Monday, April 10, 2006

"A Uniter, Not a Divider"

The President accused the Democrats in Congress of using "blocking tactics" stalling immigration overhaul, according to this link.

According to the article, President Bush said "Unfortunately this [bipartisan immigration compromise] is being blocked by the Senate Democratic leader who has refused to allow senators to move forward and vote on amendments to this bill, ... I call on the Senate Minority Leader to end his blocking tactics and allow the Senate to do its work and pass a fair, effective immigration reform bill."

He's right, from what I understand, that Senator Reid did prevent a vote. However, I like the phraseology to pass a fair, effective reform bill. It implies that any plan other than the one that is on the table, the one that President Bush approves of, would not be fair or effective. The president also conveniently forgets to mention that many Republicans are not on board with this program, ostensibly fearing backlash at election time.

Unfortunately, the crux of this story has little to do with actual civil debate over an important issue among voters and more to do with the Commander in Chief again pushing an "us vs. them" agenda. I can't say as I blame him, as finger pointing has gotten him this far, but enough is enough. Unless the President intended to have the entire country united against him, actions such as this continue to undermine his promise.

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