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Graham: Obama just paying lip service to immigration reform (TREASONOUS RINO ALERT)
The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2010-03-14 | Eric Zimmermann

Posted on 03/14/2010 12:36:00 PM PDT by rabscuttle385

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) may be working with the White House to craft an immigration reform proposal, but you wouldn't know it from his comments Sunday morning.

The South Carolina Republican had no kind words for the president's efforts on the topic, accusing him of ignoring immigration and paying lip service only for temporary political reasons.

Graham laughed off the president's claim that he's been "unwavering" in his support for immigration overhaul.

"This idea that the president has been unwavering on immigration doesn't really pass the smell test," Graham said on ABC's "This Week."

Graham, who has been invited to the Oval Office twice in recent weeks to discuss his work with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), said Obama's interest in the issue is only due to an upcoming march on Washington.

"A hastily called meeting Thursday because of a rally next weekend is not unwavering," he said. "This idea that this administration has been unwavering on immigration reform is just political spin and the people at the rally ought to know that."

Immigration reform proponents are planning a massive rally in Washington later this month. The rally is organized by Reform Immigration for America, a left of center group.

Graham even accused Obama of undermining the last attempt for immigration reform when he was in the Senate. The South Carolina Republican said Obama's proposal to sunset temporary worker provisions caused the fragile coalition supporting immigration reform to fall apart.

"He undercut the grand bargain," Graham said of Obama.

Schumer and Graham are set to unveil a framework for immigration overhaul that will serve as the basis for future legislation. Graham lamented that so far Obama hasn't offered a plan of his own.

"All you've done is talk about what we should do," he said. "Now is the time to lead."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
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"Now is the time to lead."


1 posted on 03/14/2010 12:36:01 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March; lmarie373; Abundy; missanne; Victoria Delsoul; 50mm; stockpirate; Eaker; ...
Aww. Poor Grahamnesty...missing being "led" by McAmnesty.

FUBO. FULG. FUJM.

J.D. 2010

2 posted on 03/14/2010 12:38:35 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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To: rabscuttle385

Graham should just come out of the closet and declare himself to be what is obvious to everyone — a socialist tool of the political class.


3 posted on 03/14/2010 12:40:37 PM PDT by spodefly (I have posted nothing but BTTT over 1000 times!!!)
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To: rabscuttle385

Obama isn’t liberal enough for Nancy Grahamnesty now?


4 posted on 03/14/2010 12:44:34 PM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (Weakening McCain strengthens our borders, weakens guest worker aka amnesty)
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To: TigersEye

Adding this lunacy to a future ping.


5 posted on 03/14/2010 12:45:23 PM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (Weakening McCain strengthens our borders, weakens guest worker aka amnesty)
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To: rabscuttle385

Traitors !! Hey Graham what about protecting Americans you fool?


6 posted on 03/14/2010 12:45:24 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: rabscuttle385
"All you've done is talk about what we should do," he said. "Now is the time to lead.",p> So, Lindsey is trying to light a fire under Obama to get him on board for a big amnesty push this year? I'd be banned if I wrote what I really think of this SC RINO stand-in for Juan McCain.
7 posted on 03/14/2010 12:46:25 PM PDT by Will88
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To: rabscuttle385

Somebody needs to ask (on video) Graham if he is a Progressive?...


8 posted on 03/14/2010 12:54:14 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: spodefly
Graham should just come out of the closet and declare himself to be what is obvious to everyone — a socialist tool of the political class

Don't forget flaming homosexual sugar pants

9 posted on 03/14/2010 12:57:03 PM PDT by 999replies (Thune/Rubio 2012)
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To: rabscuttle385
How could South Carolinans have re-elected this fool?
10 posted on 03/14/2010 12:57:53 PM PDT by bwc2221
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To: spodefly
Graham should just come out of the closet and declare himself to be what is obvious to everyone — a socialist tool of the political class.

As true as that may be, in this case Graham is actually saying the right thing, politically.

I believe it's generally understood that in the wake of the Dems taking control of the government to a degree not seen since the 1970s, EVERY major liberal special interest coalition began making their support of the Obama/Dem Leadership agenda contingent upon THEIR policies being enacted as well.

So, in order to get the Stimulus through, Obama traded off unwavering support for Health Care Reform (Congressional Black Caucus and unions), Card Check (unions), Immigration Reform (Congressional Hispanic Caucus), etc, etc.

