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  • Morning Bell: A Leftist Wish List vs. National Security

    One of the foremost responsibilities of the federal government is to ensure the security of our nation. It is right there in the Preamble to the United States Constitution: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” This week the U.S. Senate is scheduled to take up the FY 2011 National Defense Authorization Act. This legislation is necessary to fund the defense of the United States and its interests abroad. The House already passed their bill in May. But Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) would rather talk about amnesty.

    Why is Reid doing this? One only need look at the RealClearPolitics aggregate polling data: he is in a dead-heat reelection battle with State Rep. Sharon Angle (R). That is why Reid bypassed usual Senate procedure and included “the DREAM Act” in the defense bill. The DREAM Act creates a “path to citizenship” for illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. before the age of 16, have lived here for 5 years, and either serve in the military or attend college. But the bill also prohibits the government from deporting anyone who has even filed an application for the program. This essentially gives amnesty to anyone who applies regardless of whether they actually qualify for the act’s protections. Worse, the program would also allow applicants to sponsor their immediate family members for a green card. While current law prohibits sponsorship of illegal immigrants living in the United States, this leaves open the possibility that they could fraudulently, through falsified documents or other means, sponsor their parents who are in the U.S. illegally – creating an even larger amnesty.

    By itself the DREAM Act is terrible public policy. It would reward illegal aliens for violating federal immigration laws. It would encourage more illegal immigration by sending the message that the United States does not take its immigration laws seriously. And in an additional slap in the face to law-abiding Americans, it offers in-state college tuition to illegal immigrants, while legal students in the rest of the country would have to pay out-of-state tuition rates. But forcing this measure into the defense authorization bill is just shameful.

    Unfortunately this is not the first time Reid has pulled this stunt. Last year’s defense bill, The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010, expanded federal hate crime laws to include crimes motivated by a victim’s “actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.” What did that have to do with national security? And this year the leftist Senate majority is also considering adding language to the bill that would repeal the military’s “don’t ask don’t tell” policy. This despite the fact that each of the four Service Chiefs (General Conway (USMC)General Conway (USMC)Admiral Roughead (USN), and General Schwartz (USAF)) have submitted letters stressing that any action by Congress should only be taken after the Pentagon finishes its review the policy. And Sen. Roland Burris (D–IL) has sponsored an amendment that would allow the use of military facilities around the world for “pre-paid” abortions.

    According to Gallup‘s latest poll, only 18% of Americans now approve of the job Congress is doing. Reid’s shameless hijacking of the defense bill for his reelection purposes is exactly why the American people have such a low approval of Congress. As Senator Mitch McConnell (R–KY) rightly declared, “It’s time they put the liberal wish list on the shelf and focused on the priorities of the American people.”

    Quick Hits:

    • According to the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Business Cycle Dating Committee, the end of the recession occurred in June 2009, 18 months after the economy began sliding into a downturn in December 2007.
    • Thanks to imminent Obamacare regulations, some of the country’s most prominent health insurance companies have decided to stop offering new child-only plans.
    • Republican lawmakers are developing plans to dismantle Obamacare by defunding key regulatory provisions.
    • The United Kingdom’s tax collection agency, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), proposed that all employers send employee paychecks to the government, after which the government would deduct what it deems as the appropriate tax and pay the employees by bank transfer.
    • According to a new Public Opinion Strategies poll, 55% of Americans believe increasing taxes on any Americans will slow the economy and kill jobs.
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    59 Responses to Morning Bell: A Leftist Wish List vs. National Security

    1. Greg B. Vail AZ says:

      It is disgraceful what Reid is doing. Such blatant political posing to "buy" a voting block should be reason for removal for office. This means Republicans too. Laws/legislation should not be passed just to consolidate power. This is one reason why we need term limits. How the people of Nevada can vote for this guy seeing as how he is dead set on destroying the nation of which that state is a part.

