Bad laws rapidly made.

Greetings, loyal minions. Your Maximum Leader is not a fan of the Patriot Act as long-time readers know. His opposition to the Patriot Act is based largely in the fact that it was hardly debated and rushed through Congress to President Bush’s desk. While many provisions of the Patriot Act are fine, there are many others that just have not been well thought out.

As a matter of course, your Maximum Leader would prefer the status quo to change. (Isn’t that the heart of conservatism?) In the case of far reaching legislation, he feels that “rushing a deal through” means that the law will be a bad one.

And so he comes to the new Immigration Bill before the Congress…

Your Maximum Leader has tried to read the bill. (Which the Heritage Foundation has graciously posted.) He really has. He’s gotten pretty far along, but hasn’t finished the job. Allow him to say… The bill is a mess. One can tell that this is the worst kind of political compromise. He says the worst kind of political compromise because it seems just thrown together. It is like some of the negotiating entities (presumably various Senators and Administration officials) just started throwing things in that everyone seemed to agree on.

All in all this bill would need months of work and careful review to be made more thoughtful and workable. But, we live in an age where careful thought and consideration to the bill will not be given in the first place. And it now appears as though the Senate and the White House are hell-bent for leather to pass this bill in more or less its current form.

So, your Maximum Leader has to oppose its passage. He would prefer that no immigration “reform” bill be passed than to pass a bill that no one understands, or will have time to attempt to understand.

Your Maximum Leader sees that many of his own fellow-travelers are opposed to the bill for various reasons. They might oppose family reunification. They might oppose the proposed “point system” used in evaluating visa status. They might oppose that the border will not be fortified. These are all legitimate reasons to oppose the bill. On the other side, many liberals and Democrats are opposed to the bill because it does strengthen the border. They oppose the bill because it requires fines to be paid by illegals wanting to change their status. They oppose the bill because it doesn’t go “far enough” for them.

Whatever the reasons for opposition, they are all legitimate concerns. Your Maximum Leader will continue to make his standard points on this issue…

1) Until we can secure our borders (Canada included) none of this matters at all. And by securing our borders your Maximum Leader means that we have a comprehensive and workable strategy to detect and indentify people crossing into and out of the United States. He doesn’t anticipate that securing the borders will “get” everyone trying to enter the US. But it needs to get “most” of the people trying to enter the US. He isn’t sure what percentage constitutes “most” of the people. But he feels it ought to be a pretty high number.

Excursus - As we now know, thanks to lawyer with TB, our existing lax system doesn’t even work that well. Really now… If you are on a list to be detained and you reach the border and you are not detained… Due to human error or any other error… That is a big problem.

2) Once we secure our borders, then we can discuss what type of immigration reform we want. As your Maximum Leader has said before, after the borders are secured, he doesn’t care much what status we give to illegal immigrants. He imagines that if many of the current illegals were given some status where they could work in the US and travel to and fro to Mexico they might take that status.

We all reap tremendous benefits (and do pay significant costs) from the work of illegal immigrants. The US is a nation of opportunity. We can’t and shouldn’t bolt the doors and refuse to let more people in. Your Maximum Leader believes that we ought to raise our current levels of legal immigration. He remembers reading that there are only 18,000 H1B visas issued now. These visas are for highly trained and educated people who have tremendous skills (generally engineers, doctors, scientists). He was shocked to learn the number was that low. He would raise it to 100,000 a year. We need these people to build our economy and future. But we also need the low skill workers. Your Maximum Leader would like to see a floating number of temporary worker visas available. The number would be based on the number of jobs we project to be available. These people would be allowed to come to the US and work and then free to leave, and come back.

We need to give some serious thought as to how we want the path to citizenship to look. We also need to give serious thought to what it means to be a citizen of our nation. Just as we aren’t thinking about a true immigration reform package, we aren’t thinking about any of this right now…

Your Maximum Leader believes that the current immigration bill will likely pass the Congress and be signed by the President in more or less its current form. And that is a bad thing… Your Maximum Leader will write his two Senators and ask them to vote against the bill - or at least demand that more time is given to debate the bill. There is no reason to rush this.

Do you know who has some interesting thoughts on the immigration bill and how the President is acting… Peggy Noonan… You ought to read her piece on Opinion Journal about how George W. Bush is destroying the Republican base. She makes a very interesting observation:

One of the things I have come to think the past few years is that the Bushes, father and son, though different in many ways, are great wasters of political inheritance. They throw it away as if they’d earned it and could do with it what they liked. Bush senior inherited a vibrant country and a party at peace with itself. He won the leadership of a party that had finally, at great cost, by 1980, fought itself through to unity and come together on shared principles. Mr. Bush won in 1988 by saying he would govern as Reagan had. Yet he did not understand he’d been elected to Reagan’s third term. He thought he’d been elected because they liked him. And so he raised taxes, sundered a hard-won coalition, and found himself shocked to lose his party the presidency, and for eight long and consequential years. He had many virtues, but he wasted his inheritance.

