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I am: progressive, not a wild-eyed Progressive; liberal, but shun liberals and Liberals; conservative, but some Conservatives worry me; absolutely NOT a libertarian. I am: an idealist, but no utopian; a pragmatist, but no Machiavellian. I am a realist who dreams.


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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Reblogged:English in America
   ESL: Who Pays?

In the recent debate over making English the official language of the United States, the most pernicious and insidious argument against it, is the rationale that if we designate one language as the official language then we must start fully funding English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.


To become an American citizen, my wife had to pay an application fee of $330. This was not an option; it was mandatory.

Can someone refer me to the appropriate forms to get a reimbursement for this required fee? Certainly, if the government is going to require an application for citizenship, they should pay for it.


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