NOTES FROM THE TRAIL

What We’ve Always Known

Tags: deficit, dream act, dreamers, taxes

Posted on December 4, 2010 by gaby | Post a comment

 


Last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report on the DREAM Act.  The report states that on balance, it would increase revenues by $2.3 billion over the next 10 years; it also estimated that enacting S. 3992 (The DREAM Act) would increase net direct spending by $912 million over the 2011-2020 period.


What does that mean? It means that when you do the math, you get a figure we knew all along.  The report states that the “CBO and JCT estimate that enacting the bill would reduce deficits by about $1.4 billion over the 2011-2020 period.”


DREAMers would significantly reduce the current deficit.  During the walk, we’d often mention that “we are not part of the problem, we are part of the solution”.  Many times we have bear witness to the misconceptions that we have been a burden to society and that we solely seek unwarranted benefits.  On the contrary, the reality is that we just want to serve and be productive members of society.


Lastly, DREAMers, by nature, are young individuals who serve in their churches, volunteer, donate, and do many unpaid internships. My hope is that if we are not getting through the legislators hearts with our stories that we are able to get through their pockets.  We hope that they understand that the DREAM Act is not only the just and fair thing to do but also something that makes economic sense at a time of need for the country.  



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