Friday, September 29, 2006

Today's Math Lesson

In this post over at Universal Hub, "tblade" lambastes Kerry Healey for her position against using taxpayer dollars to provide an in-state college tution discount to illegal immigrants, who reside in Massachusetts.

And, please, spare me the feel-good, obfuscatory phrase, "The CHILDREN of illegal immigrants". The children of illegal immigrants are already well taken care of in our public schools where they receive a free education, courtesy of the taxpayers of Massachusetts, that likely blows away any education they could get in the countries from which they came.

Apparently, "tblade" is one of those folks who reads the Boston Globe, and when he sees a talking point that suits his agenda, he puts the paper down without reading any further, and shuts his brain off before reality has a chance to blur his Utopian visions.

tblade writes:

Kerry Healey, WTF? It is outrageous that our Lt. Governor makes a mere 400 students a campaign issue while refusing to acknowledge the existence of the commonwealth’s 30,000 students currently attending state higher education institutions. That’s 400 students that would pay $40,000 for a degree at the University of Massachusetts Boston - anything but a free ride.

OK, would it make you feel better if we called it a "Buy one,get one free ride"?

Let's check out that Boston Globe article, from which he gets that figure of 400, shall we?

The Massachusetts tuition measure, which largely mirrors those passed in the other nine states, would allow the children of undocumented immigrants...

Pay no attention, again, to the fact that a vast majority of the people who would be receiving this benefit would actually be adults at this point in their lives, and not the wee little tykes they're portrayed as by the supporters of this legislation. obtain in-state college tuition rates if they attended Bay State high schools for at least three years, graduated from such a school...

So, has the line "...or attained the equivalent thereof..." been dropped from the bill since the last time around? Or is the Boston Globe still intentionally blurring the issue to misinform the voters of the realities contained within this legislation?

That wasn't a rhetorical question, I honestly don't know.

I do have a strong hunch, though.

...and signed an affidavit affirming that they have applied for citizenship.

I'll ask again. Has the line "...or shall file an application at the earliest opportunity the individual is eligible to do so." been stricken from the bill? Any guesses out there?

Because, unless the language of the bill has been, or will be, altered significantly since the last time around (and I'm not finding any new bills on the matter currently pending with the Joint Committee on Higher Education), the editors of the Boston Globe are, once again, serving as the public mouthpiece for the illegal alien lobby. Because this is all the same bullshit they and Attorney General Tom Reilly were feeding the voters back in November of 2005, before reality penetrated the skulls of a significant number of lawmakers and the bill was killed.

Apparently, staying in power was more imporant to our legislators than handing out money to illegal immigrants, in direct conflict with the will of the electorate. Who'd have guessed?

Let's read on.

Immigrant advocates have estimated that about 400 Massachusetts students would take advantage of the lower tuition. The advocates said they knew of no instances in other states in which immigrant students were targeted by immigration authorities after seeking the lower tuition.

But Ali Noorani -- executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, which is spearheading the fight to pass the in-state tuition bill -- concedes that his 400-student estimate was based on projections derived from a 2000 Census data that pegged the Bay State's undocumented immigrant population at about 100,000 to 150,000, well below current estimates.

OK, so essentially that estimate of 400 is as useful in this discussion as male nipples. But, for the sake of argument, let's go with it, and assume that the illegal immigrant population in Massachusetts will not increase in future years, as word spreads throughout the illegal immigrant community that they can all get free healthcare here, as well.

Hey, man, stop laughing! Work with me here.

For 400 students, the cost difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition over four years of education would be about $15 million. Healey has also warned that such a bill could end up costing tens of millions of dollars more because federal immigration law may require Massachusetts to allow all US citizens to get the in-state tuition rate if it allows undocumented immigrants to get it. A 1996 immigration act says that if states offer in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants based on their residency, the state must also offer in-state rates to out-of-state applicants, as well.

Um, Kerry, regardless of what the federal law may or may not dictate, this bill will cost tens of millions of dollars. Let's do the math.

$15 million over four years. That's $3.75 million a year for (let's see divide by pi, carry the 6) oh yeah, forever.

"This is money that would be better spent helping our legal immigrant community acquire the English skills they need to be productive members of our workforce," Healey wrote in a column in the Globe yesterday.


So, getting back to tblade's post, and its insightful title:

A. 400 Q. How many illegal immigrants would receive in state tuition, Alex?

So, can we assume then, tblade, that after the first 400 students sign up, they're shutting off the taps?

OK, that was a rhetorical question.

We're looking at 400 (yeah, right?) illegal immigrants receiving in-state tuition in just the first year of this taxpayer-funded handout. 400 more then year after that. 400 more the year after that. 400 more...

Math and logic are not some folks' strong suits.

And, if you're keeping score at home, tbalde only "forgot" to put the word "illegal" in front of "immigrant" three times in his post.