Who Owes Who An Apology?

As you’ve no doubt heard, Rep. Joe Wilson shouted, “you lie” during Obama’s health care speech to a joint session of Congress. He immediately apologized and Obama accepted the apology. End of story, right? No way, the Democrats were determined to cynically milk these two words for their political advantage. First, for the first time in House history, the Democrats wasted legislative time and taxpayer money admonishing Wilson, a totally futile gesture that carries no real punishment.

But wait, there’s more. The Democrats weren’t satisfied with just an admonishment, no, somewhere along the line 2 + 2 suddenly equaled 652 and “you lie” magically became a racist slur, an opportunity for the Democrats to exercise one of their favorite pastimes, playing the race card, and this time they disgustingly dealt it from the absolute bottom of the deck.

Keep in mind the two words Wilson actually said, “you lie”, and then check out this despicable gem from Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Georgia).

Joe Wilson shouts “you lie” at Obama during a speech and that inevitably leads to white folks in white KKK hoods riding through the countryside intimidating black people, that’s the logical conclusion, REALLY?

And, not to be outdone, Jimmy Carter, the most ant-Semitic U.S. President in modern history, trots out from under his rock to lay down the royal flush of race cards.

So, in the space of a week, because Democrats can’t control themselves when it comes to playing the race card in furtherance of their political goals, we’ve gone from Joe Wilson shouting “you lie” at Obama, apologizing and having his apology accepted, all the way to most white people in America are racists and don’t like Obama just because he’s black. Anyone who criticizes Obama is motivated by racism because, you know, it’s absurd to think that someone might actually disagree with Obama’s policies! Yes, there is racism in this country and it exists in all directions, not only white on black. Blowing Joe Wilson’s two word outburst this far out of proportion is absolutely ridiculous, enough is enough already! Even Obama himself thinks this latest Democrat race card game has gone well beyond far enough.

Obama team keeps distance from Carter’s charges of racism

On Wednesday, the White House distanced itself from Carter’s remarks. “The president does not believe that the criticism comes based on the color of his skin,” Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said during a briefing for reporters.

Michael Steele hit the nail on the head.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, who is African American, said in a prepared statement: “Characterizing Americans’ disapproval of President Obama’s policies as being based on race is an outrage and a troubling sign about the lengths Democrats will go to disparage all who disagree with them.”

See also:
Rep. Joe Wilson admonished by House for ‘You Lie!’ cry during President Obama speech
House votes to admonish Rep. Wilson for outburst
Joe Wilson is ‘admonished,’ and everyone reaches for a dictionary
Joe Wilson Admonished, Accused of Racism on Same Day
Dem rep: Wilson outburst ‘instigated more racist sentiment’
‘Racist’ a term that must be applied cautiously
Hank Johnson should apologize — or, at least, retract
Video: Jimmy Carter calls opposition to Obama ‘racist’
Carter Says Congressman’s Comments Fuled By Racism
Carter’s Racism Charge Sparks War of Words
Jimmy Carter racism charge triggers next US race debate
Obama, Wilson, Carter and Racism in America
Obama and WH Team Turn Deaf Ear to Carter’s Racism Allegations, Deny ‘National Conversation’ on Race ‘Going on Right Now’
White House Deflects Charges of Racism Leveled at Opponents
Jimmy Carter racism charge: Obama doesn’t agree says Gibbs
Obama: Not racism
Steele blasts Carter for comment
Steele: Carter’s race-baiting ‘colors, if you will, this debate’
It’s not racism, it’s being an American
Republicans say Carter playing ‘race card’

Remember what started all this, Joe Wilson blurting out “you lie” in response to Obama’s assertion that the “health care reform” bill wouldn’t cover illegal immigrants. Although Wilson’s outburst was extremely rude and inappropriate, considering the setting, he was correct, Obama wasn’t telling the truth. H.R. 3200 says that illegal immigrants aren’t covered, but there’s no enforcement mechanism to keep them from receiving the insurance and all the enforcement mechanism amendments the Republicans proposed were voted down by the Democrats. Theoretically, illegal immigrants can’t legally receive government health insurance under H.R. 3200, but if there’s no way to enforce it by verifying citizenship, what’s to stop them? It’s like don’t ask don’t tell, wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more, guarding the hen house blindfolded.

Nothing in health care bill will prevent illegal aliens from seeking coverage

Section 246, convincingly titled “NO FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR UNDOCUMENTED ALIENS”, within H.R. 3200 says: “Nothing in this subtitle shall allow Federal payments for affordability credits on behalf of individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States.” Couldn’t be clearer right? Wrong!

The Annenberg Public Policy Center dances around to say Obama was correct in his speech when he insisted illegal aliens wouldn’t receive coverage. Factcheck.org even refers to the argument: “conservative critics object to a lack of specific enforcement measures in the bill” and then says “Republicans have a point here.” Still, factcheck.org ultimately affirms “the president is correct.”

