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Rick Moran


June 23, 2013 - 10:09 am

Gee…where have we heard that before?

It is the nature of comprehensive reform of any kind that so much is slipped in, or reinterpreted by the bureaucrats who write the rules, or otherwise disguised or hidden, that, like Obamacare, we really won’t know what’s in the bill until it is passed and implemented.

Yuval Levin at NRO:

The Hoeven-Corker amendment to the Gang of Eight bill is essentially a new bill. It is almost 1,200 pages long. Some parts of it are identical to some of the provisions of the original Gang of Eight bill, some parts are very different, and some parts are slightly different in ways that could prove very important but difficult to understand in a hurry. But it has to be understood in a hurry. Given the length and complexity of this proposal, I think it is fair to say that not more than a handful of the senators voting on it on Monday—which is apparently when the vote is scheduled—will really understand it in any detail. There is almost no way any of the senators voting on it could have read it all, and it’s unlikely even their staff members could do so in a thorough and responsible way in that time. Only the people who wrote it will know what it says, and I imagine it was written in parts by numerous people from several Senate offices. That means there is probably no one who really knows what it says. It also seems likely that, if the amendment is adopted on Monday, the vote on the final bill would come too soon thereafter to allow CBO to re-score the much-amended bill, and so to offer some sense of how things have changed in terms of costs, economic effects, future immigration flows (legal and illegal) and other key issues.

Is this any way to make such an important set of decisions about the country’s future?

At one time, the United States Senate was known as “The world’s most deliberative body.” What can you say about them now? We can start by calling them irresponsible reprobates, but that doesn’t begin to cover the entire scope of their crimes against republican rule. Politicians on both sides of the aisle are held in thrall to their own gigantic egos and the ridiculous notion that making history is more important than making good law. In the end, as with Obamacare and other “comprehensive reform” measures, the only way history will remember them is with disgust.

As Levin points out, we now have absolutely zero idea of how much this “reform” is going to cost the American taxpayer. We have little notion of the consequences to the economy, to future generations, even to those who will become legal themselves.

And what should scare the socks off all of us is that they don’t care. The consequences of their laziness and stupidity are irrelevant. What matters is how it looks to voters who get most of their political news from John Stewart or late night comic monologues. Or those who may be too busy living life, raising families, making a living to read more than a headline or two before rushing off to work in the morning.

We should refuse to accept the excuse that this is the best that can be accomplished under the circumstances. That’s nonsense — a non-excuse from non-entities who can’t be trusted to do anything in the people’s name because they’re not listening. Nor should we heed those who dismiss this kind of imprudent lawmaking by talking about “sausage making” when it comes to the confused manner in which legislation is passed. at least with sausage making, you have a plan. There is no plan, no rhyme nor reason to “comprehensive reform” of anything.

President Obama will probably get his immigration reform bill. And by the time we finally find out what’s in it and how it works, what the consequences of passing this monstrosity truly are, he will be safely ensconced in some prestigious position as all former presidents end their careers. But history is a cruel mistress and will no doubt have very little good to say about this president, this Congress — or much good to say about us who allowed it to happen.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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I think they should make it fun! Let's do all of our legislation like scratch-off tickets! We'll have the important passages of the law covered up by a silver box; the lawmakers can sign it into law, then the Speaker of the House can pull a quarter out of his/her pocket and scratch off the silver coating. Then we can all leap in surprise to discover if we've won or not!

"Damn! It's just a 'free order of fries' again!"
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The Immigration Reform bill is a sham. It's purpose is to grant amnesty to the 12 million illegals currently in the US, and maintain the status quo along the border. There will be no increased border security, and illegal immigrants will continue to flood into this country. The politicians who push this bill deserve to be treated as traitors to the US and it's People. Mark my words, there are so many hidden provisions in this bill designed to render border security null and void, that nothing will change except the number of legalized citizens.
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American Patrol Report Comment

Analysts looking through the new border security deal in the Senate say it includes waivers that would let Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano refuse to build any new fencing or install the new technology the plan lays out in close detail. The senators who struck the deal late this week said they were trying to take the decision-making away from the Obama administration and ensure that new fencing and technology would be deployed, but the latest version gives Ms. Napolitano or her successors the ability to waive or ignore those requirements. In the case of the fence, the legislation reads that "nothing in this subsection shall require the secretary to install fencing, or infrastructure that directly results from the installation of such fencing, in a particular location along the southern border, if the secretary determines that the use or placement of such resources is not the most appropriate means to achieve and maintain effective control over the southern border at such location."

In the case of technology, the sponsors said they wanted to ensure the technology gets deployed. They listed exact technology they wanted in every one of the border's sectors, including ordering 685 ground sensors, 50 towers and 73 fixed cameras be deployed to Arizona's two sectors. However, the bill also gives Ms. Napolitano the power to change all of that "if the secretary determines that an alternate or new technology is at least as effective as the technologies described in paragraph (3) and provides a commensurate level of security."
Exactly what they did in 2007. In December of 2007 Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson pushed through an amendment to a huge government-funding bill to give the DHS Secretary (Chertoff) the final say-so over the border fence. Some claimed she essentially gutted the fence. This is what Senator Hutchinson says in response to the claim that she gutted the border fence: Myth: The language "gutted" the border fence. FACT: The amendment mandates 700 miles of fence along the U.S. -- Mexico border. Of that, 370 miles of fence must be completed by the end of 2008. The Secure Fence Act did not have a requirement of 370 miles of fencing by December 2008. OUR FACT: DHS's Secure Border Initiative has constructed fewer than 120 miles of fence and it is very likely that fewer than 150 miles of fence will be completed by the end of 2008, even if Congress gives DHS more money. So, using Hutchinson's amendment, Chertoff cut the fence in half by making it single-layered, not double-layered as the law originally required. Then he cut that by building less than half of what Hutchinson said was mandated. That is called gutting the fence.
What say you now, Senator Hutchinson?

The PEOPLE must get off their rumps and speak up before it’s too late and condemn Washington with a "NO CONFIDENCE VOTE--NO AMNESTY FOR ILLEGALS! DOWN WITH THIS DE FACTO AMNESTY BILL!" DUMP ALL THOSE WHO HAVE SIGNED ONTO THIS TERRIBLE BILL. Contact by phone100 Senators and 435 Representatives for State or Federal at toll-free number -- 1-888-978-3094--.You may phone the United States Capitol circuit at (202) 224-3121. A terminal operator will connect you directly with the Senate office or just about anybody in Washington you request to speak with. It is time to get on the case of the without delay and demand the real fence, the entry & exit system, no benefits to illegal aliens and employers who violate the law after the inception of E-Verify a $15.000 dollar fine for every illegal worker caught and make it a felony for any illegal aliens crossing border or overstaying an expired visa.
American Patrol has all the facts and not the lies, emanating from DC. NumbersUSA, including much of the information you need to make a decisive decision?
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