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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Texas-size Boondoggle


So, "comprehensive immigration reform", i.e. actually doing something sensible about the millions of people who are already here illegally, had to wait, according to GOP logic, until we had secured the borders. Fine.

Now, it turns out that Bush-41 rushed the legislation, put up a totally daft billion dollars to a contractor (Boeing) for the super-amazing 'virtual fence' and have delivered nothing, including in the past two years, until Napolitano finally canceled the project, putting a note of the same in this week's Friday trash.

Because all of that looks like a politically self-serving failure, it's more than just the regular-way boondoggle, notwithstanding the millions of lives who really deserve better from us all. And, of course, this blog predicted that the GOP Senators were either lying to the electorate or fooling themselves about the ultimate cost, when they voted a paltry sum in the first round. There have been many rounds of funding, since...

In case you wanted to get angry:

Last night, the CBO released the long-awaited cost estimate of S. 3992, the latest version of the DREAM Act. The CBO found that putting thousands of young, undocumented immigrants on a path to legalization would reduce the deficit by $1.4 billion over ten years