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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Senate Math: It's fuzzy

The Senate’s latest immigration proposal is another sad sign that Washington needs some remedial math classes. Not only does the amnesty bill defy common sense, but its numbers just don’t add up.

Let’s start with the bill’s pretense that the government can conduct background checks on some 12-million amnesty applicants — within the 24-hour turnaround time guaranteed for each applicant. This is the same federal bureaucracy that can’t meet a three-month deadline for processing passports for its own citizens. The Senate bill would have us believe that the government’s already-overworked immigration processors would be able to review and clear 12 million applications in a year’s time — that’s 48,000 every workday!

Ernest Istook

What I find even more laughable is that these are the same people who claim that deporting the very same 12 million illegals is "impossible." One would have to assume that processing and clearing an application involves at least one face-to-face meeting with the applicant. So the act of deporting them appears not to be a bureaucratic issue, but merely a logistic one. These kinds of logistics have been solved before.

When the fiction becomes this obvious, one has to wonder if Joe Average actually enjoys being lied to.


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