Choosing American Workers over Amnesty

worker-construction-grinder-machiineJFK won Macomb County, Michigan in 1960 by 75 percent. In 1980, Reagan won it by 66 percent. This heart of ‘Reagan Democrat’ country was closely split by Gore and Bush and Bush and Kerry… until Obama won it 53 to 45 in 2008 and by 51 to 47 in 2012.  

The Republican Party doesn’t need to worry about the Latino vote nearly as much as it should be worrying about its inability to connect with white working class Americans. The pro-amnesty GOP establishment’s electoral vision of a party of corporations and minority voters already exists.

It’s called the Democratic Party.

The Republican Party’s fate in 2016 will be decided in places like Macomb County. It will be decided by white men and women earning $20,000 to $50,000 a year. It will be decided by working families struggling to get by and searching for answers from a government that keeps betraying them.

That is the point that Senator Jeff Sessions, the Republican senator who has stood tallest against amnesty, makes in his National Review article “Becoming the Party of Work.”

Sessions argues that slowing down immigration in a time of tremendous economic turmoil would actually be the populist thing to do. Three to one of those earning under $30,000 want to see reductions in immigration. Instead the Republican Party is alienating them further by championing illegal aliens.

“To open the ears of disaffected voters, the GOP must break publicly from the elite immigration consensus of Wall Street and Davos,” Sessions warns.

Too many Senate Republicans act like members of a globalist party who legislate while detached from the concerns of ordinary working Americans. McCain, the GOP candidate in 2008, and the most aggressive GOP proponent for amnesty in the Senate, whose daughter has made a career of “outreach” to her own class of hip young wealthy people, represents the opposite of what the GOP should be doing.

McCain’s infamous claim, “There are jobs Americans won’t do” was seen as embodying the detachment of the pro-amnesty elite from working Americans struggling to get by.

“Mitt Romney,” Sessions points out, “lost lower- and middle-income voters by an astonishing margin. Among voters earning $30,000 to $50,000, he trailed by 15 points, and among voters earning under $30,000 he trailed by 28 points.”

In 2008, McCain won only 25 percent of voters whose incomes fell below $15,000, 37 percent of voters whose incomes were between $15,000 and $30,000 and 43 percent of voters in the $30,000 to $50,000 range. That is not what a party that aspires to represent the silent majority of Americans looks like.

Inflation has changed income and demographics have changed as well, but still the only income group that Reagan lost in 1984 were in the under $12,500 range and even then it was close. Even in 1980, Reagan did not lose any income group by more than 10 percent.

George W. Bush was able to win back some Reagan Democrats, but the party never again equaled Reagan’s performance.

Senator Sessions however has some proposals for changing that from merging 80 means-tested poverty-assistance and welfare programs into one to be administered by a welfare office that doubles as a job training program to cracking down on corporate outsourcing and repealing ObamaCare.

The Republican Party has been able to put forward a credible pro-business agenda, but it needs a credible pro-worker agenda without assuming that talking about Staples is the same thing as connecting with Staples employees. If it fails to do that, it will be hammered by minimum wage and overtime measures until its voting base is limited to a shrinking upper middle class.

“Wherever the policies of the Left have been faithfully implemented, as in Detroit, human tragedy has followed. The future offered by the Left — a shrinking work force struggling to fund a growing welfare state — is not only unsustainable but uncompassionate. Compassion demands that we spare no effort in helping millions now jobless to realize the dream of financial independence. This is the urgent economic task of the 21st century,” Sessions writes.

The Republican Party has to stop merely running against welfare and start running on opportunity. The left’s response to the GOP’s anti-welfare rhetoric has been to swell the welfare rolls making more and more Americans complicit in the welfare state.

Instead of turning to 47% rhetoric, the critique of a political movement that has given up, it has to reclaim welfare voters and transform them into working voters.

Session’s agenda challenges the GOP to stop trying to plug a work culture hole with immigrants. Instead he urges the Republican Party to “help the millions struggling here today — immigrant and native-born alike — transition from dependency to self-sufficiency.”

Reagan understood that welfare was morally crippling. In his 1985 State of the Union address, he said, “Let us resolve that we will stop spreading dependency and start spreading opportunity; that we will stop spreading bondage and start spreading freedom.”

In a ringing critique of the welfare state, he stated that, “Policies that increase dependency, break up families, and destroy self-respect are not progressive; they’re reactionary. Despite our strides in civil rights, blacks, Hispanics, and all minorities will not have full and equal power until they have full economic power.”

This is the critique that Sessions and David Horowitz return to.

Last year, David Horowitz said that the “historic assault on Detroit’s African American population was absent from all the speeches and all the political ads of all the actors supporting free market solutions in the 2012 elections. The word ‘Detroit’ wasn’t mentioned.”

