Monday, May 01, 2006

Agreeing with Lou Dobbs?

Good ol' Hawkins pointed me in the direction of this Lou Dobb's article which proves (at least to me) that Dobbs has decided to take his editorial direction from the ramblings of yours truly. For serious.

Ok, well, maybe not. *BUT* it is worth pointing out that someone else has finally wised up to calling out the obvious dirty communist ties to this illegal amnesty movement. Granted, he's citing a Washington Post article about the same, but he does hail it as the only major newspaper to have half a wits clue as to the linkage here.

And go figure. Lou Dobb's isn't exactly Sean Hannity, politically speaking, so it's not like this can be dismissed as some right-wing conspiracy. Alright - well I'm sure it will, but it stands to reason that it shouldn't.

A quote from the article:

Just how significant is the impact of leftists within the illegal immigration movement? It is no accident that they chose May 1 as their day of demonstration and boycott. It is the worldwide day of commemorative demonstrations by various socialist, communist, and even anarchic organizations.
Beyond the communist tie (which is enough irritation in my book as it is), the article calls out some additional facts which I would think people would find interesting, if more of them actually dug into these sorts of issues. (props again to Hawkins who called out this quote on his own site):

"The meat packers are confirming what we know," says University of Maryland economics professor Peter Morici, "and that is that this large group of illegal aliens in the United States is lowering the wage rate of semiskilled workers, people who are high school dropouts or high school graduates with minimal training."

In fact, a meat-packing job paid $19 an hour in 1980, but today that same job pays closer to $9 an hour, according to the Labor Department. That's entirely consistent with what we've been reporting -- that illegal aliens depress wages for U.S. workers by as much as $200 billion a year in addition to placing a tremendous burden on hospitals, schools and other social services.

So what does all that other stuff cost? I found this report on the impact of illegal immigration which states the following:
  • Illegal alien households are estimated to use $2,700 a year more in services than they pay in taxes, creating a total fiscal burden of nearly $10.4 billion on the federal budget in 2002. Among them:
      • Medicaid $2.5 B
      • Uninsured treatments $2.2 B
      • Food assistance programs $1.9 B
      • Federal aid to schools $1.4 B
That doesn't include the states cost of schools, which is where most of the school funding comes from. Does anyone else think that it's insane that we should be doling out almost $5 billion in heal services, $2.5 B of which comes from an actual entitlement program? Who oversees these things, and why should someone that just shows up be allowed to participate in our entitlement programs? I have enough reservations about these kinds of things, and that's when I assumed that only actual American citizens could participate in American entitlement programs.

And that's not all:
  • If illegal aliens were legalized and began to pay taxes and use services like legal immigrants with the same education levels, the estimated annual fiscal deficit at the federal level would increase from $2,700 per household to nearly $7,700, for a total federal deficit of $29 billion.
So great. Grant amnesty and end up paying more. Muy Buen.

It really makes you wonder if we even need a "guest worker" program of if that's not just a pile of hogwash. Who wants a program, legal or not, that drives down wages and creates an additional deficit burden on the economy? At this point looks to me that that would be a horrible, horrible idea. I'd much rather see some kind of expanding immigration policy for knowledge and skilled workers -- the kind that contribute positively to the economy while helping the US maintain technological competitiveness.

Really - if you think about it - it's no wonder that the communists are tied in closely to the illegals. These are people that disregard the rule of law, feel that they are somehow entitled to the jobs they hold, and receive more in entitlements and wealth redistribution than they contribute to it. That reads like a Karl Marx dream right there.
"From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs!"
- Karl Marx, 1874
Ok - so what *I NEED* is for all these people to get a clue and figure out that it's a free, capitalist society that created the economy, economic opportunity, and (unfortunately) entitlement infrastructure that these illegals are so anxious to demand the rights to. "From each" of you, I expect you to use your "abilities" to tell these people to wise up.

Commies marching in the streets of America in 2006. Who would have thought.

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