In an almost-missed article tucked away in the Christmas Day Phoenix Republic tabloid-size weekend newspaper insert was this gem. It seems Mayor Philly Gordon has teamed up with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other big city mayors to lobby the federal government for a blast from the past: Comprehensive Immigration Reform. You remember that John McCain/Jon Kyl/ Ted Kennedy monstrosity that so inflamed the wrath of the American public that they shut down phone, fax and internet to congressional offices with a nationally concerted effort, until it was pulled?
Under the umbrella of “Partnership for a New American Economy,” a revised group (names included in this link) is being lead by Bloomberg and includes corporate bigwigs such as CEOs of Hewlett-Packard, Walt Disney Co., and News Corporation, which owns the Wall Street Journal and Fox News. The gimmick this time is obviously to take the onus off of Congress in general and GOP aisle-crossers in specific.
“What we need to do is focus on bringing people together and how to get this comprehensive immigration reform and border security done,” the term-limited Gordon declared. John McCain is known for his line of “We must secure the border first,” although he never clearly articulates “first before what?” The answer is this doozy.
The comprehensive reform term became so incendiary that Kyl and McCain began calling it a “temporary worker program,” which played better to focus groups. With unemployment at record numbers they still haven’t explained the need for these workers. Yuma, AZ, for example has one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates at a staggering 26.7 %.
During last fall’s election, the anxious McCain began talking like a border hawk, even taping commercials in which the salty-tongued former sailor advocated bringing troops and law enforcement together and completing “the danged fence” to keep illegals out of America.
So what do you think Robert Delgado, President and CEO of Hensley Beverage Company, one of the largest Anheuser-Busch beer wholesaler and distributors in the nation, is doing on the Partnership for a New Economy list? That’s Cindy Hensley McCain’s hundreds-of-millions-a-year business. It’s a safe bet Delgado doesn’t operate in a vacuum separate from the McCain’s.
And is it just a coincidence that McCain confidant and political strategist, Wes Gullett is running for Phoenix Mayor, hoping to succeed Gordon? Could the fact that Gullett’s wife served as Gordon’s chief of staff just be happenstance, also?
The (Subscription only) Arizona Guardian reports that Arizona Cardinals President and CEO Michael Bidwill and one of the team’s key players, Larry Fitzgerald, are onboard helping Gullett rake in the big bucks.
Would you be interested in buying a bridge?