New York Governor David Paterson, no stranger to controversy, is a perfect example of why our country is in trouble.
When a caller to a radio talk show asked Paterson yesterday about the financial burden illegal aliens put on taxpayers, the Governor answered in typical political mumbo jumbo when he replied “There’s a difference between illegal aliens and illegal permanent residents. Illegal aliens obviously shouldn’t be here, and the only time that we aren’t as aggressive in trying to find illegal aliens is when it’s a health care issue.” The governor than told the caller “If you know any illegal aliens that are here that shouldn’t be here, then the important thing is to report it to the INS and let’s get moving so that we reduce that number.”
Huh? An illegal alien shouldn’t be here, according to Paterson, but apparently an illegal permanent resident is okay with him. Gee, the way I always understood it, illegal is illegal. Just like you can’t be a little bit pregnant, either you are or you aren’t. But apparently there are shades of illegality in New York!
The Governor’s comments ignited a firestorm of criticism from the immigration reform crowd. When asked if he agreed with Paterson’s comments, Rick Lazio, who hopes to replace Paterson said “No!” and added that immigrants should not be political scapegoats.
Not to be outdone, Paterson quickly released a statement in which he backpedaled from his earlier radio comments, claiming that they were taken out of context. Patterson’s statement said. “Any suggestion that individuals contact law enforcement to report known undocumented immigrants would not achieve our shared goal to ensure a decent quality of life and the safety of all New York State residents, including undocumented immigrants. Anyone who knows my background, who knows my career in public service, knows that I have always fought for the rights of all people in New York.”
Okay, so the highest elected official in the state of New York is opposed to citizens contacting law enforcement to report criminals. And the rival for his job also obviously feels that it is more important to make illegal aliens and their supporters happy than it is to enforce the law.
You can’t blame this on political party affiliations, since Paterson is a Democrat and Lazio is a Republican. What it comes down to is that no matter who sits in the big office in Albany, they don’t hold the laws of this country in very high regard. And it’s not just in New York. All too many elected officials on the local, state, and national level have forgotten that their duty is to serve the citizens who elected them. They are too busy currying favor from special interest groups and lining their pockets with lobbyist money. It’s time to clean house, from Washington to New York to California,and every place in between.
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