When debating border control methods on June 13, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D- Louisiana) got a little confused with her geography. She mentioned South Dakota as a border state. Well, if you look at the map, that's not the case, which makes this gaffe immensely entertaining. On the Senate floor, Landrieu said:
I’m going to speak about this amendment for just a minute, but I’ld like to respond to Senator Thune, and I wish that we could get a vote on his amendment as well as this one because I would like to strongly vote and strongly express objection to this amendment. And I’d like to comments for a minute. I chair the Homeland Security Appropriations Committee that is actually building the fence. The money to build it comes though my Committee, so I’ve actually gone down to look at the fence that we’re trying to build. It was shocking to me and would be shocking to everyone in America if they would see it. That no matter if you build a single fence or a double fence with space in between, how easy it is for people to be very ingenious about getting over it or under it. So I would be voting against Senator Thune’s amendment because I’m, not going to waste taxpayer money on a dumb fence and that ‘s what his amendment would be. We need to build a smart fence. And a fence is not just a physical structure which could be built out of a variety of different materials with or without barbed wire on the top. A smart fence which is what Senator McCain and I want to build – since he’s from Arizona, I think he knows more about this than the Senator from South Dakota, who only has a border with Canada that is quite different.
That dumb amendment was to strengthen the 2006 Secure Fence Act, which was supported by Landrieu, according to Katie Pavlich at Townhall. She also noted that Democratic Senators Dean Heller and Harry Reid of Nevada backed an amendment naming Nevada a border state. That's also incorrect. Alas, this is the reason why Americans should view their government with skepticism and suspicion. If they don't know their geographical location, what do they know about the budget? In fact, this mistake should have more Americans running for cover anytime these politicians say that they're doing something "comprehensive" in Washington.