This is why I think the Dems are bending themselves into pretzels to get HCR through ... they've cut a trade that they can't walk away from. They HAVE to go kamikaze because their coalition will fracture otherwise.

The Hispanic Caucus and supporting special interest fully expect that Immigration Reform WILL follow HCR. Graham, in making this comment, is serving to divide the Dem's coalition by undermining the notion that Obama fully supports the top item for Hispanic Dems. That's a good thing, because if they think that Obama isn't going to carry through on THEIR big agenda item, they may be unwilling to further support the rest of the agenda.
11 posted on 03/14/2010 12:58:14 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: rabscuttle385

I hope this gets circulated far and wide to Hispanics and no one else.


12 posted on 03/14/2010 1:00:28 PM PDT by bilhosty (Don' t tax people tax newsprint)
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To: rabscuttle385

Graham is actually trying to get to the left of Obama on immigration! Sheesh! What a jerk.


13 posted on 03/14/2010 1:04:11 PM PDT by JewishRighter
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March

Just my thought! It’s something when a US Senator from SC stakes himself to the left of our first Marxist President.


14 posted on 03/14/2010 1:07:11 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: rabscuttle385

If even a “treasonous RINO” is having this much trouble with Bummer.....


15 posted on 03/14/2010 1:14:46 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: 9YearLurker

I think Nancy Grahamnesty is one of those kooks who likes any attention any way possible — good or bad. He can’t stand to be ignored. Fortunately, he reveals a lot about himself, unlike sneakier RINOs.


16 posted on 03/14/2010 1:15:42 PM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (Weakening McCain strengthens our borders, weakens guest worker aka amnesty)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I hadn’t thought of it that way. Will add this to ...

Obama’s Outstanding Record of Dip-lunacy [several headlines and links]
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2470815/posts?page=3


17 posted on 03/14/2010 1:16:59 PM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (Weakening McCain strengthens our borders, weakens guest worker aka amnesty)
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To: rabscuttle385
I don't like Graham much but I kinda like it that he's saying this today.

He may knock some House Dems off the fence into the "no" column on the Health Care bill; their voting is contingent on whether or not Zero gives the illegals what they want.

18 posted on 03/14/2010 1:25:16 PM PDT by what's up
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To: tanknetter

I’d like to think you are right and that Graham is playing political chess with Obama’s various interest groups in an effort to fracture them and any coalitions, but his history with McCain, Kennedy, Schumer, et al, tells me that he is simply another RINO pushing Big Government down the throats of the People, and solidifying a permanent base of Big Government voters for the political class.


19 posted on 03/14/2010 1:30:16 PM PDT by spodefly (I have posted nothing but BTTT over 1000 times!!!)
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To: rabscuttle385

B U M P


20 posted on 03/14/2010 1:31:40 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINOS)
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To: rabscuttle385

Amazing. Uber-RINO Nancy Gramnesty is more pro-amnesty than Obama.


21 posted on 03/14/2010 1:39:05 PM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: rabscuttle385

What does Hraham know about smell tests.

He cannot get his Rino nose out the Democrat crotches long enough to smell much of anything else.


22 posted on 03/14/2010 1:46:13 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: rabscuttle385; alarm rider; Alex1977; at bay; Babsig; BILL_C; bnelson44; Clintonfatigued; ...
Can it be? Is Pandsey actually to the left of nobama on immigration? LOL!

Uber RINO Lindsey Ping
"Republican by day, Democrat by night."


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Just FReepmail me.


23 posted on 03/14/2010 1:48:08 PM PDT by upchuck (Moslem terrorists kill not because of what they experience but because of what they believe.)
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To: spodefly
I’d like to think you are right and that Graham is playing political chess with Obama’s various interest groups in an effort to fracture them and any coalitions,

Oh, yeah ... I don't think that Graham's comments are deliberate in that sense. I just think that they are unintentionally useful to us.
24 posted on 03/14/2010 1:52:28 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: rabscuttle385

STFU Lindshay, you $3 POS.

25 posted on 03/14/2010 2:00:50 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bail out)
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To: Travis McGee
Amazing. Uber-RINO Nancy Gramnesty is more pro-amnesty than Obama.

Well, he learned from the master...the RINO McCain!

26 posted on 03/14/2010 2:15:38 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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To: rabscuttle385

Oh how IRONIC that the Senator feels betrayed. The voters in SC have felt betrayed for years.

