When Freshman Congressman Heath Shuler voted for the Iraq Supplemental providing for funding the troops, ensuring their readiness, and establishing a timeline for withdrawal, I thought he meant that he'd like to see our troops out of Iraq's civil war. He said this,
"The time has come for a new direction in Iraq. Tonight I joined with a majority of the House of Representatives to once again to change our course, while demanding accountability and fiscal responsibility over the war in Iraq. This Congress will not grant President Bush a blank check to continue this war indefinitely."
The Iraq Supplemental creates benchmarks for withdrawal beginning in October, while the McGovern amendment would withdrawal troops 90 days after passage.
It appears that while Shuler is for withdrawal, he's not for withdrawal until more American deaths occur. I don't understand. Either Bush's handling of the war is a mistake or it's not. Perhaps Rep. Shuler thinks he'll get too much political flack for supporting the McGovern amendment, but he's already getting flack like this from the RNC:
"Waving a white flag of surrender once again, Heath Shuler voted for a timetable for withdrawal that would signal America's defeat in Iraq."
It's clear that Shuler doesn't believe the Republican talking points about withdrawal and victory/success, so what gives?
Shuler co-sponsored the "Buy American" amendment, which passed the House 398-29. Shuler said the amendment would "discourage federal agencies from using foreign companies or outsourcing to large businesses that then may subcontract with foreign companies. Small business could gain $15 billion in contracts, Shuler’s office estimates."
From a press release:
"It is unfair to those who have gone through and are continuing to go through the process of legal immigration to grant amnesty and citizenship to those who have entered our country illegally," Rep. Shuler continued.
Published reports have indicated that members of the Senate are close to introducing an immigration bill that will contain amnesty for the 12 to 20 million illegal immigrants now in the United States.
It's unclear what Congressman Shuler would have us do with the 12 to 20 million illegal immigrants currently within our borders. Would he have them arrested and tried as felons? Where would he jail them? Is he saying they should all be deported? Will he introduce budgetary language to provide for this massive deportation?
Congressman Shuler touts his fiscal conservatism, but even the most conservative estimate of how to pay for incarceration or deportation of these human beings would run into the billions of dollars. Not considering the human cost of ripping families apart and encouraging racism, Shuler is pushing the hard line we came to expect from disgraced former Congressman Charles Taylor.