Now, I consider illegal immigration a complicated issue. I tend to be a Buchananite on most issues, including this one, although I understand certain reasons on the other side, particularly regarding the US’s unjust policy regarding refugee status. I also understand the arguments about not breaking up families. I believe that the worst thing about illegal immigration is how it hurts the efforts of those who have tried so hard to get into this country the right way, and, as John Paul II pointed out, illegal immigrants often come through the very channels through which drugs and guns are smuggled into the country as well. I’ve said many times that I think so-called “amnesty” is like giving known plagiarists the right to graduate.
That said, my friend Ted Seeber, following up on Rick Santorum’s recent comments, has made an interesting proposal to fix Social Security, since the main problem with Social Security is that we’ve killed off our work force, and the system assumes population growth.
Theodore M. Seeber Step 1. Make FICA a flat tax on all earnings, with no cap.9 hours ago ·
Theodore M. Seeber Step 2. Raise retirement age for non-disability payments to 88.9 hours ago ·
Theodore M. Seeber Step 3. Make abortion illegal.9 hours ago ·
Theodore M. Seeber Step 4. Issue 12 million green cards for illegal aliens already living here, and 42 million green cards for new immigrants, to replace our working age population murdered by abortion.9 hours ago ·
Justice basically involves doing evil to correct a worse evil. It is normally evil to imprison another person, but not if the person is a criminal. It is normally evil to take money from another person, but social justice involves taxing the rich to give money to the poor because the economic system is inherently flawed.
It has never occurred to me to link abortion to the immigration debate in the sense of filling the gaps left in our society by abortion kind of makes sense. Forgiving the debt of illegal immigrants against society would, of course, be an act of mercy, and it would both replenish our population and work force as well as make some spiritual amends. Of course, Ted’s not even talking about citizenship, just green cards.
I’m not so sure about the raising the retirement age to 88 part. That would only work if they widened the standards for disability, and that will create a whole other mess. However, people forget that, at the time Social Security was established, 65 was basically the average life expectancy. It was never intended to be something a person lived on for years and years, but emergency coverage for a person who lived an extremely long life and had no other support.