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June 01, 2005

And Yes, There Are Failures

I am a huge supporter of President Bush and this Administration, for many reasons, high among them the President’s courage to fight the good fight against international terrorism and against domestic opposition to the very strength that has resulted in the expansion of democracy in the world.

But there are disappointments. For me, the major disappointments of the Bush Administration thus far:

(1) Illegal Immigration: Failure to secure our borders and stop or even slow illegal immigration. This problem didn’t start with the Bush Administration, but I am shocked that it has not been addressed meaningfully—particularly in a post 9-11 world. I am for liberal immigration—I think it makes our nation strong. But allowing unfettered illegal immigration makes no sense at all. None.

Some think the tide may be turning. John at What Can Brown Do For You cites Mark Krikorian at NRO:

Perhaps most important, the public is becoming increasingly concerned about immigration. The issue is seldom among the top two or three issues for voters, but that seems to be changing. Recurrent reports of terrorists and super-violent gang members exploiting our broken immigration system are finally getting people's attention. The way the Minuteman Project border-watch program in Arizona resonated on talk radio, its spread to other states, and its adoption by prominent politicians like California Gov. Schwarzenegger are all signs that the McCain/Kennedy amnesty bill may well be the last gasp of the anti-borders crowd.

Others weighing in here and here.

(2) Darfur: Failing to take effective action to halt the genocide in Darfur. With a miniscule expenditure of money and military personnel, we could stop most of the killing and abuse. This would not be another military front; it would be a demonstration of compassion. Must we wait for Hotel Darfur, the movie, to be outraged as a people and a government?. Here and here are two posts on the travesty.

(3) Bankruptcy: The bankruptcy bill, which was a total sell-out to the banking industry. Rick wrote about this here, and I did Christianity Today’s news article. I share Dave Ramsey’s outrage.

Posted by Jim at June 1, 2005 06:07 AM

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I'll post a longer response to this later, but the most recent issue of NR has a lengthy piece by Jay Nordlinger suggesting that the Bush administration is doing everything it can for Darfur, just short of sending in troops, which is strategically very, very difficult.

Posted by: Matt at June 1, 2005 10:28 AM

In the 2 months since the Pres said he wanted to give up in the War on Terror ( aka Vigilantes - indeed!) the terrorists got a new life. Attacks are way up and over 1,000 have been killed. The MSM dates the new life to mid Apr because they like W are liberals and do not want to track the start to his infamous surrender speech ( so their killing # is only 700). The Terrorists have no PC problems and got off the deck when Bush said he wanted to give up in Mar. I voted for another liberal, left wing Bush and I am mad.
Thank God for Arnold or there would be no conservatives left!

Posted by: Jo macDougal at June 1, 2005 01:21 PM

That may be the most nonsensical thing I've ever read.

Posted by: Matt at June 1, 2005 02:35 PM