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HOW THE GOP LOST MIDDLE AMERICA
HumanEvents ^ | January 31, 2014

Posted on 03/07/2014 12:10:06 PM PST by Steelfish

HOW THE GOP LOST MIDDLE AMERICA How the GOP lost Middle America By: Patrick J. Buchanan 1/31/2014

Out of the Republican retreat on Maryland’s Eastern shore comes word that the House leadership is raising the white flag of surrender on immigration.

The GOP will agree to halt the deportation of 12 million illegal aliens, and sign on to a blanket amnesty. It only asks that the 12 million not be put on a path to citizenship.

Sorry, but losers do not dictate terms. Rich Trumka of the AFL-CIO says amnesty is no longer enough. Illegal aliens must be put on a path to citizenship and given green cards to work — and join unions.

Rep. Paul Ryan and the Wall Street Journal are for throwing in the towel. Legalize them all and start them on the path to citizenship.

A full and final capitulation. Let’s get it over with.

To understand why and how the Republican Party lost Middle America, and faces demographic death, we need to go back to Bush I.

At the Cold War’s end, the GOP reached a fork in the road. The determination of Middle Americans to preserve the country they grew up in, suddenly collided with the profit motive of Corporate America.

The Fortune 500 wanted to close factories in the USA and ship production abroad — where unions did not exist, regulations were light, taxes were low, and wages were a fraction of what they were here in America.

Corporate America was going global and wanted to be rid of its American work force, the best paid on earth, and replace it with cheap foreign labor.

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1 posted on 03/07/2014 12:10:06 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish
“Corporate America was going global and wanted to be rid of its American work force, the best paid on earth, and replace it with cheap foreign labor.”

What I don't get is, that this took place when technology was on the rise, unskilled jobs and labor intensive jobs were (continue to be) on the decline.

What sort of thinking was involved here? Were cheap and unskilled foreign workers capable of filling the 'new' jobs?

2 posted on 03/07/2014 12:16:36 PM PST by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: Steelfish

lol

nice revisionist history there!

1. It’s been Democrats from the get go that have pushed for illegal aliens to be made citizens

2. A Democrat, Bill Clinton signed NAFA.

The Republicans haven’t fought as hard as they should have, but make no mistake this mess (like all messes) lies slap dap in the middle of the Democrats laps.


3 posted on 03/07/2014 12:18:53 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: Steelfish

An open letter to the GOP Members of Congress

As a Member of Congress, you took this Oath:

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God."


"Support and defend the Constitution" it says. Did you see that? That document requires, per Art.4, S.4, that

"The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence."


An invasion is what we are suffering. That invasion has accelerated with each "comprehensive immigration reform" previously enacted. Instead of another disastrous reform that yet again increases the incentives for millions more to try their luck crossing the southern border, a Representative who took his Oath and the Constitution seriously would be pressing for what the American people have repeatedly said they want - not what Senators Schumer and McCain, Mark Zuckerberg, Mexico, some border state farmers and homebuilders or the Chamber of Commerce rent-seekers want. That is:
  1. secure the border in a transparently verifiable way;
  2. end the anchor-baby interpretation of the 14th Amendment;
  3. enforce eVerify without exception and with severe penalties;
  4. no government benefits beyond critical emergency care (and that ought to be billed back to the home government); and
  5. NO "Path to Citizenship" - ever - for anyone who has entered the US illegally.
Any bill that does not accomplish these five things is unacceptable. It is de facto amnesty. And it will inevitably encourage millions more illegal entries.

If the GOP is complicit in this amnesty fiasco, either by taking up the Senate bill or through some piecemeal slight of hand with a series of House bills such as we hear are being cooked up of late, the GOP will cease to exist. It will not survive through the 2016 elections. The people will shun the over-tanned, glad-handing, backslapping quislings and look elsewhere for leaders who actually have the spine for the fight. Make no mistake - to me and to many, many others, amnesty is the GOP's Rubicon. Cross it at your electoral peril.

4 posted on 03/07/2014 12:21:00 PM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: SMARTY

We’re talking manufacturing and some services related (IT, financial accounting, etc) jobs going to skilled but much cheaper overseas workers.

