Tuesday, April 14, 2009

What happens when you get libs and conservatives to agree?

Do you get all Kum-ba-ya and filled with the warm glow of "Bipartisanship"?

More likely, (like last night at Sine Die) you get a bill so screwed up that neither side likes it. Many on both sides voted against it, those who are in favor of coddling illegals, or those who want to ship them south. Unfortunately, even the rightys and the wrongys/leftys were outnumbered (barely) by those who actually passed this steaming pile of stuff. The drivers-licenses-for-illegals debate we were led to believe would be one of either strict adherence to the letter (if not the spirit) of the law, or a two-tiered contraption.

What we got, thanks to a conference committee, was a monstrosity that gets tough on those illegals... in 2015?! What the hey? That is touted as dealing with this situation on a "date certain", a date that is way overdue. That will be 14 years after 9-11! Yeah, that's gettin' tough alright! My foot it is! The illegal sympathizers are not happy either, I guess they feel 2015 is being too tough. It stops future "undocumented" immigrants from getting new licenses, how very mean of us!?

It passed, but with not enough votes to be considered an "emergency" piece of legislation. So it will take place June 1st. What a laugh if it had been considered an "emergency" that doesn't kick in 'til 2015. Talk about oxy-moronic!

Please people, come out to the Tea Parties. Predicted rain is no excuse! Even if you have to wear 2 raincoats and carry 3 umbrellas, we gotta stop this insanity!

ADDENDUM: Please check out the comment Martin Watcher made to this post to get more of the story, and to learn of the sneaky way libs voted against the bill on purpose for what may be nefarious reasons- Thanks MW!


Martin Watcher said...


The talking point that this is a bill that was altered so much that both sides of the issue didn't like it is a talking point pushed by the Baltimore Sun and rest of the main stream media to make it look like real compromise took place. The reality is, the vote between the bill last night and the original 2-tier system wanted by the House was 2 votes. Yeah, 2 whole votes changed in the House. On the Senate side, ALL of the liberal Dems that voted against the No Illegal Immigrant license bill gladly voted for this bill, and only 2 conservative Dems stood their ground.

The reality of the whole thing was, they changed the bill just enough to provide coverage for the Senate to completely switch.

Chester Peake said...

Oh, I see...

While I agree that the bill is junk, I am not persuaded that it is a real compromise. I see it as a mess-by-committee. I did not understand that they were sneaky enough to have so many (otherwise liberal) legislators vote against it on purpose so they could "claim" it is a real compromise.

Man these politicians tick me off. I wasn't privy to the Senate stuff, but was just was amazed by the wide range of people voting against it in the House.

I think the talking point is valid, neither side did like it, but the lefts disappointment as a political tool, that I was oblivious to. Thanks to your insight.

I now have to update my post on my blog to reflect this.

Daniel said...

Despite all that, I see such a controversial bill being held to the "last minute" to get it on everyone's mindset that, all of a sudden, the Senate wants to do something about the illegal immigrant "problem."

They had to wait until the last minute. Gee. Imagine that.

Just so they can garner the needed votes for re-election next year.

Can you feel the love?