin.”

*repoof*

Axe on February 1, 2013 at 3:41 AM

you, Axe, it is late at night, but i’ll confess =
you know, Axe, it is late at night, but i’ll confess

r keller on February 1, 2013 at 3:42 AM

Axe…right, by any name still a rose. A bouquet of $$$$$$$$$$$

you, Axe, it is late at night, but i’ll confess…i’ve never gotten one of the bouquets of $$$$$$$$$…for selling inside info, or being a friend of someone handing out gobs of money (before some deadline)

and i googled political intelligent, and a wsj article popped on the same firm. And it has a photo of their HQ

online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324660404578202072713156116.html

now scroll down to the second pix…do you work in digs like that? Well, I never did. (but, me, no i’m not bitter…i had a good job, now retired)

r keller on February 1, 2013 at 3:41 AM

WSJ firewalled me. I get it though. :) This is what it’s all about. Friends. I think I’m adjusting my point of view on these guys a little. They are more crooks than Marx. Marx power and control, yeah — but no uniforms this time. Just cigars and laughter.

you, Axe, it is late at night, but i’ll confess =
you know, Axe, it is late at night, but i’ll confess

r keller on February 1, 2013 at 3:42 AM

Late at night means no need for corrections. :)

*repoof*

Axe on February 1, 2013 at 3:47 AM

Axe, you repoofed without authorization. I’m reporting you to the Fire Marshall. :-)

tommy71 on February 1, 2013 at 4:02 AM

Totally Cruzed

I’m less curious whether Hagel is qualified to be SecDef than I am if he’s qualified to be Asst. Manger at the Scottsdale Mall Foot Locker—

InnocuousPicGuy69 (@AceofSpadesHQ) January 31, 2013

Only thing left is for Ted Cruz is to hold up Hagel’s severed head.—

DrewM (@DrewMTips) January 31, 2013

Make it stop, Mummy! PLEASE.

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 4:06 AM

A long-time Capitol Hill Democrat astounded by the hearing tells Jennifer Rosen of the Washington Post:

“It is very clear from the testimony that Sen. Hagel will not be bringing the potato salad to the next Mensa picnic.”

…of course, the astounded, “long-time Capitol Hill Democrat” could be Hank “Guam might tip over and capsize” Johnson and I’m pretty sure that he won’t even be bringing the red ants to the next Mensa picnic.

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 4:53 AM

Only four fotografías de Rubio on the main page now. Hot Air is tropezando.

steebo77 on February 1, 2013 at 5:00 AM

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 4:53 AM

I saw the sign-up sheet. He’s down for the Guam-Upside-Down cake.

steebo77 on February 1, 2013 at 5:11 AM

morning joe upset that mccain and cruz badgered an ill prepared hagel…this makes the gop look bad…you shouldn’t badger him

awwwwwww

grow up joe

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 6:04 AM

gop should have treated hillary just like hagel…cripe

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 6:05 AM

if this was a gop admin nominee, you know the dems would have been 10x worse and the lsm would have thought it was richly deserved…clarence thomas anyone?

i hate the double standard

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 6:07 AM

RIP Ed Koch

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 6:15 AM

BBC breaking…US embassy in Ankara explosion. Details pending.

Limerick on February 1, 2013 at 6:45 AM

Limerick on February 1, 2013 at 6:45 AM

oh crap…..

hillary’s last day, coincidence?

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 6:48 AM

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 6:48 AM

Possible I guess but AQ did issue those threats two days ago. Waiting on more info.

Limerick on February 1, 2013 at 6:50 AM

Limerick on February 1, 2013 at 6:51 AM

thanks!

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 6:54 AM

Mornin’, y’all. Obama has a gift for new Legal Immigrants: Obamacare. My take.

kingsjester on February 1, 2013 at 6:55 AM

Looks like it went off outside before the bomber could get in.

Limerick on February 1, 2013 at 6:55 AM

BBC breaking…US embassy in Ankara explosion. Details pending.

Limerick on February 1, 2013 at 6:45 AM

Following. No info yet on whether a youtube video is the responsible culprit, but I’m sure that we will find out when our Preezy addresses us from the Rose Garden. /

steebo: Guam upside-down-cake = lol

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 6:59 AM

kingsjester on February 1, 2013 at 6:55 AM

get yer’ bennies, right here
-dear leader

epic fail

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Meanwhile……THE IRS says the “cheapest” ObamaCare plan is going to be $20,000!!!

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/irs-cheapest-obamacare-plan-will-be-20000-family

And Rubio is negotiating with a smiling Chuck SCHUMER and his ilk in good faith?

HAHAHAHAHA!!

PappyD61 on February 1, 2013 at 7:17 AM

PappyD61 on February 1, 2013 at 7:17 AM

Thanks to the IRS’ announcement pertaining to Obamacare, Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary would like you to know that it has revised the definition of “free.” It now reads, as follows:

Free: The sum of $20,000.

As in: “I only thought that I would love the FREE healthcare that President Barack Obama was going to give me! Can I get a Mulligan, please?”

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 7:25 AM

Limerick
Bombing made it to drudge

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 7:30 AM

In Steyn Online, Mark asks, “Who are we?”

The first two grafs of his piece demonstrate how th culture war has twisted our language and thus the “thinking” of the masses.

In my last column, I argued that culture trumps politics, since when many readers have demanded to know what exactly I meant. Well, look no further than the very first post-election issue Republicans were told they needed to address: getting on the right side of Hispanics by neutralizing the illegal-immigrant issue. A population perhaps the size of Australia’s or four mid-sized EU nations’ strolled into America and decided to stay. In doing so, they broke the law. Literally. That’s to say, some of the most basic laws of the nation lie shattered and discarded. Municipally, we have “sanctuary cities.” At the state level, Illinois is merely the latest to consider issuing driver’s licenses and other legal ID to persons who are in the country illegally. Federally, the president himself has decreed by executive order that the laws of the nation not be enforced — and, indeed, anybody minded to try enforcing them (Arizona) gets hauled into court.

This is a highly legalistic society with laws against everything and most of them with stiff jail sentences attached. Yet a group of squatters has rendered the law irrelevant. Four of the September 11 terrorists obtained the picture ID they used to board the plane through the illegal-immigrant day-worker network in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven in Falls Church, Va. But 3,000 corpses wasn’t enough to persuade either the citizenry or their representatives to end their indulgence of such networks. Indeed, it’s estimated that half of the “undocumented” have come here since 9/11: That’s to say, they broke into a country on Code Orange alert. The culture frames the issue, starting with the appropriation of language: These are “hard-working families” willing to do “the jobs Americans won’t do,” notwithstanding the strains they place on hospitals and schools, the contributions they make to gang crime and drunk-driving statistics . . . Once upon a time they were “illegal,” then “undocumented,” now just “immigrants,” a word with longstanding emotional resonance in America but nevertheless one that used to mean guys who stood in line at consulates, filled in the paperwork, and paid the application fees, and whose redefinition into something entirely different has been accepted as a fait accompli.

onlineanalyst on February 1, 2013 at 7:42 AM

First!

Bishop on February 1, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Last!

Bmore on February 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Next to last!

listens2glenn on February 1, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Penultimate!

TxAnn56 on February 1, 2013 at 11:42 AM

To infinity and beyond!

Fallon on February 1, 2013 at 12:47 PM

To infinity and beyond, plus one !

listens2glenn on February 1, 2013 at 2:15 PM

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