Monday, May 15, 2006

Primetime Tactics; Bush And His Conservative Dues

Well, tonight at 8pm, President Bush will officially cave to his more conservative brethren, and call for a new deployment of yet more National Guard troops. And on Primetime Television no less. This call is to send some 8000 troops to "secure" our Mexican borders, "secure"? Are we under attack now? This is nothing short of typical Bush administration grand stand politics. Democratic leader Harry Reid was quick to parry tonight's address with some pointed questions for the President. Referring to a recently passed bill in the House subjects illegal immigrants to prosecution as felons and requires construction of a 700-mile Mexican border fence, Reid was quoted on the Senate floor that President Bush "must publicly denounce" the bill.

Along with asking Bush "what kind of immigration reform he supports," Reid called for answers on what the President would propose on Border Security.
Reid also questioned, "If President Bush is going to get tough on border security, will he finally get tough on employer sanctions as well?"

To date, the Bush administration has given little attention to laws already on the books that would thwart employer's efforts to skirt around legalities prohibiting the employment of illegal immigrants. Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., broke ranks and centered his concerns on the overuse of National Guardsmen
"We've got National Guard members on their second, third and fourth tours in Iraq," said Hagel "We have stretched our military as thin as we have ever seen it in modern times. And what in the world are we talking about here, sending a National Guard that we may not have any capacity to send up to or down to protect borders? That's not their role."

White House spokesman Tony Snow could offer no clues as to how long such a deployment might last, or where funding for such an act might come from. He did go as far to say that Bush's plan would go farther and more completely address "beefing up" the Border Patrol, than either plans available presently in the House or the Senate. Go figure, the great Decider has the best idea once again. Should we go ahead and disband the Senate and the House now, and get them out of his way? Such omnipotence is not likely to survive, nor be readily forgotten.

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