    2. Ken Jarvis - Las Veg says:

      I WISH OBAMA WAS A SOCIALIST

      Why? Socialist believe in
      Wealth Distribution – GREAT

      When Does it Start?
      and WHERE do I sign up?

      Let's look at the problems –
      Schools – To many kids
      Unemployment – To many People
      HCare Cost – To many People
      Solution = "Parents should be taxed extra"

    3. Lenore Levy Signal M says:

      The Senate should vote down the Defense Bill. Then bring just the Defense part up again to be voted on separately.

    4. ThomNJ says:

      I have never believed, and I am even more adamantly against it these days, that it was appropriate to ear-mark things or to pass omnibus bills or hang any number of items onto bills for a completey different purpose. If something is worth passing (or not) then it deserves to stand on its own (or not). This would also end the stupid games that politicans play when they say "ooh, Senator X voted against children" or voted against defense or whatever – when they really voted against or for something else as a priority issue. This ought to all go away. If the bridge to nowhere in Alaska (an old example) is or was worth it – then vote on that – don't vote on it as a piece of something else. If Congress complains that this will be too much work for them to accomplish by splitting all of this up and creating more tasks then that is probably a good thing. If they don't have time to meddle in too much, that is good. Also the argument can be made that if it will create too much work for them now, then clearly, there was not enough attention being paid to these same issues in the past – and that is how we got stuck with so many ridiculous and pet programs. One last thing – if they would write a bill that is easy to read and simple to comprehend – instead of behaving like the damn bunch of lawyers that they mostly are – then we'd also have less of an issue for many things. If the bills were clear, they'd be easy to interpret and enforce – and if they were written poorly – then the Congress would just have to give it more thought on how to make it explicit and simple for all Americans to understand, without all the weasel words used in law – or the current practice of hiding surprises in a piece of legislation.

    5. toledofan says:

      I guess these Democrats are just arrogant enough to think that no one is paying attention or that no one cares what they are doing. I recently wrote our Ohio Democratic Senator, Sharrod Brown asking him to vote against any part of the dream act; the reply is always the same; good for America, helps to register illegals, no matter your opinion, basically, I'm still going to vote YEA because we know better, blah, blah, blah. No matter the reality, facts or majority opinions, the Democrats won't do what is right according to the Constitution and actually are becoming the Anti-American Party or the American Socialist Party. Why anyone would want to associate themselves with this bunch is beyond me.

    6. Mary.... WI says:

      Good Grief!!! When will all this nonsense end?!! I can't help but think if the dems vote for Reid's bill they will most definitley be out of a job come Nov. because the majoority of the American people are opposed to amnesty for illegals in any way, shape or form. And how absolutely insulting to the American people to use military bases for pre-paid abortions. What are these people drinking or eating or popping to come up with such "ridiculous solutions" to such controversial issues! It just blows my mind when I hear this stuff!!

      I wish I had a state senator that would listen to what I have to say but unfortunately Feingold and Kohl are just " liberal clones". I might as well talk the wind.

    7. DANNY, HERMANN says:

      Another reason I wll be supporting Sharon Angle with my money even though I don't live in the state of Nevada. How else are we going to get these crooks out of office but to put our support behind someone who can beat him out. What a sad state of affairs when these crooks can bring our country down and the people of Nevada don't not have the sense to vote him out.

    8. Concerned, Mequon WI says:

      The "only" good thing that has come out of Obama being elected president is that now all America knows how corrupt politics is. I'm praying that Angle takes Reid out. I'm sending money for her campaign.

    9. Joseph C Moore, USN says:

      For the life of me, I do not understand how amendments or riders can be legally added to a bill when they have absolutely nothing to do with the original intent of the bill. I would NEVER vote for a bill with such amendments added (which is what Congressman Ron Paul practices). Have the rest of congress NO CONSCIENCE in this matter. Make these morally reprehensible acts of non-pertinent riders ILLEGAL!

