« "My Shrapnel:" Blogger Recounts Life Since Suicide Bombing Marred Her and Deafened Her | Main | Diplomacy: NATO Blesses Missile Defense »
April 03, 2008

NY Times Supports Stealing From Illegal Aliens

One of the many perplexities of "progressive" thought is that it contains so many internal contradictions that it defies consistent application, and yet this doesn't seem to bother adherents. That kind of who-do-you-think-you're-kidding logic was on display yesterday in the NY Times editorial, which championed a decidedly unprogressive course of action:

Illegal immigration, it turns out, is even better than legal immigration. In the fine print of the 2008 annual report on Social Security, released last week, the program’s trustees noted that growing numbers of “other than legal” workers are expected to bolster the program over the coming decades.

One reason is that many undocumented workers pay taxes during their work lives but don’t collect benefits later. Another is that undocumented workers are entering the United States at ever younger ages and are expected to have more children while they’re here than if they arrived at later ages. The result is a substantial increase in the number of working-age people paying taxes, but a relatively smaller increase in the number of retirees who receive benefits — a double boon to Social Security’s bottom line.

The most obvious problem with this line of argument is that we are expected to agree that the exploitation of an already-marginalized group of people is a good thing. Somehow, in the liberal mind, if we take money from illegal aliens and give nothing back, it's not robbery. More than that, we are expected to agree that perhaps illegal immigration should be allowed to continue...so we can use illegal labor to shore up our crumbling social insurance programs.

This is quite simply an outrageous suggestion. Look, I'm not saying that businesses shouldn't withhold payroll taxes from workers who use fake or stolen Social Security numbers. The illegal worker signed up for that deal, he has no grounds to complain. But I am saying that it is patently immoral to advocate for the status quo and downright disgusting to argue that the status quo is good because it lets us steal from people who already live on the margins of society.

The "progressive" faces an irreconcilable dilemma. They believe that illegal immigrants are deserving of all the rights and protections of legal immigrants, or at least of temporary workers. But they also believe that Social Security is an integral and inviolate part of our government's obligations to U.S. citizens. In this case, Social Security trumps human rights. But the really inexplicable thing is that it doesn't have to. Why is the Times arguing for the status quo?

The Progressive Order:

Unions > Blacks > Women > Lawyers > Elderly > Gays > Illegals


digg this
posted by Gabriel Malor at 12:38 PM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
Tammy al-Thor [/b] [/i][/u][/s]: "Why would someone with an eating disorder think an ..."

Slapweasel, (Cold1), ([b]T[/b]) Baseball Nut [/i] [/b] [/u] [/s]: "Bregman to the plate, 1-0 count.1-1.Top 2nd, One D ..."

sven10077: "474 Posted by: Peaches at October 17, 2017 05:28 P ..."

Weasel: "Fat girls can't run as fast as skinny ones can. ..."

Slapweasel, (Cold1), ([b]T[/b]) Baseball Nut [/i] [/b] [/u] [/s]: "One down, Todd Frazier with a quality play at thir ..."

Peaches: "Oh, yeah, this is the perfect thread for a Becky u ..."

Banana Splits Guy: "Who put the bomp in the bomp bah bomp bah bomp? ..."

Deplorable Jay Guevara [/i][/b][/s]: "[i]Tragedy, really. Does not lead to anything good ..."

Northernlurker : "Is there a way of sending donuts, French fries and ..."

GnuBreed [/i] [/b]: "425 [i]Obesity rates are highest among black and H ..."

Alberta Oil Peon, survivor of GNAMM: "What's the requirement for a blue check mark? P ..."

Circa (Insert Year Here): "I never thought I would see the day that a bunch o ..."

Recent Entries
Search


MuNuvians
Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
News/Chat
Archives
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64