Opposition to Amnesty Jeb Bush Just Can’t Figure Out: Is this Leadership Skill?

Opposition to Amnesty Jeb Bush Just Can’t Figure Out: Is this Leadership Skill?

“I am not a wizard!” — Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush is running for President in the 2016 elections.  Don’t kid yourself.  Jeb’s machine inside Florida has been a political force for years, trying to build traction for Jeb, waiting for Jeb’s moment.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Bush said during his remarks to a Manhattan Institute meeting, “It makes no sense to me.” concerning opposition to comprehensive immigration reform that contains amnesty.

However, part of the job of being President is to understand the complexities in a policy debate and to recognize the different positions and interests on both sides.  Whether in persuasive debate or in leadership in office, one of the skills necessary for a leader is to understand both sides, for and against.  A politician who cannot comprehend why people take the opposite view is unable to answer their objections, incorporate the views of all sides into an improved plan, or persuade voters to follow his leadership.

Instead, Jeb Bush is becoming the Republican version of Joe Biden with goofy comments and gaffes.  Jeb proclaimed that breaking our nation’s laws to enter the country illegally is “an act of love.”

Opposition to amnesty for illegal aliens is clear, simple, and easy to understand:  They broke the law.  The USA should not reward law-breaking.  If we do reward law-breaking, more people will break the law.  If we give amnesty to illegal aliens, more millions will follow and crash the gates in the future.  We oppose amnesty for the same reason we don’t pay off kidnappers:  They will simply kidnap more people if we reward them.  It’s a hard-line position, but absolutely necessary.

Jeb Bush told the Manhattan Institute crowd:  “For the life of me I have a hard time understanding why people are fearful of our own heritage, our own history.   The rules are you come to this country, you pursue your dreams, you create value for yourself and your families and others and great things happens to you and to our country. Why would we ignore that at time when we need to restart and rejuvenate our economy?”

That is not leadership.  Rather than trying to answer objections and be persuasive, Jeb Bush simply ignores the powerful arguments on the other side.  This makes Jeb look silly, rather than advancing an argument.  It is not an effective argument of a leader — even if said flippantly or carelessly — to argue “I don’t understand the argument.”

Running for President is why Jeb Bush was one of the creators of the controversial “Common Core” education fiasco.  What liberals of both parties did to health care in Obama Care, and for the same reasons, Jeb Bush, Lamar Alexander, and scores of naïve liberal Republicans have also done to our nation’s schoolchildren and local school districts.  The name for education reform keeps changing over the years, but its Obama-Care-like defects remain.  Like Obama Care, Jeb’s idea of education reform is a symbolic gesture that we care, ignoring the actual results that are dumbing-down our kids.  (Yes, the theme of higher standards as cover for experimental, hair-brain theories of education ends up with dumber, not smarter, school children.)

Jeb thought that he could build political stature by building a record of improving our nation’s schools.   Jeb wanted to run for President on a record of proving that he cares about education for their children.  But instead Jeb reminded us of what happens when superficial and gullible establishment Republicans get “rolled” by entrenched, liberal institutions.  It doesn’t matter what the politicians announce, opportunistic progressives always put the politician’s label on the outside of their pre-existing progressive plans.  Liberal activists advance their long-term agendas, but pretend they are implementing the politicians’ initiative.

So while Jeb Bush thought he could build a record as a “compassionate conservative” who took bold action to reform our schools, instead he demonstrated that he — like most moderates — is easily fooled by leftists with their own agenda and how he has only a paper-thin grasp of the problems and challenges we face.

In addition to the obvious reasons to oppose amnesty, there are not enough jobs in  America for high-tech workers.   The comprehensive immigration reform Bush is pushing would be disastrous for American professionals who still have some little hope of earning a decent salary.

 On August 30, 2013, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers published in its journal Spectrum, “The STEM Crisis Is a Myth.”  (STEM jobs are those in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.)  The IEEE describes itself as the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence in science and engineering for the benefit of humanity.  The IEEE article reports that within the United States —

“[T]here are more STEM workers than suitable jobs. One study found, for example, that wages for U.S. workers in computer and math fields have largely stagnated since 2000. Even as the Great Recession slowly recedes, STEM workers at every stage of the career pipeline, from freshly minted grads to mid- and late-career Ph.D.s, still struggle to find employment as many companies, including Boeing, IBM, and Symantec, continue to lay off thousands of STEM workers.”

The Washington Post reported on April 24, 2013, in “Study: There may not be a shortage of American STEM graduates after all,” that the United States has

“more than a sufficient supply of workers available to work in STEM occupations.”  A study by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) found, for example, that many computer science graduates report that there are no jobs available for them in their computer disciplines.”

And IEEE analyzed: “Viewed another way, about 15 million U.S. residents hold at least a bachelor’s degree in a STEM discipline, but three-fourths of them-11.4 million-work outside of STEM.”  Therefore, “If there is in fact a STEM worker shortage, wouldn’t you expect more people with STEM degrees to be filling those jobs?”

So there are about 11.4 million high-tech workers who are already citizens or legal residents available to fill high-tech job vacancies, but they are not working those high-tech fields that they chose to get college degrees in.  Those are 11.4 million candidates that Microsoft could recruit before trying to import foreign workers.

And one of the most unpopular policies is being sold based on a lie. The Washington Post reported on July 7, 2012, in “U.S. pushes for more scientists, but the jobs aren’t there,” on high-tech graduates who cannot find jobs.  The Post quotes Jim Austin, editor of the online magazine Science Careers:

“And yet, it seems awfully hard for people to find a job. Anyone who goes into science expecting employers to clamor for their services will be deeply disappointed.”

On July 9, 2009, USA Today reported in “Scientist Shortage?  Maybe Not” the findings of Michael Teitelbaum, of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in New York, that there are “substantially more scientists and engineers” graduating from the USA’s universities than can find attractive jobs.





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