Congressman Frank Pallone, the self-described author of Obamacare, along with his fraternity of political elitists, despite fierce opposition from a plurality of voters, hoisted the burden of Obamacare onto the shoulders of the American family. It has resulted in fulltime workers having their hours reduced, which has meant the loss of healthcare benefits for people that work in various service-oriented industries like retail and customer service. It has resulted in a nationwide spike in health insurance costs as well. Forbes estimates that the price burden on American families will vary between 34 and 80%, depending on the size of the family and the location.
It seems that Congressman Pallone and the Democratic Party are always in a rush to push more and more unvetted and unread laws into effect. The public was never given access to find out what was in the 2,400-page Obamacare law until Barack Obama signed it into law; nonetheless, many promises were made to placate our justified concerns. Pallone promised lower medical costs and more access to healthcare and all of his pledges have been proven false.
Now Pallone and his cohorts in Congress are trying the same Parliamentary parlor tricks to rush the approval of amnesty for illegal aliens into law. In the Senate, Robert Menendez and the so-called ‘Gang of Eight’ have put together legislation that rivals Obamacare legislation in terms of size and scope. And just like Obamacare, the bloated immigration bill is stuffed with giveaways to Senators that come from states where the law might be unpopular. Once again the rhetoric behind the over-sized bill is filled with many lofty promises that will never actually be put into effect.
The first promise, which won’t be kept, is border security. Congress passed a law when George W. Bush was president. That law guaranteed that a fence would be built along our border with Mexico and to date the border fence has yet to be built. There is no reason to believe that any new legislation would be enforced either.
Secondly, the existing immigration laws written by Congress and signed into law by previous Presidents are not being enforced. In fact, there are multiple examples, even from the Bush years, where Border Patrol agents were prosecuted for doing their job. In one case, the testimony of a known cartel member was used to prosecute two agents for the use of excessive force and for violating the civil rights of the criminal, because the trafficker was shot in the buttocks, when he resisted arrest and attempted to evade law enforcement.
The union representing Border Patrol Agent has lobbied the White House on multiple occasions, because morale among agents is so low. Recently, Obama refused to meet with the union, but instead hosted an event at the White House for illegal aliens.
Lastly, what will 11 million, mostly non-English speaking people, who have entered our country illegally, do to our society? Research shows that the average illegal alien is in his or her mid-thirties and will become eligible for a host of social services from the Federal Government not long after becoming documented, contrary to what is being stated by our political class. The US government is running record trillion dollar deficits. The national debt is also at historic levels. If 11 million new illegal aliens were added in to the mix they will end up costing the American taxpayer far more than what they could pay into the system.
Congressman Pallone and Senator Menendez have made careers out of promising voters things that can’t possibly come true. If they couldn’t keep their word on Obamacare and if they don’t seem too concerned that current immigration laws aren’t enforced then what makes you think that this time it will be any different. Immigration reform is just the latest tall tale being told by Pallone and his liberal friends.