The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

27 June 2007

Illegal Immigration Amnesty Bill, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, Alan Colmes


Hosts Are Doing Their Homework, Senators!

One of the biggest fallacies in the Lott / Feinstein party line on talk radio and the illegal alien amnesty bill is that hosts are spreading misinformation because they haven't actually studied the proposal. Are talkers really not doing their homework?

In some cases, it's possible, but who could claim to fully understand a circa- 700- page piece of legislation? Have the senators read it cover to cover?

And even if everyone has digested it thoroughly, it's clearly subject to one's own interpretation, especially when its potential impact is less than clear.

On the Hannity & Colmes program last night, syndicated talker Laura Ingraham demonstrated that she has in fact studied the bill and is closely following its movements. In an impressive manner, Ingraham summerized where it stands and what we can expect next:

(Transcript via RealClearPolitics, excerpted)

SEN. TED KENNEDY, (D) MA: This may not be perfect, but it's the best opportunity we have to do something significant and substantial, and I believe that the bill is good.


COLMES: That was Senator Ted Kennedy pushing for the immigration bill which was resurrected in the Senate earlier today. It is too early for proponents of the deal to celebrate as some major hurdles still need to be cleared, like the House.

Joining us now is radio talk show host Laura Ingraham. Laura, they voted 64 to something to reintroduce it. But is the House ever going to pass this bill?

LAURA INGRAHAM, RADIO TALK SHOW HOST: Well, it looks increasingly doubtful. The longer this goes on, despite the fact that cloture obviously was approved today, tomorrow there will be another cloture vote, so it will be late Thursday, there will be another cloture vote, I guess that's the day after tomorrow. And then Friday will be the vote on the entire bill.

So there are 24 amendments. I have a list of the amendments in front of me. There are 24 amendments, Alan, and there are a couple that are likely to be killer amendments. There is an amendment by Senator Menendez to essentially extend chain migration, bringing more family members in. And then there are others from Senator Hutchison and Senator Thune that are going to be tough for the liberals to swallow. So this is going to be a wild ride.

COLMES: I don't like it for the opposite reasons that you don't like it probably.

INGRAHAM: Good. We agree though. In principle we agree.

COLMES: In principle it's a bad bill. But I don't like it for other reasons. It's a big spending bill $4.4 billion extra in this bill. The fence they are talking about, the 700-mile fence is probably going to cost five to 25 times more than they are already saying it's going to cost.

INGRAHAM: Alan, do you know how much illegal immigration costs us?

COLMES: Whatever you are going to say, are you going to subtract the amount of money these people bring into the economy.

INGRAHAM: Twenty billion.

COLMES: And the taxes they pay.

INGRAHAM: Twenty billion. Alan.

COLMES: They also pay taxes. They also send money into the economy.

INGRAHAM: Here is the deal. Here is the deal. We either decide that we are a country or we are not a country. If we want to be part of just some global marketplace of ideas and economics, then we can do that and that's fine. But if we want to be a country, then countries have borders. And if we have borders, then the borders should be enforced. And we haven't been doing that.

COLMES: This doesn't do it.

INGRAHAM: And I think you can see, Alan, from the reaction across the country, left, middle and right, people, basically don't want this bill. And all these Republican senators, Lindsey Graham and, you know, the list goes on, Trent Lott, et cetera, et cetera, I'm telling you, a lot of people are now calling them former senators. Former Senator Graham.

COLMES: If you think a fence is going to do it. If you think the billions of dollars we are throwing at the problem is going to do it .

INGRAHAM: We have a little acronym on our show called ETL, enforce the laws.

COLMES: How are you going to do it?

INGRAHAM: Employers shouldn't be hiring illegal also obviously. We can enforce the laws. We can hit home plate in Yankee Stadium with a nuclear weapon if we want to. We are so accurate militarily. You don't think we have the ability to enforce our borders?

COLMES: I don't know that we can.

INGRAHAM: Oh, come on.

COLMES: Not with a 3,000-mile border.

INGRAHAM: So you are saying, Alan.

COLMES: And you've got to do something about .

HANNITY: Hang on a second. Laura, finish your thought and I have a question for you.

INGRAHAM: Alan is saying the world's greatest super power cannot secure her borders. I'm stunned that Alan Colmes is saying that on national TV. It's ridiculous.

HANNITY: Listen. I've worked with him long enough. Nothing he says stuns me.

INGRAHAM: I know. We still love him.

HANNITY: Here's -- let's look at the political side of this for a second, Laura.


HANNITY: The president now, since they started this debate has lost 10 points. His approval rating was already low. Congress is now what, seven or eight points below that. The American people by a margin of 80 percent could not want this bill but they keep forcing it down our throats. Why would they do that just for pure political reasons would they not see that they're on the wrong side of the issue here?

