Sunday, October 08, 2006

Fooled Again

You have to wonder how long the GOP base is going to continue to fall for the "bait and switch" that the GOP Congress keeps pulling. In the big rush to "cater" to the base on immigration the GOP pushed through the much vaunted wall across the southern border so that they could go back to their districts and say "See what I did to stop the hordes from coming across the border and taking your job." How many of the loyal GOP voters will read far enough to realize that it was all a shell game and that the "great wall" is no closer to reality than it has ever been. From the Washington Post.

No sooner did Congress authorize construction of a 700-mile fence on the U.S.-Mexico border last week than lawmakers rushed to approve separate legislation that ensures it will never be built....

Shortly before recessing late Friday, the House and Senate gave the Bush administration leeway to distribute the money to a combination of projects — not just the physical barrier along the southern border. The funds may also be spent on roads, technology and "tactical infrastructure" to support the Department of Homeland Security's preferred option of a "virtual fence."

....In this case, it also reflects political calculations by GOP strategists that voters do not mind the details, and that key players — including the administration, local leaders and the Mexican government — oppose a fence-only approach, analysts said.

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