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Immigration reform links faltering Social Security, Medicare funding

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opinion Brainerd, 56401
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

President Obama is pressing to develop a path to citizenship for about 11 million undocumented or illegal aliens. He ran on and was elected on that as part of his 2012 campaign for re-election.

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Opponents contend that he’s pandering for votes from a predominantly Hispanic illegal population. These opponents are adamantly against offering a path to citizenship without going through proper immigration procedures.

Why all the fuss? Is it that these illegals are taking jobs away from unemployed workers? Yes, in part, but there’s another part to the story.

Eleven million documented citizens are needed to fill the void in the number of workers paying into an unfunded Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid system. Why is that the case? Millions of Americans have been paying into the system for decades. Why is there a shortfall? Well, other than the fact that lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have been robbing the Social Security fund for years, there is another cause and effect that plays into the under funding of the system.

In this the 40th year since the Supreme Court ruled via Roe v. Wade, that a woman has a right to a legal abortion, 54,559,615 unborn children have been aborted according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Guttmacher Institute.

Aside from the pros and cons of abortion, one factor that has not entered into the political or social dialogue is the fact that 54.6 million Americans were not able to help fund the social welfare system established by the U.S. government. Hence, there is a dire shortage of workers paying into the system that is going to be pressed to near bankruptcy by the surge of baby boomers that have begun to strain the system as they retire from the labor force.

That’s where the illegal immigrants come into play. Politically, it’s a gamble this administration and supporters of loosening the immigration process for those who snuck into the U.S. illegally.

From a strictly pragmatic point of view, it makes sense to enable those who are here without becoming citizens to now begin to pay into a system that is grossly underfunded.

It’s too bad those kids who were aborted aren’t here to assist their moms and dads as they enter retirement.

It’s a national tragedy.

Keith Hansen

Government

That’s the difference between governments and individuals. Governments don’t care, individuals do.

Mark Twain

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