Amnesty for illegal aliens may be an even bigger assault on both lower income whites and blacks than anything before. Instead of countering it, too many Republicans are providing cover for it. Instead of offering American solutions to American problems, they take refuge in abstract free market ideology.

Sessions confronts the intersection between immigration and unemployment, between the welfare state and the open border and urges the Republican Party to stand up for American workers.

Amnesty is an assault on the economic freedom and opportunity of the voters that the Republican Party needs to win in 2016. The Republican Party has critiqued the Democratic Party’s debt slavery, borrowing trillions to be repaid in the future, but with amnesty the GOP is selling off its base of today in the hopes of buying a new demographic of voters from a new nation.

The United States cannot survive as a welfare nation, but the Republican Party cannot win it back until it relearns how to speak to the national interest instead of the global interest, to the American worker and the American businessman.


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  • bike mike

    How did JFK win in 1964 when he was killed in 1963?

    • Gee

      Truly the cemetery vote!

    • bob smith

      i am trying to figure that out as well.

  • Tina Trent

    The pro-amnesty forces occupy the left and the right of the Right: RINOS and libertarians are putting the squeeze on social conservatives. And they are using slurs from “racist” to “nativist” to get them to sit down and shut up. It’s ugly out here. The main culprits are AFP and Freedomworks on the libertarian front and the Grover Norquist/Jeb Bush cabal in the Party.

    Why AFP and Freedomworks? Because they have gained the trust of the grassroots citizens movement by essentially lying to them about their position on amnesty. The main donors to AFP, the Koch brothers, also fund loud pro-amnesty CATO. But they and the operatives at Freedomworks knew that the citizen grassroots — who comprise the class of people you discuss here — oppose amnesty with the personal lucidity that comes from being those whose livelihoods are threatened by it.

    So the national libertarians participate in a collective lie: they tell the grassroots that they have “no position” on amnesty when they are actually using other organizations and other means to push for it. Follow ALL the money. I’m concerned about the Convention of States, too. Follow that money — if you can.

    People in the Tea Party need to wake up to the fact that they are being lied to. They already recognize that Norquist and Bush are multinational disloyalists — now they need to see that they are giving their power away to national libertarian groups who have the same contempt for them and the same love for open borders.

    The urgent battlefield is the one in our backyard.

    • TxnFl

      You’ve hit an ideaological wall there buddy and need to expand your horizons. You disparage the Koch brothers for supporting more than one conservative/libertarian organization? Think then, do these organizations have Only One position? If they do not (and I’m telling you flat out they do not) then can it be consistent to support both because they, and even you, have different positions on different issues? Or do you think it reasonable to be a one issue person who won’t support anything else that does not conform to that one issue (see CATO)? Is that even reasonable?

      • truebearing

        Are you denying that most libertarians support open borders and amnesty? Most also support legalization of all drugs, prostitution, and every other vice known to man. They are constantly attacking conservatives for legislating morality, while hypocritically pushing to legislate their own immorality.

        Libertarianism has become the delusional utopian domain of people who either won’t, or can’t, follow the consequences of what they believe to the ugly end.

        • DaCoachK

          Agreed. Libertarians, the illegal drug wing of the conservative movement.

    • bigjulie

      Somebody is lying to the Tea Party?? Why, I’m shocked! SHOCKED!! The one saving grace to Tea Party members is that we understand the Constitution better than the average bear and we already know where we want our nation to go. Lies or not, we’ll continue to raise hell until we get America headed back to being governed according to Constitutional principles.
      You’ll have a devil of a time following the money behind the Article 5 convention proposal, because there isn’t much to begin with. The Obama Regime has provided glaring and painful examples of why we not only need an Article 5 Convention but need to make a few “tweaks” to the Constitution as well…term limits for the Supreme Court and federal legislators, as well and going back to the original method of electing Senators.
      Mark Levin makes excellent arguments in his book, THE LIBERTY AMENDMENTS. They are precise and easy to understand.
      Our immigration system is “broken” because Obama and Company deliberately broke it in hopes of creating tens of thousands of undocumented Democrats! Properly enforced, there is not a damned thing wrong with the one we have. It is against the law to enter this country illegally…end of story!! Those “living in the shadows” can easily come out of those shadows…go back to where you came from and re-enter according to the US laws. Simple!!

  • Gee

    The jobs will be done – if the pay is there. McCain is wrong as usual.
    With high unemployment there is no need to give 20 million criminals citizenship

  • Tradecraft46

    I am surprised that it took this long for figure it out. Illegals and amnesty have huge social costs, in lost jobs, lower wages, and finally social cost related to these groups.

