Illinois pensions are not doing teachers any favors, at least not until they retire. The failure of state government to solve the pension catastrophe has created a PR conundrum for teachers who will be blamed for the enormity of their promised benefits. No matter what caused the retirement funding crisis, Illinois pensions have turned the public eye to the recipients and made them into bad teachers.
What a horrible miscalculation. Feckless politicians are banging the drum over a watchdog agency report on S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, heedless of the one big problem with any immigration reform bill that includes legalization: it practically begs Americans to discriminate.
Can Congress force inclusion?
Not many amnesty lovers will temper their joy over the CBO’s deficit reduction figures for S.744 with the agency’s projection that the bill will also add millions of workers to the labor force and have at least 10 years of negative effects on employment and wages.¹ We are hearing about the deficit-lowering impact of the Senate’s immigration boondoggle, but we aren’t hearing much about this:
CBO and JCT expect that new immigrants of working age would participate in the labor force at a higher rate, on average, than other people in that age range in the United States.²
For Americans who are over 50 and still looking for work, will new job seekers willing to make less money be a good thing?
Whether Syrian Muslims kill each other with chemical weapons, guns, bombs, or their bare hands, Allah can help them. They don’t need the U.S. We already blame ourselves for precipitating outbursts of violence inspired by Islam (see: Americans Are Not to Blame for Savagery in the Muslim World). How can our government be so foolish as to get involved in sectarian bloodshed and a conflict that we know will only cause us more pain?
Did liberals think that installing their idol in the Oval Office would put an end to the government spying they condemned during the Bush years? Did the words “big” and “government” not give them pause to think that financiers, terrorists, banks, and health insurance companies might not be the only ones scrutinized by a Democratic administration that views government as the source of all good things?