Framing the Dialogue

Posts Tagged ‘illegal immigrants’

Louder Than Words

illegal immigrationIf you have been conscious over the last few weeks you were not surprised by Obama’s unilateral declaration of Amnesty last night.  The time for words has passed as I am tired of hearing the same old dialogue;

  • Bring them out of the shadows
  • Impeachable
  • Amnesty
  • Comprehensive
  • Defund
  • Unconstitutional
  • Sovereign
  • Executive order
  • Obama
  • Congress
  • Republicans
  • Democrats
  • Immigrants
  • Illegal immigrants (though this term is rarely used in the media anymore – Americans lost that framing the dialogue battle long ago)
  • Power of the purse

Parse-imony – Sin Tax

In “Parse-imony” I break down current news stories with my pithy, running commentary…

First the headline: 

Racing, alcohol tax on tap for General Assembly’s final day

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland lawmakers will debate today an increase in the sales tax on alcoholic beverages and how to subsidize troubled horse racing tracks as the General Assembly pushes toward midnight adjournment. [It is extremely interesting that the Maryland elected officials are looking to tax citizen who prefer to imbibe while at the same time give money to (although “subsidize” sounds much better) folks who run another “sin tax” operation leaving little doubt who has better lobbyists.]

Health Care Bull

There is going to be a lot written and spoken about the nearly 2,000 page piece of legislation that was hoisted on us yesterday.  There are many experts who will evaluate this piece by piece and page by page.  Some will love it most will hate it, but there will be huge push to pass this thing.  I have a few thoughts as we move forward:

  • oldvnewhcarebillFirst of all, kudos to Congress for actually making this available for us to read.  It is also nice that the representatives have the opportunity to also read the bill before they vote on it.  Even John Conyers may take the time to read this bill.