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Official House Tea Party Caucus Created

Rep. Michele Bachmann is interviewed in this clip, and gives a fantastic overview of what the Tea Party movement is all about.

Oil Spill Timeline

This was forwarded to me by someone -- a really excellent video.  (Thank you to the person who forwarded it to me!)

I know we're at the point where BP (Thank God!) seems to have stopped the leak (perhaps?).  But like the health care debacle, we all cannot forget the utter HELL it has taken to get to this point! 

Oil Spill Timeline from RightChange on Vimeo.

On securing the border

I was reading the news about President Obama's recent speech on immigration.  The news article started off as follows:

WASHINGTON — Hoping to breathe new life into the stalled immigration effort, President Barack Obama on Thursday blamed the delay on recalcitrant Republicans whom he said had given in to the "pressures of partisanship and election-year politics."

Republicans responded that Obama's first step going forward must be to secure the border.

In his first immigration speech, Obama took Republicans to task, in particular 11 GOP senators who had backed attempts during the previous Republican administration to tighten the immigration system. He did not call out anyone by name.

Obama dismissed the focus on a "border security first" approach, saying the system is too big to be fixed "only with fences and border patrols." He advocated a comprehensive approach that would call on the government, businesses and illegal immigrants themselves to live up to their responsibilities within the law.

I would actually agree with President Obama:  fences and border patrols CANNOT entirely fix the problem of illegal immigration.  Some of the other things he mentioned, such as penalizing employers who hire illegal aliens, must also be done.

The problem I am having here is that EVERYONE agrees that securing the borders will have SOME kind of affect on the problem.  Most studies have shown that secure fences cut down illegal immigration 90-95%.  But, for argument's sake, let's say it cuts down the problem only 50%.

If everyone agrees that securing the border must be included in any immigration reform, and if doing so will cut down illegal immigration by AT LEAST 50% (probably 90-95%), then why in the world aren't we doing it RIGHT NOW?!

That's what leads me to believe that President Obama is only playing politics with the issue.  If he really wanted to protect the country from illegal aliens and the illegal drug trade coming over the border, wouldn't he at least do the one thing that everyone agrees on, and which everyone agrees will cut down the problem to some extent?