Rubio aide on immigration: Let’s face it, some American workers just can’t cut it

posted at 11:11 am on June 17, 2013 by Allahpundit

Luckily, all workers from other countries can cut it. That’s the genius of amnesty.

Here’s what the sneering amnesty-shill Beltway Republican set sounds like when it’s allowed to speak on background:

Fresco and Gonzalez helped to unlock the deal with labor and the Chamber of Commerce. The two biggest sticking points were wages for foreign workers (the unions wanted them to be higher) and the objections of the Building and Construction Trades union, which argues that plenty of Americans are looking for this kind of work.

“Rubio sided with the Chamber against the construction workers. ‘There are American workers who, for lack of a better term, can’t cut it,’ a Rubio aide told me. ‘There shouldn’t be a presumption that every American worker is a star performer. There are people who just can’t get it, can’t do it, don’t want to do it. And so you can’t obviously discuss that publicly.’

That’s from Ryan Lizza’s bombshell New Yorker piece, which is unfortunately behind a reg wall. The first few paragraphs are visible at the link, though, and feature a warm John McCain remembrance of Ted Kennedy, in case you weren’t excited enough about immigration reform yet. Remind me again: Passing the Gang of Eight bill is, theoretically, supposed to increase our chances of winning, right? Is “some of you can’t cut it” a message that sounds like a winner in, say, Ohio or Pennsylvania or any of the other 48 states where middle-class voters are already nervous about competition for jobs turning even fiercer in a high-unemployment economy?

Rubio’s spokesman issued the obligatory statement yesterday insisting that the mystery aide doesn’t speak for Rubio, who’s never said anything like “some of you can’t cut it” publicly and allegedly doesn’t agree with it. Who does the aide speak for then? Victor Davis Hanson says there’s a constituency:

Instead, employers want a continuing influx of young workers who will undercut the wages of American citizens. That the bargaining power of other minorities, Latino- and African-American citizens especially, is undercut by illegal labor matters little. How odd that elite Republicans pander to Latino grandees to win perhaps 35 percent of the Latino vote; that the party garners no more than 5 percent of the much larger African-American vote is never discussed. In the bizarre logic of the Republican elite, you must cater to the Hispanic elite in order to siphon votes from the liberal Latino bloc, while the much more important black demographic is simply written off. Is there one Republican politician who is more worried about the plight of unemployed African-American citizens than he is about granting amnesty to foreign nationals who broke U.S. laws to come here?

Employers do not care that the presence of 11 million illegal aliens has driven down entry-level wages. They are not concerned about the depressing cycle of illegal-immigrant labor: The young male from Latin America works extraordinarily hard for 20 years. But by the time he’s 40, he is married with children, and discovering that without education, English, or skill sets, he has no way forward.

Arms and backs that were near superhuman at 25 are often shot at 50. When the 45-year-old illegal alien can no longer pick, or cook, or rake as he once did, the employer loses interest, and the state steps in to provide him with rough parity through subsidies for housing, health care, food, and legal assistance, and meanwhile it has been educating his children. Because second-generation immigrants are deemed less industrious than their worn-out fathers and mothers — and Hispanic males in California graduate from high school at little more than a 60 percent rate — the need arises for another round of young hardy workers from Latin America.

In other words, notes Mark Krikorian, the pro-amnesty GOP prefers to solve the problem of class polarization in America described in Charles Murray’s latest book by simply importing a more desperate underclass every 20 years or so. But who knows? Come 2035, America’s native underclass may be even more desperate than its southern neighbor’s. That’s the ultimate “solution” to the amnesty problem, apparently.

The quote from the Rubio aide isn’t even the biggest scoop in Lizza’s piece, per the excerpts at Politico. The big scoop, which should matter more to border hawks than the “can’t cut it” quote, is that “no decisions are being made” on the Gang of Eight bill without talking to the White House about it first according to a senior administration official. In a sane world, that wouldn’t qualify as a scoop — of course Obama’s helping to nurse a bill this Democrat-friendly through the legislative process — but even now, I sense, there’s a lingering suspicion among some righties that O secretly wants the bill to fail so that he can go around calling Republicans Latino-haters next summer. I won’t bore you with my rehash of why it’s silly to think that since I’ve done it so many times before; the bottom line is O will find ways to call Republicans Latino-haters even if the bill passes, so why should he try to sabotage it? In fact, Lizza’s White House source threatened to demagogue the GOP to Latinos if they don’t pass the bill now. So much for sabotage.


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I’ve had trouble figuring out why Republicans are trying so hard to legalize more Democrat voters. Do they think that Rubio as the champion will energize this population and take him to the Whiter House? I just don’t see it.
Also, another thought. Why is there never discussion about Mexico and its problems? Isn’t it offensive to them to keep assuming that no one will ever want to stay there, work and raise their families?

tj4osu on June 17, 2013 at 12:56 PM

I think one of the biggest bombs hidden in the amnesty bill is what this will do to unemployment. It’s going to take a precarious labor market situation and make it worse. A bunch of people whom companies can LEGALLY hire for less is going to flood the labor market. Couple that with Owebama care and you’ve got a recipe for bigger unemployment numbers than we have now. Much bigger.