    10. Jim Roumeliotis - Hu says:

      Why are the Democrats so set on allowing every illegal and illegals in waiting citizenship? We can't afford the cost nor allow it…It's Illegal……….

      This is just another example of selfish, self centered action. November elections can't come fast enough. A bill should have one and only one subject. To have otherwise is decieving and underhanded. If the subject can't stand on it's own contents ane merit it is a bad bill. Lay the "law to be" out in the open for observation and discussion. Don't bury it in a mass of gobble-d-goop.

    11. Laurie Hawaii says:

      WE DO NOT WANT FREE ABORTIONS IN THE MILITARY OR ANYWHERE ELSE UNLESS HARRY REID PAYS FOR THEM OUT OF HIS OWN POCKET AND NOT OUT OF HIS SWEET UNDER THE TABLE CAMPAIGN DEALS. GET HIM OUT OF THERE!!!

    12. Ben C. Ann Arbor, MI says:

      Ken Jarvis: Socialism destroys the middle class leaving only the top and bottom classes. This is a fact – look only to N. Korea or Cuba or any other long standing socialist country. If this is your desire then go for it. Socialism works until you run out of other peoples money. Again. read "We've Been Had" for documentation of this outcome.

      BTW To should read Too in your statement.

    13. laurie, hawaii says:

      Please, we do NOT want free abortions in the military or anywhere else, unless Harry Reid pays for them out of his personal pocket and not through campaign or any other dirty harry tricks!!! Vote him out, save the country before it's too late.

    14. CCC-Sacramento says:

      Something needs to happen. It is shameful how these politicians take an issue that the public will get behind and add in something knowing full well that it is something we would have rejected had it stood alone. This has been going on for a long time and I think it is an over-abuse of power and just plain disgraceful. The issues should stand alone.

      Not you can't have this without that. Our government has no honor.

    15. Jeanne Stotler, Wood says:

      Rewarding a crime makes it easier for someone else to commit the same crime. The meaning of ILLEGAL, IS THAT IT'S AGAINST THE LAW, we have had the last couple of years of unstopped, rewarded illegal immigration. To give citizenship and education to them while depriving our native born children of the same is unconsciousable. Mygrandchildren are having a hard time getting jobs, and being able to attend even a community college but the Sen from Nevada wants to make sure that the illegals can send their children to school then they get citizenship and then they can make sure that the parents and other illegals get a free passage. Something smells, defend our country, enforce our laws and NO breaks for those who have come here illegally, seize their property gotten here to pay for their deportation.

    16. NeoConVet says:

      WE THE PEOPLE… can only hope that there are enough Senators who are willing to say not only NO to this scam…but HELL NO! This political self-interest move is but one of the reasons for the rising anger directed toward out-of-touch professional politicians.

    17. James White - Sugar says:

      The unfortunate part about civil debate is that We the People are civil and are taken advantage of for being so. It is time to unleash the hounds………………..

      .

    18. Ted Stein, Philadelp says:

      The reason for not deporting folks is to encourage them to identify themselves. This has been a problem that both conservatives and progressives alike have attempted to address. Unfortunately, the American Indian tribes that inhabited this country before the great migration didn't have the ability to deport the immigrants of their time. Pity.

    19. Terry Palmer Milltow says:

      I find this article incomplete. It begs the question – then what? What if the defense spending bill is defeated in order to defeat the added bill? What would happen then? Those poor congressmen might not use thier threat to go home early. They might have to stay at work and hammer out a stopgap appropriations bill for just the military. What would happen if no bill passed? Isn't this the message of the tea party and the people? Stop politics as usual or else!

    20. Richie Naples says:

      The trouble is that this should be on the front page of every newspaper and in the

      news on t.v. but why tell Americans what really goes on. Reid will say the republicans will not vote for the defense budget to make him look good.

    21. William E Clugston says:

      Illegal aliens are "ILLEGAL" Therefore….This is non other than extortion, which is illegal. The "Dream Act" should be removed from the bill and Mr. Harry goes to the Grand Jury for extortion.

