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Democrats Offer Illegal Immigrants Reduced Tuition Costs For College Educations

Bookmark and Share    Eight days from now, Republican Chris Christie will be officially sworn in as the 55th Governor of New Jersey (legislation signed on January 10, 2006, allowed people who served as an acting governor for at least 180 days, to drop the “acting” from their title and be officially documented as a “Governor”. The law was retroactive to January 1, 2001). With such little time left, Democrats, who will continue to hold majority control of the state assembly and senate, are trying to pass any all things liberal.

This past Thursday, they feigned an attempt to change the definition of marriage and after dawn breaks on this day, they will try to pass a bill that will offer in-state tuition to illegal immigrants.

In-state tuition offers residents of New Jersey discounted rates to students who wish to attend any of New Jersey’s exemplary institutions of higher learning. Significant cost reductions are one of the few benefits that a resident of New Jersey receives for living and paying taxes in the Garden State. Students and their families who have not suffered from and shared in Jersey’s tax burden do not get that break.

Until now……at least if Democrats have their way.

In a last ditch effort to pass some of the most contentious parts of their agenda, Democrats are proposing to allow illegal immigrants who reside in New Jersey with in-state-tuition rates.

In other words, New Jersey liberals want illegal immigrants, who are hiding in the state, to be given the benefit of a reduced cost for their college degrees. If you live in New York and your son or daughter dreams of walking the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University, they will have to account for the full, annual, out-of-state tuition fee of $17,709. With room and board that annual fee is about $30,000. But in-state tuition is $8,541 annually and with room and board it is about $20,000 or ten thousand less than the cost to out-of-state students.

The legislation begs many questions in my mind.

First; if the immigrant in question is illegal, how can their addresses be accurately verified and how can they be positively identified as a New Jersey resident.?

Second; if the student in question is an illegal immigrant, why would their illegal presence in the United States be rewarded with a discount for college and not instead be reported to the authorities?

Third; If you are going to charge American citizens or legal immigrants who are from another state more money than those who live in New Jersey, how could Democrats dare suggest that someone from another nation who is here illegally be charged less?  Why should an illegal immigrant who pays no state, or for that matter federal taxes, be rewarded with any  benefit.

Fourth; What does the word illegal mean?

A college degree should not be required to understand that the word “illegal” means “not permitted”. It connotes an act that is unlawful and against the rules. In simpler terms, it is “wrong”. To do or be anything that is classified as “illegal” means it is wrong or that you are in the wrong.

So why is it so difficult for Democrats to understand that wrong, bad, or in this case, “illegal” activity is not to be rewarded or extended benefits? Why can they not see the wrongness of charging illegal immigrants less for an education in New Jersey than we would other American citizens or students who are here legally? I am even brought to question how and why Democrats feel that they must make it compulsory for the state to educate illegal immigrants and mandate discounts for their higher educations?

It is legislation like this, legislation that lacks any common sense and tests the bounds of logic, which accounts for the reason why, in political lexicon, the word “liberal” is often viewed as ridiculously reckless and backwards. It is legislative initiatives like this which Democrats sponsor and promote which has made many Americans come to feel that Democrats have become a party of liberal extremists who lack the ability to tell right from wrong.

If somehow, a few Democrats are not so fearful of the whooping that they may eventually get from voters if they support this measure and the bill passes both houses of the legislature, outgoing Governor-deject Jonnie “Obama” Corzine, promises to sign it into law.

If that happens, unless Republicans can take control of both houses in the 2011 elections, this bill is unlikely to be brought up for another vote to repeal it and illegal immigrants will be able to count on New Jersey for many years to come.  

The arrangement  between Democrats and illegal immigrants is actually a very convenient one.   Evidence of that was ironically just yesterday, the day before the liberal agenda extends benefits to illegal immigrants. 

In Jersey City, one of the Garden State’s largest cities, Democrat mayor Jeremiah Healy made a much publicized announcement.  It was an appeal to illegal immigrants that urged them to be sure to fill out a census form.  Healy told illegal immigrants that if they don’t fill out the form , they wont count.  He went on to insure illegals that they can not be reported to any authorities or be arrested or deported.  The Mayor added that the same even applies to illegal immigrants who have outstanding warrants against them.

You might ask why the Mayor of a city would go out of his way to try to make sure that illegal immigrants, including ones that have arrest warrants out on them,   essentially be granted amnesty so that they can be counted in a census?

The answer is simple.  Most cities are Democrat strongholds and if Democrats can boost their population figures, they can also increase the representation that they receive in legislative bodies, including Congress.  With more representation comes more power.  So for Democrats, illegal immigrants are a valuable commodity that they can use to gerrymander legislative districts with.  To them, illegal immigrants can remain illegal, undocumented citizens for ever more, so long as they can be used to increase the number of Democrats that can represent strongholds, like New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Detroit or other urban centers.

So really, is it any wonder why Democrats want to offer illegal immigrants benefits and reduced costs?

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The new year will give us a new President and a newly elected Congress.  Only 61 individuals are truly newly elected to it though.  The remaining 474 are simply returning to continue their work (two are moving from the house to the senate).  But in this session, all of them are expected to bring about that much “touted change” that many of them promised along with President-Elect Obama.

