RUSH: AP: “Highly Skilled Immigrant Spouses Can Soon Work in the United States.” Have you heard what Jeb Bush has said about all this? He had a speech at the 92nd Street Y, and it’s incredible. Of immigrants, he said: “TheyÂ’re more entrepreneurial, they set up more business, they buy more homes, theyÂ’re more family-oriented, they work in jobs that in many cases are jobs that have gone unfilled. I think Detroit would do real well if we started repopulating it with young, aspirational people.” He thinks that the influx of illegal immigrants via amnesty will raise the national mood and make everybody much happier and more content.
RUSH: This is from the AP, a cheering Associated Press. It’s actually a story from yesterday. “When Neha Mahajan’s husband got a job transfer from New Delhi to New Jersey, she was excited to come along. But the thrill faded when the television reporter realized there was no way she could get a job in the United States because immigration rules barred her from working. Over six years, she became deeply frustrated.” This is Neha Mahajan.
“That changed Tuesday when the Obama [Regime] announced a visa rule revision that will let…” They just “announced” it. They just announced it!
You know what’s gonna happen with this net neutrality business? You know, I said yesterday, “‘Net neutrality’ is as honest a name for that as ‘the Affordable Care Act’ was for Obamacare.” The cronyism that is part and parcel of all of this executive action, is actually worse than just what you think on the surface. It’s bad enough that the president’s bypassing Congress and just making law out of his desires. I mean, we would all love that power, and he’s just implementing it, and there’s nobody trying to stop him — except us, and what are we labeled?
Kooks, crackpots, extremists, or what have you. But it’s more than that. After he establishes these rules, what comes next are the waivers for his friends, the exemptions for his friends, and his friends happen to be the donors. Not exclusively the donors, but largely the donors. How many Obamacare waivers were there? For years. They still are granted. “Eh, yeah, you’re exempt. Yeah, we’re gonna have a massive tax increase, but you are exempt. I proclaim it!” The same kind of thing is gonna happen with net neutrality.
I’m getting ahead of myself on this subject today. That is its own self-contained topic per se today. But I’m gonna go ahead and jump the gun here just a little bit because the Republicans are caving on that, too. They’re ceding all of this power. It’s just mind-boggling. It’s as though they actually do believe this tripe that any criticism of Obama is seen as racist or sexist, bigoted, unseemly, and they’re just not gonna go there. They don’t want to be called that. I still can’t believe that after all these years.
But apparently it’s still an animating feature of Republican Party thinking. Well, net neutrality is gonna end up hurting a lot of enterprises, and they’re gonna sue. So it’s gonna take some time for it to be fully implemented, just like Obamacare was. It’s not gonna be an overnight thing. You’re gonna have people petitioning for redress, lawsuits. But Obama is also gonna be handing out waivers at the same time. Let’s say that you are a young Millennial, and for some reason you have a visceral hatred for Comcast.
So you support net neutrality because you think that with net neutrality Comcast is gonna be stopped from screwing little people like you. So you applaud it. (clapping) “Yeah, man, you sock it to ’em. Yeah, man, they hate the little guy! Yeah, man, they overcharge and they throttle my speeds. You give it to ’em!” So net neutrality comes along, and media dutifully reports that among the telecoms to be harmed by this is Comcast. “Yeah, yeah!”
And then all of a sudden Obama grants them a waiver, an exemption. They are huge donors. Comcast is NBC. They are huge donors to Obama. They are huge bundlers. I’m talking about the Comcast executives who now run NBC. What are you gonna do then when they’re exempted like so many people were from the ravages of Obamacare? It’s gonna be… (chuckles) It’s gonna be everything but the solution all of these people think that it’s going to be. But my point here is, look at this sentence:
“That changed Tuesday when the Obama [Regime] announced a visa rule revision that will let spouses of some highly skilled immigrants apply to work in the United States starting this year.” This is Neha Mahajan: “This rule has come as a big, big relief to me. I can finally dream of being myself.” This was “during a press call organized by immigration reform activists.” Isn’t that wonderful? Now there will be foreigners to do dirty work that Americans just refuse to do like reporting on TV in the snow.
It has been against the law for spouses to work without going through the process of getting the permits and so forth. But yesterday the Regime just “announced,” making it so. The Regime announced a visa rule revision. That’s all they had to, just make it themselves. They didn’t have to go to anybody. They didn’t have to debate it anywhere, didn’t have to get votes and it didn’t have to pass. It just happened because somebody at the Regime demanded that it happen. With this revision, “spouses of some…”
Not all, you see. It’s selective. It’s whoever the Regime wants to benefit. “[S]pouses of some highly skilled immigrants will be able now to apply for work visas in the US.” It’s a beautiful thing! But the rules and regulations for everybody else are just selectively applied and selectively endorsed at the whim of our Dear Leader and people in his Regime. You see, “Employers can hire foreign workers under H-1B visas after proving there are no qualified candidates available in the US Each year about 85,000 are issued, mostly in tech firms.