INGRAHAM: Well, the Democrats want to do it because this electorate is not as liberal as the Democrats need it to be to get all their social policies enacted. It's just not working. So they need a new electorate. That's what the Democrats are doing.

HANNITY: Do you think they are really thinking that long term?

INGRAHAM: Sean, they are in it for the long-term. This is long-term. Some people think it's morally the right thing to do. And that's fine. I'm sure President Bush thinks that others really believe that globalism and the global economy requires that we have essentially an unlimited supply of cheap labor coming into the United States at all costs, at sovereignty costs, at national security costs, health care costs, education costs, all of it. That's what it is. It's globalism with morality and, you know, a little bit of electorate protection thrown in.

Let's face it: when politicians say their opponents are "misinformed", it really means they're taking a differing viewpoint. If hosts were in favor of amnesty, these senators would be singing talk radio's praises.

In tune with the nearly 80% of the public that opposes this bill, talk radio doesn't deserve to be attacked by some of the same elected officials who owe past victories to support from this very medium.

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  • Ingrham??? rolling on the floor laughing!

    The Same Laura ingrham still talknig about "sandy Berger stuffing documents in his pants"

    HACK, a tin foil hat hack with no credibility like all CONS

    Of corse Alan Colmes ignores the part of the bill the AFL-CIO is against, GUEST WORKERS.

    Can anyone discuss this bill without omitting the worst part of it? It is amazing. I understand why they all omit the part of the bill EVERYBODY is against, guest workers, if you attack that portion of the bill, it exposes how Laizze faire, Libertarian ideology SUCKS. It displays how conservatism in general is about the bottom line for business... So Ingrham and the rest will NEVER address this issue properly. It will continue to be a xenophobic fear based approach.

    That is all the right can offer.

    The thing is, nobody on the right REALLY CARES ABOUT ANY OF THESE ISSUES,

    They say what they say to please the moonbat cons who listen to them, it is all a GAME. A game for money and ratings, none of these idiots have any real opinions or knowledge of the issues, they recite the most imflamatory talknig points, to feed their listeners. Show me an honest con, I will listen

    If you turn to these filthy attention sluts for discourse, your 100% uninformed and basically a f*cking moron

    Hi Brian!

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 27 June, 2007 12:12  

  • Ingraham?

    The one who tried to (further) skew the last election by having her listeners jam federal voter phone banks, and was invited to the Bush Crime Family's White House briefings as a thank-you?

    The one who faked a cancer scare for sympathy?

    Yup, I'd say we could expect just about anything from her and her ilk.

    Another one that should be strung up.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 27 June, 2007 12:30  

  • Hash: good point forgot about her phone bank jamming crime, she was so drunk with power that night, insulting Democrats, calling them "losers" as her party was being demolished at the polls.

    disgusting con whore, she should be in jail for tampering with Democracy. filthy scum
    god these people make me so f*cking sick, they bring out a side in my I never knew I had, a violent side.

    If crimes did not have punishments, there is no saying what I would do to these Anti-American party over country scum bags. They really need to be hung. All of these treasonous freaks, and every media entity that gives them a forum needs to be brought down. ABC, CBS, NBC, all of them are filthy right wing enablers are treasonous scumbags.

    If a Dem pulled the same trick Ingrham pulled, they would be sitting in jail now. Cons would riot, just like they did in 2000.

    How much longer are we goig to allow 21%ers to destroy this country?

    Civility is DEAD, cons destroyed it. Big media media has to be dismantled, they are killing democracy, dumbing down the population and allowing scum like Ingrham to destroy.
    Big media is more guilty than the cons themselves, they act as enablers.
    DESTROY BIG MEDIA, it starts by boycotting sponsers and lots of phone calls

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 27 June, 2007 12:53  

  • To furthu dis-credt right wig radio, because it i a lot of fun to do, in 2001 con radio was shrieking "nothing wrong with Halliburton contracts,bu bu cliton did it Clinton did it"


    Ther house oversite comitte discovered:– Halliburton has been the “fastest growing contractor.” Under the Bush administration, federal spending to Halliburton “increased over 600% between 2000 and 2005.” The Government Accountability Office recently found that the government has wasted at least $2.7 billion to Halliburton on “overpriced contracts or undocumented costs.” At the end of 2005, Cheney’s stock options were valued at more than $8 million, a 3,281 percent gain from 2004.

    – Growth in federal contracting exceeds inflation rate. In 2000, the value of federal contracts totaled $203 billion. By 2005, the value was $377.5 billion, an 86 percent increase. The new report notes that this “growth in contracting was over five times faster than the overall inflation rate and almost twice as fast as the growth in other discretionary federal spending over this period.” A record level of “nearly 40 cents of every discretionary federal dollar now goes to private contractors.”

