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Pay to Stay

Save the Children?

Save the Children?

US Illegal Immigration Countries of Origin

US Illegal Immigration Countries of Origin

Across the nation, the children of undocumented (i.e. illegal) immigrants are reportedly upset that they are being denied benefits that most citizens enjoy, such as student loans and scholarships, clean air and water, relatively good health care (even if it is just the emergency room), just because they can’t get a social security number (or benefits, for that matter). So sad that they have to suffer when it wasn’t even their choice to come here. Boo hoo! Their parents were responsible for ripping them from their homeland only to suffer here as fugitives from the law, unable even to pay taxes to pay for the services they are able to enjoy, like their entire primary and secondary education! They didn’t ask to live here and would have been just fine where they were born, but now that they have grown and made friends here, it wouldn’t be fair to send them home–so sad. OK, I am being sarcastic, but it also really is sad. Poor things.

But what are we to do? Send them all home? Give them all amnesty, thus encouraging millions of other potential immigrants to cross the border illegally? Ignore the problem as long as we can while doing nothing (Congress’ preferred solution)?

Wait, I have an idea! Actually, it was my wife’s idea and I’ve got to give her credit. It isn’t exactly the same as amnesty. Well, OK it sort of is a kind of amnesty, but it’s much better than the regular “bend over and let the taxpayers take it” kind of amnesty we are used to. Also, we could really use the money–especially in California. We can call it the “Pay to Stay” program. The idea is to calculate all the benefits these children and their parents enjoyed for free the entire time they lived here, including all taxes and fees they would have had to pay, compounded interest, and a little “processing” fee (call it a penalty if you want) for not doing things the legal way. That number, whatever it is, will be the price they have to pay to stay in the country. Being the good capitalists we are, we’d have the parents and children all co-sign the note and would be happy to roll it into a 30-year payment plan at a relatively low rate of interest. It might sound like indentured servitude, but it’s really just a payment plan for back taxes. For the rest of us, there is no getting out of taxes, even after bankruptcy. So, why should it be any different for illegals?

Top Counties of Origin for Canadian International Students

Top Counties of Origin for Canadian International Students

Chinese Student Immigration to Canada

Chinese Student Immigration to Canada

Think anyone would pay to stay? Just ask the Canadians how much they charge international students to live temporarily in Canada and study in their schools (secondary schools too, not just colleges). They charge big bucks and the foreigners just keep coming. And, by the way, most foreign students are from China and most of them stay in Canada after graduation. So, Canada’s immigration problem consists mainly of paying, educated foreigners who are legally accepted into the country, not freeloading, unskilled workers illegally crossing the border, as is the case in the USA.

I have nothing against immigration in general or specifically against poor immigrants from Mexico or Central America. This country was built by hard-working immigrants from all over the world and has been sustained by a constant stream of ambitious, innovative, workers coming here to build lives for their families that they are unlikely to be able to achieve in their native lands. However, if our own illegal immigrants don’t want to pay to stay, then we probably don’t want them. I’m sure someone else would be happy to come to the US and pay their way instead of living off of the growing welfare state. Is it really too much to ask that someone pay their fair share of the tax burden? What if they just don’t make or save enough money to pay their taxes? Another reason not to let them stay. We have enough lazy Americans living off welfare and other public services, so we don’t need more non-productive foreigners.

However, I’m optimistic. This country was built by hard-working, innovative immigrants. I’m sure that we will continue to thrive if we just expect the same of future generations of immigrants. Come, work hard, learn the language, contribute to your community, and you may still achieve the American dream, even if many Americans have already given up on it.

The American Dream

The American Dream

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The Mouse Tax

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

I wrote this in a moment of excessive pessimism about the growing welfare state. It isn’t that I’m against charity for those in need or for funding of programs that benefit society as a whole. I just don’t think we can afford everything that people think they deserve–at least not yet. But I think (hope) that technology will eventually provide the means by which we can produce enough goods and services to meet everyone’s basic needs after the robots take all our jobs. But I predict that it’s going to get much worse before it gets better.

If you give a mouse a cookie, he will want a glass of milk.
If you give him a glass of milk, he will also want a free supply of cheese.
If you give him free cheese, he will want a free school lunch to go with it.
If you give him a free school lunch, he will want a scholarship to go to college with you.
If you give him a scholarship, he will soon want forgiveness on his student loan so he can get out of debt.
If you write off his student loan, but he still can’t find a job because he studied the History of Cheese, he will want extended unemployment benefits.
If you give him extended unemployment benefits, he will get sick and tired of looking for a job and will want disability benefits.
If you give him disability benefits, he will want free health care to ensure he and his little ones stay healthy.
If you give him free health care, he will want subsidized housing to get out of his dirty little mouse hole.
If you give him subsidized housing, he will also want a full exemption from income taxes.
If you give him a full tax exemption, he will also want a child care credit to help take care of all his little mice.
If you give him a child care credit, he will still want social security benefits.
If you give him social security benefits, he will want amnesty so he and his mice can finally become citizens.
If you grant him amnesty and make him a citizen, he will want to vote.
If you let him register to vote, he will want to increase taxes on the rich and middle class workers to pay for all of his benefits.
If you promise to increase taxes for everyone else and increase his benefits, he will vote for you and will live happily ever after.
If he lives happily ever after, his children will have to deal with the eventual economic collapse, but who cares? It’s not his problem.

If You Give a Pig a Party

If You Give a Pig a Party