• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • You Can Put Lipstick on a Pig...

    It looks like the Obama Administration and congressional Democrats are taking the tough talk beyond just BP and Matt Lauer. The problem, of course, is that Americans have learned something in the last 18 months: President Barack Obama and his Administration like to talk the talk, they just don’t walk the walk very well.

    Politico reports that the liberals have realized the problem with getting traction on their amnesty proposal isn’t that the proposal is flawed; rather, the problem is they are using the wrong words to describe it.

    Out: “undocumented worker,” “an earned path to citizenship,” and “come out of the shadows.”
    In: “illegal immigrant,” “secure the border,” “crack down on employers,” and “get in line.”

    Will this semantic sleight of hand work? Not likely. The fundamental reality is that the Obama Administration’s amnesty proposal isn’t gaining traction because Americans know it is a bad idea, no matter how much make-up gets lathered on the amnesty pig.

    At the same time, the Obama Administration is planning to stick it to legal immigrants by increasing the fees they have to pay to come to America. Because fewer people are seeking to come legally to the United States, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) wants to fund its services by increasing fees on the remaining applicants.

    Even worse, America’s broken legal immigration system is keeping the best and brightest from staying in America. In Ohio, Natalia Laschenova, a member of the Soviet Union’s 1988 gold-medal team came to the United States in the late 1990s and has been teaching gymnastics to scores of Americans with former American Olympic star Blaine Wilson. Her own daughter, Sasha, just got awarded a full ride to Auburn University for her gymnastics skills. Natalia has helped eight other gymnasts receive full scholarships to colleges and universities in the United States. Natalia has applied for permanent residency for almost a decade and her most recent petition as an “alien of extraordinary ability” was turned down, which means she and her talented daughter might have to depart for Belarus. Isn’t Natalia and her daughter the exact kind of immigrants America wants to attract and keep?

    So, despite all the talk, the reality is that the Obama Administration and liberals in Congress want to make it easier to come to the United States illegally and harder to come here legally. Words matter, but actions matter more.

    Posted in Ongoing Priorities [slideshow_deploy]

    11 Responses to You Can Put Lipstick on a Pig...

    1. JoAnne Brunclik, Mil says:

      That only proves that they are the government of illegal drugs coming to America.

    2. Jerry from Boston says:

      I think the content of the "In" and "Out" sentences should be switched, or am I just not reading this right?

    3. foxmuldar says:

      Natalia happens to be a white european. If she were a black or Mexican or other dark skinned nationality, she would have been given permanent status certainly soon after Obama took office. Now the only immigrants Obama and his socialist party are interested in helping are those who break our laws by crashing accross our borders, taking jobs Americans could be doing, and sucking our system dry of all the benefits that most Americans must pay for. This is what it all comes to when the Liberals only want Latino's and other spanish speaking immigrants for their vote.

      Putting lipstick on a pig definitely wont work. Americans more and more are seeing what a jackass we have in the White House. Say no to Obamacare, no to Cap and Trade, No to Amnesty, No to Card check, No to SEIU. Yes to our constitution and yes to throwing out as many socialist as possible in the coming election. Finally say no in record numbers when it comes time to vote that socialist Obama and his henchman Eric the Muslim lover Holder out off office.

    4. Rosemary Mariotti, S says:

      If this Administration allows Amnesty for the illegals, you can bet there will be a civil war. This is a total disgrace how we are being spit on every day of our lives by those that are suppose up hold the Consitution of the United States, protect it's citizens. To those of you that voted for the person Disgracing and Destroying our country, and the title of President of the United States, I sure do hope the change is working for you. When one doesn't listen to what is being said, it can only turn out badly, perfect example. "Transform America" and what did you think he meant. Not destroying it, but I quess you didn't hear or consider his past associations. What a terrible mistake that was.

    5. Rosemary Mariotti says:

      A perfect example of our representatives ignoring laws on the books. Then they have a problem for a Governor in Arizona doing what she can to protect her citizens. Allow , Calderone a Mexican to come into our country and bash our laws, while Obama stands behind him and not we the people. Are you kidding me? Senator Schumer, Manhattan office has had a woman named Alvarez, undocumented illegal for the last 10 days protesting for illegals and demanding amnesty. Now a question why didn't the Senator call ICE an report her? Where are the backbones of our representatives? America we had better clean house in November. We are in deep trouble.

    6. Mitch van Biljon says:

      The problem is not that she lacks the skills but that Natalie moved from the Soviet Union, a country whose policies obama supports. This is payback by a communist against an ex soviet resident.

    7. Michael Sarka from F says:

      I think that they are backed into a corner because it is so unpopular with the general public. Trying to pass legislation as a repeat of Obama care will be the answer to the issue as they see it. Watch the slide through.

    8. The Giggle Test says:

      "At the same time, the Obama Administration is planning to stick it to legal immigrants by increasing the fees they have to pay to come to America. Because fewer people are seeking to come legally to the United States, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) wants to fund its services by increasing fees on the remaining applicants."

      This is merely giving people even more of an incentive to come here illegally. Surely, the Obama administration can't be that stupid to not realize that. Which means they don't care.

    9. John Murphy - Detroi says:

      Plug the damn hole!

    10. Bobbie Jo says:

      for years the government has been pinning people (who the government "deems" minorities) and immigrants against America and the American people and the American way. There won't be any increase, that's all talk. They'll sneak it in property taxes, sales taxes, private medical costs and bla bla bla…

    Comments are subject to approval and moderation. We remind everyone that The Heritage Foundation promotes a civil society where ideas and debate flourish. Please be respectful of each other and the subjects of any criticism. While we may not always agree on policy, we should all agree that being appropriately informed is everyone's intention visiting this site. Profanity, lewdness, personal attacks, and other forms of incivility will not be tolerated. Please keep your thoughts brief and avoid ALL CAPS. While we respect your first amendment rights, we are obligated to our readers to maintain these standards. Thanks for joining the conversation.

    Big Government Is NOT the Answer

    Your tax dollars are being spent on programs that we really don't need.

    I Agree I Disagree ×

    Get Heritage In Your Inbox — FREE!

    Heritage Foundation e-mails keep you updated on the ongoing policy battles in Washington and around the country.

    ×