Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The American taxpayer is ALWAYS the Forgotten Man — especially in the immigration fight

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The president will never have as much leverage or a better impetus for a budget fight than he does now. Will he finally demand action and use his veto for leverage?
On December 8, the government will face its final budget deadline with Republicans in control of the trifecta of government. A budget, at its core, is an expression of our values. There is no greater value more relevant to this budget deadline than protecting the taxpayers from the high cost of illegal aliens invading our border, draining our schools and communities, and flooding us with the most deadly drugs and gangs that help fund international terrorism. It’s high time for Trump to finally take his case to the American people in dramatic fashion and threaten to veto any bill that fails to address the border crisis, not just from the standpoint of funding the border wall, but also ending the invasion permanently.
In her epic book on the Great Depression, “The Forgotten Man,” Amity Shlaes explains the progressive philosophy of using someone else’s money to make yourself feel good about another person’s plight using the following analogy from William Graham Sumner, the great 19th century Yale philosopher:
As soon as A observes something which seems to him to be wrong, from which X is suffering, A talks it over with B, and A and B then propose to get a law passed to remedy the evil and help X. Their law always proposes to determine what C shall do for X or, in the better case, what A, B and C shall do for X. As for A and B, who get a law to make themselves do for X what they are willing to do for him, we have nothing to say except that they might better have done it without any law, but what I want to do is to look up C. I want to show you what manner of man he is. I call him the Forgotten Man.
Shlaes applied this to government-sanctioned redistribution of wealth from one American to another by elite politicians who don’t use their money but other people’s money. Now, extrapolate the concept of the forgotten man to immigration and border policy, where politicians and judges are redistributing wealth to impoverished and often socially troubled people coming in by the millions from Central America without any regard for the taxpayer. And in this case, the laws say the exact opposite – whether they are our border laws, criminal alien statutes, or public charge protections.
Read the rest from Daniel Horowitz HERE.

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