Hopping on the bandwagon

I’ve been looking more and more at the proposed amnesty package for illegal aliens, and I think that, with a very, very slight modification, I think I can not only accept it, but cheerfully endorse it.

The plan, as I see it, requires the amnesty-seeker to pay a $2,000 fine to cover back taxes. In exchange, the immigrant gets guarantees such as being paid the “prevailing wage” and protection from being fired except for cause.

This is a hell of a deal. If I were an illegal alien, I’d jump all over it.

In fact, I’m not so sure I should have to wait.

I happened to get my weakly bi-weekly paycheck, and I looked at the details. So far this calendar year, I have paid $1,825.82 in federal income tax, social security, and Medicare taxes. (I am notoriously poor at managing my own finances, so I arrange to get a rather healthy refund each year. Yes, I know I’m giving the government an interest-free loan, but money owed me — even while not earning interest — is money I can’t spend.) And just on a lark, I checked my tax return from last year (doing one’s taxes online makes such things very easy — I have a PDF of my returns for the last six years.) I paid a total of $1,780 in income taxes. So no matter how you look at it, I’m almost paying that $2,000 already.

Here’s my radical idea: if this proposal is good enough for illegal aliens who broke our laws coming here, and break other laws by working under the table, why isn’t it good enough for Americans like me who obey the laws and follow the rules? I’d gladly pay $2,000 a year for those kind of salary and job security guarantees. In fact, I’m already paying it.

Hell, I’ll even make it easy for the government. I’ll even renounce my citizenship (temporarily, of course) and make myself an illegal alien.

After all, I’d hate to think that the government would engineer a situation where it’s actually better to be an illegal alien than an American citizen…

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