The Corrupt Bargain

Nancy Pelosi strikes a corrupt bargain with the Treason Caucus to push the DREAM Act amnesty through the lame duck

District of Corruption

After returning from the gym, I learned in the comments that the awful DREAM Act has passed the House of Representatives. The Democrats under Speaker Nancy Pelosi rammed the amnesty through in the lame duck session. After spending weeks discussing immigration and politics, I was hoping to take a short break from the subject before Congress reconvenes in January.

The House

This is awful news.

The final vote in the House was 216 to 198: 38 Democrats voted against the bill and 8 Republicans supported it.

The Republicans who voted for the bill were Joseph Cao (Louisiana 2), Mike Castle (Delaware 1), Charles Djou (Hawaii 1), Vern Ehlers (Michigan 3), Bob Inglis (South Carolina 4), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Florida 18) and Mario Diaz-Balart (Florida 25) and Lincoln Diaz-Balart (Florida 21).

Joseph Cao and Charles Djou were defeated in the midterm elections. Mike Castle was defeated in the Delaware Senate primary by Christine O’Donnell. Vern Ehlers retired. Bob Inglis was knocked off in his primary. Lincoln Diaz-Balart retired.

Every single Republican who is sticking around in the next Congress (with the exception of Mario-Diaz Balart and Ilena Ros-Lehtinen in Miami) voted against the DREAM Act.

With a Republican majority in the House and Lamar Smith and Steve King in charge of immigration policy, we won’t have much to worry about on that front for the next two years.

The Treason Caucus

The roll call vote on the DREAM Act reveals a number of “screw you” votes from Democrats who were defeated in the 2010 midterm elections. I recognize a lot of these names.

In the “yes” column, we find Earl Pomeroy (North Dakota), Stephenie Herseth Sandlin (South Dakota), Walter Minnick (Idaho), Ike Skelton (Missouri), John Spratt (South Carolina), Tom Perriello (Virginia), Rick Boucher (Virginia), Gerald Nye (Virginia), Betsy Markey (Colorado), John Salazar (Colorado), Lincoln Davis (Tennessee), Harry Mitchell (Arizona), Bob Etheridge (North Carolina), Suzanne Kosmas (Florida), Allen Boyd (Florida), Alan Grayson (Florida), Dina Titus (Nevada), James Oberstar (Minnesota), Steven Kagan (Wisconsin), Baron Hill (Indiana), Mary Jo Kilroy (Ohio), Steve Driehaus (Ohio), Harry Teague (New Mexico), Chet Edwards (Texas), Ciro Rodriguez (Texas), Solomon Ortiz (Texas), Mark Schauer (Michigan), Phil Hare (Illinois), Bill Foster (Illinois), Debbie Halvorson (Illinois), Melissa Bean (Illinois), John Adler (New Jersey), Michael MacMahon (New York), John Hall (New York), Scott Murphy (New York), Daniel Maffei (New York), Paul Hodes (New Hampshire), and Carol Shea-Porter (New Hampshire).

By my count, I have found at least 38 Democrats who ran for reelection in the 2010 midterms, were defeated, and responded by retaliating against voters by voting for the DREAM Act. It is also very revealing that so-called “conservative Democrats” like Chet Edwards, John Spratt, Rick Boucher and Ike Skelton were on this list.

In other words, a Treason Caucus of at least 46 Democrats and Republicans who won’t be returning to Congress (that is not a complete count) voted for the DREAM Act amnesty in the lame duck session. They lost their races and responded by shafting their constituents.

The Senate

Tomorrow morning, Harry Reid will be holding the fateful vote on the DREAM Act in the Senate. In the midterm elections, Reid promised to hold a vote on the DREAM Act to boost Hispanic turnout. We have a much better chance of defeating a cloture vote in the Senate than in the House.

In the Republican column, Bob Bennett of Utah and Richard Lugar of Indiana are expected to vote for the bill. Bennett was defeated in the primary. Lugar is running for reelection in 2012.

In theory, there should be a sufficient amount of Democratic defectors to kill the DREAM Act in the Senate. Several Democratic Senators have already gone on record saying they will vote against the bill. We can only wait and see if they keep their word.

The behavior of known traitors like John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Lisa Murkowski will also be closely watched tomorrow. Graham is on record saying he will vote against the DREAM Act, but that doesn’t mean anything.

