ARE YOU SMART ENOUGH TO UNDERSTAND THAT CONGRESS IS IGNORING YOU? WELL, ARE YA?--updated
The careerists in Washington DC, who mainly represent themselves these days, will be returning to work this morning. First on the agenda will be the proposed amnesty bill. They've had a week off to think over the whole situation, and they've come to a startling conclusion: The American public really isn't that pissed off. Some are, but not that many. From the WaPo:
"Congress's week-long Memorial Day recess was expected to leave the bill in tatters. But with a week of action set to begin today, the legislation's champions say they believe that the voices of opposition, especially from conservatives, represent a small segment of public opinion. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), who led negotiations on the bill for his party, said the flood of angry calls and protests that greeted the deal two weeks ago has since receded every day.
"You just have to recognize you will get 300 calls, you'll get conflicts at town hall meetings -- all of them negative," said Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who consulted with Kyl and hopes to carry a similar deal through the House in July. "The last few days have really turned things around."
There you have it. All you folks who were throwing a snit-fit last week are simply a "small segment of public opinion." Insignificant. And besides being a small and insignificant segment, you really don't know, nor could you ever be expected to understand what's best for the United States. Hell, the president said so in a speech the other day.
What you can expect to happen: Congress will take the proposed amnesty bill, tweak a little something here, adjust some wording over there, vote it through and announce to the masses, with an assist from a willing press corps, that they've heard the concerns and addressed them. In the end, you will still have an amnesty bill, but this one won't be a proposal; it will be LAW.
So I leave you with this:
Although we're just a tiny group, I suggest calling and emailing...again...and again.
UPDATE: My congressional Representative, John Doolittle, says he's completely against the proposed amnesty bill before the Senate, and will vote against any form of this proposal if it reaches the House. The staffer was very clear on this and indicated that the phones have been very busy.