Saturday, September 29, 2007

Congress on the Attack

Several disastrous measures are currently being considered in Congress.

The DREAM act, which would give amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, has been dealt a setback due to strong public opposition. The Democrats, including its lead sponsor Senator Dick Durbin, have abandoned an effort to attach it to the defense appropriations bill. However, they are pledging to bring it up separately before long.

The Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) is expected to soon appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which is run by Senator Joe Biden. LOST would effectively give control of the oceans and seabeds to the United Nations. It would give the UN an independent source of revenue from a tax on the mining of seabeds. It would also threaten American military and intelligence activities at sea, subjecting disputes to a supranational court. LOST was totally rejected by Ronald Reagan in 1982, but the current administration and Senate liberals are pushing hard for it. Most, if not all conservatives oppose it.

The Senate recently attached a "hate crimes" bill sponsored by Senator Ted Kennedy to the defense appropriations bill. This bill would effectively criminalize unpopular thoughts, albeit for now only when some other real crime has been committed. This is an attack on freedom of speech, which follows from and depends on freedom of thought.

The House and Senate recently passed the SCHIP bill, which is being used as a vehicle to bring America must closer to socialist health care. The bill is being promoted by liberals such as Ted Kennedy. President Bush has pledged to veto the bill.

The Senate is currently considering the "NICS improvement act", sponsored by Senator Chuck Schumer and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy. The bill could deny gun rights to many Americans. It is currently being delayed by Senator Tom Coburn. Gun Owners of America has raised many objections to the bill, though the NRA takes issue with them.

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