The Reuter’s story says it all:
President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that stalled immigration reform would be a top priority once the fiscal crisis has been resolved.
“Once that’s done, you know, the day after, I’m going to be pushing to say, call a vote on immigration reform,” he told the Los Angeles affiliate of Spanish-language television network Univision.
The president’s domestic agenda has been sidetracked in his second term by one problem after another. As he coped with the revelation of domestic surveillance programs, chemical weapons in Syria, and a fiscal battle that has shut down the U.S. government and threatens a debt default, immigration has been relegated to the back burner.
I’ve heard one so-called conservative after another say that the government (woefully incomplete) “shutdown” was bad strategy because the attempt to defund or delay Obamacare was doomed to fail. Of course, if Obamacare is not delayed, then they will have made a correct prediction. But that doesn’t prove the attempt was not worth the risk. Some people believed it was worth it to try and see what happened.
But forget about Obamacare. The shutdown and the panic over the debt ceiling may well still be a great thing that Congress has done for us. Though the shutdown hasn’t actually shut down the government, it has come closer to shutting off any other Legislative agendas that President Obama wishes to pursue.
So, as I write this, on the night of October 15, it looks like no deal is going to be reached in time.
A campaign to persuade the Republican-led House to lift the federal debt limit collapsed in messy failure Tuesday, leaving Washington careering toward a critical deadline, just two days away, with no clear plan for avoiding a government default.
Senate leaders moved quickly to pick up the pieces, saying they were “optimistic” that they could strike a deal to advance an alternative proposal that would raise the debt limit through Feb. 7 and end a government shutdown, now in its third week.
But it was unclear whether an agreement between Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) could pass the Senate before the Treasury Department exhausts its borrowing power Thursday.
Meeting that deadline would be impossible if Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) or other conservative hard-liners chose to throw up roadblocks, Democrats said. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said Republican leaders were leaning on Cruz and his allies to avoid unnecessary delays.
Meanwhile, any bill passed by the Senate would have to go back to the House, where Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and his leadership team showed once again that they had lost all control of their majority.
If shutdown theatre means the President can’t pursue his statist dream of roping in a crop of Democratic voters, I’m all for it. Conservatives should rejoice that Obama has been distracted and obstructed from pursuing his agenda.
With Obamacare such an obvious failure, you know that the President is desperate to get something else accomplished that he can call his legacy. He’s damaged us enough. Congress is protecting America.