Thursday, June 03, 2010

When Sauce For The Goose Is On The Other Foot...?

So Wolf Blitzer sits down with Mexico's President Calderon -- no, wait, it's not a joke. Despite having a punchline:

BLITZER: Immigration is not a crime, you're saying?

CALDERON: It's not a crime.

BLITZER: So in other words, if somebody sneaks in from Nicaragua or some other country in Central America, through the southern border of Mexico, they wind up in Mexico, they can go get a job...

CALDERON: No, no.

BLITZER: They can work.

CALDERON: If -- if somebody do that without permission, we send back -- we send back them.

BLITZER: You find them and you send them back?

CALDERON: Yes.
[...caveats, equivocation and hand-waving follow...].

H'mmm. So if Arizona did everything State law mandates doing -- which doesn't include random stops for lookin' illegal, by the way, you need to be jaywalking, moping with intent or running down little old ladies in a flatbed truck with no plates (etc.) before they can ask -- and simply didn't call it a crime, that'd be okay with our good, good pal Presidente Calderon, who treats his excess population like Dennis the Menace, with our border states in the Mr. Wilson role. Suuuuure it would.

Y'know, when you've lost Ed Koch (to whose article the linked quote will lead you), you're losin' a big chunk right there in the more-or-less middle of the political dial with him.

5 comments:

phlegmfatale said...

I hate the smell of double-standards in the morning.

Ritchie said...

We don' need no steenkin' logical consistency. Or-you obviously don't understand. This is politics, not logic.

Ed Skinner said...

AZ Gov Jan Brewer meets (confronts?) Pres Obama today. AZ residents are not expecting any big changes, however. It'll be more like two angry cats hissing and spitting while in another room the dogs eat what's in the cat food dishes.

We have two tax increases just starting here in AZ to try and keep schools going -- educating all those spanish-only kids is expensive. And let's not talk about the waiting time at the Emergency Room or who's paying for that.

Politics. What a waste.

Did it MY way said...

When will the war between these two countries begin?

See Ya.

Gator said...

Oddly enough, the Federal government doesn't even rely on random stops. They stop everyone. About an hour ago, I went through the permanent checkpoint on the northbound side of I-19 between Nogales and Tucson. Said checkpoint is about 30 miles on OUR side of the border.