Intermezzo

Thursday, June 28, 2007
The Senate rang down the curtain on Act II of the immigration drama today to what will be decidedly mixed reviews. The "Great Compromise" can be safely archived and those Senators clever (or needful) enough to have voted on both "sides" of the bill can point to whichever vote is most helpful in their next campaign.

Nothing was done, nothing was achieved, nothing resolved - all in all a rather good day for the Senate and a fine prelude for Act III in which the "People's House" will "respond to the will of the electorate" and...

Well, that's the hard part, isn't it? After all, if existing laws were enforced, "immigration" wouldn't be an issue at all. In fact, if the Congresscritters can just hold on and continue to do absolutely nothing, time will once again cure an ill. Funny how that works.

ht - Peter UK

3 comments:

ex-democrat said...

Dear Congress & White House:
Please take a half-hour break, then get down to the job you are constitutionally charged with: securing our borders.

loner said...

My best guess at this point is this goes the way of health care. The grand scheme fails and the government stops doing anything constructive or otherwise to address whatever real problems there are for the foreseeable future. The markets do what they can to mitigate such problems and if there's a market for labor from elsewhere labor from elsewhere continues to materialize. Just a guess.

Rick Ballard said...

Loner,

I think that's very close. I would add that the word on the cuts in new home starts has filtered all the way down to the southernmost tip of Mexico by now and that attempted crossings will fall as a result. The 400K drop in starts equals a net on site job loss of about 1.6 million. That hasn't shown up to any great extent in unemployment numbers which might lead one to theorize that a fair chunk of the jobs were of the black or gray variety.

Maybe there'll be enough pruners, pickers and packers this year to get all the fruit off the vines and trees.