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Bush Offers Unilateral Surrender To Mexico; Vincente Fox To Assume Executive Powers
What can I say about last night's speech that hasn't already been said by VFR, Michelle Malkin, or any number of sources...just check out this incredible collection of linked commentary from throughout the blogosphere at Hot Air, virtually all of it negative. Even the New York Times shakes its head in amazement at the fact that it seemed to please no one - not conservatives, who no longer trust Bush, not Democrats, who likewise cannot bring themselves to accept the fact that Bush might be sincere about amnesty (no matter how overwhelming the evidence), nor, apparently, even illegal aliens themselves. The only positive response I saw, apart from those of die-hard Bush apologists, was from the Mexican government - a bad, bad sign indeed.
The lies and distortions were too many to note in full, from the insistence that anyone would ever have to leave the country to apply for a green card (contradicted directly by the bill's language, and even by Bush himself just two weeks ago here), to the avoidance of any mention of the truly massive increase in legal immigration under the bill, or the halfhearted deployment of National Guardsmen who will not even have the power to apprehend illegals - an announcement that Lou Dobbs correctly pointed out last night is hardly worthy of central billing in a major address, were it not born purely of political calculation.
To avoid closing on too down a note, this is pretty hilarious.
Also, for any statistics geeks out there, or really for anyone concerned about the incredible numbers inside the Senate bill, the Heritage Foundation has this amazing study which is a must-read.
Securing the borders should have been the first order of business on 9/12/01. Instead we got the Patriot Act, Dept. of Homeland Security, NSA surveillance etc. at a cost of untold billions. Meanwhile any terrorist can join the daily throng of Mexicans and stroll across the border with a knapsack full of anthrax.