Welfare fraud is a huge problem

A Philadelphia woman was in the news this week for throwing her son a six-figure Black Panther themed prom party, according to the Associated Press:

Prosecutors say that Shuler applied for benefits, describing herself as disabled and unable to work, but continued working — including operating a restaurant — costing the government more than $36,000.

Shuler threw a $25,000 Dubai-themed prom party for her son last year. This year, she threw a “Black Panther”-themed prom send-off with an actual panther for neighborhood kids. She said the party cost was in the six figures.

Defense attorney Tariq el Shabazz told WPVI-TV Shuler suffered a stroke, was in rehab and couldn’t do anything for two-plus years.

Welfare fraud is a huge problem that is hardly ever talked about.  The checks and balances on people applying for welfare is staggeringly weak.  And apparently the punishments for getting caught aren’t severe enough given how many people lie about their welfare benefits.  A bigger post to come on this soon.

For now, I leave you with this telling graph:

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Caption and source from https://www.econstor.eu/bitstream/10419/24592/1/dp07029.pdf “Respondents’ mean share of answer “claiming government benefits to which you are not entitled is never justifiable”. Means only reported if a minimum of 100 observations in an age-cohort-combination.”

This is not a good trend.  Essentially we as a society are becoming more okay with benefit fraud.  There are a lot of reasons this could be the case, which I’ll expound upon in my later post.  As for Ms Shulder, I hope she enjoyed the prom party that we all paid for.

A Good Start: President Trump looks to ban welfare for immigrants

This is a good and logical first step in reforming our broken welfare system.  Via Breitbart:

President Trump’s ban on allowing welfare-dependent legal immigrants to resettle permanently in the United States would likely save American taxpayers about $1,600 a year per immigrant.

As Breitbart News reported, the Trump administration is set to roll out a plan in the next month that bars foreign nationals who need government welfare in order to live from resettling in the U.S. Such a ban on welfare importation through immigration has been eyed by the Trump White House since February.

Such a plan would be a boon for American taxpayers, who currently spend about $57.4 billion a year on paying for the welfare, crime, and schooling costs of the country’s mass importation of 1.5 million new, mostly low skilled legal immigrants every year. In the last decade, the U.S. has imported more than 10 million foreign nationals and is on track to import the same amount in the coming decade if legal immigration controls are not implemented.

The National Academies of Science released a report two years ago, noting that state and local American taxpayers are billed about $1,600 each year per immigrant to pay for their welfare, where immigrant households consume 33 percent more cash welfare than American citizen households.

It’s nice to see the numbers so clearly laid out.  $57.4 Billion dollars a year on immigrants, who we’ve been told are a great strength to us as a nation.  If it isn’t clear by now the key strength of immigrants to our nation is cheap labor for corporations.  Period.  Usually when I think of strengths I don’t think of people leeching off a government they never put anything into.  Nowadays you’re called a monster or a racist for even saying that.  That’s the state we are in.  That number will only increase if we continue to add the equivalent population of New York City just in foreigners every decade to our country.  The math does not add up and it will not end well.  And that of course doesn’t include those immigrants having children in that time, which they often do at a higher birthrate.

The country needs to grow up and have an adult conversation about immigration in the United States.  It would amount to suicide if we continue our current immigration policies and our current welfare program.  It will not do us OR THE IMMIGRANTS any good if we drown trying to help every single soul on the planet that is in some kind of need.  Yes, many situations are sad.  But we need to stop acting like children about this.  The right has kowtowed to the left and their feelings-based decision making for too long.  The United States can do far more positive in the world if we ourselves as a nation are in good financial shape.  I’ve posted the below video before but it really is the perfect illustration to show how fruitless letting in unchecked numbers of immigrants is.

Where’s the benefit? Welfare usage by immigrants vs native households

A couple years ago the Center for Immigration Studies published this landmark study on welfare usage by immigrant households (both legal and illegal) as compared to native households.  Here are a few of the key findings from the study:

  • The average household headed by an immigrant (legal or illegal) costs taxpayers $6,234 in federal welfare benefits, which is 41 percent higher than the $4,431 received by the average native household.
  • The average immigrant household consumes 33 percent more cash welfare, 57 percent more food assistance, and 44 percent more Medicaid dollars than the average native household. Housing costs are about the same for both groups.
  • At $8,251, households headed by immigrants from Central America and Mexico have the highest welfare costs of any sending region — 86 percent higher than the costs of native households.
  • Illegal immigrant households cost an average of $5,692 (driven largely by the presence of U.S.-born children), while legal immigrant households cost $6,378.
  • The greater consumption of welfare dollars by immigrants can be explained in large part by their lower level of education and larger number of children compared to natives. Over 24 percent of immigrant households are headed by a high school dropout, compared to just 8 percent of native households. In addition, 13 percent of immigrant households have three or more children, vs. just 6 percent of native households.

Beyond this, more than half (51%) of ALL IMMIGRANT-HEADED HOUSEHOLDS use at least one federal welfare program, compared to 30% for native households.  See below for additional figures from the study.  The results are conclusive and altogether not surprising for many who read here, but this information must be passed around for everyone to see.

Remember, we’re being sold this as if we will perish without immigration.  The reality is we’ll perish if we continue immigration at its current levels.  Immigrants cost more money than they produce, plain and simple.  The average immigrant household is a net negative to the American taxpayer.  The stats above already show that we have a big enough welfare problem with native households as it is.  Further, these are not your great-great-grandparents’ immigrants.  We’re constantly told this is a nation of immigrants, which is patently false, and that we’ve always been welcoming.  The reality is the immigrants who came to Ellis Island did not have welfare benefits to welcome them when they got off the ships.  The only reward once getting off the boat was the OPPORTUNITY to work.  That was the American Dream.  Today, the American Dream is to be on the public dole once they get here.

