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The mind of the Progressive revealed: Solutions can't exist outside of legislation. Not passing laws means doing nothing.
The sentence in bold (which you quoted) is part of the Progressive mind's reveal (as if you didn't realize that).
I never said the federal government can or should do nothing. And you accuse me of making **** up?
The entire premise of this thread is based on a belief that the "immigration problem," the definition of which I doubt we can all agree upon, can be solved through legislation. Ryan won't negotiate with Obama on a comprehensive immigration solution (read: Legislation) and therefore the progressives herein seem to believe the problem can't be solved. Certainly that's the way Obama looks at it. Every time he is reminded of a problem that has been gnawing away at the nation throughout his terms, his response is the same: "If the Republicans would stop blocking my (legislative) plan for this and my (legislative) proposal for that we'd have these problems solved overnight."
Some of you have extended your accusations of Ryan to include a refusal to negotiate with Obama on all of our "problems." I get that. If Obama can't be trusted on immigration "reform" what issue is out there upon which he can he be trusted to negotiate in good faith? The answer is none that actually require negotiation and compromise; none for which the starting point isn't a basic, pre-existing agreement by both parties on what needs to be done and how to do it. In other words...none.
This country has a lot of problems, many of which cannot be solved by the government, and of those which require government involvement, new legislation is rarely what's needed.
Cases in point:
ISIS is running amok in the Middle East, slaughtering men women and children. Those they don't kill they enslave, rape and/or drive into a desperate attempt to find refuge. What new law is required to address this problem?
The Russian bear has awakened and is sticking its nose and claws into areas where we have strategic interests. What new law is required to address this problem?
In another thread, there is a discussion on the extent to which racism continues to exist in this country. While I may not agree with my progressive friends on the extent to which it exists and the scope of its impact, I do agree it remains in our nation and our culture. What to do about it though? Pass a law that makes it illegal to hate someone because of the color of their skin? That's sure to be a huge success.
Our public education system is in shambles and we are slipping on the world stage in this regard. I know, let's pass a law that requires every child to pay attention in class, every teacher to do a good job and every parent to care about their kid's education, and while we're at, let's pass a law that raises taxes on the "rich" so we have even more money to throw at the problem than we already do. Paying more, per student, on education than just about every other nation in the world hasn't been proven to be a failure. It's just not enough. We're almost there. That it hasn't worked only shows that we haven't spent enough!
Progressives believe every problem can be solved with money and laws. Usually the laws are designed to take money from some citizens and divert it to "solving" the problem. You can't help it, you like the idea of Big Government taking care of us all, and taking money out of the pockets of the "Rich" to fund that care. By supporting the Big Progressive Government and its Big Progressive Policies you get to feel like you too are taking care of all of us and especially our least fortunate brothers and sisters. It also allows you the luxury of believing that highly complex and often intractable problems are actually easy to fix if only the greedy bastards on the right would go along with new programs, new laws and surrendering more of their money which, as we all know, they basically stole from the rest of us in the first place.
Since you want a Big Government and believe it can solve all of our problems if given free reign, and since conservatives want a small government and believe a Really Big one generally makes problems worse thanks to the law of unintended consequences, it's only natural for you to see them as standing in the way of Utopia in our time. I'd despise us too if I was a progressive.
My point about appropriation bills was that in most cases these are the only "new" laws congress needs to enact. Obviously the military needs money to operate and since congress controls the nation's purse strings, it the place from which the money is going to come. But appropriation bills aren't fun, no one gets to attach his or her name to them and they don't make for much of a legacy.
In reality, most of the Republicans in DC feel the same way about Government and legislation as the Democrats. They like Big Government too and they like spending taxpayer dollars. They like to have their names attached to a bill and they all want a legacy. It's why progressives really hate the Tea Party. Those mean-spirited bastards have gotten in the way. They all remember the amnesty for enforcement con that Reagan fell for and are not about to let it happen again. The GOP Establishment was poised to cut another sham deal, but those dirty teabaggers made it radioactive. They have the nerve to actually try and represent the views of the people who sent them to DC with their votes.