I am forwarding this but adding the comment that I thought it interesting if you count the votes against making English the official language there are 32 Democrats, 1 Republican and 1 Independent. On the Social Security vote there are 39 Democrats, 10 Republicans and 1 Independent. There were no senators from the southeast voting against the English language measure and 2 voting for the S/S one. Makes you wonder who represents the average American citizen anymore, doesn't it!!!!My lengthy response:
Shocking Senatorial Votes
"Never argue with an idiot; they'll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience." ~ anonymous
The following senators voted against making English the official language of America :
Now, the following are the senators who voted to give illegal aliens Social Security benefits. They are grouped by home state. If a state is not listed, there was no voting representative.
Alaska : Stevens (R)
Arizona : McCain (R)
Arkansas : Lincoln (D) Pryor (D)
California : Boxer (D) Feinstein (D)
Colorado : Salazar (D)
Connecticut : Dodd (D) Lieberman (D)
Delaware : Biden (D) Carper (D)
Florida : Martinez (R)
Hawaii: Akaka (D) Inouye (D)
Illinois : Durbin (D) Obama (D)
Indiana : Bayh (D) Lugar (R)
Iowa: Harkin (D)
Kansas : Brownback (R)
Louisiana : Landrieu (D)
Maryland : Mikulski (D) Sarbanes (D)
Massachusetts : Kennedy (D) Kerry (D)
Montana : Baucus (D)
Nebraska : Hagel (R)
Nevada: Reid (D)
New Jersey : Lautenberg (D) Menendez (D)
New Mexico : Bingaman (D)
New York : Clinton (D) Schumer (D)
North Dakota : Dorgan (D)
Ohio : DeWine (R) Voinovich(R)
Oregon : Wyden (D)
Pennsylvania: Specter (R)
Rhode Island : Chafee (R) Reed (D)
South Carolina : Graham (R)
South Dakota : Johnson (D)
Vermont: Jeffords (I) Leahy (D)
Washington : Cantwell (D) Murray (D)
West Virginia: Rockefeller (D), by Not Voting
Wisconsin : Feingold (D) Kohl (D)
SEND THIS TO ALL YOU KNOW. THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF THE UNITED STATES NEEDS TO KNOW THIS INFORMATION, UNLESS THEY DON'T MIND SHARING THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY WITH FOREIGN WORKERS WHO DIDN'T PAY IN A DIME.
Seriously, are these the most pressing issues we are facing as a society? $532 billion - BILLION - being COMPLETELY wasted on the abject shame that is now touted as bringing democracy to Iraq (or whatever is the latest excuse), which will have a direct affect on your own Grandchildren & Great-Grandchildren in a fiscal sense for decades to come. Citizens of this country, the constituents of elected officials, are languishing away in abject poverty while those very elected officials are touting 'the sanctity of marriage' as the most pressing issue facing us. Scandals within the ranks of the current administration and GOP collective hand over fist that are mired in corruption, greed, and hypocrisy. Education, civil liberties, health care, and the environment - all in the toilet. Why issues of official language and SSI benefits to illegal immigrants take priority over lives being lost in a bullshit war to the House/Senate is a complete mystery to me. The English language is under no more threat of imminent destruction than this country was by Saddam Hussein's imaginary WMD's, and the notion of SSI benefits dispensation is just one more red herring, a completely irrelevant $1 bill blown up to hide every $1000 wasted on the REAL problem of illegal immigrants, which is in border security that actually works. When your boat has a hole in it, don't put it in the ocean and bitch about all the water you have to bail out with a Dixie cup, that won't fly. Either you fix the boat, get another one, or you let it sink altogether - either way you claim responsibility for what is really wrong with the boat.
Let's talk about accountability, starting from the upper management offices.
The current President of the United States has been responsible for killing more Americans than Bin Laden in a war predicated on ever changing lies, and his administration will go down in history as the worst one ever - and that is taking into account the blundering failures of Buchanan (who, confronted with Southern secession in 1860, dithered to a degree that, as his most recent biographer has said, probably amounted to disloyalty -- and who handed to his successor, Abraham Lincoln, a nation already torn asunder), Harding (whose administration was fabulously corrupt), Johnson (who actively sided with former Confederates and undermined Reconstruction), and then there's always Nixon (don't get me started on Nixon).