Here in the US there’s still a demand for low skilled labor. You can outsource the bookeeping for janatorial services to India, but you can’t outsource the janatorial services labor itself ...


5 posted on 03/07/2014 12:21:17 PM PST by tanknetter
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To: Steelfish

How?
By trying to out democrat the democrats.


6 posted on 03/07/2014 12:23:22 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Steelfish

One word: demographics.


7 posted on 03/07/2014 12:23:44 PM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: TexasFreeper2009
Well, Clinton did sign it but the negotiations started under Bush 1. Here is the vote totals from Wiki:

With much consideration and emotional discussion, the House of Representatives approved NAFTA on November 17, 1993, 234-200. The agreement's supporters included 132 Republicans and 102 Democrats. NAFTA passed the Senate 61-38. Senate supporters were 34 Republicans and 27 Democrats.

8 posted on 03/07/2014 12:24:05 PM PST by Abby4116
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To: Steelfish

I posted and was flamed many times that if we continued to offshore, we’d lower the standard of living to the point where Americans would gladly vote for a Marxist.

We’re beaten, but we did it to ourselves.


9 posted on 03/07/2014 12:27:40 PM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: Steelfish
There's no denying the facts of what has happened over the past 30 years (and its obvious results).

Although I'm sure the corporatist scoffers will try.

10 posted on 03/07/2014 12:30:30 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Steelfish

The G.O.P. (Grand Old Progressives) teamed with U.S.A. (United Socialists of America) to destroy the republic.

Deceit, hidden-agendas, fraud, bullying, mandating, looting & plundering by an elitist cabal of criminals.

There are a lot of CON$ervatives. Are there ANY conservatives who identify the problem? ANY?


11 posted on 03/07/2014 12:31:43 PM PST by PGalt
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To: brownsfan

Free Trade was a screw job from the get go.


12 posted on 03/07/2014 12:31:44 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Abby4116

NAFTA; what a shafta...


13 posted on 03/07/2014 12:32:43 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Steelfish

Nice try Pat Buchanan, but the root cause of the 1986 Amnesty Debacle was a lack of punishment for the Illegal Alien Invaders from Mexico by Federal authorities.

Now the States will take matters into their own hands, and all Hell will break loose.

Once again the US Federal Government has chosen to ignore their own laws.


14 posted on 03/07/2014 12:33:12 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Paine in the Neck

OUTSTANDING post. Thanks. BTTT!


15 posted on 03/07/2014 12:33:50 PM PST by PGalt
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To: Paine in the Neck
1. secure the border in a transparently verifiable way;

Here's a way to do it [from another thread]:

If no additional illegals come into the country, that would stop the flow, which is the real problem.

Wikipedia on the US/Mexico border:

The border's total length is 1,954 mi, according to figures given by the International Boundary and Water Commission. It is the most frequently crossed international border in the world, with approximately 350 million legal crossings being made annually.
[…]
There are an estimated half a million illegal entries into the United States each year.

Wikipedia on the Paladin:

Crew:                     6
Effective firing range:  11 mi
Operational range:      216 mi
So to cover the border we'd need 1,954 / 22 ≈ 89 Paladins… but that's an under-count because that would entail butting them directly on the border. We would actually want them back a bit.
c² = b² + a²
11²  = 5.5² + a²
121 = 30.25 + a²
90.75 = a²
9.5 ≈ a
So, we could put them 5.5 mi away from the border, allowing them to cover 19 mi of border; this would mean that we'd need 1,954 / 19 ≈ 103 paladins [103 * 6 = 618 men].
Or, we could put them 9.5 mi away from the border, allowing them to cover 11 mi of border; this would mean that we'd need 1,954 / 11 ≈ 178 paladins [178 * 6 = 1,068 men].
(Of course we'd need logistics to support them: meals, munitions, mail, etc.)

See, securing the border is not as hard as they make it out to be.


16 posted on 03/07/2014 12:33:51 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: brownsfan

This is true. Republicans lose when they play servants to Schumers, Clintons, Boxers, Feinsteins, Lautenbergs.

Bushes gave us 8 years of Clinton and 8 years of Obama, who together radically changed the federal Courts and the US Supreme Court with their political hacks. This country is lost. I say Bushes committed treason.


