Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Rubio vs. Reagan

Marco Rubio, running for the Senate from Florida, beats up on Ronald Reagan for being nice to immigrants.

In 1986 Ronald Reagan granted amnesty to 3 million people. You know what happened, in addition to becoming 11 million a decade later? There were people trying to enter the country legally, who had done the paperwork, who were here legally, who were going through the process, who claimed, all of a sudden, ‘No, no no no , I’m illegal.’ Because it was easier to do the amnesty program than it was to do the legal process.

It sounds as if he was alive and running for office today, Ronald Reagan wouldn’t be right-wing enough for the party that he rescued from oblivion when Marco Rubio was in elementary school.

It also seems a tad ironic that Mr. Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, is so tough on illegal immigration when Cubans basically get frontsies when it comes to immigration thanks to the wet foot/dry foot policy. It smacks of “I got mine, f**k you,” but then, that’s not an unusual stand for conservatives.