    22. Tucano Fulano says:

      DREAM amnesty has zero enforcement. Illegal-alien teenagers are in their current predicament because their parents were allowed to illegally take jobs and then hold them. The DREAM amnesty would allow millions more parents to do the same in the future.

      Millions more illegal aliens will be enticed to come and take U.S. jobs once they see the way previous illegal aliens are rewarded by the DREAM amnesty.

      This new flow of illegal workers will further the suffering of 22 million unemployed Americans who want a job but can't find one.

      A vote for DREAM amnesty is a vote in favor of bringing in more illegal foreign workers and keeping millions of Americans jobless.

    23. Clearhead says:

      "Ken Jarvis" (or whoever you are) — Yesterday was a blessing in that none of your un American blatherings showed up. Well, since you're back, your questioin deserves an answer: The best place for you to 'sign up' is Afghanistan. But first, we suggest that you seek out and bow down in reverence to "Dr." Eugenie Scott, whose bleatings you have either intentionally or unintentionally absorbed. as part of your so-called psyche. Secondly, we prescribe for you a restful vacation by the oceanside, preferably the Indian Ocean.

    24. B hall Syosset N.Y. says:

      This si for Ken Jarvis. You wanta socialist gov't, ok when the gov't taxes all your money away, how will you feel then. If you want to live in a socialist country,there are many of them. Go live there.

    25. james ochs says:

      Senator Reid is clearly acting in a manner contrary to constitutional intent. He is spitting in the face of ordinary hard working and legal American Citizen,s. He is shameless and has knowingly become an enemy of freedom loving people in this country. He is an angry bitter old man who has become a piece of human debris and deserves to be swept out of office and into the dustbin of historic failures.

    26. Carol, AZ says:

      Thank H.F / Morning Bell /for your /on point article.

      As a military couple living in AZ we are frankly exhausted fighting this issue to secure our borders and all other issue for National Security which has always been the central issue here in AZ..

      WE have never felt so concerned for the lack of help allowed to continue on all issues that has resulted in dim-witted decison making FOR our Nation's National Security.

      To attach to the the military package now up for vote , alllowing the Dream Act to be included is vile.

      It IS once again our leadership's ploy to push for back-door amnesty any way they can get it.

      To preempt all immigration LAWS,

      To create a voting block that will create millions more in tax payers dollars/ as illega'ls here wait further/ for amnesty is insanity.

      We have been holding our knees here in AZ for months dodging bullets , lawsuits by the Fedewral GOV., our law enforcement agencies have Cartel prices on their heads because they are donig their job and targeted by other Border States for boycotts.

      All D.C leadership from Fed Agencies have purposely held us hostage which has held America hostage.

      By noiw most States understand/.By now most of America understands. However our Borders are less secured .

      If this can happen to us here, YOU will not have to wait too long as all States become Border States.

      In the military it's called dereliction of duty.

      Under the US Constitution it's called treason.

      You decide what you want to call it/ there.

      "We the peaple our the government" it is the basic tenet of our US Constitution.

    27. Luis Perez Henderson says:

      You peolpe are fucking racist my people are hard working honest people wtf does it matter to you if the goverment of this great country give an amnisty???huh???seriously!!You people say that illegals bring in drugs to your counrty but they bring it because you fuckers keep smoking weed and sniff away cocaine who doesent want easy money??but the point is amnisty is a great idea,imagine going to the ER and the docters are hispanic maybe there wouldent be such a long waiting time,you americans are full of shit your lazy,fat, and bullshit anywhere you go at work at home if my people were allowed to be part of this country it would be a better place i would put my life on it!!!

