Tuesday, December 18, 2007

An Immigration Letdown

It is not surprising to learn that Congress has broken another of its promises, as it has on the topic of the border fence. It promised us a double fence extending along seven hundred miles of the U.S.-Mexico border—not perfect, given that the border is around three thousand miles long, but better than nothing. The bill for this fence was passed last September. And the progress to date? Five miles.

This rate of a little over a half mile a month is absurd, and shows that Congress never had any real desire to complete the fence. It was simply a pre-election gesture of good-will by Congressional Republicans. (A futile one, as it turned out, since the GOP was resoundingly defeated in the midterm elections).

However, ineffective good-will gestures by Republicans are better than nothing, which is what we are now getting. The appropriations omnibus bill passed by Congress contains provisions virtually gutting the border fence, making it into a single tier fence, which is less effective at keeping illegal aliens out. According to many who have studied the illegal immigration problem extensively, a single tier fence is nearly useless.

Of course, the Senator who has led the charge to get the Secure Fence Act is Senator Kay Hutchinson, who a) comes from a border state, and b) is a Republican. That’s right, a Republican is leading the charge against a bill that virtually all conservatives believe is necessary. Of course, 10 million dollars in emergency funding for lawyers for illegals is apparently fine by Hutchinson, as that provision is included in the omnibus bill.

It is obvious that it is fruitless to look to Congress for any assistance on the illegal immigration problem. Apart from a few members of the House of Representatives, and maybe a couple of Senators, no member of Congress will take a stand on this issue. The Republicans as bad as the Democrats are on this issue. The only chance we have of getting an acceptable outcome of this problem is to elect a competent President who will take on the issue.

To my mind, Fred Thompson is the only candidate who will lead on this issue. All of the rest of the Big Four supported amnesty—till its unpopularity became clear. Then Giuliani, Romney, and Huckabee fled the position, leaving McCain to take the fall. However, all the candidates, with the exception of Thompson, have expressed support for amnesty at one time or another.


At December 19, 2007 at 7:54 AM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

In all fairness, let's not forget another very notable conservative who has made this key issue the staple of his campaign. That would of course be Tom Tancredo.

At December 19, 2007 at 12:33 PM , Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

I gotta agree with your above commentor, Tom Tancredo will haunt you for the rest of your life if you dont build the damn fence lol.

I like that about him, but is he electible? I dont think so.

I think Fred Thompson is the most "Electable" Republican up there when things really get flying.

And he will tell us the truth about the fence and if it can be built faster and what's been going on with it.

Then again I'm a FredHead I'm biased :-)

At December 19, 2007 at 12:48 PM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

Marie, you can call me Soapie. As for Tancredo, he's a solid conservative and that to me is electable. But, you're right...he's not registering very well and I think that is in large part because he's running from his Colorado district. He doesn't have the national attention that a Senator does. Of course Ron Paul is a congressman as well but he's got a longer tenure and his positions have given him a large amount of attention. But back to Tancredo...When that question about the NASA man to Mars came up during the You Tube debate, his answer was spot on and vastly different than was the answer given by the Baptist panderer in Chief Mike Huckabee.

At December 19, 2007 at 1:16 PM , Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Ok Soapie :-)

I like Tancredo alot, it's just he doesnt seem to be picking up much steam.

I was thinking maybe he would consider VP if it comes to that and the border fence would be his top priority :-)

We need to put some lines through some of these candidates lol, Ron Paul, Alan Keyes?, etc..


I forgot before to mention in this omnibus bill, there is something else making me mad, (There alway's is when these Dems pass anything the President can actually sign that includes tons of pork) they added a real great one this time.

Last time in order to get the Troops funded, Bush had to sign another pork filled bill with my favorite "Spinach Funding". I have nothing against Spinach Farmers whatsoever but to shove that into a Troop funding bill? That could have been saved for some other bill.

Well, this time they stuffed 3 million dollars to clean up TREE SNAKES IN GUAM!!! This is so friggen rediculous. Why do we have to clean up Tree Snakes in Guam?

I know they are an American territory, and they vote in our elections, but they have NO representation in the House or the Senate!!

I could maybe see if they would become a state, but 3 million dollars?

Why cant the people in Guam just gather up all the dead snakes, throw them on a big pile and have a bon fire?

I really dont understand this one.

At December 19, 2007 at 1:38 PM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

Well I wouldn't count Paul completely out. He stands on principle which accounts for his huge following and his ability to raise money is clearly evidence of that.

Keyes though...yeah you could stick a fork in that guy.

At December 19, 2007 at 1:43 PM , Blogger steveh46 said...

