- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 25, 2006

Sham-nesty

Rep. J.D. Hayworth makes clear what’s so “onerous” about White House immigration policy. The Arizona Republican offered a point-by-point deconstruction of an explanation of the policy made by White House spokesman Tony Snow.

“Illegal aliens will have to ‘pay taxes’: That’s no penalty; they’re supposed to pay taxes. In fact, according to Sen. Chuck Grassley, under Bush’s plan illegals would have the option to only have to pay three of their last five years in back taxes,” Mr. Hayworth observed in the National Review Online yesterday.

“They have to ‘keep their nose clean’ : Big deal. So does everybody else.

“They have to get a tamper-proof ID card: Oh, the humanity!

“They’ll have to stay employed: But isn’t that why they came here, to do jobs Americans won’t?

“They’ll have to learn English: That’s a benefit to the illegal.”

Mr. Hayworth continued, “Most of these ‘benchmarks’ would be required of any legal immigrant. They are in no way burdensome, yet Tony Snow makes them sound almost oppressive. The only real punishment on the entire list is the fine. Know what it is? A measly $2,000 payable in two $1,000 installments. When you consider what illegals get for their two grand, it’s the deal of a lifetime.”

He concludes, “The American people see through the White House spin. They know an amnesty when they see it. And the president’s plan is an amnesty.”

Off the deep end

British leftist George Galloway has taken his opposition to the Iraq war to the point of saying that the assassination of British Prime Minister Tony Blair would be “morally justified.”

In an interview with GQ, the men’s fashion magazine asked him: “Would the assassination of, say, Tony Blair by a suicide bomber — if there were no other casualties — be justified as revenge for the war on Iraq?”

Mr. Galloway, a member of Parliament for the Respect party, responded, “Yes, it would be morally justified. I am not calling for it — but if it happened, it would be of a wholly different moral order to the events of 7/7,” referring to the deadly al Qaeda attacks on the London mass-transit system last year.

Mr. Blair’s assassination “would be entirely logical and explicable. And morally equivalent to ordering the deaths of thousands of innocent people in Iraq — as Blair did,” he said.

Labor member of Parliament Stephen Pound called Mr. Galloway’s words “disgraceful and truly twisted.”

“These comments take my breath away,” he told the Sun. “Every time you think he can’t sink any lower, he goes and stuns you again.”

The Sunday Times reported Mr. Blair’s reaction: “No. 10 made no comment.”

Fleet Street also reported on Mr. Galloway’s doings this week: a visit to Cuba to make nice with dictator Fidel Castro.

“Mr. Galloway shocked panelists on a live television discussion show in Havana by emerging on set mid-transmission to offer passionate support for Castro. Looking approvingly into each others’ eyes, the pair embraced,” reports the Independent’s Oliver Duff.

Ready to rumble

Young Republicans are looking out for their party. The College Republican National Committee (CRNC) announced yesterday that 275 membership chapters were established on campuses nationwide last year — joining 1,000 existing chapters.

“The success of college Republicans this spring is a reflection of the organization and initiative that distinguishes the Republican Party,” said the group’s chairman, Paul Gourley. “We are determined to remain the well-organized grass-roots force that wins elections for the GOP in November.

“We’ve witnessed a lot of legislative victories thus far: the confirmation of many sound federal judges, and tax cuts at a variety of levels. But there’s still a lot of work to do,” Mr. Gourley added. “We need to lock Republican majorities in the fall to carry out our full agenda.”

Young GOPers are already “on the ground,” he said.

One noteworthy former member applauds their vigor.

“Grass-roots initiatives have surged and marked the College Republican National Committee as a compelling force in the current political fight,” observed Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform who was a field director for the organization in the early 1980s.

A green Bush

“Environmentalists should thank President Bush for breathing new — albeit indignant — life into the stagnant climate-change debate when he announced in 2001 that he wouldn’t pursue ratification of Kyoto. New policy opportunities opened up, and people went back to the creative drawing boards,” Samuel Thernstrom of the American Enterprise Institute notes in a story that plumbs Al Gore’s global-warming-destroys-the-earth movie, “An Inconvenient Truth,” now in theaters.

“We’re taking small steps in the right direction, but activists are more enamored with their politics, which dictate that anything that Bush supports must be wrong — than with spurring these nascent efforts on. Clinton and Gore continue to mislead Americans by telling us that the solutions are simple and cheap — all we need is political will to implement them. Nothing could be further from the truth: the answers to climate change are expensive and elusive; they will be found in the Los Alamos labs, not the halls of Congress.”

“We can build fuel-cell cars now — for $1 million. When we figure out how to sell them for $30,000, we won’t need an international treaty to get people to buy them. Almost every major car company in the world is frantically trying to unlock that puzzle and — are you sitting down? — George W. Bush, the ex-oil man who once mocked Al Gore’s fascination with green cars, is pouring billions of federal dollars into the effort.”

What’s to come

Look for congressional Republicans to “dish up a plate of ‘red meat’ social issues they hope will motivate their conservative base for the Nov. 7 elections,” predicts Judy Holland of Hearst Newspapers.

Next week, Republican senators will push proposals on hot-button issues — including constitutional amendments to ban homosexual “marriage” and to outlaw flag burning, along with legislation to clamp down on minors who cross state lines for abortions and thus evade parental-notification restrictions in their home states.

Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, who is behind the flag-burning proposal, concedes his chances aren’t good, but said the party’s base “would get mad if we didn’t try.”

Paul Weyrich, chairman of the Free Congress Foundation, said Republicans will be satisfied only if they think that the party leadership “really went after these measures. If they feel they have paid lip service, then I think the leadership is going to pay for it.”

Contact Jennifer Harper at 202/636-3085 or jharper@ washingtontimes.com.

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