Many readers thought I was being hyperbolic a few weeks ago when I wrote that if California voters elect Gavin Newsom as their new governor in November, in just a few short months he will make current leftist Gov. Jerry Brown look like Ronald Reagan.
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What’s more, as his last term draws to a close, Brown is proving my point by exercising his lame duck veto in a manner that can only be described as common sensical.
Fox News reports that Brown vetoed two bills that typify the California left’s obsession with coddling law-breaking illegal immigrants at the expense of law-abiding citizens.
Currently an estimated 2 million illegal immigrants reside in California — although if a recent analysis by three Yale University researchers is accurate, that figure could be off by a factor of two. To judge by the actions of the legislature that figure is a stain on California’s honor and no effort must be spared to increase it.
To show there are no hard feelings in Sacramento for breaking U.S. immigration law, the leftist legislators passed a bill “that would have allowed noncitizens, including undocumented immigrants, to serve on state boards and commissions.”
According to Fox, “The bill’s authors, state Sen. Ricardo Lara and Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo, both Democrats, said the language conflicts with the 14th Amendment, which guarantees citizenship to those born or naturalized in the United States.” Actually, the amendment says nothing about the children of illegal immigrants and it certainly doesn’t permit law violators to serve on government boards.
Brown explained his veto simply, “I believe existing law, which requires citizenship for these forms of public service, is the better path.”
The other bill Brown vetoed may have been designed to make sure the illegal immigrants could make their board meetings without fear of deportation. That bill “sought to prevent immigration authorities from making arrests inside courthouses.” While sensible voters would think what better place for an arrest?
Finally, Charlotte Lozier Institute is pleased to announce the Brown has vetoed “legislation that would force campus health centers at state universities to dispense abortion-inducing drugs.”
These are three common-sense vetoes that my father would have supported without a single qualm. And I guarantee that if the three bills are passed next year, and Newsom is in the governor’s office, each and every one of them will be signed into law by Newsom regardless of the damage done to the state.
Elections have consequences, as Obama boasted, that’s why it’s important that moderates, conservatives, and independents all remember to vote this November. The survival of common sense in the governor’s office depends upon it.
Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.
Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.
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