Conservative lawmakers in Arizona have fired another salvo in the battle against illegal immigration. Legislation pending before a committee in the Arizona Senate would require hospitals to determine the immigration status of patients.
Last week, the United States House of Representatives failed to extend several provisions found in the Patriot Act under a special expedited procedure that requires a two-thirds majority vote. To the surprise of House Republicans, the measure failed by seven votes, prompting Republicans to bring the bill up once again under a rule, which requires only a simple majority. Not surprisingly, the vote passed on Monday night by a vote of 275 to 144, extending the provisions of the Patriot Act an additional nine months.
One more reason to terminate all foreign aid: The U.S. Agency for International Development — funded, of course, by American taxpayers — is providing money to at least two population control groups to engage in a program of essentially forced mass circumcisions and vasectomies in Rwanda.
President Obama labeled his 2012 budget proposal "a down payment toward a permanent fix" for the expected record deficit, but his fiscal 2012 budget proposal actually leaves deficits higher than his previous budget proposals.