View From Lodi, CA Pittsburgh, PA: Free Lunch Program Moves California One Step Closer To Final Collapse


Since


I
moved

from Lodi to Pittsburgh, PA
two years ago, I`ve been viewing California`s social and
economic problems from afar. Instead of moving toward
meaningful reform, California can`t get out of its own
way.


Reporter Jennifer Bonnett`s recent story chronicles
California`s continuing
death spiral. [
Free
Lunches Offered for Anyone Under18 in Lodi
,
by Jennifer Bonnett,
Lodi News-Sentinel, July 19, 2010]  


Before beginning my analysis, let`s be clear about one
thing. Regardless of what label is put on any
program—state, federal, county or school—
taxpayers
fund them all.

The
Lodi


(not
free)

lunches are distributed at Hale Park and the
Washington School,
neighborhoods Bonnett described as
“lower income” They are also predominantly Hispanic.

To
understand how California dug itself into a


$20
billion budget deficit
,
let`s look at one of the major contributors, illegal
immigration. By analyzing a typical profile of a lunch
recipient from



birth

through


18
,
the last year they can qualify for the (not) free
program, you`ll get a real awakening.


After receiving free prenatal
care
, the expectant illegal alien mother delivers
her child in a local hospital


to
give birth on your dime.

Then, she qualifies for postpartum care as well as


a
host of other services

including but not limited to free strollers and


baby
car seats
.


The next program awaiting the
new mother
is Women, Infants and Children,
commonly known as


WIC

that provides certain foods for children up to age 5.


Food
stamps

are also commonly available.

By
the time the child is 5, he can enroll in pre-school
that will likely provide snacks. Once in


K-12
,
Title 1 schools he probably attends offer breakfast and
cafeteria lunches. Breakfast includes offerings similar
to those you have come to expect from a Marriott Hotel:
a cereal bar with an assortment of fruits, juices and
milk.


Other student perks especially designed for immigrants
include a variety of after school activities including
language training for the non-English speakers.

In
some cases, by the time the immigrant children reach
their teens, they have made


bad
choices
.
Girls


as
young as thirteen

who are pregnant or have children can attend special day
care type classes where without the inconvenience of
having to arrange and pay for
baby sitters
they can spend the day without
having to go to traditional school.



According to

the Center for Disease Control and Prevention,


teen
Hispanic birth rates

are three time higher than non-Hispanic whites.

While it is impossible to quantify
exactly how much taxpayers may shell out for each
immigrant child from birth through
high school graduation,
I put the figure conservatively at $200,000.


Given the



abundant generosity

Americans, and Californians specifically, have already
shown toward legal and illegal immigration asking us to
smile and be happy about the



summer lunch

is too much.


Then, rubbing salt into taxpayers` wounds, the
organizers either don`t understand or care where the
money comes from.


Bonnet quoted Wiqar Shah who oversees the lunch program.
 

According to Shah:
“The parents are
just happy that they don`t have to worry about getting
them lunch. Most of our children are low-income, so they
don`t always get meals, and the parents love [the free
lunches]."

Shah
makes it sound as if making the parents happy justifies
everything. Of course, the parents love the idea of free
lunch and having someone else prepare it. Who wouldn`t?

My
reaction is more realistic. Why, with the U.S.
technically bankrupt, do we keep allowing


more
poor people

to migrate only to then become dependent on American
generosity?

We
have plenty of poor American-born citizens who should be
first in line. Let Mexico take care of its own needy.


According to 2008


U.S.
Census Bureau data
,
San Joaquin County is 36 percent Hispanic up from 30
percent in 2000. The same figures for Lodi are 32
percent, a 27 percent increase from eight years ago.

The
same trend exists in most of California`s other 58
counties.

Some
Hispanics are aliens and others are the



American citizen children

of illegal immigrants. What is undeniable is that as
long as the



state`s Hispanic population increases dramatically

while relying heavily on an ever-expanding array of
social services, California will never pull out of its
hole.


Of course, to suggest that
federal immigration policy
should be more
restrictive



exposes me

as an unrepentant racist.



Joe Guzzardi


[email
him]


is a California native who recently fled the state
because of over-immigration, over-population and a
rapidly deteriorating quality of life. He has moved to
Pittsburgh, PA where the air is clean and the growth
rate stable.

A long-time instructor in English at the Lodi Adult School,
Guzzardi has been writing a weekly column since 1988. It
currently appears in the



Lodi News-Sentinel
.