However, it turns out that Joe Wilson was right when he blurted out “you lie!” to the president. Republicans certainly have a point – there is no provisioning within the bill that asks would-be members of the public option if they are citizens of the United States. There can be all sorts of sections stating that illegal aliens won’t be covered but if there’s no enforcement the text is no more than words on a page.

The issue was particularly sensitive to Wilson because in July an amendment was proposed that would have required applicants for subsidized insurance to proof their citizenship. The Democrat majority voted down the amendment and voted instead to appoint a federal official to make up rules that will prevent illegal immigrants from joining the “public option.”

That’s the extent of enforcement – a vague promise to appoint a government bureaucrat charged with keeping undocumented citizens from enrolling in government-run health care and the text of section 246.

The Congressional Research Service, a division of the Library of Congress charged with thinking proposed policy through before it is enacted, said in mid-July, before the recess and the August town hall outbursts that:

“Under H.R. 3200, a ‘Health Insurance Exchange’ would begin operation in 2013 and would offer private plans alongside a public option…H.R. 3200 does not contain any restrictions on noncitizens – whether legally or illegally present, or in the United States temporarily or permanently – participating in the Exchange.

The loophole is glaring – so much so that Senate committees are now hard at work trying to “correct” the problem – or perhaps their motivation is to save face for the president. Either way, no details have been provided on just how this will be accomplished.

Oh, and after Wilson’s outburst, look what happened, the Democrats suddenly scrambled to include enforcement provisions in the Senate Finance Committee bill that was released today.

Senate committee tackles illegal-immigrant healthcare concerns

Key members of the Senate Finance Committee moved Friday to quell the latest furor over President Obama’s healthcare overhaul, discussing added identification and enforcement requirements intended to prevent illegal immigrants from receiving federal benefits.

Committee members ended their closed-door deliberations without reaching agreement on a response, but they are scheduled to work into the weekend.

The concern is whether the proposals being worked out by congressional Democrats with Obama’s support would make benefits available directly or indirectly to people who are in the United States illegally.

The controversy centers primarily on plans to provide government funds to help low-income workers get affordable insurance coverage.

Though drafters of the evolving healthcare bills have been considering the issue for months, it was catapulted into the national spotlight Wednesday night during Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress.

When the president said that his blueprint would not aid illegal immigrants, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) shouted, “You lie!” Wilson has since apologized for his breach of congressional courtesy, but the episode touched off a vociferous debate over the issue.

Democrats note that both the House and Senate versions of the bill already contain language that specifically bars illegal immigrants from receiving federal help to purchase healthcare coverage.

Republicans counter that a written ban means little without tough enforcement provisions, which they say Democrats have refused to include. At their meeting Friday, members of the Senate Finance Committee discussed adding enforcement safeguards to their bill, which will be presented as soon as Tuesday.

See also:
You lie!”: 100% correct statement, 100% wrong time.
Senate Revisits Illegal Immigrant Health Care Question
Sorting out the health care issue of immigrants
Health care reform and Senator Joe Wilson’s contribution
The White House Tacks Right On Illegal Immigrants In Health Care Reform

As it turns out, Joe Wilson yelling “you lie” had absolutely nothing to do with racism and had everything to do with calling Obama out on his false assertion that the proposed health care legislation would exclude illegal aliens from coverage. Granted it was the wrong way to go about it but, guess what, after Wilson’s outburst, the issue got enormous attention and the Democrats were forced to include identification and enforcement mechanisms to insure illegal aliens wouldn’t be able to obtain coverage, a major victory for taxpayers along the road to one of the biggest government boondoggles of all time, otherwise known as the Democrat plan for health reform.

/so, who owes who an apology?

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Count All The Criminals

Census Bureau: We’ll Work with ‘Community Organizations’ to Count All Illegal Aliens in 2010

The acting director of the U.S. Census Bureau, Thomas Mesenbourg, told CNSNews.com that the bureau intends to work with community organizations to make sure every illegal alien in the United States is counted in the 2010 Census.

The Census is used to apportion the seats in the U.S. House of Representative. There are 435 House seats that are divided among the states in proportion to their population, which is determined by the decennial census. States with more people get more seats in the U.S. House.

This means that a state harboring more illegal aliens can gain more House seats as long as the Census Bureau finds the illegal aliens and counts them. This also means that the illegal alien population resident in the United States during a census year has the potential to alter the regional and philosophical balance of power in Congress.

Mesenbourg’s comments were made after a press conference on Wednesday where Commerce Secretary Gary Locke joined several interest groups, including Univision, the National Council of La Raza, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) to talk about efforts to ensure a full count of Latinos in the 2010 Census.

When asked whether he intended to maximize the count of illegal aliens in next year’s census, Mesenburg said: “Our job is to count everyone that resides in the U.S.–count them once. So, certainly that’s our goal to count every individual, every resident whether they’re documented, undocumented, whether they are citizens or non-citizens.”

