Does this mean we don’t ever have to hear about it again? EVER?!?!?!???

Did you see the excellent news this morning out of New York?

 Gov. Eliot Spitzer formally announced today that he would abandon his plan to give driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, conceding that his best efforts to sell New Yorkers on the merits of his proposal had clearly failed.

Not that I had a dog in that fight — I never have decided whether I thought it was a good idea or not; I’m sort of in a Hillary place on that.

The good news part is that maybe, just maybe, those of us who are occasionally trapped — as I have been, while working out or giving blood or something — listening to Lou Dobbs go on and on and on and on and on about this will never have to hear about it again!

Right? I mean, please tell me it’s over. Or will it go on and on and on and on and on…

12 thoughts on “Does this mean we don’t ever have to hear about it again? EVER?!?!?!???

  1. Doug Ross

    As long as out-of-touch politicians keep trying to force amnesty and benefits for illegal immigrants onto an American public that does not support it, this will go on and on.
    You need look no further than a recent story in The State on the subject of drugs in South Carolina to find this nugget (the last paragraph is the key one):
    “Sentenced in February to 10 years in prison, Valdovinos represents a new trend in South Carolina’s thriving drug trade: Mexico is now the state’s primary source of illegal drugs, federal, state and local agents say.
    Increased post-9/11 security at the state’s airports and ports has helped push the bulk of the drug trade over land, through Mexico.
    Even the cocaine produced in South America is being moved into South Carolina primarily through Mexico.
    Mexican drug rings “dominate trafficking in South Carolina,” according to a February report from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the nation’s lead drug-fighting agency. South Carolinians in rural and urban areas now consume Mexican drugs.
    Mexican carriers transport cocaine on S.C. highways, harvest marijuana from rural fields and receive shipments of marijuana at some Hispanic stores, according to state and federal court records. They also have supplied methampethamines across the state as local meth production declines. And some even have been charged with distributing free samples of heroin to recovering addicts in the Charleston area.
    “If you trace cocaine, marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine back far enough, they come out of Mexico and are brought to our area,” said John Ozaluk, head of the Columbia office of the DEA.
    The growing Latino immigrant enclaves in states such as South Carolina provide increasingly attractive cover for Mexican drug smugglers once they get here, officials said.”

  2. weldon VII

    Why should Hillary get such a free pass, Brad?
    Republicans should harp on Mrs. Clinton’s support of Gov. Spitzer’s lame idea, or at least her non-objection to an idea so objectionable any reasonably conservative person would find it intolerable on its face — from now until the day Hillary comes up short of the votes she needs to finish the Democrats’ destruction of what’s left of American culture.
    I hope every mistake she makes winds up imprinted indelibly on the psyche of every registered voter.

  3. bill

    What a great argument for legalizing drugs.I was under the impression that libertarians wanted that freedom.
    Shouldn’t the property seizing DEA be abolished?

  4. Brad Warthen

    Get a free pass? Whaddaya mean, "free pass?"

    I happen to think what Hillary said on the issue made sense. I worry about the intellectual seriousness of anyone who thinks he knows for SURE whether that was a good or bad idea. It’s far too complicated for that, and the arguments both pro and con are strong, and not to be ignored.

    Whichever way you go on that, if you’re thoughtful, you’ll do so with some misgivings.

  5. Doug Ross

    What’s so complicated about not giving identification cards to people who are not residents?
    Can you give me one good reason that doesn’t involve allowing the illegal (repeat illegal) immigrants access to services that they are not legally entitled to?
    Why should getting away with entering the country illegally result in any type of benefit?

  6. bill

    Burritos for thought-
    Latino immigrants to the U.S. are more diverse, successful, and assimilating more rapidly than is widely assumed in public debate, scholars observe in recent research published by the American Political Science Association (APSA). While immigration, assimilation, national identity, and relevant public policy questions are rightly being discussed today, the research finds that much of the concerns regarding Latino immigration are rooted in inaccurate assumptions, oversimplifications, and poor data.

  7. weldon VII

    Gosh, Brad. Complicated how? It requires no real thought at all, much less “intellectual seriousness.”
    Those in this country illegally are breaking the law. Any state that grants such people driver’s licenses would be aiding and abetting a federal crime.
    I can’t believe you would seriously entertain such a thought as, “Well, gosh, we can’t find them otherwise, so let’s get the states to ‘Catch 22′ those illegals by giving them driver’s licenses.”
    If we haven’t been able to find them otherwise, what makes anybody think they’d be stupid enough to fall for that, were such a simple scheme actually the goal?
    Personally, I think the Democrats’ real goal in the process would be to get the illegals into the voting booth to say thank you.

  8. Doug Ross

    >Personally, I think the Democrats’ real goal
    >in the process would be to get the illegals
    >into the voting booth to say thank you.
    And the Republicans’ real goal is to keep a steady flow of underpaid workers available to rich donors…
    And the unspoken benefit of granting all the illegals citizenship? It increases the number of workers paying into Social Security with a group of people who statistically (due to the lower incomes which results in poor diet, poor healthcare, etc.) will probably not live long enough to collect a dime. We’ve already ripped off the black population, now we need a new source of funds for the Social Security pyramid scheme.

  9. Doug Ross

    From Michael Graham’s blog:
    “Yet in Mexico, the biggest source of immigrants to the USA, there’s no debate: If you’re not in the country legally, you can’t get a driver’s license.
    All of Mexico’s 31 states, along with the federal district of Mexico City, require foreigners to present a valid visa if they want a driver’s license, according to a survey of states by USA TODAY.
    “When it comes to foreigners, we’re a little more strict here,” said Alejandro Ruíz, director of education at the Mexican Automobile Association. ”

  10. arlynbabes

    This news is a good news for the illegal immigrants. But I think this would be unfair in the part of legal immigrants. As they filed their papers legally also they spend much money. I would just assumed that Gov. Eliot Spitzer has a acceptable reasons for doing this one. Maybe for him it would work out. He help illegal immigrants and in the same time he make them happy.
    New York Immigration Lawyer Marina Shepelsky, located in Brooklyn, assists clients from the New York metro area and across the United States in all immigration and naturalization matters

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