In the wake of the alleged killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. special forces on May 2, some in Congress are beginning to question whether American aid to Pakistan, the country in which bin Laden was found, ought to be terminated. One of those, Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas), is actually sponsoring legislation to cut off such aid. Unfortunately, Poe’s bill gives the Obama administration, which has already expressed its desire to continue sending billions of taxpayer dollars to Islamabad, enough leeway that even if the bill passes, the aid is likely to continue.
President Obama may soon have to expend some of that recently earned bin Laden capital in convincing states to participate in one of the programs central to his oft-mentioned “comprehensive immigration reform” package.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced a new "immigration index" that would measure Southwest border security beyond the conventional way of observing state and local statistics, which focus mainly on data such as arrests and drug seizures. The new index, Napolitano claims, will look beyond bare crime statistics and focus more on environmental damage, economic impacts, and concerns of personal safety of Americans residing near the Mexican border.
The death of Osama bin Laden has provoked a number of questions from the mainstream media and the American people, ranging from the specifics of the encounter and the parties responsible to whether or not the mission was even warranted. To one Senate Committee, however, the more pressing issue is whether or not the military showed intolerance by calling the mission to capture or kill bin Laden "Geronimo."
Last Wednesday Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) verbally polished his 'fiscal conservative' spectacles for the benefit of non-believers in Utah who are threatening to support opposition to his run for re-election to his seventh term in 2012. He told the Senate Finance Committee that if fiscal reforms 'fall prey to gimmicks, are waived or otherwise undermined' my sense is that the people will come to this Capitol with pitchforks and torches they will be so upset. And they'd be right to do so.'