‘Why do they hate us?” It’s a burning question on the minds of border-dwelling taxpayers, small-business owners, and farmers, and of Rocky Mountain oil- and gas-industry workers suffering under punitive Democratic policies. Eighteen months into the Obama administration, the war on the American West is in full swing.
The first battlefront: immigration. On Wednesday, Senate Democrats rejected a GOP amendment banning the use of federal funds to participate in any litigation against the new Arizona immigration-enforcement law.
“Our federal government should be doing its job to secure our borders rather than trying to bully and intimidate the people of Arizona,” argued amendment sponsor Sen. Jim DeMint (R., S.C.). “We should not be suing and really hassling the people of Arizona for doing what we should be doing here, and that’s protecting the citizenry.”
All but five Senate Democrats (Indiana’s Evan Bayh took a pass and didn’t vote) sided with the anti-Arizona Obama administration — and against not only a majority of Arizonans, but a majority of Americans who support the state’s effort to restore order on our chaotic southern border and protect American workers facing double-digit unemployment.
Several House Democrats have actively lobbied to boycott Arizona and crush its economy — most notably, southern Arizona’s own Rep. Raúl Grijalva, who urged civic, religious, and political groups to take their convention dollars elsewhere.
“Do not do business with this state,” Grijalva told open-borders zealots bent on punishing law-abiding citizens in order to “send a message.”
For its part, the Obama Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has targeted Joe Arpaio, sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., for more than a year over his strict enforcement policies against illegal-alien criminals. The Civil Rights Division is helmed by veteran illegal-immigration advocate Thomas Perez, who has lobbied for driver’s licenses, in-state tuition discounts and blanket amnesty for millions of border-jumpers, visa overstayers, and deportation fugitives.
Arizona’s neighbor to the north, Utah, is under fire by a different set of left-wing bureaucrats. When Interior Secretary Ken Salazar isn’t busy destroying jobs through his radical offshore-drilling moratorium, he has been blocking onshore development and wreaking havoc on the Beehive State’s energy industry.