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Editorial: Bush's budget proves border fence was a ploy[San Antonio Express]
San Antonio Express ^ | 19 Feb 2007 | San Antonio Express

Posted on 02/20/2007 6:09:53 PM PST by FLOutdoorsman

To build support for a border fence, legislators needed only one item — pandering on an issue that did nothing but provide red meat for their base.

But to build the fence, the lawmakers needed two more items — legislation and funding.

They got the legislation — the president signed the bill authorizing construction of the fence last fall — but if they yell, "Show me the money," they might not like the answer.

President Bush addressed the fence in his budget, but of the $2.9 trillion he proposed, a tiny fraction, $1 billion, would go into the very barrier he authorized.

That would be enough to build 150 miles of the fence by the end of this year and 370 miles by the time the president leaves office in early 2009, the Dallas Morning News reported.

That total would be a lot less than the 700 miles the legislation originally called for, and fence advocates are not amused.

"That was a law that was passed," Bob Dane, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, told the Morning News. "The expectation by the American public is 700 miles of it should be built ... It's the only tangible statement we have of any modicum of border security at this point."

Of course, Congress has the power to fully fund the fence project, but that is unlikely now that Democrats are in the majority.

The lack of a wholehearted funding push by the White House suggests what critics of the fence were pointing out all along — that the legislation was a political ploy, not a serious attempt to crack down on illegal immigration.

Now that the ruse has been exposed, the president and Congress should get serious and eliminate all the money for the fence, as meager as the funding is.

After all, cutting the fence money would represent a small step toward another pledge Bush has made — balancing the budget within five years.


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: border; buiditnow; bush; fence; immigration; invasion; invasionusa; wall
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1 posted on 02/20/2007 6:09:57 PM PST by FLOutdoorsman
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To: FLOutdoorsman

I'm shocked. Jorge's legacy grows.


2 posted on 02/20/2007 6:13:36 PM PST by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: FLOutdoorsman

So... He lied to us again, what's new?


3 posted on 02/20/2007 6:14:05 PM PST by babygene (Never look into the laser with your last good eye...)
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To: FLOutdoorsman
I knew it was a ploy the first time Bush proposed it.

Bush will never secure that border.
4 posted on 02/20/2007 6:16:48 PM PST by Marine Inspector (Shhh, Iím hunting RINOs.)
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To: FLOutdoorsman

6 Predators patrol the border, each carrying a red dye that can mark anything within a 100 yard radius.

Someone tries to cross the border, they get sprayed and the border patrol can pick them up at their leisure.


5 posted on 02/20/2007 6:18:09 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (The Clintons: A Malignant Malfeasance of the Most Morbid)
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To: FLOutdoorsman

January 20th, 2009 can not come soon enough.


7 posted on 02/20/2007 6:26:09 PM PST by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: FLOutdoorsman

Projects are rarely ever funded fully in one fiscal year. The fence is going to take a few years to build so it will be built in phases across fiscal years. I'll eat crow if there's no money in the FY 08 budget for continuing construction. Until then I'm not going to trash the President.


8 posted on 02/20/2007 6:26:11 PM PST by ChuckHam
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Someone tries to cross the border, they get sprayed and the border patrol can pick them up at their leisure.

To be processed by Border Patrol, detention facility guards, judges, lawyers...

This "virtual fence" crap is a wasteful boondoggle. It's a welfare bill for Federal bureaucrats. Give me concrete and steel.

9 posted on 02/20/2007 6:26:16 PM PST by Carry_Okie (Duncan Hunter for President)
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To: DTogo

Be careful what you wish for.....


10 posted on 02/20/2007 6:38:08 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: Carry_Okie
The new Berlin Wall doesn't excite me.

Quick ending of all government subsidies to illegals,relentless prosecution of those hiring illegals,quick deportation of all illegals,serious prosecution of all involved in fake document,false voter registration,and all kinds of smuggling would be much better.

If there were American citizens willing to break the laws hiring the illegals(and screw both the illegals and their fellow Americans) the migration would stop.

11 posted on 02/20/2007 6:52:15 PM PST by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a creditcard?)
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To: ChuckHam
The fence is going to take a few years to build...

Bull. Back in 1941, we built the worlds largest building in a swamp in 18 months.

The reality is, we're no more committed to building a wall than we are to rebuilding this

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In the time that politicians have been bouncing this topic around, the wall would have been done by now.

All W had to do was say, "Get 'er done."

12 posted on 02/20/2007 6:53:13 PM PST by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: hoosierham

I'd implement all of your suggestions, and build the wall. Long term, it will pay for itself. If we can spend a billion a month in the Middle East, we can spend a billion to plant steel and concrete in the ground.


13 posted on 02/20/2007 6:57:01 PM PST by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: FLOutdoorsman

lol Someone really thought the President was serious about the issue?


14 posted on 02/20/2007 7:22:50 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: Cobra64

No one has said it better then you just did,thank you.


15 posted on 02/20/2007 7:26:36 PM PST by Plains Drifter (America First, Last, and Always!!!)
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To: hoosierham
The new Berlin Wall doesn't excite me.

Well good, because that simile is without integrity on your part. This wall isn't to keep people from leaving America and it doesn't have machine gun nests.

Quick ending of all government subsidies to illegals,relentless prosecution of those hiring illegals,quick deportation of all illegals,serious prosecution of all involved in fake document,false voter registration,and all kinds of smuggling would be much better.

You know that won't happen, if only because Supreme Court decisions have mandated emergency medical care and free k-12 schooling, so this is another empty "solution."

If there were American citizens willing to break the laws hiring the illegals(and screw both the illegals and their fellow Americans) the migration would stop.

And if you wanted illegal immigration to stop you wouldn't offer proposals like these.

16 posted on 02/20/2007 7:41:35 PM PST by Carry_Okie (Duncan Hunter for President)
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To: FLOutdoorsman
Bush signs a token bill, Mexican government makes a token protest. Now he yanks most of the money and will see to it that the $1 billion authorized doesn't actually get spent.

Regardless of whether you supported or opposed the fence, it was passed. So it should be built. Bush is basically crapping on all the GOP activists who pushed for it and have supported the GOP. Bush has increased the cynicism of voters in whether their vote or advocacy can ever be effective.
17 posted on 02/20/2007 8:22:56 PM PST by George W. Bush
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To: Txsleuth

Better to have your enemy in front of you, than be deceived by a friend beside you.


18 posted on 02/20/2007 8:32:17 PM PST by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: DTogo

I don't know who deceived you...


19 posted on 02/20/2007 8:51:13 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: Txsleuth

Did you even read this article??


20 posted on 02/20/2007 8:55:58 PM PST by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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