Think about what your elected representatives are saying. Consider their messages. The people at these demonstrations are not fringe elements or the disenfranchised. They include the Mayor of Los Angeles, the former Speaker of the California State Assembly (whose son was just convicted of murder) and other elected officials.
They recognize that America is a successful “entitlement” society. Americans have aided in the creation of that perception unfortunately, from the well-meaning “Nanny State” liberals to the cheap-labor-loving enterprise owners who do not care about the ultimate cost to the public at large. The problem with entitlement societies is that when those who are entitled to its benefits become vastly disproportionate to those who are paying for those benefits, the economic base degenerates under its weight and slowly spirals into decay. At some point the society can longer pay for all the benefits it showers upon its residents [of all classes] and it breaks down. Welcome to the Greece of today and California of tomorrow.
The people at these demonstrations do not want to become part of traditional America, its culture, or its values. They want to recreate America in their own image, and if you wonder what that is, just look over the fence. Now, I admit there are many many wonderful, loving, decent and intelligent people and many wonderful places in Mexico, but as a whole, their economic system, their culture, and their country has failed the common people there. Never has there been so many revolutions and so little progress as there has been in Mexico.
As for the protestors claim of entitlement based on their Hispanic, actually Native American [because in truth the Spaniards were merely the first of the white invaders] “birthright”, I would remind them that their tribes didn’t live here before the white man came. The present-day immigrants from Mexico are not of the same tribes as those who occupied the lands we now call California. The descendants of those native tribes number in a few thousands today. In their day -or were they in power today – they would have given a very rough reception to someone from south of the Rio Grande coming north to settle in their tribes’ territories to claim the bounty of their lands. Ethnic solidarity based on “color” is a relatively modern invention. If you don’t agree, study the history of the Aztecs and their ruthless subjugation and murder of their “brown” brothers, and get back to me.
(h/t Mark S.)
Comment withheld due to not wanting to muddy up your site with my REAL thoughts … they're just not fit to print!
I can understand the how and why of Mexicans entering the USA illegally but what I don't follow is how they get benefits. Everyone in the USA has to have a social security number – yes? We even had to declare our SS number when getting connected up to the electricity (!!). In this day and age, with all the technology at our disposal, why can't checks be done to see if a person's documentation actually matches up to the correct details held centrally. If you are using the SS number of a dead person, say, the game is up! We had a problem in Britain with "health tourists" using our NHS Emergency Departments for treatment they couldn't afford at home. Minimal checking was done as to their ID. Now every Briton registered with the NHS is on a database and so they can see if you are a British resident and hence entitled to free treatment. I don't like the "database state" but in instances like this it has to make sense ……
Cambridge Lady – You can get medical treatment free of charge by walking into any hospital in the US. You don't need any form of identification.
Welfare and food stamps are doled out irrespective of citizenship (to spite what the rules say) whether it is based on fraudulent ID or whatever other basis.
Here are some facts you can check:
1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by state governments.
2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC and free school lunches for illegal aliens.
Verify at: cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.HTML
3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.
Verify at: cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.HTML
4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!
Verify at: transcripts.cnn.com/TRANscriptS/0604/01/ldt..0.HTML
5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.
Verify at transcripts.cnn.com/TRANscriptS/0604/01/ldt.01.HTML
6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.
Verify at: transcripts.cnn.com/%20TRANscriptS/0604/01/ldt.01.HTML
7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.
8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.
I'm still not sure how citizens of another country are "entitled" to anything within the U.S.
WoFat – they're not. Yet for some bizarre reason – they somehow are. I guess it's because the Democrats want to use OUR money to buy THEIR votes.
Just wanted to drop a note saying that I really like your blog! Keep up the great work!
LL, those stats are damning, for them and for us.
The problem with illegal aliens is one of our own making. And we can continue to shell out billions or turn off the tap.
barack hussein obama and his regime would have us shower illegal aliens with expensive benefits in the hopes of spending our money to buy votes with another (stupid) amnesty for them.
I suggest that we harden the border, embrace legal immigration and send the wetbacks home.
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