    28. KLIMAX Baltimore, Ma says:

      Reid should be tar and feathered and run out of Washington on a rail !!! This is a sad day in America with the citizens taking a back seat to illegal aliens again !!! I don't know how to stop this type of political maneuver since it is happening with NObama's approval but it must be stopped !!! It is a crying shame that the Democrats are this desperate to support Reid's throwing the American Citizens under the bus while rewarding the illegal aliens for breaking numerous Federal and State laws !!! We all know that crossing OUR border illegally is not the only law they break !!!! Even though it is not illegal, the illegal aliens send hundreds of Billions of dollars to their home countries instead of spending it here to help OUR economy get started again !!!! Hundreds of Billions is not chump change and the money sent home is Mexico's second largest source of money next to their oil production !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ATTRITION THROUGH ENFORCEMENT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOT AMNESTY EVER !!!!!!!!!!

    29. Suzanne-Florida says:

      Does this surprise anyone? It would seem evident that not supplying the military is a little consequence to these senators. I had to laugh as heard this morning Carl Levin mention that if this bill were to pass today it would not go into effect until the Defense Dept. finish their review in December!!! It's amazing that he obviously knows the outcome of the review weeks before completion.

      Don't forget that Obama promised the gay community that he would take care of them if elected. He's just keeping a promise…….thanks guy……..Can we assume that recruiting offices will be overwhelmed with these new recruits?

      Regarding the dream act……..had the public been following this bill they would be aware that ICE does not deport parents if an illegal gives birth in the U.S. The dream act just reinforces a current policy for babies regardless of legal status.

      I want my country back. VOTE

    30. Dennis Georgia says:

      Bills in Congress should be stand alone bills, not attached to anything. These two bills are attached because reid knows they would never pass if submitted alone. The defence bill is one that is needed, a no vote by anyone will be used in his campaign as a vote aganist the security of this country. IT IS DIRTY POLITICS.

    31. Brad, Chicago says:

      @Ken, from Las Vegas – I think your statements show why socialism is a bad thing. Your statements come down to saying goverment should tell everyone how to live their lives (well, not everyone; only the people who aren't already living the "right" way). If you like population control, go to China; I hear they're all about that idea over there. I will also counter each of your issues with a reason capitalism is the answer.

      Wealth redistribution is great for the people who are are unlucky or lazy enough to not create wealth for themselves, but it punishes people who do work hard to become successful. If you punish the successful people, they'll go somewhere else, other people won't try to become successful, and then you won't have anyone with wealth to distribute.

      The problem with schools is not that there are too many kids. There are too few teachers, because unions have created inflated salaries for their members. If capitalism were allowed to work, underperforming teachers could be fired; the threat of being fired would persuade all teachers to give their best efforts to their students; and the money could be used to hire a better teacher.

      In a land of capitalism, there is no such thing as too many workers. When the supply of jobs is low, the demand is high and the seller (employers) can choose their price (salaries). This natural condition in the market allows someone to start or expand a business with lower expenses than other times and is one of the reasons small businesses can pull the entire country out of a recession.

      Healthcare costs are high, because the government programs that provide it are socialist entities. If more people provided their own healthcare, instead of relying on the government, Medicare and Medicaid wouldn't have to spend so much money. The cost of providing healthcare is increasing, because we consistently have new, effective tools, treatments, and drugs, because we have good insurance that will pay the creators for the benefits of said products, as long as their customers can pay their premiums.

      I may have simplified some of that, but I hope I got my points across. Socialism is not the answer.

    32. Herm Buechel Cedarbu says:

      The described bill that Harry Reid wishes to blow past the people must not pass.

      Its time to run Reid his democrats and all rhino's out of office

    33. and2therepublic, ill says:

      Is granting amnesty to illegal imigrants an enumerated power of the legislature?

      "On every unauthoritative exercise of power by the legislature must the people rise in rebellion or their silence be construed into a surrender of that power to them. If so, how many rebellions should we have had already?" – Thomas Jefferson – Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 12 – 1782

    34. ThomNJ says:

      Ted Stein – Hey, you always self deport (if you know which specific place in the world your ancestors came from – but be sure their ancestors didn't take that place from someone else).