Bush the younger came forward, presented himself as a conservative, garnered all the frustrated hopes of his party, turned them into victory, and not nine months later was handed a historical trauma that left his country rallied around him, lifting him, and his party bonded to him. He was disciplined and often daring, but in time he sundered the party that rallied to him, and broke his coalition into pieces. He threw away his inheritance. I do not understand such squandering.

Very interesting indeed.

Oppose the immigration bill… No bill is better than a bad bill…

Carry on.

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I just read the Noonan piece, and it captured exactly my feelings. And then added some thoughts I hadn’t actually gotten around to having.

Bush seems to be engaging in some sort of scorched earth strategy, like he wants to be the last Republican president, ever.



Polymath said:

Peggy Noonan describes exactly my issues with Bush 41 and Bush 43. I could never understand why Reagan’s policies were not continued, nor can I comprehend what Gorge W. Bush sees as a long term advantage to the United States with the current immigration bill.

ML, you are right on about securing the border. It needs to be done for a host of reasons, as illustrated by the super-TB thing.



Mrs. Peperium said:

Per what the super-TB exposed.

We all knew before the super-TB that our borders were not secure. We knew that people who should not be in our country were in our country.

So what did the Super–TB really expose?

It exposed two incredibly self-centered people who cared more for their European honeymoon than they cared about infecting hundreds of other people with the disease. The bride’s father is a TB reseacher for the CDC. He knew his son-in-law had the disease. He probably told his daughter what she had to do to avoid contracting it. He let them leave the country. He should be fired.

Then when the guy gets caught he comes out and does the big “SORRY” on Good Morning America clasping his porn star look-a-like bride with his hair greased down looking every bit like the personal injury lawyer he is. He went to law school, graduated and passed the bar. He completely disregarded the laws of the land. The laws of the land he vowed to uphold in his professsional life. He has also endangered the citizenry. He should be disbarred at the very least. But instead, he’ll get a book deal and somehow this will all be President Bush’s fault.

Also, the TB guy claims he thought “he would die” if he didn’t get back to America. Guess what? Cuba would have taken him in. Canada did take him in. But he didn’t want to go there for the medical care he knew he needed. He wanted to come here. We have the best medical care in the world. Tell Michael Moore to stick a sock in it.

Our government does not work well. Most major companies do not work. My next door neighbor was handed the feed bag by Ford Motor 3 months ago. He had been there since 1984 as an engineer. Ford has dumped more than 40,000 employees in the last few years. The local paper here just reported 2 days ago that in spite of all the cost cutting measures, Ford is still losing more than $5400 per vehicle BUILT in North America. They CAN”T make North America profitable. (My guess Norht America will go under and the family will take it private –build cars with non-union employees in Mexico for North America plus build in China and India) My neighbor just learned Ford is advertisng to FILL his spot — the one he vacated 3 months ago under pressure as they said they couldn’t guarrantee he’d have a job this summer. He has 2 kids in college and could really use a job right now. He also didn’t need the emotional turmoil of retiring more than 10 years earlier than epected. Ford hasn’t a clue as to what it is doing with its turnaround. they are boling spaghetti, throwing it against the wall and hoping it will stick. That is exactly what we are doing with immigration. Our government really doesn’t have a clue as to what it’s doing.

When someone is elected, they are automactically determined to be experts on everything. They are not. They just owe favors to everyone. The immigration bill is a mess. All of them have been. But I would look to the politician who has been involved in all of them since the 60’s -Ted Kennedy. Then I would look at all of the people that keep returning him to office. Talk about wasting political inheritance…



Mrs. Peperium said:

One more thing,

Most reasonable people will agree that President Bush is a more decent man than former President Clinton. When President Clinton was in office the kook fringe Right as well as many mainstream Republicans believed President Clinton was responsible (responsible in a varying degree) for the deaths of many of Clinton’s former business associates. Associates who may have possessed incriminating evidence against Clinton and had all died in unusual circumstances. Most of the cases were labeled suicides (how a man can shoot himself in the back of the head –commiting suicide– with a rifle still eludes most sensible people) or the cases remain unresolved.

Today there are far many more kook fringe Lefities, mainstream Democrats and even some kook fringe Righties as the kooks on both side of the fence are blending if you look carefully who believe President Bush was behind 9/11. He either knew about it and looked the other way or he ordered the Towers to be packed with explosives to bring them down. As we all know, the death toll in the Towers was not as high as it ought to have been because it was a beautiful day and people were slower than usual getting to the office. Plus it was an election day and people had stopped off to vote. So, the 2500 dead could have been upwards of 5000.

I would think that it would be very hard for a decent man to deal with the fact that people think he, the Commander-in-Chief, intentionally murdered his people. I have been disgusted not to watch the Republican Party Establishment in NYC as well as those in Congress, not step forward every day to refute this most odious charge. I cannot believe that the Republican Party did not demand Rosie O’Donnell’s firing.

Politicians are supposed to fight. And they are supposed to fight hard. Presidents are suppose to level criticism. This is politics. It’s not for the meek. The Republicans, almost all of them have been publicly critical of Bush in some fashion. He finally hits back and they whine almost as much as a Feminists would. Go on offense and make your case. Who cares about squandering political inheritiances. Almost everyone in the history has squandered their inheritances…



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