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President Bush decided to take his subcompact 28-percent approval rating out for a spin the other day - and tried to run down the very people who approved of him.

In defending his amnesty plan for illegal aliens in a speech in southeastern Georgia, Bush assailed those on the right for wanting to "scare the American people" for calling the bill what it is: amnesty.

In short, he accused his own political base of fear-mongering.

That's not just foolhardy. It's plain offensive.

"If you want to kill the bill, if you don't want to do what's right for America, you can pick one little aspect out of it. You can use it to frighten people," the president said.

So if you oppose amnesty for illegal aliens, you don't want to do the right thing for America.

Again, offensive.

Moreover, he said if opponents don't think the bill helps secure the border, then they're uninformed. Perhaps. Or maybe we're jaded, Mr. President, by the fact that past immigration "reform" never got around to the part about securing the borders.

Maybe we know full well what's in the comprehensive bill and don't like it - and don't believe that the part we do like will ever get done.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/02/07 - 06:33 am
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Mr Bush wants everyone to

Mr Bush wants everyone to believe that the borders will be secured so the rest of this bill can be enforced. Not only have the borders never been enforced, but he personally has stood in the way of border guards doing their job and has helped establish 'sanctuary cities' by his stand. His actions up to this date have shown that he is for amnesty, regardless of what he is saying now. His last speech was pure smoke enema. If he wants this bill to pass, and it can, he should secure the borders then introduce the bill.

Its 5oclock somewhere
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Its 5oclock somewhere 06/02/07 - 08:13 am
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patriciathomas, You hit the

patriciathomas, You hit the nail on the head.
My mother always told me, "Actions speak louder than words."

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Carleton Duvall 06/02/07 - 08:19 am
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Patricia. I can't add

Patricia. I can't add anything to what you have said. Well done

Da Voice Inside Your Head
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Da Voice Inside Your Head 06/02/07 - 08:35 am
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The Hispanic Voter Protection

The Hispanic Voter Protection Act as this bill ought to be called, is a slap in the face to most Americans concered about ILLEGAL Immigration. If they can't enforce the old law how do they expect to enforce a new law? George Bush has a serious problem with this Issue. I guess he doesn't have to run for reelection so he doesn't care. But he sure is putting the GOP ones running and supporting this bill in serious hot water. The public outcry has been very loud and very pointed. George, Saxby, Linsey et al.NO AMESTY! Period!

mgroothand
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mgroothand 06/02/07 - 09:07 am
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It is also a major slap in

It is also a major slap in the face for the many more immigrants who struggled to come here legally. The immigrants that studied to learn proficient English and to finally become citizens. I know.

hwduncan
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hwduncan 06/02/07 - 10:02 am
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How sad that Mr. Bush has

How sad that Mr. Bush has taken the very tactics he used and were so strongly approved of by the Chronicle to condemn, cower and belittle those who opposed his policies on global warming, interrogation and imprisonment, eavesdropping, stem cell, the war in Iraq and potentially, Mr. Cheney's war with Iran and turned them against those who now oppose his policies on border security and immigration! It worked before with the aid of supporters like the Chronicle. Doesn't it hurt that he now bites the hands that have fed him. As Mark Twain wrote, "If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man."

johnsmith
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johnsmith 06/02/07 - 10:31 am
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Cabeza de Vaca, why would it

Cabeza de Vaca, why would it surprise you to find the Chronicle being consistent? When President Bush took stands supported by the Chronicle, the paper applauded him. They support his attempt to defeat Islamic fascists, while criticizing the mistakes made along the way. They heavily criticized his choice of Meiers for the Supreme Court (if memory serves), and supported his choices of Alito and Roberts, because those judges adhere to a Constitution-centered view of the role of that court. And now that President Bush has unwisely chosen not to support the rule of law, the Chronicle does not support his goals or his methods. Where is the fault on the part of the Chronicle? Admittedly, I don't know what the editorial position is on all aspects of immigration. I myself support _greatly_ expanded _legal_ immigration, with a streamlined process for bringing in law-abiding, hardworking immigrants from all over the world who find a sponsor in this country willing to give them work and be responsible for their compliance with American law. That's how my great-great-grandfather got here, and then he worked to become a citizen. Nobody should support breaking the law for expediency.

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concernednative 06/02/07 - 03:56 pm
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The greater point is he is

The greater point is he is accusing someone of using fear. That is beyond hypocritical. He used has used fear to force everything down America's throught since 9/11. He used it to get the authorization to go to war, to increase presidential and federal government powers, and to get reelected (when was the last time we have had a change in terror alert colors) or as he said in Statesboro campaining for rebuplicans "a vote for democrats is a vote for terror" that is one of the worse quotes any president has ever made. It destroys our democracy and promotes fear rather than ideas to decide our political contests. Bush II overall has been bad for America any reasonable person will not deny it. But trouble don't last always. We have an election coming up and we need new leadership. So research the candidates and make a good decision.

3M3T1B
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3M3T1B 06/02/07 - 03:59 pm
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None of you get it do you?

None of you get it do you? bushs 28% approval rating is because of this war. Can you honestly think that his approval rating is so low because of immigration?

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