      Rewarding the illegals with college, citizenship, etc would be no different than rewarding all burglers who haven't been caught yet by the police with being able to keep the goods they have stolen – you know, just to get them out of the "shadows". If they are in the shadows, then there is no sun in New Jersey to cast one, that is for sure.

    35. Bruce J. Kolinski says:

      We no longer have a representative Congress. We have a political House of Prostitution where the working girls and boys sell themselves to the highest paying special interests sanctioned by the CFR for bidding. Unfortunately, most of what they are selling is paid for by us.

      The United States is in free fall collapse. Moderates and progressives have worked together to drive our bus over the cliff. The only question remaining is, "where and how will we land"?

    36. Jane Dean, Boston, M says:

      NO AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS. ILLEGAL ALIENS ARE CRIMINALS.

      DEPORT ALL ILLEGAL ALIENS

      WE HAVE BEEN INVADED FROM THE SOUTH – ALL POLITICIANS THAT DO NOT DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS INVASION SHOULD GO TO JAIL FOR TREASON. THEY ARE NOT PROTECTING OUR COUNTRY.

      REID WANTS THE ILLEGAL VOTE. REID IS A CRIMINAL ALSO WITH ALL HIS SPECIAL LAND DEALS. THAT IS WHY THERE MUST BE A CHANGE ON NOV 2.

    37. Janice, Severn MD says:

      Bad enough to try to tack this DREAM Act onto a Defense spending Bill.

      Worse yet is the DREAM Act itself! Why should a citizen pay out-of-state tuition when someone illegally here does not?

      I don't care that their parents brought them here illegally. ACTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES!!

    38. Bob Schmidt Louisbur says:

      This is a ploy which has been allowed to go on for way, way too long. Placing what amounts to an unpassable bill on neccessary legislation as an amendment or a "rider". This devious practice, used by both sides, should be outlawed. It has been excused because it "speeds up the precess" and gets "good" legislation up for a vote. Too often it has been used to foist some piece of odious, unpassable legislation on the people of America. C'mon guys, cut it out and grow up!!!

    39. Alan says:

      However, in the passage …promote the general Welfare … the leftists and their social engineering accomplices have run amok in society. Starting with grade school, finishing with colleges and universities these interest groups have imposed decades worth of pressure on both our economic and social fabric in the name of testing and validating now debunked and obsoleted theories in race relations, class envy and centralized planning.

      We must start the process of restoring our republic this November.

    40. Jill-Maine says:

      Ken Jarvis- It's easy to find the socialist country. Just look for a place where no one smiles, no one has any drive or incentive, No one has the freedom to run their mouth like you do etc. You don't deserve America.

    41. Judith in Michigan says:

      Some commenters here have rightly stated that the Democrats are pushing for amnesty for all of the illegals (especially before the next elections!) because they will have a ready-made voting block of several million grateful new citizens paid for in full..

      For another reason, take a look at The Congressional Progressive Caucus. About 80 congresspeople are members and they are very powerful.. Obviously, all members are Progressives with radical agendas. One of their stated tenents is open borders or no borders at all. It doesn't take a PHD in Political Science to see where this is intended to lead. One-World Order. Global Governance. Good-by United States of America sovereignty.

    42. Peggy, Massillon, OH says:

      The reason the politicians get away with this kind of "add on" is because until recently, the American people were silently giving them permission. WE were asleep at the wheel. We allowed them to drive us over the cliff. We voted by letters, R or D. We did not vote because we knew how they stood or how they have voted, or where they came from. We allowed politicians to be groomed from birth to have power until the death. Look at the "old guard" who have been re-elected over and over again simply on name recognition and party. So, for the last 40 years, the baby boomers have been too busy partying to take part in the political process. Well, thank God the party is over.I hope that this past two administrations have taught us that we cannot afford to ignore this elephant in the room. IMO, Bush was just as bad as Obama. He is definitely a RINO, but the party loyalty kept winning the day. Look at what is happening today of the elections in AK and DE. The old guard is furious and refusing to give up their power. Only when WE THE PEOPLE stay the course will anything change. It may not happen this time, but if we stay informed and pay attention, we can change the face of Washington as well as our state and local representation. We can never forget what we stand to lose if our very foundation crumbles beyond repair.

