Jeb Bush said at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference that we need immigration reform because immigrants are more fertile. That’s almost as stupid as Marco Rubio saying illegal immigrants will pay fines to help pay for a new border fence.
Ann Coulter wondered on Thursday how dumb Republicans were on immigration. That day, two prominent GOP reform advocates — Sens. Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush — rushed in to provide the answer.
On a radio show, Rubio, the leading Republican in the so-called Gang of Eight pushing the immigration bill, argued that the fines collected from 11 million newly legalized noncitizens were needed “to pay for border security.”
Never mind that the fines can be waived, or that on balance these formerly illegal immigrants could end up costing taxpayers billions. By Rubio’s logic we should let in still more illegals so we can fine them, too, and build an even stronger fence still further off in the future.
Bush argued the country needed immigration reform because immigrants are “more fertile” and “love families.” Oddly, he said this at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to the Majority” conference, apparently unaware that most of these more fertile immigrants will be voting Democratic, thereby making the possibility of a GOP majority more remote. (Read More)
It’s dangerous, touchy territory to debate this over one race’s fertility rate, and I say this as one whose kind of fertile herself. I don’t think that’s where we want to go in deciding how we will incentify the hard-working families who want to be in the line, follow the law and become American citizen, versus those whose very first act on American soil is to break the law…
Are the Republicans really this stupid? Or could it be that they just hate the base of the Republican Party, as Rush Limbaugh suggested?
There’s a theory, there’s an answer to the question that you know and I know, and it revolves around their hatred — too strong a word — the Republican Party is embarrassed of its base. How many times have I sat here and reminded you of this? The Republican Party, I’ve told you stories. I’ll repeat one. Hamptons, 1992, 1993. My first ever trip to the Hamptons, a dinner party at the home of a famous American, Republican. After dinner, out on the deck, a guy comes up to me — a name you’d know. Not gonna tell you who — punches me with his finger in the chest, “What are you gonna do about the Christians?”
Remember, now, this my first trip there. I’m with these people for the first time in my life, and I’m really sizing it all up and wondering why I’m really there. I mean, these are very wealthy, powerful Republicans. This guy’s pounding me in the chest, “What are you gonna do about the Christians?” I said, “What are you talking about?” “Abortion! They’re killing us! Pro-lifers are killing us, and they listen to you.” Some of the same people have done the same thing to me on gun control. “You have got to tell these people to back off on guns. You’ve got to tell these pro-lifers to just quiet down.”
I’ve heard them say they get embarrassed going to Republican conventions with the pro-life crowd that’s also there. My first experience of that was in Houston in 1992. The pro-life contingent there was huge, and I remember the way I was treated by that group, making other Republicans nervous. The bottom line is that the Republican Party is embarrassed by its own base. The Republican Party is ashamed of its base. They accept the Democrat caricature of the Republican base. Southern, hayseed hicks, pro-lifers, pickup-truck-driving, gun-rack-in-the-back-window people, chewing tobacco and going to church and talking about God all the time.
But they really see ’em as a bunch of zealots when it comes to abortion. And all these guys I’m talking about have wives who nag ’em about it, don’t want any part of the pro-life crowd, embarrassed to be with them at the conventions. So the theory goes that this is a way to get rid of the Republican base. Supporting amnesty and having the Democrats win big-time elections after this is a way for the party to finally get rid of its base. Now, you say, “Well, replace it with what?”
Read the whole thing. I think they’re stupid, and they hate conservatives.