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May 18, 2007

Online Party Affiliation Change Form For California Voters

This should make it easier for you California types, who are all laid-back space-cases incapable of doing much beyond stuffing your bong-bowls.

DROP THE GOP TODAY!

Thanks to Gabriel.

More... Geraghty is optimistic this bill is in a no man's land -- there is no centrist sweet spot that can appease both the lefties and the righties.

(Actually, there is: It's called Enforcement First, Generosity Second. But the liberals are opposed to that first step -- even if it gets them the amnesty they crave -- as is El Presidente Chimphalliburton. Sorry, had to go there -- and it felt good. No wonder the KosKids and DUers do it so much!)

Kaus has a similar take, by the way. He likens it to Nixon's abortive attempt at replacing welfare with a guaranteed, government-paid minimum salary -- money, literally, for nothing -- which was rejected by conservatives on principle and by liberals because it was too stingy. (If only they'd seen the future, of course, they'd've jumped at it.)

Incidentally, the fact that the left and right combine to defeat a bill is hardly proof it's a good, balanced bill. It could just be a bad bill that satisfies the demands of neither wing (insufficient generosity as the left sees it, lack of any real enforcement and security as the right sees it) and in fact creates far more problems for everyone than it solves.

Kind of like the 1986 amnesty deal.

Those who want to say "both the left and right are against this so it must be good" should be reminded that both the left and right are both against implementing a full-on jackbooted police state, too. That doesn't make the 2007 Jackbooted Police State Omnibus Fascism Bill a "good compromise."


I Will Gladly Give You Enforcement Tomorrow For Amnesty Today: Improving on my vegetables before dessert analogy (or meat/pudding, for Pink Floyd fans), Michelle Malkin likens this deal to that proposed by Wimpy in the Popeye cartoons.

Wimpy never quite got around to paying for his hamburgers, if I recall correctly.


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