Thursday, February 17

A QUID PRO QUO WOULD BE NICE TO SEE HERE

President Bush is looking for more money again in the enduring war for enduring freedom, testing the endurance of American taxpayers who, but with only a handful of good examples out there in this big ol' world of ours (and he wants $5.8 billion to subsidize their efforts!) , go it alone in funding the international war on terror. This Administration (and you'd think we had a Democrat in the White House and a Democratic Party-controlled Congress) has a hugely ravenous appetite for money, money, money, and the beat just keeps going on and on and on.

At the very least, this Republican would like to see Congressional leadership demand a quid pro quo if it's to authorize the Iraq supplemental, for which the president is seeking expedited approval. What, namely? Immigration reform with teeth in it, including much enhanced border enforcement measures. But, that may be unlikely, because two major players in Congress -- Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) -- who, incredulously, do not see the illegal immigration problem as the acute problem with which most Americans view it, have threatened to torpedo such an effort.

In my mind, sealing off our porous borders is as much a national security issue, as is building a new embassy in Baghdad.