Saturday, September 30, 2006

I Am Totally Fucking Baffled

For your reading enjoyment and blood pressure poison:

Congress Passes Border Fence Bill

The Senate gave final approval last night to legislation authorizing the construction of 700 miles of double-layered fencing on the U.S.-Mexico border, shelving President Bush's vision of a comprehensive overhaul of U.S. immigration laws in favor of a vast barrier.
That's right. Bush is the voice of (relative) semi-reason. THE APOCALYPSE APPROACHES.

The measure was pushed hard by House Republican leaders, who badly wanted to pass a piece of legislation that would make good on their promises to get tough on illegal immigrants, despite warnings from critics that a multibillion-dollar fence would do little to address the underlying economic, social and law enforcement problems, or to prevent others from slipping across the border.
"VOTE FOR ME IN NOVEMBER! A vote for me is a vote for freedom! Free trade, that is! Which totally decimates industries in Mexico! Which is why they flee here in the fucking first place! We'll just build more fences and continue this cycle so I have some issue to run on in 2008!"

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist surprised many advocates of a more comprehensive approach to immigration problems when he took up the House bill last week. But in Congress's rush to recess last night for the fall political campaigns, the fence bill passed easily...
Right.

Mexico's foreign affairs secretary ... told reporters in Mexico City yesterday that his country plans to send a letter strongly condemning the measure...
EAT MY STRONGLY WORDED LETTER BITCHES.

Congress approved $1.2 billion in a separate homeland security spending bill to bankroll the fence. That figure, however, is only a down payment and falls far short of the $6 billion the fence is expected to cost.
Tax hike? No tax hikes! Just melt those soldiers' helmets down and form them into dubloons which we'll pay to the foreign companies who will manufacture the fence materials. Like they need helmets.

Lawmakers from both parties conceded that even at 700 miles in length, the barrier would leave nearly 1,300 miles of border uncovered.
No one said there was a math requirement for Congressmen. Or, like, a common sense one either, apparently.

The Arizona branch would have to plunge down steep ravines and scale craggy mountain peaks. Construction is "going to be near impossible."
Just get some day laborers. Those guys will do anything!

3 Comments:

At 6:52 PM, September 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Luther says we should hire the Chinese to build the fence. They built the railroad, so it's only fair.

To me, this whole thing is just like the torture thing. Torture doesn't work, so let's spend lots of time ensuring we have the right to use it.

 
At 7:31 PM, September 30, 2006, Blogger David said...

The wall won't dissuade anyone from leaving their pueblo. There's nothing there, although some nice houses spring up from time to time - financed with money earned in the U.S.

As for free trade killing industries, farm subsidies actually do that a more lethal fashion. U.S. taxpayers get to subsidize some corporate farm in Iowa or sugar farm in the South and then watch Mexican migrants, who thus can't compete, show up at the border.

 
At 10:49 PM, September 30, 2006, Blogger Heather said...

Bek - Yes! Well said.

David - I'm completely with you on the farm subsidies. Bleeding heart liberals (and any pandering politician) rave about saving family farms, when in reality 90% of that money goes to effing mega-agracorps like ADM and Corn Products Int'l. It's a total sham, a waste of tax dollars, and not to mention, totally contrary to the spirit of capitalism.

Along with our unfair trade practices that allow ADM and Corn Products to wipe out, for example, the sugar industries in Mexico and leaving them no recourse whatsoever, we - America - are in fact greatly at fault for the flood of immigrants to our borders.

We can't just put our finger in the hole in the dam, we have to stop the leak that started the flood.

 

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