Does The GOP Deserve To Retain Control In The Senate?

by John Hawkins | March 20, 2006 12:25 am

For — I don’t know — at least, a good, solid three years now, conservatives have been yapping, complaining, and kvetching non-stop about two issues on the domestic front: out-of-control spending and our government’s refusal to take a tough stand against illegal immigration.

Yet, here we are, in an election year and what are we seeing from Republicans in the Senate on these two crucial issues?

On spending[1]:

“The Republican Party is now principally moderate, if not liberal!” exulted Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), after the Senate — including a majority of Republicans — approved his budget-busting amendment to spend an extra $7 billion on domestic programs.”

Then there’s illegal immigration[2]:

“A rare bipartisan breakthrough on the first overhaul of U.S. immigration law in two decades began to take shape Thursday in the Senate Judiciary Committee with lawmakers moving toward offering a path to permanent residence for the 12 million illegal immigrants now in the country.

…The key compromise came when Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., embraced the thrust of a bill by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., which has the backing of several Republicans on the committee, including Sam Brownback, a social conservative from Kansas and possible GOP presidential contender.

That proposal would allow the 12 million illegal immigrants to apply for a six-year visa if they work, pay a $1,000 fine, back taxes, pass a background check and learn English.

…(Lindsey) Graham conceded that many conservatives call this approach amnesty.

…The committee has already turned back an effort to include the House’s 700-mile fence in its bill. Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., said a “virtual fence” using sensors and other technology would be less costly and more effective than a physical one.”

It’s almost like they’re saying to conservative voters, “That’s right, we don’t care what you think. We dare you to do something about it at the ballot box in November if you’ve got the guts!”

You know, I don’t want the GOP to lose control of the Senate, nor do I think the country would be better off if the Democrats took over. But, the truth is that the GOP probably deserves to lose control of the Senate and regrettably, if they keep going down this same path, they may get exactly what they deserve.

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