John Carter & The GOP’s Misplaced Priorities

Congressman John Carter (R-Round Rock) has his priorities misplaced. In an interview with Roll Call Carter tells what the GOP’s strategy will be in 2014, GOP Negotiator: No Immigration Overhaul This Year.

Boehner told the conference and the press last week that leaders and committee chairmen will produce a blueprint outlining agreed-upon principles for overhauling the nation’s immigration system, leading many to speculate that votes on the issue could be held later this year.

“I’m opposed to voting on a bill this year,” said Carter, who was a member of GOP leadership last Congress. “I was in conference when John announced that. It was a surprise to me as much as it was a surprise to anybody else.”

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Carter added that the votes could leave Republicans vulnerable to primary attacks from the right, especially if, as is expected, the changes take on the question of the legal status of some 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.

“I personally think this is the wrong time from our standpoint to go forward on immigration,” he said. “It’s an election year. I mean Texas is in the middle of primaries right now.”

That said, Carter would contribute to policy change efforts if he is asked, he said. His views on timing do not necessarily mean he will oppose bills if they come to the floor.

At the end of the conversation, (from the audio), Carter was pressed on why he thought it was a mistake.

Top of the bill being that it’s not good politically for the country?
Carter: Top of the bill being that it changes the subject.
From Obamacare?
Carter: There you go.

It’s an election year now and Carter the GOP, and the tea party want no part of immigration reform. They don’t want the base of the party to stay home in November, and they believe passing immigration reform would do that.  They also believe that what worked n 2010, will work again in 2014. 2010 Redux. Why Not?

They need to turn out white senior citizens who hate Obama. They figure if it ain’t broke, they’re not going to fix it. We’ll see if they’re right.

Carter last year said this about immigration reform in the local Chamber of Commerce news.

“Economically for the state of Texas, there is probably no bigger issue right now in Washington D.C.,” Carter said, explaining that Texas has the largest influx of immigrants of any state.

The only thing that’s different from when Carter made that statement is the calendar.  It’s now an election year and immigration cannot be allowed to, “capture the media cycle”.  Economics aside, the immigration issue, is about people, families and most important human dignity. Keeping immigrants in the shadows, because it’s not good politics for the GOP in an election year, shows exactly what the GOP’s priorities are.

Just as keeping their cruel, and failed plan of trying to take away health insurance from the millions that are now insured, front and center in 2014 does. Obamacare enrollment has been growing faster in Texas since December.  Also over 200,000 more Texans would have health insurance had Perry and the GOP allowed Medicaid to be expanded. We can only imagine how many tens of thousands more Texans would have health insurance had the Texas GOP not been fighting against Obamacare from the beginning.

But what Carter and the GOP’s cynical political ploy shows is that they’re not concerned about working to solve problems.  They’re only concerned about keeping things the same as they are now.  We cannot move past these two issues, and many more, if we keep electing the same people to office.  If again, too many of us who don’t vote and don’t get to the polls in November then nothing will change.  The sad truth is that the only way they can repeat their success of 2010, is if we allow them to do it again in 2014.

Here are several ways to combat that, 9 Ways to Channel Your Inner Activist in 2014.

And be sure and check our Carter’s opponent in 2014, Democrat Louie Minor.

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