The US and the “Refugee Crisis”: Three Complaints, One Solution


By Thomas L. Knapp

I oppose president Barack Obama’s plan to import and re-settle 10,000 Syrian refugees at American taxpayers’ expense. But hey, I’m a libertarian. It’s hard to find a government program I DO support.

On the other hand, as the old saying goes, “you break it, you buy it.” Sort of, anyway. The warmongering politicians (of both parties — yes, I’m looking at you, Mrs. Clinton) do the breaking and stick us with the check, then we spend money cleaning up after them too. Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria … make no mistake about it, the “refugee crisis” is THEIR mess.

And finally, yes, it sticks in my craw to hear those same “bomb’em all, let God sort’em out” demagogues turn on a dime and grandstand on an over-hyped danger fantasy over letting a handful of their victims escape the American-made carnage and make a fresh start in America itself. If God is just, there’s a very warm corner of hell for that particular variety of hypocrite.

So there are my three complaints: The US role in creating the problem, the hypocrisy among the foremost cheerleaders for creating the problem, and running the additional expense of making very small amends for the problem through those same warmonger tax-and-spenders.

Enough complaining, Tom — how about a solution! Hey, as it happens, I have one.

Let’s assume reasonable expenses for helping 10,000 refugees get to the US, settle in and become productive immigrants. How about $100,000 each, just to be on the safe high side? (Note: I’m omitting the cost of security theater “vetting” — let the War Party nutjobs pay for that nonsense out of THEIR own pockets)

$100,000 times 10,000 is, lemme hit my calculator … one billion dollars. Call it $3.50 per American citizen.

The US Department of “Defense” spends more than that EVERY DAY busting up the places these people are fleeing from, so it really wouldn’t be a major budget item, would it? But I still think letting the government handle it is a bad idea.

We’re a giving nation. I don’t see any problem with rounding up a billion dollars through our churches and other charitable institutions. That would come to $14 from my family of four. Heck, we’ll go $21. Donald Trump’s and Marco Rubio’s shares are on us, just to deprive them of excuses for more drama queen antics.

So how about it? Who else is in?



Thomas L. Knapp is director and senior news analyst at the William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism ( He lives and works in north central Florida.

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David Pu'u
David Pu'u
5 years ago

I concur with Mr. Hicks’ assessment, though I do appreciate Mr Knapp’s desire to move past where our petty tyrants head us as a Nation.

William "Bill" Hicks
William "Bill" Hicks
5 years ago

Here I expected a better answer to the “three Complaints and One Solution.” But I may have thought that a libertarian was up to a reasonable answer; and I was wrong.

A reasonable libertarian answer might have been to only enter foreign conflicts when our own Nation has a vested interest in it. But Mr Knapp’s answer is no better than the people that put the cost of getting us in these messes with his answer to get us out of this one.
My answer would be more like the first Gulf War when George H.W. Bush left a tyrant in office in order to keep anarchy from ruling the region. His son ruined that and Barry just added more on to it with the arab spring and toppling Ghadafi. But I’m just a Vietnam Vet., with limited political credentials.