by Jefferson Pinto This Article: http://bit.ly/2k8hUjG
Nov. 2011, VIEW Issue 41: Oct. 8 California’s governor-elect Jerry Brown signed the DREAM Act. The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minor Act (not to be confused with the federal version) is so disturbing on so many levels. In a quest to identify the benefit for taxpayers, I’m still left wanting. California’s DREAM Act allows illegal minors to be eligible for public financial aid to fund their college education.
Someone once said to me, “I don’t know if it’s a good tax law or a bad tax law, but most people who benefit from it perceive it as a good tax law. Those who are on the losing end tend perceive it as a bad tax law.”
The Great Rationalization
I reviewed www.californiadreamact.org. The home page features a form letter with a “put your name on the line” and send it to your representative. The rationale in the “canned” letter includes: Rationalization 1: “These future citizens should be encouraged to become teachers, doctors, and engineers and productive members of our workforce.” First of all, I don’t believe in “shoulding” on others. Being a productive member of society is a good thing. The disconnect is when this encouragement takes the form of tax dollars paid in by productive citizens.
Rationalization 2: “It is in the best interest of our state’s economy to have an educated workforce to provide the innovation necessary to keep California competitive in the global economy.” I’ve got some bad news, at 12 percent unemployment, California is 33 percent higher than the 9 percent national average. California is not even competitive in the national economy. An educated work force is one thing; lack of jobs for existing citizens is another.
Rationalization 3: “The California Dream Act of 2011 would be a great step toward meeting the goal for student access to our higher education system and increase our educated workforce population to rebuild and sustain our economy.” Hold the phone! Whose goal is it to meet student access to our higher education system? The last time I checked, California universities are impacted (full) and the recently tuition just got jacked up by more than 30 percent.
Rationalization 4: “Furthermore,… This would also be true for immigrant youth that are in this country illegally and could benefit from this legislation. Higher incomes will increase consumer spending at the local, state and national levels which also translate into new jobs.” This reasoning is horribly flawed. If you tax the productive members of society, you are hampering consumer spending.
Every representative who voted for it and the governor who signed it would benefit immensely from some free education in economics and a review of the oath they took when they were installed into office (to uphold the laws). How’s that for some free education?
If that doesn’t appeal try the good book, “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own?”
Also, the creative acronym “DREAM” is sort of a cute trick. Why not call it what it is: THE TAX PAYERS’ NIGHTMARE ACT?
Its sad parents illegally brought children across the international border, but since when is it the role of government to make children whole for alleged harm their parents may have caused. Let’s see; a free high school education, but that’s not enough. Now we are supposed to pay for a college degree. So do we owe you a master’s degree in four years too?
Everyone is entitled to a dream; but, the dreamer of the dream must also be the payer for it.
Jefferson Pinto is a retired CPA, and holds an MBA from one of the finer accredited universities in the country.
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