Open Letter to Governor Schwarzenegger: Veto SB 1301 and SB 60
By: John Lillpop
September 5, 2008
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Dear Governor Schwarzenegger:
As California continues to fall deeper and deeper into debt and begins the third month of the new fiscal year without an approved budget, one would expect state legislators from both parties to do everything possible to achieve a balanced budget, without imposing additional taxes on California citizens in these trying times.
Unfortunately, rather than working to narrow the budget deficit, some legislators are actually working on programs that would increase the deficit by authorizing foolish spending for special interests.
Specifically, the state legislature recently passed SB 1301, a reckless proposal submitted by Gilbert Cedillo (D-Los Angeles), that would, if enacted, provide financial assistance to illegal aliens for education.
Simply put, this bill would use taxpayer money to assist individuals who have no legal right to be in America, i.e., people who should be deported, rather than subsidized.
Governor, many citizens in California are in the midst of grave financial circumstances, the likes of which have not been seen since the Great Depression.
Citizens are losing their jobs and homes in record numbers, while the state of California is already sixteen billion dollars in the red.
In addition, California’s schools are not performing poorly. A recent article in the Los Angeles Times reports that just 48 percent of the state’s high schools are able to meet No Child Left Behind federal standards.
Clearly, the very last thing that legislators should be working to achieve is additional spending, especially when it involves funneling money to people who should not even be here to begin with.
Concerned citizens have an obligation to ask why in the world so-called public servants are concerning themselves with providing financial benefits to illegal aliens when so many American citizens are in desperate need?
That simply does not make any sense, even in the best of boom times, much less during periods of severe economic downturn.
In addition to the carnage proposed in SB 1301, Senator Cedillo has again polluted the legislative process with his annual attempt to grant driver’s licenses to illegal aliens.
In 2008, Cedillo’s frivolous proposal is SB 60.
Some may feel compelled to credit Senator Cedillo for his consistency in working on behalf of illegal aliens; however, Cedillo’s persistent efforts to undermine the interests of American citizens is a reprehensible dereliction of his responsibility to U.S. citizens.
Accordingly, I urge you to veto both SB 60 and SB 1301 as soon as those hideous bills arrive in your office.
Californians deeply appreciate the fact that year after year you have protected we the people from the ravages of Senator Cedillo and his fondness for serving illegal aliens, a most unworthy special interest.
We are counting on your veto pen to continue the fine tradition of keeping California “Cedillo free” for another year!
John W. Lillpop
San Jose, CA