Monday, June 11, 2007

For Whom the Bill Tolls

The Decider vowed today to "do all he can" to revive his immigration plan for amnesty for illegal aliens. He said he will lobby Senate Republicans to revisit the bill, and call on the Democratic leadership to deliver.

Bush's pet initiative was stalled last week by a vote on cloture, which is a way to end debate and amendments and vote on a bill. If debate continues, or cloture is defeated, then Senators don't have to take a stand, but just keep debating. A way for the Republicans to avoid The Decider's woodshed.

It is instructive to see just who among the Republicans voted for closure, or to end the debate by bringing it to a vote, which is akin to throwing the immigration hot potato into the Senate's unwilling lap.... Lindsey Graham (SC), Chuck Hagel (NE), Richard Lugar (IN), Mel Martinez (FL), John McCain (AZ), Arlen Specter (PA), George Voinovich (OH).

These seven so-called representatives of U.S. citizens want this behind-closed-doors corporate-pleasing bill. Their hand was stayed by "No" voting GOP Senators, and a few Democrats.

Who among the Democrats had the courage to stand against their Senate majority leader, Harry Reid (NV) and political Godfather, Ted Kennedy (MA)? To vote "No" to avoid bringing to a vote this flawed, costly and nation-rending legislation.

Legislation the U.S. electorate has been loudly proclaiming they don't want.

These 11 oath-upholding Democratic Senators are.... Max Baucus (MT), Jeff Bingaman (NM), Barbara Boxer (CA), Robert Byrd (WV), Byron Dorgan (ND), Mary Landrieu (LA), Claire McCaskill (MO), Mark Pryor (AR), Jay Rockefeller (WV), Jon Tester (MT), Jim Webb (VA).

Not surprisingly, the Bush-hugging "Independent" Senator Joe Lieberman (CT) voted for closure, while the truly Independent Bernard Sanders (VT) voted against the Cloture Motion.

It takes sixty votes to stop debate and bring a bill to a vote, or sixty "Yes" votes. Even with the might of The Decider, corporate interests, the Catholic church, labor unions, and the powerful lobbies for the up to 20 million illegal aliens all applying pressure, the vote was just 45 "Yes" and 50 "No."

So, Reid pulled the bill, knowing full well that it wasn't going anywhere. The vote to defeat the Cloture Motion had been a resounding defeat.

But Bush didn't hear, or care to hear. He vows to ram this bill through the Senate. Which really takes a lot of gall because in the same press conference he dismissed as meaningless a planned Senate vote of no-confidence for his disgraced and ineffectual Attorney General Gonzales.

The Senate has just shown their votes aren't meaningless.

What is meaningless is the leadership of both parties who tried to force this dangerous bill upon U.S. taxpayers.... Bush, McCain, Reid, Kennedy.... all bent on pleasing special interests.

The defeat of this Closure Motion has actually rendered them meaningless.

The country impatiently awaits new leadership. November 2008.


Anonymous said...

The simple truth is that America is witnessing 100 Senators engaging in a dismal in-house team competition among themselves, without any regard for the wishes of the electorate.
The vast majority of the American people do not want this great country transformed into a coast-to-coast Tijuana wasteland with uneducated millions clinging to welfare.
A simple moron can understand what has to be done:


The current immigration bill would have allowed untold more millions
to descend upon us...and doomed us to face the same issues in years ahead. Don't leave this to your children!
Tell your Senators and Representatives that you want action to reverse this invasion! NOVEMBER 2008!

The Tulsa Atlas said...

This is a great blog. It clearly gives the correct path forward. I do not want all of our cities turned into Tiajuana wastelands either.

Angelina said...

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