What the DREAM Act says in a nutshell (pun intended) is that a child that enters the U. S. ***illegally*** and has been here for at least five years cannot be denied higher education (taxpayer funded) benefits and the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security could stop the deportation process of a qualifying illegal alien if they are enrolled in college. You can just imagine the fraud possibilities there to get around Federal law - enroll in 1 class, nothing in the DREAM act says they have to be attending, get to stay here after breaking the law to get here. Nice. (SOURCE)
Now we have the Senate passage of S. 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act. The way this bill is WORDED, the main thing that will be in danger in the immediate future will be the food co-ops and the Amish. As I have posted about before, the Federal government and some state governments have been attacking food co-ops and the Amish. Down the road, one person with the FDA has the power to issue new regulations without Congressional (We The People's) approval.
Two Georgia senators, SENATOR SAXBY CHAMBLISS and SENATOR JOHNNY ISAKSON helped write the original legislation. So, my wife wrote to Senator Isakson and I wrote to Senator Chambliss. They both wrote back and interestingly enough voted against the final passage of the bill. They both responded that the way the bill was originally written, it was to improve the FDA's ability to ensure food safety.
Here is what Senator Isakson said which is basically what Senator Chambliss said too:
"On November 30, 2010, S.510, the Food Safety Modernization Act, passed the Senate by a vote of 73-25. While I was an original cosponsor of S.510, I voted against final passage of the Senate bill. In several last minute changes made behind closed doors, Senate Democrats added numerous costs, and numerous new regulations that will require more government employees and a lot more government intervention. To add insult to injury, Senators were then denied the opportunity to offer amendments to improve the bill during the debate on the Senate floor. In essence, the modified bill was no longer a good piece of legislation."
They both also expressed concerns about not having "an open and transparent conference with the House of Representatives before the final bill is sent to the President for his signature."
"Behind closed doors" . . . sound familiar? That's been going on with the Democratic majority in this Congress since Obama took office - backroom deals, votes at 3:00 a. m., secret meetings.
And now, Obama is delaying his Hawaiian vacation to try and raise your taxes. (SOURCE 1) (SOURCE 2)
So again, whatever happened to "95% of Americans will actually receive a tax cut?" Us 95%ers would like to know although we all know the answer to that one.
The soon-to-exit Democrats are intent on doing as much damage as they possibly can before they have to leave in January. We must keep the pressure on to stop this.
Those of you who have lame duck Democrats representing you in Congress should be e-mailing them about things like this. While they don't have anything to lose personally at this point since they have already lost their seats, they now must think about what is best for their party and voting against the will of their constituents isn't it. More of them will be coming up for re-election in 2012. If we remain silent as we have over the past few weeks, the results will be disastrous. Our fight to stop the destruction of our freedoms and way of life isn't over . . . it's just begun.