Votes Not Taken are More Important
In case you missed it, the House voted again to repeal the Affordable Care Act and the other pieces of legislation that are collectively known as "Obamacare." Five Democrats sided with all the Republicans to pass the legislation 244-185.
This was a show vote. The legislation in question has no chance of ever being raised in the Senate and no chance that the President would sign it if it did pass. It was a massive waste of time at our point when Speaker Boehner and the House should be addressing problems that they could actually solve.
While the repeal vote shows that the elections are the only thing that Republican leadership is focusing on, what they are ignoring is even more important. A few weeks ago, President Obama decided to decree that a subset of illegal aliens were now no longer illegal and that they would now be able to work in the US and be free from US immigration laws. While the Obamacare legislation may not be popular, it is legal. What President Obama did with immigration is not legal, even according to his own words just a few short months ago.
Still, House Republicans have made no efforts to reign in this illegal activity nor to halt the effects of that activity by passing legislation to circumvent it. That haven't even offered a sense of the Congress vote to show who does and doesn't believe that US immigration laws are valid and should be enforced.
This is bad news for conservatives hoping that the rule of law will be restored in 2012. It adds to our fears that if Governor Romney is election President, he will push for amnesty and a Republican led House will be perfectly willing to dimiss the will of the current US population in hopes of gaining favor with a new section of the future population.
We all know that Republicans want to repeal Obamacare. There's nothing wrong with getting that point of view on the record for every representative. The fact that they seem completely unwilling to address immigration shows that they don't want their views on the issue recorded before the election. That's bad news for conservatives.