As President for the last 10 years (term limits, anyone?) of the Conservative Republican Club of Kingman, we have speakers and discuss a great variety of issues. However, clearly one issue overrides all. Speaker X comes to the meeting, is discussing one of a myriad of issues, and we take questions. So the speaker points to someone, and no matter what we are discussing, the questioner asks “when are you going to BUILD THE WALL?”

When we look at who pays the most in taxes, the reality is that, despite what you might hear in the media, it is “the rich” who pay virtually all income taxes.

In fact, according to the Internal Revenue Service, the richest 1% of all taxpayers earned 20.1% of all income, about 2 trillion dollars, but paid 39, yep, 39% of all income taxes. In fact, the top 1% paid more in income taxes than the bottom 90% combined.

Similarly, the top 50% of taxpayers paid 97.2% of all income taxes, the bottom 50% just 2.8%. In the state of California, with a population of well over 40 million, less than 150,000 people paid over 99% of the state income taxes. Of course, this is why we see headlines such as “New Jersey residents fleeing “in droves” as state Democrats fight over millionaire’s tax.”

I, however, like to look at the reverse to answer the immigrant question. That is, how much do people get in government benefits for every dollar they pay in income taxes?

The IRS divides groups into quintiles, which, for public school graduates like myself, means “fifths” (but not fifths of Jack Daniels).

Not surprisingly, the top quintile receives about 30 cents on the dollar, in other words, they’re very productive. The second quintile gets about 90 cents back for every dollar they pay, not so productive but still a net asset.

The fourth quintile (from 60%-80%) by contrast receives about 7 dollars in benefits for every dollar they pay in taxes, and the bottom quintile gets an astounding $33 dollars for every buck they contribute.

Unless you think a host of rocket scientists and computer engineers are giving themselves up to the Border Patrol in the Yuma Sector, I think the question answers itself. And, yes, I know that many of these come for economic reasons, and many work hard for low wages. Nonetheless, you can’t have an open border and a welfare state.

It’s is bad enough, and a very poor harbinger for our country’s future, that almost 60% of citizens are on some form of government assistance, and this doesn’t even account for the cultural aspects of importing millions of individuals from countries with no understanding of the traditions that have made our country what it is. But to not staunch the flow of illegals and to not BUILD THE WALL is sheer lunacy.

Dr. Schiff is a psychiatrist in Kingman and former chairman of the Mohave County Republican Party.

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HwyRovr

What part of, "MEXICO WILL PAY FOR THE WALL!" shouted incessantly by the draft dodger and his intellectually challenged minions? You want the wall, send a check! And of course there is the fact that WALLS DON'T WORK!

VA172

There you go again calling people names. I would gladly send a check for the wall if you agree to send a check to take care of all the illegals that you think have a right to squat in our country. As much as you want to say walls don't work, they in FACT do work. They cut down on the number or divert illegal immigrants to more controlled sections. Get your head back into reality face the truth.

HwyRovr

The Great Wall of China was an abject failure after 200 years to construct 13,000 miles of stone it did not stop the Mongol hoards from invading China. As a defensive measure against invading forces, it has been about as useful to China as a Bible on a battlefield. It can give you comfort, but it just won’t stop the enemy. The Great Wall was nothing more than an ambitious project contrived by a vainglorious emperor (sound familiar?). Although considered to be unique in the world similar examples of such stupidity can be found around the world. Hadrian’s Wall in the north of England was an attempt to divide the civilized (?) world of the Romans from the barbarians of Scotland – it also failed. Moving ahead we have the Dutch of New Amsterdam building a 12 foot (actually only 9 feet) wall in 1653 to keep the bad guys out. Sadly, for the Dutch, the British ignored the wall, sailed around and took New Amsterdam by sea – BTW, that is now New York and the site of the wall is now known as Wall Street. Another costly and stupid failure was the Berlin Wall. In 1961, migration from East to West Berlin had become so voluminous that East Germany constructed a militarized and fortified barrier zone (composed of multiple walls and fences) across the city to prevent unregulated movement between the two sectors. It was a failure – and I should note that while based in Berlin from 1962/1965 I was escorted many times by tunnel across the border. The Berlin Wall remained for 28 years, until 1989. It wasn’t until Soviet influence declined that political support for the wall began to erode. Finally, one night, a combined assault by citizen demolition crews and avid souvenir hunters began tearing down the Wall, allowing Easterners to cross once more without hindrance. BTW, Ronnie the Dim had NOTHING to do with the wall coming down. Moving now to the Israel/Palestine wall touted by the intellectually challenged. Israel claims the various walls (yes, there are more than one) are to protect its citizens from attack. The building of walls by Israelis in disputed territory is deepening the crisis, and pushing a peaceful agreement between the two sides further into the future. The walls, in other words, are just adding fuel to the political fire. And as for trying to stop the bloodshed? This summer saw a new wave of violence in the region.

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