Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Romney Refuses to Answer Immagration Question


How do you tell when a politician is deceitful? The first clue is when they answer a completely different question than the one asked of them. Bob Schieffer asked Mitt Romney point blank "if he would repeal President Obama's new policy on immigration".  Romney's reply:

"I don't know why [the president] feels stop-gap measures are the right way to go. With regards to these kids who were brought in by their parents through no fault of their own, there needs to be a long-term solution so they know what their status is. This is something Congress has been working on, and I thought we were about to see some proposals brought forward by Sen. Marco Rubio and by Democrat senators, but the president jumped in and said I'm going to take this action - he called it a stop-gap measure."

Notice how this is not an answer to the question. It's as if  Bob Schieffer asked a completely different question. Romney basically just repeated the essence of the question and then added some extraneous statements. Deceptive people tend to repeat questions before answering them, perhaps to give themselves time to concoct an answer. In addition to answering a different question than what was asked of him, Romney used the old 'give them an answer so long and convoluted they forget what the question was" ploy. An honest person would have just said 'yes' or 'no'.

Bob Schieffer, being an actual journalist repeated twice "just to be clear is that a yes or a no, would you repeal it?" Romney continued his refusal to answer the question, and instead just insulted President Obama with utterly false claims.

In the name of accuracy here is the truth regarding the Dream Act that Romney blatantly claims the "President waited until 4 months before the election to do anything about".

Members of Congress have introduced several forms of this bill in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Members in the House passed one such bill on December 8, 2010 by a vote of 216-198; Senators debated a version of the DREAM Act on September 21, 2010. A previous version of the bill, S.2205, which required 60 votes to gain cloture, failed on a 52-44 vote in 2007, 8 votes short of overcoming a filibuster by senators opposed to the bill.

Bottom Line

So while President Obama's move on immigration is purely political, it is also true the Republicans have blocked the Dream Act since 2010. One other point, it is "Democratic senators" not "Democrat senators". Perhaps Democrats should start calling Republicans "Repubics", as in "the House of Representatives is controlled by the Repubics".

Source:

Romney: Immigration needs long-term fix, not stop-gap
DREAM Act


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