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Amnesty Loophole Makes Illegal Immigrants More Cost-Effective than Native Workers

President Barack Obama’s decision to grant amnesty and work permits to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants creates a loophole that makes them $3,000 more attractive than native born and naturalized Americans, according to the Washington Times.

The loophole arises because Obama’s amnesty order prohibits the beneficiaries from buying subsidized insurance on an ObamaCare exchange. That prohibition means that employers don’t have to pay the $3,000 per employee fine the controversial health law imposes on businesses that don’t provide “affordable” health insurance. (Lack of affordability is what qualifies an employee to get a subsidy for the exchange.)

In other words, from an employer’s standpoint, hiring someone from Obama’s 5 million-strong amnesty pool means getting…[more]

November 26, 2014 • 02:40 pm

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On Thanksgiving:
 
 

"There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American."

 
 
— O. Henry (1862 - 1910)
— O. Henry (1862 - 1910)
Posted November 26, 2014 • 13:35 pm
 
 
On Insufficient Evidence for Indictment in Ferguson, Missouri:
 
 

"The Fifth Amendment states: 'No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury.'

"The Constitution does not consider the grand jury to be a rubber stamp. It is a core protection. It stands as the buffer between the government prosecutor and the citizen-suspect; it safeguards Americans, who are presumed innocent, from being subjected to the anxiety, infamy and expense of a trial unless there is probable cause to believe they have committed a serious offense. ...

"Officer Wilson had a constitutional right not to be indicted in the absence of sufficient evidence."

 
 
— Andrew McCarthy, National Review
— Andrew McCarthy, National Review
Posted November 25, 2014 • 13:02 pm
 
 
On ObamaCare and the Gruber Democrats:
 
 

"I used to think most Democrats in Congress who voted for [ObamaCare] really believed they were doing something good for the poor and the middle class. Now I wonder. It's crystal clear that just about everything President Barack Obama promised about his health plan was false, his deception deliberate. If Democrats really cared for the people harmed by the law, you'd think they'd admit their mistake, try to fix it. They haven't.

"Perhaps they put party loyalty ahead of the welfare of their constituents, are afraid of crossing the president or are as stupid as Mr. Gruber thinks the American people are.

"I suspect it's because Truman Democrats have been replaced by Gruber Democrats -- self-styled elitists who feed lavishly at the public trough and think government should serve them, not the hoi polloi they disdain and deceive."

 
 
— Jack Kelly, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Blade of Toledo Columnist
— Jack Kelly, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Blade of Toledo Columnist
Posted November 24, 2014 • 13:18 pm
 
 
On the President's Executive Amnesty Pronouncement:
 
 

"'This is how democracy works,' Barack Obama lectured the country before giving everyone the specifics of his expansive one-man executive overreach on immigration. If you enjoy platitudinous straw men but are turned off by open debate and constitutional order, this speech was for you.

"Modern Democrats aren't the first political party to abuse power - far from it. Obama isn'€™t the first president to abuse executive power - not by a longshot. But he has to be the first president in American history to overtly and consistently argue that he's empowered to legislate if Congress doesn'€™t pass the laws he favors. It's an argument that's been mainstreamed by partisans and cheered on by those in media desperate to find a morsel of triumph in this presidency.

"Obama acknowledges his overreach openly every time he argues that he intends to do the job of an obstinate Republican congress."

 
 
— David Harsanyi, Syndicated Columnist and The Federalist Senior Editor
— David Harsanyi, Syndicated Columnist and The Federalist Senior Editor
Posted November 21, 2014 • 13:14 pm
 
 
On the President's Impending Executive Amnesty Announcement:
 
 

"President Obama previously said he could not issue an executive amnesty because 'I'm the President of the United States, I'm not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.' Well, apparently we now have an 'Emperor of the United States.' President Obama's immigration order would provide illegal immigrants with the exact benefits Congress has repeatedly rejected: Social Security numbers, photo IDs and work permits -- which will allow them to now take jobs directly from struggling Americans in every occupation. Congress must not allow this unconstitutional action. That means Congress should fund the government while ensuring that no funds can be spent on this unlawful purpose."

