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Sultan Knish: The Road to Nowhere
Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog ^ | Tuesday, May 07, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield

Posted on 05/08/2013 5:06:41 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

The Road to Nowhere

Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog
The Heritage Institute report estimates that under amnesty the average legalized illegal household will take in $43,900 in benefits while paying a little over a third of that in taxes. Those numbers are grim from the standpoint of a tottering economy being asked to take on an even bigger pile of debt and they reveal an even grimmer view of the future.

Set aside the political debates, the tensions over multiculturalism, entitlements and the great political divide, and those numbers reek of a country whose only future is poverty.

Subsidized poverty, even if we had the ability to continue subsidizing it forever, is still poverty. A Food Stamp Nation made up of slums full of bodegas and check cashing places does not offer any kind of future. Its only growth industries are in expensive government jobs or cheap service jobs leading to an economy of two tiers; one for workers and another for political workers.

"A report came out recently which showed what most Mexicans had long suspected - there is almost no social mobility in the country whatsoever. If you are born into poverty the chances are very high that you will die poor too," a BBC report from Mexico concludes.

Now substitute America for Mexico. Imagine a society sharply divided between the working class and the government class where political connections mean more than any single other factor.

The report begins with the daughter of the Federal Attorney General for Consumer Protection shutting down a restaurant because they wouldn't give her a seat and ends with two wealthy women abusing a police officer by calling him "asalariado" or "wage earner".

Asalariado is becoming an insult in the United States. And the irony is that amnesty for illegal aliens may complete the process through which the people who came here looking to find opportunities that didn't exist in Mexico will turn America into Mexico.

America hardly had any class issues because both the rich and the poor worked. A Carnegie or a Rockefeller might be able to buy and sell a thousand ordinary men, but still started out at the bottom of the ladder and never stopped working. To have proper class issues, you need a permanent leisure class to create that gap between those who work and those who do nothing.

In a dynamic economy, a leisure class is largely unsustainable. Inheriting a pile of money and then doing nothing is not likely to end well. But a dynamic economy depends on social mobility. An oligarchy regulates the economy into an impoverished predictability in which there is hardly any social mobility and a permanent leisure class. Its permanence depends not on the economy, but on its control.

Or to put it another way, suppose you have X millions of dollars to invest. Do you look for undervalued companies with a future or companies with political connections? In a dynamic economy, you invest based on merit. In an oligarchy, you invest based on political connections because the idea or the model are mostly worthless. The economy is divided up into spheres of influence carved out by interests and guilds.

In the age of Obama, a smart strategy is to invest in politically connected companies with bad business models and then get out before they go down. Nothing of worth or value will be created. Instead the wealth will circulate within the oligarchy and pay out profits with money harvested from the Asalariados, the suckers still trying to claw their way up instead of phlegmatically accepting their plight and cashing their government checks.

Eventually either the checks will get smaller or the price of milk will get higher. The Asalariados may look like suckers in the short term, but they're still getting ahead in the long term. The grasshopper may shop for groceries without checking prices while the ant grits his teeth at the cash register, but when the economic freeze comes, it's the ant who has the skills to survive.

But the oligarchy is designed to keep the ant from climbing too high. The last time the ants climbed too high, feudalism collapsed and gave way to the free enterprise economy, and most of the thinkers of Europe spent centuries trying to figure out how to put everything back into a neatly controllable natural order with lots of farms and lots of cheerful people working on them without complaint.

Communism was just feudalism in the name of the people. And once the revolution happened, the farmers got the worst of it. The Soviet Union confined them to collective farms after starving them. Communist China is throwing them off the land by the millions. American liberalism has become an urban feudalism without the labor. Its vision is millions of people sneering at the Asalariados from the bottom of the ladder while celebrating their freedom from labor and dependence on government.

Its romance of righteous wealth redistribution can only endure until the final triumph of liberalism occurs and then all the debts have to be paid and the oligarchy can begin to consolidate its gains. And then the only people who can safely sneer at working men will be the ones on top of the ladder.

The end of social mobility has been made to seem appealing. It's been dressed up in subsidies and entitlements, into gateways out of the barrio or the ghetto by becoming a sports star or a pop star, but those are all ways of disgusting poverty.

The unemployment numbers can be massaged, welfare can be disguised as disability, the erosion of real jobs can be hidden in government jobs and debt can be turned into investments, but no matter how you dress up poverty, the rags still peek out from underneath.

