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Today's Note From a Madman

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

 

There will be no Note From a Madman tomorrow. -NG


 

Immigration

"I think one of the things that we have to do is answer the skeptics, answer the doubters. We not only have a good sound bill, but it's also one that a lot of conservatives, when they get a chance to look at it, will say OK,"
-White House Press Secretary Tony Snow

Hey, Dummy... It's the REAL conservatives who have the biggest problem with your immigration bill. They're the ones who you have no chance of flipping to pas your bad immigration reform bill. Stick with your Neo-Con cohorts which only look to create the appearance of doing something right and good for the American people rather than trying to change the minds of those who, whether you agree with them or not, are not going to change their minds, that is, of course, unless you have a picture of them with a live boy or a dead girl.

The President "will talk about the fact that immigration reform is too important to let this opportunity pass, and this is the best opportunity that we have had in decades to reform the broken immigration system."
-White House spokesman

They're putting on the full court press here. And the truth of the matter is that they only have to turn one Republican around to their way of thinking. Even if they get just one to abstain, I believe that Cheney would be able to break the tie. Scary, huh?

"I'll see you at the bill signing,"
-Bush

The Senate certainly needs to step up and realize that bills which might sound good inside the Beltway (the area defined by the roads surrounding Washington, DC) may not really offer anything of substance to the American people, especially the ones these bills, as passed laws, would effect. This immigration bill will aid no one but the employers who seek cheap labor. It does nothing to provide for their safety; it does nothing to provide for their families (in fact, it divides families as no other law ever passed in US history); and it only is those who look to make an easy profit at any cost.

If ever there was a bill requiring a filibuster, this one would be it. I wonder if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV) could keep this bill from even getting to the floor?

Many Democrats are supporting this measure for hopes in wooing the Hispanic vote. But a real bill which would be more protective of both US worker and immigrant worker rights is necessary. No wonder why the trade unions are against it.

Perhaps this bill could be fixed. But fixing it would require work and compromise on President Bush's part. And we all know that there is no word for "compromise" in the Bush lexicon.

-Noah Greenberg



How Much Do We Like Hillary Clinton?

While I would prefer Hillary Clinton to any of the Republicans, that does not say much. I would prefer Edwards, Obama, Biden, and Gore to Clinton.

On philosophical grounds – we are a nation that is opposed to dynasties. With 300 million Americans there must be at least one person who is capable of faithfully executing the responsibilities of the office that is not a spouse or child of a former President.

At Gettysburg on Nov. 19, 1863, Lincoln, our last great Republican President, said

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.”

We declared our independence from dynasties in 1776, four score and seven years before 1863.

We see today how right we were, and how dynasties, while they may capture the imagination of an uneducated or uncritical population, can be disastrous when they capture the government. Maybe it is just because George Bush believes that he is entitled to rule, that his is a disastrous Presidency. And maybe Hillary Clinton lacks this belief.

Or maybe it is because he has throughout his life given the appearance of success by failing upwards and being rescued by his connections, like Stan Laurel in those old Laurel and Hardy films. Until today. Today there is no one more powerful to pull him out of trouble.

Unlike George W Bush, Hillary Clinton is very bright and has always worked very hard.

While I will vote for her if she wins the nomination, I am also less than enthusiastic about President Hillary Clinton on policy grounds and common sense. Hillary Clinton has said “we are safer than on September 11.” Then her campaign explained “she meant because of homeland security initiatives.” That is as out of touch as some of the nonsense coming out of the White House.

Edwards has a plan to provide health care to all Americans. Obama's plan, which is perhaps a response to Edwards' plan, is good. Not as good, but good. Clinton says "We are all saying basically the same thing" (and watch out when a lawyer uses a qualifier like 'basically') but has not offered up a plan.

Gore is out in front on the environment. He speaks slowly, but he measures his words for what they mean, not for what they represent. Dodd and Richardson are there with higher fuel economy standards, clean energy, and an understanding of global warming. With all the time he has spent in New Orleans, Edwards sees what global warming means. What is Hillary’s position on Clean Energy and Global Warming?

-Larry Furman


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