Caught on tape, Bush confirms Amnesty Bill is amnesty.
I thought the closing part was interesting, too: he’s concerned about illegal aliens (“that people come here to realize their aspirations…and through hard work can realize their aspirations”), he’s reducing the illegalities of illegal aliens to “coming here” and their “aspirations” as superior to the hopes and dreams — the “aspirations” — of lawfully behaved and respectful citizens of the United States.
Which citizens also vote. Those in the Senate who are making this Amnesty Bill possible (and working to pass it) are going to pay dearly for this fiasco by first being harshly, publicly humiliated and then written into history with despicable legacies. And I doubt they even deserve that.
White House says Bush “Misspoke” (how many times do we have to hear this
STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY
Tue Jun 26 2007 11:57:55 ET
Earlier today, in speaking about comprehensive immigration reform, President Bush misspoke. He told a group, “know, I’ve heard all the rhetoric — you’ve heard it, too — about how this is amnesty. Amnesty means that you’ve got to pay a price for having been here illegally, and this bill does that.” This has been construed as an assertion that comprehensive immigration reform legislation before the Senate offers amnesty to immigrants who came here illegally. That is the exact opposite of the president’s long-held and often-stated position.
A glimmer of hope: some Senate Republicans are actually working on behalf of U.S. voters:
House Republicans are set to vote on a measure Tuesday afternoon rejecting the Senate immigration bill shortly after the upper chamber votes whether to proceed on that debate in yet another hurdle for backers of a comprehensive overhaul.
Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.) offered the resolution in a closed-door meeting of Republican House members on Tuesday morning, surprising many of the lawmakers present…
…The resolution is a largely symbolic measure, but would signal widespread displeasure of the Senate bill just as that chamber revives debate on the controversial issue, creating an additional roadblock to dissuade wavering Republicans.
The single sentence reads: “Resolved, that the House Republican Conference disapproves of the Senate immigration bill.”
House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio notified an angry White House shortly before Hoekstra introduced the measure, the Republican leader said, adding, “I won’t say they were happy about it.”
Republicans overwhelmingly defeated a motion offered by Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.) to ditch consideration of the measure. The 83-28 vote to defeat that motion suggests a broad majority of GOP lawmakers will side with Hoekstra.
“A growing majority of House Republicans are uncomfortable with the product and process of the Senate immigration bill,” Hoekstra said in a statement. “A public hearing has never been held on it, and it was crafted in secret by only 12 senators and two cabinet officials.”
The Michigan Republican expects his resolution to pass…(READ MORE).
I am not gung-ho on Newt Gingrich’s entire array of baggage but about this issue (Amnesty), Gingrich has remained astutely focused on everything that is right. And smart:
TEN SIMPLE, DIRECT STEPS TO A LEGAL AMERICAN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM, and, NEWT’S IMMIGRATION PLAN (but why can’t the Senate and White House measure up, the question begs to be answered).
Gingrich says to keep faith even if this Amnesty passes the Senate:
Don’t Give Up if the News Is Bad Tuesday
If the Washington power structure does succeed in forcing its will on the American people Tuesday, remember: There are still lots of procedural tactics that conservatives who support
the American people can use — just as you know liberals would use — to defeat the bill. So keep the pressure up. This battle is not over until it’s over.
By 84 to 12, the American People Support the Key Proposition of American Solutions
Ask the American people and we’ll tell you: We know our government isn’t working, and we know it will take real changes to make it work.
My new organization, American Solutions, polled the American people and found that by a consistent 84-to-12 margin, Americans favor real change in how we control our government and how our government controls us:
— 92% believe we need to provide long-term solutions instead of short-term fixes (only 5% believe it is unimportant);
— 80% believe we must strengthen and revitalize America’s core values (only 9% believe that is unimportant); and
— 67% favor moving the government into the 21st Century (only 15% believe that is unimportant).
But even so, the damage is done to our nation if it does pass because a lot of voters are utterly disgusted by the current Senate and the White House about this Amnesty and as well we should be. The damage is done, faith has been broken and broken irretrievably.
And it is now more than ever very, very important to ask for specific definitions to promises and declarations of goals made (such as, for example here, as what “moving the government into the 21st Century” actually means — as many of us should have critically analyzed as to the Bush legacy of boundless avoidance of real definitions of key words and expressions). But first let’s get the rest of D.C. to admit that Amnesty is what the Senate and White House have meant all along.
Otherwise: liars, liars.