Mexican President Felipe Calderon had the unmitigated gall to use an official visit as an opportunity to criticize Arizona’s law to address illegal immigration, a problem for which his and his predecessors’ bumbling and ineptitude in managing the Mexican economy is mostly to blame.
Mexican President Felipe Calderón on Wednesday criticized Arizona’s tough new immigration law as “discriminatory,” a rebuke of a domestic policy rare for a foreign leader to deliver on U.S. soil. Calderón’s criticism was echoed by President Obama during a joint Rose Garden news conference held hours before Calderón was honored at a state dinner.
And, once again, Obama just stood there and took it, just like he did in an earlier visit to Mexico when Calderon chastised him for even thinking about renegotiating NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) and then, to punctuate the point, slapped big tariffs on American imports. Not a peep of protest from Obama. Even worse, he took Calderon’s side.
Arizona’s law “has the potential of being applied in a discriminatory fashion,” Obama said. “The judgments that are going to be made in applying this law are troublesome.”
… Obama didn’t seem put off. He hailed Calderón as a “true partner” on issues from the war against drugs to creating jobs on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border.
Calderon championed the “rights” of the Mexican people to come to the U.S. for economic opportunity. Perhaps Mr. Calderon should mind his own business and focus on improving economic opportunities for his citizens in Mexico. And perhaps he should implement a population management policy to rein in the explosive population growth in a land that is already badly overpopulated. Oh, wait, I forgot – he already has such a policy: exporting people.
When it comes to Obama, I suppose things could be worse. He could be pushing Congress to enact “immigration reform,” a euphemism for amnesty and an open border. Were it not for the fact that the American people are furious about illegal immigration, he’d probably try. He’s smart enough to know that he’d be wasting his and Congress’ time. No such legislation is going to be enacted. Not now and not in the forseeable future.
What’s sad is that the President, contrary to the image portrayed during the election of someone who understands and was willing to tackle the problems that confront this country, he just doesn’t seem to get the problems caused by worsening overpopulation in the U.S., and the role of both legal and illegal immigration in exacerbating those problems. At a time when we have 18 million unemployed workers (50% more than the total of illegal immigrants in the U.S.), shouldn’t it be obvious to anyone that we don’t need to be importing an additional one million laborers every year? At a time when we are dependent on foreign sources for 70% of our oil, isn’t it obvious that we don’t need to be importing a million more oil consumers every year? When the challenge of cutting carbon emissions by 80% is already nearly impossible, how much common sense does it take to know that we shouldn’t be importing an additional one million carbon emitters every year?
As someone who believed the calls for “hope” and “change” and voted for Obama, I’m terribly disappointed. We’re once again saddled with a another in a long line of care-taker presidents, satisfied with tinkering at the margins while the bigger, underlying problems go unaddressed. Health care reform that doesn’t address the biggest issue with affordability: incomes that haven’t kept pace with inflation. Wall Street regulatory reform that doesn’t address the global trade imbalances that fuel the excesses. Jobs programs that leave workers high and dry once again when the deficit spending can’t be sustained. Criticizing states who tackle immigration enforcement when he’s unwilling to exercise his executive powers to address the problem.
Mind your own damned business, Calderon. And start taking care of ours, Obama.