Past Features

May 15, 2016

Trump vs House Leaders
Is immigration the real issue blocking endorsements?

Breitbart -- May 6, 2016  
Paul Ryan Portrays Mass Immigration As GOP Principle
 House Speaker Paul Ryan apparently wants the GOP to keep importing foreign workers --- even though the party's actual voters are instead backing Donald Trump and his promise of immigration restrictions.
    The little-noticed reveal came in a Thursday interview on CNN, when Ryan declared that “this is the party of [President Abraham] Lincoln and [President Ronald] Reagan and Jack Kemp.”
    O.K. everyone knows Lincoln and Reagan --- but who is Kemp? He's a former football star, House Representative, cabinet secretary, and failed vice-presidential candidate in 1996.
    The key point is that Ryan worked for Kemp in the 1990s. Kemp was a very forceful personality, with a California-style 1960s can-do-anything personal story. He seems to have persuaded Ryan that the U.S. economy could provide middle-class jobs to endless waves of striving unskilled immigrants, who would then back GOP candidates as they campaigned for smaller government, spending cuts and capital gains rollbacks.
    Ryan's invocation of Kemp alongside wartime Lincoln and tax-cutting Reagan “is an absurd equation --- Kemp has done noting comparable to Lincoln or Reagan,” said Mark Krikorian, the director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors reductions in migrant inflows. But Ryan's vision of the GOP trinity “means that Kemp is his guy, his mentor, his guru.”

Glenn Spencer -- American Patrol Report
Border chairs withhold endorsement
    Last Friday nine Chairmen of House committees endorsed Donald Trump.
    Absent from the list was Homeland Security Chair, Michael McCaul, who once said Trump's plan for a border wall "simplistic".
    As of May 9, Border subcommittee chair Martha McSally also said she wasn't ready to endorse Trump.
    The American Patrol Report has long criticized McCaul for his seeming lack of understanding of border issues.
    We also had problems with newly appointed Chairman Martha McSally, who showed a strange reluctance to engage in a discussion of real border solutions.
    Could it be that Donald Trump is threatening to expose some House border-issue leaders as not too competent - or is something else at play?