Pork Barrel Troop Support
From Pam over at Iraq War Today Blog.
In the news posts for today, you'll see the following story:Immigration Amendment Ties Up Iraq Spending
Here's the deal: This week, the Senate is debating a bill that would give $81 billion in emergency funding for the war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The problem? Idaho Republican Senator Larry Craig wants to attach a temporary amnesty to some 1.2 million illegal alien migrant farm
1.2 million illegal aliens.
This in a country where some sources have reported that there is a possibility that folks we probably REALLY don't want here are taking Mexican-sounding last names and sneaking over the border.
This in a country where one of the biggest threats to our national security is the porous nature of our borders.
Adequately funding our troops should be a given. It should not be a way to push a bill that probably doesn't have a substantial chance of passing on its own; or at least, not without a great deal of scrutiny.
It shouldn't be a means to some ill-conceived end.
It should be treated as a necessity, and an absolute duty, not an opportunity to push some other agenda.
I'm glad to report that some in the Senate are fighting the amnesty, but I'm greatly concerned that all that does, at this point, is delay the funding.
And as far as I'm concerned, that's just not acceptable. Our troops need adequate funding if they are to do their jobs. Shame on Senator Craig, and all who would use doing so as a means to back-door an agenda.
To find contact information for your Senators, and make your views known, you can go here to search by state.
Signing Off. Until next time, I'll see ya on the Blog! drh.