* “The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.”
– Al Bartlett
^^^ Especially Africans.
One thing that’s so frustrating about the immigration debate is how proponents of open borders can’t or won’t think in exponential terms. Western healthcare systems are already strained and the single least sensible thing we could do is bring in ever more poor pregnant women. What reason is there to think Priscilla’s children would have grown up to be any more capable of paying for their four children each than their mother?
Libs and neocons see the little girl pictured in Ms. vanden Heuvel’s WaPo piece and can think only how sad it is that she could be denied her human right to American citizenship. I see her siblings that are here now; her cousins, grandparents, “cousins”, etc. that will chain-migrate here; as well as the dozen kids she’ll eventually have, each of whom will be more likely to catch Sudden Jihad Syndrome than that girl and her siblings. All of these people will of course be beneficiaries of various forms of welfare and loyal Democrats.
Our vibrant new Americans treat emergency rooms like walk-in clinics because they don’t have to pay, giving everybody else longer wait times and more expensive treatments so the hospitals can try to cover their losses. They can’t wrap their heads around the fact that ending a round of antibiotics early because symptoms disappeared helps speed along evolution of the bacteria, so we get new superbugs, ever fewer effective antibiotics, and diminishing returns on money spent on drug development.