Citizens Dedicated To Preserving Our Constitutional Republic
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According to the Federal Highway Administration, more than 68,000 American bridges are structurally deficient. They estimate the cost to repair and maintain those bridges at $71 Billion. The Transportation.gov website has determined that most of America's roads are in poor condition, ranging from 19% in Georgia to 73% in Illinois.
Any good engineer will tell you that "deferred maintenance" (putting off repairs and maintenance) leads to higher costs ..... much higher costs. "Deferred maintenance" is what America has done to her roads, bridges, train tracks, tunnels, airports, water and sewer lines, natural gas and oil pipelines and electrical generation and power distribution facilities.
Most maintenance and repairs for infrastructure are put off because of the lack of money. But how can such a rich country allow its infrastructure to decay so badly. It puts American lives at risk and raises the cost of property damage, auto and truck repairs and insurance, astronomically? How can a country that boasts the highest standard of living on the planet be out of money and so deep in debt? The answer lies directly at the foot of "100+ Years of Progressive Rule."
Like many pundits often say, "follow the money".
The most reliable estimates state that illegal immigrants cost the American taxpayer around $113 Billion per year, $84 Billion of which is shouldered by the states. These estimates are over and above any contributions made to the economy by illegal immigrants.
Obviously, these estimates do not include the huge costs of the Border Patrol ($12 Billion in 2013, currently over 20,000 agents), Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ($5.8 Billion in FY 2011- 20,000 employees), or the cost of detainment. As an example, the federal government paid GEO Group $32,000,000 to build a containment center at the border, or $52,632 per bed. The government pays GEO Group $15,000,000 a year to operate the facility.
But the illegal immigrants detained at this one facility stay for an average of only 12 hours before most of them are released into the general population with a bond to make a court appearance. In 2010 it was reported that 715,000 of these illegal immigrants released on bond, failed to appear at the court hearings and are now living in the shadows and costing taxpayers billions of dollars every year. That number has probably doubled since 2010. Apparently, the Trump administration has stopped Obama's "catch and release" policy and illegal immigrants will be ushered back across the border to whence they came, that is if some Democrat State Attorney general doesn't convince some federal judge to overturn Trump's order.
The hard truth is, Border Patrol and ICE spend the lion's share of their time controlling border security and enforcing immigration law because of illegal immigrants. On top of that, the Border Patrol and ICE are up against open defiance from hundreds of "Sanctuary Cities." Thus, the real cost of illegal immigration is in the billions of dollars above the $113 Billion estimate.
We are told that the compassionate thing to do is to absorb as many legal and illegal immigrants that we can. Just how many illegal immigrants, that are now costing the American taxpayer $113 Billion per year or more, can America afford? It only takes $71 Billion to fix America's bridges.
But one of the other nagging questions is, how many non-assimilating illegal immigrants does it take to irreversibly alter the culture of a nation in the name of compassion? It is a fact! Too much multi-culturalism, with irreconcilable differences, destroys a free nation. It is destroying ours.
Very seldom do you see press reports on the cost to the American taxpayer for refugee resettlement programs. Since 1983 when the Office of Refugee Resettlements (ORR) was established pursuant to "The Refugee Act of 1980 (Section 413(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act", well over 2,500,000 refugees, from many parts of the globe, have been admitted to the U. S. The five-year cost for each refugee has been calculated at $64,370, or over $257,000 per household. The total annual cost is well over $3 Billion but increases every year as more refugees get on the program ..... and never get off. This does not include State Department, Health and Human Services, or Department of Homeland Security costs involved in the refugee program. Further, welfare use is staggering among refugees. Officials never count refugee welfare usage as part of the cost of the program. Yet, when it is included, some estimates put the total cost of the refugee program to as much as $20 billion a year. But worse, most refugees seldom assimilate into American culture, especially Muslim refugees.
According to the "2009 HUD Report to Congress on Refugee Resettlement", only 57.7% of refugees become self-sufficient after 5 years. Obviously then, 42.3% remain on resettlement programs, or welfare, or both. However, the definition of “self-sufficiency” has been steadily defined downward. A refugee can be considered “self-sufficient” while using all of the welfare programs available to legal Americans.