 
 
— Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
— Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Posted November 20, 2014 • 13:20 pm
 
 
On Obama's Agenda and the Democratic Party's Long-Term Health:
 
 

"President Obama's biggest problem over the next two years may not be coming from recalcitrant Republicans, but from members of his own party blanching at his activist agenda over the final two years of his presidency. While the midterm election results suggested widespread dissatisfaction with the president's policies, Obama nonetheless is planning to press forward on several polarizing decisions in his final two years. It could help advance his legacy, but come at the expense of the Democratic Party's long-term health.

"Three of the administration's biggest agenda items -- threatening a veto of bipartisan legislation authorizing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, reaching a nuclear deal with Iran, and issuing an executive order legalizing millions of illegal immigrants -- divide Democrats, and unite Republicans. If the president moves forward with all of them, it would aggravate fissures in an increasingly-divided Democratic Party. And it would put Hillary Clinton, his party's expected 2016 standard-bearer, in an uncomfortable position even before she announces her candidacy. She's already avoided taking stances, if not outright rejecting the direction Obama is heading during his final two years in office."

 
 
— Josh Kraushaar, National Journal Political Editor
— Josh Kraushaar, National Journal Political Editor
Posted November 19, 2014 • 13:20 pm
 
 
On the President's Own Words on Immigration:
 
 

"President Obama is poised to ignore stark warnings that executive action on immigration would amount to 'violating our laws' and would be 'very difficult to defend legally.'

"Those warnings came not from Republican lawmakers but from Mr. Obama himself.

"For years, he has waved aside the demands of Latino activists and Democratic allies who begged him to act on his own, and he insisted publicly that a decision to shield millions of immigrants from deportation without an act of Congress would amount to nothing less than the dictates of a king, not a president."

 
 
— Michael D. Shear, The New York Times White House Correspondent
— Michael D. Shear, The New York Times White House Correspondent
Posted November 18, 2014 • 12:48 pm
 
 
On Missing Legal Opinion for Immigration Executive Order:
 
 

"If the White House press corps wants to keep government honest, here's a question to ask as President Obama prepares to legalize millions of undocumented immigrants by executive order: Has he sought, and does he have, any written legal justification from the Attorney General and the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) for his actions?

"This would be standard operating procedure in any normal Presidency. ...

"It's possible Messrs. Obama and Holder haven't sought an immigration opinion because they suspect there's little chance that even a pliant Office of Legal Counsel could find a legal justification. Prosecutorial discretion is a vital legal concept, but it is supposed to be exercised in individual cases, not to justify a refusal to follow the law against entire classes of people."

 
 
— The Editors, The Wall Street Journal
— The Editors, The Wall Street Journal
Posted November 17, 2014 • 13:03 pm
 
 
On the President's Environmental Pact with China:
 
 

"President Obama flew to China a few days ago and announced a joint environmental pact with the communist regime. The United States will reduce its carbon emissions substantially over the next 11 years. China will do absolutely nothing but hope that its emissions decline after 2030.

"The press heralded this as a major accomplishment. The rush from the press as soon as it was announced suggested a high level of coordination. Like lemmings in a staged dive off a cliff, 'historic' became the media's rallying cry. There is nothing historic about the deal. In fact, news reports from November 2012 noted that China expected, in 2012, that its carbon emissions would begin to decline after 2030 because of factory upgrades, efficiencies, etc.

"Like so much of President Obama's decisions over the past six years, this is another photo-op with a compliant press that does not matter and will do little."

 
 
— Erick Erickson, RedState.com Editor-in-Chief
— Erick Erickson, RedState.com Editor-in-Chief
Posted November 14, 2014 • 13:01 pm
 
 
On ObamaCare and the 'Stupidity of the American Voter':
 
 

"'Stupid is as stupid does' -- Forrest Gump


"R
epublicans should save the clip of Jonathan Gruber and run it over and over again in the run-up to the 2016 election. This attitude that government is better at making decisions than you are because you are too stupid to know what is good for you is a hallmark of patronizing, arrogant and condescending liberalism."

 
 
— Cal Thomas, Syndicated Columnist
— Cal Thomas, Syndicated Columnist
Posted November 13, 2014 • 12:49 pm
 
Question of the Week   
Which one of the following U.S. Presidents was the first to proclaim a National Day of Thanksgiving?
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—O. Henry (1862 - 1910)
— O. Henry (1862 - 1910)
 
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