A Bill Clinton appointee to the federal court bench in San Franscisco, Charles Breyer, who happens to be the brother of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, has blocked the Bush Administration from requiring employers to clear up or discharge employees with questionable Social Security numbers.
Money is not the root of all evil. Bill Clinton is. It is always Bill Clinton's fault. Always.
The injunction by Breyer prevents an administration program from giving U.S. employers 90 days to clear up the legal status of employees with questionable social security numbers. According to the suit, the plan would have involved 140,000 U.S. workers.
The low end estimate of illegal workers in this country is 12 million. For you math whizzes out there, if every single one of those notices nets an unauthorized employee, we would nab 11% of the problem. That's quite a success rate.
But Jim may argue the numbers don't matter. It's the symbolism which is important. But even if you can accept this point of view, you are still missing the bottom line.
"Conservatives" who on the one hand argue government is so incompetent it cannot handle education, health care and any number of other services, completely and utterly trust the same government to tap our phones, detain the correct people without habeas access and use what amounts as a national identity database to force private industry to fire U.S. workers.
Consistency is not a strong suit. Then again. It is politics.