California Passes DREAM Act

In Washington, Nancy Pelosi is declaring a new "age of austerity." But her state of California apparently didn't get the memo, and passed a version of the DREAM Act.

Following through on a campaign promise, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law Monday easing access to privately funded financial aid for undocumented college students. He also signaled that he was likely to back a more controversial measure allowing those students to seek state-funded tuition aid in the future.

Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles), author of the private financial aid measure, described it as an important but incremental step toward expanding opportunities for deserving students who were brought to the U.S. illegally through no choice of their own. Cedillo is pressing ahead with a more expansive measure that would make certain undocumented students eligible for the state's Cal Grants and other forms of state tuition aid.

Brown said he was "positively inclined" to back that bill but would not make a decision until it crosses his desk.

So much for austerity. The state that may be in the worst financial shape of all the states is pressing ahead with giving benefits to illegal aliens -- privately funded today, sure, but publicly funded as soon as Brown and co. think they can get away with it.

Democrats just aren't getting the message that the age of the government giveaway has to end, or we're doomed to hit bankruptcy.