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November's Choice

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November 7, 2006 is the day when many Americans will go to the polls, (and more not), to deliver their vote for either incumbents, challengers, or no one. For a great many, it will be one of the most difficult election choices in a long time: for others, the easiest. I commend and respect those who find the choice difficult, but vow to make it nonetheless. For those who will find it the easiest of decisions, shame on you for abrogating your homework.

Washington Post has an excellent map of the races for Senate and House and where the major contests are likely to fall.

The sweep of the House in 1994 by Republicans by a gain of 54 seats demonstrates how fragile the GOP's hold is on the House this November with Democrats only needing 15 seats to take control. Given polls and public sentiment, it is appearing more and more as if a number of incumbents will be getting the boot in November, IF voters turn out to vote.

The Independent reports: "This Sunday, subscribers to the American cable channel Home Box Office will be treated to a film about the Iraq war unlike any other. Almost at the start, you see a medical orderly carrying a human arm, amputated above the elbow, which he puts into a red plastic bag."

President Bush's speech tonight will be all show and no go in terms of actually securing our borders. Pentagon officials have already indicated that the National Guard troops will NOT arrest, detain, guard, or interfere with illegal aliens coming across the border. Yes, you heard that right. They will provide secretarial, administrative, surveillance, vehicle maintenance and other kinds of logistical support to the Border Patrol.

This is a hot topic evoking animated emotions on both sides of the illegal immigration debate. But if passions rule the day, the fix will in fact, fix nothing. The solutions will be short-sighted, largely ineffective, and horrendously costly. Reason must rule this debate. Three achievable goals must define an effective solution. The solution must be effective, enduring, and cost effective.

Signs of protesters to the Minuteman's demonstration yesterday read: Sovereignty is Racism. One opposing sign read, Death to Invaders. These are the passions that are governing the citizen's debate. But these passions should be excluded from our lawmakers debate. Lawmakers duty on illegal immigration is clear. Provide a solution that will halt virtually all illegal immigration. Provide a solution that will be sustainable and permanent. Provide a solution which is cost effective to the tax payers.

Independent: World News reports: "Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has written to George W. Bush proposing "new solutions" to their differences in the first letter from an Iranian leader to an American president in 27 years, government spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham said today."

Now this is a clever tactic. Knowing full well that Bush will resent any counsel from his adversary, is Ahmadinegad setting the trap for Bush to appear to the Arab and Muslim world unwilling to negotiate, preferring sanctions and war to diplomacy. Very, very clever. Will Bush take the bait? I suspect he might. Then again, maybe one of his aides will read this article and alert our President to the potential trap. Hah! (as Chris Matthews might say).

The evidence is mounting fast that the Republicans are going to get trounced in November. Bush's buddy in war, Tony Blair just got trounced in Great Britain. Republicans here surely hoped gerrymandering of their districts to concentrate core voter support would save them. That proposition no longer holds out much hope either as increasing numbers of Republicans reject the President's and Congress' performance.

Today, illegal and legal immigrants are out to stop America's economy in as many places as possible. They are boycotting America in the hopes of convincing Congress and the American people that we can't live without them, and we must keep them here and make them all legal. Further, they want Congress to leave our border open for their extended families and friends in Asia, SE Asia, Central America, S. America, Mexico, and the Middle East to come here at their leisure. Will it work?

Illegal and legal immigrants are out to stop America's economy today, in as many places as possible. They are boycotting America in the hopes of convincing Congress and the American people that we can't live without them, and we must keep them here and make them all legal. Further, they want Congress to leave our border open for their extended families and friends in Asia, SE Asia, Central America, S. America, Mexico, and the Middle East to come here at their leisure. Will it work?

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