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This may push a few buttons but here is an interesting thread from Facebook:

SO,LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT...If you cross the North Korean border illegally, you get 12 yrs. hard labor. If you cross the Afghanistan border illegally, you get shot. Two Americans just got eight years for crossing the Iranian border. If you cross the U.S. border illegally you get a job, a drivers license, food stamps, a place to live, health care, housing & child benefits, education, & a tax-free business for 7 yrs.

Me: Ironic?

Linda: We wonder what is wrong in this Country...

Me: Just for clarity, I'm pretty sure that many of the people who come here illegally are good people who are simply doing whatever it takes to take care of their families. They are risking their lives to make things work. I suspect we are cut from the same clothe.

Elle: Ireland, England, Greek, Italian, and a full-blooded MicMac through the borders of Canada allow my daughter to live in this beautiful free country. My only fear is that our generosity may humble us. Everything in moderation.

Laurene: My grandparents came here from Italy. Nothing was given to them for free. They paid their way in and worked their tails off to survive. If you ask me...I wish they stayed in Italy.

Kris: One thing that made this country prosperous is the ability to move about freely to follow opportunity. I wonder what would happen to worldwide prosperity if there were no borders?

Susan: This is true.....I am proud to be in a country that respects life and cares for people regardless if they were born here or not. The system I agree is not perfect but we are showing other countries the way. what needs to happen is to reduce the greed of our leaders and focus on reducing excessive spending in the wrong direction. I also feel we as people need to be more creative and take charge of our own lives. I see many very talented people doing nothing with their gifts........Think big and creative. Find a need and fill that need. You can't change everything in life but you can change YOU and how you see things and react to your surroundings. Be the one to make the difference. Who said you can't succeed in life just because all the rules have changed!!!!!! I plan on making a difference by staying positive, not negative..................

[Comments at time of writing]

Interestingly, these comments were made by job creators. Every single person has created at least one job (their own) in the past 3 years and some have created many more. This is powerful. Notice the way job creators think. Pay particular attention to Susan's thinking. She is a very strong job creator.

What's the Answer? What's the Question?

The issue often gets focused on the wrong thing. The problem is not immigration. The problem is the welfare state or an entitlement mentality. We should have a way for hardworking people to come into this country. Making it hard for them to get in is a Darwinian bargain that ensures that the hardest working and biggest risk takers are entering the country. These are exactly the people we want to attract.

These are the people who will be the most successful and the most likely to create additional jobs in this country. But the safety net is what's draining the country of life force. It's too easy for people to take advantage of it. When interviewing people for positions over the past 3 years, it was clear that a surprisingly large percentage preferred to stay unemployed for as long as possible. They were taking an extended vacation from working that was being paid for by the government (i.e. tax revenues from businesses and 40% borrowed money to be paid back by us, our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren).

They were playing the system and more worried about if an extension of benefits would be approved rather than getting creative and motivated to make something happen. The people that were doing this were not legal or illegal immigrants. It was mostly the third and fourth generation Americans that have developed the entitlement mentality.

Entitlement Mentality Trap

On the one hand, there are people who really do need support. But there are a lot of people who are making decisions based on the support landscape. Take a look around and who do you see an opening and running small businesses like childcare, landscaping, small retail stores, salons, and restaurants? And for each one of these small businesses that open, how many of these people also employ 2, 3 or more additional people? If you think about it, at 10% unemployment, theoretically all it would take is 1 in 10 employed people to create at least 1 new job and we should be at 0% unemployment.

Ultimately, many of these people have lower rates of pay but because they are willing (and thankful) to be able to work more hours, they end up making money. And they invest that money. Categorically, they don't go out and spend it on fancy clothes, cars or big houses. They invest it in other businesses that family members start, thereby creating even more jobs. But somehow the American Dream got hijacked to being about imposing higher minimum wages, more benefits, more taxes on anyone who has worked hard to build wealth and an entitlement state that cannot support all the promises that have been made. Until the entitlement mentality trap is disengaged, the country cannot prosper.

Why Prosperity of Illegal Immigration?

Oddly enough, who do you think is going to be a stronger, more creative, more successful worker? Someone who grew up in a wealthy family that could afford to pay off the right people so their children can escape their country of origin or someone who is willing to risk everything survives a dangerous desert crossing and if they gain entry, do whatever they can to become successful.

Who is going to be better at identifying and using opportunity: Someone who has grown up in the lap of luxury and had everything given to them or someone who has had to scramble to make ends meet. While one is thinking about their inheritance the other is looking for opportunities. Who will create more jobs and more prosperity? It would be amazing to think of a world without borders. After all, that is a major source of prosperity (both economic, genetic and cultural). The US thrives because of the openness of commerce within the country. There would be an adjustment period but eventually, the world would also be more prosperous when energy is going into solving the need for water, energy, healthcare, and food instead of going into defending borders. Distrust is very expensive. So isn't it time that we stop vilifying the motivated and innovative people who are trying to work here and address the real issue which is all the people who are unwilling to pull their own weight?

Be well and prosperous,


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