Minnfidel on June 17, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Whether legal or illegal, the immigrants still drive down the wages in many industries. Actually, what’s the difference between that happening here or if those jobs that used to be done over here are now done in China or some other Third World country? The result is the same-a healthier bottom line for companies and less employment opportunities for Americans.

In fact, I’ve read that they do indeed want to bring Chinese workers over here-some kind of “economic zone” in Toledo if I remember correctly.

Most of the folks in America that “can’t cut it” are members of greedy-unions, whether federal government workers, or state workers in blue states, or employees in private companies like General Motors.

They can’t keep their jobs in a true competitive work force where the best worker gets the job.

slickwillie2001 on June 17, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Don’t know where you’ve worked, but I’ve seen more than my fair share of lazy incompetents who keep their jobs no matter what and in places where even thinking the word “union” would get you in trouble. Unionized or not, a percentage of every work force actually gets the job accomplished while the others do little to nothing and still get paid.

I don’t like a lot of things about unions, either, but looking at the situation objectively union members losing their jobs hasn’t been making the economy better nor it would appear making the Democratic Party any weaker. It’s quite odd that the Dems can embrace illegal aliens (thus screwing over many union shops) and support the unions (at least pay lip service to them) and get away with it. I guess the GOP has looked at this and figured that strategically it makes more sense to support illegal Hispanic immigrants than it is to support unions. There are more illegals and fewer union members every year.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 17, 2013 at 12:56 PM

The problem is that Congress has over the years provided numerous incentives not to seek work. They’ve provided generous benefits and entitlements which permit people to exist as wards of the state. By the way, that’s a bipartisan phenomena.

How does getting rid of the welfare state end corporations outsourcing?

libfreeordie on June 17, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Congrats “free marketers” its the economy you wanted.

libfreeordie on June 17, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Ah, now I see the source of your confusion! You believe that’s a free market!
Explains a lot.

questionmark on June 17, 2013 at 1:07 PM

‘There shouldn’t be a presumption that every American worker is a star performer. There are people who just can’t get it, can’t do it, don’t want to do it. And so you can’t obviously discuss that publicly.’

Isn’t that an argument against legalization and citizenship? Once they are “American” workers who will do the jobs that they refuse to do?

weaselyone on June 17, 2013 at 1:17 PM

‘There shouldn’t be a presumption that every American worker is a star performer. There are people who just can’t get it, can’t do it, don’t want to do it. And so you can’t obviously discuss that publicly.’

Translation: Let’s turn 14 million illegal workers doing jobs Americans won’t do into citizens so that they don’t have to do those jobs anymore since they are Americans.

weaselyone on June 17, 2013 at 1:19 PM

F Rubio

burserker on June 17, 2013 at 1:29 PM

How does getting rid of the welfare state end corporations outsourcing?

libfreeordie on June 17, 2013 at 12:58 PM

One of our resident left collectivists blanks out on the anti-small employment regulations that impede hiring and makes welfare an attractive option.

ebrown2 on June 17, 2013 at 1:34 PM

“anti-small business”

ebrown2 on June 17, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Hey Marco!!! Here are some jobs Americans won’t do!!!!

CAL-OSHA raided 20 SF Bay Area pallet factories — $4 an hour with power saw safety equipment removed!!!


READ THE CAL-OSHA reports here.

ICE has yet to investigate this 2008 incident — surprise, surprise.

fred5678 on June 17, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Rubio turned out to be another Benedict Arnold. I sincerely hope that a conservative will primary his ass.

The American workers that he says can’t cut it are shell shocked from hundreds of attacks over the years by BOTH political parties and the CRONY CRAPITALISTS. The results of this are the loss of manufacturing jobs in the USA, less durability of imported products, and a collapsing economy.

I worked for an independent retailer repairing and selling vacuum cleaners and sewing machines. I saw the effects of the loss of products made in the USA after the fact. It wasn’t pretty then and it’s worse now. Buy the garbage at the discount dumps and it’s not worth fixing when it breaks. Some models of vacuums I considered a fire hazard because of poor design. I won’t go into what brands but it has become worse since I left that trade 6 years ago.

hamradio on June 17, 2013 at 2:11 PM

‘Rubio is so mixed up and so confused. I think he has given up his rightful place to advise any of us in Washington what to do, and he’s given up any right to be trusted by the American people.’

– Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)

Resist We Much on June 17, 2013 at 2:20 PM

‘There shouldn’t be a presumption that every American worker is a star performer. There are people who just can’t get it, can’t do it, don’t want to do it.

But those tens of millions of illegal aliens who will become legalized under Rubio’s amnesty bill — they’re all “stars” — right Rube? They are all brilliant, hard-working, law-abiding folks that any country would be proud to have. That’s why Rubio’s amnesty bill forgives not only their deliberate violations of our immigration laws, but also gives them a pass on their tax evasion, and even grants them official immunity from criminal prosecution for U.S. crimes like identity theft, Social Security and welfare fraud, perjury on government documents, etc. Because they’re all “stars”!

