The Senate’s Gang of 8 “fixed” their immigration bill. The new version is 867 pages, up from 844. One of the changes is a zero added to the “one-time” start up costs of the legislation. It went from $100,000,000 to $1,000,000,000. If the bill passes that’s the amount that will have to be deposited by the Treasury into a trust fund. I guess they’ll borrow it from China, or print it.
The difference is striking: In a flash, $100 million in startup costs specified in the original bill became $1 billion in startup costs in the substitute bill. Why? In response to an inquiry, Gang of Eight aides say they are checking on the change. But others on Capitol Hill want answers quickly. “Why did the immigration reform bill’s cost increase by ten times in less than two weeks?” asks one top GOP Senate aide. “The authors are claiming that these are ‘technical’ fixes. Hard to argue that going from $100 million to $1 billion in startup costs is a ‘technical’ fix.” (Read More)
The “technical fix” is that they had it wrong the first time. But that’s just the estimated start up cost. Former Senator Jim DeMint estimates that the bill is going to cost trillions of dollars.
“There’s no reason we can’t begin to fix our immigration system so that we won’t make this problem worse,” he continued. “But the bill that’s being presented is unfair to those who came here legally. It will cost Americans trillions of dollars. It’ll make our unlawful immigration system worse.”
Host George Stephanopoulos then cited a 2007 study by Robert Rector, who predicted amnesty for all illegal immigrants would cost at least $2.6 trillion. Mr. DeMint emphatically stated it will cost “much more than that.”
“If you consider all the factors related to the amnesty — and, believe me, this is comprehensive — that it will have a negative long-term impact on our gross domestic product,” Mr. DeMint concluded. “So we just want Congress, for once, to count the cost of a bill. They’re notorious for underestimating the cost and not understanding the consequences.” (Read More)
If the cost of this bill isn’t bad enough, there’s also the “political discretion” written into the bill. I wish I was kidding. The thing has more waivers and exceptions than Obamacare!
The bill includes roughly 1.14 waivers or exemptions per page. By comparison, the 2,409-page Obamacare law includes 0.78 waivers and exemptions per page.
The Obamacare law contains 1,882 mentions of “unless,” “notwithstanding,” “except,” “exempt,” “waivers,” “discretion” and “may.” “Waiver” is mentioned 209 times in the law.
The new draft of the immigration bill — which will allow officials much control over the supply and cost of labor needed by American companies — has 85 mentions of “unless,” 150 uses of “except,” 18 inclusions of “exempt,” 92 mentions of “waiver,” 42 offers of “discretion,” 47 use of “notwithstanding” and 618 uses of “may” in the 876-page bill.
The Daily Caller subtracted mentions of “may not” from both bills’ final tally of exemptions and options.
President Barack Obama backs the bill, and told reporters Tuesday that it “is going to be a historic achievement.” (Read More)
Yeah, it will be historic like Obamacare – a historic train wreck.
Here’s the link you can use to find out how to contact your Senators. If you don’t have a decent Senator, just call the main switchboard to express your displeasure. The number is (202) 224-3121.