Harry Reid: All GOP Rivals 'Scare Me'

Sunday, 06 Jun 2010 01:23 PM

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1. Harry Reid: All GOP Rivals ‘Scare Me’
2. Jerry Brown, Bill O’Reilly Join Forces
3. Obama’s Handling of Gaza Flotilla Crisis Called a ‘Disgrace’
4. Four Strategies to Curb Illegal Immigration
5. We Heard: Brian Kilmeade, Steve Crowley
 

1. Harry Reid: All GOP Rivals ‘Scare Me’

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid dismissed talk that he would prefer to run against tea party Republican Sharron Angle in November, saying all the top GOP contenders could pose a threat.

Angle, a former state assemblywoman who has been endorsed by the Tea Party Express, squares off in the June 8 primary against former state GOP Chairwoman Sue Lowden and businessman Danny Tarkanian.

“I have no control over who’s going to be in the general election,” Reid said at a Memorial Day event in Boulder City, Nev.

“They all scare me.”

But Lowden told Fox News' Neal Cavuto that Reid is spending money from several unions to back Angle because Reid polls better against her.

And columnist Kathleen Parker wrote in The Washington Post on Wednesday: “The Senate majority leader figures he has a better shot of keeping his seat in the fall if Angle is his opponent instead of Sue Lowden. A recent Mason-Dixon Polling & Research survey shows Lowden holding a three-point lead over Reid and Reid with a three-point lead over Angle.”

A poll by the Las Vegas Review-Journal also showed Lowden and Tarkanian with slight leads over Reid, and Reid with a three-point edge over Angle. The paper stated that “Lowden has the best chance of defeating U.S. Sen. Harry Reid."

The Tea Party Express, which helped Scott Brown win his Senate seat in Massachusetts, has urged its estimated 350,000 national members to call Nevada voters on behalf of Angle.

“I have no idea who will be my opponent," Reid insisted. "I don't vote in the Republican primary so I don't study it very much."

But Parker observed: “When Tea Partyers and Democrats are on the same team, Republicans might need to worry.”

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2. Jerry Brown, Bill O’Reilly Join Forces

Two figures from opposite sides of the political spectrum, Jerry Brown and Bill O’Reilly, have joined forces to support the family of a Marine whose funeral was protested by anti-gay demonstrators.

“Disrupting a private funeral with vicious personal attacks on the grieving family goes too far,” said California Attorney General and former Democratic Gov. Brown, who has filed a friend-of-the-court brief, along with 47 other state attorneys general, in the family’s case before the Supreme Court.

Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder died in Iraq in March 2006. His funeral was protested by Fred W. Phelps, Sr., and his Westboro Baptist Church.

The church has demonstrated at funerals for military personnel, maintaining that soldiers’ deaths and terrorist attacks are God’s punishment for a society that tolerates homosexuality.

Signs held by Phelps and his followers at the funeral included “Thank God for Dead Soldiers,” according to LA Weekly.

Snyder’s father Albert sued Phelps, his church and two daughters for intentional infliction of emotional distress and other grounds, and won $10.9 million.

An appellate court, however, ruled that Phelps and the church were protected by the First Amendment, a ruling that meant Snyder had to pay more than $15,000 in Phelps’ court costs.

Fox News host O’Reilly — “normally light years away from Brown politically,” LA Weekly noted — has promised to pay the Snyders’ legal bill.

In response to Phelps' protests at military funerals, President George W. Bush signed the Respect for America’s Fallen Heroes Act into law in May 2006.

The act prohibits protests within 300 feet of the entrance to any cemetery under the control of the National Cemetery Administration, a division of the Department of Veterans Affairs, before, during and after a funeral.

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3. Obama’s Handling of Gaza Flotilla Crisis Called a ‘Disgrace’

The Obama administration reached “a new low” in dealing with Israel’s interception of a flotilla of ships seeking to deliver aid to Hamas-run Gaza, according to an op-ed piece in National Review.

Israel, which is blockading Gaza to prevent weapons smuggling, boarded six ships in international waters on May 31 to determine if the pro-Palestinian activists aboard were carrying weapons to Gaza. Gunfire erupted reportedly as Israeli commandos came under attack on a Turkish vessel.

But President Obama “has blessed the [activists’] project with success,” writes syndicated columnist Mona Charen in an article appearing on National Review’s website.

