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27 March 2006

Immigration Reform: Bush's Last Stand?

What seemed unthinkable just a short while ago has now become a very real possibility: Republicans could lose one or both houses of Congress. The person with the most to lose is President Bush. A Democrat House would mean hearings: on NSA wiretapping, torture, WMD's...well, the list seems endless, doesn't it. That an impeachable offense might arise in at least one of them seems fairly likely. If the Senate were lost as well, the Bush administration would be spending all its time testifying on Capitol Hill.

Various constitutional crises would crop up regularly as executive privilege claims would be proferred and contested. Even if Bush's term were to run out before the issues were settled, the election of a Democrat as President in 2008 would put Bush and his administration at risk for criminal investigation and prosecution. A slew of pardons would no doubt be issued in January '09, and perhaps a new controversy will arise as to whether a president can pardon himself.

With the personal stakes so high in the upcoming mid-term elections, should we fear that extra-legal means might be employed to assure a Republican victory? Possibilities would include a faked terrorist attack to altered ballot results using the non-auditable electronic Diebold voting machines. I don't think this is as far-fetched as it sounds. We all accept that fraud was likely in Illinois in 1960 and that fraud propelled LBJ to his first Senate victory. In 2006, it's not just a lost election that's at stake for George W. Bush, but his very Presidency if not his personal freedom, that's at risk. So pulling a few strings here and there must be awfully tempting.

But all this might be avoided if W. were to adopt as his own a widely popular position: strict controls on immigration without a guest worker program. Even though he has been the biggest front-man for the shortsighted business interests clamoring for cheap labor from across the border, he can do a complete 180 today and salvage this fall's elections. It's too late for his business backers to abandon him now - a Democratic congress would be too much of a disaster for them in other ways. Perhaps it is too late for his administration sycophants to switch gears, so here's some quick talking points to help with the transition:
  • The American people are the hardest working people in the world. Our brave young men and women in the armed forces should convince anyone that people who can withstand 9 humiliating weeks in boot camp and 9 excruciatingly hot and dangerous months in Iraq can and will do any job and do it well.
  • While we may be a nation of immigrants, we insist on assimilation into our society and acceptance of an 'American' identity. High levels of immigration do not allow our Hispanic brothers and sisters to assimilate as our ancestors did so well. We need to give our legal residents a fair chance to become full members of our community by stopping the unending flow of new immigrants.
  • The promise of America has always been a middle class life for all who work hard and play by the rules. But millions of undocumented workers make this impossible for many who have to compete with low wage workers for employment. We need to vastly reduce the number of illegal immigrants within our borders to keep the American dream alive.
  • We have seen a drop in the number of students graduating from college each year with science and engineering degrees. We cannot remain a great nation while our most important asset - the human capital of succeeding generations - declines. In order to ensure a rewarding career to those of our young people with the drive and determination to succeed in high-tech careers, we must limit the number of visas we grant to industry for hiring overseas workers.

Got it boys? - now get crackin' - your boss's job could depend on it! This may not be all the points you'll want to raise - but it's a start. If you need more help, you know where to reach me!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush has dissapointed me on outsourcing and immigration to an extent that I can hardly find words to express it. He is WORSE than Clinton on illegals.

Big Business is systematically destroying the price of labor. Its also, unintentionally destroying the white birthrate, which is now below replacement while doing so. You cant be a carpenter and compete with someone who will do for 7 bucks and hour what you got paid 12 for in 1990.

What really boggles my mind is the fact that these Central Americans will no doubt vote democrat when they inevitably start to vote (duh!). We are giving the democrats the electoral changes they could have only dreamed about. Blue states have the lowest birthrates in the land. Conservatives tend to want more children than liberals do. This was leading to conservatism re-taking the reigns in America in the next 20 years. But not now. The factories and labor jobs that supported conservative red-state families either belong to illegal immigrants, or have been shipped out. Lower-middle and lower class whites are financially struggling with debt, and more importantly not starting families. Who in the hell do the republicans think vote for them? Whites do. The Republicans won NO ETHNIC minority voting group in the last election. Not Asians, not blacks, not hispanics, not middle easterners, not Indians. Nobody. The will neve be able to out "freebie" the dems.

These policies, if left unchanged, will inevitably cause the labor shortage amongst white laborers that establishment republicans are kvetching about now. What father in his right mind, given the current business climate, would tell his son "yea, you can always get a good-paying factory job or work in construction or mechanics if youre good with your hands son."? No good dad would now. We will wind up being a nation of effete professionals served by a immigrant working class that will no doubt lead to huge racial/financial tensions. But they will have the upper hand in numbers, so they will simply vote themselves our money (duh again).

Nothing short of a wall will be any good in my opinion. Fences can be cut up with lax enforcement, but walls like Israel's take the destructive force of a tank to knock down. It leaves politicians no choice. Thats what the repubs should be pressing for. An END to illegal immigration. We have the most advanced military on the face of the planet, and the history of the earth. To suggest we cannot build a concrete wall with razor wire on top (at least 20 feet) is absurd.

March 27, 2006 8:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wetbacks = bad

March 27, 2006 9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although I do sympathize with Anonymous #1, it might not be a good idea to use those sentiments as talking points when Bush's boys call asking for more ideas.

March 28, 2006 7:26 AM  
Blogger ziel said...

No, agreed, you have to handle those Beltway types a little more delicately - not to worry, when they contact me - and I'm not straying from my gmail until I see a '' e-mail - I'll be ready for them!

March 28, 2006 7:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, don't expect Andy Card to call you. Looks like Dubya has started to notice the walls are crumbling and listen to the advice being offered so you could be on anytime now.

March 28, 2006 10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ziel, Bush could certainly use some new blood like yours, but as we today see, that is unlikely to happen. The scenario you laid out in your post almost had me running for a box of kleenex. With the idea of congressional hearings and criminal trials, I might have to go out and buy a satellite receiver so I can pick up Cspan over here in the Canaries.

Bush´s legacy will be the appointment of 2 conservative justices and others on the lower courts and of course for squandering the popularity and power served up to him by 911.

March 28, 2006 2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Julius Caesar had his army build a wall in England to keep out the barbarians so I don't see why we can't do the same with ours. Pour concrete Monday, Wednesday, Friday, patrol on Tuesdays and Thursdays. And the best part... no Arabs.

March 28, 2006 3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was Emperor Hadrian who started the wall I think but the point is correct.

April 03, 2006 6:37 AM  
Blogger joseph55555 said...

It was Hadrian who built the wall to keep out the Scotts, hence it was named HADRIAN'S WALL.

April 03, 2006 8:31 AM  
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April 03, 2006 8:45 AM  
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