John Ransom

In response to the news that Standard and Poors has downgraded U.S. government debt, President Obama has vowed to tackle…immigration reform. 

Reeling from wars, declared and undeclared, a debt crisis and a public perception that he’s out of touch, President O proved at the very least that he means to make up with Hispanic leaders in his bid to get re-elected.

And in doing so, he proved again that he’s still out of touch. 

"I want to support Barack Obama for re-election," Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., a fellow Chicagoan and a Hispanic leader,  told MSNBC on Monday. "But the lack of progress on immigration reform and the lack of action that Barack Obama, our president, has -- the discretion he has -- is really making that job difficult for me."

While the rest of us are concentrating on solving the enormous debt and budget issues that remain before us, and perhaps a war or two, Obama has told selected groups between rounds of golf- groups that don’t include you and me- that he’s ready to get serious about “immigration” reform.

¡Hurra!

You see he wasn’t serious about immigration reform during the two years his party held power. During that time he could have dictated immigration reform measures. But had he solved the problem then, in his own way, he wouldn’t have been able to pander to Hispanic voters on the issue in 2012 while he was running for re-election.  

Oh, and you thought he was already pandering to Hispanics with lawsuits against states that were trying to enforce immigration laws?

No, apparently O means to do more.

He’s determined to provide America with “21st-century economic and national security” by creating an immigration system that looks less secure than the one we had in 19th-century. He’s going to fix our “nation's broken immigration system” presumably by breaking it a wee bit more.

¡Hurra!

But first we have to give him a second term, strongly supported by the Hispanic vote. After his re-election any actual legislative measures to address illegal immigration will be superfluous.


John Ransom

John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance.