Sunday, January 16, 2011

Addicted To Spending

California has a budget problem that dwarfs those of other states, and that includes budget problems of other illegal immigrant saturated states that also find themselves seriously in the red (California 28 billion; New Jersey 10.5 billion; Illinois 15 billion).  How does California manage to stay on top?  After all, it's not as though there aren't fiscally irresponsible elected officials elsewhere.  What is it that consistently puts the Golden State head and shoulders above all competitors when it comes to the pursuit of financial armageddon?

The staff at would suggest that it is equal parts obliviousness and unbridled creativity on the part of political office holders. In fact, local politicians often come up with ways to spend California taxpayer money that many couldn't dream up if they tried. This week's example comes in the form of State Assemblyman, Gilbert Cedillo. Cedillo is perhaps best known for his repeated attempts to acquire drivers licenses for illegal aliens, however, it now appears that California state-issued ID's are not the only thing he'd like to shove into the pockets of millions of our undocumented neighbors.  More specifically, he is submitting a bill that will provide state finanancial aid to illegal alien college students. In short, his proposed "California DREAM Act" will make grants of thousands of dollars available to students on California campuses who aren't even supposed to be in the country.

Well, California public universities must be rolling in the dough, right? Can't they afford this inane exercise in political correctness and subverting federal immigration laws?

Actually, they can't. Recently elected governor, Jerry Brown, has just announced his plans to cut 1.4 billion dollars out of the CSU and UC systems. Spending at California public campuses will essentially be rolled back to financing levels that existed when there were 70,000 fewer students enrolled at California run colleges.  Classes are going to be drastically cut and tuition costs will grow rapidly.

However, we can all breathe a little easier knowing that illegal aliens at Sonoma State and UC Riverside will soon have access to free money that could be given to them in amounts ranging from four to eleven thousand dollars, annually. And the best part about all this? Governor Brown recently stated, at a UCLA campus rally just last month, that he intends to sign the bill when it passes.

No, we're not making this up and it's not April Fools Day. An article conveying much of what is reported here can be accessed by clicking on this link -

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

"Otherwise Law Abiding"

Fresno State University student body president and would-be DREAM Act poster boy, Pedro Ramirez, put himself back in the news this weekend when he wrapped a pick-up truck around a tree (Article about the incident: And although we're confident it wasn't what he intended, he has demonstrated the emptiness of a commonly peddled lie.

The material falsehood in question is the asserted omnipresence of the "otherwise law abiding" illegal alien.  It is the people who fall inside the parameters of this description, we are urged, who must be considered for "a path to citizenship."  These folks are, allegedly, the ones who have violated no laws other than being in the U.S. without permission and taking jobs that "Americans won't do."

Naturally, like most propaganda, this notion is largely nonsense.  Think about it. To perpetuate unlawful presence in California, over a period of years, practically necessitates multiple violations of state and federal laws beyond illegally working and residing in the U.S.

Ask yourself this:  If you were one of our undocumented neighbors, and were determined to stay in Fresno, Oakland or San Diego for at least a few years, how many of these actions would it be tough to avoid?

- Driving without a license
- Creating or buying forged identity documents (Green card, drivers license, Soc. Sec. card, etc.)
- Using someone else's birth certificate for border crossings
- Using someone else's Social Security number

Is Pedro Ramirez the worst person in California?  Hardly.  Is he a valuable asset without whom the State of California will be demonstrably poorer, as DREAM Act advocates would have you believe?  Please.  Pedro is neither of those things.  Like most people occupying his position, he falls somewhere in the middle.  Essentially, he's "all about" Pedro.  He ignores laws he doesn't want to follow. He was raised by law breakers who have done the same thing during their time here in California, has been cheered on by thousands recently, and advised that he is courageous and commendable. Resultingly, he's not likely to stop violating federal and state statutes he deems inconvenient, any time soon.

The solution to this problem is simple, according to proponents of "comprehensive immigration reform."

Just change the laws to accommodate him.

That makes sense, right?

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Myth Of Hispanic Conservative Legions In Waiting

The special interest groups that ceaselessly attempt to obtain some form of amnesty for millions of illegal aliens have their work cut out for them, for at least the next two years. The incoming Congress is decidedly more conservative than the last. Therefore, it is a safe guess that the next twenty two months will be filled with admonishments similar to the one that was mouthed by DREAM Act advocate Maribel Nunez, a few weeks ago:  "If Republicans want the presidency in 2012, they would have to support the DREAM Act; otherwise they could start saying goodbye to power, since they will not have the Latino vote."

Ms. Nunez is hardly alone in having made this assertion. Indeed, at different times, the notion that the GOP must support some amnesty plan to woo Hispanic voters has been suggested by Larry Elder, Colin Powell, Newt Gingrich and Abel Maldonado ... along with many others.  It's a common argument, and it also happens to be flat-out wrong.

Here's Reality Number 1 - Republicans will continue to get a minority of Hispanic votes, whether they oppose or support "comprehensive immigration reform."

And not only is this true now, it will be well into the future; no person reading this article in 2011 will likely ever experience otherwise. Further, this will probably remain true for the forseeable future despite whatever wars, recessions, natural disasters, groundbreaking technological discoveries or economic upswings may be headed our way in the coming decades.

This current state of affairs exists because ...

Reality Number 2 - Americans usually vote their pocketbooks and Hispanics, on the average, earn less than other Americans.  They commonly need exactly the type of taxpayer funded goodies to subsidize their families, that Democrats so enthusiastically hand out.

Because the bulk of the Latino population in the U.S. has been derived from chain migration policies and unlawful entry/residency, we have millions of newly arrived Have Nots and their offspring.  For a quarter century, we have been importing the impoverished and undereducated. After all, it's not the Mexican and El Salvadorean investment bankers, doctors, accountants, office managers and college professors who have been surreptitiously skittering north across Arizona deserts. And because of abysmal high school and college graduation rates, their overall socioeconomic status will not be changing any time soon.

Latinos, as a group, will mostly remain loyal to "progressive" candidates and it will have practically nothing to do with cultural or social values, religious orientation, concerns of "racism," or just about anything else you can name. It's going to be all about the green and how to get it. So the Republicans can campaign in Spanish, make nauseating speeches in front of National Council of La Raza audiences, appear at Cinco De Mayo festivals and pander in any fashion they see fit. It will all be largely for naught because the one area in which they'll never be able to match Democrats' street cred, is the success with which they give away other people's money.