DREAM Act fails: God disapproves

And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him. But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers.

It goes down by five votes in the Senate, meaning that the Democratic defectors (Baucus, Tester, Pryor, Tester (Ben) Nelson, Hagan, not counting the absent Manchin) could have made the difference. Of course, in a sane world 55-41 is a victory, not a defeat, but we’re not talking about a sane world: we’re talking about the United States Senate.

Still, basically a party-line vote, with almost all the Dems voting yes and almost all the Reeps (save Lugar, Bennett, and Murkowski) voting no. Too bad so few of the Party of God bother to read the Bible.

And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him. But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

6 thoughts on “DREAM Act fails: God disapproves”

  1. Neither do they read the New Testament. The most important verse in that book, for a Christian:

    "And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

  2. The defectors were: Baucus, Testor, Pryor, Hagan, and of course: Ben Nelson.

    I was surprised not to see Kent Conrad up there, given the praise he's received from J. Zasloff.

    Question is: Will they try again? And how can Sessions get away with saying such hateful things in 2010 on the Senate floor?

  3. The Republican party is the God & Mammon coalition. Yes you CAN serve two masters!

    (In Congressional votes, of course, the God wing always gets ditched in favor of the Mammon wing.)

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