November 13, 2016 12:43 am ET
Facebook post demonstrates the wrong type of reaction
One of my readers sent me this in the mail, and I felt this type of rhetoric needed a response.
I won’t use names here (look, if you choose, at the FB posting of this person), but I will instead debate the facts.
I always tell people that, before you put something out into the public eye, make sure you do your homework. Or, as the saying goes, have all of your ducks in a row.
In this column, I will address the points the poster brought up and then offer him 1,500 words to respond.
So here we go.
My first suggestion would be to have someone review future posts for grammar and punctuation. It helps give your stance some credibility.
With that said, let’s take a look, chronologically, at some of his statements.
His first discernible (and I use that word loosely) line of rhetoric states the following:
“… you love to stir up stuff and then leave. How about you start explaining why you feel that ‘non-white’ students may not need extra support from their school system when this election cycle has been an attack on just about every minority group that exist in our school system!”
(Note: I left the spelling and grammar as it was in the post. Any errors are those of the poster and not this columnist.)
I’m a little confused by the statement. Judging by the tone of the remainder of the post, the beginning portion appears to be an oxymoron, specifically the words, “may not need extra support…”
The person goes on to chastise someone else’s remarks by writing: “…find out if there is a need for that support before you go ranting on social media about a tweet.”
Judging by this video, I would say the person being questioned by the FB writer has a valid point.
Warning video contains violence and foul language
Then we see this: “Get off your white privilege horse and go talk to a group of Hispanic students…”
With that in mind, let’s look at some facts on immigration:
- Illegal immigration costs U.S. taxpayers about $113 billion a year at the federal, state and local level. The bulk of the costs — some $84 billion — are absorbed by state and local governments.
- The annual outlay that illegal aliens cost U.S. taxpayers is an average amount per native-headed household of $1,117. The fiscal impact per household varies considerably because the greatest share of the burden falls on state and local taxpayers whose burden depends on the size of the illegal alien population in that locality
- Education for the children of illegal aliens constitutes the single largest cost to taxpayers, at an annual price tag of nearly $52 billion. Nearly all of those costs are absorbed by state and local governments.
- At the federal level, about one-third of outlays are matched by tax collections from illegal aliens. At the state and local level, an average of less than 5 percent of the public costs associated with illegal immigration is recouped through taxes collected from illegal aliens.
- Most illegal aliens do not pay income taxes. Among those who do, much of the revenues collected are refunded to the illegal aliens when they file tax returns. Many are also claiming tax credits resulting in payments from the U.S. Treasury.
Think about the Dream Act, which has actually given more out of state illegal students a fiscal advantage over U.S. citizens who actually live in state.
Also, take a look at graduation rates—a key factor in this equation based on the cost to the taxpayers.
This quote came from the Pew Research Center:
“Even so, the Hispanic dropout rate remains higher than that of blacks (7%), whites (5%) and Asians (1%).”
Now I will address the poster’s last comment, which states:
“Go talk to a group of black students who have heard for 8 yrs [sic] this guy delegitimize President.” (I guess you meant Obama.)
You might want to see what the truth is:
- Out of control crime in major cities, like Chicago and Baltimore.
- Tremendous increases in health care costs.
- Destabilization in the Middle East.
- in January 2009, the total national debt stood at $10.6 trillion. That means the debt will have very nearly doubled during his eight years in office, and there is much more debt ahead with the abandonment of ‘sequestration’ spending caps enacted in 2011.”
- A corrupt judicial system.
- The longest recession in our nation’s history.
- A failing education system.
- Terrible care for our veterans.
- Unsecured boarders and no enforcement.
- The Democrats defeated Kate’s law, allowing illegals to re-enter the country at will after deportation to commit more crimes.
Here is some more from a man who was a teacher who graduated from Harvard.
If you think President Obama has improved everyone’s life, then you might want to read this article. Here is a quote:
“In the post-recession economy, blacks have fared worse than any other racial group, and the black-white wealth gap is more pronounced now than at any time since people started collecting data on it twenty-five years ago. As one University of Pennsylvania political scientist has discovered, Obama, at least in the first two years of his presidency, talked about race less than any other Democratic president since 1961.”
If this poster wishes to debate me regarding this response to his FB post, all he needs to do is comment on this column and I will send a message and publish his response.
As I stated at the start of this column, I will leave it up to the reader to view the FB post for accuracy.
As the old song goes, “Think before you speak.”
Our future depends upon it, folks.