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The unemployment rate has been above 7.5 percent for four and a half years. Millions have dropped out of the workforce entirely, with more people dropping out than finding jobs. The labor-force participation rate is at historic lows and long-term unemployment is the worst since the Great Depression. GDP growth has been revised downward (again) to an abysmal 1.8 percent.

The national debt is approaching $17 trillion and entitlements consume 70 percent of tax receipts. A record 48 million people are on foodstamps. Eleven million more people live in poverty than four years ago, millions more are on disability. College grads can’t find jobs and are faced with crushing student-loan debts. Businesses are cutting hours and reducing wages in reaction to the impending train wreck of Obamacare. Families are being hit with massive increases in the cost of health insurance.

Our allies are infuriated with us, Russia and China don’t respect us, and the Taliban are waiting us out. Countries with economies the size of Newark’s ignore or rebuke us.

HHS tramples the religious freedoms of millions of Americans, the IRS targets Americans for their political beliefs, and the EPA goes after an entire industry, promising to devastate the economies of whole states while wreaking havoc on U.S. energy production.

Yet somehow Democrats have been able to corral a sizeable segment of the Republican party into devoting much if not most of their time, energy, resources, and political capital over the last six months to comprehensive immigration reform, a topic that barely even registers on polls of the top concerns of the American people. What shiny bauble will the Democrats dangle the next six . . . oh, look – a squirrel.

 

 

Peter Kirsanow — Peter N. Kirsanow is an attorney and a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

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