  • Two-card Monty

    We desperately needed a Senator Sessions in the White House twenty years ago. Unfortunately, too many republicans have now committed to big business interests in cheap labor instead of working class Americans. The vast majority of immigrants being admitted to the U.S. whether legal or illegal will be voting for democrats. Their incentive to do so is the ever expanding wefare state. The Republican Party is all but finished now.

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  • mmercier0921

    no one gives a spit about employed white guys. we just pay the bills and stfu.

    this is the new normal. wait and see the newer normal when we let thirty million restive third world proles vote here

    this is a done deal… suck it up buttercup.

  • Habbgun

    The smartest thing Reagan ever did was go to the South Bronx. He showed he wasn’t afraid, could engage if only the people would let them and let the liberals have a one day disaster to laugh over and not a campaign long of insinuations that he was afraid of and hated black people.

    The Republicans do nothing but look for monetary donations from their usual suspects and disappear in actual campaigns. Republicans can’t win the white working poor because they are the party of the rich. They can’t win because they are the party of nobody. Vouchers, tax reform, commit to manufacturing, fracking and goals for national economic improvement will win over the white working class.

    They want alternatives to welfare more than anybody.

  • Randy Townsend

    The Dims want the votes they know will come from newly minted ex-mex citizens. It’s not about “fairness”, “justice”, or any other talking point used to verbally camouflage the truth. The fact is the Dims want to run the government, and the well being of the country be damned: It’s all about power.

    • UCSPanther

      The exact same thing happened in England: The British Labor party let it slip that the runaway immigration under Tony Blair was for the exact same reason: To maximize the number of Labor voters.

  • kT TK

    Jobs are going to immigrants over citizens

  • No RNC

    Well done DG! Senator Sessions has been a stalwart for those who have built this great country!

  • truebearing

    There are three political enemies to the US working class: Leftists, Pastel Progressives (moderately progressive Republicans), and Libertarians. None are helping workers or upholding the constitution. Amnesty is a disaster waiting to happen, yet none of these three groups can see past their ideological prejudices, and in the case of the Left, see Amnesty as the final assault in their Gramscian overthrow of America.

    There is no mystery that the Left wants to completely supplant the constitution with one form or another of Marxism. Marxism is well known for its utter and ironic failure at improving the lives of the working class. Amnesty is a perfect example of how the Left will sell out the working class for more power. Workers have never prospered in Leftist regimes, and never will.

    The Pastel Progressives see themselves as the better alternative to the Left because they don’t want quite as much government or taxes. They undermine the economy, the working class, and the constitution by failing to stand for the rule of law. They quietly agree with the Left that the constitution is a malleable thing, meant to be altered according to political expediency. While the Left is peopled with tyrants, the Pastel Progressives are petty, mild-mannered tyrants and cowards. They serve two masters: not-quite-as-big-government and crony capitalism.

    Libertarians are fond of citing the founding fathers and demanding adherence to the constitution, but in effect want to replace it with The Articles of Confederation. Our federalist system and constitution are the result of the failure of governance under the Articles of Confederation, yet, not unlike the Marxists who insist on repeating past failures, the libertarians want another shot at their version of an untenable form of governance. Libertarian utopianists seem to think that freedom in all forms will somehow usher in a new world of peace and prosperity, despite the obvious lack of moral restraint, ethics, and individual responsibility on the part of the majority of this nation’s citizenry. To make matters worse, they want to allow Amnesty, which will displace even more American workers, increase tax burdens on everyone who actually pays taxes, and make their libertarian majority an even more preposterous pipe dream when millions of dependent illiterates immediately support the Left. In short, libertarians are ideologues who don’t understand the consequences of their delusional political fantasies.

    Conservatism is the answer to the problems facing this nation and its workers, but conservatives, including politicians, pundits, and the rest of us, need to start translating conservative values into benefits. Voters want to hear how something benefits them, not how right we are. If a moral stand is taken, explain why it is beneficial to the voter. If we fail in salesmanship, we fail to win and the nation known as the Untited States of America will become The Subordinated States ot the United Nations.

  • wileyvet

    If Mexicans were such awesome workers, then Mexico would be an awesome country. So take 11 million people from a failed state, with a failed culture, and bring them into your country to make it better. Brilliant. Why does America keep thinking it can improve itself, by importing the worst the world has to offer? Politicians need to understand in no uncertain terms, that they work for the American people, are elected to uphold the laws of America, legislate according to The Constitution of the United States of America, and govern in the best interest of American workers and taxpayers. Not unions, or The US Chamber of Commerce, or do what is popular with Euroweenies, or in placating Mexico or other economic disasters around the world. America is not responsible for the failures of other nations, no more than I am for my neighbours debts or foreclosure. Start saying no to special interests, and foreign demands and yes to the American people. You are elected by Americans, your responsibility lies with them and no other.

