I’ll believe it when I see it

I’m sure many noticed this in Bush’s speech (which I’m just checking out now):

Since I became President, we’ve increased funding for border security by 66 percent, and expanded the Border Patrol from about 9,000 to 12,000 agents…By the end of 2008, we’ll increase the number of Border Patrol officers by an additional 6,000.

Impressive, no? That will be a total of an additional 9,000 new Border Patrol personnel.

But wait. Murdoc just happened to notice this little tidbit in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004:

SEC. 5202. INCREASE IN FULL-TIME BORDER PATROL AGENTS.

In each of the fiscal years 2006 through 2010, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall, subject to the availability of appropriations for such purpose, increase by not less than 2,000 the number of positions for full-time active-duty border patrol agents within the Department of Homeland Security above the number of such positions for which funds were allotted for the preceding fiscal year. In each of the fiscal years 2006 through 2010, in addition to the border patrol agents assigned along the northern border of the United States during the previous fiscal year, the Secretary shall assign a number of border patrol agents equal to not less than 20 percent of the net increase in border patrol agents during each such fiscal year. [emphasis Murdoc’s]

So an increase of this magnitude was required by law in the wake of 9/11. Of the 2,000 required in 2006, the first of the five years specified in the legislation, how many were included in the budget?

210.

The President’s announcement of his “call” to Congress to approve “dramatic improvements in manpower and technology at the border” is nothing but a repeat of what was called for in late 2004.

Will we see anything substantial this time?

Comments

  1. It was the standard amnesty speech we all knew we’d get. I was not at all impressed. I hope Bush and his ‘moderate’ (RINO) supporters ride that 29% approval rating right out of office.

  2. Why do you hate America, Murdoc?’ … [jaw drops open] … … [unable to speak] … Has he read this blog at all? I guess not…

  3. OK. I guess this is someone you’re familiar with. I thought it was some crazy person. There seem to be a lot of them about on the internet :) Anyway you seem pretty patriotic to me. Not to an unusual level for an American, but more so than a lot of people. So I guess it must be a joke.

  4. While I don’t know Noah, I once saw him on tv. As erudite as he is, he made a small error. The proper phrasing for that sentiment is: ‘Murdoc, why do you hate our freedom?’

  5. Will we see anything substantial this time? In a word – No. Too many interests are served by having an open border. The farm and service industries would be devestated and immagration keeps Mexico stable. At this point its really too late to put the hammer down. If the republican ‘s are really serious about border control and put the hammer down – they will commit political suiside. You do not want to be seen as the enemy of the fastest growing segment of the population. If the hispanics go democrate, the repulicans will lose their stronghold in the southwest and any hope of the presidency.

  6. No Border Security No Imigration Policy No Tax Reform No Social Security Reform No Cut in Government Spending I maybe wrong, but I think the Republican Party has been working hard to lose my vote.

  7. What I don’t get is why people talk about cutting off illegal immigration losing the republican party the hispanic vote. Yes, it’s the largest growing demographic, but illegal aliens can’t legally vote. They’re moot. He’s throwing the big bone with the ‘guest worker’ (amnesty) program, what’s the problem. Do you all realize that most of the latin and south american countries don’t use up their full quotas of legal work and student visas every year? There’s plenty of ways to get here legally, if you just take the time to fill out the paperwork, and talk to the right people. If you come here illegally, and don’t pay taxes, what other laws are you willing to break? How many potential terrorist entry points are we willing to permit. How many times are uniformed Mexican police and military forces allowed to shoot at our public servants before it’s too much. That’s an act of war. And they’re doing it to cover smugglers. The &%#$ with a fence, let’s build a 40 foot wall with gun emplacements and guard booths.