Fissures ripping apart CA Dem ranks

Fissures ripping apart CA Dem ranks

Monopoly parties appear monolithic. They seem to control everything. But underneath, they’re split by fissures.

Karen Bass Immigration Town HallSuch is the Democratic Party in California. It controls every statewide office. It enjoys supermajorities in both houses of the Legislature. Last November, it passed tax increases. It’s ruling the roost.

It’s also a troubled family. The L.A. Times reported on an Immigration Town Hall meeting held July 27 by Rep. Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles. She knows the state well because she formerly was the speaker of the California Assembly.

Bass attacked Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, even the immigration reformers among them:

“There is the crude and there is the sophisticated. At the end of the day, I think both opinions are pretty much the same in terms of the disrespectful viewpoint of immigrants.”

Immigration split

But as the Times reported, many of her fellow Democrats at the Immigration Town Hall also were not enamored of the amnesty she favors, which is in the bill passed by the U.S. Senate:

“Several spoke out against a pathway to legalization, saying it would reward those who broke the law by entering the country illegally. Others pointed to the economy and unemployment and argued that the job prospects of Americans — particularly African Americans — would be harmed.

“Keith Hardiner, 57, said he is the descendant of slaves.

” ‘They were separated from their families, but we had to fight and struggle,’ said the Silver Lake resident. ‘And now I feel like we are being set back and the country is being kind of stolen from us.'”

There’s an irony there. A growing economy can support high wages for both current residents and new immigrants. But a slowly growing economy with long-term unemployment — what we have now because of both Democratic and Republican high-tax, big bureaucracy policies — turns people against one another. Competition for shrinking positions is fierce.

We can expect to see more such fissures in the Democratic Party. For example, one day Silicon Valley billionaires are going to get sick of the Democratic politicians they usually support siphoning off hundreds of billions for the bureaucracies and lobbyists in Sacramento — all for roads that keep crumbling, schools that don’t teach and pensions for those no longer even working in government.

And as I noted earlier, top CA Dem Nancy Peloisi is backing the NSA Stasi-Security Supertate that hijacks Silicon Valley’s latest inventions to snoop and oppress. When are the Twitter and other cyber-geniuses living in San Francisco, almost all Democrats, going to bolt from her controls and boot her from office?

 

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  1. Let It Collapse
    Let It Collapse 29 July, 2013, 13:58

    The ‘Gang of Eight’ and amnesty is simply rewarding criminals and punishing the innocent (ie. taxpayers). That’s essentially what it boils down to. Yes. it’s really that simple. Don’t complicate it.

    Why not give bank robbers amnesty? After all, they are only trying to feed their loved ones.

    Whether you take the money from the public treasure or a bank, does it really matter?

    Both political parties are to blame for this. They have FAILED in their obligation to enforce the laws.

    Hard, hard logic!

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  2. Steven Maviglio
    Steven Maviglio 29 July, 2013, 14:02

    The Republicans should have such problems. And unlike the GOP, we actually have a big tent that includes African-Americans and Latinos.

    As for “competition for shrinking positions” … support for immigration reform is at its highest level ever — among Democrats, nonpartisans, and, even Republicans.

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  3. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 29 July, 2013, 15:22

    Bagdad Steve can really put out those whoppers!

    Hilarious…..

    46 million new residents in less than 20 years….just from amensty and chain immigration….add another 20 million from normal imigration…..and 5 million from newbie aliens and net migration of 5 million….look forward to lots of poverty going forward!

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  4. us citizen
    us citizen 29 July, 2013, 18:06

    Says who its the highest level for accepting illegals and immigration reform? Some progressive rag you have read?

    If you read any of the blogs or comments back to articles, almost NO ONE thinks it’s all right for illegals to be here, let alone gain citizenship!!

    You just keep drinking that cool aid Steven. It just ‘aint’ so.

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  5. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 30 July, 2013, 08:49

    Yes, the Democrat tent is big. It’s so big that it includes lots of crooks (Jon Corzine, Jesse Jackson Jr., Alcee Hastings, William Jefferson, Kwame Kilpatrick, etc.) perverts, (Mel Reynolds, Bob Filner, Anthony Weiner, Bill Clinton etc.), morons (Barbara Boxer, Loretta Sanchez, Hank Johnson…) and the thoroughly obnoxious (Chuck Schumer, Alan Grayson, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Sheila Jackson Lee, Pete Stark etc.) A traveling circus has a big tent too. Just more room for all of the clowns and freaks.

    “And as I noted earlier, top CA Dem Nancy Pelosi is backing the NSA Stasi-Security Supertate that hijacks Silicon Valley’s latest inventions to snoop and oppress. When are the Twitter and other cyber-geniuses living in San Francisco, almost all Democrats, going to bolt from her controls and boot her from office?”

    That’s an easy one, the answer is never. Google, Facebook, Apple, Twitter, AOL etc. make billions of dollars in profits by spying on their customers while feeding them a constant stream of “Ministry of Truth” left wing propaganda. They see the National Security Police State as a natural ally and fellow traveler. From their perspective as empty suit, money grubbing, “Progressive” oligarch’s it’s a marriage made in heaven.

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  6. The Ted Steele Conceptual Abstraction Unit
    The Ted Steele Conceptual Abstraction Unit 30 July, 2013, 09:29

    John– I don’t think you repubs and isolated Libertarians need to worry about the Dem so called “fissures”–I thin you nee to worry about tossing the ultra right tea party overboard because as long as you have them your brand goes nowhere….watch and see…….again.

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    • admin
      admin 30 July, 2013, 10:34

      Ted: The Tea Party isn’t “ultra-right.” That’s an epithet used against them by the IRS in its political attacks on these reformers. The Tea Party also joined with left-wing progressives to nearly pass Rep. Justin Amash’s limitations on NSA snooping.

      — John Seiler

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  7. BillyB
    BillyB 30 July, 2013, 10:18

    Let the Eastern Europeans in. Go Poles, Slavs!!! English speaking, hard working with reverence for traditional families…Can t have that….

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  8. The Ted Steele Conceptual Abstraction Unit
    The Ted Steele Conceptual Abstraction Unit 30 July, 2013, 10:58

    John— Yes they did but the overwhelming mass of teapartiers are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay right and Repub– sorry!

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  9. CalNews.com Editor
    CalNews.com Editor 31 July, 2013, 10:24

    This is Republican fantasy talk:

    1) Republicans hate Mexicans and their overt and subtle bigotry are the biggest roadblocks to immigration reform;
    2) With regards to “NSA Stasi-Security Supertate that hijacks Silicon Valley’s latest inventions to snoop and oppress.” Seriously…? Pelosi is holding hands with John Boehner when she says the things she says.

    The Democrats and the GOP: one and the same.

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