He signaled his support, according to Charen, “by declaring through Secretary of State Clinton that the blockade of Gaza is ‘unsustainable and unacceptable’; joining the United Nations Security Council in condemning “those acts which resulted in the loss of at least 10 civilians and many wounded’; and having a White House official tell the Washington Post that there is now a ‘general sense in the administration that it’s time to change our Gaza policy.’”

The convoy of ships set sail for Gaza from waters off the coast of Cyprus on May 30.

The administration let it be known that it had warned Israel to use restraint against the flotilla, “while issuing no warning to Turkey about supplying the convoy,” writes Charen.

She points to Obama’s failure to speak out in support of Iranian protesters who demonstrated against rigged elections, and his backing of a Hugo Chavez ally ousted from the presidency in Honduras, but adds:

“This week is a new low. Under Obama’s leadership, the United States has capitulated to terror tactics and the despicable temptation to blame Israel.

“America has always been the one country in the world that reliably countered the bullying and grotesque double standard much of the world applies to Israel. Obama has now joined the jackals. What a disgrace.”

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4. Four Strategies to Curb Illegal Immigration

Stepped-up enforcement against illegal immigration will not stem the flow of undocumented aliens, but four other policies can succeed, according to a new report.

“Arizona's new immigration policy, which requires aliens to carry immigration papers and directs the police to detain ‘suspected aliens,’ has re-ignited debates over how to reduce illegal immigration,” writes Jeffrey A. Miron, Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Harvard University and Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute.

“Most of this debate involves wishful thinking: the claim that stricter border controls or Arizona-like measures can make a real difference. The reality is that only four policies can significantly reduce illegal immigration.”

Miron’s views on border control clash with the opinion of many activists, who say the only way to begin controlling illegal immigration is to seal off the Mexican border.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Thursday told President Obama that Americans “want our border secured” and called for completion of the border fence. Obama for his part said most of the 1,200 National Guard troops he is sending to the Mexican border would go to Arizona.

In Miron’s report, which appeared on the cato.org website and on The Daily Caller site, he opined that tightening control of the border won’t be productive and outlined his four strategies:

 

  • Increase legal immigration.

    America has a problem with illegal immigration because it restricts legal immigration. But large wage differences between the U.S. and many other countries, especially in Latin America, will continue to encourage migration to this country.

    Legal immigration is good for the U.S., bringing in new ideas and energy from people in poorer countries, while restrictions on illegal immigration are costly and lead to black markets, violence and corruption.

     

  • Expand free trade.

    That would shift the demand for low-skill labor from the U.S. to poorer countries, where wages would increase, and reduce the incentive to immigrate.

     

  • De-escalate the war on drugs.

    Violence resulting from the war against drugs motivates residents of Latin American countries to immigrate to America in part to escape the violence. A major reduction in enforcement would significantly reduce the violence.

     

  • Scale back the U.S. welfare state.

    Most illegal immigrants come to the U.S. seeking work. But if legal immigration was increased, “large-scale migration in response to generous benefits would plausibly increase,” states Miron, who concludes:

    “Stepped-up enforcement [against illegal immigration] will drive more activity underground, generate more violence along the border, impose costs on law-abiding employers, and embitter residents of poor countries toward the United States. Ramped up enforcement is a feel-good gimmick that allows politicians to claim they have done something about illegal immigration, even though they know the reality is different.”

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    5. We Heard . . .

    THAT Fox News Radio has launched a new nationally syndicated show featuring Fox veteran Brian Kilmeade.

    “Kilmeade and Friends” airs in the 9 a.m. to noon slot, replacing “Brian and the Judge,” which Kilmeade co-hosted along with Judge Andrew Napolitano since 2006.

    Kilmeade’s new show features news, interviews and commentaries, Radio Ink Magazine reported, with occasional input from Fox News Channel correspondents Gretchen Carlson and Steve Doocy, who along with Kilmeade co-host the network’s “Fox and Friends.”

    THAT “Steve Crowley’s American Scene,” a financial talk radio show produced by the Money Channel, celebrated 20 years on the air at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

    Three hours of special radio broadcasts were aired live from Tuesday through Friday to commemorate the program’s launch from Disney Radio Studios on June 4, 1990.

    "We are so pleased about our long-standing wonderful relationship with our friends at The Walt Disney Company," Crowley said.

    “It is a joyful experience to work with many of the most talented and dedicated people in the world, and to be a part of the Disney family.”

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