Two weeks ago there was a letter to the Hampton Chronicle pointing out
the negative consequences of the increasing Latino population. In
response, there were four letters to the editor and a short editorial
by the publisher.
The lady who wrote about the bad side of our immigrant population
mentioned several examples of programs they supposedly shouldn’t
qualify for: “SNAP, WIC, EBT, Obama phone, healthcare, free breakfast
and lunches during school and through the summer, heat and rental
assistance and Christmas gifts.” Christmas gifts?
Is the problem invaders from south of the border or entitlements? I
say it is the entitlements that are degrading our community. They are
the reason we can’t simply be neighborly and explain to new arrivals
that an orderly and neat neighborhood is more in tune with our
standards. The stinking entitlements take the place of neighbors and
even families. In fact entitlements have been linked to declining
populations in several socialistic countries because where children
cared for elderly parents there is now social security. Where parents
cared for their children there is now government schooling.
Where I grew up in California we had a big wall around the back yard.
Everyone did. When I moved to Dumont to help my grandpa I would visit
Willard Weibke, who lived next door, as we hoed our gardens together.
We could look up and down the whole block full of neighbors and wave
and smile as we went about our business. We could share without a
I thought it was rather odd when I read the article, that may have
set-off the lady letter writer, about the expert who came to speak on
assimilation of immigrants. The whole article was full of mindless
catch phrases about accepting each other through this or that
initiative or program. This is more evidence that we need to ditch
these barriers and be friendly.
Language and culture are surmountable walls. It wasn’t easy in days
past when this country was settled by people from different cultures.
But the children helped the parents communicate and the differences in
cultures were one reason we flourished like we did. Do we want to
limit our potential, as a nation, because some people don’t think they
are capable of competing in the job market? The focus on abuse of
entitlements is very telling. The quest for special favors is trumping
the offer of an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay.
People need to be happy with who they are and happy there are others
with that same situation, even if it happens to be that they are happy
for different reasons.
The part of this whole discussion that really hit me was where a child
was declared to be worth $6291.00 worth of state money for the school.
A child begets special favors from the state so we don’t have to
nurture them on our own dime. What a bizarre way to look at children
and how sad it is widely accepted as normal.
My solution: Bring all the troops home from foreign lands to screen
potential immigrants. Phase out all entitlements because they
evidently lure disreputable immigrants and we know they are abused by
natives. Let immigrants contribute and the entitled natives move to
the counties that have not yet discovered the destructive nature of
the welfare state.