LIP SERVICE? Ha! Much like Lindsey pays lip service to being a conservative.


27 posted on 03/14/2010 2:33:19 PM PDT by MontaniSemperLiberi
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To: upchuck

Yes, he is — at least in terms of immediate political “benefit.”


28 posted on 03/14/2010 4:51:13 PM PDT by patriot preacher (To be a good American Citizen and a Christian IS NOT a contradiction. (www.mygration.blogspot.com))
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To: rabscuttle385
RE: The Kentucky Senate race, let's not forget:

FUMM

29 posted on 03/14/2010 5:08:36 PM PDT by ChrisInAR (You gotta let it out, Captain!)
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To: rabscuttle385; spodefly; All

Today from CIS:

Visa Waiver Program for Tourists from Near-Bankrupt Greece – Really?
By David North, March 11, 2010

DHS Secretary Napolitano decided earlier this week to allow Greece to join the Visa Waiver program, so beloved by our tourist industry and other Open Borders types.

As one consular official (who will remain unnamed) e-mailed: “Let me get this straight. In the middle of the biggest financial meltdown to hit a European country in decades, we have added them to visa waiver?”

The visa waiver program, which has been existence for many years, allows people from well-to-do countries to come to the U.S. as tourists without getting a formal visitor‘s visa. It is easy for them, and brings prosperous tourists to this country who might not come otherwise. The program operates country-by-country and most northern and western European nations are participants, along with Japan and several others. It is confined to countries that contribute only small numbers of illegal aliens to our population.

Americans, typically, travel to those countries without bothering to get visas.

Greece, and many other Eastern European nations, have not been allowed to participate, because the fear had been that once in the U.S., the one-time tourists from these places would become longtime (and illegal) residents.

As the consular officer complained in the e-mail mentioned above: “Do these things [the Secretary’s decision] coast on autopilot, irrespective of economic forces and current events? It would seem that with the new austerity moves [in Greece] and dramatically increased unemployment, a lot of these potential visitors may [drift into illegal status].”

I am worried, too, but I see it with a slightly different focus.

Secretary Napolitano’s decision came hard on the heels of the visit of Greece’s premier,
George A. Papandreou (who speaks flawless American English and looks like a prime minister from central casting). He was seen with Secretary Clinton at a joint news conference in which she said soothing things about our high regard for Greece.

Greece, after all, was on our side during World War II, and suffered terribly. It also fought off a home-grown Communist movement after the War. Lots of Americans have Greek names. There were many good reasons for Ms. Clinton’s friendly remarks.

My concern, however, relates to the use of what I call the “Migration Card,” which is sometimes played when a friendly nation is in trouble, and we are not, or cannot do much about it. In this case, perhaps we should, and perhaps we will, prohibit Wall Street from making many millions by betting against the finances of Greece, a policy discussed in a recent New York Times article.

Maybe we should encourage the International Monetary Fund to help Greece out of what can only be described as a self-created problem, caused largely by the free-spending policies of Papandreou’s predecessors. Maybe we should lend the country a little money directly, at least enough to calm the markets.

Given the enormous political power of Wall Street, and our own financial difficulties, we probably will do neither, but we can at least play the Migration Card to show Greece that we are fond of her. This may be the hidden meaning behind Secretary Napolitano’s recent decision.

There are precedents for the use of the Migration Card in other, somewhat similar situations. In addition to helping Haiti with money and troops right after the earthquake there, the U.S. played a slightly different Migration Card, giving all the illegal Haitian migrants in the U.S. a short-term (at least for now) legal presence, called Temporary Protected Status (TPS), as discussed in an earlier blog.

Similarly, during the Bush Administration, rather than intervening in Liberia’s civil war, our military being bogged down in the Middle East, TPS was extended to Liberians illegally in this country, and then extended again and again. For more on this see Mark Krikorian’s blog “’Temporary’ Status Means Never Having to Say Goodbye.”

There have been offers of TPS to numerous Central Americans for the same reasons.

So, maybe the consular officer is wrong; maybe we were not on automatic pilot; maybe, just maybe, the U.S. was playing the Migration Card to let Greece know that we are fond of that country, but cannot do much for it.

http://cis.org/north/greece-migration-card


30 posted on 03/15/2010 11:02:46 AM PDT by AuntB (WE are NOT a nation of immigrants! We're a nation of Americans! http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/)
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