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A Modified Limited Hangout

From a reader:

Interesting thing…the White House dedicated a whole website to debunking healthcare myths. They must finally realize that their claims that illegal immigrants won't be covered are untrue…because I can't find a single word about illegal immigrants on their page.

Mexico's Rising Fear of Social Unrest

Hurricane Jimena, now closing in on Baja California, is only the most dramatic of the threats confronting Mexico. Deepening unemployment and poverty, the brutal war between the government and drug cartels, and even looming water shortages all have ratcheted up the country's anxiety and social tension.Today's edition of the respected El Universal newspaper includes a warning from Mexico City's Human Rights Commission that there are signs that the water shortage there will create "spirals of violence."

Is the Congressional Research Service Making 'False Claims' Too?

Rep. Lamar Smith quotes from a new report by the Congressional Research Service to debunk President Obama's "willful misrepresentations," "outright distortions," and "outrageous myths" on immigration and health care.* Given the political importance of the illegal-alien question, it's worth quoting Smith's press release at length, especially since CRS reports aren't usually released to the public:

Mission Impossible for Secretary Napolitano?

Is it possible to play tough cop and nice cop at the same time? That's roughly the assignment facing Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. In addition to leading the agencies responsible for enforcing immigration law, she has been designated by President Obama to work with Congress to forge "comprehensive immigration reform" legislation that would legalize millions of people who have broken the law.

Does the Health Care Bill Bar Illegal Aliens from Taxpayer Funds? Not Really

As members of Congress get an earful from their constituents on the proposed health care overhaul, one topic is becoming front and center: immigration. How the legislation addresses both legal and illegal immigration will have a significant effect on public support, but as of this writing, the 1,000-page health care bill only includes a few, ambiguous and entirely inadequate clauses on immigration.

Topics: Health Care

Protesting Too Much, or Acknowledging Too Little

As President Obama complains that his critics protest too much about his health care plans for illegal immigrants, he appears to be acknowledging too little. Consider his appearance yesterday with radio talk show host Michael Smerconish, specifically his exasperated response to a caller who raised the issue.

Politicians Do It Comprehensively

Kathleen Parker's column today has a great paragraph that could apply to any number of policy areas:

"Comprehensive" may be the scariest word in the English language when it tumbles from the lips of a politician. Instead of trying to revamp every aspect of the *********** system, Congress should follow Mackey's lead and tackle a few fixable problems with consensus and support from Americans, who, though frustrated with the status quo, aren't quite ready to surrender self-determination.

Community-Oriented Policing: Stalking Horse for Illegal Immigration?

The theory and practice of community-oriented policing, its history, political vicissitudes and ascendancy are familiar territory for me from past experience. Especially vivid are recollections shared by and with colleagues of advocating its adoption in precincts or police headquarters with the chief, local commanders, detectives, and patrolmen leaning far back in their chairs, maximizing the physical and psychic distance between us; arms crossed over chests like body armor; heads down, faces impassive.

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