I’ve participated in a “spiritually oriented” blog for years, containing a wide range of beliefs and perspectives. The following was in response to a poster’s comments that are summed up in the opening question.
She asked, “Do you think it’s fair that our American children have to lose more and more programs, like sports, band, and other community services to free up money for the ever-increasing cost of the services immigrants require?”
So you’re attributing the loss of entitlements (yes, band, sports and more are entitlements) to the costs of accepting immigrants? How much does it cost, do you suppose?
Is it more than $150 billion per year? That’s what it costs U.S. taxpayers to maintain it’s 800+ military bases around the globe.
But that’s peanuts compared to the overall cost of the multiple wars that the U.S. has chosen to wage.
“The United States federal government has spent or obligated 4.8 trillion dollars on the wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq. This figure includes: direct Congressional war appropriations; war-related increases to the Pentagon base budget; veterans care and disability; increases in the homeland security budget; interest payments on direct war borrowing; foreign assistance spending; and estimated future obligations for veterans’ care.
This total omits many other expenses, such as the macroeconomic costs to the US economy; the opportunity costs of not investing war dollars in alternative sectors; future interest on war borrowing; and local government and private war costs.
The current wars have been paid for almost entirely by borrowing. This borrowing has raised the US budget deficit, increased the national debt, and had other macroeconomic effects, such as raising consumer interest rates. Unless the US immediately repays the money borrowed for war, there will also be future interest payments. We estimate that interest payments could total over $7.9 trillion by 2053.”
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Ironically, many of the refugees/immigrants are fleeing the death and destruction resulting from the expenditure of trillions of dollars.
It’s obvious that you love your children and want the best for them. It’s a damn shame that the football program has been cancelled and the band instruments aren’t provided by the school any longer. But how would you feel is your neighbourhood had been bombed into oblivion and occupied by foreign troops? What if your school, your home and your town was just a pile of rubble? Would you be angry and resentful? Would you stay and try to survive or do whatever it took to get you and your children to safety?
I challenge you to search “images” of “child war victims”. Have a good look and ask yourself which children are suffering more, yours or those in the pictures. Find a little compassion and ask yourself why these children have been “robbed of the wonderful chances they deserve”?
Your closing sentence, “People should be expected to solve their own problems” is both heartless and ignorant. You should feel ashamed of yourself.