17 posted on 03/07/2014 12:33:58 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Abby4116

18 posted on 03/07/2014 12:34:02 PM PST by Bratch
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To: central_va

“Free Trade was a screw job from the get go.”

I get to say “I told you so” as our country declines and devolves to a communist state.

To call it a hollow victory is an understatement.


19 posted on 03/07/2014 12:37:49 PM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: Steelfish
The GOP will agree to halt the deportation of 12 million illegal aliens, and sign on to a blanket amnesty.

There is that tired old number again. It was maybe 12 million when daddy Bush was prez, probably looking at a minimum of 40 million now.

So are they going to deport the other 28 million?

How about closing the frigging border? We have known there was a major porosity problem down there since Eisenhower, and it still isn't anything close to secure.

Will this legislation include all the Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas/Hizb'allah types or just the Mexicans?

Something wicked this way comes...

20 posted on 03/07/2014 12:38:31 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Instead of deporting them back to Mexico, lets send them to Russia as a present to Putin.


21 posted on 03/07/2014 12:41:02 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: SMARTY
At that time, a lot of it was really cheap skilled workers, the H1-B workers from India.

The truth was that it was the American IT worker who became expensive and unskilled, even if only temporarily.

Many companies going into the 1990's had cut back on internal workforce training as a cost-cutting measure just as the technology was rapidly making a generational change. Those same companies then used this situation to claim that they needed the new-skilled workers immediately and couldn't wait for the American worker to retrain. That led to the rapid growth in the H1-B workers.

The H1-B program was supposed to be for jobs looking for workers, but once here the people became workers looking for jobs, and willing to takelower wages.

tThat's how we got to where we are today.

-PJ

22 posted on 03/07/2014 12:55:47 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: All

One word: cowardice......
The GOP have become afraid of speaking the truth for fear of being called racist/bigot blah, blah.....


23 posted on 03/07/2014 12:59:50 PM PST by Maverick68
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To: Steelfish

Democrats only want the voters. Some Republicans wanted cheap labor.


24 posted on 03/07/2014 1:01:43 PM PST by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: Steelfish

Not enough free stuff


25 posted on 03/07/2014 1:05:57 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: central_va

So Perot was right?


26 posted on 03/07/2014 1:09:25 PM PST by gnickgnack2 (QUESTION obama's AUTHORITY)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
1. It’s been Democrats from the get go that have pushed for illegal aliens to be made citizens

It's been both parties all along. Back when Reagan signed the first amnesty, the Attorney General began to enforce the employer ID provisions seriously. A group of Republican congressmen wrote a letter to him complaining that the enforcement was hurting business and threatening to cut the DOJ budget. After that there was never any serious effort enforcing those provisions. Pretending Pubs aren't a part of the problem is the revisionist history.

2. A Democrat, Bill Clinton signed NAFA.

Most of the votes in Congress came from Pubs. Almost all the votes against were Democrats.

27 posted on 03/07/2014 1:26:03 PM PST by Hugin
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To: Hugin

more Republicans voted for the Civil Rights Act too.

That’s not exactly a measure of who wanted it the most.


28 posted on 03/07/2014 1:38:39 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: Paine in the Neck

You spoke all the right words to the GOPe. Clearly. Concisely. - You know what they heard? . . . .
“Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, GOPe, blah, blah . . . blah . . . blah . . . blah . .”


29 posted on 03/07/2014 3:25:54 PM PST by Twinkie (John 3:16)
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To: gnickgnack2

Damn ‘sucking sound’ Ross was right


30 posted on 03/07/2014 4:31:43 PM PST by 11th_VA (I want a president who won't enforce tax laws ...)
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To: Maverick68

Don’t forget the constant bullying by the lib media.


31 posted on 03/07/2014 10:56:21 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: Steelfish
They don't stand for anything but moving left for the Democrats, so they are Democrat-lite.

Now they are going to pick up seats due to Obama being a disaster, but they will think it is because they are such a great success and not because they are simply the lesser of two evils.

We need conservatives to speak and act win or lose.

32 posted on 03/07/2014 10:59:30 PM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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