Until Trump's recent Executive Order, the program gradually shifted towards the resettlement of refugees from Muslim countries. Yes, there are some Christians or other minorities, but most are Muslims. In the early 90’s the percentage of Muslim refugees was near zero. By 2000 the program was 44% Muslim. The Muslim component decreased after 911, but today is back up to about 40% and is likely to rise. Strangely, membership in a U.S.-registered Islamic terrorist group is not a bar to entry on the program as long as the refugee was not a “direct participant” in “terrorist” activity.
More often than not, the United Nations dictates the refugees that America must take. Even worse, thanks to Obama, America is now being forced to absorb 1,250 Muslim refugees that Australia refused entry.
To many, the refugee resettlement program is a self-perpetuating global enterprise. Staff and management of the hundreds of taxpayer supported U.S. contractors are largely refugees or immigrants themselves that want to add their extended families or friends to the refugee program. Like so many government programs, the refugee resettlement program has become an ever-expanding cash cow for charitable organizations. There is so much federal money available to charitable organizations for refugee resettlement, private capital has been driven out.
Here again, we are told that the compassionate thing to do is to absorb as many refugees as we can. But how many refugees at some $20 Billion per year, can America afford? It doesn't seem like much in the general scheme of things, but the costs never go down. They just keep rising, year, after year, after year.
Once again, how many non-assimilating refugees does it take to permanently alter the culture of a nation in the name of compassion? Even compatible people can't get along very well. In-compatible people start fights and wars. Too much multi-culturalism, with irreconcilable differences, destroys a free nation. It is destroying ours as it is destroying Europe.
ADDICTION AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE:
In this category we are talking about REAL money. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the total annual cost for Tobacco abuse is $295 Billion with $130 Billion going to health care. The total cost of Alcohol abuse is $224 Billion with $25 Billion going to health care. The total cost of illicit drug abuse is $193 Billion with $11 Billion going to health care. This comes to a staggering $712 Billion per year and doesn't include the cost that addiction inflicts on human lives.
"A study funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found that 77.4 percent of treatment in 2003 was paid for by Medicaid, Medicare, and other federal, state and local sources, up from 50.4 percent in 1986. Meanwhile, the private sector's share of the treatment cost burden slipped from 49.6 percent in 1986 to 22.6 percent in 2003."
If these numbers are even remotely correct and if the taxpayer is really picking up 77.4% of the cost of addiction and substance abuse, the taxpayer is footing $551 Billion of the total annual cost. You can repair a lot of roads and fix a lot of bridges for $551 Billion. America is indeed a sick, decadent and weak nation because of rampant substance abuse. Our drug addiction also feeds the brutal drug cartels and makes them powerful billionaires that kill for sport.
According to the Heritage Foundation, "The American welfare system is very complex. It involves six major federal departments that include Health and Human Services, Department of Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development, the Labor Department, Department of Treasury and Department of Education. The total estimated annual cost for state and federal welfare is $927 Billion from 79 welfare, interrelated, overlapping agencies and programs that distribute means-tested welfare. It is not unusual for a poor family to receive benefits from four different departments through as many as six or seven overlapping programs."
The opportunities to abuse all of these programs are immense. The "Federal Safety Net" website has published statistics for welfare fraud. For fiscal year 2015, $711.4 Billion was spent on 14 welfare categories. Of that $711.4 Billion, $71.5 Billion (10.1%) was due to fraud.
How much of that $711.4 Billion goes to welfare cheats and freeloaders is almost impossible to quantify. But if all of the fraud were assigned to welfare cheats and freeloaders, that amount would repair and maintain all of America's bridges.
The Center for Immigration Studies calculated that illegal immigrant households cost an average of $5,692 per year, using at least one or more welfare programs. At 11,000,000 estimated illegal immigrants in America, (it is probably much higher than that) the cost to the American taxpayer for illegal immigrants using welfare programs comes to over $1.57 Billion per year.
