The Corner

Re: Why Is the House Preparing to Act on Immigration Again?

As Rich pointed out, while immigration reform is often presented as an “absolute priority” on K Street and Capitol Hill, most voters don’t see it that way. In fact, according to that Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, voters are far more likely to say that reforming Medicare and Social Security should be an “absolute priority” in 2014 than they are to say that about immigration reform. 

A majority of voters, 56 percent, said reforming the big entitlement programs — something typically viewed as a politically treacherous exercise – should be a priority this year, compared to 39 percent for immigration reform (which is slightly ahead of climate change, at 27 percent).

Of course, a major difference between the two issues is that opponents of entitlement reform are backed by an army of deep-pocketed interest groups and lobbyists (AARP et al.), while opponents of comprehensive immigration reform are not. Proponents of comprehensive reform have already spent millions lobbying for a bill, and plan to continue that effort in 2014. 

Meanwhile, the media wonders if passing immigration reform will help a “struggling” GOP that has improved six points in congressional polling since the government shutdown in October, and currently holds a two-point edge over Democrats, 43 percent to 41 percent.

Andrew Stiles — Andrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...

Most Popular

Culture

A Farewell to the WASPs

The memorial service for Barbara Bush over the weekend marked the passing of an era. The outpouring of praise for a woman who was an unselfconscious member of a political elite, an insider and establishmentarian, spoke to a pang of regret over a lost ethos of leadership. George and Barbara Bush were easily ... Read More
Sports

Hurray for the NBA

Last month, just before the Final Four, I did a Q&A on college basketball with our Theodore Kupfer. Teddy K. is back, by popular demand, joined by two other experts: Vivek Dave, an old friend of mine from Michigan, who has long lived in Chicago, and David French, National Review’s Kentucky Kid, now ... Read More
Economy & Business

Trade Misunderstandings

I was distracted by other policy topics last week but not enough not to notice Peter Navarro’s article in the Wall Street Journal, headlined “China’s Faux Comparative Advantage.” Considering Navarro’s position in the White House, it is unfortunate that it demonstrates some serious misunderstandings ... Read More
Culture

Monday Links

A Supercut of Epic Movie Explosions. Can You Solve These 10 Medieval Riddles? The cost to make a Margherita pizza: $1.77. How much restaurants charge on average for a pizza: $12. The actual costs of restaurant foods. Vintage animation lessons -- how to make things cute. London's "Great ... Read More
World

On Trade, No One Is Waiting for Washington

President Donald Trump’s flips and flops on trade are now as ubiquitous as his 5:00 a.m. tweets. Many predicted that trade-expansion efforts would come to a standstill and world commerce would suffer amidst all the uncertainty. Instead, the precise opposite has happened. In the last few months, it’s become ... Read More