2006
10.29

Since you guys didn’t like my attempt at humor (I never claimed to be a comedian), I figure that it’s important to bring back some substance to my attack on the Republican Party. With a mere 8 days left until what is likely to be the most important mid-term elections in a lifetime, it is important that people understand the facts.

With that, I focus on immigration and homeland security, two of the biggest issues in this election. Republicans like to talk about how strong they are on these issues. What is the reality though? How many bills have been passed by the Republican-controlled Congress to deal with these issues?

One.

Some of you may have seen President Bush proudly signing The Secure Fence Act of 2006 into law on Thursday at the White House, with VP Cheney and Republican members of the House and Senate standing behind him. This bill authorizes the construction of a fence along one-third of the 2,100 mile border with Mexico.

There’s one problem though. Nowhere in the bill is there any mention of how this will be paid for.

We’re dealing with an administration that has no problem spending $337 billion (yes, that’s billion) on the war in Iraq, a lot of which is tied up in military and development contracts. We’re also dealing with an administration and a Congress that has had no problem cutting taxes, thus cutting government revenue, while our nation’s total outstanding debt approaches $9 trillion (yes, trillion, you read that right).

This Republican-controlled government does not know how to be fiscally responsible, and as a result of these failures, there is no money to pay for ambitious and necessary projects such as a border fence. The signing of The Secure Fence Act of 2006 means nothing. The billions it would cost to build such a fence do not exist.

Then there’s the issue of priorities with this Republican Congress. I’ll call upon my boss, Congresswoman Shelley Berkley, to explain this to us…

It’s no coincidence that this bill was signed into law 12 days before the election to make it appear as if Republicans have a plan to deal with immigration and border security. Pair that up with the lack of priorities in passing the Department of Defense Bill (thank you Congresswoman); it is obvious it is time for a change. I challenge you to contact your representative and/or senator, particularly if he/she is a Republican, and ask them to tell you how this border fence will be paid for. Also ask them what internet gaming has to do with the budget of the Department of Defense.

Finally, I challenge you to think about this when you go to vote on November 7th. I’m not going to say that a change of leadership will fix every problem that exists, including immigration and border security, but a change in leadership allows for a fresh, renewed look at the issues from a legislative standpoint, and provides the opportunity for a reversal of the lack of fiscal responsibility this nation has dealt with for the last six years.

Oh yeah, and don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour today.

  1. The only problem I have with this is that in his last public address, President Bush made a call to Congress to come up with something, that some kind of action needed to be taken along the Mexican/US border, and that a law needed to be enacted. He mentioned the idea of a fence, and that border patrol would be needed, and most likely supplied, by the National Guard, which is paid for by the states supplying the troops.

    Also, it shames me to see Democrats, new candidates and old, back in the day of the 9/11 attacks supporting the President and the country’s decision to get involved in the conflict, only to now say they never thought we should have been there in the first place. Senator Lieberman, as much a nutjob as he seems to be running for a job his own party isn’t supporting, seems to be the only one that is willing to own up to his words in 2001. Granted, his 1988 words where he would only run three times and that’s it seem to escape his mind…

  2. I think I saw your boss in a No Limit Tournament on FullTiltpoker.net

  3. I hope the Democrats win this election year so we can have a fresh, renewed political party to bash on!
    I think we’ve beaten this current “dead horse” enough…