      It is our responsibility to bring back the truth in our history and civics classes. We need to educate our children in the truth, not re-written history. WE need to make sure our children are not indoctrinated to conform to this socialist/Marxist ideology, We need to speak out about our colleges and universities excoriating our students for having a different point of view.

      If we can accomplish all this, the America we are in jeopardy of losing may be saved. But, we must never allow complacency and ignorance to reign again. Contrary to the politicians, we are not too stupid to understand what they are doing. We are not too stupid to know what is good or bad for us. We have just been negligent. We cannot afford to be negligent ever again or they will come back to rule us.

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    44. Broadus Eddings, Gre says:

      Anyone in this country that did not enter legally is a criminal. Our jails and prisons are filled beyond capacity now. What should we do, allow the incarcerated to go free as well? My ancestors were made citizens only after meeting the requirements of immigration law well over a hundred years ago. Illegal aliens are not deserving to be here and should certainly not be rewarded for their criminal activity! I have three children and two of their spouses in active military duty and I do not want them to be forced to accept anyone to watch their back who is ONLY in the military to be eligible to stay in this country.

    45. Clarence Crosby ,Hub says:

      They have nothing to do with national security , and in fact both are detrimental to it , but this means nothing to our royal elite who are sure they know better because we are just plain stupid . Why do believe we are stupid ? Because we voted them into office , not once but over and over again . this is a bad habit we have to break .

    46. joepud..sapphire nc says:

      harry reid and for that matter pelosi are thundering A—es

    47. russ miaami fl. says:

      i live by two documents—— the constitution and the ten comandments. this way of life makes every situation encountered managable. all the answers are before your eyes. read both and you will be educated——- then go vote!!!!!!!!

    48. Toni, Cleveland, OHI says:

      harry reid is a moron and doesn't deserve my time!!!

    49. Elle Hughes -- Seymo says:

      The defense bill and the amnesty issue is dead in the water – for now. They did not get the 60 votes needed to bring the bill and it's DREAM amnesty tag-along up for debate. Thank God and all the people who let their representatives know that amnesty would NOT be tolerated by we, the people !

    50. Lynn Iowa says:

      I fully understand that those of us who have anti-american senators and congressmen are frustrated, and think that it does'nt do any good to write or call because they won't listen. Many of them come into government to help, and then they develop a GOD complex.

      With the new awakening of the American people, our representatives have been confused and bewildered. The media converses everyday about the meaning of the Tea Party, and they still can't get a handle on the reason for this movement. Since the Tea Party people seem to not be going away, the liberals have started attacking more vigorously. Why are they fighting against the principles of freedom, liberty, and the best experiment in the whole entire history of mankind? This puzzles me more than anything. Do they want everyone to be in poverty, and walking around with a ball and chain around our ankle?

      Too many of our elected representatives are acting like little spoiled brats and playground bullies. We elected these people, so we either let them get by with their immature behaviors, or we get them out of there, and elect someone who is educated on the constitution, principled, and has leadership maturity.

      Just because the American people have suddenly woken up and are now paying attention, doesn't necessarily result in immediate response from senators, and congressmen. I believe that many of them are playing a waiting game with the public. They are hoping that we will go away, and then they can return to doing whatever they want to. We will lose all ground that we may have gotten this far if this happens. I hope the we all stay alert and keep reminding them who is the real boss—We the People! When I write the representatives I know that I will get a form letter back that justifies their opinions, but it doesn't deter me.

