Letter: Hagan's flaw is her positions

Mar. 10, 2014 @ 04:49 AM

To the editor:

In the editorial "Hagan makes her biggest flaw evident" (News-Topic, 2-28) the Charlotte Observer worries that Kay Hagan, a North Carolina Democrat seeking re-election this fall to the U.S. Senate, is "hesitant" in answering foreseeable questions such as when she first learned that not everyone would be allowed to keep their health care plan.

A reporter, after multiple attempts, got a response from the senator: "It wasn't clear that insurance companies were selling substandard policies." That is "not true," says Blue Cross/Blue Shield, "and she should know better." Nor does it answer the question.

Perhaps Senator Hagan is "cautious, parses every word and frequently avoids taking a definitive stand" and seems "afraid to articulate" her views for a good political reason: She would rather not remind voters of promises she made about Obamacare.

Another legislative project of President Obama and Senator Hagan is "immigration reform." "Immigration reform" is newspeak for a path to citizenship for unknown millions of illegal aliens and for accelerated future legal immigration. A 1,200-page Senate bill, S 744, embodying these principles had Senator Hagan's vote.

Fortunately for her and for North Carolina, S 744 is dead on arrival in the Republican-led House of Representatives. Her vote for that travesty will not be scrutinized.

Nonetheless, "immigration reform" looms over America. Flooding U.S. labor markets with cheap foreign workers remains a top priority of the Democratic Party and of business lobbies such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. So far, the Republican House leadership is too frightened of its own voters to do the lobbies' bidding. But the pressure on Republicans to capitulate remains intense.

That's not good for middle America. The effects of "immigration reform" on average wages, unemployment, schools, social services, taxes, rule of law, social cohesion, cultural continuity, quality of life and, ultimately, even political stability are worrisome at best.

Many middle Americans let GOP leaders know their concerns a few months back when the Republican House leadership flirted with the idea of surrendering to the open-borders camp. Voter outrage brought an instant retreat and an end to the threat of “immigration reform” (amnesty/immigration surge) for 2014.

But "immigration reform" is a Frankenstein. The billionaires, ethnocentric interests, newspaper chains, broadcast media, and Democrat legislators such as parse-every-word Kay Hagan are regrouping as you read this.

Enjoy this lull. It will not last.

Tom Shuford

Lenoir