The Problem With Being So Principled

When you talk to a Republican, you can more often than not be exactly sure about what he stands for.  At least, you can be sure that he’s going to tell you what he stands for with scarce little equivocating.  That’s what they do, and they’re good at it.  Principled or not, Republicans have made it something of an art form to at least create the solid illusion that they are.  The only problem with being so principled, however, is that you now have to live up to that.

Mitt Romney knows all the lyrics and more often than not can hit the high notes flawlessly.  Claiming to be an avid hunter, promising to double Gitmo, and accusing Giuliani of a running a sanctuary city, Mitt’s been quite successful in adopting that Republican flair for principle.  Also like so many of his party fellows, Romney also seems to be having a hard time living up to those principles.

Key among this firebrand set of bumper sticker positions on the issues is the completely un-nuanced position the illegal immigrants are bad mkay?  Given that the Republican base is very much on the anti side of the immigration debate, it came as a blow a while back when it turned out that Romney himself employed an undocumented worker or two.  But he survived it, and you’d think he would have learned his lesson as well.

But no, he didn’t.

Standing on stage at a Republican debate on the Gulf Coast of Florida last week, Mitt Romney repeatedly lashed out at rival Rudy Giuliani for providing sanctuary to illegal immigrants in New York City.

Yet, the very next morning, on Thursday, at least two illegal immigrants stepped out of a hulking maroon pickup truck in the driveway of Romney’s Belmont house, then proceeded to spend several hours raking leaves, clearing debris from Romney’s tennis court, and loading the refuse back on to the truck.

He fired the company that hired the illegal aliens yesterday.  Making matters worse, of course, is the fact that this was the second time he has had to deal with the company over the same issue, proving that on top of not being able to meet his own standards, Mitt Romney apparently is incapable of learning from his own mistakes as well.

3 Responses to “The Problem With Being So Principled”

  1. Laura says:

    I agree that Romney shouldn’t be saying anything about “illegal immigration” if can’t do his own yardwork. I get a little nervous when the expectation is to ask landscape companies if they hire “illegals” or to wait, looking out your window when the contrator shows up so you can run the “illegals” or brown-skinnned workers off the property. I look all around my town and I don’t know if the brown-skinned maintenance workers are illegal, but I’m assuming the US policy is that it doesn’t matter.

    I wonder if citizens can be against the Mexican government shoving all its poor people into the US (so it doesn’t have resistance as it enriches the oligarchy) and still help people who are here “illegally”. I think intense racism is encouraged where the policy ‘trickles down’. I’m concerned about the mistreatment of individuals when the policy is simply cheap labor. People who need contractors then have to be large buttheads toward workers and ask for their papers? It’s all just confusing, but Romney is an idiot nonetheless. I’m sure he doesn’t even consider the power he would have as president (hehe) to lean on the Mexican government to start reinvesting the wealth in that country so people can find good jobs at home.

  2. Ian says:

    The problem could be easily dealt with if we desired it; have the government, not the “free market”, PENALIZE the employer, any employer, who hires illegals and pays them subpar wages under the table. The argument that immigrants “do jobs Americans don’t want” is untrue; Americans will do these jobs, if they are paid a living wage.

    The IRS already has the tools to do this. However, enforcing these laws would drive up costs all over the economy for all kinds of goods and services. The real answer to the question “why don’t we do something about illegal immigration?” is: “We want and depend on illegal immigrants to keep our costs down.” (The same argument used by the South for slavery, by the way.) If we are unwilling to pay more for yard work, vegetables, domestic work, home construction, and all the trickle-up costs associated with industries that employ undocumented workers, then we need to shut up about immigration.

  3. nikto says:

    Good comment, Ian.

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