Cross posted from StikNstein…has no mercy
Sorry legislation pandering to a few special interests passes the Senate all the time. Why? Because it only has an impact on a few folks so no Senator has to stand up and defend it.
The failure of S.1348 was because it was sorry legislation. Once it was shown to be just that, the players on the supporting team wouldn’t step up to the plate. They appeared to go down swinging…..but they really threw the game.
S.1348 was not written to solve the problems we face. It WAS written to make the folks who have been benefiting from illegal immigration happy. The Chamber of Commerce, Latino Special Interest Groups, The Catholic Church, illegal immigrants themselves, and the Country who encourages them to cross our borders…Mexico. Chertoff was right when he said this was the “sweet spot”….it was the sweet spot for all these groups.
The group most hurt by illegal immigration (the American People) were left out of the sweet spot.
Everybody involved in the process knew this.
Why else would you have to write it behind closed doors, then attempt to jam it through the Senate while the ink on the final draft was still wet. It was crap..and anyone who read it realized it was crap.
When a few Republicans attempted to fix it, the crafters realizing they they were busted, either had to defend it…. or allow changes that would make those in the “sweet spot” angry.
So, rather than make it into real reform, they chose to let it die…… for now.
It shows, that a few folks with bright lights, are good for legislation.
A great Recap of the voting can be found at….Bear Creek Ledger
TEDDY AT THE BAT
The Outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Cloture nine that day:
The score stood 66 to 33, with but two cloture votes to play.
And then when McCain died at first, and Spector looked right ill,
A sickly silence fell upon the supporters of the Bill.
A straggling few got up to caucus in deep despair. The rest
Clung to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast;
They thought, if only Ted could get but a whack at that –
We’d put up even money, now, with Teddy at the bat.
But Lindsay preceded Teddy, as did also Hagel.,
And the former was a lulu and the latter was a bagel;
So upon the Bill supporters grim melancholy sat,
For there seemed but little chance of Teddy getting to the bat.
But Lindsay driveled out some BS, arm twisting a couple of votes,
And Hagel, the much despis-ed, was firing off ‘you owe me’ notes;
And when the dust had lifted, and the clerk saw what had occurred,
There was Chuck safe at second and Lindsay hugging third.
Then from 12,000,000 throats and more there rose a lusty yell;
It rumbled through sanctuary city, and rattled the Liberty Bell;
It knocked upon the Border and recoiled upon the Hill,
For Teddy, Liberal Teddy, was advancing with the Bill.
There was ease in Teddy’s manner as he stepped into his place;
There was pride in Teddy’s bearing and a smile on Teddy’s face.
And when, responding to the jeers, he lightly doffed his hat,
Even the Decider, hidden in the crowd, smiled, ’twas Teddy at the bat.
Twelve million illegal eyes were on him as he rubbed his hands with dirt;
Big Business sure applauded when he wiped them on his shirt.
Then while the opposition ground the ball into their hip,
Defiance gleamed in Teddy’s eye, a sneer curled Teddy’s lip.
And now the first Cloture vote came hurtling through the air,
And Teddy stood a-watching it in haughty grandeur there.
Close by the great compromiser the ball unheeded sped-
“That ain’t my style,” said Teddy. “Strike one,” the American said.
From the benches, full of businessmen, there went up a muffled roar,
Like the beating down of wages on a stern and distant shore.
“Screw him! Screw the American!” shouted the Chamber of Commerce in the stand;
And its likely they’d a-outsourced him had not Teddy raised his hand.
With a smile of Christian Amnesty great Teddy’s visage shone;
He stilled the rising tumult; he bade the vote go on;
He signaled to the Senate, and once more the Cloture flew;
But Teddy still ignored it, and Americans said, “Strike two.”
“Fraud!” cried the Catholic League, and the ACLU answered fraud;
But one scornful look from Teddy and the Special Interests were awed.
They saw his face grow stern and cold, they saw his muscles strain,
And they knew that Teddy wouldn’t let that bill go by again.
The sneer is gone from Teddy’s lip, his teeth are clenched in hate;
He pounds with cruel violence his gavel upon the plate.
And now the Senate holds the ball, and now they let it go,
And now the air is shattered by the force of Teddy’s blow.
Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
The band is playing somewhere, and American hearts are light,
And somewhere citizens are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
But there is no joy in Washington – mighty Teddy has struck out.
This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration
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