With the "fiscal cliff" only one month away, you would think the lame duck session of Congress would concentrate on doing something about it.
This morning I hear NPR pushing for an immigration bill in the lame duck session. Nice idea, but the immigration bill doesn't have a 1 January deadline. Plus its a controversial issue, which will soak up more time and hot air than we have between now and 1 January. Unless its a ploy to drive us over the fiscal cliff, we ought to do immigration after New Year.
And, the presenter was taking the opportunity to push the "Dream Act" (green cards for college grads and veterans) which failed to pass a little while ago.
How about some lesser steps that might have a chance of passing? Such as awarding full citizen ship to anyone who serves honorably in the armed forces. Such as awarding green cards to college graduates in science, engineering or mathematics? Such as clearing up the current logjam of immigration applications. It's fair to give each applicant a yes or no answer within two months of putting it their paperwork.