After they nearly tanked the global financial system by threatening to default on the full faith and credit of the United States, and after they needlessly shut down the government for 16 days (which alone cost the economy $24 billion), House Republicans learned a lesson. And that lesson is that they got their feelings hurt. And now, they will block immigration reform because the beatdown from their own devastating suicide-bombing mission left them with hurt feelings.
You see, they hate hate hate it that the president wouldn't pay ransom for them to do their job, and they hate hate hate it even more that they begged for this fight and got slaughtered. So, all of y'all immigrants - now you're gonna get it!
"I look forward to the next venture, which is making sure we do immigration reform," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said late Wednesday.Never mind the House made itself irrelevant by not doing its job unless it was paid ransom. But now that the president has asked for negotiations on immigration, Republicans want none of it.
"Good luck," said Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who chairs the House immigration committee.[...]
"It's a little disingenuous to treat the House as an irrelevant branch of government and then say, 'By the way, tomorrow you'll need to go ahead and push (immigration reform),'" said Gowdy...
"It's not going to happen this year," [Idaho Representative] Raul Labrador said. "After the way the president acted over the last two or three weeks where he would refuse to talk to the speaker of the House ... they're not going to get immigration reform. That's done."They aren't going to get immigration reform? They, Congressman? Immigration reform is not a favor Republicans are doing for Democrats. It's not a favor Congress is doing to people who live here, work here, pay taxes, stay out of trouble and still have to stay in the shadows of society. Immigration reform is something our country needs, something our economy deserves, and something that is the right thing to do. That is why you do immigration reform. For this country.
So get over it. Stop being sore losers, and stop acting like the United States Congress the place to act out whatever childish tantrums you have. Start, for once, acting in the best interest of your country instead of lashing out at your political opponents.
I leave you with the words of the one and only Barney Frank: If you got your feelings hurt, give me your number and I will call you and go to the press and say uncharacteristically nice things about you if that will make you do the right thing.