Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Time Cover

The Time magazine cover story this week says, “30% of America’s high school students will leave without graduating” (Time, April 17, 2006). But, luckily since illegal immigrants have taken all the low skilled jobs, 3 out of every 10 young people right now will end up on Welfare. Or do you think these students without a high school education will be qualified to be a doctor or lawyer or work in a career where they will not have to compete with illegal immigrants for jobs?

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nobody put a gun to these kids heads and made them quit school. They need to be responsible to themselves. I can't feel too bad for someone who is handed an opportunity and they walk away from it.

Wed Apr 12, 05:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Spotz said...

Hold up, I thought it was immigrants who were clogging the welfare system. I get confused.

How is Time defining Welfare? I mean, is it a few dollars for rental assistance, a block or two of monthly cheese, or some food stamps? Why did they "leave without graduating?" Did they get a GED? Wouldn't they be working a low-skill job anyway?

I'm not sure what the point is. Are you saying immigrants took all the jobs for drop-outs; or kids today are lazy; or 30% of 30% of young people will receive some kind of Welfare for an unspecified time; or if you drop out you should be able to get a lettuce-picking job that pays well enough to not require government assistance.

Wed Apr 12, 09:27:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Sure, I don’t feel bad for the kids who drop out of high school because they find it boring or they find it too tough. But the reality is that even though I might not feel bad for them, they are not educated or skilled enough for most jobs and instead will have one of two options: welfare or manual labor. So no, don’t feel bad for them, but accept reality, if there are no low skilled manual labor jobs out there because the government continues to allow more and more illegal immigrants to pass through the border, increases the number of guest worker visas, does not deport those who are here illegally, and does not punish businesses from illegally hiring people who are in this country illegally, then no, you don’t have to have sympathy for them, you only have to give up more and more of your paycheck in taxes to pay for a growing welfare system.

Wed Apr 12, 12:40:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Illegal aliens don’t clog up the welfare system because technically they should not be receiving welfare because they are not citizens.
And even though you joke about “a few dollars for rental assistance, a block or two of monthly cheese, or some food stamps,” who do you think pays for those blocks of cheese, food stamps, and those “few dollars” for rental assistance? But that is only a fraction of the problem, people on welfare receive a monthly “paycheck” from the government and this paycheck is even higher for unwed mothers and higher still for the more children an unwed mother has. Welfare was meant to be a safety-net for the most desperate of people in the most desperate of times, but it has become a free-ride to too many for too long.
There are only but so many “good” low skilled jobs, but the rest are construction, yard work, housecleaning, restaurant work, and meat packing jobs that are being taken by illegal immigrants. If these kids who drop out of high school don’t find work because the jobs are taken then they will turn to welfare and then the rest of us have to work to support them. Congratulations, you put México to work and paid for their welfare system and now you have to pay for ours too.

Wed Apr 12, 12:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honestly, if they don't have it in'em to finish High School, what are the chances they're going to stick with a job? Some of these kids would end up on welfare whether there are illegals taking the jobs or not.

Wed Apr 12, 01:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Spotz said...

The Welfare Mother is a myth that Reagan came up with, for real, not being a flaming liberal.
But, of course, there are abuses to the Welfare (or any, public or private assistance) system.

Any "fault" lies with the corporations who hire illegals. The same companies who pressured Congress after the 80's amnesty to relax the enforcement of illegal immigration to have a source of cheap labor. Would these American drop-outs be ok with being locked in Wal-mart overnight to clean?
Not to go too far off on a tangent, but Wal-mart encourages its workers to get on Welfare so they can pay them less. These are legal American workers, perhaps high school drop-outs.

If the opportunities provided by companies to illegals become unavailable, doesn't it follow that illegals wouldn't have a reason to come?

Wed Apr 12, 01:17:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

I disagree that simply because they did not finish High School means that they are going to be too lazy to work, at least God help us that that is not true. But, I can look back to past generations and to more recent examples of people either in my family or that I have met who for whatever reason did not finish High School or barely completed High School and yet none of them went on Welfare. No, they did not get high paying jobs and instead worked low skilled and low paying jobs in the coal mines and working construction. But, even so, there are less and less coal mine jobs each year and regardless of what anyone says there are also a finite number of construction jobs. So we have one of two choices, because someone won’t have a job, either we have legal citizens who don’t have a job and thus stay on Welfare or we have illegal aliens who don’t have a job and have to find a means t support themselves in this country. Either way those with jobs have to support them. Don’t think so? There are 50,000 illegal aliens in the California prison system alone. At the cost of nearly $15,000 to $20,000 a year to house, clothe and feed a prisoner that comes out to at least $750,000,000 of tax money a year that California has to spend on prisons for illegal aliens and this does not count the millions more in court dates and attorney fees.
Of course, not having a job does not mean someone will turn to crime but if they can not turn to the state because they are here illegally and they do not find work, it does leave them with limited options.

Wed Apr 12, 11:30:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Spotz, now you are getting it. If there are not jobs then there is no reason to come here; this is the basis of illegal immigration reform. But, you also can’t stop people from driving down to the 7-11 or finding someone who is here illegally and hiring them to clean your house, rake your leaves, or mow your lawn, so you have to both come down on businesses and you have to protect the border.
None of us like lazy Americans but an illegal workforce allows many people to be lazy so they can hire someone to do their yard work or housework instead of doing it themselves; we are creating a nation where Paris Hilton has become the role model of American laziness.

Wed Apr 12, 11:36:00 PM  

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