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Jeb Bush unplugged

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Friday immigrants are "more fertile" and give the United States an edge over its economic rivals.

Bush, a potential Republican presidential candidate, spoke at the Road to the Majority Conference sponsored by the Faith and Freedom Coalition, The Washington Post reported.

"Immigrants create far more businesses than native-born Americans," he said. "Immigrants are more fertile, and they love families, and they have more intact families, and they bring a younger population. Immigrants create an engine of economic prosperity."

Bush, whose wife was born in Mexico, said China, Japan and European countries do not have a tradition of welcoming immigrants. He is a long-time advocate of immigration reform.

"If we don't do it, we will be in decline, because the productivity of this country is dependent upon young people that are equipped to be able to work hard," Bush said.

The Republican Party lost the 2012 presidential election partly because of Mitt Romney's poor performance among Hispanic voters. But many speakers at the conference, like Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., continued to take a hard line on immigration.

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  1. BobinmsComment by Bobinms
    June 15, 2013 @ 8:44 am

    Bush forgets that the party is made up of business and people. And business, like government, exists to serve the people, not the other way around.

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    • capricorn1Comment by capricorn1
      June 17, 2013 @ 7:04 am

      sounds like the bush family needs to do an intervention on jeb
      crack cocaine is a bad drug.

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  2. gritchieComment by gritchie
    June 15, 2013 @ 9:22 am

    Pander much, Jeb?

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  3. teapartyproudComment by teapartyproud
    June 15, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    Immigrants get countless advantages over Americans from our ultra-interfering government, including not paying taxes on their business for the first five years. Quit stomping on the necks of Americans who want to start a business and you’ll see quite a different result.

    The Bushes are all globalists who will gladly sell out America for their new world order dream. Go away, Jeb Bush, and don’t come back. Ever!

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    • cherielwComment by cherielw
      June 15, 2013 @ 10:26 am

      Not to mention they get a near-instant business loan when they come to the U.S. Amazing, isn’t it? I had a neighbor a few homes down back in the ’80s who was from India. He told me that the American government helped him get his house, helped with the down payment and gave him a REALLY low interest rate. I was 29, with a great credit score, and had to jump through hoops to get my house, and my rate was no where NEAR his low rate. Yes, it pays being American, doesn’t it?

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    • westtexaslibraryladyComment by westtexaslibrarylady
      June 17, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

      The “immigrants” sneaking across the border are NOT coming here to build businesses. The “immigrants” that are already here illegally, collecting all sorts of freebies in social services and tax refunds are not building anything here. They are stealing.

      The immigrants Bush is talking about are not the same ones that are sucking the life out of America. The millions of “immigrants” that will benefit from amnesty and so-called reform are not the ones who come here to benefit the society. He’s comparing apples and oranges and trying to make them sound like the same thing.

      This is a different USA now. With millions of Americans out of work, many of whom are highly educated, qualified professionals, it is irrelevant to talk about how our society benefited from the immigrants who came to America during the last 2 centuries. Yes, they are an important part of our heritage and success, but the reality is that there aren’t enough jobs for Americans NOW. Back then there were more jobs than people — that’s not true any more. To recognize the reality of today is not an attempt to change the contributions made by immigrants who helped build this country, it’s simply a recognition of the fact there are not enough jobs for Americans.

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  4. constitutionalistComment by constitutionalist
    June 15, 2013 @ 10:06 am

    Another Chris Christie. Anything conservative American is put down. I am tired of paying for illegal immigrants, their children and medical care.

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    • gopluvaComment by gopluva
      June 15, 2013 @ 11:08 am

      Jeb says they have more intact families. How can that be when the men from those families are living it up over here (families in mexico)the ones who have families here are on welfare, Medicaid, ER constants and food stamps. Not what I call a boon to our economy. Instead of paying out all this money to illegalsd put it into American businesses.Plus if our politicians would stop voting to have abortion as a plus call it what it is. If someone doesn’t want a baby adopt it out. Make adoption laws easier to use.

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  5. walkermanComment by walkerman
    June 15, 2013 @ 10:19 am

    “The Republican Party lost the 2012 presidential election partly because of Mitt Romney’s poor performance among Hispanic voters.”