Yes, America is a rich and prosperous nation with a deep culture of compassion for those less fortunate. But when compassion for refugees, illegal immigrants, addicts, the disabled and the poor becomes irrational, without regard to the resources necessary to sustain that compassion; when compassion starts eating into the very resources necessary to defend the nation and maintain its standard of living; when compassion becomes government-enforced charity at the point of a gun and destroys our cherished individual liberties; when compassion starts irrevocably altering the long-accepted culture of a nation; when compassion becomes a threat to our national security; when compassion is used as a tool by one party to buy votes to gain perpetual power as the Progressives have done for over 100 years; when compassion creates a debt that can never be repaid, then compassion becomes a mindless obsession for its own sake and is, in fact, the very definition of insanity. We will have become a poisonous spider stinging itself to death.
Everyone wants to come to America and share the freedoms we observe and millions don't mind breaking our laws to get here, or overstaying their visas. Millions of Americans and non-Americans want to "partake" in America's generosity, even if they have no right to "partake." Many want to come here to kill us.
Seven billion people live on this planet and at least 80% of that seven Billion are living in war or poverty, or under brutal dictators. America can only absorb a tiny fraction of that 80% without drowning. If we don't control our compassion for refugees and illegal immigrants, we will significantly reduce or eliminate our freedoms, change our culture to a point that it will be unrecognizable, get so far in debt there is no recovery and put our national security in grave peril.
Our roads, bridges, tunnels, train tracks, airports and utilities will never be repaired or properly maintained. This insane, Progressive-driven, "let 'em all in" mentality on the guise of compassion, or votes, will SWAMP our own lifeboat.
We predict that by the year 2040, nothing will remain of the Founder's dream of liberty for all men under a Constitutional Republic, if America continues on its current path of irrational compassion.
Give us your TAKE on the issue.
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Ron Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property rights issues and author of this weekly column, "In Defense of Rural America". Ron is the president of the National Association of Rural Landowners (NARLO) (www.narlo.org), a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State, acting as an advocate and consultant for urban and rural landowners. Affiliated NARLO websites are "SAVE THE USA" (http://www.stusa.us/) and "Getting Even With Government" (http://www.gewgov.com/). Ron can be reached for comment HERE.
The average person has the tendency to simplify solutions to problems. Using data is generally how that is done. Unless you understand the data and how the information was compiled it is very easy to build a cause and effect relationship to meet your planned expectations. Let's just take one illegal immigrant as an example and assume other than being in America illegally they have committed no other crime. That immigrant eventually finds a job, pays some forms of taxes, unless all his pay is under the table. In that case the employer is the one breaking the law and hurting the other citizens of his community. The illegal must find a place to live so he pays rent, he buys food and other sustaining materials. All which is taxed and generates jobs for others who pay taxes. Now this single immigrant most likely uses no federal or state funds for fear of being discovered. He most likely does not use any of the schools and rarely would use the hospital services unless it was a sever occasion. The work that he performs is generally much better quality than can be found by a local citizen and it is done at two thirds of the cost. This translates to lower cost products and services that each of us enjoys leaving extra cash to do as we please. If you examine the flow of dollars associated with this one illegal, you will find over time this was not a burden our other citizens. Those illegals who do come to our country and commit crimes are the ones who are driving up the cost. But that can be said for anyone who is involved in crime. It takes many times the expense of the city, state and federal agencies to fight and guard against each crime that is committed, whether it done by an illegal or a natural born citizen. I am not dismissing the importance of stopping illegal immigration or the harm that it can cause the country, but it is not necessary to throw statistics out to solve a problem when it is very easy to challenge the data. You quickly lose credibility on your issue if one can find you have not been completely honest in sharing your data. Think of a jury decision,. Provide one fact that is false and it is likely you will not get a conviction, even more likely the judge will throw the case out. Honesty and living by the Golden Rule is always the best way to make and win your point.
Jack, I am not the one who writes these, Ron Ewert is and he likes to hear from readers, that's why his contact information is included.
Your logic has too many holes in it;
First, Illegally in the country is a crime and the illegal is a criminal by definition. agreed the employer is also a criminal. both should be prosecuted. I have no objection to Immigrants as long as they have went through the LEGAL Process.
