We progressives are a compassionate bunch, so it's time to feel some-- just a teeny weeny bit, and for just a smidge of a millisecond-- for Republicans. They're having the worst day ever, what with Michele Bachmann's Video Moment of Buh-Bye, joining fellow quitter Former Half Gov. Winky McBlahBlah. Add to that embarrassment a blow to a beloved right wing meme that is now taking a dive into the vast abyss o' GOP doodoo points.
Remember how, during Election 2012, the right went ballistic over "The Takers," those slovenly bums who had their hands out without contributing Thing One to Uncle Sam? Those freeloading leeches! Moochers, all of 'em! Let 'em all self-deport! Who needs 'em?!
Oh wait. We do.
Via the New York Times:
Immigrants have contributed billions of dollars more to Medicare in recent years than the program has paid out on their behalf, according to a new study, a pattern that goes against the notion that immigrants are a drain on federal health care spending.
The study, led by researchers at Harvard Medical School, measured immigrants’ contributions to the part of Medicare that pays for hospital care, a trust fund that accounts for nearly half of the federal program’s revenue. It found that immigrants generated surpluses totaling $115 billion from 2002 to 2009. In comparison, the American-born population incurred a deficit of $28 billion over the same period.
The findings shed light what demographers have long known: Immigrants are crucial in balancing the age structure of American society, providing an infusion of young, working-age adults who support the country’s aging population and help cover the costs of Medicare and Social Security. And with the largest generation in the United States, the baby boomers, now starting to retire, the financial help from immigrants has never been more needed, experts said.