July 14, 2006


Senate denies funds for new border fence (Charles Hurt, 7/14/06, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Less than two months after voting overwhelmingly to build 370 miles of new fencing along the border with Mexico, the Senate yesterday voted against providing funds to build it.

"We do a lot of talking. We do a lot of legislating," said Sen. Jeff Sessions, the Alabama Republican whose amendment to fund the fence was killed on a 71-29 vote.

Like all the silliness about cargo ships during the Dubai dust-up, no one's going to pay for serious security measures. It's an easy contradiction to force.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 14, 2006 8:34 AM

The vote probably would have been closer if Lopez Obrador had won the election.

Posted by: John at July 14, 2006 9:12 AM

Why is the Senate voting on a funding amendment? I thought that was the House's job.

Posted by: Jay at July 14, 2006 10:20 AM

When all is said and done, there's a lot more said than done. Who could have predicted that it would wind up this way?

Posted by: Lou Gots at July 14, 2006 10:38 AM

You make it sound like we have to choose between hateful and cheap, when it's so actually so easy to have both. Cancel the Medicare drug boondoggle, use 5% of the savings on a fence and prisons, tax cuts with the remainder.

Posted by: joe shropshire at July 14, 2006 12:43 PM

The Medicare program is too popular to mess with. Whereas you can pay lip service to the fence and satisfy the wahoos.

Posted by: oj at July 14, 2006 12:47 PM


Anyone who pays attention?

Posted by: oj at July 14, 2006 12:49 PM

Mr. Shropshire, if you can get rid of the various welfare programs, the only people who will be objecting to immigrants are the professional racist. Talk to the average anti-immigrant, and the big complaint is that they(the immigrants) have not 'Served their Day' when it comes to the various begger programs. They want to stop the immigrants because getting rid of welfare was too hard. We've seen from prisons how easy it is to subvert guards, so the fence is never going to be anything but a waste of money and a sad joke. Good luck with the plan.

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at July 14, 2006 12:54 PM

Good to Orrin distinguishing himself from the Right.

Posted by: Paul Cella at July 15, 2006 8:54 AM

Yes, the far Right is Darwinist.

Posted by: oj at July 15, 2006 9:02 AM