Jeb Bush’s Immigrant Fertility Welfare State Solution


The general theme is that you need more immigrants to subsidize the social services of an aging population. But before Jeb Bush goes down the road with that argument, he might want to look at Europe which imported huge amounts of immigrants to balance out its aging population with horrifying results.

Speaking at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference in Washington, Bush said the country needs an influx of younger workers to replace aging ones to retire in the coming years.

“We’re going to have fewer workers taking care of a larger number of people than the country has a social contract with, to be able to allow them to retire with dignity and purpose,” he said. “We cannot do that with the fertility rates that we have in our country.”

That problem could be solved with more immigrants, Bush said.

“Immigrants are more fertile, and they love families, and they have more intact families, and they bring a younger population,” he said, adding that immigrants also create new businesses and are an “engine of economic prosperity.”

Let’s start with the more “intact families” thing. 42 percent of Latino kids are living in single parent homes. That’s better than the number for African-Americans, but much worse than the white 25 percent number. And the Latino broken home numbers have been steadily rising.

And that’s a welfare state disaster.

Among Latinos, unmarried parent families are roughly three times as likely to be poor as married families. Tragically, over half of Latino children born today are born outside of marriage. The rate has increased from less than 40 percent in the 1990s to more than half—nearly 53 percent—today.

You can’t fill a hole with a hole. Importing large numbers of people who are going to be more welfare dependent than the native population not only fixes nothing, it will force deeper cuts to medical services for the native elderly to fund the welfare state for the newcomers.

Amnesty will make it that much harder for Americans to retire. It will fill the country with more poor unskilled workers dependent on government aid and hijacking the political system to get it as soon as they can vote.

There’s no prosperity here. Increasing the welfare state ten times to pay for an unsustainable welfare state is a recipe for national bankruptcy.

  • Tina Trent

    Yes, and regarding prosperity, where is Americans for Prosperity and other libertarian, “small guvmint” organizations like Freedomworks and the boyos of Reason on this subject?

    Toadying with Jeb, telling the Tea Party to shut up and sit down, and refusing to “declare” their position on amnesty.

    Go figure. Or, rather, add it up.

  • Gee

    The US does not lack for population growth. What I can’t get is why the GOP doesn’t get the term “ILLEGAL”

  • DogmaelJones1

    That’s all right, people. Jeb Bush is an expert on the subject of immigration. His brother, George W., speaks Spanish, too, gets along with Mexicans, and that makes Jeb an authority on the subject. Jeb is governor of a state with a big population of Cubans. They’re “Latinos,” too, but with a difference. Most of them work for a living and had to earn their citizenship and voting rights the hard way.

  • GSR

    Jebby Bush is absolutely OBSESSED with immigration, especially Latino immigration. He really had a mental obsession with this topic.
    He’s also completely off the mark. As said earlier, the USA is not declining because of lack of population. Furthermore, the pro immigraiton people need to be asked, “why do you want to balloon the US’s population to halfl a billion in the next 40-some years? Why?” That’s where we’re headed at our current rate of immigration. Half a billion.

  • uiohhkjh

    Europe, Canada, and the U.S. represent about 14% of the worlds population
    but produce about 55% of the worlds GDP. How can such a small percentage
    of the worlds population produce so much? Europe and the U.S. have developed
    all of the technology in the world from electricity to communications satellites.
    Europe, Canada, and the U.S. is where 60% of the global fortune 500 companies
    are located. Wealth is not created by how many people you have to feed.
    Companies like the fortune 500 produce wealth.
    Japan China and south Korea have about 30 % of the global fortune 500
    companies and produce about 25% of the worlds GDP

  • onecornpone

    There are some hard realities to face here. The so called “social contract”, and “retiring with dignity and purpose” are fairy tale ideas of past generations, as is leaving substantial wealth to ones progeny.

    The undeniable solution to the problem is a difficult prospect for most middle class, middle-aged wage earners to accept. About the time they retire from their careers, it will be time for them to take on the responsibility of hands-on care of their aging loved ones, unless those elders have accumulated the resources to pay for warehouse type elder-care which will become unimaginably expensive. Few meet this criteria, which means most can expect to be spending ‘retirement years’ living with and personally caring for aging extended family.

    Social security was never meant to offer dignity to the aged. Born in the Depression era, it was meant to prevent poor widows from starving, when their families and communities couldn’t afford to give them enough to survive on. How did this compassionate idea get perverted into the utopian dream that Jeb Bush presumes upon us?

    What is this idea that everyone who manages to survive past the magical age of 65, gets a free ride until they die? And where did the idea that their families are exempt from responsibility originate?

    • alericKong

      Because career Democrats destroy any attempt at sensible reform, and the year round professional big government slimebags have run unchalleneged the past two presidential elections.

      The political machine gets to graft it’s billions and the delusional welfare voters get to keep napping.

  • Naresh Krishnamoorti

    Jeb Bush has a point. But to address the point, you have to encourage the immigration of high-skilled workers from traditional societies that can conform to Western values — Orthodox Jews, traditional Catholics, and such.

    Otherwise, we’re screwed either way. America and Europe are being punished because of the low birth-rates. We thought we could live care-free lives by treating children as optional accessories of our selfish lifestyles. But no. We will spend our old age cowering in fear of criminal terrorists and on the brink of poverty, waiting to be euthanized by socialized medicine.