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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Immigration, French Riots or Religion?

Tough morning deciding what to blog, so I'll hit three things quickly before I head off to work. Sorry about my lack of responses on some posts. I still have a guest in town (the lovely wife), so most of my blogging is going on early a.m. or on my lunch break at work.


The Senate judiciary committee passed a (semi)bipartisan bill 12-6 that on immigration that includes the President's request for a guest worker program. This one will set up a showdown with the Majority Leader Bill Frist on a competing proposal that doesn't include that program. When the Senate gets what ever it does worked out they still have to square their bill with the one in the House that doesn't include a guest worker program either.

My guess is in the end instead of a new guest worker program we're going to get tougher checks on business, an expanded H2B visa program, and limited, if any change to the border status. Just enough to piss off the groups on every side of the issue and not really change much.

While Froomkin thinks that the protests in LA and other cities are a "surging constituency", he's wrong, since most of the protesters don't vote, at least in the US. Others think that both the GOP and Democrats could lose on this issue, the GOP voters who want tougher laws, and the Democrats voters who want little change.


Oh those crazy Frenchmen. Their country is preparing for a general strike because of the new labor laws that would remove job protections from those under 26 years old.

The slowest growing, least productive, most heavily taxed western economy will once again prove that they would prefer the status quo than actually advancing the possibility of gaining some economic freedom. Robert Samuelson has a great Op/Ed piece about it in today's Post.

Update, strikes are shutting down most of the country today.


CommonFreakingSense has a great rant up today about religion and those who push it on others, or are a little rigid in their beliefs. Educated Shoprat has a take on Fred Phelps and his lack of Christianity. Givethem a read.

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Blogger Wyatt Earp said...

That jackass Specter thinks it would be productive to "fine" illegals, but let them stay anyway.

The massive fine: $500.

Oh, the horror!!!

11:28 AM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

I'm starting to think Specter is Kennedy's soul mate on certain subjects.

11:36 AM  
Blogger shoprat said...

Thanks for the link

4:14 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

France is determined to be an ethno-suicide (is there a word for a nation destroying itself through stupidity?)

4:16 PM  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Great summary. Shoprat's post on Phelps was good.

France amazes me. I don't know how they are going to survive their own stupidity.

I've never liked Specter.

6:09 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

SR- No problem.

LMC-I'm with you on France. Being stupid is dangerous, but France is worse, they are stupid and don't realize it.

4:43 AM  

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