WASHINGTON EXAMINER EDITORIAL!
Examiner Local Editorial: On Maryland referenda, just say ‘no’
October 13, 2012 | 8:00 pm
On Election Day, Maryland citizens will have the rare opportunity to overturn three controversial measures passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Martin O’Malley. The right to referendum, enshrined in the Maryland Constitution, gives the people the final say in such disputes. We applaud MDPetitions.com, whose hard work collecting online signatures has given Maryland citizens the ability to check the excesses of one-party rule in Annapolis. Voters should take full advantage of their power.
The Washington Examiner recommends voting Against ballot Questions 4, 5 and 6.
Question 4: Public Institutions of Higher Education — Tuition Rates
The so-called Dream Act (not to be confused with a federal immigration proposal by the same name) offers in-state college tuition rates to the children of illegal immigrants brought to this country as children, but who nonetheless cannot legally live or work here. This is a benefit for which Americans for other states are not eligible, which probably makes it illegal under federal law. More than 100,000 Maryland taxpayers signed the petition that successfully blocked the law from going into effect.
Question 5: Congressional Districting Plan
The “Marymander” — the state’s newly redrawn congressional district map — is a perfect example of the dark political art of partisan gerrymandering. The lopsided and absurdly shaped districts in the new map have been aptly compared with “blood spatter at a crime scene.” This was the price of drawing Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R, out of office. But the map is also opposed by Democrats in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, who rightly object to lumping longtime constituents with voters as far away as the Maryland Panhandle and the Eastern Shore. This map represents a raw power play that makes a travesty of the electoral process.
Question 6: Civil Marriage Protection Act
As wealthy taxpayers fled Maryland to escape 24 new taxes, Gov. O’Malley made gay marriage the centerpiece of his legislative agenda. The measure is a divisive one in the state, which, in 1973, became the first to legally define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Same-sex couples already enjoy equal protection under Maryland law, and far less intrusive legal guarantees of that protection (such as a civil union laws) have long been available. There was no need for the state legislature to intervene and redefine an age-old institution with so much religious and cultural significance, apparently for the sake of boosting O’Malley’s future presidential hopes.
NUMBERSUSA RECOMMENDS ITS MARYLAND MEMBERS VOTE AGAINST THE SO-CALLED DREAM ACT, QUESTION # 4!
This is a special message for NumbersUSA members in Maryland. www.NumbersUSA.com
Dear Maryland activists,
Election Day gives Marylanders an opportunity to overturn a law the state legislature passed that gives illegal aliens access to subsidized in-state tuition rates. Question 4 on the ballot (see below) asks voters whether they are for or against the Maryland DREAM Act. Please vote against Question 4 and encourage your family and friends to do so as well.
After the DREAM Act became law in 2011, Del. Neil Parrott spearheaded a petition drive to let the voters decide whether the law should remain on the books. The petition drive obtained more than 110,000 signatures, almost twice the required number. But voters must weigh in against Question 4 to complete the victory.
Unfortunately, Question 4 opponents will have to work hard to counter a campaign by supporters of the measure. “The other side is very well-funded with government money,” Del. Parrott said. “It’s not surprising that they’re organized and on the street right now.”Kristin Ford, spok eswoman for Educating Maryland Kids, said the pro-Dream Act ballot committee has bought $54,000 in radio time in the Baltimore area. Ford said she expects the campaign to spend more than $1 million on paid media out of a total budget of about $1.5 million. The group is a broad-based coalition that includes labor unions, churches and the pro-illegal alien group CASA of Maryland. “We’ve had a lot of folks bring money to the table,” Ford said. The pro-Dream Act group has begun running radio ads and will have ads on television from mid-October through Election Day.
Opponents don’t have a committee registered with the state, and their donations are less than the state’s campaign finance reporting requirements. “We are relying on the grassroots support that we have throughout the state to disse minate information as soon as we get it, said Del. Parrott.
Reasons to Vote Against Question 4
At a time when the state faces budgetary problems and American students face tuition and fee increases, the DREAM Act makes no sense. Maryland taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize in-state tuition for illegal aliens.
Even if illegal-alien students get a college degree, they are still in the country illegally and cannot legally obtain employment nt except through the Obama Administration’s temporary deferred action amnesty. That means that Maryland taxpayers will have underwritten the education of someone who can’t use their degree legally in the U.S.
Slots at Maryland universities and colleges should be reserved for citizens, military families stationed here and legal foreign students. For every illegal alien admitted to a college, an American student or legal resident is turned away.
Giving college subsidies and seats to illegal aliens creates an incentive for more people to illegally cross our borders or overstay their visas.
How You Can Help Defeat Question 4
First and foremost, please vote “AGAINST” Question 4 on November 6th and encourage your family and friends to do so as well.
If you would like to volunteer to help defeat the measure, or otherwise support it, we suggest contacting Brad Botwin of Help Save Maryland at (240) 447-1884 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MD DREAM ACT PAPERWORK
THINK ALL MARYLAND UNIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE OFFICIALS ARE UP TO THE TASK OF DETERMINING IF REQUIRED PAPERWORK FOR GRANTING IN-STATE COLLEGE TUITION FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IS LEGITIMATE?? I SERIOUSLY DOUBT IT!
MARYLAND AND FEDERAL OFFICIALS BLEW THE INVESTIGATION ON THIS SEEMINGLY EASY CASE BELOW. I’M SURE THEY HANDED THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT A GUN AS A CORRECTIONS OFFICER. YIKES!