Progressivism's Litmus Test is their introduction of public policies that eliminate dependence of social order on culture, and their replacement with prescriptions based solely on the state's threat of gratuitous and arbitrary application of overwhelming force.
National Lie #53(or whatever) – Illegal aliens are a net contribution to our GDP. Really??
… according to a new report from Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML). The report noted that in 2014 unauthorized immigrants had a labor force participation rate of 70% compared to 62.9% for the overall population. (more here)
Get out an old envelope for a little arithmetic. The politically correct population of illegals in the country is somewhere north of 11M – the actual is somewhere between 15M and 30M depending on how you count. Never mind the actual number, say, it’s 15M, and assume all of them are workforce age. So according to BAML 0.3*15M = 4.5M are not even in the workforce. Now charitably assume that the remaining 70% or 10.5M in the workforce are unemployed at the nationally quoted level of about 5% which adds another 0.05*10.5M = 525,000 to the 4.5M already unemployed, giving a total of a bit more than 5M unemployed illegals in the country. So approximately 5M illegal aliens in the country are living off of some kind of government programs that should at least be paid for by the 10M working and taxpaying (sales and maybe payroll taxes) illegals to net out zero impact on state and federal budgets. In this we don't count the almost 2 of 5 people in jail who are illegals costing about $1.9B/yr to house. You have to be beyond dense to believe that the taxes paid by two low paid illegals are enough to support one unemployed illegal alien as you swallow National Lie #53. Now you can show the envelope to your friends.