Saturday, March 14, 2009

Politics As Usual

An elected politician has several duties and responsibilities, first and foremost is, of course, to get re-elected. To that end, preserving ones electoral base is the way to go. With this in mind, I note that in the last "stimulus " bill, there was an amendment to extend the E-Verify program, and insist that when bodies are attached to shovels being paid for by this money, that it be used to insure that it's American citizens who get the jobs.
But, as Pat Buchanan notes, no:

The Senate voted 50 to 47 to end E-Verify in six months, when current funding runs out. Sen. Jeff Sessions' proposal to give this successful program five more years was rejected 50 to 47.

Republicans and seven Democrats voted to save E-Verify. But only Democrats voted to kill it.

Note also that a lot of ordinary employers use this program too, so when you're out there pounding the pavement, looking for some really scarce work, about 25-30% of the employers you contact will be using the program. For the rest, you get to compete with the estimated 12 million illegals in the country.

Remember: A worker deported is a vote lost, for somebody.

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