Friday, June 02, 2006

I'm no fan of the Senate's (and Bush's) immigration bill, but I don't think there's anything to the claim that the bill is unconstitutional because the Constitution dictates "all bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives" and that the Senate bill, because its requirement that illegals pay back taxes will raise, in the view of its sponsors, billions of dollars in the next decade.

Sure, there is such a provision in the Senate bill... and maybe that particular provision may generate some cash. But does anyone think the Senate bill, taken as a whole, will generate a net gain for the US Treasury?

No way... not with the costs associated with the requirement of setting up identity verification centers, increased border enforcement, welfare illegals will be able to claim and so on.

Think of the Senate bill as a two-fer. They're ignoring the wishes of the majority of the American public... and they're asking us to pay extra for the privilege.

Thank you sirs, may we have another?