The SanFrancisco Chronicle reported back in February of 2005 that Bush was backing off his strong talk on beefing up the borders.
Officially approved by Bush on Dec. 17 after extensive bickering in
Congress, the National Intelligence Reform Act included the requirement to
10,000 border patrol agents in the five years beginning with 2006.
Roughly 80 percent of the agents were to patrol the southern U.S. border
from Texas to California, along which thousands of people cross into the
United States illegally every year. But Bush's proposed 2006 budget,
revealed Monday, funds only 210 new border agents.
There was enough money in the Bush budget for tax breaks for the wealthy
and support for the petroleum industry but no money to execute on his
So tonight, when he proposes using National Guard troops, ask who is paying for his bravado. Ask who is posturing.