I know you’re surprised. Me too.
What did President Barack Obama (D-USA) lie about this time? Oh wow, I think there are too many to enumerate, but I’ll choose the heavy hitters. Obama was out talking about “immigration reform” today. He’s talking about it because he thinks he can use this issue to fire up the base, next November. That’s the only reason. Remember that as you read on.
So, what did he have to say?
"They wanted a fence," he said, to boos from the crowd, speaking in shirtsleeves on a hot, sunny day at a park within sight of the border. "Well, that fence is now basically complete."
Really? I must have missed the news on that, because last I heard, it was pretty much stalled. Let’s go check.
Today, according to staff at the Department of Homeland Security, just 5 percent of the double-layer fencing is complete, only 36.3 miles.
36.3 out of over 700. Yes, I’d call that basically complete. And my two story house is basically as tall as the Sears Tower. Hey, if that’s good enough, why did we need universal health care? Basically everyone is covered already. In fact, we’re a lot closer on universal coverage than the fence. A lot closer.
"We have gone above and beyond what was requested by the very Republicans who said they supported broader reform as long as we got serious about enforcement," Obama said. "But even though we've answered these concerns, I gotta say I suspect there are still going to be some who are trying to move the goal posts on us one more time."
I’ve looked. I can’t find any Republican that ever said on the record that they supported broader reform as long as he got serious about enforcement. But, even if they had, he hasn’t gotten serious about enforcement. The only one that’s trying to move the goal posts is him. He wants to score when he gets to the 20. His own 20, not the opponent one.
In fact, David Limbaugh says that it was the other way around.
It's the other way around. The tyrannical egomaniac told Sen Kyle he wouldn't guard the border because GOP then wouldn't work on imm reform
And as Reuters said:
But he offered no concrete policy initiatives or timelines for introducing broad legislation, underscoring the fact that he is unlikely to advance any major overhaul before the 2012 presidential election.
Of course he didn’t. It’s not a priority for him. Making it look like it’s a priority is a priority. Because it energizes the base and gets them to the voting booth. Anytime he can demonize the GOP on something, he thinks it helps him with the voters.
But there’s a problem. If this was a priority, or if it really was the GOP’s fault there’s no movement on this issue, then he should have done it in 2009 or 2010, when the GOP couldn’t stop him. He didn’t, because a) it isn’t a priority, and b) it’s not the GOP that’s causing him grief on this issue, it’s his own party. Too many Blue Dogs are uninterested in sticking their necks out for it.
But he doesn’t care. He’s campaigning, and that’s all this was. A campaign speech. Expect to see a lot more of this over the next 18 months.