Skip to comments.The inside story-McCain-Cornyn
Posted on 05/20/2007 3:07:20 PM PDT by greyfoxx39
The eruption of Senator John McCain at fellow Republican Sen. John Cornyn (TX) is an incident that reverberates on several levels. It renews lingering doubts about whether Senator McCain possesses the proper temperament to be president. It also raises serious questions about the substance of the "grand bargain" immigration bill that Senators Kennedy, Specter, McCain and others are attempting to rush through the Senate. (The written bill language was finally distributed to Senate offices early Saturday morning, 326 pages, still marked as a draft.)
minor problem arose. Bush administration negotiators and a bipartisan Senate group had been meeting several days a week since February, often with glacial progress. (McCain rarely attended, though his staff was there.) As of Thursday morning, however, agreement hadnt been reached. A final meeting started at 10 a.m. in hopes of finishing the deal. With a dozen Senators, two Cabinet members (Chertoff and Gutierrez) and perhaps 15 staffers in the room discussing an unpublished documents exceeding 300 pages in length, it was slow going. Senator Cornyn, tacitly supported by Sen. Jon Kyl, pushed hard to streamline legal procedures to allow prompt deportation of illegals. Senator Kennedy resisted.
-snip-As the clock moved closer to 1:30 p.m., Senator McCain suddenly lost it. "This is chicken****," he told Senator Cornyn. "I think it would expedite things if you would just leave the room, Senator, so we can get along with finishing this up." Senator Cornyn responded: "Wait a minute. Weve been meeting for three months on this in good faith, and now you parachute in here this morning and tell me to leave? I think youre out of line."
Senator McCain responded: "****you! I know what is going on here. I know more about immigration than anybody in this room!
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And yes, the $5,000 fine will go next, or at least the $4,000 to be paid later during the Z1 validity.
Which reminds me (and sorry for the bold), but these are questions we all must ask of this bill:
Who's going to process 15 million Z1 visas and 30 to 40 million Z2 and Z3 visas?
Where is the paperwork on 15 to 50 million applications going to be stored?
Who's doing verification on 15 to 40 million Mexican, and Honduran, Salvadorean birth certificates and other official identity documents?
Who's doing 15 million to 40 million NCIC criminal background checks?
Who's doing 15 to 30 million home-country criminal background checks?
Who's validating the "continuous employment" requirements of the Z1 visa?
Who's doing 15 to 40 million medical waivers (do they have TB and/or AIDS)?
Where are the personnel to handle the above?
Who's paying for this stuff?
Does anyone in the Senate realize what an unmitigated DISASTER that is going to be....??
I think they are going by the "don't ask, don't tell" rule here!
Maybe that is the idea. This bill makes one wonder if it was drawn up by the insane or by traitors.
They're not insane.
From the standpoint of the Republican Party this bill is so disastrous in so many different ways I don't even know where to begin. And all of this is being done with the benefit of hindsight with regards to the flaws and failures of the disastrous '86 Amnesty.
Once this bill is signed it will irrevocably tip the balance of electoral power towards the Democrats. There will be no going back. The GOP will join Gray Davis in political oblivion.
F**k it. As someone said on another thread,
"... at least we won't have gay marriage in Ohio.".
Most of our own Congress Critters have reached the point where the guillotine seems an appropriate retaliation...
And, as an aside to this amnesty outrage, “...Democrats’ $2.9 trillion budget plan, an outline for the largest tax increase in U.S. history.”
Sometimes I wonder if that isn't the intention.
I have to wonder if McCain is so bitter and angry about not being elected in 2000 that he seeks revenge on the voters that shut him out. I think he is just crazy enough.
ping for later
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