“Until now, their spouses have been issued a different H-4 visa that made them ineligible to get a Social Security number. They simply couldn’t legally earn any money.” But now all that’s changed with just a wave of the magic wand by the Regime. Mark Krikorian had a post at National Review Online a couple of days ago, and I’ve been sitting on this for a while, waiting for what I thought was an opportune time to bring it up. It starts out addressing the Giuliani allegation that Obama doesn’t love America.
Krikorian makes the point — as I have, by the way. I have made the point on this program that Obama doesn’t like America as founded. There’s always gonna be an America. I have never believed nor have I ever told you that I think they’re gonna wipe America off the map and start over. There’s always gonna be an America. ItÂ’s just Obama doesn’t like it the way it was founded. He thinks it needs to be changed. He doesn’t love America the way it was founded. But he will love it if he can change it and make it the way he wants. The root of Obama…
The way to understand Obama’s problems with America — his grievances — if you will, are all rooted in multiculturalism. If you know anything about multiculturalism or the multiculturalism curricula, then you are well aware of Obama’s problems with this country. I’ve mentioned them to you and they are addressed here in Krikorian’s own way and in his own words. He refers to Obama as a “post-American.” We have post-racist, we have postmodern, we have post-whatever. He calls him a post-American.
He says he likes the country. He just doesn’t love it. He compares it to (summarized), “Yeah, yeah, you like New York but you don’t like some of the suburbs, or you like the suburbs but you don’t like the city, but you love it all. You just want to change it.” He’s making a distinction here that he wants people to understand, Krikorian does, that Obama’s grievances with the country have to do with the way it was founded, and they’re all rooted in the way minorities have been treated since the founding of the country.
There’s no mystery to people who understand this. I do, and I tried to convey it to you. It’s not a question of being too complicated to understand. It just takes courage to believe this. Some people don’t want to believe these kinds of things, so they search for other explanations for Obama’s behavior, but it’s not complicated. The reason why Obama is flooding this nation with people of color, why there’s a de facto erasure of the Southern border, is not per se rooted in Obama’s desire to destroy the country.
He thinks we’re just making amends for past transgressions. Obama is one of these guys who actually… You’ve heard Sharpton and other civil rights people run around saying that the wealth of America was built on the blood of slaves and minorities. Obama happens to believe that, and he believes we haven’t gotten anywhere near making amends for that. We have become a superpower, but we’re not justified. We’re illegitimate in this role because it’s unjust the way we’ve done it. So many people have been excluded.
People, in Obama’s view, who actually were responsible for making it happen.
So this is simply not Obama trying to destroy the country, but to remake it, transform it, the way it should have been in the first place, with the people who actually built it. I mean, it’s typical liberalism. These people believe what they say, and if you have the courage to believe that they mean it, it’s perfectly understandable what all is going on here. He lumps Jeb Bush in, too. The point of this post is he lumps Jeb Bush right in with Obama with this same worldview, that America is not this Shining City on a Hill place; that it’s flawed. It’s deeply flawed. It has been exclusionary; it has been discriminatory in all of this.
RUSH: No, no, no. I checked the e-mail. “Rush, are you saying you understand –” No, no, I’m telling you, I understand the motivation, why Obama’s doing what he’s doing. There’s a chip on his shoulder. I’ve always said it. And what Krikorian’s post is attempting to do here is say that Jeb Bush is, for different reasons, just like Obama in his thinking that America needs to be improved and perfected, that there are deep ingrained problems with it.
You know, both these guys are like me, they’re Baby Boomers. I think the Baby Boomers are the most spoiled, self-obsessed generation that we have produced in the modern era. We’ve had to invent our traumas. Life was made so easy for us by the hard work of our parents and grandparents — and I know this is controversial. Stress is stress whether it’s manufactured or real, it’s all real, has same impact on people.
We’ve had to invent our traumas. We’ve had to invent ADD, HDAD. We had to invent PTSD, all these kinds of things. We’ve had to invent all these things and tell ourselves that we have struggled, too. And we’ve had all this time to be introspective and self-absorbed, and I just think people end up being self-centered. Any time you think you know more than everybody else and you become so self-obsessed governed by your emotion, I think these people have literally forgotten how great this country is, if they ever really appreciated it in the first place.
