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Thursday, June 14, 2018

The High Cost of False Compassion

I am all for being compassionate. Most of the Tavern's customers would lend you a fiver  if they saw you were hard up, with little expectation of return and a pleasant hope for your spending of it. But they, like me, would not take from your pocket to give to some other poor sod. They would reach into their own. Compassion and Charity are best mates. Governments see it differently. Some, too, learn from their mistakes.
The other day a favoured old lady I know was expressing delight that the Spanish Government was offering a home and refuge to 600 odd African people who had left Lybia in a rubber boat. 
A very large rubber boat.  She'd been listening to our ABC which of course told only part of the tale.

They were taken aboard a proper ship but Italy refused to take them. Malta too. Spain stepped in. My elderly friend was delighted that 'those poor refugees' would at last have safety. "Now they  won't drown'. 
Spain to welcome 600 stranded asylum seekers refused by Italy and Malta
Spain says it will take a humanitarian ship carrying more than 600 migrants and refugees after Italy refused to allow it to dock at its ports.
Italy's new populist Government had initially asked the Mediterranean island of Malta to open its doors to the vessel.
Italy's Government faces test of election promise to stop asylum seekers
More than 600,000 asylum seekers have reached Italy by boat since 2013
Malta brushed off the request, saying it had nothing to do with the rescue operation, opening the prospect of a diplomatic rift between the two European Union allies.
The move by Italy's new Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, who is also head of the far-right League, represents an opening gambit to make good on his electoral promises to halt the flow of asylum seekers into the country.
Far Right, eh? 

The usual derogatory for those who do not hold the 'mainstream' view of the media.

It is almost interchangeable with the other epithet, the 'Alt-Right'.

My friend James has some things to say about the 'Alt-Right'. Take a look and come back.

"Victory!" Mr Salvini tweeted after Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, a socialist who took office just over a week ago, gave instructions that the ship be allowed to dock in the eastern port of Valencia.
"To politely raise one's voice pays off," Mr Salvini told a news conference in Milan.
"It's something Italy hasn't done for many years."
Hmmmm. I had to point out that drowning was unlikely as they were now on a sturdy ship. And few, if any, were refugees. The Spanish taxpayer was not consulted about their Government now dipping into his pocket to pay for these 'asylum seekers' keep.

Spain has entered a new era. It is setting records. Of the 17 members of the new Government's Cabinet, 11 are women. The top pic shows most.
Spain’s new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has named his cabinet, with women earning the majority of the top government jobs.
 https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2018/06/07/spain-cabinet-female-majority/
Mr Sanchez announced his new cabinet members at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain on Wednesday, with women taking most of the posts for the first time in the country’s history.
The new cabinet will have 11 female ministers among its 17 members. By comparison, only five of the 22 ministers in Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s cabinet are women.
Boo. Hiss. Malcolm is in for it from the Feminists. 

Women of course, are far more compassionate than men. We are told that incessantly by the same feminists in Malcolm's ear. And empathetic too. And nurturing. Not like those Italian men. Mind you, Spain and its lady Government have some way to go to reach the 600,000 'refugees' that Italy has had foisted upon it, much to the chagrin of Italian taxpayers, over just the past couple of years. Let us see how long their empathy and nurturing lasts before we make some tentative judgement.

Indeed, Spain has not taken anywhere near the number of refugees that other European countries have. Those refugees that have travelled there from across the Italian and French borders have not stayed long, as there are better benefits, housing, free money etc in some other places. So if the compassionate ladies of Spain have any hopes that refugees will bolster their economy and replace some of the babies that Spain aborts, they may be in for some disappointment.

Taking in 'refugees' is a Christian thing to do. A wise Christian might look to see if someone is a refugee though. It would appear that few of those 600 would qualify, but again let us wait.

And the newcomers are far from being Christians. Of any ilk. They are speeding up the changing of the 'belief' structures of Europe. 

Not that the Christians and the judeo-christian ethic and ethos is doing well. It is weak. The downward change from a Catholic Europe to a Protestant one and now to an atheist one has been a long time in the descent. The whole basis of European morality has weakened.

Compassion no longer means a personal involvement. Charity has become 'Government', theft from taxpayers to give to what are literally 'enemies'.

It is ripe for a take-over.

