This is page three of a five page series on American Culture and the Mexican Amnesty Bill.

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There is a huge financial consideration with respect to the Amnesty Bill. Citizens get more of our tax dollars, a lot more of our tax dollars thanks to foolish government entitlement programs like the Republican prescription drug benefit. Just imagine an old illegal Mexican grandpa getting his Viagra for free. I will go to my grave hating the thought thanks to George Bush and the last Republican Congress. Keep them off the public dole, I’m okay with it man.

Well partly off the public dole. The reality is that our elected state leaders on a state by state basis are granting all sorts of health care perks and other benefits to illegal aliens. So what more is lost by amnesty? It is obvious that we will collect more taxes – that is a financial plus. And we will keep more out of prison by expanding employment opportunities – that is a financial plus. But they will also command market wages which drives prices up – inflation is a minus.

What is the net net of it all? Does it cost more if they are citizens, or does it cost more if they remain in the second caste? I do not know the answer, and I am pretty sure you do not know the answer either. Just saying “boo hoo it’s amnesty oh no? is not really an answer to my question.

And sorry, I am not buying the terrorism argument, at least not much. Terrorists have come to this country already. They flew here. It is a lot more trouble for them to sneak through Mexico, scale a fence, and wander a desert. They don’t work that hard because they don’t need to work that hard.

Are there any cases of a middle-eastern terrorist getting rounded up by the southern border patrol? No. A few have driven through Canada, a much more inviting staging ground for terrorists. They have better hotels in Canada. If you really care about the terrorism angle, spend your time as an advocate for securing the cargo carriers, both by sea and by air. That is where we are the most vulnerable. The terrorism issue with respect to our southern border is a red herring promoted by the political opportunists.

There is an obvious cultural fear as well, a fear of change. We envision the population of Hispanics swelling in the United States to a point where our culture becomes unrecognizable. I fear change too. I also recognize that our culture is in a constant state of change, and usually for the better. Who would return to the 18th century when witches were burned, blacks were enslaved, leeches were a prescription drug, and sinners wore scarlet letters.

My personal bias is that Mexicans are incredibly hard working, religious Christians, and decent family-oriented people. That is exactly the sort of cultural return to the past that my conservative friends claim to crave. So what is really the problem? My gardener and cleaning ladies are better cultural role models than citizen and cultural-icon Paris Hilton. They attend church, stay together as husbands and wives, avoid pornography and prostitutes, and they wouldn’t ever consider aborting babies. I say integrate their more conservative Hispanic culture as rapidly as possible. We need the help.

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[tags]amnesty, bill, culture, mexican, republican, gop, illegal immigration, costs[/tags]