    Remember who told you Halliburton was a "tin foil hat lie that liberals are uing to attack Bush and Cheney"......

    Wil a single con on the radio address this issue and admit that were wrong? HELL NO

    The only way to stop the lies of the enablers is to conduct full boycots of all sponsersof RNC radio and big media cable news.........

    Time to take America back from these murderous freaks, startnow, becuaseif you don't the complict media willcampaign Fred Thompsonright int office in 2008. The media has abadoned Ruy and no back Thompson

    Hell,ABC has Thompson doing a podcast for them and a BLOG. ABCis indeed campaining for Thompson
    and yet the knucle draggers will shriek lib media till the day thy die. ABC/DISNEY is campaining for a Republican candidate. I just proved it, are you still gonig to cryib media? You stupid little freaks

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 27 June, 2007 13:25  

  • Did someone forget to get their hug???

    By Blogger Michael B., at 27 June, 2007 20:06  

  • The best is when she shows up with her heat-seeking, low-slung tops, with a nice, shiny crucifix!

    Cheap as dirt.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 27 June, 2007 23:45  

  • These idiots don’t have a life. I see why they are single. Who would want them?

    Mop sound board for AAR.

    By Blogger pf1, at 28 June, 2007 00:58  

  • god these people make me so f*cking sick, they bring out a side in my I never knew I had, a violent side.

    When you deranged key board bashing, spittle spewing whackos decide you've had enough and your violent side comes out and decide it's time to "take back your country!", there are some of us here ready for you.

    By Blogger John, at 28 June, 2007 00:58  

  • “If crimes did not have punishments, there is no saying what I would do to these Anti-American party over country scum bags.”

    You wouldn’t do shit. Unlike Edwards you don’t have a woman to send to fight your battles. Why don’t you join Edwards under Elizabeth's skirt.

    By Blogger pf1, at 28 June, 2007 01:07  

  • "there are some of us here ready for you...."

    Yeah, you'll be dead on the ground and ready for slicing and dicing before you even get your big-boy britches fastened...

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 28 June, 2007 01:18  

  • "You wouldn’t do shit...."

    We shall see, little man...

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 28 June, 2007 01:21  

  • Yeah, you'll be dead on the ground and ready for slicing and dicing before you even get your big-boy britches fastened...

    You just keep on fomenting for your revolution and when you're ready, we'll see how it turns out.

    By Blogger John, at 28 June, 2007 02:08  

  • Oh, yeah!!!

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 28 June, 2007 12:51  

  • there are some of us here ready for you.

    25% vs the entire countrt and the world

    sorry CONS, outside of talk radio, you are fringe monbats, out of touch with the country and the world

    bring it on con sh*t

    dittoheads vs the world

    and PF1, mind your own business stalker, why are you obsessedwith my love life? BTW I have a new girlfriend..... My ex who is about to go to Ira and would still gladly kick your ass, and she surely can, con sh*t I get plenty of females, I stay single when I want, and find new girlfriends by simply leaving my house. Jealous? Cons have to buy their wives from China or Russia, I just smile and they are mine. Jealous?

    most cons do not get laid until they are making 6 figures, they have to buy themselves a mate.. Females are naturally disgusted by Republicans...... Quickest way not to hook up, admit you are a Republican

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 28 June, 2007 13:53  

  • PF1: is definatly a stalker, 2 posts about my love life, which he of corse is behind on, as I have a new girlfriend, absolutly pathetic.
    A blow up doll of Ann Coulter is not a girlfriend freak.
    When will you get it?

    Republicans are despisd by females, this is why they drool over Ann Coulter, the closeset thing to a female that is a conservative.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 28 June, 2007 13:56  

  • MoPoop, Get thrown out because your woman woke up and saw you for the useless user you are? What happened to those big plans you had to accompany her to Europe when she was deployed to Europe, MoPoop?

    Hash, you are just as lonely. Living in your cold water flat with nothing to do because you are unemployed.

    By Blogger PCD, at 29 June, 2007 09:49  

  • You wish, fudgie.

    Now get back down on your knees...

    Your cheese has run out for the month.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 29 June, 2007 18:49  

  • I must have touched a nerve.

    Paying by the hour does not constitute a girlfriend.

    When Libs make six figures they smarten up and become a republican.

    By Blogger pf1, at 01 July, 2007 01:08  

  • Like Tiny Tim said "God bless everyone" who had anything with killing this piece of trash called the Bush-Kennedy Amnesty Bill. America has spoken. Build the fence and enforce the laws. Press 1 for english if you do not understand.

    By Blogger budswisr, at 01 July, 2007 18:01  

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