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Tuesday, May 16, 2006


I thought I'd post some links highlighting the reaction to the Lame Duck In Chief's speech on illegal immigration last night.

Truth be told, I didn't watch it. I'd just checked into a hotel, and decided to get some dinner and relax after 14 hours of traveling. Besides, there have been so many leaks about the content of the speech that it wasn't necessary to watch, we already knew what was going to be in it.

The Washington Post in the news section thinks he's looking for middle ground, while the "analysis" article thinks Bush's weakness in his own party, and the fact that the are mixed poll messages make it difficut for him to come up with a reasonable plan most Republicans will support.

That part is actually wrong, the core of the GOP would support the House Bill that makes being illegal have a capital "I", by turning into a felony. However, it won't do much for growing the Hispanic vote in the party.

I understand the pragmatic politics of his dilema, the GOP alienated the former largest minority in the country, blacks, decades ago, and can now only muster 8% of their vote in a good year. Bush is trying hard not to do the same with the Hispanic vote.

In the blogosphere Bos'un wasn't very impressed with the speech, correctly pointing out that it held "something for everyone". He also points out the issues many of the border state's governors have with the plan, and their lack of involvement in developing it.

Indian Chris thinks it's a decent plan, and didn't disagree with much of it. He has a question for if you wish to go answer it.

Patrick, the Born Again Redneck, points out that politics is the art of compromise, and that "a perfect plan" probably doesn't exist, but thinks that Bush is heading in the right direction with his proposal.

The Lone Pony was pretty happy with the speech, and found some hispanic blogger reaction to it. Interesting, they point out that drug runners and human traffickers probably won't like the program.

Carry On America thinks, like Rep. Patrick McHenry, that the plan is one step forward (security), and one back (guest workers).

The Gun Toting Liberal isn't exactly jumping for joy at the speech, and in fact may be the guy pointing out the ironic truth; when the far left blogosphere, and Michelle Malkin agree on something, it has to stink.

Go out, find the speech on line, and make up your own mind, but now you know where to look for some other opinions.

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Blogger The_Bos'un said...

Thank you for the comments. It should have been, "Border, Language, and culture." What we had was "control the border if we can, nothing on language, guest worker program.

10:06 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

Yeah, I don't think anything's really going to change cuz Big Biz doesn't want it to and the pols are too afraid of Big Biz to make a plan with teeth.

2:00 PM  
Blogger Patty said...

Lip Service. Thats my spin. Sad as it is.

3:39 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Paula, Big Biz really doesn't hire many illegals. Even the flap a few years ago about Wal-Mart, it wasn't them "proper", it was a maintenance company they'd subcontracted to do cleaning. There are many more employed in fairly small businesses, who would feel the brunt of a severe crackdown.

Patty, I think a bunch of it is lip service. Other parts I think are sensible. Overall though I think it was too much to keep too many happy.

7:50 PM  
Blogger Lone Pony said...

We've watched this problem develop for a long time now. I guess you could say we're a big part of the problem. At least this is doing something.

7:50 PM  
Blogger CA said...

"Paula, Big Biz really doesn't hire many illegals."

'ooops'...Go to LA and back into any dock to load or unload and try to find someone who speaks english.

4:52 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Ca, lack of english skills doesn't necessarily mean someone is here illegally.

9:03 PM  
Blogger Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

...when the far left blogosphere, and Michelle Malkin agree on something, it has to stink..."

I disagree - that's when you know it doesn't stink but thanks for the plug. :)

1:47 AM  

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