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Inside the Beltway
“In America, we seem to do things a little bit different,” Rep. Ted Poe, Texas Republican and former felony court judge, said this week. “We cheer for our country. We wave our flag. We invest in our country, and we respect our neighbors … And where I come from, we never boo a lady.”
News organizations were quick to report that the booing wasn’t personal, rather reflected Mexico’s feelings toward the U.S. at a time when Congress fiercely debates illegal immigration. As far as Mr. Poe is concerned, it reflects why President Bush is wrong to propose amnesty for illegal aliens, whose numbers are estimated at between 12 million and 20 million.
“A pathway to citizenship … only works if people really want to become Americans. If you want to be an American, then there are some responsibilities to that. You just don’t get to take all you can and leave when you are done,” he said.
“Mexico and other countries promote illegal immigration to the United States with one understanding: You send your money back home to Mexico. And America is not home. Billions [of dollars] headed south last year to Mexico alone.
“So when the United States gets booed, people that don’t understand this are a bit taken aback,” Mr. Poe said. “Most people don’t bite the hands that feed them, especially when you have them eating out of your hand.”
President for life
Normally when U.S. presidents leave office, the intrigue goes with them. They simply return home — or else settle down in a retirement community, playing golf and giving the occasional speech.
Not Bill Clinton. He has as many admirers and followers today as he ever did. And now, Reps.Carolyn B. Maloney and Nita M. Lowey, both New York Democrats, have introduced a resolution recognizing Mr. Clinton’s 61st birthday — which won’t be celebrated until Aug. 19.
Why a congressional resolution?
“President Clinton has had a long and distinguished career in public service including serving as governor of Arkansas and president of the United States,” Mrs. Maloney reminds us, citing his “unprecedented economic expansion,” “creation of 22 million jobs,” and “bringing peace to Northern Ireland.”
Meanwhile, albeit not by resolution, former President George Bush turned 83 one week ago, on June 12. And in case you don’t hear, former President Jimmy Carter will also turn 83 on Oct. 1.
John McCaslin can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslin@washington times.com.
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