The last Republican presidential debate this past week was dreadful. From booing an American solider to calling for the Education Department to be eliminated the debate was nothing more than a ludicrous display from the right-wing.
But what has followed from those who love to kvetch on talk radio turns out to be just as bad as the debate itself.
Conservatives have been kicking Texas Governor Rick Perry for his answer about allowing eligible children of undocumented immigrants to be able to attend state colleges in Texas, and pay in-state tuition.
This blog has been a long-time champion of this concept.
It is an idea that conservatives should embrace as it involves personal responsibility along with a desire to better one’s self and be less prone to needing government programs. With a job comes the additional benefits of growing the economy and increased tax revenues for more military spending.
Republicans should love this idea!
So what makes all this hard for conservative to understand? Why are so many spending time this weekend kicking Perry for not being conservative enough?
I strongly suspect that Perry would echo the words I penned in June of this year.
Why should a bright and capable young person, who has successfully completed high school, and possesses the ability to attend a state university be denied in-state tuition rates simply because they came to Wisconsin from another country with their parents, having no ability as a child to make life decisions? Why should anyone wish to force these capable young and keen minds into a permanent economic underclass that will be their fate unless they find the education to meet the requirements of the ever-changing economy?
I firmly belive that a rather large swath of the conservative element in this nation has an issue with ‘brown people’.
If these were Poles or Brits who had somehow landed in this nation and had skin that resembled that of Rush Limbaugh (just not as stretched out) there would be no lather about the words expressed by Perry.
To his credit on this matter Rick Perry took the correct path, promoted a sensible and needed policy, and deserves to be praised. I can find many reasons Perry should not be elected president, but his humanity and reasonableness about educating the children of undocumented immigrants clearly is not one of them.