Isn’t One “Train Wreck” Enough?

In 2009, former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) famously urged Congress to pass the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, in order to “find out what is in it.”

Well, we are finding out what is the massive and inadequately vetted bill as the 2014 implementation date draws near. The Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Max Baucus (D-Mt.), describes it as a “train wreck,” and has decided to call it a career and head home to Montana. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) used the exact same words, “train wreck,” in his assessment of Obamacare if it is not “properly implemented.” By properly implemented, Reid means it will need a massive infusion of cash beyond the original $898 million price tag. The Congressional Budget Office now places the cost of implementing the bill at $1.85 trillion over the next decade – more than double the original estimated cost.

Another prominent player in enacting Obamacare was Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) who now warns that health insurance premiums “could go through the roof” and it “in part due to Obamacare.” President Obama himself admits that we could be in for some “glitches and bumps.”

Not satisfied with a health care plan that, by their own admission, is coming off the rails even before it has left the station, many of the same folks who were involved in passage of Obamacare are now trying to rush through the next train wreck, aka, the Gang of Eight immigration bill, S.744. The Heritage Foundation estimates the cost of the S.744 to be about $6.3 trillion, making it the mother of all train wrecks.

Maybe this time it might be a good idea if members of Congress find out what is in the bill before they vote on it. Having just bought a hugely expensive and massively defective product from the likes of Schumer, Reid, Pelosi and Obama, perhaps Congress might want to take note of all “the glitches and bumps” before voting on whether to burden the American people with additional trillions of dollars.

About Author


Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.


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    I support the Affordable Care Act. It will provide desperately needed health insurance to millions. Every other industrialized country has universal health insurance. What other industrialized countries do not have is massive immigration. They out compete us without immigration. The act of treason against the American people proposed by the Gang of Eight should not be compared to the Affordable Care Act, a flawed, but useful attempt to help the American people.

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    Every Congressmen and Senators should have been MADE to read the so-called affordable care act and then
    maybe, just maybe they wouldn’t have voted for it, except for the dumocRATS.

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    This newest P.O.S. legislation won’t be vetted either as it is a “you scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours” way of doing business in Washington, D.C. There is no true bipartisanship, only a bunch of fast-talking, weak minded men and women that couldn’t hold a job as custodian in a one room school house! Term Limits must be added as an amendment to the Constitution, it is the only way to remove these self-serving elitists from office. And that goes for Democrats, Republicans, Independents, whatever. ‘Serve two and you’re through’!

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    FedUpAmerican on

    Under the proposed bill, the nation’s guest-worker programs would be considerably expanded — and this expansion has major implications for the nation as a whole, especially its workers. This guest-worker program could have three big outcomes: bigger government, bigger downward pressure on wages, and bigger problems for the GOP and the future of conservative principles.

    Today, the U.S. is full, we don’t need more immigrants (legal or illegal). Today, the U.S. is broke and in major debt like we’ve never seen before. Immigration should be tied to the needs of the country and NOT the immigrants. People do not have a RIGHT to come to the U.S. We don’t need another “guest-worker” program, we already have well over a dozen of such programs. We are in our fifth year of an unemployment crisis and in the third decade of wage depression for the wage-earners of our society, and yet Congress still can’t act to stop the illegal labor pool and reduce the more than 100,000 new work permits given to foreign workers each month.

    Millions of Americans are unemployed, hungry and homeless. Mass immigration, legal and illegal are killing the livelihood of American citizens. Congress’s job isn’t to work to make life better for millions of illegal aliens, their job is to work to make America better for the American People, to defend our Constitution, to defend our nation’s sovereignty by securing our borders and enforcing our immigration and employment laws.

    We, the American People, have had it. We are sick of the utter lawlessness and corruption. We are sick of always coming in last to Mexico’s and other nations citizens. We are sick of having to pay the salaries of elected officials that continue to thwart the Will of We the People, those who continue to work hard to aid and abet illegal invaders, those who have turned their backs on us and they need to be removed from office ASAP.

