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Sunday, March 28, 2021
ISSUE #1056
Something at the border; Biden’s first press conf.; Senate filibustering

At the border with Mexico, we have a situation, emergency, volunteer opportunity, challenge, crisis, catastrophe, or celebration. Take your pick.

Do you know who is in charge of immigration at the border? You probably said President Biden, or the Border Patrol, or ICE, or FEMA or the Texas Rangers. Sorry, none of the above. The ones in charge today are the Mexican cartels. They are collecting millions every day, while we are spending millions every day dealing with the results of an open border policy.

What are the consequences?

For example, are you a widow living alone on a ranch in Texas, New Mexico or Arizona fairly close to the border? You might sleep with a pistol under your pillow. The same President who is opening the border to immigrants without screening is contemplating ways to take away your guns.

No matter which word you “picked” at the top, we have a messy consequence because the gates were opened before we were ready for a surge.

Imagine if the Dallas Cowboys announced they would play a special extra game against the Green Bay Packers and every seat would be free. All food (beer, soda, hotdogs) would also be free. They also announce that the gates will open at 6:00 a.m. but please, please, please don’t come until 9:00 because we won’t have any ushers, concession vendors, or police there until 9:00. Now, in case you’re not a football fan, here’s a hint of what would happen: by 7:00 a.m. 200,000 people from all over the country would already be jammed into an 80,000-seat stadium, and 100,000 outside still fighting to get in. When the national TV broadcast is scheduled to start at noon the screen is blank. The camera operators and no other media folks could get through the mass of people. The only visual evidence we have of this mess is video from the Goodyear blimp, and believe me, it’s not a pretty sight. Those 300,000 did not get what they expected when they left home.

Ok, the Dallas Cowboys would NEVER let this happen. So, why is the U.S. government allowing a similar situation? (see two Will Rogers quotes below)

I heard the President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, say that his country has lost one-third of their population through emigration to the U.S. Can you imagine losing a third of the population of your town, county or state? Ok, I know if you could select the ones to get rid of, you’re all for it.

Seriously, suppose Ohio enticed 2.5 million Indiana citizens to move to Ohio. What would be the impact on the 4.3 million remaining in Indiana? One-third fewer workers. A third fewer students in schools and colleges. Fewer teachers… fewer farmers… even fewer politicians. Sure, you like that last one.

President Biden named his Vice President to take control of the border. Now don’t laugh. If she’s smart, Kamala Harris will refuse the offer. If ten million people stream across the border, undocumented, in the next three years, she and Democrats in Congress will be pounded in the 2024 election. She previously compared the Border Patrol to the Klan and objected to stopping illegal entry. If Biden-Harris remain in office until 2028, we’ll have twenty million more who have crossed the border and President Bukele will change the name of his country to Empty Salvador.

President Biden held his first press conference. Did you notice any difference compared to a typical Trump press conference? I kept waiting for the CNN fact-checker to jump in and exclaim, “No, the vast majority trying to cross the border have NOT been sent back. It’s only 13 percent.” When Biden said border crossings were the same as under Trump, no fact-checker yelled, “No, President Trump reduced the number by almost 90 percent, and the monthly totals have more than doubled since President Biden was elected.”

Biden emphasized his opinion that the Senate Filibuster is racist. Interestingly, Democrats adopted the Filibuster, which currently requires 60 votes to pass most bills, during the “Jim Crow” era. As a Senator, Biden praised and used the Filibuster. As a Senator last year, Harris used the Filibuster to block a “police reform” bill introduced by Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina.

Don’t be confused by thinking the only argument is about whether a Senator can hold up a bill by talking for hours or days. The key part of “filibuster,” defined by rules of the Senate, is that it takes three-fifths of the Senators (currently 60 out of 100) to bring the debate to a close. Changing the filibuster means that 51votes (including the VP breaking a 50-50 tie) would pass a bill. President Biden is determined to get a national voting standards bill, a green energy infrastructure bill, a tax increase, and probably others passed in the Senate with 51 votes. Whenever you hear the word “filibuster”, think “60 votes.”

Historic quotes by Will Rogers:

“The American people are a very generous people and will forgive almost any weakness, with the possible exception of stupidity.” WA #63, Feb. 24, 1924

“Everything seems to have a trend to the liberal nowadays. Congress wanted a short time ago to rewrite the Constitution… A liberal is a man who wants to use his own ideas on things in preference to generations who, he knows, know more than he does.” WA #8, Feb. 4, 1923

(In a filibuster) “Senator (Tom) Heflin of Alabama held up all Senate business yesterday for five hours. That’s a record for narrow views.” DT #174, Feb. 18, 1927

“One of those filibusters held up Boulder Dam for seven years, and when it came to a vote only eleven men were against it.” DT #745, Dec. 16, 1928

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