Friday, December 5, 2014

Something For The Children

Watching the House of Representatives is like trying to keep an eye on a bunch of sugared-up eight-year-olds on the playground, except you expect more maturity from the kids battling it out on the monkey bars than you do from this bunch of spoiled brats.

By a vote of 219-197, the Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL)-sponsored bill seeks to undo the president’s latest executive action by exempting “categories of persons unlawfully present in the United States from removal under the immigration laws.” The president announced before Thanksgiving that he would take executive action to extend deportation relief and temporary work authorization to the parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents and other undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children and who have lived here for at least five years.

According to NBC News’ Luke Russert, Reps. Gohmert and Stutzman voted against the bill “because it doesn’t go far enough.” Seven Republicans, Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Jeff Denham (R-CA), David Valadao (R-CA), Mike Coffman (R-CO) Louis Gohmert (R-TX), and Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) voted no.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) gave his approval for the symbolic vote partly to allow Republicans to express their anger at the president for what they perceived to be an unilateral action on immigration law, Politico reported. Boehner hoped that allowing the vote would make Tea Party lawmakers more amenable to a two-part government spending bill next week that would prevent a government shutdown.

Either Mr. Boehner doesn’t have any kids or if he does he’s never learned Rule #1 of parenting: never give in to a child’s demands in hopes of insuring better behavior later on.  It never happens, and in this case, he didn’t even get the desired results: Gohmert and the rest of the Nutsery caucus will never be satisfied with symbolic gestures and empty votes unless it’s one of their own.