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Dayton said, "Undocumented workers do not pay income tax unless they have a Social Security number that doesn't belong to them." All she had to do was spend 20 seconds on the Internet to learn — as letter writer Celina Su did — that the Internal Revenue Service routinely gives non-Social Security taxpayer identification numbers to students and others without green cards or citizenship papers, and that in 2005, holders of those ITINs paid $5 billion into tax coffers. Also, listing the cost of educating children without fully looking at the benefits the state receives from that education is dishonest.Whack! Frankly, though, Sen. Dayton doesn't need to spend 20 seconds researching what she's talking about. A few months ago, she was honored by some right-wing 'grassroots' group for being 100 percent predictable. Now, most people would be embarrassed to be so lockstep as to not have a single differing opinion. Heck, the two VoU bloggers disagree on something at least once a week. Chris Cannon strays from the pack on immigration. Orrin Hatch has stem cell research and CHIP. Rob Bishop has--is that guy still in Congress?
Anyway, it's hard to do independent research and remain 100 percent predictable. That 20 seconds isn't just 20 seconds; it's a way of life.