Friday, June 28, 2013

Senate Engages in Exercise in Futility – Passes Immigration Bill That is Doomed in the House

What a Waste of Time – Thanks Gerrymandering

People who ought to know better are praising the passage of an immigration reform bill in the United States Senate.  First of all the bill is not much of reform.  Secondly, it spends huge resources to try and solve a problem that has largely been solved, namely the influx of massive numbers of illegal immigrants from Mexico.  But the real problem with the bill is that in its present form it will not receive a vote in the House.

The reason for this is the difference between the House and Senate.  Senators are elected statewide, and have to represent all of the citizens of the state.  Representatives are only answerable to their district.  And the Republicans have so succeeding in rigging districts that despite the fact that Democrats received more than 1.5 million votes for House members than Republicans, Republicans hold a majority of the House.

The Senate bill could probably pass in the House which is why the House leadership will not allow a vote on it.  Democracy, we don’t need no stink’in democracy.

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