Thursday, March 30, 2006
Liar, Liar, Matthews Mouth is on Fire
Jolly, jolly, jolly, with Chris Matthews of MSNBC and Lou Dobbs of CNN, is it any wonder Americans wrongly believe Latinos cost US taxpayers $$$?!?
This is probably the same crowd who to this day believes Sadam Hussein was reponsible for 9/11 with indubitable links to Al Qaeda.
Hay Dios Mio, well here's a few factual morsels for the "idiotos."
Hispanic businesses and Latino workers are major contributors to the US economy; and they help to keep social security afloat.
Don't believe me?!?
Well, last year the Census Bureau reports that Latinos generated $222 billion in revenue; that rights, billion, nine zeroes behind the number.
The spurious argument that foreign workers cost states money should be debunked by every abled-body American.
Think about it, besides school for their mostly US-born kids, what else do states have to pay?!?
Health care?!? Nope.
Food stamps?!? Nope.
Roads? They collect gasoline and retail taxes.
Where, please tell me, is this overpowering cost coming from?!?
But let's just say for the sake of argument that initial outlay for illegal immigrants is more than any taxes collected, eventually the vast majority earn enough wages, pay enough taxes, buy enough goods and services, and contribute to the economy by far more than the state's initial costs.
Digby of Hullaboo writes today that Matthews is once again lying about the subject; he totally misstated a recent poll to shill for his side of the argument.
I guess if you can't argue the facts, argue the law; and if you can't argue the law, argue the facts; and if you can't argue either, LIE your head off.
Matthews falsely claimed that 71 percent of Americans said in a recent survey that illegal immigration was their number one concern.
That's right; the poor frightened Gringos are more concerned about Juanita and Julito than they are about health care, the war in Iraq, terrorism in the homeland, skyrocketing gas prices, and so on.
As it turns out, Matthews at least got the figure right, the number is 71 percent, but it's got nothing to do with the public's number one priority.
What the folks actually said was that "the single most important foreign policy issue is globalization and outsourcing."
No ambiguities, just the facts.