While liberal politicians give speeches about the possibilities of the future, they know that the future is out of reach for everyone but their own circle. The future seems bright to them, but dim to everyone else. The big corporations are becoming oversized and interdependent, merging and coalescing into each other and into the government. Every industry is coming to resemble the old defense contractor model with government officials and CEOs trading jobs and making lucrative arrangements. Yesterday it was cars, energy and finance. Now it's medicine. And tomorrow some other sector of the economy will be consolidated and rebuilt into an arm of the government.

The mass migration of people, the influx of low skilled workers, exist to make money for some and votes for others, but there is no longer any place for them to go except to the welfare office and the quota machine that funnels a percentage of them into colleges and then government jobs and then back to their old neighborhoods to spread the word on behalf of whatever cause the people who set the quotas want them to.

Whether or not amnesty comes, the United States of America is becoming too much like Mexico; a society of limited possibilities and diminished social mobility. A road to nowhere.

Joseph Chamie, the former director of the United Nations Population Division, recently wrote an article proposing that the United States open its borders to become the world's largest country. All it would have to do is step up immigration from 1.2 million a year to 10 million a year. And then by the end of the century, the country would have 1.6 billion people.

As insane as the Chamie proposal might be, its insanity is just that of extrapolating the existing madness on a grander scale. It's the sort of madness that asks, why settle for drilling a hole in the boat when you can smash the entire hull? Increasing immigration tenfold is crazy, but so is our current policy. Aiming for 1.6 billion is nuts, but so is aiming for 1 billion. It's a difference in scale, not in content. The problem is the content and the context.

America's industrial infrastructure has been dismantled and a welfare state has taken its place. The country is not importing workers, it's importing voters. And the dismantlers are doing the importing. Territorially the United States may be able to absorb 1.6 billion people, though it will cease to be anything resembling its old self long before 2100, even without the insane UN plan, but it can't do so because the economic ability to absorb immigrants is being destroyed by the politics of immigration.

The 1.6 billion strong America of 2100 will look a lot like the places those immigrants came from. It will have the same oligarchies, the same uncontrollably corrupt politics and religious wars, and the same pervasive sense of hopelessness for the vast majority of the population. It will be a failed state.

Imagine an America in which the middle class has receded to a thumbnail but those at the top behave the same way that they do now. Imagine the massive economic burden on a country of wage slaves, the asalariados who are squeezed to pay for all the latest whims and gimmicks, for the thefts and spendthrift academics.

Imagine an Obama with no restraint on his power and no middle class to drain or credit rating to borrow against and you have a true nation of wage slaves in which democracy is largely useless because the political and economic institutions have been consolidated and the population is too powerless to do more than fight with each other for a piece of the government's subsidies.

Immigration is not the trigger for this; it is the accelerant. Even if the Rubio-Schumer strategy for destroying the country fails, the road still leads nowhere. Combining open borders and a closed economy is a disaster. But a closed economy and porous borders are still a disaster. The end of a closed economy is indistinguishable from feudalism and a preview of coming attractions is available in states with high immigrant populations.

Government control of the economy has made votes more powerful than labor. And when voting is more powerful than working, then a new leisure class that looks down on wage slaves is born.
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TOPICS: Conspiracy; Government; History; Politics
KEYWORDS: aliens; amnesty; asalariado; bankrupt; danielgreenfield; debt; illegals; welfarestate


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1 posted on 05/08/2013 5:06:41 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell
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To: arasina; daisy mae for the usa; AdvisorB; wizardoz; free-in-nyc; Vendome; Louis Foxwell; ...

I am posting immediately, before reading. Personal comments to follow. Enjoy


2 posted on 05/08/2013 5:08:50 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (Better the devil we can destroy than the Judas we must tolerate.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

import more poverty, get more poverty.


3 posted on 05/08/2013 5:11:04 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

Daniel portrays a vision of a future US based entirely on current policy. It is not a pretty picture. The revolution is simple. Contain, restrain, limit and control government. All else will follow in good order.


4 posted on 05/08/2013 5:17:55 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (Better the devil we can destroy than the Judas we must tolerate.)
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To: Louis Foxwell
The money quote:

"The country is not importing workers, it's importing voters."

5 posted on 05/08/2013 5:21:10 AM PDT by SecondAmendment (Restoring our Republic at 9.8357x10^8 FPS)
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To: Louis Foxwell

The current promotion of amnesty for illegal aliens, is to condemn Legal aliens to slave wages.