That’s also why Rubio’s amnesty bill gives amnesty to illegal aliens who have multiple criminal convictions — because just because an illegal alien is a chronic drunk driver or a gang-banger doesn’t mean he’s not also a “star,” right Rube?

AZCoyote on June 17, 2013 at 2:45 PM

‘Rubio is so mixed up and so confused. I think he has given up his rightful place to advise any of us in Washington what to do, and he’s given up any right to be trusted by the American people.’

– Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)

This. Primary the SOB.

DevilsPrinciple on June 17, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Rubio… yes, he’s right, of course… but only if his aide was talking about Rubio and his aides and the other RINO’s and their offices as well. They have no right to the jobs they now hold. They’ve turned their back, not only on their constituents, but on the oath of office they swore and the rule of law, as well. Ambition is their mistress and drives their every move.

thatsafactjack on June 17, 2013 at 3:43 PM

“Let’s face it, some American workers just can’t cut it”
…and that means the “solution ” to this problem is to REPLACE these REAL US Citizens with ILLEGALS granted AMNESTY ??????

TeaPartyNation on June 17, 2013 at 3:50 PM

I got an IDEA.

For every Illegal Alien caught in the USA……treat them according to the Immigration laws of their originating Country.

If they’re from Mexico, prosecute them according to Mexican Immigration laws, etc…etc….
What could be more fair ?

JayTee on June 17, 2013 at 3:52 PM

We are going to make this work by adding safeguards and protections to make sure the process works. We’re going to do so by ignoring all the other safeguards and protections we’ve already been ignoring for years. Behold The genius of Washington D.C.

Minnfidel on June 17, 2013 at 4:26 PM

VDH:

…the depressing cycle of illegal-immigrant labor: The young male from Latin America works extraordinarily hard for 20 years. But by the time he’s 40, he is married with children, and discovering that without education, English, or skill sets, he has no way forward.

But the upside is he gets to vote party-line democrat & they’ll probably have Obamacare, Obamaphones, and Obamacars for Illegals by then.

KS Rex on June 17, 2013 at 4:38 PM

‘There are American workers who, for lack of a better term, can’t cut it,’ a Rubio aide told me. ‘There shouldn’t be a presumption that every American worker is a star performer. There are people who just can’t get it, can’t do it, don’t want to do it. And so you can’t obviously discuss that publicly.’

And then the GOP wonders why people think that the GOP is comprised of corporate elites that look down upon them, and could care less about their welfare.

Stoic Patriot on June 17, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Fact: Rubio is an American worker.
Fact: Rubio just can’t cut it.

Christien on June 17, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Some things American workers can’t cut:

—Being treated worse than the old lady slinging burgers so she can eat Alpo for dinner instead of the no-name brands.

—Being in a job with zero career advancement.

—Being paid peanuts for the above.

MelonCollie on June 17, 2013 at 11:58 PM

So-o – o. .

Does this logic say that if just one American worker ‘Can’t Cut It,’ the US – Has To Allow – every Central American in the world a United States Passport, welfare benefits and care for that anchor baby whose chain is wrapped around the neck of every taxpayer dragging him down, down simply because said Central American crossed the goal line?

TimBuk3 on June 18, 2013 at 12:00 AM

of course Obama’s helping to nurse a bill this Democrat-friendly through the legislative process

Obama hasn’t got the juice to nurse anything through the legislative process. The Gangrene of 8 is simply allowing Obama once more to lead from behind so at the end of the road he can leap from his campaign bus and spike another football.

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on June 18, 2013 at 11:35 AM

CNN/ORC POLL: “Sixty-two percent of those questioned in the survey say that border security should be the main focus U.S. immigration policy, with 36% saying that creating an eventual path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants should be the top priority.”

Hey Congress, this isn’t even close! Stop the LIES, the Gang Bill has it bass-ackwards!

DaMav on June 18, 2013 at 11:50 AM

There was a time when I thought that we got the truth at Hot Air…but now I see that this place is just full of bias and misinformation as any other form of media.

This remark was taken totally out of context. Besides, we all know there is truth in it. I am not saying Americans are lazier than other people…in fact, I think Americans are more productive by far than most other people. But there are still people who do not want to work that damn hard. There are still problems with a lack of technical training and math skills for some jobs. Not most of course, but some.

Hardliners used to love Rubio, now that he has decided to go a different direction on immigration than the one they laid out for him they are doing their best to destroy the man. It is not the first time that pundits and certain people on the right have built someone up just to tear them down.

I wonder how long it will take them to turn on Ted Cruz? Surely, he will make the mistake of speaking his own mind eventually.

Terrye on June 18, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Rubio aide on immigration: Let’s face it, some American workers just can’t cut it

The aide was right…

There is one person on Rubio’s staff that can’t cut it and if there was any sense in the world Marco would have fired him already. Seeing how he has not…I am thinking the boss can’t cut it.

F15Mech on June 18, 2013 at 7:40 PM

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