First of all, I should point out that I took the time when my family and I went to Washington, D.C. a couple summers ago, to look at the name on the door. The name on the door, the one for Speaker of the House, says "Boehner." I looked at it for minutes, while my family's patience as our tour group kept moving. B-O-E-H-N-E-R. For the life of me, I could not make this into "Bayner." Why doesn't he call himself "June" instead of "John?" Or "Fronkensteen?"
That was a digression intended to open up this piece about what this guy recently suggested: In a letter to the president, Speaker Boehner blamed Obama administration policies for the huge increase in children making their way here from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, and said the president must act. That's why he wants to send the National Guard down to our southern border to deal with this crisis. Not UNICEF. The National Guard. With all due respect to the amazing work that the National Guard does in times of crisis, tornadoes and floods and the like, but how does this solve the problem with Obama's policies?
If I understand this right, the Speaker (or is that "Spooker?") is upset because the current administration's policies made our country so very appealing to children from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Maybe it's the new school lunch program? Or maybe it's the lack of comprehensive immigration reform. And who better to carry out comprehensive immigration reform? The National Guard, of course!
Well, if the National Guard hadn't been busy the week before last when Eric Cantor lost his seat as well as his job as Majority Whip. Some have suggested that it was because of his support of amnesty. Not the international kind, the immigration kind. Back to the Boehner letter ("litter?"): "The policies of your administration have directly resulted in the belief by these immigrants that once they reach U.S. soil, they will be able to stay here indefinitely," Boehner wrote. "While we understand that many of these individuals are coming to this country to escape violence and hardship in their home country, the current climate along the border and our enforcement policies are only encouraging them to risk their lives and those of their children. It is time that we confront the crisis along the border head-on through immediate and aggressive action."
But first, how about some aggressive action on that whole phonics thing?