The policy is racist, because ultimately, it condemns all Mexican aliens to poverty.


6 posted on 05/08/2013 5:22:16 AM PDT by G Larry (Darkness Hates the Light)
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To: Louis Foxwell
TREASON is the reason.


7 posted on 05/08/2013 5:24:37 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Louis Foxwell

More Truth from Dan-The-Man.

Thank You, Louis.


8 posted on 05/08/2013 5:25:07 AM PDT by left that other site ((Ban the ubiquitous and deadly solvent, Di-hydrogen monoxide!!!))
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To: Louis Foxwell

“...amnesty for illegal aliens may complete the process through which the people who came here looking to find opportunities that didn’t exist in Mexico will turn America INTO Mexico.”

It’s so obvious that you wonder about the intelligence and sanity of so called ‘politicians’ who haven’t (won’t) grasp this.


9 posted on 05/08/2013 5:25:12 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: G Larry

But.. we keep raising the min. wage. Right?


10 posted on 05/08/2013 5:26:09 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Louis Foxwell
To have proper class issues, you need a permanent leisure class to create that gap between those who work and those who do nothing.

Bingo.

11 posted on 05/08/2013 5:28:01 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Sarah is right.)
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To: Louis Foxwell
Brilliant article. Really lays this mess out clearly.

I assume "but those are all ways of disgusting poverty," while apt, is a typo meant to read "but those are all ways of disguising poverty."

12 posted on 05/08/2013 5:31:25 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: SMARTY

A rising floor crushes all opportunity.


13 posted on 05/08/2013 5:32:13 AM PDT by G Larry (Darkness Hates the Light)
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To: SMARTY
will turn America INTO Mexico
It’s so obvious that you wonder about the intelligence and sanity of so called ‘politicians’ who haven’t (won’t) grasp this.

The sad truth is that they do not care one iota about that outcome. They likely assuage any possibility of guilty feelings by believing that it is inevitable anyway. The ONLY concern that they have is that they stay in control, above the rabble and their petty problems. Nothing else matters.

14 posted on 05/08/2013 5:32:53 AM PDT by Teacher317 (Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast)
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To: Louis Foxwell
The unemployment numbers can be massaged, welfare can be disguised as disability, the erosion of real jobs can be hidden in government jobs and debt can be turned into investments, but no matter how you dress up poverty, the rags still peek out from underneath.

Wow - The Obama economy defined in one paragraph. Left out the shift to a part time work force.

15 posted on 05/08/2013 6:11:28 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Plan "B" is now Plan "A")
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To: Louis Foxwell
"Asalariado is becoming an insult in the United States."

Income Tax slave working for the Feds.

16 posted on 05/08/2013 6:15:21 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Louis Foxwell

This is how it becomes the United States of Cuba!


17 posted on 05/08/2013 7:41:33 AM PDT by Rich21IE
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To: Louis Foxwell; Liz; sickoflibs; SandRat
Subsidized poverty, even if we had the ability to continue subsidizing it forever, is still poverty. A Food Stamp Nation made up of slums full of bodegas and check cashing places does not offer any kind of future. Its only growth industries are in expensive government jobs or cheap service jobs leading to an economy of two tiers; one for workers and another for political workers.

ping

18 posted on 05/08/2013 8:18:50 AM PDT by GOPJ ( A gang rape by eight isn't 'immigration reform'... Send the 33 million illegals home.)
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To: GOPJ; Louis Foxwell; SandRat
Keep in mind, the Heritage report WRT to trillions in US benefits and services paid directly to the "new citizens" is only the tip of the iceberg.

EXHIBIT A Vote-crazed pols have given a "blank check" to latino lobbyists who colluded w/ US politicans to insert ethnic solidarity into our laws poison------the conniving lobbyists get $150 million immediately for organizations to advertise citizenship opportunities, to help stupid illegal immigrants sign up to become citizens----grants to public and private nonprofit groups for programs that help people apply for provisional immigrant status---assistance with completing applications and gathering proof of identification---legal help and public-awareness campaigns that tell dumbo illegals about the “eligibility and benefits of registered immigration status."

The nonpartisan Center for Immigration Services calls the money “slush funds”---tax dollars going to self-dealing groups that wrote the ethnic poison legislation, and that the slush funds appear to have no cap or oversight. “It’s virtually a blank check,” Jon Feere, the Center's legal policy analyst, told FoxNews.com. “And the groups that helped draft this bill give themselves (an eternal streams of) tax dollars.”