Spain is no longer a predominantly Catholic country. It barely knows what 'virtues' are anymore.

But if the ladies are under the false impression (just as Malcolm is) that refugees, asylum seekers and sundry immigrants from lands where they could be doing something about the conditions there, are going to 'benefit the economy' in their new countries, well they are in for a hard lesson. It is one much easier to learn from others.
Study confirms: Refugees aren’t economically beneficial, they are mostly unemployed and cost billions of euros
A new study by the Expert Group for Public Economics Studies (ESO), shows how immigration costs Sweden billions of euros per year, news outlet SVT reports. 
The ESO study examined the employment rate of refugees between 1983 and 2015. It shows how the employment rate of refugees has gradually deteriorated. In the 1980’s, integration was reported to have been significantly faster than in the 1990’s and beyond.
“We can find that it has always been difficult to put refugees into employment,” says Joakim Ruist, one of the study’s authors.
The study forecasts the long-term consequences of immigration on Sweden’s public finances. Both in the short and long term, migrants will cost Sweden billions of euros, the study shows.
Although the average immigrant contributes to society, this does not weigh up to the initial costs and costs of the pension. The net cost of the average “refugee” will therefore be a total of 74,000 Swedish crowns (7,184 euros) per year.
As 830,000 migrants came to Sweden as asylum seekers, the country pays 61.4 billion crowns (5.96 billion euros) every single year for them.
The study’s findings aren’t very different from other projections. Well known German economist, Hans-Werner Sinn, said earlier that 
Germany’s migrants are underqualified and can never ‘pay back what they have received from the welfare state’.
According to Sinn, Germany’s migrants could cost the country 1 trillion euros during their lifetimes. 
In the Netherlands a similar tendency can be seen. At least 90% of refugees are still unemployed after living for 2.5 years in the country. 
There are examples from Switzerland and Austria as well.
It is not a surprise that refugee, migrants or asylum seekers cost European countries billions of euros. 
While they don’t bring profit and mostly live on benefits, Europeans necessarily have to work longer and pay more taxes.
The cost of Frau Merkle's disastrous decisions on migrants is enormous. Remember, Germany is the economic powerhouse of Europe... and it is struggling.
The cost of Merkel’s refugee crisis: 
Germany to spend £37BN to fix migrant chaos
ANGELA Merkel’s failed migrant policy will cost Germany and the EU a record £37bn by the end of 2017, it has been revealed.
And the Chancellor’s struggling administration has unveiled a raft of new laws in parliament to help cope with the escalating European migrant crisis.
A report for The Federal Ministry of Finance revealed taxpayers will be spending £37bn (€43bn) for 2016 and 2017 migrant budget to “meet the challenges of the nation-state”.
The asylum and refugee policy from the federal budget perspective report said it was necessary to put Germany “on a good path”.
Every single refugee costs the German taxpayer £10,519 a year to look after 
Bundestag politicians have instigated an ‘Asylum Procedures Acceleration Act’ in a bid to speed up the process of deportation.
The German parliament has banned family reunion for two years, meaning battles to bring relatives of migrants over to Germany, as currently happens in Britain, will no longer take place.
And they have introduced a new law to allow for the easier expulsion of offenders in the case of asylum seekers suspected of committing a criminal offence. 
The Ministers in Governments seem to care little for the cost to the taxpayer. They, of course, are paid from taxes too. And they vote on their own very generous pay and benefits, which generally far exceed those of their 'subjects'.

It is so easy to be compassionate and generous when someone else has to dip into their pocket.

For Spain, our customers are pulling up the armchairs and ordering popcorn to see just how the petticoat government does.  When the Flamenco music stops.....

I wish them well. Really. I am a compassionate fellow.

And all those poor sods seeking a better life too.

It will take quite a while and quite an input from the Spanish taxpayer for the 'refugees' to make up for the huge expense that they had paid over to 'people smugglers'. People tend to forget that these 'refugees' had cobbled together more money 'at hand' than the average westerner can put together, just to pay thieves, crooks and ciminals for a boat ride that is far more costly than an airfare. The countries they come from (all over Africa and the Mid-East) have had quite a bit of their GDPs taken out and given to criminals.

Compassion is not easy. Real compassion that is. False is easier.

Especially when someone else carries the financial load.

So drink deep.

Pray.

Pax










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