In case you missed it, here is a clip from last nights GOP debate:
I suppose I now get to add heartless to the long list of disparaging labels I've collected over the last several years. Let's see if I can remember them all. I am now, apparently, a heartless, bitter clinging, bible thumping, homophobic, xenophobe, isolationist, teabagger, and a potential terrorist threat.
Did I miss anything?
I freely admit that I have not been a big fan of Rick Perry, particularly on the issue of illegal aliens. However, I have been struggling to keep an open mind about the GOP candidates, in hopes that one or more of them would step up and shake-off their previous baggage. So far I have been hugely disappointed.
I fully acknowledge that in-state tuition in Texas is a state issue. Although, I would question whether the source of this subside is fully Texas taxpayer money or a combination of Texas and Federal funds. That may be unknowable without a detailed examination of how Texas is using it's federal education dollars. A task I don't intend to undertake.
Mr. Perry seems to be of the opinion that it is in the best interests of Americans to provide for those who have entered our country illegally, up to, and including, a college education at budget rates.
Is it not enough that millions of American citizens are currently unemployed, or underemployed, while millions of illegal workers have jobs, not just as menials, but in skill positions in the trades. Some such as Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize winning author with the Washington Post, Salma Hayek, the popular actress, and even an Alaskan police officer aren't exactly picking tomatoes.
In Perry's own state of Texas, despite the job growth reported, 40% of which went to illegals, the hospital, healthcare, and social welfare systems are severely overburden. The cost to citizen taxpayers nationwide is enormous.
My own son, a legal immigrant, adopted in Brazil, and now a naturalized U.S. citizen is agonizing over whether he will be able to repay his student loans if he borrows the money to complete graduate school in an attempt to get out of his dead end, low paying, 25 hour a week job.
I guess I should have just smuggled him into the country. Then he could apply to A&M at half-price!
IMO, Perry was displaying that Texas "Compassionate Conservatism" we all loved so much about George Bush. You remember him, right? The guy who said he'd build the fence. Yeah, this guy says it too.
I can't in good conscience vote for a man for President who doesn't seem to grasp that the United States of American is not some kind of gigantic halfway house to be funded by "charitable" contributions wrested from the pockets of its citizens, under threat of imprisonment.