Friday, June 8, 2007

Reform on Life Support or Dead?

As my co-blogster Kevin Johnson has reported, the Senate reform appears to be on life support. Carolyn Lochhead, of the San Francisco Chronicle, thinks its dead. She also reminds us that this may be a blow to the legacies of President Bush and Ted Kennedy:

The failure is a major defeat for Bush, who passionately supported the effort to open the country to more legal immigration, saying recently, "America must not fear diversity," and dispatching two Cabinet secretaries to the months of negotiations.

Untethered from re-election concerns, Bush attacked his Republican base for failing to support the bill, but found he had no leverage left with his own party.

The failure is also a major defeat for Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, the top Democratic negotiator, who like Bush wanted to make immigration reform his legacy -- a capstone on the four decades he has spent shaping U.S. immigration law, beginning with the 1965 immigration act that remains the foundation of today's system. Click here for the rest of the story.

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with a declining Republican presence in the political arena, it seems that it is to their best interest to shape the legislation right now and not later with Democratic president ( you can bet Republicans will try their damnest to revist this issue pronto while they still have a say/so )

Posted by: tizoc | Jun 8, 2007 2:50:22 PM

with a declining Republican presence in the political arena, it seems that it is to their best interest to shape the legislation right now and not later with Democratic president ( you can bet Republicans will try their damnest to revist this issue pronto while they still have a say/so )

Posted by: tizoc | Jun 8, 2007 2:53:14 PM

Tizoc, the Democrats, in their arrogant belief that they have some holy mandate from the voters are rapidly showing the liberal traits that made them so unpalatable to the public during their earlier haydays. By the time the election comes around the public will have same unsavory choice of death by firing squad or by rope. The Republicans may seem a terrible choice now, but the difference between the parties won't be so distinguishable in the future.

You don't quite understand this immigration issue if you think that it won't be addressed as a presidential and congressional election issue. By election day, if the public sees the Democrats support of amnesty as a betrayal of their trust, you can bet that the next president will be a Republican. The only hope that illegal aliens have for amnesty lies with the ability of the current congress to pass a bill before the next election, and at this time, prospects for that do not look good.

Posted by: Horace | Jun 8, 2007 5:03:28 PM

libral traits are unpalatable? no it was the corruption that was their downfall .. but now the republicans are the kings of corruption, one can only hope that the Democrats have a civil rights revival ... but thats asking too much ... Horace shouldn't you be in freerepublic.com ?, they hate civil rights movements, too ... oh yeah, the politico's need a diversion from the corporate corruption scheme and now it will be immigrants and maybe gays too

Posted by: tizoc | Jun 9, 2007 5:41:24 AM

Horace is correct. Liberal traits are unpalatable when the public views itself as the sacrificial lamb for Democratic grand experiments that lack the light of critical thinking and fails to address all possible outcomes, negative as well as postive. The best of intentions oftimes become disaster when informed consent is ignored, and that is just what the masters of the universe were advocating. Our country's history, nay the world is rife with social experiments that have gone awry, so don't tell me that liberalism for its own sake is a panacea for our woes.

The adoption of millions of ill-educated poor is a social experiment that Democrats wish to ram down the throats of their fellow Americans, one that has never had the critical thinking of thorough political debate. Is it any wonder that the Americans people say hold on there, let's take a good look at this before we evoke Emma Lazerus' sentiments as recorded on the Statue of Liberty. Sentiment is one thing, the welfare of those who are already citizens is another.

The advocacy groups have tried unsuccessfully to make amnesty and a path to citizenship some kind of civil rights issue. There's just nothing in our Bill of Rights or the body of the Constitution itself that gives validity to their claim. Your ill thought out attempt to make a connection to the civil rights movment just shows how weak your amnesty argument is. The outrageous claim that those of us against amnesty were also against civil rights, and are somehow supportive of corporate corruption only infuriates honest men with honest concerns, and closes the door for continued dialogue. Smear tactics are the last refuge of those who promulgate remedy without merit.

Posted by: George | Jun 9, 2007 7:31:24 AM

exactly so why smear the palability of the civil rights movement??

Posted by: tizoc | Jun 9, 2007 11:41:44 AM

The sorts of reform the lobby groups put together for Mr. Kennedy is gone forever I hope. I believe they will rise again, but I also believe saner, and far brighter American Citizens are developing plans that are far, far better. And example is here, and this idea is going to get a lot of support. Alread does in fact.
http://www.suntimes.com/news/feulner/406010,CST-EDT-FEUL30.article

Posted by: Joel E. Wischkaemper | Jun 9, 2007 7:24:30 PM

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