Locke Urges Census Workers to Count Illegals

New Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on Monday exhorted census volunteers to boost outreach in hard-to-count communities as a top lawmaker urged the government to halt immigration raids to ensure an accurate count.

Speaking at a Census Bureau training conference, Locke and Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., tried to allay fears in Hispanic and Asian communities where immigrants often mistake census workers for tax collectors or law enforcement officials.

“It is your familiar, trusted voices that will help us succeed in educating residents about the census,” Locke, who is Asian-American, said in his first public appearance since taking office.

Without specifically mentioning immigration, Locke stressed that personal information in the census form will remain confidential. Clay went a step further, urging the partnership groups, ranging from the AFL-CIO and Coca-Cola to the NAACP and Voto Latino, to expose any “sinister tricks” to dissuade immigrants from completing their census forms.

There are nearly 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S., many of them clustered in states such as California, New York, Florida and Texas, which stand to either lose House seats or gain fewer seats depending on whether their Hispanic communities are fully counted.

See also:
Secretary Locke Encourages U.S. Latinos To Be Counted in Census 2010
Census officials aim to boost count
Illegal aliens and the census
Census and citizenship – argument against counting illegal aliens for purposes of congressional apportionment
AFL-CIO
LULAC-League of United Latin American Citizens
NAACP | National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO)
National Council of La Raza
Voto Latino

So, let’s recap. Illegal aliens, by definition, can’t legally work here, can’t legally vote here, can’t legally live here, and it’s a crime for them to even actually be here. And yet, we’re going to make extra special efforts to count them and, depending on where they live and in what numbers, use the information to reapportion congressional districts, reward states and cities that give sanctuary to illegal aliens with more U.S, Representatives and Electoral College votes, expand the budget for Federal social programs, and redirect taxpayer dollars to those who flaunt U.S. immigration law.

What is this, a census or a government sponsored Democrat get out the illegal vote drive? Just take one look at the “community organizations” that are being used to help count the illegal aliens. Almost every last one of them is pro illegal immigration and politically beholden to the Democrat party. The U.S. census is supposed to be apolitical, not politically incestuous.

It’d almost be humorous if it weren’t so frustratingly insane that we’re going to spend millions, if not billions, working with “community organizations” to find and count every last illegal alien in the United States, yet the U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement agency has been told to stand down and virtually prevented from doing the exact same thing in order to enforce existing U.S. immigration laws.

/way off the high end of the irony meter scale, peg’s broken and the needle is spinning wildly

Olly Olly Oxen Free

Come out, come out wherever you are! If you’re in this country illegally you can relax, because we’ve pretty much given up enforcing our immigration laws. The Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives recently declared that enforcing out immigration laws is un-American.

Pelosi Calls Immigration Laws and Enforcement Un-American

In the midst of a recent diatribe, US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a crowd of illegal aliens and their advocates that federal or local law enforcement of existing immigration laws is “un-American.”

Pelosi, an avowed liberal-left Democrat from San Francisco, condemned operations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Then she called the illegal aliens in the audience she was addressing “very, very patriotic.”

“Who in this country would not want to change a policy of kicking in doors in the middle of the night and sending a parent away from their families?” Pelosi said to a mostly Hispanic gathering at St. Anthony’s Church in San Francisco.

Unbeknownst to Pelosi, her speech was being taperecorded and the audiotape was played by syndicated talk show host Mark Levin on Wednesday night and Fox News Channel on Thursday morning.

Speaker Pelosi is then heard saying, “It must be stopped….What value system is that? I think it’s un-American. I think it’s un-American.”

Pelosi told the few reporters covering this story that she was invited to speak to the Latino congregation by Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) as part of a national tour called United Families, which he says is “intended to put a human face on the immigration debate.”

Congressman Gutierrez, who in the past called ICE agents and Border Patrol agents “Gestpo” is currently collecting signatures for a petition that demands President Barack Obama to “stop the immigration raids and deportations that are tearing our marriages, families and children apart.”

He told reporters that he’s expected to present those petitions when Hispanic members of Congress meet with the President next Wednesday.

Referring to work site enforcement actions by ICE agents, Pelosi said, “We have to have a change in policy and practice and again … I can’t say enough, the raids must end. The raids must end.

“You are special people. You’re here on a Saturday night to take responsibility for our country’s future. That makes you very, very patriotic,” she’s quoted as saying during her church speech.

See also:
Pelosi Tells Illegal Immigrants That Work Site Raids are Un-American
Feds Attack Local Communities for Enforcing Immigration Laws
L.A. mayor chides ICE for workplace immigration raids
Revisions could prompt Arpaio’s ICE-program exit
Napolitano orders review of WA raid
Study shows wages rose after immigration raids
Study: Immigration Raids Lead to Better Wages
Report says raids at Swift plants help increase wages
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement

So, why are Democrats so hell bent on not enforcing our immigration laws?

/for the same reason they vehemntly oppose any voter ID laws, every illegal is a potential illegal Democrat vote