And of course, the terror risk is huge. The system is like a giant magnet drawing in terrorists. But let’s ignore that and consider how this feel-good process ignores that we have limited resources to help people, so we must help them in the most cost-effective way possible. Discernment and wisdom are virtues.
In other words, each refugee we bring to the United States means that eleven others are not being helped with that money. Faced with twelve drowning people, only a monster would send them a luxurious one-man boat rather than twelve life jackets. And yet, with the best of intentions, that is exactly what we are doing when we choose one lucky winner to resettle here. Some will object that we can do both — relocate some refugees here and care for others in their native region. But money is not infinite. Every dollar the government spends is borrowed and will have to be paid back by our grandchildren.
. . . The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports a $2.5 billion funding shortfall in caring for Syrian refugees in the Middle East. The five-year cost of resettling just 39,000 Syrians in the U.S. would erase the entire current UNHCR shortfall. Security concerns aside, it is morally unjustifiable to help the few at the expense of the many.
So while the “Christian” Left is churning out self-congratulatory memes for not just spending but wasting other people’s money to show how “generous” the Left is, the adults in the room are thinking about how to best help the refugees and to keep people safe.
I have said many times that Leftists literally fail at basic economics, and that is no exaggeration (though it is a slight exaggeration to say that my dog did better on a college economics test than Leftists would). And this is where that really matters. If people mismanage their own finances, that is one thing. But pretending that we have unlimited funds is counterproductive, dangerous and wasteful.
So sure, it costs 12 times as much to bring a refugee to the U.S. than to settle him in the Middle East and it greatly increases the risk of terrorism against our neighbors, but let’s spend their money anyway because economically illiterate Leftists post fallacious guilt-inducing memes.
I encourage people to read all of the National Review article. But one of the problems with Leftists is that not only do they just consume Leftist media, but that same media tells them to never consume conservative media. Because bias.
P.S. Try to forget that these pro-abortion extremists care so much about “the children” that they insist that Jesus is fine with killing them up until their first breath.