Thursday, January 19, 2006

Budgets and Borders

Regular readers know well my support for George Bush. The man’s not perfect, of course, but he has a lot going for him. He’s much smarter than people give him credit for being. He’s far more honest and forthright than his enemies are willing to believe. And he has the courage of his convictions. That is what I like most about him: he determines what he believes is the proper course, sets off on it, and stays the course until he is satisfied that the end has been reached. That is a rare quality in a leader in this day and time. As it happens, I agree with his choices, most of the time.

On the other side, he’s not conservative enough. And that’s the source of my occasional irritation with him.

He isn’t minding the budget, which is normally a high priority of conservatives. While it’s true that the President doesn’t write the checks, a President has the power of the veto over a spendthrift Congress (pardon the redundancy), and Mr. Bush ought to be much more active in trying to keep spending under control.

He’s asleep at the switch on the border issue. I understand that Mexican labor has a value, and that Mexicans fill jobs that Americans don’t want and won’t do. But illegal immigration is costing millions of dollars each year in every state where illegal immigrants end up. More serious is the potential for people who are determined to do great harm to our people to sneak through the porous borders.

I believe history will regard Mr. Bush as a great president, particularly if he takes control of the budget and the borders.

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