Second; Most illegals are paid in cash and do not pay taxes. Furthermore in many States they are given welfare assistance when they have not paid taxes to support that same welfare. Therefore the rent,Food etc. is subsidized by us.
Third, The Illegal you cite is from the smallest minority of illegals in this Country. As far as schooling goes every Sanctuary city puts the kids into schools and assists the parents with their welfare forms. The illegals also go to places like gleaners or other charities.
Fifth, Your idea of taxes generating jobs does not ring true because most of the taxes are shunted to Government jobs. Since Government jobs dom not create a saleable product they do not contribute to the general tax, but instead take from it much more than they pay back in taxes.
Sixth, As far as hospitals go, there is a mix of Americans and illegals that go to them for medical treatment because it's illegal for Hospitals to turn anyone away and the HIPPA Laws keep medical information confidential so Illegals don't have to worry on that account.
Seventh, Crime I won't speak to but only refer you to DOJ and FBI Statistics for the up to date information found there, including the overall cost of crimes by illegals.
M I have acknowledged at the beginning of my post coming into America without proper documentation is a crime. We can both agree at that point. The bigger issue here is how do we solve this problem. In my post I was trying to point out that articles as the one you offered do nothing to advance the solution. First it uses data that I can assure you can be challenged in every way. So my point is if we use data to guide our decisions that can be shown not to be 100% accurate are we not losing the battle to find the right solution for the problem. That is my only point M. I am not here to challenge this man's data or yours for that matter. The objective should be to find solutions to problems that is good for America and every human that reflects the standards of the Golden Rule. Let us put our ideas together in a positive way to find solutions to all the issues we face. You wouldn't want a legal system that works fairly for 90% of its citizen. That is not what I would call working in accordance with the Golden Rule. Those 10% deserve the same respect as the other 90%.
Check with Ron Ewert, he might have some suggestions. Just click on the 'Here' at the end of the article.
Trump has the answers. Just need to let him do his job.
Kevin, I am sure Trump thinks he has the answers to this issue and others but so far he has not been willing to share those ideas with the American public either as President or when he was running for President. I have yet to criticize Trump on any actions he has taken so far. I will calmly wait for Trump's plans to be announced and then I may choose to voice my opinion. So far nothing to really have any opinion on Trump's actions so far he hasn't done much to alter my views.
I can try that suggestion M but I would not be to optimistic that he will have the time or interest to answer my questions. I will keep you advised if he gives me some feedback.
The Treaty of Westphalia, which brought to a close the Thirty Years War in 1648, articulated the core Principle of National Sovereignty.
Expressed through the aspirations and will of each citizen of its nation state, each has complete sovereignty throughout its territory and in its domestic affairs. Non-national citizens( foreigners) have no such rights. None. PERIOD!!!
Since this is not an American birthed concept, many are either indifferent and/or hostile. Sad, as we could learn much from history.
Instead we spend our time engaged in sanctimonious feel good blather, so others don't think us prejudiced meanies. The rest of the world laughs.
Palmerston told us that great nations have neither allies nor friends; they merely have interests.
Were we a s smart as we think we are; we would give the rest of the world our middle finger and send their trash back across the borders w/a loud and clear message.
FIX YOUR OWN DAMM PROBLEMS!
Thomas, is not the laws we follow those within the constitution and not The Treaty of Westphalia? If we send all foreigners back from where they came who would fill the voids it would create in the advancement of our society?
Just the Illegals W/their families so we don't break up, families. Islamic Refugees, would be sent back and their jobs could be taken by the out of work Veterans we have so many of.
Ah, the conceit of someone oblivious to reality. How predictable! Apparently if it ain't in our 'Constitution' it's worthless. Hmm?
In 1783 Jefferson wrote 'All Men are created equal', a linchpin of the thinking of the Enlightenment.
Two thousand years earlier, in his Republic, Plato asserted that all Men are unequal, their 'soul 'being their unique differentiating characteristic, which is why we have never replicated Michelangelo and/or Mozart.
That moderns believe Jefferson to be correct is beyond embarrassing.