    I read the reason was because there was such a low turnout of republican voters. That there was enough registerd republicans that didn’t vote to win the election.
    Why register if you are too lazy to get out and vote??
    If you don’t vote, don’t complain about the outcome!

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    • Jota_Comment by Jota_
      June 15, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

      The true reason Mit lost was he was perceived as a RINO and would not have won a single state if it was not for his performance during the first debate which showed he did have some fight for conservative principles, and if he had continued to fight in the second and the third he would have won

      If there is one thing the American people love it is someone who will stand and fight for what they believe even if they stand alone

      And now that the liberal’s fearless leader has shown he will betray all he claims to believe they are not likely to buy boloney peddled from another snake oil salesman

      The logic is very simple, we all know, instinctively, that someone who is willing to die for what they believe they can be trusted with our lives

      Those who tailor their views to fit with what is the current fad can only be trusted to be in it for themselves, and since that is usually what we mostly decide between then we think which will hurt us the least, and a group of people who have labored in the hot sun are not inclined to trust their fate to a man of weak convictions who has made a fortune off the back of others.

      So the very fact Romney got some of their vote is more the surprise.

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  6. arwenusaComment by arwenusa
    June 15, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    I’ve suspected all along that Jeb Bush was in the “let’s convert America to Mexico Norte” crowd, along with both Georges.

    “The Republican Party lost the 2012 presidential election partly because of Mitt Romney’s poor performance among Hispanic voters.” The Republican Party lost because they signed a lawsuit settlement 31 years ago which prevents them from acting on election fraud perpetrated by Democrats.

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  7. bigjackComment by bigjack
    June 15, 2013 @ 10:50 am

    What I would like to ask Mr. Bush is, when will all this economic boost happen. ? Does granting Amnesty create this economic prosperity? Why if we have had 11 million illegals aliens here for years , don’t we have this robust economy? There is no validity to his claim. What Mr. Bush is trying to say ,but doesn’t have the nerve is that demographically we must replace the 40 million babies murdered by abortions. Our politicians will not touch this , nor will the press.

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  8. bna42Comment by bna42
    June 15, 2013 @ 11:44 am

    “Immigrants create far more businesses than native-born Americans,” he said. “Immigrants are more fertile, and they love families, and they have more intact families, and they bring a younger population. Immigrants create an engine of economic prosperity.”

    Jeb Bush, like the rest of the amnesty politicians, begins with a false presumption. These people are NOT immigrants, they ARE criminal aliens. In order to be labeled “immigrants”, they should have entered this country legally through the proper paperwork, but they chose instead to violate our federal laws and sneak in. ANY politician who wants to make them legal permanent residents is ignoring what happened in 1986 when we were lied to about securing the border in exchange for granting amnesty for 4 million criminal aliens. We are being lied to again and I intend to vote against and campaign against anyone who is in favor of this new bill.

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    • BillzillaComment by Billzilla
      June 16, 2013 @ 10:45 pm

      Let’s be accurate in our definition of who we’re talking about here, they’re not “illegal or criminal aliens”, they are foreign invaders and they are stealing our wealth by sucking at the government teat.

      Send the invaders back to whence they came from, secure the borders, fine and jail those who hire them or give them refuge.

      Any of our elected Representatives or Senators who vote to give the invading foreign hordes amnesty, are unpatriotic traitors undeserving of our support or votes!

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  9. AMVoterComment by AMVoter
    June 15, 2013 @ 11:46 am

    Oh for heaven’s sake, not another Brush, and a liberal moron at that!

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    • rzraickComment by rzraick
      June 15, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

      Yeah it is like some twisted nightmare.

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  10. Jota_Comment by Jota_
    June 15, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

    “If we don’t do it, we will be in decline, because the productivity of this country is dependent upon young people that are equipped to be able to work hard,”

    Hmmm

    What could he possibly be talking about?

    We currently let more people LEGALLY into the country than at ANY TIME in our history, over a million per year.

    Yet, as many again enter the country, from ONLY ONE country, of the nearly 200 countries on the face of the planet, ILLEGALLY

    So this is NOT an argument for immigration but amnesty for illegal aliens

    And assuming WE REFORM, as if WE are the problem, how does that change what happens at the borders that those clamouring for reform REFUSE to address??????

