Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bill to Keep Illegals from Public Benefits Dies in Committee

The bill went down 9-8, though sponsor Jon Hubbard watered down the bill in an effort to get votes. He and Gov. Mike Beebe had some testy words over it too.

Do I see eye-to-eye with Beebe on this bill? No. Does Beebe have a right to make his opposition to the bill known? Yes. As long as he is not promising state money in exchange for votes, he has the same right as anyone to let his feelings be known. My usual complaint with Beebe is that he talks both sides and does not make his true feelings known, except behind the scenes. And as the article points out, Beebe was actually less testy with Hubbard than former Republican Governor Mike Huckabee was with former State Senator Jim Holt when Holt introduced a similar bill in 2006. Huckabee got almost abusive in his ardor to keep tax monies flowing to "undocumented immigrants."

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The tiff between Beebe and Hubbard echoed a 2005 fight between Huckabee and a Republican lawmaker over similar legislation to forbid public assistance to illegal immigrants. Huckabee called that proposal "inflammatory ... race-baiting and demagoguery."

Ahh, the unnamed Republican lawmaker-- that would be Jim Holt. But that wasn't all that two-faced governor said. I seem to remember the Huckster's comment about Holt "not drinking the same J---s juice" as he did.

5:15 PM, February 24, 2011  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

that was just the huckster skirting blasphemy.

2:23 PM, February 26, 2011  

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