Thursday, July 08, 2010
Alaska Congressman Don Young Expresses Support For Arizona SB1070, Belatedly Agrees To Debate Republican Challenger Sheldon Fisher
During an appearance at the Best Western Kodiak Inn on Tuesday July 6th, 2010, Congressman Don Young spoke with both enthusiasm and disgust about the events of the past year in Congress. The disgust was aimed principally at the House Democrats and Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a year during which he said the House did little except pass three bills he opposed - the cap-and-trade global warming bill, the healthcare bill and most recently the financial reform bill.
The enthusiasm was reserved for Arizona SB1070, which is currently being challenged in court by the Obama Administration (read the 25-page Federal complaint HERE). Congressman Young expressed support in principle for Arizona's new law. In response to a question about SB1070, Young predicted the law would withstand the legal challenge from the U.S. Department of Justice; a new Rasmussen Reports survey shows that 56 percent of respondents oppose the DOJ's suit. But Congressman Young even more strongly favors an immigration policy of cracking down on employers who hire illegal immigrants. Congressman Young is clearly the stalwart on our Congressional delegation when it comes to immigration; Numbers USA rates him a "B", while they rate Sen. Lisa Murkowski a "C-" and Sen. Mark Begich an abysmal "F-".
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer presents myths and facts about SB1070 HERE.
Don Young spoke about the three big bills at length:
-- Obamacare: Young called the health care bill - the only bill of the three that has so far passed into law - the "worst-constructed bill" he has seen in his life. And he would know; he's got 37 years seniority.
-- Cap-And-Trade: Young called it an unnecessary tax, and he dismissed global warming as a natural phenomenon and an excuse for the federal government to create new regulations.
-- Financial Reform: Young said it overstepped the goal of regulating banks and would affect any business that offered customers credit, including dentists and auto mechanics. He would have preferred that it be limited to banks.
In a separate development, the Young campaign, obviously stung by repeated allegations that their principal has been ducking debates with chief Republican challenger Sheldon Fisher, finally agreed to at least one debate, which will take place in Fairbanks on August 10th. Additional debates are being considered. Fisher challenged Young to a series of six debates earlier this year. Granted, Don Young's duties take up much of his time, but he should have responded earlier. It is unknown if the other Republican challenger, John Cox, will participate.