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Archive for September 19th, 2007

DREAM Act a New Push for Amnesty

Posted by Ryan on September 19, 2007

Stealth amnesty is at work in Congress and only three months or so after the major grassroots popular smackdown of the Senate’s version of Immigration Reform!  The DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act allows states to give in-state tuition breaks to illegal aliens who’ve been here a while.  It also lets illegal aliens who entered the US as children apply for green cards… and then be able to sponsor their parents

The result:  the repeal of the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act and the enactment of special treatment to a large criminal element at the behest of the federal government.  So, here again, the illegals are being given the chance to jump ahead of everyone else in line, this time to get green cards for themselves and their parents.  It’s stealth amnesty if I ever saw it.  Apparently, the Dems either think our memories are really really short, we’re disinterested, we were faking it last summer, or we’re all just dumb.  As for the Republicans, they had better be on the right side of this one this time or many checkbooks might stay cold again next year.

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Deja Vu? Congress and Bush hit New Lows

Posted by Ryan on September 19, 2007

This seems like deja vu, but a new poll is out and American’s confidence in our government has hit another new low.  According to a Reuters/Zogby poll released today, only 11% of 1,011 likely voters believe that Congress is doing a good job, with only 29% feeling the same way about President Bush.  Zogby International believes the low numbers are due to a tanking housing market, the mortgage crunch, more people using the “R” word (recession), and uncertainty about Iraq. 

People’s disaffection with government could result in a really bizarre election next year.  Not every poll has Congress and the President this low, but nearly all show very low numbers for both Congress and BushMany people are also pretty sick of the dog and pony shows we’ve had to endure with all the incessant debates and policy parsing all year.  I don’t mind them, but the nation seems to be put off by their frequency and yawning news on the same-ol’ candidates saying predictable things.  I agree with Newt Gingrich (did I say deja vu?) here that there is an opportunity for true civic and political renewal in the eyes of the American people.  We’re yearning for it and either party has the potential for seizing the opportunity.  Newt’s American Solutions Conference begins on September 27 through the 29th and asks the American people to come up with real ideas about fixing America’s problems and creates a forum to discuss these ideas with people around the nation.  According to Newt’s book Winning the Future, securing the borders, English-only in government, and the need to fix Social Security and the tax code are issues where 80%+ of the American people can agree need fixing or doing– why doesn’t a party sit down and try to figure out how to do these things for real, or at least talk about outside-the-box solutions?  The solutions will not be easy or even be accomplished in the typical Washington manner.

I beat the Newt-drum because I’m concerned.  I believe that the Republicans have a built-in handicap next year and really need help if they are to keep the White House and regain Congress.  I also believe that the Millennials are going to vote in decent numbers in 2008, as many of them will be old enough to start paying taxes, have real jobs, and buy their first condo.  They are a voting block that can still be persuaded by either party in my opinion– and may keep that voting pattern for life.  They are a group that doesn’t remember government working well in their lifetimes and I believe would embrace a clearly stated view if it made sense, even if it meant sacrifice.  I believe that the Republican Party has a better chance of seizing the opportunity if they can convince the American people that they want real change and have a real, starkly contrasting vision than the Democrats do.   These kinds of common-sense changes are already pregnant in the party’s basic philosophies, but aren’t yet making the case.  Look to Sarkozy’s campaign model, back to Reagan’s philosophical foundations, mix in new ways of thinking about our national problems and their solutions and I think we’ll have a shot next year to do great things.

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Lincoln Chafee Leaves the Republican Party

Posted by Ryan on September 19, 2007

Without too much fanfare, Rhode Island’s favorite ex-cokehead Republican, Lincoln Chafee, decided to bolt the party last “June or July.”  Saying, “It’s not my party anymore,” begs the question: when was it ever your party?  He’s currently unaffiliated, but that isn’t much of a change either.  He was the definition of a RINO which is what prompted me to call and get on the Sean Hannity Radio Show a few years ago about his waffling on the issues and his lack of reliability back before the 2002 Election.  He wasn’t a good Republican, and could not even survive the one thing that I used to believe was why he was a Republican at all– to avoid a primary fight.  Due to his ridiculously RINO status, in 2006 he got a primary fight and lost the general.

Yet, the national party supported Chafee over former Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey, who was much more conservative, because it was deemed that Chafee was the only Republican who could have won in Rhode Island.   Laffey has since said that this kind of philosophical approach by the Republicans depressed turnout in 2006 not all over the place.  I have to agree:  I donated less money in 2006 than I have since I was in college, even writing to the local and national Republicans to complain and explain why they didn’t get my cash.  With Chafee gone, the party is not going to suffer in Rhode Island (or anywhere) as this really looks like sour grapes.

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