    • Chavi Beck

      “Imagine people that Mexico, a country that closely resembles a train
      that went off the rails into an exploding volcano filled with cocaine, thinks
      are a burden. Does taking them in really sound like a great
      plan?”–Daniel Greenfield

  • Erudite Mavin

    Schumer offers deal to GOP: Give us an amnesty or Obama will take it (Executive Order) March 2014

    This to match Obama’s 2012 Executive Order and in affect, Amnesty Dream Act.

    Amnesty is already a given thanks to Obama and his Executive Orders.

    The Republican – Libertarian who also pushes this is Ran Paul

    The Rand Paul Evolution: Rand Paul calls for ‘path to citizenship’ for illegals

    By Rosalind S. Helderman, Published: March 19. 2013

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a conservative tea party icon and possible 2016
    presidential contender, endorsed an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws
    that would allow the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants to obtain
    legalized status.

    “Immigration will not occur until conservative
    Republicans, like myself, become part of the solution.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      more like devolution

      • Erudite Mavin

        You got that right Daniel, not to mention Rand Paul is against E verify

        • Daniel Greenfield

          Sure, he’s ultimately for open borders and against the US

  • knowshistory

    but Daniel, the republicans MUST support amnesty. it is rumored that up to 10% of new invader votes will go to republicans. when we legalize 50 million new foreign citizens, that will be up to 5 million votes for those old hidebound senile republicans. do the math!! they need those new votes. by slyly challenging the democrats to experiment with bipartisanship, the republicans just might be able to trick the democrats in allowing republicans to get that amnesty and the alleged 10%. do the math!!!!!!!!!!! we must have the new voters.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      And then finally we’ll board the mothership that takes us to our new home planet.

  • Geoffrey_Britain

    “Amnesty is an assault on the economic freedom and opportunity of the voters that the Republican Party needs to win in 2016.”

    So true. So what? It’s repeatedly been made clear by the GOP leadership that big republican donors speak far more loudly than mere voters. They KNOW Daniel and they don’t care, not even a little bit.

    Call it incomprehensible, call it suicidal, call it treason. They.don’


    Sessions is another George Wallace. We need more immigration, not less. They bring skills and entrepreneurship plus a strong work ethic. Plus they enrich the cultural life of the nature. Populism is for Archie Bunker types.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Do we really need more 9/11s?


    Unfortunately, when people refer to “American” workers or “true Americans,” they mean exclusively Caucasian. We don’t need any more Archie Bunkers or George Wallaces. They definition of American and American worker needs to be broader than that. We are a better nation and society than that.

    • azgirl

      That’s one of the more ludicrous projections I’ve ever read.

  • The March Hare

    “to cracking down on corporate outsourcing”
    Since when is it the governments business whether or not a corporation decides to hire an outside source for performing certain tasks? That is a decision based on economic, schedule impact or internal resources available. It might be cheaper to hire an outside firm to do a task. It might be that the company doesn’t have the expertise to accomplish the task. It might be the lack of resources. You aren’t going to hire a bunch of engineers to do a project and fire them all when it is completed. You contract people from an engineering staffing company or send them the project to do in-house. Small companies are not going to have a cadre of tax lawyers on staff to do their corporate taxes. They hire an accounting firm. In fact, most small companies hire an outside accountant for all their book keeping. If you only have about 20 hours a week needed for accounting tasks, why would you hire another employee do to it? If a product can’t be manufactured in the states at a cost allowing it to be sold at a competitive price, then what is wrong with building a plant off shore?
    If you form a company, it is with the goal of making money, not to furnish jobs. Most of the off shoring that is done is because of costs. Look at the high cost of labor thanks to labor unions and the minimum wage laws which drive the labor unions demands which in the end raises the overall cost of employees. Look at the corporate taxes that cause inflated marketing prices. The taxes have to come from earnings gotten from sales. Prices are based on the cost of producing and doing business of which taxes are one of those costs and figured in and is why it is the consumer who pays the tax. Demanding corporations get high taxes is only demanding higher taxes on all of us. It is one of those hidden taxes. Many people think the corporations are paying it. Well, they are, but not with money that magically appears in their accounts. They have to charge you to get the money to pay the taxes.

  • antioli

    Do not worry. After the Republican party is destroyed the American Oligarchy
    will simply move to the Democrats and buy up what they haven’t already bought.
    No Republicans in San Francisco ,only Democrats,yet business seems to get it’s way except for the facade .