Mentally Retarded

My dear friend, Rutherford (hence forth- R), has put together a post that seeks to defend Congress’s invitation to Steven Colbert to testify- in character- as an “expert witness” on migrant workers. His expert status was granted based on his one day stint, which according to his own show, he failed at, as a migratory worker in the field. R’s ultimate justification to Colbert’s presence was the attention it would bring the issue.

I, of course, have a hard time with R’s position on this.

First is R’s statement that the topic held zero interest for him but were it not for Colbert’s satirical genius, which of course highlighted the “most ignorant aspects of conservative social policy.” I’d be curious to have R explain those aspects of social policy and their ignorance, but alas, that’s likely another post… maybe. R ultimate point, I think, was the government’s hypocrisy and inanity. Funny, considering that it is LIBERALS who control both Chambers of Congress and the White House. Ironic in that on the very day Colbert testified, LIBERAL Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and LIBERAL Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi postponed working on the expiring Bush Tax cuts till after the election season because… wait for it… they didn’t have time to debate the issue.

R’s position, which apparently echo’s Colbert, is that he is incensed that American’s WILL NOT do the jobs that illegal’s do. He comments:

Are we Americans so snobby that there are certain jobs that we simply will not do? When a “Take Our Jobs” program was announced in order to attract legal immigrants and citizens to farm work, only six people wound up permanently employed. The argument then goes, with no Americans willing to work the fields, farms will go under if they do not employ willing labor and that willing labor is substantially illegal.

I guess R forgets saying this in March: “ And of course there was the occasional dumbass like John Kyl who suggested that unemployment benefits discourage people from going out and finding work.” Heaven forbid there might actually be a connection between the two. Why pick strawberries when I can collect unemployment.

Finally, R compared Colbert’s testimony to- in all seriousness- Elmo. Yes, that’s right, that fury little 3 yr old monster from Sesame Street. Per R:

In 2002, the Sesame Street character Elmo “testified” before Congress on school music programs. It wasn’t the least bit controversial. Perhaps that is because unlike Stephen Colbert, Elmo didn’t shine a light on our nation’s hypocrisy and our government’s inanity.

Yes R, your party is both inane and hypocritical, but there is no comparison between Elmo and Colbert.

Ultimately, this is going to do nothing but harm for the Dems and there really isn’t any other way to put it. Consider- the House Sub-Committee on Immigration has met 10 times this session. In those ten sessions, there has been one dedicated to making a mockery of Congress (re Colbert’s ‘testimony’) and zero spent debating sponsored bills on immigration. That’s right, the sub-committee has not debated a single piece of legislation.

More importantly, it might be important to look at who had a hand in organizing this charade:

A press release from the United Farm Workers describes how Colbert will appear before the Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International law to testify on the group’s “Take Our Jobs” campaign, which encourages “U.S. citizens and legal residents to replace hundreds of thousands of immigrant field laborers, most of whom are undocumented.”

My friend R is wrong. This was a political mistake on the part of the Dems and more importantly, an insult to our political system and a colossal waste of time and money. This is the epitome of Fraud, Waste, and Abuse.

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