Monday, January 31

LIMBAUGH WARNS BUSH TO TOUGHEN UP ON SPENDING & IMMIGRATION REFORM

Rush Limbaugh has rightly warned President Bush that a debilitating schism could develop within Party ranks, undermining the president's entire second term agenda, if Bush doesn't rein in profligate federal spending and secure this nation's borders. In this WSJ Opinion piece by John Fund, Limbaugh is quoted as saying: We cannot maintain our sovereignty without securing and protecting our borders in an era when terrorists around the world seek entry to this country. Fund elaborates: Many Republicans are steaming about what they see as White House obtuseness on immigration.

Count this writer as one Republican who is sorely unhappy with the president's "Guest Worker" proposal which, in my view, is tantamount to blanket amnesty for millions of illegals in this country and just another in a continuing series of concessions to Mexico's Presidente Vicente Fox. I've written a number of posts this month on this very topic and intend to make immigration reform a focus of this blog.

Fund continues:

Even though the political impact of anti-immigration sentiment can be exaggerated, Mr. Bush would be wise to take steps to ensure that immigration doesn't become what crime and abortion became for the Democrats: wedge issues that drove many voters to the other party. He will not come close to passing a guest-worker program until he proves his bona fides in areas of legitimate concern on immigration.

Immigration is certainly more complex than many border-control advocates would have you believe. But supporters of rational reform that would regularize the flow of immigrant labor should recognize that it must be accompanied by measures to address the legitimate concerns of Americans who worry the federal government has completely lost control of the borders. Many voters don't trust any plan coming out of Washington, whether it's by Mr. Bush or anyone else. It's that concern that is driving Rush Limbaugh and other supporters of the president to send up political warning flares.