The ends justify the means. It’s an idiom we’ve all heard in one form or another. A common phrase utilized when trying to rationalize dubious actions that support a larger, more moral mission, and it’s a phrase that has lingered with me since last week, when President Trump announced his plan to rescind DACA, which was put into place by his predecessor, President Obama, citing executive “overreach” as the main motivation in doing so.
As someone who has dedicated their life to electing liberty-minded candidates into office, I am a staunch believer in checks and balances, particularly the check Congress has on the Executive Branch. And if this were a simple case of executive overreach, I would be writing an entirely different post right now; but this particular issue isn’t simple, it isn’t black and white, and treating it as such is not only an insult to the lives affected, but it’s an insult to the United States itself, and flies directly into the face of everything the framers hoped our country would stand for.
The now young adults who we’ve come to call “Dreamers” are as American as I am, and have lived the same American experience as us all. They are one of us, the only difference? We got to go to bed every night with the assurance that we wouldn’t wake up separated from our family, in a different country, and away from everything we’ve ever known, all because they didn’t have the proper paperwork, stating that they were “American.” We’ve come a long way from “Give me your tired, your poor...” haven’t we?
The principal responsibility of the President of the United States is to protect every American, it’s what allows presidents expanded powers during times of war, and there are countless examples of our president using questionable methods in the pursuit of safety for the American people. That is what President Obama did when he signed DACA; he was protecting young people who for all intents and purpose are American, and who deserve to be here just as much as I do. Executive overreach? Maybe, but drastic times, call for drastic measures.
The US debt just hit 20 trillion dollars. That's $20,000,000,000,000. If the numbers seems unfathomable to you, you're not alone. It's astronomical, it's 13 0s, and it’s as scary as it is surreal.
But the bigger story isn't the number or the size of the debt itself, it's what the trend represents.
Year after year after year, the US government spends far more money than it collects in tax revenue.
According to the Treasury Department’s own figures, the government’s budget deficit for the first 10 months of this fiscal year (i.e. October 2016 through July 2017) was $566 billion.
That’s larger than the entire GDP of Argentina.
Since the government has to borrow the difference, all of this overspending ultimately translates into a higher national debt.
Make no mistake, debt is an absolute killer.
So how do we fix it? What's the solution?
Cut essential government programs? Medicaid, Medicare, and social security do make up 52% of our spending. Continue to borrow from China? How could that go wrong?
The option we are left with seems to be to raise taxes, in order to increase our tax revenue, which is possible, and if you listen to CNN or Fox News for longer than 5 minutes, you will think we're already doing it; but we're not, and it's unlikely we significantly increase taxes anytime soon.
Since ww2, overall tax revenue has held steady at 17%, albeit with a few variations. The only way to increase our tax revenue without affecting millions over American businesses and lives, is for the economy to grow just as rapidly.
How does that happen? By allowing it to grow unrestrained. Less regulations, more opportunities for innovation, and thus more people put to work, having more money to spend.
The problem? The national debt is growing much faster than the national economy. For example in fiscal year 2016, the debt grew by 7.84%, while the economy stalled at 2.4%, even as interest rates on mortgages, cars, credit cards, etc. were at an all time low.
This is a problem that isn't going away, and the bombastic rhetoric politicians from all levels is continuing to be as useless as it is inflammatory.
It's time for rational thinking to prevail, and it's time for a solution.
A consistent argument you hear from anti-DACA advocates, is that the program and its beneficiaries are bad for the American economy. That they put an undue burden on the American taxpayer.
Rather than using the next 200 words explaining how wrong that impression is, I’ve decided to let the numbers speak for themselves, courtesy of the CATO Institute.
$372,000,000: The amount of money applicants of DACA have paid to the United States Government since its inception, to simply apply for the program.
$480,000,000: the amount of money dreamers contributes to the American economy every 2 years, by simply participating in the program. (Each recipient pays $400 every 2 years to stay in the program)
$6,300,000,000: The amount U.S. employers would have to pay in employee turnover costs, should the DACA rescission remain in effect.
6,914: The numbers of DACA employees who would need to be terminated every week for the next 2 years.
$61,000,000: The weekly cost to the employers who will be doing the terminating.
Source link: https://www.cato.org/blog/ending-daca-will-impose-billions-employer-compliance-costs