No-go on the immigration bill

Immigration Overhaul Bill Stalls in Senate
Bipartisan Compromise Collapses; Reid Says Measure May Return

A tenuous compromise to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws collapsed last night when senators from both parties refused to cut off debate and move to a final vote, handing the unlikely alliance of Democratic leaders and President Bush a setback on a major domestic priority.

LEt me go on the record and say, I’m very glad. It was bad law.

And it was going to be expensive: Amnesty Will Cost U.S. Taxpayers at Least $2.6 Trillion

But apparently the bill isn’t dead, it’s just resting. Let’s hope it Rests In Peace.

The Inside Story Of How The Senate Immigration Bill Died



Did you listen yet? and today’s items

I’ll post more about Venezuela later today, but here’s the morning round-up:

Did you listen yet?
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Last Monday my guests were Dymphna and Baron Bodissey of Gates of Vienna and Siggy co-hosted. Listen to a most enjoyable podcast, and tell your friends. If you listened already, go back and listen again.

Soldier’s Family Needs Immediate Help

Victor Davis Hanson writes about The Global Immigration Problem

The moment illegal immigrants arrive, a sort of race begins: Can these newcomers become legal, speak the host language and get educated before they age, get hurt or lose their job? If so, then they assimilate and their children are held up as models of diversity. If not, the end of the story can be welfare or jail.

Governments in countries such as Mexico and Morocco usually care far more about their emigrants once they are long gone. Then these poor are no longer volatile proof of their own failures, but victims of some wealthy foreign government’s indifference. And these pawns usually send cash home.

Don’t miss also The Legal Visa Crunch: The Senate bill is worse than current law for skilled immigrants.

And Now…British Academia

Investor’s Business Daily continues its series on Jimmy Carter, Friend of dictators

Via Red State, Sen. Byrd: “Allowing the public to actually see earmark requests…isn’t a good idea”

We beat global warming, and “Al’s the guy!”

Via Larwin, Ace posts that Jon Corzine didn’t think of wearing a seat belt, and zoomed down the turnpike going 90 miles an hour, but he’s going to keep you from getting fat. Maybe Corzine should call Michael Moore for diet tips.

Mitt gets heckled in New Hampshire for being a Mormon. Harry Reid better stay away.

Also from Ace, some fool at Newsweek thinks wussy men are hot. Where is Pullo when we need him?
Here’s a short list of other non-wussies. And the ever-popular Swiss.

Speaking of wusses, Betsy has The humbug that is John Edwards, who, by the way, may have some trouble getting some of the treasure money as Spain sues over shipwreck bonanza

Harry Potter theme park planned in Orlando. It’ll take real magic to duplicate the terrain and the weather, for sure.

And last, but not least, The Studied Linguist (a poem)


The Five Myths Of Harry

The Dem Cong’s been busy, hasn’t it?

Captain Ed has The Five Myths Of Harry

MYTH #3:
General Petraeus Says There Is No Military Solution

SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV): “…There Is No Military Solution In Iraq. General Petraeus, The Commander On The Ground, Has Said So Himself.” (Sen. Reid, “Reid: As Situation In Iraq Worsens, America Can And Must Change Course,” Press Release, 04/22/07)

General Petraeus Believes “Improv[ing] The Security” With “Additional Forces” Is Necessary To Achieve A Political Solution

GEN. DAVID PETRAEUS: “I want to assure you that Lieutenant General Odierno and I would not have asked to maintain the surge force levels in Iraq – a request that led to your tour extensions – if we did not view the additional forces as being absolutely necessary to our ability to accomplish our mission. That mission – to help Iraq improve the security for its population – is intended to provide Iraqi leaders with an opportunity to begin to tackle the crucial issues that must be resolved to achieve a sustainable outcome in Iraq.” (Gen. David Petraeus, Letter To Soldiers Serving In Multi-National Force-Iraq, 4/14/07)

David Broder:

Instead of reinforcing the important proposition — defined by the Iraq Study Group– that a military strategy for Iraq is necessary but not sufficient to solve the myriad political problems of that country, Reid has mistakenly argued that the military effort is lost but a diplomatic-political strategy can still succeed.

Meanwhile, Jeff Emmanuel‘s reporting from Iraq.

Too bad Harry can’t read Red.

Update: Harry Reid agrees with George W. Bush!