It is impossible for a country to economically survive if it is both a welfare state and it has open borders. Germany, Italy, France and other EU countries are finding it very difficult to manage the huge influx of immigrants from the Middle East, both socially and economically. While it is certainly understandable that these Western countries feel sorry for those coming from war torn countries, and some of the more cynical politicians in these countries are anxious to invite cheap labor in. There is no precedent or logic to receiving such huge numbers where they cannot possibly be assimilated. Still, there are European talking heads who want the United States to mitigate and finance the damage these countries are doing to themselves.
Tuesday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, U2 frontman and anti-poverty activist Bono called for the U.S. to send more assistance to Europe to shore up the European Union as it buckles under the Third World migrant crisis, even though Americans are struggling to bear their own tax burdens.
“I know the American taxpayer is really hurting at the moment and the same in Europe,” Bono said. “But I think between Europe and America there is a consensus building that, you know, the corruption that’s killing as many kids as disease can be dealt with by structuring these concessional loans on the conditions that these countries that we give them to reform.”
Bono’s MSNBC segment was meant to draw attention to his upcoming testimony Tuesday before a U.S. Senate subcommittee, where he is expected to discuss violent extremism and the role of foreign assistance.
Bono’s call for more American aid in the Middle East and Europe came on the same day that anti-American billionaire George Soros warned that the European Union will face irreparable damage if “surge funding” is not enacted immediately.
Countries and individuals are rarely shy about criticizing America and Americans and our way of life, our capitalist economy that has made our country wealthy, and our freedoms and beliefs that set us apart and represent American exceptionalism. But when trouble comes knocking, be it a military threat, or a financial meltdown, the world, and in this case, Europe, comes hat in hand, asking for a hand-out. It may be time for the U.S. to say “no” and to let Europe enjoy the fruits of their poor decisions.