Thursday, June 28, 2007

No Gracias, Presidente Bush

I’m a bigot.

President George W. Bush said so.

I’m a bigot because I didn’t support his dumb-ass immigration bill.

And neither did a hell of a lot of Americans.

In fact, only 22% of Americans favored the immigration bill according to a Rasmussen survey. The bill lost favor by 1 point from two weeks ago, and is down from 26 percent when the bill was first introduced.

The survey showed a bipartisan lack of support for the Senate bill. Broken down, the bill had the support of only 22 percent of Republicans, 23 percent of Democrats and 22 percent of unaffiliated voters.

The opposition numbers that were reported are: 52 percent of Republicans, 50 percent of Democrats and 48 percent of unaffiliateds. reported today; “A procedural vote in the Senate today effectively killed the controversial immigration reform bill crafted by the White House, Democrats and key Republican leaders.

The tally fell 14 votes short of the 60 needed to invoke cloture, which would have cut off debate, leading to a final vote requiring only a simply majority.

Members of both parties on Capitol Hill have said the issue is unlikely to be addressed again until after the 2008 presidential election.”

The bill would have provided a fast track to legal status and then amnesty for illegals already in America. The government estimates that there are 12-20 million illegal aliens now in the U.S., but other sources have estimated the number at 20-50 million.

Though President Bush, Senators Ted Kennedy (D) Massachusetts, John McCain (R) Arizona and other proponents claimed it wasn’t amnesty, the bill’s provisions said otherwise. It would have allowed illegals to acquire a probationary visa after a quick 24 hour background check.

But like Paris Hilton, don’t count it out yet, it may come back sooner than you expect.