Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Graham bails and bails again

I know Lindsey Graham has been under a lot for fire from his do-nothing obstructionist colleagues for doing what he is paid to do: legislating on the issues of immigration and climate change with the Democratics (Chuck Schumer and John Kerry respectively) across the aisle. He's even been writing joint articles on these important issues with his legislative colleagues here and here. Bravo.

However, Harry Reid was absolutely right on with his criticism of Senator Graham's bailing ship on the bipartisan climate change bill (because of some misguided concern about immigration taking priority).
I will not allow him to play one issue off of another, and neither will the American people. They expect us to do both, and they will not accept the notion that trying to act on one is an excuse for not acting on the other.
And today we learn that Graham also seems to be bailing on immigration reform too. This time because he thinks that border security is more important than immigration reform. Huh? Is border security not a part of immigration reform?

Graham's schizophrenia aside, I say "come now people!" These issues are important to the American people. Our government can and must do both. Let's not let the Rush Limbaughs of the world convince us that compromise is impossible and consensus is impractical. Of course we come from different places, culturally, economically, and politically, but we should all agree that these issue need a federal response now.