*In this marvelous dissertation, Gabriel Malor disputes current popular argument posited by the Left which says Reagan and Bush did exactly what Obama is about to do. Not so, Romeo. Read carefully…

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Today is the big day, and the Progressive media is in full spin to mitigate the anger…

…Americans are expressing about President Obama’s decision to offer legal status to millions of people who broke the law.

That spin has taken many forms, including the novel arguments that the executive branch is empowered to act whenever the legislative branch declines and that the executive branch’s enforcement discretion includes the affirmative grant of benefits not otherwise authorized by law.

Most recently, however, Progressive columnists have settled on an old favorite tactic: justify Democratic misbehavior by claiming (falsely, as you will see) that a Republican did it first.

Democrats across print, web, and cable media have been repeating the claim that Obama is doing nothing more than what Presidents Reagan and Bush 41 did first. They point to executive actions taken in 1987 and 1989 that deferred the removal of certain aliens.

But, as usual for Progressive commentators, they elide the crucial facts that distinguish those actions from Obama’s. The sign that you’re being swindled…

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