The Founding Fathers

Are you mad enough yet?

Nancy Pelosi compared the passage of the DREAM Act in the House to the Founding Fathers. The DREAM Act is what the Founders would have wanted. It is what they hand in mind for their posterity (isn’t that in there somewhere?) with the Great Seal of the United States. We owe this vote to the Founders … the same people who passed the Naturalization Act of 1790 which based American citizenship on European ancestry.

The inescapable conclusion to be drawn from this whole vulgar, disgusting episode – this corrupt bargain with the Treason Caucus – is that the Democratic Party is the anti-White party.

The progressive movement must be annihilated root and branch in every state in the Union. That means voting against progressives wherever they hold elected office as well as their Blue Dog enablers who put them in power.

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  1. “By my count, I have found at least 38 Democrats who ran for reelection in the 2010 midterms, were defeated, and responded by retaliating against voters by voting for the DREAM Act.”

    Just a quick question, as I am not fully aware of the finer details of your poltical system:

    How is the above possible? No, not the fact that they voted for this travesty, but how is it that they can even vote on such a critical isse AFTER haveing been defeated in the mid-term elections?

    Oh, and also, what exactly is the blog “From The Provinces”? Is it some kind of backup for this one? Just wondering, since I posted this exact comment there before realizing I wasn’t at O.D. ! 😉

    Thanks, stay strong.

  2. (1) The next Congress doesn’t convene until January. We are in the “lame duck session” – the last session of the existing Congress, which is controlled by Democrats. They are trying to push all their garbage through now before surrendering power.

    (2) It is kind of a backup. I’ve toyed with the idea of going full time with it.

  3. THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 8, 2010

    Statement by the President on the House Voting to Approve the DREAM Act

    I congratulate the House of Representatives, Speaker Pelosi, Congressman Berman, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and other congressional leaders for taking the historic step of passing the DREAM Act today with a bipartisan vote. This vote is not only the right thing to do for a group of talented young people who seek to serve a country they know as their own by continuing their education or serving in the military, but it is the right thing for the United States of America. We are enriched by their talents and the success of their efforts will contribute to our nation’s success and security. And as the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office found, the DREAM Act would cut the deficit by $2.2 billion over the next 10 years. I strongly urge the U.S. Senate to also pass the DREAM Act so that I can sign it into law as soon as possible.

    This vote is a vitally important step to doing what the American people expect their policymakers to do: work together to address the nation’s most pressing problems. The DREAM Act corrects one of the most egregious flaws of a badly broken immigration system. A flaw that forces children who have grown up in America, who speak English, who have excelled in our communities as academics, athletes, or volunteers to put their lives and talent on hold at a great cost to themselves and our nation.

    I also congratulate the House for moving past the tired sound bites and false debates that have pushed immigration rhetoric into the extremes for far too long. The DREAM Act is not amnesty; it’s about accountability, and about tapping into a pool of talent we’ve already invested in. The DREAM Act is a piece of a larger debate that is needed to restore responsibility and accountability to our broken immigration system broadly. My administration will continue to do everything we can to move forward on immigration reform; today’s House vote is an important step in this vital effort.


  4. “Talented Young People”??? In my experience these hispanic “youth” are braindead idiots who only care about “bank” “beamers” “clubbin” and maxing out their credit cards at the department store. Another foul mix to this brown stew that is here thanks to WWII are the “Samoan” races from the Islands of the South Pacific. A real foul mix of morons who make the Mexicans look like rocket scientists by comparison.

  5. No one can rest easy until the “Treason Caucus” is finally pushed into the minority and the 111th is gaveled into history.

    It can not happen soon enough. I’m actually happy that they may have to spend another week arguing about the tax bill, perhaps that will prevent a DREAM act vote.

    At this point I’m very worried about a Christmas Eve vote that passes the DREAM act in the Senate. This has historically been a period where the Congress has done great evil. The Federal Reserve Act was passed on Christmas eve.

    Until Nancy is gone from the leadersihp our Republic is in grave danger. All we can do is call our Senators.

  6. Our “Republic” died decades ago. We are simply fighting a rearguard action against an advancing Zionist-Globalist tyranny. And except for that Debt Bomb waiting to go off at every level of our political economy, we’d be doomed.

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