U.S. Representatives Barbara Lee, Judy Chu, Zoe Lofgren and Lucille Roybal-Allard, four of California’s most radical Democrats, are circulating a petition to have young aliens who received deferred action also included in health benefits that Obamacare will eventually provide.
As currently structured, the illegal immigrant youths are ineligible for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or other federal subsidies Obamacare might offer. But according to Lee and others in the group, “There is no principled reason to treat differently young people who received deferred action through DACA and any other person who has received deferred action.” [Democrats to Expand Health Care Coverage to DREAM Act Recipients, by AWR Hawkins, Brietbart.com, December 4, 2012]
Instead of distributing their letter to other like-minded Democrats, the California contingent should instead send around a new Wall Street Journal article written by two of their former congressional colleagues Chris Cox and Bill Archer. Cox, the former Securities and Exchange commissioner, and Archer estimate that the federal government’s unfunded liabilities for the year ending 2011 is $87 trillion or more than 500 percent of the $15 trillion GDP. During 2011, Congress spent $10 billion daily for an annual $3.7 trillion total.
As for the idea that raising taxes on the rich will dent the deficit, Cox and Archer say that it’s impossible. More than $8 trillion would have to be collected just to keep from amassing further debt. The authors, who sat on President Clinton’s Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform, concluded that if Congress imposed a 100 percent tax and took all personal earnings above 250,000 per annum, it would generate $1.9 trillion. That would only be enough to keep the government running for six months. [Why $16 Trillion Only Hints at the True U.S. Debt, by Chris Cox and Bill Archer, Wall Street Journal, November 26, 2012]
Given this shockingly grim scenario, the last thing America needs is more mandatory funding for aliens whose cost to the nation according to a Federation for American Immigration Reform is more than $83 billion. But to Lee, et al more costly alien entitlements trump the fiscal crisis which threatens to bring America to its knees.