I’m not sure they appreciate the country. I don’t think they really do understand why this country is as great as it is and how it got there. You can’t possibly understand that if you look at this country as nothing more than a series of grievances that need to be addressed. You can’t see greatness at the same time you see that. Now, the reason I spend so much time on motivation and understanding, I’m just trying to inform as many people as possible here, as you well know.
RUSH: Now, back to the Krikorian piece at National Review Online. His point here is that Jeb Bush basically has the same opinion of America that Obama does, and that is it’s imperfect and needs to be perfected and needs to be fixed, that Jeb is dissatisfied with America and wants to change it to be more to his liking, identical to what Obama wants to do. And Jeb Bush, like Obama, looks at immigration as the fastest way to effect or bring about the change in America that he wants, that he thinks is necessary to improve America.
Now, Jeb appeared at the 92nd Street Y, made an appearance there, and it was a full-fledged appearance with Q&A by a moderator. Here are some of the things he said about immigrants, illegal or otherwise. I mean, to Jeb and Obama there’s no such thing as an illegal immigrant. They’re just people that want to be Americans, and that’s great. Calling them “illegal” is unkind and it misstates who they are, and it stigmatizes them, and it’s a very, very discriminatory thing to do, plus it’s mean.
Jeb Bush said that the immigrants, the illegals that we’re talking about, the subjects of amnesty, they are more entrepreneurial than native Americans; they set up more businesses than native Americans; they buy more homes than native Americans; they are more family oriented than native Americans, and they work in jobs that in many cases are jobs that have gone unfilled. At another juncture in the appearance of the 92nd Street Y, Jeb Bush said, “I think Detroit would do real well if we started repopulating it with young, aspirational people,” meaning immigrants.
Another thing that Jeb Bush said, “We have people that mope around thinking ‘my life is bad, my children will not have the same opportunities that I had.’ What a horrible notion in America, the most optimistic of places, and I think an economically driven immigration plan … would lift our spirits up dramatically.Â”
That’s Jeb Bush. Economically driven immigration plan would lift our spirits up dramatically. Another thing that he said: “The one way that we can rebuild the demographic pyramid is to fix a broken immigration system. … If we do this, we will rebuild our country in a way that will allow us to grow. If we donÂ’t do it, we will be in decline, because the productivity of this country is dependent on young people that are equipped to be able to work hard. … Immigrants create far more businesses than native-born Americans over the last 20 years. Immigrants are more fertile, and they love families and they have more intact families.”
Krikorian writes: “The truth or falsity of these claims is almost beside the point, because JebÂ’s preference for immigrants over Americans is based on emotion, not reason. Despite what some might say, the problem here is not that JebÂ’s wife is from Mexico, their kids grew up speaking Spanish, and they live in a Latin American cultural enclave in the US — itÂ’s that he wants to use government policy to ‘fix’ America by making it more like Miami.
“If Jeb had so little affection for and grounding in his own heritage that he wanted to assimilate into a Latin-American milieu, thatÂ’s a perfectly legitimate choice; I know a number of non-Armenians –” Krikorian is Armenian “– whoÂ’ve basically chosen to assimilate into Armenian life. But to try to impose that personal choice on the nation as a whole is beyond the pale. We donÂ’t need another president who thinks Americans are defective and need to be fixed by the State.
That’s Krikorian reacting to what Jeb said in his appearance in New York at the 92nd Street Y. And it really is the point. Okay, so Jeb thinks America is flawed, and he wants it to be something else. He wants it to be more like the place he chose to live, the Latin-American enclave in Miami. But to take that personal emotional choice and to impose it on the nation as a whole is beyond the pale. And Obama is doing the same thing. They have different reasons, but their desired results are the same. I don’t know how to react to some of these things that Jeb is quoted here as saying. It’s clear that emotion is behind this, not reason.
On the one hand you have Obama, who has his beliefs, and he doesn’t care what the law is, and he doesn’t care what the Constitution is. He’s going to make this country look like the way he wants it to look. It’s gonna be the kind of country he thinks it should have been from the get-go. He’s gonna fix all the mistakes that were made that were part of the founding, all the injustice, all the grievances and so forth, and he’s gonna break the law to do it.
It’s almost a revolution taking place without ammunition and without weapons. It’s an amazing sight to behold here. It’s happening right in front of our eyes, right in front of our faces, and people who profoundly disagree with this don’t speak up. Well, that’s not true. You are speaking up. I’m talking about the official opposition party in Washington or elsewhere. Doesn’t speak up.