Nothing — no matter how crazy — coming out of the insane state of California surprises us anymore.
Now the state has announced that it will be giving food stamps to undocumented migrants. Being a food stamp recipient, of course, is one of the primary ways to qualify for the Lifeline free government cell phone program. Since the Lifeline program has limited resources, more phones for non-citizens means fewer phones for American citizens and legal residents. In other words, you.
Here are the details from Breitbart.com:
This week, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced a budget deal with Democrat state legislators that includes providing food stamps, paid for by California’s taxpayers, to illegal aliens 55 and older — the first initiative of its kind in the United States.
An executive with the group Nourish California told the Fresno Bee that the policy is historic for the state, saying, “California is once again making history by removing xenophobic exclusions to our state’s safety net.”
This is just such a typical government nonsense. If it sounds good, do it without any regard for the Law of Unintended Consequences. And the primary unintended consequence is that poor, deserving Americans will be denied free government cell phones so that they can be given to illegal aliens.
Expansion of the state’s CalFresh food stamps program will cost California’s taxpayers more than $35 million and about 75,000 illegal aliens are expected to enroll every year.
What they don’t say is that it also means that 75,000 citizens and legal residents will NOT get free government cell phones.
The Law of Unintended Consequences reigns supreme in the formerly great state of California.
Citizens and legal residents get the short end of the stick once again. We would say that we hope the California legislature reconsiders this shortsighted plan, but what are the odds of a politician doing the right thing for once?
Slim and none.