    NO to anymore amnesties! We demand that our immigration laws be enforced and that our borders and ports be secured. Every poll that is taken makes it clear that a majority of Americans want our borders secured, illegal immigration stopped and also show that a majority of Americans want lawful immigration levels greatly reduced. This is not about extremism, racism or xenophobia, it is about common sense, the survival of our country and the survival of American families!

    We The American People put every politician who supports this travesty on notice: enjoy your remaining time in the U.S. Capitol because we’re coming for your seat in 2014 & 2016.

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      Veronica M reimann on

      What if we made the law that illegal immigrants could work but had to pay quadruple Federal and state taxes, never own a home or land plus had to pay every single dime for their children to go to school and they could never become citizens or vote, even their children could never become citizens. I wonder how many would want to live here then. Like I said If a very big if

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      nihad mohamed on

      Stop this amnesty immediately,,,drop immigrants to lowest numbers,,,our economy is suffering ,,,great USA. Is going down the drain,,,stop immigration for five years,,until we supply needy USA citizens basic needs , work, education,,health benefits,, etc. Secure our borders and safety ,,,think of USA benefits only,,,get the gang of eight out from the senator’s chairs ,,,they are traitors and making a conspiracy against USA,,,

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      I couldn’t have said it any better.
      This may come down to a twenty first century REVOLUTION, we must be willing, not afraid, to exercise our second amendment rights.
      If they won’t listen to the AMERICAN people, we need to remove them by whatever means necessary.

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      Fed- up American on

      Couldn’t’ve said it better myself. Sorry my Name* is so close to yours.

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    James Slack on

    Immigration time-outs are part of the American story – most recently the one that lasted from approximately 1924 to 1965. Some politicians no doubt have proposed a new moratorium. Alas they are easily batted aside by the might of the treason lobby: the elite political class (all parties of any significance), the main-stream media, business and big-labor interests, and ethnic pressures groups. The odd politician doesn’t stand a chance against this. Remember Tom Tancredo? Nor do the American people, short of taking to the streets. Even if there is sufficient grassroots pressure to defeat this latest scam, you know they will try again and again until we get it “right”, e.g. submit to extinction as a nation.

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    Why has no politician proposed having a long assimilation time-out on all immigration, with exception for special highly skilled immigrants? We might also include a very controlled temporary worker program, but it must be controlled and limited. Everybody wants to say we are a country of immigrants. Well all good things and bad things must come to an end. At 310million, we do not need a larger population with more highways, infrastructure, etc, etc. We will have to adjust our entitlement programs to survive without an ever increasing population to keep the Ponzy scams going. This can be accomplished by tapping the oil and other energy resources, which we have abundance. It will take real patriots and problem solvers to work it out, but not politicians. Only then can we save the country for Posterity as the Founders charged to all following generations.

    All Americans should insist that we have a long assimilating time-out before we ever think about admitting , 15, 20, or 57 million new immigrants? If we do not have a long assimilation time-out it is the end of the USA. We simply cannot continue absorbing millions of immigrants that have not knowledge or respect for the founding without destroying the fabric of the country. It is the Democrats that need the unassimilated immigrant in order to keep them in office.

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      With 150K American Engineer Jobs Butcher Axed from 2006-2010 per the BLS

      We don’t need high skilled immigrants either.

      BTW, these “made in America” foreign corporate automobiles use mostly foreign engineers. A grim future with lower salaries for these foreign car blue collar workers in America, working for like Asian Overlords.

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      Mass Immigration Is Unsustainable on

      Why has no politician proposed having a long assimilation time-out on all immigration, with exception for special highly skilled immigrants?

      Might have a little to do with 1.5 trillion in lobbying. As Mark Krikorian put it, “The Schumer-Rubio bill simply seeks to placate every interest group at the table by handing out more visas.”