Saturday, March 20, 2010

Undocumented immigrants and community college

Some more sanity on the immigration front.  North Carolina's community colleges will once again admit undocumented immigrants, who had been temporarily barred.  They have to pay out-of-state tuition (roughly $7,700 a year) and must be bumped if a class is full and a legal resident wants in.  As I've reiterated over and over, including in an op-ed, this means the state makes a profit.  So it is just sad to hear knuckle-headed remarks like the following:

Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton cast the only "no" vote among board members, as he did in September.

"It is simply not the right time to place greater demands on our community colleges," Dalton said in a prepared statement.


Defensores de Democracia 11:37 AM  

Thanks for important report - Good idea to give the opportunity of education to youngsters that are not guilty of being in country X or Y.

This makes economic sense. Youth is the Greatest Treasure, to be saved for the Future.


The Latin American Nations got independence 34 years after American Independence.

The "Latins" copied many things of the American Constitution : Presidency, Supreme court, Two chambers : Senate and House, etc ...

They conserved an anticuated Justice System from Spain. Not all the copies from the U. S. polity were successful transplants.

Lately they have copied the District Attorneys, Accusatory System with Oral Trials, Grand Juries, etc ...

I think that there are some original ideas in Latin American Politics but the time of copying from the USA has not ended.

The idea that Youngsters should never denied the opportunity of an education, whatever the circunstances of their existence or legal status is very important. If it takes hold in the USA then it should also be copied by the "Latins".

Youth, Minorities, Politics :

Vicente Duque

Defensores de Democracia 11:40 AM  

Since the Latin American Nations have copied so much from the USA, then they can also copy some new ideas from the New American Health System.

And Women have more freedom and importance in the USA than in Latin America.

So I wrote this :

Americans like winners. They tend to vote for winners and last night, the Democrats looked like winners - Nancy Pelosi in History : Great Deserved Power

Nancy Pelosi deserves the power that she has earned with Hard Work and Great Intelligence - She is the most powerful Woman that America has ever seen. She also deserves a great place in History Books.

Why Nancy Pelosi Deserves the Credit for Health Care Reform

By Japhy Grant
Japhy Grant is an adopted Californian, web TV producer and journalist living in Los Angeles. He has written for Salon, Out, The New York Observer, The Advocate and has directed music videos for bands like Grizzly Bear, as well as creating ads for BCBG/ Max Azria.
March 22, 2010

Why Nancy Pelosi Deserves the Credit for Health Care Reform

Some excerpts :

Whether you agree with the Health Care reform package passed by the House or not, there’s no denying that its passage makes Obama, whose been in office a little more than a year, the greatest President in the past 50 years. It is by far the most sweeping legislation of a generation.

Americans like winners. They tend to vote for winners and last night, the Democrats looked like winners. Among all the Democrats smiling, none was happier than Pelosi. At an early morning press conference following the vote, Pelosi kept talking about “this evening”. When a reporter pointed out it was now technically morning, she smiled broadly, swung her finger in exclamation and declared, “Not in California!”, which the punch drunk press corps lapped up.

When the history books are written, it’ll be Pelosi’s cajoling, wrangling, consoling and corralling of the fractious big tent Democratic majority which will get the credit for passing Health Care reform. House Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn puts it simply, ”If she’s not the best (Speaker) to do this job, she’s certainly in the top two or three in history.”

White House insiders privately admitted last month that they thought they’d lost the chance to pass the bill, with Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel arguing the bill should be broken up into easier to pass individual pieces. It was Pelosi who argued for keeping the bill together. As Democrat Rep. Anna Eshoo said, she “kept the steel in the President’s back.”

While Pelosi shares many of the same values as the progressive movement, she never showed any qualms about keeping the perfect from being the enemy of the good. She practiced her own brand of Obamian pragmatism; recognizing that when you’re the leader of a big tent, consensus is key and so is recognizing that if you’re at ‘A’ and you want to get to ‘Z’, there’s a whole bunch of letters you need to deal with along the way first.

As someone whose watched the Speaker a lot these past few months, I’m struck by her style. She’s unflaggingly polite, yet never wavers. When Rachel Maddow interviewed her before Rep. Stupak had agreed to sign on to the bill, Maddow tried to get her to publicly put the heat on Stupak. Pelosi demurred, praising the Congressman and making a point of saying she respected where he was coming from, all the while dismissing his concerns as an inaccurate reflection of the bill.

Youth, Minorities, Politics :

Vicente Duque

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