LatinaLista — Today’s Michigan Republican debate underscored two points that were already known:
1. The Republican candidates don’t want to talk about immigration reform.
2. Representative Tom Tancredo doesnt’ want to talk about anything else.
Four of the Republican contenders in today’s GOP debate.
(Source: LA Times)
On so many levels, this afternoon’s Republican debate that featured, for the first time, all the contenders vying to fill Bush’s chair, was predictable.
Following the transcript of the debate shows that the moderators kept the bulk of the questions centered on the economy, the war and trade issues â€” topics comfortable for Republicans.
Immigration reform wouldn’t have even been mentioned if Tancredo didn’t force the issue. And even then, it had nothing to do with reform.
Mr. Tancredo: I just want to quickly respond. I certainly can agree with the senator on one thing: that the government — that the people of this country believe that the government is broken and hasn’t fixed their problems to a large extent because of the senator’s efforts in support of illegal immigration. That’s one reason why they’re concerned.
And you’re absolutely right. The government hasn’t fixed the problem. And for every single illegal immigrant family in this country, it costs $20,000 — it costs us $20,000, $20,000 in infrastructural costs. They pay about $10,000 in taxes. You really want to do something to restore the people’s faith in government, do something about illegal immigration, don’t just talk about it.
Tancredo was the only participant to bring up undocumented immigrants – not once, but twice. McCain mentioned it in passing.
Colorado Representative Tom Tancredo
Yet, it was obvious that when Tancredo finished his rampages, both the moderators and his fellow contenders, distanced themselves from him. There were no follow-up questions to his remarks nor did any of his opponents take the initiative to expand upon them.
In his second set of remarks about immigration, Tancredo said:
You want to raise wage rates in the United States. You want to reduce taxes in the United States. You want to re- encourage people to think about us doing the right thing as Republicans. Do this: Stop illegal immigration into this country — will do all of these — those things.
And I’ll tell you something else we need to do. I have never voted with Republicans than I have since we’ve been in the minority; it’s incredible. We’re fighting the Democrats now on tooth and nail on every single thing — SCHIP — great. You know what? Standing on principle is a good idea. Too bad we didn’t do it when we were in the majority.
It’s obvious from his remarks, that Tancredo blames the country’s problems on undocumented immigrants. He totally bypasses acknowledging the role they do play in this economy. To him undocumented immigrants are out to get this country.
Yet, what this debate highlighted was that Tancredo thinks the whole world is out to get the United States and diplomacy is not an option.
Now, the other thing is this. When we talk about deficits, our trade deficits, by the way, it’s not importing, you know, toys from China that causes it.
The biggest chunk of our trade deficit is due to one thing and one thing oil — only. It’s oil. That’s where all the dollars flow. And where do they flow? To countries that want to kill us.
So, yes, you better drill every place you can here, and you better figure out every way to reduce your dependency on foreign oil.
But when you trade with people who are your potential enemy, and they have shown a willingness to use that economic opportunity to actually increase their threats to the United States, I’m not for trading with them at all.
Never once does Tancredo say anything about using diplomacy or make the effort to acknowledge what fuels illegal immigration. Both of which show that he has little grasp of the realities of the world we live in.
What he does have a grasp on is hate and mistrust â€” and he’s not afraid to use that as a platform to run for the highest office in the land.