Ben Franklin

I recieved a copy of a very well-reasoned blog today. On the surface, it makes a lot of sense.

“Common sense, economic theory, and a fair
reading of the research on this question indicate
that allowing in so many immigrants (legal and
illegal) with relatively little education reduces
the wages and job prospects for Americans with
little education. These are the Americans who are
already the poorest workers. Between 2000 and
2005, the number of jobless natives (age 18 to
64) with no education beyond a high school degree
increased by over two million, to 23 million,
according to the Current Population Survey.
During the same period, the number of
less-educated immigrants (legal and illegal)
holding a job grew 1.5 million.”

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I think the premise is wrong. Other statistics show that finding the actual number of citizens on welfare is extremely difficult. Searching Google for “number of people on welfare in the US – 2010” turned over 85,700,000 results, most all NOT dealing with how many. I found how much we spend, broken down into varying small amounts that make summing the money almost impossible, let alone coming up with realistic figures.  The chart at the right, from USA Today, will give a little light on the subject, but I am suspicious of the findings. I think the red Welfare line does not reflect many who get state aid, Medicaid and other semi-permanent assistances.

What many areas have found is that when the illegal workers are removed, jobs are not always filled. Especially agricultural and transient type jobs. The benefits of welfare, which are based on poverty levels of $23,000 annual income and higher, along with Medicaid and Food Stamps and extended unemployment benefits, make taking these types of jobs undesirable for our general population. After all, why work when you can walk to the mail box every week and get a check from good ol’ Uncle Sam? (A notible exception was a recent raid on a meat packing company. When all the illegals were deported, over 500 people showed up for the few jobs available. Companies paying arbitrarily low rates to force out all but the illegals are a whole subject on their own, stay tuned for my thoughts on that.)

Am I knocking the assistance? No, there are many who temporarily need assistance through no fault of their own. They should have it. Permanent assistance? Other than disabled Veterans and a very few others, a resounding “NO!”

The current administration is busy getting more and more millions of our citizens “on the welfare rolls” and “off the tax rolls.” The current administration is busy promoting class warfare Why? Look at the Socialist agenda. Take all the wealth of a country. Help yourself to generous amounts, and redistribute just enough of the crumbs to get reelected.

Oh yeah, back to the title subject. Ben Franklin, a quote for our times, I think.

I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.

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