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Bob Dutton (California state senator)

You might recall California state senator Bob Dutton from his wacky 2007 plan to give everyone born in California $500. He later backed away from that plan, but the fact that he'd affix his name to it in the first place isn't a good sign.

While I haven't done extensive research into what Dutton supports in relation to immigration, he seems to be a slightly mixed bag. Per this he would "[e]liminate the requirement that health care facilities must provide non-emergency medical assistance to illegal immigrants." And, per this, he said "We should never be giving benefits to people in this country illegally."

And, on a video of a floor speech ( ) he comes out against the California DREAM Act (note: not the same as the national version). That's a good thing, but he appears to be more invested in the cost of the program rather than having an ideological opposition to what the bill would do: let illegal aliens deprive some citizens of college. He also says he "appreciates the sincerity on the part of my colleague", referring to the bill's sponsor Gil Cedillo. Obviously, Dutton has to be polite, but there must be a polite way to point out that Cedillo frequently acts more like a paid agent of the Mexican government than a California legislator. Dutton also points out that some of those who'd receive benefits under the program might not be able to find work due to their status, and refers to them as "immigrants" instead of what they are: illegal aliens.

Obviously, Dutton is far better than those like Cedillo, but he's certainly not 100% on the immigration issue.

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George Will misleads about a root cause of California problems - 05/21/11

Fiscal conservatives and libertarians have a cruel trick they like to play on the people of California: whine about the problems California faces in order to push one part of their agenda, while ignoring how another part of their agenda caused the problems in the first place. See the fiscal con page for a detailed description and several examples.

The latest pundit to pull the Fiscal Con is George Will of the Washington Post, who offers "Golden State blues", link. In the article, he misleads his readers by not revealing a major cause of high spending:

[California's supposedly high] tax levels are surely related to these demographic facts: Between 2000 and 2010, Los Angeles gained fewer people than in any decade since the 1890s, and Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area have the slowest growth rates since the end of Spanish rule. For the first time since 1920, the Census did not award California even one additional congressional seat.

The high taxes and Americans leaving the state are related: a major cause of both is high low-skilled immigration. George Will (who at least acknowledged immigration's role last year) does not do that this time.

Instead, he focuses on Republican state senator Bob Dutton; see his name's link for some background.

ADDED: A main promoter of the Fiscal Con is Glenn Reynolds; he links to Will's piece at instapundit . com/121134. While (as could be expected) he just quotes and doesn't add anything, he obviously approves of the article.

Darrell Steinberg, Bob Dutton: give every child born in California $500 (anchor babies, bank boondoggle) - 02/28/07

California Senators Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga) have introduced a bill that would given every child born in California from 2008 on a savings account with an initial deposit of $500 (AP link). The two Senators are either very high or very corrupt, perhaps both.