John And Sarah Sitting A Tree, K I S S I N G
I admire Sarah Palin for her support of John McCain, even though I don't believe she should support him. It was, after all, John McCain who brought her to national prominence when he asked her to be the vice-presidential candidate on the Republican ticket in 2008.
Unfortunately, Senator McCain (RINO-AZ) is on the wrong side of too many issues, especially in the current political environment, and cannot be trusted to vote against Obama's socialist agenda, especially cap-and-trade (see Senate bill S.139 introduced by McCain-Lieberman in 2003) and illegal immigration (see Senate bill S.1033 introduced by McCain-Kennedy in 2005).
Summary and Analysis of McCain-Lieberman – “Climate Stewardship Act of 2003” S.139, introduced 01/09/03 (January 28, 2003) By William A. Pizer, RFF Fellow, and Raymond J. Kopp, RFF Senior Fellow Summary
The legislation proposed by Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) suggests an alternative to the existing approaches to address climate change in the United States based on a new broad, flexible, and domestic framework. Previous approaches include the Clinton administration’s 1997 negotiation of the Kyoto Protocol, an international agreement now ratified by 100 countries, which called for significant greenhouse gas emissions reductions by the United States. President Bush rejected the Kyoto Protocol as too costly and unfounded in science and, in February 2002, called for new voluntary measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions. In the fall of 2001, Senators James Jeffords (I-VT) and Lieberman put forward their approach in a so-called four-pollutant bill, which would limit power-plant emissions of carbon dioxide, as well as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and mercury.
In contrast to these international, voluntary, and sector-based approaches, McCain-Lieberman requires domestic, mandatory, and economy wide emissions reductions. While the specific emissions limits will likely be the subject of lengthy debate, we view the architecture of the emissions-trading program in this bipartisan bill to be a significant step forward. The broad coverage and flexibility of the trading program make this bill one of the most cost-effective domestic proposals to date. The bill also features a climate research program and an emissions registry. However, it is the trading program (Title III) that represents the most significant change in the debate over climate change and is the subject of this summary and analysis.
McCain's position on immigration which included "a mechanism for subsequent adjustment of status" (read: path to citizenship for people who entered our country illegally) can be found in a bill (S.1033) he co-sponsored with the late Teddy Kennedy (D-MA) in 2005. The summary of the bill from the Library of Congress is below.
S.1033 Title: Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act Sponsor: Sen McCain, John [AZ] (introduced 5/12/2005) Cosponsors (9) Related Bills: H.R.2330 Latest Major Action: 5/12/2005 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SUMMARY AS OF: 5/12/2005--Introduced.
Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act - Requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop and implement a National Strategy for Border Security and other specified border security programs.
Authorizes the Secretary to establish a Border Security Advisory Committee.
Requires the Secretary of State to provide a framework for security coordination between the governments of North America.
Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to: (1) authorize appropriations through FY2011 for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program; and (2) reimburse states for pre-conviction costs.
Amends the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 to authorize additional funding through FY2011 to reimburse states for indirect costs of incarcerating undocumented aliens.
Establishes: (1) an H-5A essential worker visa program for low-skilled workers; (2) a mechanism for subsequent adjustment of status; and (3) an Essential Worker Visa Program Task Force.
Addresses document security. Requires the Commissioner of Social Security to create a new Employment Eligibility Confirmation System.
Amends the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to address the collection of arrival and departure information.
Broadens the Department of Labor's investigative authority under INA.
Authorizes the Secretary of State to enter into an agreement with foreign governments whose citizens participate in the H-5A program to establish a labor migration facilitation program.
Exempts immediate relatives of U.S. citizens from the annual cap on family-sponsored immigrant visas. Increases numerical limits for specified visas.
Authorizes H-5B nonimmigrant status for undocumented aliens present in the United States on the date of this Act's introduction who meet specified requirements and pay a fine. Provides a mechanism for subsequent adjustment of status.
Defines "authorized representative" for immigration purposes. Makes alien victims of fraud perpetrated by unauthorized representatives eligible for U (victims of certain crimes) nonimmigrant status.
Authorizes the Secretary to establish the U.S. Citizenship Foundation. Requires the Secretary to establish a competitive grant program to address civic integration.
Amends the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 to extend authorization of Federal reimbursement for hospitals that provide emergency care to undocumented immigrants.
I wonder if McCain's contemptible, despicable campaign staffers who threw Sarah under the bus after the election are still hanging around. If they are, they would have been the only ones at the rallies without Ms. Palin showing up. McCain forgot her name when Leno asked about Republican presidential candidates for 2012, but he obviously knows all about her star power now that he's in trouble.
Posted by Rick | March 28, 2010 06:15 PM