In the process of satisfying the La Raza base of the liberal Democrats, Obama used the "new tone" he promoted after the Tucson tragedy earlier this year to attack those Americans who want the border secure (National Journal, via Marathon Pundit).
Well, we now have more boots on the ground on the southwest border than at any time in our history. The Border Patrol has 20,000 agents – more than twice as many as there were in 2004, a build up that began under President Bush and that we have continued.
They wanted a fence. Well, that fence is now basically complete.
So, we have gone above and beyond what was requested by the very Republicans who said they supported broader reform as long as we got serious about enforcement. But even though we’ve answered these concerns, I suspect there will be those who will try to move the goal posts one more time. They’ll say we need to triple the border patrol. Or quadruple the border patrol. They’ll say we need a higher fence to support reform.
Maybe they’ll say we need a moat. Or alligators in the moat.
So much for that "new tone." And as for the "completed" border fence, Mr. Obama? You Lie! Fox Nation reports that the "basically complete" border fence is only five percent finished. Not only that, Janet Incompitano scrapped the Bush-era virtual fence on the border.
Ignored by Obama is the fact that the Islamic terrorist group Hezbollah is setting up shop just south of the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. They're recruiting in Mexico, as well as forging alliances with drug cartels. Doesn't sound like people who want to come set up the next Google or eBay, does it?
But Texas has also been suffering the last couple of weeks from a series of wildfires that has destroyed thousands of acres of land. What has Obama done to help the Lone Star State? Not a damn thing. (National Review Online).
Pres. Barack Obama hit Texas to do some political fund-raising and give some speeches about immigration; Gov. Rick Perry suggested that he take a gubernatorially guided tour of some of the damage. The president couldn’t be bothered, but asked the governor to come to El Paso to act as a prop at a political event. Governor Perry declined.
Governor Perry often complains that the federal government simultaneously fails to do its real work and involves itself in things that are not real national priorities. The last time the president visited Texas, Governor Perry greeted him with a letter in hand demanding that the federal government execute its border-security duties. (It still won’t.) The governor is asking for a federal emergency declaration that will make additional firefighting resources available. The Obama administration is not budging. Never mind that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has seen fit to declare a snowstorm — in Connecticut, in the winter — a federal disaster this year, along with “severe winter storms” in Oklahoma and Missouri.
Democrats act as though Governor Perry is being hypocritical, because he has called for less federal interference in many state affairs. But, to my knowledge, Governor Perry has not called for the dissolution of the federal government (or of FEMA), and I am certain that Texans continue to pay taxes for the maintenance of it, serve in the military defending it, etc. When federal, state, and local authorities blew it during Hurricane Katrina, Texas found homes for a great number of those evacuees — the philosophy at work is federalism, not Social Darwinism.
Obama claimed to a Texas news reporter that he didn't hate Texas. On the contrary, Mr. Obama, a blind man could easily see your contempt for Texas, as well as how they and Arizona are on your Nixonian "Enemies List."