Archive for April 18th, 2008

Deterioration of Families Now a ‘Legitimate Gov’t Concern’

Friday, April 18th, 2008

A new report commissioned by four policy and research groups finds that high rates of divorce and out-of-wedlock births cost American taxpayers a minimum of $112 billion annually. According to the report, national, state and local costs of family breakdown account for more than $1 trillion in the last decade. (See earlier article)

The study — released by the Institute for American Values, Georgia Family Council, Institute for Marriage and Public Policy, and Families Northwest — looked at the most accepted consequence of “family fragmentation,” which is poverty. The economist who conducted the research examined the cost of government anti-poverty programs such as WIC, housing assistance, Medicaid, and child welfare, and the effect of poverty on crime, among other factors.

Randy Hicks, president of Georgia Family Council, says the $112 billion cost estimate was “cautious” because it did not take into consideration the behavioral benefits that marriage brings. “Not only is there a serious human cost — and a heart-breaking human cost, often — to family fragmentation to divorce and unwed child-bearing, just in the form of human suffering; but there’s also a taxpayer cost …,” he explains.

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Immigration breaks backs of taxpaying U.S. citizens by Phyllis Schlafly

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Are you having a hard time paying your bills, making your mortgage payments or putting your kids through college? You need to know how much of your hard-earned income the government is skimming off and diverting into handouts to immigrants and illegal immigrants.

You can read the depressing details in the new 70-page document called “The Economic and Fiscal Impact of Immigration” by Edwin S. Rubenstein. A Manhattan Institute adjunct fellow with a mile-long scholarly resume, he has been doing financial analysis ever since he directed the studies of government waste for the Grace Commission of 1984.

The bottom line, which you need to know for your own bottom line, is that U.S. taxpayers are giving more than $9,000 a year in cash or benefits to each immigrant, a third of whom are in the country illegally. That’s $36,000 for each immigrant household of four.

Because the U.S. has 37 million immigrants, legal and illegal, the national cost was more than $346 billion last year, which was twice our fiscal deficit. The cost of immigrants is so high because, as Rubenstein writes, “Immigrants are poorer, pay less tax and are more likely to receive public benefits than natives.”

Big Brother hasn’t told you this bad news, perhaps because the government doesn’t want you to know why your paychecks are shortchanged. Even the huge amnesty bill that was defeated last year didn’t contain one word about its budgetary consequences.

The financial burden immigrants impose on education starts with the 3.8 million K-12 students enrolled in more expensive classes for the non-English speaking. When we add up the costs of hiring specialized teachers, training regular teachers, student identification and assessment, and administration costs, the total amounts to an estimated $1,030 per pupil, or $3.9 billion.

Of the 48.4 million public-school children, pre-K through 12th grade, 9.2 million or 19 percent are immigrants or the children of immigrants. In the next few years, immigration will account for virtually all the increase in public-school spending.

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School District Bans Christian Art, Allows Other Religious Representations

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Nothing new under the Son. Christians, this type of thing is only going to become more and more common.

A court in Wisconsin has been asked to suspend immediately a policy in the Tomah Area School District that bans Christian symbols in students’ artwork, but allows Hindu, Buddhist and satanic representations.

The motion was filed yesterday by the Alliance Defense Fund, which has taken on the case of a student identified by the initials A.P.

The ADF launched a lawsuit on the student’s behalf after a teacher refused to give him a grade on a project because his work included “John 3:16” as well as “As sign of love.”

The school district, however, openly acknowledged and publicized various pieces of art representing Buddhism, and Hinduism as well as several demon faces that appeared satanic.

The school defended its actions:

“Respect for the beliefs of a diverse student population … requires that the district treat all students equitable and fairly regardless of their faith,” it said in a website statement.

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Mission America Raising Awareness About ‘Day of Silence’

Friday, April 18th, 2008

The “Day of Silence,” which takes place April 25, is an annual event sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). It encourages students to observe the day by not speaking as a way to bring attention to the homosexual agenda. McGarry, who is on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board, is asking her colleagues to approve absences for students who choose to stay home during the pro-homosexual observance.

“This particular board member is doing the right thing,” says [Linda Harvey, president of Mission America], “and I think she’s positioning it for whenever there would be any kind of a political activity in the school — and that’s the right approach.

“But I think what we have to understand is we need to keep as much of this away from the school climate as possible,” the pro-family activist continues. “[Students are] there to learn objective facts and for instruction; they’re not there for politics, which could absorb all their time,” she contends.

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