Comments on: GOP: Beyond repealing to reforming Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:10:25 +0000 hourly 1 By: JL4 Thu, 20 Feb 2014 00:59:31 +0000 Reihan wrote: “It used to be enough to be an anti-spending warrior. Now you’re expected to find ways to reduce spending while also making American society stronger.”

Ummm, weren’t Republicans supposed to be doing that all along? When did “making American society stronger” become a new concept to Republicans?

By: stevedebi Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:46:28 +0000 I think there are a lot of hard working Republicans, with work-worn hands. I know a bunch myself. If they now make more money than some, they started at the bottom and worked hard.

I think the article is well written and makes some good points. What surprised me is that it got published at Reuters at all, although Reuters is a bit better than most of the news organizations in terms of bias.

By: brownland Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:48:52 +0000 By proposing an ACA light the GOP have now rejoined the portion of the government that is willing to govern?
Fool me once………

By: brotherkenny4 Tue, 18 Feb 2014 18:28:17 +0000 The GOPers have never typically worked a middleclass job. Look at the soft guy in the picture (either one) they both have small soft hands that have never labored. The GOPers and particularly the leaders have never labored and they refuse to listen to those that have. Their real problem is their meanness. They are just mean. Our laws were written to judge and punish the sinners because the christians and their politicians believe it is necessary to judge and punish those they think have sinned. That’s why we imprison more people that any other nation. Because our laws are meant to judge and punish those that don’t agree with the national christian organizations, the sinners.

By: Mikon Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:14:10 +0000 I am definitely against mass immigration… but let me clarify my opposition.

Americans need to protect middle class jobs, and that includes construction, carpentry, and jobs that require reasonable skill and experience and some degree of training BEFORE becoming productive in that job. The STEM-related jobs definitely should be kept mainly for Americans. The H1B program should be tightly controlled and used ONLY when there is documented evidence that America is “losing out” because of an inadequate supply of educated talent.

However, there is another class of jobs that demands hard work, some degree of proficiency, and a committment by the worker to perform well to keep that job. I urge all responsible anti-immigration thinking people to recognize this class of the job market by reading the Senate Floor presentation by Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) on the subject, which offers considerable insight and possible solutions to this vexing issue. Go to…
and search out her presentation (Statement of Senator Dianne Feinstein,
Statement in Support of S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act)… it will open your view about specific aspects of this complex issue that we need to address in earnest… and it WILL benefit America.

By: tmc Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:42:15 +0000 I think the author maybe on the right track with the Republicans. But I think they will have a long way to go to gain any trust. I am staunchly independent and would have trouble believing anything the republicans offer is good for the people. I believe they truly and only represent corporate America.

By: tmc Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:38:43 +0000 You’re really getting better at this @AdamSmith. That was very convincing. I wonder why the media wants immigration so much? Or is it their corporate owns and influencers that do? Obviously the majority of the people do not.

By: AdamSmith Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:35:16 +0000 Every four and one-half days (4.5 days) the population of the world expands by 1 million people.

The author of this article neglects to mention the one hot-button issue where the GOP can gather up the vast middle class voters: mass immigration.

To become acquainted with the explosive sensitivity of the current phenomenon, simply visit any American news website, liberal or conservative. For example the New York Times, which is typically considered a liberal paper with a liberal readership. Now, spend a few days watching for some article or editorial to appear on the subject of “immigration reform”.

The gist of the article itself will almost always be pro-immigration. (I’ve personally never seen an anti-immigration article in a major news media site.)

But the important thing that the GOP should notice, and is noticing, is the high level of reader comments that such immigration articles invariably ignite.

The reader comments to such articles are both numerous and strongly AGAINST mass immigration. Why? Because immigration is driving down American wage rates and driving up rents. Because immigration on today’s unprecedented scale is quickly destroying the American middle class. It is most certainly a hot-button topic.

If you really want to see some fireworks, read the reader-comments at Yahoo news or BusinessInsider. These typically run perhaps 20 to 1 against mass immigration. Even for the pro-immigration sermons appearing in the very liberal HuffingtonPost, the reader-comments run heavily anti-immigration.

So, authors such as this one, Reihan Salam, seeking to influence the GOP, may debate how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, but the true hot-button issue that will bring middle-class America into the voting booth for the GOP, today and for the next 10 years, is the GOP’s desire and ability to stop mass immigration.


Last Sunday, Feb. 9, a plebiscite was held in Switzerland on whether to stop mass immigration, and the Swiss people voted, Yes, stop mass immigration. It’s becoming clear that if such a plebiscite were held in Great Britain, or France, or the USA, or any advanced country, its people would give the same answer as the Swiss.

Mass immigration into the USA, including the H1B Visa program, is quickly destroying the American middle class family.

The GOP can win the American middle class by stamping out mass immigration strongly. All other issues are secondary.