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Brad McCusker wrote:
"The problem is, Congress doesn't seem able or willing to make the hard
decisions or do the hard work required to fix a problem."

Just thought this little gem deserved a post of its own.  This way we
can simply refer back to it as necessary during future political
discussions.  

- Patrick





> Sent: Monday, July 02, 2007 9:31 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [SKIVT-L] Immigration reform and skiing
> 
> ---- "Haskell wrote: 
> >  The facts of the matter are that:
> >  
> > - the current law does not work (by definition - this is 
> illegal activity after all); 
> 
> Not so fast.  The current law isn't enforced.  I'll concede 
> that it doesn't work after I see it enforced.   That being 
> said, you make good arguments for why there is, at the least, 
> a "problem" with the current law.  I don't dispute the bulk 
> of the rest of your points that there is a problem.
> 
> > It amazes me that conservatives can simultaneous proclaim 
> the gospel 
> >of lassaiz-faire economics, while badmouthing the illegal 
> immigrants brought 
> >to this country by that marketplace, 
> 
> Well, I think that the "bad mouthing" is not just 
> conservatives, but moderates of both sides as well.  And, I 
> think that overwhelming majority of people concerned about 
> illegal immigration are not thinking of the economic side, 
> they are thinking of two things:
> 
> 1. The fact that these illegals can come into the country in 
> the first place.  If they can come in to work, then certainly 
> illegals who want to harm us can also come in.  
> 2. The perception that many of these illegals are not 
> working, they are collecting welfare or other government 
> subsidies, etc.  
> 
> I think most people would be happy if we addressed those two 
> points.  I think most people don't understand (and therefor 
> don't care) about the other points.
> 
> > The Republican base has resorted to race-baiting and 
> head-in-the-sand 
> >policies like fence-building.
> 
> I don't think the Republicans are alone on this one.  I think 
> both sides of the aisle are trying to please their 
> constituents.  The problem is, Congress doesn't seem able or 
> willing to make the hard decisions or do the hard work 
> required to fix a problem.
> 
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