The Democratic Party has made a mockery of our democracy. Under Barack Obama’s tutelage, America’s version of representative government was effortlessly turned into a farce. Unions and illegal immigrants are emblematic of the power wielded by undeserving minorities. There are over 312 million people in the U.S., but only an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants, and 14.7 million union members.¹ All told, the two groups make up only 8% of our population. Why do these special interests have so much influence, and why do we permit them to turn American democracy into a bad joke?
Civil Candor’s recent Illegal Immigrants vs. Corporations: Five Differences made some unlikely comparisons between illegals, America’s most unwanted special interest, and the for-profit corporation, a symbol of wealth despised by Democratic America. As a follow-up, here are seven reasons why pandering to unions and illegal immigrants makes right-minded Americans so angry.
1. Illegal immigrants and unions have influence because they manipulate others into supporting them.
Opportunistic special interest lawyers, greedy pressure groups, and the misguided and uninformed have lined up to support illegal immigrants and unions. Democrats and our president love these causes because they are useful for creating images of a beaten up middle class, and of foreigners full of hope, who only need a taxpayer-funded helping hand to realize the American dream.
2. Organized labor and illegal immigrants advance their cause at the expense of others.
Who else but an illegal immigrant would expect to receive a free education for their kids, and demand resident tuition breaks not available to other Americans while insisting on DREAM Act citizenship? With over nine percent of the population unemployed, who but union leaders would expect the Federal Government to pay the salaries of their members, while screaming in protest when a public school system asks teachers to put in a little more time for students, in exchange for incentive pay (see: Union Stance Ridicules Duncan’s Collaboration Efforts)?
3. Unions and illegals are good excuses to redistribute income.
Harry Reid’s newest scams to rob those he considers overly enriched are the “Rebuild America Jobs Act” and the “Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act.” These dead on arrival bills were created as part of the pass-anything-we-can approach Democrats adopted after the failure of their president’s jobs act. Both measures call for surtaxes on those making over one million per year, to be redistributed as salaries to public and private sector union workers.
Illegal immigrants have always received their cut. Under Barack Obama they continue to strain our school system. Illegals benefit from education spending, and the federal crackdown on states that try to enforce their own commonsense immigration laws. We hear a lot of whining about states not being able to afford to pay their teachers, but nothing about how refusing to educate illegal immigrants would take some of the strain off of our schools.
4. Illegals and unions rely on irrelevant appeals to fairness.
Want to visit your local emergency room? Go to the nearest unemployment office, and strike up a conversation with those in line about the importance of giving illegal immigrants an opportunity to make it in America. Explain why it is important to help their kids pursue a college education, so they can enjoy well-paying, rewarding careers. Then explain why we need to spend billions so public sector workers can keep their jobs, because Harry Reid has assured the nation that the private sector is doing just fine.
5. We encourage illegal immigrants and unions to abuse our laws.
Lobbyists, special interest attorneys, and agenda-ridden federal officials are adept at reinterpreting our laws, and letting special interests know of every abusable nuance. A mainstay of federal infrastructure spending, the Davis-Bacon Act was passed for a very un-Democratic reason, to prevent competition from blacks on union projects in the 1930s. Now it is inserted in federal spending bills to ensure that unions get top dollar when Uncle Sam spends on infrastructure. Birthright citizenship is a Civil War era holdover that has nothing to do with Mexican nationals shambling over the border to deposit their offspring on U.S. soil. Both laws should have been discarded long ago. GOP, are you paying attention?
6. Unions and illegal immigrants cost us money better spent elsewhere.
How many times will Democrats resort to pleas to pay their supporters’ salaries, instead of trying to repair the damage they have done to our economy? Instead of wasting time on doomed to fail legislation that helps ensure the support of immigrant and labor interests, we could slash regulations that chew up the time and resources of small businesses. Growing the economy helps everyone. Kowtowing to special interests helps special interests.
7. Unions and illegals make demands because we allow them to believe they are entitled.
No one in America is entitled to anything, a concept that illegal immigrants have proved fundamentally incapable of understanding. How do we explain how offensive it is to listen to demands for citizenship from individuals who do not comprehend the most basic precept of our society, that their presence entitles them to nothing?
Unions have brought state and local governments to their knees with the cost of member salaries and benefits, and have turned to their friends in Congress and the White House to force taxpayers to pay the tab. Someone needs to explain to labor bosses that exceptionalism should refer to America as a whole, not organized labor as a pressure group, and its insistence that every taxpayer help to fund their demands.