The dishonesty of the licenses-for-illegals lobby doesn't stop there. The Variety ad asks Schwarzenegger to sign a bill he already vetoed. (Actually, the governor vetoed Assembly Bill 2895, which SB60 was folded into.) Only if and when lawmakers pass the latest SB60 could he act.
The Perez ad also repeatedly reminds Schwarzenegger that he "promised" to pass a driver's license bill. Wrong.
A quick recap: Former Gov. Gray Davis had vetoed earlier versions of SB60. But Davis agreed to sign a driver's license bill when he faced the recall that eventually unseated him. Emboldened by the fact that Davis would sign any bill, even a bad one, Cedillo and company sent Davis a bill with no safeguards -- it would have enabled violent fugitives to obtain a gateway legal document.
After the recall and its clear demonstration of the wrath of California voters, Sacramento lawmakers, fearful for their sorry careers, voted to revoke SB60.They pretended they could undo the bill because Schwarzenegger pledged to work with them to produce a more acceptable bill. But that was an act -- a bad act.
Schwarzenegger had issued the vague pledge to work for a "sensible solution," but in politics, such talk is not a promise but a hedge. After all, no licenses for illegal immigrants is a sensible solution.
The Democrats who voted for the bill and then against it were hiding behind the governor so they wouldn't have to admit this simple truth: When their seats were on the line, they were happy to leave Rosanna Perez on the bus from East L.A. to the Westside, and back again at night.
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