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  11. sonofthealamoComment by sonofthealamo
    June 15, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

    ha ha mr bush you should quit listening to your wife amigo

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  12. geoinsdComment by geoinsd
    June 15, 2013 @ 2:16 pm

    There is a BIG difference between immigration by the legal process and immigration accomplished through illegal means. Jeb Bush is muddying the waters by confusing the two and I think that is shameful. I expect such dishonest discourse from Democrats. Jeb Bush should be above that but apparently he is not.

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  13. rightwinggeniusComment by rightwinggenius
    June 15, 2013 @ 4:12 pm

    That last paragraph galled me. I wish so-called conservatives/Republicans would stop perpetuating this false nexus between the immigration issue & winning the Latino vote. Exit polls showed that immigration reform ranked very low on the list of important issues to Hispanic voters. The reality is that a candidate’s position on immigration policy isn’t likely to win or lose him/her any significant percentage of the Hispanic vote. Until more politicians accept this, we won’t have a serious debate about how best to address the illegal immigration problem.

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  14. FreeDameComment by FreeDame
    June 15, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

    Yes, LEGAL immigrants start more businesses… because they get tax breaks unavailable to American citizens. Yes, they love large families… and the fact that the American taxpayer pays to feed and house them. Yes, they bring a younger population… and the American taxpayer pays to educates them.

    It’s true, the GOP doesn’t do well among Hispanics. They won’t do well among Hispanics AFTER immigration reform, either.

    GOP “moderates” are literally giving the country away if they vote for immigration reform in ANY of its currently-suggested formats. But then, GOP “moderates” are no more interested in preserving this country than are the Dems. They are only interested in getting re-elected.

    Fittingly enough, if Jeb Bush and his GOP buddies get their immigration reform, the first thing the Hispanics will do with their new voting-power will be to vote them out of office. It would be funny if it weren’t so tragic.

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  15. gsreaganComment by gsreagan
    June 15, 2013 @ 5:06 pm

    This is the problem. Illegals having excessive amounts of babies (baby machines) that will over crowd the system. Just like Cloward and Piven predicted, and our society would collapse. Unless the BHO and future economy can improve enough to sustain the future extra unemployed, then we are doomed. That’s why the Chinese and most commie nations have a limit on families size. That’s why my wife and I decided to have only two kids … because of the potential population problems. Now we have three grand kids and have made that valuable contribution to the Great American society.

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    • geoinsdComment by geoinsd
      June 15, 2013 @ 6:27 pm

      Japan, Singapore, some of Europe, and even China are expected to have serious social problems because of their below replacement birth rates. The problem isn’t necessarily overpopulation but of insufficient productivity. Commie countries are inherently inefficient. China has been growing quickly over the past two decades because it allowed some capitalism and it started from near zero.

      Jeb Bush’s arguments are dishonest. The ones starting businesses are LEGAL immigrants with better than average education and ambition and productivity. The 11 million they are talking about making legal are not of better than average education and ambition and productivity.

      Besides, I fail to see why there is a moral obligation to pardon lawbreakers. In fact, I think we have a moral obligation not to pardon lawbreakers. We had amnesty in 1986. What did that solve? Where was the border security that the Dems promised back then? Ans: no where. They have no interest in securing the border. They have no interest in securing the border this time either. Does anyone really believe the politicians have any interest in securing the border? Even the current proposed border security amendments I predict will be entirely ineffective. The 90% secure proposal will end up having a metric that is entirely meaningless. The Dems and RINOs would never support it if the metric were meaningful.

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  16. mpemby59Comment by mpemby59
    June 16, 2013 @ 12:52 am

    What’s that old adage about every family having a black sheep? I freely admit that I did not care much for either John or Robert Kennedy, but then along came Ted and really made both of them seem conservative by comparison. Then there is the Fonda family; Henry, Peter, and Jane. So is it surprising that we now have Bush, Shrub, and Crabgrass. Is Jeb presidential material in 2016, or any other time in this century? Only if he is competing in the race for President of Mexico.

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  17. KBBComment by KBB
    June 16, 2013 @ 11:25 pm

    Read my lips: NO MORE BUSHES!

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