| July 24, 2006
Rejects Funding the Fence, with 28 Republicans Voting "No"
Once again, the U.S.
Senate has sold out on the immigration issue, voting 71 to 29 to reject
funding to build 370 miles of new fencing along the border with Mexico.
The 29 who voted to
provide the funding were: George Allen (R. VA), Sam Brownback
(R-KS), Jim Bunning (R-KY), Conrad Burns (R-MT), Richard
Burr (R-NC),Thomas Carper (D-DE), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Tom
Coburn (R-OK), Larry Craig (R-ID), Mike Crapo
(R-ID), Jim DeMint (R-SC), Mike DeWine (R-OH), Elizabeth
Dole (R-NC), John Ensign (R-NV), Michael Enzi (R-WY), Charles
Grassley (R-IA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), James Inhofe
(R-OK), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Trent Lott (R-MS), Ben
Nelson (D-NE), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Rick Santorum (R-PA), Jeff
Sessions (R-AL), Richard Shelby (R-AL), Jim Talent (R-MO),
Craig Thomas (R-WY), John Thune (R-SD), and David Vitter
(R-LA). 28 Republicans opposed the funding and only 2 Democrats, Ben Nelson
of Nebraska and Thomas Carper of Delaware supported funding the fence.
Republicans on the
wrong side of the issue were: Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Wayne Allard
(R-CO), Robert Bennett (R-UT), Christopher Bond (R-MO), Lincoln
Chafee (R-RI), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Norm Coleman (R-MN), Susan
Collins (R-ME), John Cornyn (R-TX), Pete Domenici
(R-NM), Bill Frist (R-TN), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Judd
Gregg (R-NH), Chuck Hagel (R-NE), Kay Bailey Hutchison
(R-TX), Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Richard Lugar (R-IN), Mel Martinez
(R-FL), John McCain (R-AZ), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Lisa
Murkowski (R-AK), Gordon Smith (R-OR), Olympia Snowe
(R-ME), Arlen Specter (R-PA), Ted Stevens (R-AK), John
Sununu (R-NH), George Vionovich (R-OH), and John Warner
Senate Jeff Sessions
(R-Ala.) offered the amendment to authorize $1.8 billion to pay for the
fencing which earlier the Senate had voted 83 to 16 to build, along high
traffic areas of the border with Mexico. In the same vote on May 17, reports
The Washington Times, the Senate also directed 500 miles of vehicle barriers
to be built along the border.
| July 19, 2006
Wrongs" Act Wrongly Extended for 25 Years
In another betrayal of
Constitutional principles, House Republicans have joined with their liberal
Democrat allies to extend the misnamed "Voting Rights Act" for
another 25 years.
This outrageous piece of
legislation denies equal protection of the law to persons residing in 16
states stigmatized by the legislation.
The legislation requires more
than 450 counties and townships to provide voters with limited English
proficiency assistance at all stages of the election process.
If they cannot speak or
understand the English language, what qualifies them (a) for citizenship,
and (b) for decision-making in our Republic?
The legislation also authorizes
the U.S. Attorney General to send Federal examiners to monitor election in
It bans the use of literacy,
understanding, or good character tests as a voting requirement, and it
prohibits elections to be held solely in English in jurisdictions where more
than 5% of the voting age population is in a language minority.
Congratulations to those 33
members of Congress who opposed renewal of the so-called "Voting Rights
Act". They were: Richard Baker (R-LA), Gresham Barrett
(R-SC), Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), Joe Barton (R-TX), Jo
Bonner (R-AL), Dan Burton (R-IN), John Campbell (R-CA), Mike
Conaway (R-TX), Nathan Deal (R-GA), John Doolittle (R-CA),
John Duncan (R-TN), Terry Everett (R-AL), Virginia Foxx
(R-NC), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Phil
Gingrey (R-GA), Joel Hefley (R-CO), Jeb Hensarling (R-TX),
Wally Herger (R-CA), Sam Johnson (R-TX), Steve King
(R-IA), John Linder (R-GA), Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Gary
Miller (R-CA), Charles Norwood (R-GA), Ron Paul (R-TX), Tom
Price (R-GA), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Ed Royce (R-CA), John
Shadegg (R-AZ), Tom Tancredo (R-CO), William Thornberry
(R-TX), and Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA).
The 25-year renewal of the
Voting Rights Act came on a 390 to 33 roll call vote.
Congressman Steve King,
Republican of Iowa, author of an amendment which would have eliminated
bilingual ballots, argued that naturalized citizens would have had to prove
English proficiency as part of their citizenship test.
His amendment, which would have
allowed local voting officials to provide language assistance at the polls,
was defeated 238 to 185.
As reported in The New York
Times (7/14/06) Congressman Dana Rohrabacher said, "This is
multiculturalism at its worst…When we come from various ethnic groups and
races, what unites us? It’s our language, the English language. We’re
hurting America by making it easier for people not to learn English".
The Voting Rights Act even
makes it more difficult for states to require voters to have photo ID cards.
| July 5, 2006
GALBRAITH IS GONE
During the last week of April,
my former Harvard College economics professor, John Kenneth Galbraith, died
at the age of 97.
Although I disagreed with
Professor Galbraith on virtually every economic postulate he put forward,
and, because my disagreement was evident to him, I never got a grade higher
than a “D” in his course.
Nonetheless, we shared the same
barber in Harvard Square and he was always, on a personal level, humorous
Galbraith was best known for
his book, The Affluent Society” and served as an advisor to a number of
Democratic Presidential candidates, including Adlai Stevenson, Eugene
McCarthy, John Kennedy, and Lyndon Johnson.
| July 3, 2006
SDI SHOULD HAVE BEEN DEPLOYED
In 1979, General Al Knight and
his colleague, Bud Redding, of the Defense Advance Research Projects
Administration (DARPA) came to my office with a comprehensive description of
what came to be known as "global ballistic missile defense".
I shared this information with
Ed Feulner of the Heritage Foundation and John Fisher of the American
Shortly thereafter, I began a
50-state educational tour promoting the concept of what ultimately came to
be known as SDI or the Strategic Defense Initiative.
In the course of those 50 state
briefings, I was able to recruit a number of luminaries in support of the
concept, including Phyllis Schlafly and Lt. General Dan Graham, who went on
to devote the balance of his life to promoting SDI as the founder and leader
of an organization which he called "High Frontier".
On March 23, 1983, President
Ronald Reagan rhetorically embraced the concept of SDI, but, tragically, he
held back on full development and deployment, as did, for the most part, his
Today, the need for SDI is
evident as we ponder long-range missile threats from the government of North
Korea and other regimes.
It is a shame that so much time
has been wasted by those who opposed what they called "Star Wars"
and denied the necessity for it.
Let’s pray that it is not too
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