Rare Show Of Spine In D.C.
The Senate refuses to let an amnesty bill for illegals go un-amendend. Oh, happiness! And joy of joys, Bush signals he'll veto an excessive spending bill.
The Senate's pro-amnesty forces got whumped, falling 22 votes short of the 60 votes they needed to limit debate on their stupid, impossible to enforce bill. Six Dems crossed sides, indicating signs of intelligence on the other side of the aisle.
With an upcoming recess, this all but assures that May 1 will come without a Senate bill, which is the best scenario for those of us who want tough immigration reform. With A.N.S.W.E.R. working hard to tie amnesty to anti-Americanism, we can look forward to hooliganism, outrageous statements and generally bad imagery by the "weak borders" contingent.
On spending, Bush wants a 7% increase in defense spending and nearly $40 billion in cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, crop subsidies and some other cash buckets. An indication of how sound this idea is can be found in Nancy Pelosi's comments -- she called the cuts "immoral."
No one appeared to be listening except moderate Republicans, and suddenly the cuts shrunk to about $7 billion; hence, Bush's veto threat.
Meanwhile, the economy churns on, with 211,000 new jobs endorsing the extension of the Bush tax cuts.
Tags: Immigration, Reform, Illegals, Budget, Tax cuts, Budget cuts, Bush, Veto, A.N.S.W.E.R.