Billionaires Who Bought Congress Say They Feel "Shortchanged"

They bought Congress and it isn't giving them amnesty. What's wrong with Congress?

Warren Buffett, Bill Gates

Sometimes I buy things and I'm disappointed when they don't work right. I can just imagine how someone would feel when they bought Congress.

But that's the tragic situation that Messrs Buffett, Adelson and Gates nee Microsoft find themselves in. They bought Congress and it isn't giving them amnesty. What's wrong with Congress, they ask in a New York Times editorial. They paid good for money it. Why won't it work?

American citizens are paying 535 people to take care of the legislative needs of the country. We are getting shortchanged.

They are. Because the 535 people keep taking money from billionaires to pass amnesty instead. But now it's the billionaires who feel shortchanged.

Here’s an example: On June 10, an incumbent congressman in Virginia lost a primary election in which his opponent garnered only 36,105 votes. Immediately, many Washington legislators threw up their hands and declared that this one event would produce paralysis in the United States Congress for at least five months. In particular, they are telling us that immigration reform — long overdue — is now hopeless.

Those dirty bastards, listening to the will of the people.

Don't they know who they work for? Warren Buffett wants amnesty and he wants it yesterday. And if he doesn't get it, he's going to have them all fired. And then evict from their homes.

Americans deserve better than this.

Oh we do.

The three of us vary in our politics and would differ also in our preferences about the details of an immigration reform bill. But we could without doubt come together to draft a bill acceptable to each of us.

So long as it's got that sweet, sweet amnesty for 12 million illegal Democrats.

We hope that fact holds a lesson: You don’t have to agree on everything in order to cooperate on matters about which you are reasonably close to agreement.

Sure, as long as you're all billionaires and like amnesty.

We believe it borders on insanity to train intelligent and motivated people in our universities — often subsidizing their education — and then to deport them when they graduate.

It is. We should stop subsidizing their education.

A “talented graduate” reform was included in a bill that the Senate approved last year by a 68-to-32 vote. It would remove the worldwide cap on the number of visas that could be awarded to legal immigrants who had earned a graduate degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States, provided they had an offer of employment. The bill also included a sensible plan that would have allowed illegal residents to obtain citizenship, though only after they had earned the right to do so.

I also have a bill. I call it the Free Candy for America bill. It gives everyone free candy. Also it includes a sensible plan to install a totalitarian dictatorship.

I don't know why anyone would be opposed.

Americans are a forgiving and generous people, and who among us is not happy that their forebears — whatever their motivation or means of entry — made it to our soil?

Obviously we're a forgiving people. We've already forgiven Bill Gates for Windows 8. And even though the Republican Party is bought and paid for, the Tea Party has yet to start dumping crates of XBoxes into the river.

But that doesn't mean we're ready to sell off our last best hope of being in the middle class for some cheap labor.

For the future, the United States should take all steps to ensure that every prospective immigrant follows all rules and that people breaking these rules, including any facilitators, are severely punished. No one wants a replay of the present mess.

Of course not.

We're going to waive the rules until 5 seconds from now. Then we're going to apply them firmly and strictly. Said no government ever.

Signs of a more productive attitude in Washington — which passage of a well-designed immigration bill would provide — might well lift spirits and thereby stimulate the economy. It’s time for 535 of America’s citizens to remember what they owe to the 318 million who employ them.

Err don't you mean 3 people who employ them?