EXHIBIT B Clearly, some (or all) of the reform provisions were written by salivating Third Worlders--and their Fifth Columns on US soil----greedily contemplating exchanging massive foreign aid checks for latino votes.

LYING IN WAIT FOR TAX DOLLARS---IMPOVERISHED THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES W/ PRESSURE GROUPS INSIDE THE US (here illegally): Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico (stateside), Salvador, Spain, Uruguay, Venezuela.

EXHIBIT C Taxpayers demand politicans come clean WRT quid pro quo sub rosa deals made with impoversihed foreign governments salivating about trading latino votes for frpeign aid. EXAMPLE: Even neutral travel brochures belittle the corrupt Dominican Republic govt---- that provides no safety net for its teaming impoverished pepulation---and that the DR relies on the $$$ billion dollars a year its illegal population on US soil sends back home.

EMPOWERS FOREIGN MEDDLING IN US AFFAIRS The DR govt is already meddling in US affairs---trying to save the degenerate *** of US Sen Menendez (D-NJ) caught in shady deals that involves DR port cargo used for drug distribution (drug cartels have friends in Congress).

EXHIBIT D AYE VOTES FOR AMNESTY WILL NOT COME CHEAP--- WHAT KIND OF FOREIGN FINANCIAL DEALS will vote-crazed US politicians get in exchange for yes votes on amnesty? And who are their co-conspirators?

LET'S LOOK AT THE ETHNIC SOLIDARITY TAX-EXEMPTS (1) The National Association of Latino Electoral and Appointed Officials, (2) La Raza, (3) Voto Latino, (4) The Congressional Hispanic Caucus, (5) state Hispanic Federations,(6) latino PAC's, etc ,etc, etc (all self-dealing---all pushing free-for-all amnesty)

We need to see these n/p's financial records-----copies of (1) checks, (2) wire transfers, (3) bank account statements, (4) invoices, (5) bills, (6) delivery tickets, (7) correspondence including e-mail, employment contracts, loan agreements, (8) any other books or records.

Scrutinize n/p bank accounts for suspicious activites: (A) large deposits, (B) funds transferred from one account into another, (C) request for withdrawals, (D) offsore activity. Also lists of monies n/p paid to (a) brokers, sub-brokers, (b) family members, (c) mortgage brokers, (d) financial managers, and, (e) real estate agents, brokers, and developers, and the like.

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REMEDY Taxpayers could sue banks holding tax-exempt monies that cover-up tax fraud. Under the Bank Secrecy Act passed by Congress, banks are required to establish, implement and maintain programs designed to detect and report suspicious activity indicative of money laundering, tax evasion, govt fraud and other financial crimes.

“The Bank Secrecy Act was enacted to protect the tax-paying public from harm by identifying and detecting criminal enterprises, including those engaged in govt fraud, tax evasion, and money laundering," explains the IRS Criminal Investigation Unit.

19 posted on 05/08/2013 8:46:50 AM PDT by Liz (To learn who rules over you, determine who you are not allowed to criticize. Voltaire)
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To: SecondAmendment

Yes, it’s true: We have a lot of people who vote for a living, and I’m not talking about Congress. I’m talking about the 47% Romney “scandalously” referred to back in the election.


20 posted on 05/08/2013 8:48:11 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: Travis McGee

No need to Ping you on this one, I see.


21 posted on 05/08/2013 9:08:56 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Kartographer

Ping.


22 posted on 05/08/2013 9:09:27 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Louis Foxwell
The mass migration of people, the influx of low skilled workers, exist to make ... votes for others,

Gerrymandering on an international scale.

23 posted on 05/08/2013 9:11:15 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Louis Foxwell
...

In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "If you don't work you die."

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24 posted on 05/08/2013 9:12:08 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Liz

U go gyrl.


25 posted on 05/08/2013 9:27:24 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Louis Foxwell

Please put me on the ping list for Greenfield.


26 posted on 05/08/2013 11:55:47 AM PDT by Jack Black ( Whatever is left of American patriotism is now identical with counter-revolution.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

Please put me on the ping list for Greenfield.


27 posted on 05/08/2013 11:59:06 AM PDT by Jack Black ( Whatever is left of American patriotism is now identical with counter-revolution.)
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To: Jack Black

You are on. Welcome.


28 posted on 05/08/2013 1:12:52 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (Better the devil we can destroy than the Judas we must tolerate.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

Great article.


29 posted on 05/17/2013 1:30:58 AM PDT by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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