Nose, Say Goodbye To Face

January 8th, 2010at 07:22am Posted by Eli

One of the most frustrating trends in American politics is this idea that some people are so undeserving that the government must never do anything for them, even if it would help the rest of the country as a whole.  We saw it with the stimulus bill (and every time there’s a stimulus bill), where the most effective stimulus measures (food stamps, extended unemployment insurance, etc.) always meet with the most resistance because they primarily benefit the poor and unemployed.  No matter that they’re the people most likely to spend their stimulus money back into the economy which is the whole idea, because they haven’t earned that money, and we’ll be damned if we let our hard-earned tax dollars go to lazy freeloaders.

In other words, many Americans would rather let the recession and 10% employment continue rather than give money to the people who need it most (tax cuts for the rich are fine, because they’re all such hard workers and productive members of society).

Now there’s a study showing that legalizing undocumented immigrants would increase GDP by $1.5 trillion over ten years, and even if it turns out to be completely correct and valid, even undisputed, I predict that it will have exactly zero impact.  Because even if it would be a huge benefit to our economy, there’s no way we’re going to give those people a free pass for sneaking into our country.

It’s sad, really.  If you told America that for every dollar it gave to a homeless guy it would get two dollars in return, it would still walk right by him and tell him to get a job.

Entry Filed under: Economy,Immigration,Politics


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