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October 13, 2003

Screwing His Base- No Tears for Davis

It's sad for California that Arnie will now be governor, since he will be even less progressive than Davis in fighting decent legislation. But Davis continues to demonstrate why it was impossible for progressives to muster much passion for saving his ass in the recall-- even as he's leaving office, he's pissing on the party and its most vulnerable constituents.

One of the last bills passed by the state legislature was a law to allow undocumented immigrants to receive financial aid to go to community colleges in the state. Whatever someone may think about the parents coming across the border -- unless you seriously think the US will deport them all -- it is obvious that California will do better with their children being as educated as possible, rather than remaining an unskilled drag on the economy.

But Davis has vetoed the bill, the ass----.

Anyone who screws his friends after they fought like hell to keep him in office deserves the notoriety of being the first governor in California's history to be recalled.

Update: In comments, phispiral says "Illegal aliens aren't consituents."

A bit of constitutional education.

14th Amendment:

" nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

Deliberately no mention of citizenship, just protection for "any person within its jurisdiction."

Similarly, political apportionment is based in Section 2 of that same amendment on counting "the whole number of persons", not citizens.

"Representatives shall be apportioned among the several states according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each state, excluding Indians not taxed."

So according to the Constitution, undocumented immigrants are assuredly "constituents," since the voting power of representatives is based on their numbers. Are children not constituents, just because they can't vote?

Posted by Nathan at October 13, 2003 10:05 AM