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Before the 390 to 33 vote to extend the measure for a quarter-century, the House defeated four amendments that would have diluted two expiring provisions and possibly derailed final passage before the November congressional elections.
Then this is sound advice from a very astute reader in Iowa, courtesy of the DesMoines Register's editorial pages:
1. Congressman King should, forthwith, call for the immediate removal of all U.S. troops in Iraq. They obviously are no longer needed there.
2. Deploy those troops in the District of Columbia. Establish a secure area (call it the Red Zone while the GOP is in control; the Blue Zone when the Democrats rule), around the U.S. Capitol and downtown Washington to protect lawmakers, federal workers and K Street lobbyists from the lawlessness.
3. Name Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld chief of police in Washington, D.C.
4. Appoint King as U.S. ambassador to Iraq, where he, obviously, will feel much more secure.
Who's Really Behind the King Letter
It now appears some questions have come to light about exactly who is behind both the King letter and the effort to shelve the renewal of the VRA. The official copy of the letter that appears on the web site of the US Congress (www. house.gov) apparently was not generated by a house member or their staff, but rather by one of the leading anti-immigration/English only advocacy groups.
In this case it is quite possible that the actual letter that 79 Representatives put their names on was not in fact authored by one of their own, but rather by outside interests. Interests with some rather disturbing skeletons in the closet.
Given that the King letter posted at House.gov was authored by McAlpin on a computer registered to NumbersUSA, coupled with its striking similarities to McAlpins testimony, only one of two possible cases seem plausible. Either King copied his letter from ProEnglish literature almost word for word, and then asked McAlpin, or someone using his computer, to type up a copy to post at the House of Representatives website, or McAlpin authored the letter himself. In either case the letter that 79 Representatives signed to force the cancellation of the renewal of the VRA came from ProEnglish.
In fact, in the weeks and months leading up to the vote on the VRA, ProEnglish had been advocating the defeat of the bill.
The group is one of thirteen like-minded organizations founded by anti-immigrant advocate John Tanton. Tanton's multi-million dollar web of groups includes not only ProEnglish and NumbersUSA, but also the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and the Federation for Immigration Reform (FAIR).