Follow me closely here. To qualify for Social Security benefits, a worker must have registered 10 years of work. Most likely unknown to many of us, the law of the land is that an illegal immigrant who obtains legal status can use his/her previous illegal work status to qualify for Social Security benefits. Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) introduced an amendment to the pending immigration bill that would reverse this law and prevent law-breakers from being rewarded. The amendment was defeated 50-49. Eleven Republicans voted to defeat the amendment including McCain and Specter. What is going on here? Social Security is poised to go bankrupt. We are (well, some of us anyway) are trying to get control over illegal immigration. So what is the response of our elected representatives? They fail to eliminate another dangling carrot to illegal immigration. Pass me the bourbon...I need a shot.