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Ideas to Save Your Family and the Economy

Fighting Culture for Your Family

Heritage Senior Communications Fellow Rebecca Hagelin has written a book for parents who want a practical plan for debunking pop culture in their home and instilling good values in their children. 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family has specific actions to take, and a clear path to achievement.

In this insightful book, you’ll learn:

1) how liberal marketers target your children (and how to fight back)

2) how to fight the culture and not your child

3) how to slow down your life and your childs so that you can enjoy your time together

Buy your copy of the book here.

Amnesty: No Way to Stimulate Your Country

Last Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing entitled Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2009: Can We Do It and How? where Alan Greenspan, the former Federal Reserve Chairman, testified that the economic benefits of illegal immigrants to the U.S. economy outweigh their cost implying, along with other members of the panel, that amnesty for these immigrants would help the economy and make all Americans better off. This could not be further from the truth. Outlined below are the true effects of amnesty, and real policy actions that could get our economy running again.

Amnesty undermines the rule of law, and in doing so, encourages future illegal immigration. Secondly, amnesty legalizes more workers to compete with Americans for jobs. With the unemployment rate at 8.5%, now is not the time to saturate the work force with newly legalized workers. Lastly, amnesty is very costly to the American taxpayer. Proponents of amnesty assume that the immigrants will have jobs that contribute high tax revenue to the government, but statistics prove otherwise.

The illegal immigrants who would be legalized under an amnesty program are typically low-skill workers. Using 2007 numbers, low-skill immigrants receive, on average, three dollars in government benefits for each dollar of taxes paid. This imbalance generates a net cost of $89 billion per year on U.S. taxpayers. Over a lifetime, the typical low-skill immigrant household costs taxpayers $1.2 million. Thus, the cost of amnesty alone would reach $2.6 trillion once the recipients reach retirement age. With the federal debt at $10.7 trillion, now is not the time to allow new immigrants, who have not paid into the system, access to the benefits of Americas welfare.

True economic stimulus comes from the private sector so any effective plan would keep money in the pockets of businesses and families. There are multiple ways to do that:

  • Make the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts permanent, instead of raising taxes in 2011.
  • Create new jobs by reducing marginal tax rates for individuals and businesses by 10%. Adopting just this one proposal would create between 500,000 and 1 million jobs in one year!
  • Repeal the alternative minimum tax (commonly referred to as the AMT) and reduce the death tax to 15% (with a $5 million individual exclusion).
  • Enact long-term reforms and budgets for entitlement spending, putting long-term obligations from Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, front and center in the budget process.
  • Assess and enforce long term spending rules in Congress.

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