Apparently the Connecticut state senate just passed the Dream Act with a vote of 22-14. (I'm posting this from my phone, so I can't link to a supporting article from here...maybe after I post I'll go back and fix it on the computer.)
What the "Dream Act" does is give the children of illegals the benefit of paying in-state tuition at colleges here in Connecticut.
Maybe I'm bitter, pissy, biased, and jealous because I want a handout, but seriously...before we cater to people who are sponging off the government (yes, I know if the kid was born here, then they automatically have citizenship, ect...but their parents are illegals and not paying taxes...) we should help the people who live here and pay the ridiculous amount of taxes we have. I would love to go to school, right now...I can't afford it. You know why? Because the way aid is offered is completely FUCKED. I have not lived with or been supported by my parents in four years. Why the hell must I still supply their financial details and have their income factor into my aid package? (Which because of that...does not friggin exist?)
There really should be a "my parents do not speak to me and live 800 miles away so therefore I get no money from them and their income should have no bearing on my percieved ability to pay for college" box.
Then again, in a state where the governor thinks its a brilliant idea to shut down technical high schools which turn out carpenters, hair dressers, and healthcare professionals (moi), nothing surprises me anymore.
In fact, if Governor Malloy had the balls to crack down on state aid abuse, he would probably have a large budget surplus. Kick the illegals who somehow manage to get it off foodstamps, ect...and require drug tests and some form of "you have to look for work" requirement (akin to unemployment benefits) for welfare.
I'm a registered independent...who leans mostly democratic...except for this. Forget amnesty, forget the "dream" act...deport the illegals and help your fellow countrymen (in this case...statesmen) who need it.
Call me racist or whatever, but I honestly do not think we should be extending this benefit to these people.
(Disclaimer: this rant was composed entirely on my phone via the Blogger for Android app...when I get an idea, and I have time, I'll just GO...thus, I apologize for crap formating, ranty-ness and so on)