Huckleby wrote:OK, I see that side of the argument. But you also have to weigh the downside of your alternative. Having 10 million people live without government services poses burdens and problems.
Anyone who's ever worked in a retail environment, at least on the management side, knows what "first of the month" means. Yeah, it's a real run on grocery stores and liquor stores, but it also affects everything from Radio Shack to Gumby's. I think employees tend to be myopic as to the "first of the month," what it means for them is more work with no extra pay, but what it means for businesses is a cash infusion, and a couple percentage points off your labor for the week (and eventually, the period).
First of the monthers aren't just welfare recipients, though. They're government workers, the unemployed, social security recipients and a fair number of privately employed individuals who also get paid on the first of the month. In a retail setting, the first of the month is a cash cow, oftentimes the cash cow that you need to make your numbers for the rest of the month.
And that's how economies work. You can call it "wealth redistribution" if you want, but what it really means is that everyone seems to have a little cash in their pocket, even those people who haven't lifted a finger to earn it. If you have money in your pocket, I have to make sure I've got a few extra people on my staff. Those are jobs, and those people also spend money. It's an economic circle, and you don't have to be a citizen to participate.
Think of it this way, "The One". If you owned a local Milio's franchise and were looking to sell as many sandwiches as you could, for as high a price as you could, wouldn't you rather that everyone in Madison could afford a Milio's sandwich? Tax cuts for millionaires does you no good, because if a millionaire hankered for a Milio's sandwich, he would buy one. He's not going to buy more of them just because he got a tax cut. But if everyone in the neighborhood had more money, including those who didn't even earn the money, you'd sell more sandwiches. Right?
Essentially, that's why Republicans like to talk tough about immigration and entitlement programs, but they never actually do anything about it. They get their money from the corporations, and US Cellular has no interest in deporting 10 million Hispanics. Nor does Wal-Mart, McDonald's or Charter Communications. Unemployed people still buy food, don't they? If you took $10 million out of unemployment compensation and gave it to millionaires, would they buy an extra $10 million worth of groceries? Of course they wouldn't.
So for all of your anger and frustration directed at the non-producers and the illegal immigrants, you don't have many allies. Certainly not the corporations who sell to those people. Nor the landlords who rent to them. Nor the employers who give them low-paying jobs. Who's fighting for you?
Republicans want your vote, but they're not so interested in your ideas. They tell you what you want to hear... and then sit on their hands.