John Ransom

If you didn’t notice, the president is running for President again.

That’s why all of sudden he’s gotten interested in “comprehensive” immigration reform.

If that sounds crass and cynical, then you are right. Crass and Cynical run the White House for at least 19 more months, dispensing law and justice to the rest of us.

The guy who rushed out to get trillions for banks, big pharmaceuticals and unions, practically ignored the topic of immigration reform when his guys ran Congress for two years and could have written their own version.

Indeed one of his wise-guys from Chicago, Rep Luis Gutierrez recently noted “[Obama] has the power to make things better right now without the Congress having to pass any new laws.”

Yeah, he can just do what he did for gays, unions, Chicago and all of his other cronies: He can ignore enforcing the old laws he doesn’t like.  Or maybe he can grant every illegal immigrant a waiver, like he did for his favorites under healthcare “reform.”

Why hasn’t he presented an immigration reform proposal?

Because had Obama passed immigration reform under a Democrat-controlled Congress, he would have had to take responsibility for passing it. If he ignores the old laws now, he’ll have to take responsibility for that too.

And if there is one thing that Obama hates, it’s taking responsibility for anything.

If Bill Clinton was a draft-dodger, then Obama’s a vote dodger.

Jobs? Nope.

War? Nope.

Immigration reform? Present.

That’s why the president has had a death-bed conversion to the Democrat idea of immigration reform. It’s an idea that has died already. And he knows it.

Because the Democrat idea of immigration reform evades the idea of immigrants taking personal responsibility for following immigration laws, it’s probably a tempting proposition for the president.

But it’s a version of reform that he’ll likely never have to take responsibility for or even work on.

Because nothing will ever be presented by the president to Congress on immigration reform besides finger wagging and the clipped sentences that adorn all of Obama’s b-roll lectures to the rest of us.

If Obama’s presidency was a book it would be the Last Lecture.

The president dispensing law and justice followed by his prepared remarks can’t possibly end soon enough.  


John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.
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