What's Going On?
Does the first line of this article confuse anyone else?
Senate Republicans will filibuster their own immigration bill today in the face of steadfast refusal by Democrats to allow amendments to the bill that many conservatives view as granting amnesty to illegal aliens.
If someone could explain that to me, I'd appreciate it. From what I can see, no one in our Congress has a clue. They're like hampsters in the wheel --they just keep spinning and spinning with no inclination to get anywhere. (Just so long as they avoid submerging their heads in the water bowl, or John Kerry might be compelled to administer CPR)
First they're reluctant to even be dealing with this sensitive issue; most are certainly more worried about a voting block than fixing the problem. I haven't seen any proposal spring from these chumps that doesn't include blatant amnesty, but none of them can agree on the definition of amnesty, so it doesn't look like we'll be able to get around that. Pretty soon we'll start debating the meaning of the word "is" or something. This is ridiculous.
My, my --more liberal hyposcrisy:
Mr. Reid's tactical maneuvers came as news spread around Capitol Hill of a bill the Nevada Democrat sponsored in 1993 that was aimed at severely curtailing legal immigration and cracked down on illegal immigration.
"Our borders have overflowed with illegal immigrants placing tremendous burdens on our criminal justice system, schools and social programs," Mr. Reid said in a 1993 statement first reported on yesterday on the Drudge Report. "The Immigration and Naturalization Service needs the ability to step up enforcement. Our federal wallet is stretched to the limit by illegal aliens getting welfare, food stamps, medical care and other benefits often without paying any taxes."
Since the time of his proposed legislation, the estimated number of illegal aliens has gone from 3.3 million to more than 11 million.
"Safeguards like welfare and free medical care are in place to boost Americans in need of short-term assistance. These programs were not meant to entice freeloaders and scam artists from around the world," Mr. Reid said at the time. "Even worse, Americans have seen heinous crimes committed by individuals who are here illegally."
Mr. Reid yesterday disavowed that bill and his statements in support of it. And in an unusual, rambling confession on the floor of the Senate yesterday, he said it was the "low point" of his career.
Reid lamented this decision and apologized profusely. And then...
But seven months later, Mr. Reid introduced his bill again, according to Senate records.
One has to conclude Mr. Reid's sudden change of opinion has more to do with politics and elections then working to solve a problem he so strongly acknowledged in 1993, but is no longer very concerned with. Unfortunately for us, many Republicans are also espousing Reid-esque opinions.