Vote yes on 81
Vote no on demagoguery
17-May-06. I'm a very principled voter when it comes to ballot initiatives: Just say 'no'! But for this election I'm forced to abandon that principle in favor of a higher principle: Damn the demagogues!
Being the conscientious citizen that I am, I began to leaf through the voter information guide. The arguments against Prop 81 absolutely dismayed me. I will vote for that proposition, just to protest the slime oozing from its opponents.
Proposition 81: California Reading and Literacy Improvement and Public Library Construction and Renovation Bond Act of 2006
• "We should not spend $9 billion a year on welfare for illegal aliens, and then borrow money for libraries."
• "A no vote forces free spending politicians to cut welfare for illegal aliens to pay for our libraries."
• "Yes, they could [use other money for libraries], but that means the politicians would have to take the money from their pet projects, like welfare, free health care, and reduced college tuition for illegal aliens, and give it to libraries."
• "We spent $9 billion on illegal alien welfare last year, yet the state can't find one dime in money for libraries, and has to borrow money again?"
• "These politicians want our children and our grandchildren to keep paying more and more, so they can keep giving more and more of their money to illegal aliens and self-indulgent bureaucrats."
• "Instead of letting them borrow the money, we need to tell them to take the money away from the illegals, and give it to us in libraries."
This disgusting bilge is signed by Assemblyman Ray Haynes, Member, California State Assembly; Lew Uhler, President, National Tax Limitation Committee; and Jon Coupal, President, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.
Ray Haynes, Assemblyman
Jon Coupal, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assoc
Lew Uhler, Nat'l Tax Limitation Comm
People can be for or against spending more money on public libraries. That's okay. It is not okay to fan the flames of discrimination and hatred by blaming illegal aliens. The sugggestion that California's budget woes and misplaced priorities is because of illegal aliens is not only preposterous, it is misleading and appeals to fear and xenophobia.