Immigration: Both Parties Deserve Punishment
Lou Dobbs is taking another populist position and expresses it in his CNN open letter to President Bush. In Dobbs to president: Do you take us for fools? , Dobbs writes:
And the lies keep coming from both political parties. This president is not enforcing the immigration laws enacted by Congress, and this Congress is failing in its duty of oversight to demand that those laws be followed.
Only a fool, Mr. President, Sen. Kennedy, Sen. McCain, would believe you when you speak of new legislation. You don't enforce the laws now.
Illegal immigration is a galvanizing issue for the public.
But as Dobbs fairly states, the fault is with both political parties. Neither party appears likely to tackle it the way the public wants.
While I would tend to seek election punishment towards the party in power, the opposition party offers nothing that I support on the issues of fighting terrorism (they do not fight terror, they talk to terror and the Moussaoui trial shows how effective it is to treat terrorists as criminals), continued and further tax cuts (they want to increase taxes), budgetary constraint (until I hear them suggest a cut to any entitlement then they are untrustworthy), improving public schools (yes, they will increase spending per pupil but the international test scores keep going down-where does that money go?), curing the fuel "crisis" (increase the price per gallon by adding more taxes or cap the price) and throw in a variety of social issues that treat minorities like children and not individuals with free choice and free will.
This is the saving grace for Republicans. Even when they flop on the most important issue in the minds of the electorate, they retain my vote. Why? Their opponents are incompetents.
Or as Thomas Sowell wrote:
Frankly, the Republicans deserve to lose this fall's election, after their wild spending and pandering to economic ignorance on gas prices. But a Republican defeat would only bring in the Democrats -- and the country does not deserve anything that disastrous. The Democrats' petty obstruction and irresponsible demagoguery in wartime disqualifies them for national leadership when a nuclear Iran and nuclear terrorists loom on the horizon.
Thanks to Bill Suda for the link.