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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Bush, Borders, and Politics

Last night, I followed a long personal habit of not watching the president speak. One brought up on Reagan simply cannot digest the devolution into Bush II.

However, I have read about it and it sounds as though the president has not come out with any wonderfully direct solution to the problem of illegal immigration. I'm a little surprised because his pink lemonade speech comes at a time when politicians all over the country are getting religion over immigration. Why? Because it is a simple issue and regular Americans don't like illegal immigration in large numbers. Somehow, the controversy has reached its tipping point and public attention is more focused on immigration that any other matter.

Where this leaves us is in Ross Perot territory. Perot really got himself in the game in '92 by being the one person speaking seriously about the national debt. Illegal immigration has become a much bigger issue than the national debt was in the late '80's and early 90's. If the right politician were to make illegal immigration the centerpiece of a campaign, I think he/she would have a tremendous chance of winning all the cookies in 2008.

Am I wrong?


Tlaloc said...

I read someone who was suggesting a third party based upon the little guy's wants and prejudices might flourish. As they saw it it would look like this:

for reasonable welfare

for significant immigration control (fences, employer enforcement, etc)

for DOMAs

against taxes

against foreign interventionism

against earmarks

Personally I don't see any possibility of a third party, our system is entirely too rigged to allow only two. More likely I'd think would be a rearrangement of the two parties into new forms. Perhaps with some of the religious vote moving to democrats and some of the black vote moving to republicans.

Jay D. Homnick said...

It's my view (observation, more like) that although illegal immigration polls well as an issue, it has never reached that center of gravity where it can really propel a candidate for national office.

Timothy Birdnow said...

If the right politician were to make illegal immigration the centerpiece of a campaign, I think he/she would have a tremendous chance of winning all the cookies in 2008.

Agreed! America is starting to realize the gravity of the situation.

James F. Elliott said...

I have to disagree that illegal immigration is a simple issue. If it were, a simple solution would have presented itself. There isn't one. The president's first plan, if it could be called such, was actually a pretty good one. This whole militarizing the borders thing just isn't going to fly. There's a reason why emergency rooms got emails from Medicare and Medicaid about federal funds for reimbursing the cost of treatment of injured illegals on the same day as his speech.

Hunter Baker said...

James, I don't mean it's an easy issue to solve. What I'm trying to say is that it appears simple to the average person.

A. It is against the law to enter the country without going through a certain process.

B. Millions of people are entering without paying any attention to the process.

C. The result is lost tax dollars, burden on social services, and a gov't that doesn't know anything about lots and lots of people living in the interior.

D. The blue collar class is feeling the squeeze on their paycheck because they are competing with much cheaper labor right here.

E. Simple answer: Stop 'em. Whatever it takes.