The Drive-By Conservative Media

There’s an email going around asking people to sign a petition to stop giving illegal aliens Social Security benefits…
Someone needs to stop spending so much time listening to Limbaugh and Hannity….

It’s frustrating and a sign of TDOA that people read these emails, push the panic button and forward it on without researching the topic.  Luckily this was forwarded to me by someone that knew I would get to the bottom of it.

Not surprisingly, I hadn’t heard about this because it isn’t being discussed in “mainstream” media outlets.  Ya’ know, the one’s that said there aren’t any weapons of mass destruction.  It’s amazing to me that they’re called the “drive-by media” by conservatives who take issues like this one and make snap judgments without researching it.

The bill is certainly controversial.  It was originally proposed by Bush (what?  L & H didn’t mention that?  Well, that’s what happens when you listen to the “drive by conservative media”.  Here’s the link to an article about the bill that was enacted in 2007! (oops. Must have been a slow news week for L & H).  http://controlcongress.com/uncategorized/bush-gives-illegal-alien-social-security

In truth, illegal immigrants contribute 7 to 8 billion dollars in social security tax revenue generated when social security tax is deducted from the paychecks of those with “fake” social security cards. Link is here: (http://aad.english.ucsb.edu/services.html).

An AP article (can we agree that they’re pretty middle of the road?) has a pretty balanced article on this whole subject. (link: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090129/ap_on_go_co/stimulus_illegal_immigrants/print;_ylt=A2KIKu3_74FJP0UAEHOMwfIE;_ylu=X3oDMTB1MjgxN2UzBHBvcwMxNARzZWMDdG9vbHMtdG9wBHNsawNwcmludA–).

Since I know you won’t read it (otherwise you wouldn’t have gotten this far) I’ll give you my liberal, socialist, communist, heathen (and all the other names L & H call me) summary.  When Bush’s economic stimulus sent checks to everyone a couple years ago, it didn’t require proof of a legitimate social security card.  The Democratic controlled Congress passed a revision that mandated having a legitimate social security card.  What this article leaves out, is that they quickly discovered what I hope you already figured out.  How do you determine which people on the Social Security roll are real and which are illegal aliens?  So the legislation passed this year doesn’t include this restriction.  Instead it gets more specific by excluding non-resident aliens.  Again, it’ll be impossible to enforce but it was a token attempt to solve the problem.  Here’s the irony: when Bush proposed giving stimulus checks to illegal aliens, the democrats and liberal media screamed bloody murder.  Now Obama and the Democratic Congress pass a bill that has the same problem and the Clearly, drive by conservative media is going nuts.  No politician in their right mine would suggest giving stimulus checks or social security benefits to illegal aliens.  The enforcement of social security card fraud is a tremendous problem that nobody wants to touch.  The article from ControlCongress.com explains why.  Nobody can be hired without a social security card.  Once they’re hired, social security taxes are immediately deducted from every paycheck they receive.  That’s found money for the social security system that it never has to pay out.  The reason no government agency tries to stop social security card fraud is that it would bankrupt the social security system.

As always, when you get a petition email or hear a story that sounds outrageous, do what I do.  Google it.  Read a little.  It’s good for you.

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~ by toddc2001 on February 8, 2009.

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