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The Lowry/Kristol Odd Couple Stunt: What Do They Fear?
NOW they get the message? (H/T One Old Vet)
One of the most curious events of this year’s iteration of the Amnesty/Immigration Acceleration Wars occurred yesterday with the publication on The Weekly Standard blog of Kill the Bill jointly authored by “William Kristol and Rich Lowry” Jul 9, 2013
As far as it goes this piece is excellent:
…the Gang of Eight…bill, passed out of the Senate, is a comprehensive mistake. House Republicans should kill it without reservation.
There is no case for the bill, and certainly no urgency to pass it…The enforcement provisions are riddled with exceptions, loopholes, and waivers. Every indication is that they are for show and will be disregarded, just as prior notional requirements to build a fence or an entry/exit visa system have been—and just as President Obama has recently announced he’s ignoring aspects of Obamacare that are inconvenient to enforce on schedule
…the Gang of Eight bill unleashes a flood of additional low-skilled immigration. The last thing low-skilled native and immigrant workers already here should have to deal with is wage-depressing competition from newly arriving workers. Nor is the new immigration under the bill a panacea for the long-term fiscal ills of entitlements, as often argued, because those programs are redistributive and most of the immigrants will be low-income workers...
House Republicans should make sure not to allow a conference with the Senate bill. House Republicans can’t find any true common ground with that legislation. Passing any version of the Gang of Eight’s bill would be worse public policy than passing nothing. House Republicans can do the country a service by putting a stake through its heart.
Why do the editors of The Weekly Standard and the National Review, two house-broken MSM-approved Conservatism Inc mouthpieces, feel it useful to join hands and do this strange party turn?
Perhaps because the incremental attention the stunt attracts camouflages a damning fact: both these individuals are deeply culpable in the GOP immigration disaster.
Lowry was heavily involved in the 1997 coup which ousted John O’Sullivan and Peter Brimelow from National Review and the subsequent exclusion of the immigration issue (and others) from the magazine until forced back in by readership outrage over the Bush Treason efforts 2006-7. Lowry has preferred contemptible truckling to the GOP Establishment – including endorsing McCain over Hayworth in the 2010 primary.
Comtemptible is not the word for Bill Kristol – he is scary. Not content with commandeering GOP foreign policy in the interests of a foreign state, he played a key role in overthrowing the democratic decision by the voters of California on Proposition 187 as I discussed in Who killed California? The Neocons: (2).
So what has caused both Lowry and the much more significant Bill Kristol to make patriotic noises this cycle? Two possibilities exist -
- While they know their funders want Amnesty, they also see that Schumer/Rubio means perpetual minority GOP status – which means The Money will promptly lose interest in them
- Being far more knowledgeable about the Republican base than the Republican Establishment Princes they are aware that the grassroots are ablaze with rage about being betrayed – and are in a mood to punish. Their credibility and franchises could be destroyed.
VDARE.com hopes the House Republicans get the message.