2006 August 25 Friday
Senate Immigration Amnesty Bill Cost Estimate Over $200 Billion

The elites of America think nothing of formulating radical unpopular policy changes that cost us big time.

WASHINGTON The price tag for comprehensive immigration reform was not a key issue when the Senate passed its bill last May. But it is now.

One reason: It took the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) - the gold standard for determining what a bill will cost - until last week to estimate that federal spending for this vast and complex bill would hit $127 billion over the next 10 years.

At the same time, federal revenues would drop by about $79 billion, according to the CBO and the Joint Committee on Taxation. If lawmakers fix a tax glitch, that loss would be cut in half, they add.

That is just the first 10 years.

Real immigration reform: Deport the illegals, build a wall, and cut back on legal immigration.

Businesses who use cheap foreign workers do not mind these huge costs. Most of the costs will be paid by other busineses and private citizens. Use of the government to cost shift business expenses onto the rest of us has become a very popular activity for businesses in pursuit of bigger profits.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2006 August 25 12:04 AM  Immigration Economics


Comments
Getoveryourself said at August 25, 2006 9:53 PM:

I recommend you enroll in as many basic science and anthropology courses as soon as you are able. Your viewpoint has been the foundation for most of the ills associated with human culture. To suggest that ANY race or culture is not as gifted as another only demonstrates your own lack of aptitude in any forum dealing with human nature. The problems faced by those who live in impoverished countries on this side of the atlantic parallel those issues from any white, poor, countries anywhere else. I am saddened by the fact that there are people like you who do not understand the most fundamental facets of our species. Perhaps you should travel the world (Latin America included)and find the means to become a truly educated person. The world is a great place and so are the people who live in it, attacking poor uneducated Mexicans is paramount to someone attacking you because of your closed minded "Americaness". You don't know any better and should not be faulted for being who you are. Had you been born in an underdeveloped country, I doubt that you would have had the same opportunities that molded your blatently racist viewpoint. As for your belief that poor people have lower IQ's, this problem is due to lack of enrichment at a young age and is NOT inherent. I have worked with many researchers from credible universities in this field and am happy to inform you of this fact. Good luck in promoting your archaic information to the masses of angry "intellectually challenged" and gullible readers that support your writing.

Randall Parker said at August 25, 2006 10:57 PM:

Getoveryourself,

You pose as someone more knowledgeable about science looking down with moral superiority on the ignorant. But it is just a pose.

You have the liberal secular religious faith that evolution stopped for brain genes over 50,000 years ago before humans spread out across the globe and became genetically isolated. Whether you know it or not, your position requires existence of some magical power where God prevented only the genes for the brain from adapting to local environments even as genes for many other parts of the body developed differences between populations (e.g. in major histocompatibility complex, liver enzymes, skin pigments, and other genetic variations).

Human brain genetic variations have been diverging due to selective pressures in local areas. The findings of genetic research conflict with your faith.

As for IQ research: Again, I suspect you know squat about it. You've had some anthropology or sociology professors who are ignorant of psychometrics assure you that the liberal faith is truth and you bought the faith.

I doubt you are interested in scientific research that conflicts with your faith. But if other visitors want to read empirical and unideological treatments of psychometric research into intelligence, IQ, and "g" then a good place to start is Linda Gottfredson's research papers. For example, see her paper Why g matters: The complexity of everyday life (PDF file).

If you care to read the hereditarian arguments on IQ and psychometric research I can offer a number of pointers: Start with The Bell Curve. Also read Intelligence,Race, and Genetics: Conversations with Arthur R. Jensen by Jensen and Frank Miele and The g Factor: The Science of Mental Ability by Arthur Jensen. If you want a free book on IQ then check out the free download of Chris Brand's IQ book g Factor (same title, different book). I haven't read Brand's book.

Here and here (both PDF format) are two recent papers by Jensen and Rushton on the IQ, heredity, and environment. You can also read Linda Gottfredson's paper (again PDF) reacting to the first of those two papers.

John S Bolton said at August 26, 2006 12:13 AM:

How 'enriched' we are to have received the judgement of one so educated as to believe that paramount means tantamount.
Not to mention the refined sense of justice shown by concern for how some illiterates in the tropics may feel about themselves; while dismissing concern over the increase of aggression on the net taxpayer here as just such an irrelevancy.
Censoriously, the ignorant egalitarian pretends that only those who believe, on the basis of no facts or valid aguments, in the equality of man, is equal enough to talk about such matters.
In the above case, it is done with evident self-contradiction; there are unequals who just don't feel that the equality of man must be the true account, and they are so unequal that they should be admonished not to publish or engage in public debate on such questions.
Only the equals, are equal to that task, apparently.

John S Bolton said at August 26, 2006 12:24 AM:

And more: if you enrolled in as many basic science and anthropology courses as suggested, you might learn that there are no fundamental facts of human nature, but only 'fundamental facets'.
You might travel to dirty Latin America and learn equality in the bordellos of Mexico.
Indeed travel further into the places which demonstrate the equality of man, with yellow fever, malaria, open sewers and the other estimable achievements of those obvious equals.

Kenelm Digby said at August 26, 2006 5:38 AM:

"Getovetyourself",
If anyone here is gullible, it's you.

crush41 said at August 26, 2006 6:57 AM:

Why I enjoy John S Bolton:

"How 'enriched' we are to have received the judgement of one so educated as to believe that paramount means tantamount."

Getoveryourself,

If you are interested in the cognitive differences in human populations, Psychology Professor Richard Lynn's Race Differences in Intelligence is the place to start. He marshalls the results of several hundred IQ tests worldwide, as well as standardized tests of math and science, and the differences in encephalization quotients (the brain-to-body-size ratio). After exhaustively putting these results forward, he discusses how and why these differences came to be. Generally, the rougher the environs, the smarter the population, although there are other factors like population size that likely hindered groups like the Inuit from propelling rapidly upwards (sheer numbers increase the chance of a favorable mutation occuring and then being spread quickly throughout the population).

crush41 said at August 26, 2006 7:01 AM:

Regarding basic science courses, understanding that disparate groups are immediately set upon by disparate environmental pressures and challenges is foundational (basic) to understanding evolution. Homo sapiens are not magically impervious to the evolutionary forces that effect every other species on the planet.

D Flinchum said at August 27, 2006 4:39 AM:

These numbers only reflect the federal level. The costs are vastly more than stated.

http://www.fairus.org/site/PageServer?pagename=media_release8222006

Kenelm Digby said at August 27, 2006 8:17 AM:

As a useful primer to the "racial problem", I humbly recommend Dr. John R. Baker's magisterial work 'Race', published by the Oxford University Press in 1974, and still available through internet sources.
Dr. Baker, an Oxford biolgist, set out on the task of making advanced scientific and anthropolical concepts accessible to the layman, with particular emphasis on the somewhat elastic biological concept of 'species' in his long panfully researched and much cross-referenced book.Baker succeeds in the aim of his book namely, to make the general reader disbelieve the oft-made quote that 'There is no such thing as race, all differences are skin-deep'.

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