Sunday, May 5, 2013

Marco Rubio: The Senator From Facebook

Every now and then the New York Times practices journalism and it can be very good. Maybe they use the Public Broadcasting model. Only roll out the good stuff when they need the money. The latest foray into objective reporting, Latest Product From Tech Firms: An Immigration Bill, delves into the mechanics of the immigration reform bill and provides an insight into why it takes 800 pages to spell reform. I suppose one could complain that the article devotes an inordinate amount of space on Marco Rubio's contribution to crony politics but supposedly he was the hardest sell.
Rubio is cutting his own throat if the Times strops the razor so be it. Goggle, Facebook, and Linkedin are concerned about H-1B visas so as to have a ready supply of people to write the code that makes them great companies. Rather than make that case to the public which to me is perfectly reasonable but somewhat complicated politically by racial politics the high tech companies find it easier to corrupt the system.
Those deals were worked out through what Senate negotiators acknowledged was extraordinary access by American technology companies to staff members who drafted the bill. The companies often learned about detailed provisions even before all the members of the so-called Gang of Eight senators who worked out the package were informed.
What next Rubio? Do we have to pass the bill to see what's in it? Yes, Rubio believes in conservative immigration reform; so conservative that the ad below that is airing at his behest was paid for, not by the RNC, not by the Tea Party, not by the Club for Growth and certainly not by Rubio himself but rather by Americans for a Conservative Direction, which is funded by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn, who run companies where the top employees donate mostly to Democrats. I love it when Senators reach across the aisle.

This guy is the biggest fraud since Arnold Schwarzenegger!

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