"Why do we have to clean up Tree Snakes in Guam?"

Uhh, because we brought the snakes there. It's really not hard to find these things out. The snake is an invasive species with no natural enemies on Guam that has been present on the island since WWII when it was probably introduced by being brought in with all the military cargo. Since then it's nearly wiped out indigenous species.

The National Zoo has a page on them.

"Since they were accidentally introduced to Guam in the late 1940s, brown tree snakes (BTS) have decimated the islands endemic birds and reptiles, causing the local extinction of five lizard and nine bird species, including the Guam rail. The snakes arent simply a nuisance, theyre an ecological and economic nightmare. Every time the sun sets over the western Pacific, more than a million brown tree snakes emerge from their daytime hideouts on Guam, prowling secluded forests as well as residential neighborhoods."

"Public health and ecological issues aside, brown tree snakes are a considerable economic burden on Guam. Following their tree-climbing instincts, the snakes spiral up power poles and across electric lines, causing short circuits that trip off power outages on average once every four days. Living with these outages is not cheap, what with the cost of repairing damaged power facilities, replacing downed computer systems, and restocking perishable foods."

Curing Guam's Snake Epidemic

At December 19, 2007 at 6:40 PM , Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


Well I wouldn't count Paul completely out. He stands on principle which accounts for his huge following and his ability to raise money is clearly evidence of that.

Keyes though...yeah you could stick a fork in that guy.

Paul does have an incredible amount of money raisers out there that's for sure, which is somewhat scary since he seems to be not quite in touch with most of American reality.

He get's credit for raising money that's for sure, but then he has every pothead in America backing him because they think he will be able to legalize ALL drugs. (Wont that be terrorizing? lol)

I'm just not into that guy at all really.

But Keyes? Where the heck did he all the sudden come from? lol

Oh No, I'm sorry Soapie I just heard Tancredo is dropping out of the race. I was hoping for him for VP, well it still may happen :-)

At December 19, 2007 at 6:48 PM , Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...



Tree Snakes In Guam????

3 Million dollars for cleanup? They arent even a state!

I read up on Tree Snakes in Guam and I didnt see a damn thing about Americans bringing Tree Snakes to Guam or anywhere else for that matter.

I live in Oklahoma, we have snakes everywhere. In the trees, in the water, under ground, under rocks, in bushes, I mean everywhere. And we never have to ask Congress for money to clean up dead snakes! EVER!

Then again we burn trash where it is legal, and we are still allowed to have BBQ's at the lake, in our back yards, in parks, etc..

It makes NO sense to me that we need to spend 3 million dollars on snake clean up in Guam, I'm sorry but it is just a waste of money!

At December 20, 2007 at 5:56 AM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

I think the reason Paul may appear to be out of touch with American reality is for the simple fact that over time, Americans have come to expect things from government that government has no business providing. They have become too dependent on government. And as such, government holds dominion over them.

It goes back to Goldwater's infamous quote:

“Remember that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have.”

Ron Paul realizes this and he is vocal in talking about it. Some of his followers are a bit off the deep end but there are also a large number of his supporters who simply want nothing more than to see a significant downsizing of the Federal Government and the cessation of its exclusive power and control over the citizens of the United States.

I think it's follhardy to simply wave him off as some sort of nut job. To do so really isn't listening to the substance of that which he says.

He is honest and true to the pursuit of the rights of the individual. It is the right of the individual and his/her property which makes all other rights possible.

But, as they say, too much of a good thing is...well too much of a good thing. This is why I say on some of the issues he overextends himself.

At December 20, 2007 at 7:57 AM , Blogger steveh46 said...

marie wrote: "3 Million dollars for cleanup? They arent even a state!... It makes NO sense to me that we need to spend 3 million dollars on snake clean up in Guam, I'm sorry but it is just a waste of money!"

Guam has been under US control since 1898. According to the CIA, "The military installation on the island is one of the most strategically important US bases in the Pacific."

I guess that means Guam's residents don't merit any consideration just becuase they host a huge US military presence.

Wiki notes: "Thought to be a stowaway on a U.S. military transport near the end of World War II, the slightly venomous—but rather harmless—brown tree snake (Boiga irregularis) came to Guam and killed virtually all of the native bird population on an island that has no native species of snake; this snake has no natural predators on the island. Although some studies have suggested a high density of the brown tree snake, residents rarely see these nocturnal snakes. Prodigious climbers, the snakes cause frequent blackouts by shorting across lines and transformers."

I wonder if the frequent blackouts caused by the snakes affect the huge US military bases (which cover about 1/4 of the island) there?? Hmmm.

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