    51. Paul says:

      Eliminate NAFTA and the Security and Prosperity Partnership agreements and all – ALL of these problems go away.

    52. Paul says:

      Eliminate NAFTA and the Security and Prosperity Partnership agreements and ALL of this will go away,

    53. Phil, SouthCarolina says:

      Thank you, Heritage, for being the faithful watchdogs of gov't goings-on…as a result of yesterday's Morning Bell, I emailed both my senators, though we already know where Jim DeMint stands…(gotta keep Graham's feet to the fire). I cheered when FOX reported the Defense Bill had been stalled!! Keep up the great work…there is SO MUCH we need to defend and gain back!

    54. Blair Franconia, NH says:

      The only way to do this is to cut spending back to 1980s levels.

    55. george h. maher says:

      Thank You for lending clairity to this travesty-of-justice; as usual, the mainstream media has failed to report on this and thereby leaves the populous in total darkness. Reid should be charged with sedition and treason and deported to a more suitable country. The inclusion of this garbage in the Defense Bill should be condemed. Get on with the business you were elected to conduct Reid, your a loser !

    56. Raven, Montana says:

      This article only hit the high points, obscures facts, and does not cite any quotes from the individuals it attacks. Supposition, without fact or evidence does not make for a news article. Thats called obfustication.

      A more thorough, and detailed look at each item by an impartial reporter and publisher would serve the same purpose, without tainting your credibility.

      As a personal observation, from a combat veteran, I would happily welcome as a citizen anyone who voluntarily served a full term in the nations military, and aided in the defense of the country. That's not amnesty, that,s earning your citizenship.

    57. Hector Galvez says:

      A Plan For A Real “American Dream Act” Bill & Counter Attack

      First bring back our soldiers from this Afghanistan war that is costly and going nowhere. Middle Eastern and Asians love to see us waste money and go broke fighting for freedom when they don’t really want it. This is their main weapon and we keep falling into their trap. Then we need to regroup military troops and military force to invade/overthrow Mexico’s government turning it into a U.S territory.

      The new land will be used as an industrial/business commerce zone. U.S citizens will be able to by property and have a dual citizenship between U.S and Mexico. Mexico will keep its current currency and there current government will be demoted to local municipal law enforcement as long as they surrender to the U.S.

      The U.S will be in full control of all laws, local law enforcement, and military control. The path to dual citizenship will require the illegal immigrants living in the U.S to serve in the U.S military for teen years… Along with completing the invasion/overthrow of Mexican government to expand U.S lands, business, and revive our economy. For Mexico citizen requesting to come to the U.S temporary worker programs and legal paths to citizenship & residence will be granted to those who qualify.

      This action is to liberate Mexico from its corrupt government that is destroying it self and the U.S slowly. It is also a test for them to redeem them selves for us to see, how much heart they have, how patriotic they are, and much they love this country including us, laws in all.

      Pass It On!!!

    58. Linda, Louisiana says:

      The Dream Act is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard of, next to Barack Obama being elected President of the United States and trying to run a Government for which he is not qualified. This procedure of tacking unrelated things on to a relevant and necessary bill has got to stop. One more Committee or a Function of an existing Committee that I would suggest is a equal bi-partisan group to oversee and to receive from the individual who tacked something on to a Bill the reasons and the relation and justification for the add-on, then make a ruling as to the bonafide reason for allowing "add ons." In my opinion, Senator Reid is a sneaky individual, but there are others like him. Lord help us to boot Mr. Reid out of Congress. He knows that the Republican representation, as a general rule, will vote for bills increasing/improving our Military. Others are also in favor of supporting our Military adequately, except for Obama.

      Playing politics with our men and women who have vowed to protect us and our Nation gauls by stomach.

    59. Linda, Louisiana says:

      Amendments and Riders unrelated to the Original Bill is a sneaky way of doing business. It is underhanded and should be illegal. Senator Reid's Dream Act is his way of buying votes. It's Plain and Simple.

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