Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Government ignores laws in border fence boondoggle

Yet another story about the embarrassing boondoggle known as the new fence that the United States government is building along the border with Mexico. Yes, this is the same fence for which the alleged superpatriots who constitute the Bush regime won't even buy American-made steel. This is also the same fence that is expected to wear out within 25 years, after millions of dollars were invested in it. Not exactly what I call fiscal discipline.

Regardless of where you stand on the immigration issue, you'll probably agree that the fence is already a waste of money - and that the government should at least be using American-made materials for it. (Instead they use Chinese-made steel.) Throughout the border fence controversy, the regime has been more interested in weenie-waving bluster and demagoguery than in constructive, realistic ideas.

Now it's reported that the Bush regime plans to disobey over 30 laws and government regulations in the drive to finish several hundred miles of fencing by the end of the year. These waivers were authorized by Congress while it was GOP-controlled, and would let the government defy long-standing environmental laws - some of which are not federal, but are state or local laws.

Um. What was this again about the Republicans being for states' rights? The states need to have their state and local police out enforcing the laws. If they have to arrest the feds for not following the law, then that's what they must do.

Otherwise, I guess laws are just pieces of paper, right, George?

(Source: http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2008-04-01-border-fence_N.htm)

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