There’s something of a trend in the graph above that is also worrying, though not altogether surprising.  Since 1965 the type of immigrant that has come here has changed drastically.  During the initial wave of immigrants in the 19th century the vast majority of them were of European descent.  The vast majority of immigrants today (both legal and illegal) hail from Central and South America.  And as the graph above shows the immigrants from Central and South America cost the average taxpayer much more than other demographic groups.  Again, how is this a benefit to America and its citizens?  These are tough discussions, and make some people uncomfortable.  But a little discomfort is far preferable than to say nothing and watch the destruction occur without doing anything for fear of offending someone.

Here are some of the conclusions of the study:

This study implies that two competing narratives about immigration are both true. Immigrants do indeed have a strong attachment to the labor force, as immigration advocates often point out. At the same time, however, immigrants consume a large amount of welfare spending, just as critics claim. The reason that both narratives are true is that the American welfare system has become increasingly focused on buttressing low-wage workers rather than supporting non-workers. Put more simply, welfare and low-wage work go together. Just as natives with low levels of education and large numbers of children are apt to consume welfare, immigrants with those same characteristics are also likely to be on welfare. A strong work ethic does not change this reality.

In order to reduce the cost of immigrant welfare use, either the welfare system or the immigration system must change. The former option is sometimes described as “building a wall around the welfare state” to prevent new immigrants from accessing it. It is easier said than done. Loopholes and exceptions have weakened previous attempts to limit immigrant access to welfare.18 More importantly, Congress has no power to prevent the U.S.-born children of immigrants from using the same welfare programs that the children of natives do. No matter how strong the “wall around the welfare state” is built, it cannot stop immigrant parents from signing up their U.S.-born children for Medicaid, SNAP, free school lunch, etc., as long as native parents can do the same.

Only a full-scale rollback of the welfare state for both immigrants and natives would prevent immigrant families from consuming welfare dollars. Whatever one thinks of that proposal, it is not a policy change likely to occur in the near future.19 In fact, importing new clients of the welfare state likely makes it even harder to roll back.20 As long as the U.S. continues to admit large numbers of low-skill immigrants (legal or illegal), then immigrant welfare consumption will remain high.

I’ve said before it is simply not feasible to continue immigration as we are currently doing it and be a welfare state.  That is suicide.  There is no other word for it.  We need to drastically cut down on legal immigration, and make it easier to deport illegal aliens.  Anchor babies can become citizens automatically.  This needs to stop.  Chain migration will break the back of the country.

Unfortunately, the national deficit is an abstract enough concept that nobody ever really takes it seriously.  Because we do not feel the effects of it on our everyday lives (noticeably anyway) it doesn’t feel like it’s a serious problem to most people.  It should.  And the word needs to be spread.  If the national deficit is too abstract a concept, remind people that a constant stream of legal immigrants and illegal aliens means more housing.  When’s the last time you thought you were getting a great deal on rent?  Or that housing prices were too low?  Or how about traffic?  It sounds silly, but they need to drive too.  When’s the last time you thought California could handle more cars on the road?  Or use the liberal’s arguments against them.  You want higher wages for workers?  Well, less low-skilled labor in the workplace will reduce the supply and invariably raise the wages for the workers that are left.  We need to start shifting the argument.  We have the high ground, we just need to use it better.

All Roads Lead to More Immigration

In a piece done today by MSNBC we’re told we need more immigrants because there are 6.7 million job openings and only 6.4 million workers available to fill said jobs.  In another case of heads I win, tails you lose, it always leads to needing more immigrants.  Isn’t it funny how that works?  One of the reasons we’re told we need more immigrants is that the birth rate is declining.  Funny how these same feral leftists told us in the 1970s we need to have fewer children because it was bad for the environment.  Now we need more immigrants because of this.

Here’s an idea.  How about we raise the bar from off the ground where it currently is to get people off of welfare and into the labor force.  It’s more difficult to find recent data on this than you think, but around 35% of Americans received welfare in 2012.  Depending on how you look at the numbers, if you factor in additional benefits received from “non means-tested programs” the number is just under 50% of Americans receiving some sort of government assistance.  That’s a ridiculous number.  Part of this number includes food stamps, again another substantial portion of the population is receiving government handouts to feed themselves.

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Clearly the absolute last thing we need is low skilled workers from other countries.  Something else the left has harped on about forever is raising wages.  As with everything else, they’ve cried about using the government to raise minimum wages.  Do you know what happens where demand is greater than supply?  Wages rise.  Crazy right?  Something else the video above mentions and you’ll hear is how a lot of the job openings are for skilled labor, a pool that would not benefit from people getting off welfare.  Again, with scarcity wages rise.  Heck, you might even get companies to sponsor training programs if they are desperate enough.

The bottom line is more immigration is not the answer.  President Trump wants to cut legal immigration in half and I fully support that.  Until we can get welfare under control (or even better abolish it altogether), improve infrastructure (when’s the last time you remarked that there weren’t enough cars on the road?) and secure our borders the last thing we need is more people here.

End the welfare state or die

Stefan Molyneux released a fantastic podcast recently on the welfare state (found below).

The crux of the argument is ending the welfare state is the only way to save our country.  It would also help solve the illegal alien issue by removing the incentive of money and benefits for nothing.  I really commend him for addressing what many think is a core issue of the problem (women) and he almost goes all the way with one possible solution (voting) but stops short.  Whether you agree with him or not, it’s a compelling argument and should at least be discussed.  These days it’s impossible to have any difficult conversations with those of opposing views but it must be done!