Thursday, October 20, 2005

Illegals Paying Their Own Way

For a long time the media has told me that all those illegal aliens we have in the USA are paying their way. I couldn't see how that would be possible. And then I realized I had been making a mistake. Those crowds of Hispanic men at Home Depot I see in the morning, are not there to find work; they are actually waiting for the tax collector so they can pay their fair share of taxes!

How stupid of me.

You would think I know better. With a background in economics in graduate and undergraduate schools, I used to think there was no way anyone could possibly know that illegal aliens paid more in taxes than they were paid out in the form of benefits. But I guess I was wrong. All I had to do was ask any newspaper reporter and he or she would have set me straight.

Any journalism major always knows best. Maybe there is no underground economy after all.

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caleb said...

Illegal immigration could be quickly eliminated if there was the political will to do so. Soft hearted liberal folks are not the ones keeping the borders porous-- there isn't enough sentiment in that direction. Entities with an interest in keeping wages low and workers scared would be my first suspects.