If there was anything about the so-called “stimulus” package which could be even possibly construed as being mildly stimulative to the economy, it was the money to be spent on shovel-ready infrastructure projects. Such projects would not only have a positive economic impact down the road as business and industry use the infrastructure, but they could also be cause for an increase in available engineering and construction jobs immediately as ground is broken.
A new problem has arisen, however, as many of the construction and labor jobs created by the taxpayer-funded “stimulus” bill could go to illegal immigrants. In other words, people who have no legal right to be here in the first place would not only be working in positions which could be filled by unemployed Americans, they would be paid in money from you and me.
It was bound to happen. The Law of Unintended Consequences always seems to bite the Democrats in the hind end.
If we look at the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as a strict job-creation bill, as the Democrats wanted us in the “chattering class” to do as we questioned measures like the $335 million spent on STD prevention or the $5.4 billion given to groups like ACORN, $787 billion spent on the creation of four million jobs boils down to approximately $194,000 per job created. If, as USAToday suggests, 15 percent of all jobs created by the “stimulus” package goes to illegal immigrant workers, that means that $118 billion in taxpayer money has been spend on creating jobs for people who break the law simply by walking on U.S. soil.
(Now, I’m all for people coming here from Mexico and Guatemala and points elsewhere, but please do it the right way! Then, and only then, should they be able to have money paid by other American taxpayers.)
Of course, such an assessment is truly oversimplifying the issue, but you get my point. Of course, $118 billion didn’t go straight to a job creation program for illegals — some of that money, after all, had to go to electric golf carts and that Mag-Lev train running from Disneyland to Harry Reid’s Las Vegas.
Congratulations, folks. As the unemployment rate among Americans surpasses eight percent, the taxes paid by you and by me–and previously taken from the paychecks of the now unemployed–will be going to pay for workers who shouldn’t even be here in the first place. This is what you get, America, when you elect a president and a Congress who by and large have never mixed cement, laid asphalt or directed traffic. This is what you get, America, when you elect a president and a Congress who cares more about advancing an open borders, socialist agenda than actually creating American jobs as promised.