Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Creating a War Zone at the Borders

At least they're willing to symbolically admit it.
The Senate voted Wednesday to divert some of the money President Bush requested for the war in Iraq to instead increase patrols against illegal immigrants on the nation's borders and provide the Coast Guard with new boats and helicopters.
An amendment cutting Bush's Iraq request by $1.9 billion to pay for new Border Patrol agents, aircraft and some fencing at border crossings widely used by illegal immigrants was adopted on 59-39 vote.

While the border security funds had sweeping support, Democrats and Republicans argued over whether the cuts to Pentagon war funds would harm troops on the ground in Iraq. The cuts, offered by Judd Gregg, R-N.H., trim Bush's request for the war by almost 3 percent but don't specify how.

The vote came in the wake of a toughly worded promise by the White House to veto the $106.5 billion measure unless it is cut back to below $95 billion.

Maybe I've become fatigued with outrage over the past several years and can't think clearly anymore when exposed to such radioactive stupidity, but does anyone really think George would use his first veto power to strike out funding for his Great Adventure? He's so focused on his legacy that I doubt his Texas-sized ego would allow it.

In the meantime, the Rubber Stamp Congress is conforming to their Master's commands and paring down the International Warmonger Fund to shift it to the Domestic Warmonger Fund. I have to wonder: how many Senators and House Members have actually been down to this area? Do they even know what the geography is like?

Probably not. Instead they would rather fix the problem from a distance by pontificating on the best way to "protect the homeland". Here's an idea, stop building a warzone and write policies that work to restore some balance between the two economies separated by la frontera.

The Congress' ineptitude is on full-display, it's as if they are modeling the behavior of one of the border patrol's unmanned spy drones.

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