When I was growing up, it seemed that all of the adults in my life had gotten together to come up with the same catch phrases to use no matter the situation. The classic, “Beggars Can’t Be Choosers,” was always a popular one. Looking back, that statement seemed to define our time. “You want something different to eat?” Sorry, dinner is what is on the table. “You desperately need new shoes?” Take whatever ones are cheaper and be happy with it.
Lately, however, it seems that the generation preceding mine was wrong. Beggars in this country have become the choosers. The Democrat Party recognizes it, and is taking full advantage of it. The Republican Party knows it too be true, but can’t seem to figure out how to deal with it. I can already picture the next DNC candidate’s advertisement. “Do you want something that you cannot afford? Vote for me, and I’ll make sure the federal government gives it to you.” “Didn’t get what you wanted? Vote for me, complain about the people who kept us from spending more money, and I’ll make sure the federal government gives it to you.”
Nowhere does this pervasive idea show itself more than in the current debates on immigration reform. With millions upon millions of illegal immigrants looking to obtain citizenship, and countless millions more looking to enter the country and obtain citizenship, it has become obvious that the current administration’s policy regarding illegal immigrants is to look at the group as a future voting base.
Word has spread to the legislative body has well, and congressman after congressman is lining up to purchase as many votes as possible. Marco Rubio showed what will happen if you push too hard to garner support from a group that legally cannot vote for you. His over-zealous attempt to strong-arm congress into passing a bill that would only increase the voter base for his political counterparts across the aisle serves as a reminder to all of us that the republican party has not figured out how to handle this issue.
The Democratic Party seems to be doing better, but only because they are catering to the beggars. That may actually be a pretty solid slogan for the next democratic presidential candidate: “The DNC– Catering to the Beggars since 1792.” I asked one of my friends this question the other day, “If you asked your mom and dad to buy you a new pair of shoes, and your dad said he’d buy them only if you did yard work, while your mom offered to buy shoes, socks, and headphones, who would be more likely to say was your favorite parent?” The answer is obvious, and as long as Mom keeps buying things for you, you would keep choosing Mom. The major problem with this issue comes when Mom runs out of money. First she would start taking it from Dad, then she would take it from your siblings who did the yard work, and finally she would go looking to steal it from Grandma or, even worse, obtain a line of credit just to keep you on her side.
This approach leaves the Democratic Party in a precarious position. It may not happen tomorrow, it may not even happen this decade, but the signs are loud and clear — if both parties continue to approach the immigration reform problems with the same old approach, everyone is going to run out of money. Then it’ll be China doing the choosing.