George W. Bush has presided over the loss of approximately three million American jobs in his first two-and-a-half years in office, the worst record since Herbert Hoover and overseen an economy in which the stock market suffered its worst decline in the first two years of any administration since Hoover’s.
He has taken, in the wake of the terrorist attacks a few years ago, the greatest worldwide outpouring of goodwill the United States has enjoyed at least since World War II and squandered it by insisting on pursuing a foolish go-it-almost-alone invasion of Iraq, thereby transforming almost universal support for the United States into worldwide condemnation. (One historian made this point particularly well: “After inadvertently gaining the sympathies of the world 's citizens when terrorists attacked New York and Washington, Bush has deliberately turned the country into the most hated in the world by a policy of breaking all major international agreements, declaring it our right to invade any country that we wish, proving that he’ll manipulate facts to justify anything he wishes to do, and bull-headedly charging into a quagmire.”)
He, along with the rubberstamping GOP has misled (to use the most charitable word and interpretation) the American public about weapons of mass destruction and supposed ties to Al Qaeda in Iraq and so into a war that has plainly (and entirely predictably) made us less secure, caused a boom in the recruitment of terrorists, is killing American military personnel needlessly, and is threatening to suck up all our available military forces and be a bottomless pit for the money of American taxpayers for years to come.
He has failed to follow through in Afghanistan, where the Taliban and Al Qaeda are regrouping, once more increasing the threat to our people.
He has insulted and ridiculed other nations and international organizations and now has to go, hat in hand, to those nations and organizations begging for their assistance.
He h as completely miscalculated or failed to plan for the personnel and monetary needs in Iraq after the war, so that he sought and obtained (2 1/2 years ago, I believe) an $87 billion appropriation for Iraq, a sizable chunk of which is going, without competitive bidding to Halliburton (the first of many), the company formerly headed by his vice president.
He inherited an annual federal budget surplus of $230 billion and transformed it into a $500+ billion deficit in less than three years. This negative turnaround of three-quarters of a trillion dollars is totally without precedent in our history. The ballooning deficit for fiscal 2004 alone had twice the dollar size of the previous record deficit, $290 billion, set in 1992, the last year of the administration of President Bush’s father and, at almost 5 percent of GDP, is closing in on the percentage record set by Ronald Reagan in 1986.
He cut taxes three times in the first term, sharply reducing the burden on the rich, reclassified money obtained through stock ownership as more deserving than money earned through work. The idea that dividend income should not be taxed—what might accurately be termed the unearned income tax credit—can be stated succinctly: “If you had to work for your money, we’ll tax it; if you didn’t have to work for it, you can keep it all.”
He severely curtailed the very American freedoms that our military people are supposed to be fighting to defend. (“The Patriot Act,” one of the historians noted, “is the worst since the Alien and Sedition Acts under John Adams.”) as well as complete violations of the Geneva Conventions and the outright war on Habeas Corpus.
He called upon American armed service people, including Reserve forces, to sacrifice for ever-lengthening tours of duty in a hostile and dangerous environment while he rewards the rich at home with lower taxes and legislative giveaways and gives lucrative no-bid contracts to American corporations linked with the administration.
He has given an opportunity to begin to change the consumption-oriented values of the nation after September 11, 2001, when people were prepared to make a sacrifice for the common good, called instead of Americans to ‘sacrifice’ by going out and buying things.
He has proclaimed himself to be a conservative while maintaining that big government should be able to run roughshod over the Bill of Rights, and that the government must have all sorts of secrets from the people, but the people can be allowed no privacy from the government. (As one of the historians said, “this is not a conservative administration; it is a reckless and arrogant one, beholden to a mix of right-wing ideologues, neo-con fanatics, and social Darwinian elitists.”)
I think his presidency has been the worst disaster to hit the United States and is bringing our beloved country to financial, economic, and social disaster, and this absolutely trumps an official language of the States and SSI benefits for illegal immigrants. When we're all forced to live in the same abject poverty akin to that of the 1920's, there will still be millions of American citizens speaking in their own native tongues other than English, and it won't have made the least bit of difference comparatively speaking. Also, if Nuremberg meant anything then Bush & his Administration should be tried as war criminals for waging aggression against a sovereign nation.