19 January 2006
The udderlying cause
There are times when I read something, write a link to it, and think "Maybe this isn't the time." And it sits out on the desktop somewhere it's not even in the actual blog database waiting for me to get off the dime and either run the damn thing or forget I ever saw it.
After four days, I've decided to opt for the former. From Arizona Watch, Benway's explanation of why we have an illegal-immigration problem in the first place:
We've voted ourselves all these safety nets and government benefits as citizens of this country, and we'll be damned if we're going to start giving these benefits away to someone new. It costs too much. We don't want to pay for it. Besides, we have a "right" to American jobs ourselves, even if we don't want them.
That is the immigration debate in a nutshell. Our lips are locked on the government teats, feeding on the milk of privilege, and we don't want competition.
There will be no solution to illegal immigration until the taxpayers stop rewarding themselves unearned benefits. Eliminating the welfare state removes many of the incentives to illegally immigrate. If you've got to pay for your kids to go to school and pay for your own healthcare, only the truly motivated are going to immigrate, and those who do will be valuable additions to our country. But if we're going to deny these incentives to immigrants, then we must also deny them to ourselves. The alternatives are either the current situation, or a slave state, with a second class of immigrant persons laboring to ensure a fat government teat upon which citizens suckle.
Okay, hardline and then some. Of course, we are paying for school some of us are, anyway just not directly. And I don't believe for a moment that the vast majority of immigrants will end up as parasites.
But given the choice between building a wall and tearing down the welfare state, which do you think will actually happen?Posted at 9:08 AM to Political Science Fiction