A big problem with spreading a lie is that if you repeat it often enough, you start to believe it. The falsehood that government can spend without using taxpayer revenue became very popular when Barack Obama took office, as talk of debt and deficit grew and legislators needed to justify their spending habits. Suddenly bills were already paid for, and became deficit-free or even reduced the deficit. Nothing in government had a cost. According to Harry Reid, even the health care bill is paid for:
The Congressional Budget Office has determined that this law will be fully paid for, will bend the health care cost curve, and will reduce the deficit by $143 billion over the next ten years and more than a trillion in the next decade. 
Are states guilty of believing that spending has no cost? When the Illinois DREAM Act was passed, supporters were quick to point out that no taxpayer money would be used because the scholarships provided for in the bill were privately funded (see: Illinois DREAM Act: Smarter Illegals, Better Frauds?). Does this make the DREAM Act cost-free to Illinois’ taxpayers? Maintaining public colleges has a cost. Paying instructors, administrators, and counselors has a cost. Reducing tuition rates has a cost. All of these costs are borne by taxpayers. States are spending taxpayer money on illegal immigrants by allowing them to attend public colleges, even if they do not grant the benefit of resident tuition.
Public employees also have a cost. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees found out the hard way that Illinois had no money for the cost of pay raises. Unions showed themselves willing to ignore partisan preference, and Democratic governor or not, Illinois was sued by AFSCME. Did Illinois turn its back on the union over more than just a pay raise?
State initiatives limiting collective bargaining for public employees are spreading. Utah has reconsidered its union laws. Utah also gives resident tuition to illegals. Massachusetts recently passed a watered-down collective bargaining bill supported by its Democratic governor, who supports resident tuition for illegals. Even Illinois is looking at limiting collective bargaining, but the state has allowed illegal immigrants to pay resident tuition since 2003.
Everything in government has a cost. The expense of a unionized public employee workforce, and the costs of raises and benefits, are glaring line items when states scrutinize their failing budgets. Do state lawmakers believe their own nonsense that illegal immigrants attending public colleges cost taxpayers nothing, or have they swallowed the Obama administration’s claim that granting citizenship to illegals will save our economy? In America the broke, unions could lose out to political lies spread for the benefit of 11 million illegal immigrants. After all, Democrats already have the union vote. Illegals turned citizens are a resource yet to be tapped.
1..United States Senator for Nevada Harry Reid. Health Insurance Reform Means a Better Future for Nevada. http://reid.senate.gov/issues/healthcare.cfm, retrieved July 22, 2011.