How much “change” they will actually bring and what kind of change they will be responsible for has yet to be seen but early on, there exists one change that they will effect right away.

While the nation and the world have entered into economic troubles, the 535 collective members of the House of Representatives and Senate will have the opportunity to see their salaries change with an increased of as much as $4,700 a year.

The pay raise is automatic and turns out to be about a 2.8% increase and although it may not sound like much, when one considers the circumstances of the times that we are in, accepting such pay raise would be criminal.

I say criminal because there do not exist many American institutions that can determine their own salary at their own whim. And there are even fewer institutions that would dare to accept more money when they have less money to spend. 

On top of that, given the fact that elected federal office holders already make a touch more than $169,000, most Americans feel that that is quite suitable. In fact many Americans might consider it to be a great deal more than suitable. Seeing as how Congress currently has an approval rating of 18.4% and a disapproval rating of 73.4%, I would say that most Americans think that $170,000 for the bad job they are doing is totally inappropriate and way too much.

So why should they get almost $5,000. More for their poor approval?

Even more disturbing,  how can they look voters in the eye and claim to understand that the economic climate is rough but that it is necessary for them to shoulder additional costs that Congress had a hand in creating in the first place.

While Congress approves bailing out almost every faction of the private sector that requests help, how can they also accept more money too? Is that the type of change that the elections of ’08 meant,……… more spending and higher Congressional salaries?

The amount of money we are talking about in regards to the pending pay raise may be minuscule when compared to a 7 or 8 hundred billion dollar bailout but it is still more money being spent. It is still more money being paid by taxpayers and it is still more money than each member of Congress requires. But more than that , accepting a pay raise during the time we are in is a horrific symbolic gesture that essentially tells the American taxpayer “screw you, were in charge and we are going to do what we want, when we want and how we want”. Never mind the out of work salesman who has no conglomerate that can’t slip congressmen or senators a hefty campaign donation and then request federal assistance for himself. Never mind the additional taxes that Democrats will be requesting taxpayers to pay or the out of work taxpayer who can’t afford to pay their property taxes this year.

By accepting a pay raise, Congress will be making it clear that they have absolutely no concern for the people whose money they spend.

With Democrats in total control of government, if the 2.8% pay raise goes through, than their hold on power will be short lived. If Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi do not put a stop to increasing their salaries than folks, they are not just greedy, they are downright stupid and should not be in office in the first place.

Having control of government makes Democrats responsible for what happens in government.  It makes them totally responsible. Accepting a pay raise at a time like this is something that they will have to be held accountable for and they will.

But there is still a chance for them to save face. If they act responsibly and derail any efforts to increase their salaries, they can spare themselves the blame and avoid the certain repercussions of their greed and irresponsibility.

That is one reason why President-Elect Obama should publicly urge the House of Representatives and the Senate to show the American people that they have their priorities in order and that they are aware of the tough times we may be in and demand that they forgo any raise and repeal the 2.8% increase that they will receive.

It is also why POLITICS 24/7 has issued a national petition.

It is a “Declaration of Rejection of a Congressional Pay Raise

As a free society, we cannot simply wait for our representatives to act. We must make our desires known before they act.

In the case of irresponsible government action we cannot wait for irresponsibility to be enacted, we must avoid it from happening . So we have initiated a petition to Congress. It is a petition that calls upon them to reject any increases in theirsalaries, staffs and office budgets, as well as personal expense limits, and currently allocated per diem expenses. If such a vote or votes are passed at any point during the sessions between January 2009 and January 2011 we demand that a new vote repealing such increases be brought to the floor of both the House of Representatives and the Senate”.

Simply click here for the “DECLARATION of REJECTION of CONGRESSIONAL PAY RAISE” Online petition and make it clear that will tolerate spending more on Congress than they are worth and that you certainly do not intend to tolerate their greed.

After signing it you must still do two things.  Pass this petition on to others.  Just cut and past the following link into an email


Then send it to friends, family and business associates and urge them to do the same. 

Once you’ve done that, the second thing you must do is contact the two U.S. Senators representing you in your state and your congressman.  Do so either by phone, snail mail or email.  No matter how you want to do it, just do it!

If you are really ticked off over this potential pay raise, write your local newspapers too.   Send letters to the editors voicing your disapproval of any hint of raising congressional salaries at a time like this.


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conservaphobia: noun. The fear of the American conservative political movement, often based on unfounded   stereotypes and distortions.

You might be conservaphobic if:

  • You’ve never really listened to Rush Limbaugh because you’re already sure that you disagree with practically everything he’s ever said.
  • You refer to liberal Catholics, Protestants and Jews as “people of faith” but conservative Catholics, Protestants and Jews as the “religious right” or “radical religious right”. (Maybe you have a thing for alliteration too.)
  • You think all white Republicans are racists and all black Republicans are sellouts.
  • You are a champion of first amendment rights except in public school classrooms and in front of abortion clinics.
  • You’re glad you’re not a Republican because after all, they want to starve school children and senior citizens.
  • You actually think that “liberal” and “progressive” are synonymous.
  • In your opinion, a government donation to the poor is somehow more effective than yours would be.
  • You only listen to and respect the views of “open-minded” people who think like you do.
  • You blame society’s problems on “religious fanatics” and “corporate greed”, never on the irresponsible behavior of individuals.


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