Hugh Fitzgerald: Righting the Listing Ship of Fools of Angela Merkel

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The stumbling Merkel administration, not knowing what to do about the superflux of Muslim migrants in its midst, has now decided to try bribery. When Chancellor Merkel in 2015 allowed in one million Muslim migrants, and then in 2016 and 2017 another million, her disastrous decision was predicated on the idiotic belief that Germans had nothing to fear from all these Muslims. They would arrive, deeply grateful, and dutifully assimilate, work hard, and become Germans in thought, word, and deed. The possibility that these people did not want to assimilate, because they despised Infidels, as the Qur’an had told them to do — for Unbelievers are “the most vile of creatures” (98:6), while Muslims are “the best of peoples” (3:110) — was not something Merkel or her supporters could conceive. How could they possibly adhere to Western ways? Could they begin to treat their women as equal to men? Could they support the freedom of speech, if that speech mocked or criticised Muhammad? Could they accept the notion of freedom of religion, if that meant Muslims would be free to abandon Islam, when all Muslims knew that apostasy from Islam was — and should be — punishable by death?

Chancellor Merkel paid no intention to the worries expressed by German islamocritics who had read and studied the Qur’an and Hadith. She obstinately refused to recognize what these immigrants carried, undeclared, in their mental luggage — that is, hostility to all non-Muslims — and what that would mean for Germany. She did not see that these migrants were quite different from the Italian workers who arrived in Germany as guest-workers (gastarbeiter) in 1950s and 1960s, to work very hard — there was no welfare state then for immigrants — in the mines and factories, while sending money home to support their families. When they retired from work, they returned to Italy and the homes their wages had made possible.

The Muslim migrants who have recently been arriving in Germany — more than two million since 2015 — came not as eager workers, but as economic migrants. Those fleeing the war in Syria could find refuge in neighboring countries, including Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Turkey. But many who wanted only to focus on Germany did so because they were well aware of all the benefits that the generous German welfare state offered. And many others also showed up in Europe claiming to be “Syrian refugees,” but were, in reality, from Iraq and Afghanistan and a half-dozen other Muslim countries. As soon as they arrived, these “asylum seekers” were immediately eligible for free housing and all meals at reception centers, free medical care, free education, and  family allowances (that increased with every additional child). According to Germany’s Asylum-Seekers’ Benefits Act, once the asylum seekers moved out of the reception centers and rented apartments, the full cost of that housing was paid by the state, which in addition to providing accommodation, by law also had to provide money to buy food, toiletries, clothes, necessary household items and “benefits to cover personal needs in everyday life,” like a telephone card to communicate with family left back home. A family of two adults and three children now receive, over and above the free housing and utilities, free medical care, free education, an average of 720 dollars per month. A rough calculation suggests that an asylum seeker from the Middle East and family (two adults, three children) might receive in benefits from the German government the equivalent of at least $25,000-$35,000. Actual costs to the government are much higher, because they include the very considerable administrative costs of running these programs. In the United States, for example, as of 2015, it has been calculated that each asylum seeker from the Middle East costs the government, on average, about $65,000 a year.

If an “asylum seeker” is granted asylum, he/she continues to receive free housing (in the form of payment of the rent and all utilities by the government, money for furniture, free education (including those extra classes in German and integration), free medical care and, again, family allowances, which amount to about $600 per month for a family of two adults and three children. If the children are under the age of six, the family allowance is even higher.

Merkel’s government now says it wants to offer each “refugee” willing to return to his or her country of origin 3,000 euros, or $3,400. The previous offer had been 1,200 euros, or $1,358, but almost no one took that up. Merkel is hoping she can undo the damage her migrant policy has wrought, and has become increasingly desperate, as she recognizes that something has gone terribly wrong. Hence the 250% increase in the amount her government is now willing to give those migrants who agree to return home.

But will more than a handful agree to return home to their countries if offered a one-time payment of $3,400? Not likely, when the value of everything they currently receive from the German government — housing, medical care, education, and so on — amounts to about 10 times that amount, and is not a one-time benefit, but provided year after year until the recipient is gainfully employed and earning enough to support himself and his family.

The German government will have to do two things. One is the carrot, the other the stick. Raise the amount given to each immigrant who will leave, from 3,000 euros ($3,400) to 10,000 euros. That is the kind of significant, eye-catching increase that will get the attention of immigrants, and assent from many. Yes, its a lot of money, but still a lot less than the $25,000-$35,000 each Middle East immigrant to Germany now costs the government. That’s the carrot.

The other, and more important change, is the stick, or rather, a series of sticks. First, Germany has got to reverse Merkel’s crazed policy of admitting millions of Muslims. It should take its cue from Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia, and stop accepting any more Muslim refugees. They are simply too expensive to maintain. Their educational level is low. Many have no vocational skills. Their prospects for gainful employment are slim. Few Muslim women work outside of the house. They are busy breeding — that is, outbreeding the Infidels in an unrecognized demographic Jihad. Muslim men have much lower rates of employment and much higher rates of criminal activity, including crimes of violence, than do either non-Muslim immigrants or native Germans. Factor in as well the cost of monitoring the Muslim population, including round-the-clock surveillance of those thousands who have already been flagged as ISIS or Al-Qaeda sympathizers, including returnees from the Islamic State.

As for the Muslims who are already in Germany, having been let into the country since 2015, when Merkel admitted one million migrants, the kind of support they have been receiving has to change. Instead of continuing to pay the free-market rent on standard apartments, no different from what lower-middle-class Germans live in, Muslim migrants should be re-assigned to government housing that is as basic as can be, ideally one room for each family, but certainly not more than two rooms, no matter how big the family. Single adults should be required to live communally, four or five to a small apartment.

Instead of providing immigrants with an allowance for food, the food itself should be supplied. It is possible for migrants to live on the most basic staples, as are routinely provided to refugees all over the Third World. Bags of rice and beans, eggs, bread, should be distributed. Right now Muslim migrant families in Germany are allotted the same foods, in the same quantities, as an average German family, the only difference being that the meat they are given is halal. The migrants must understand that the generous German welfare state that they have been exploiting has now come to an end. Instead of an allowance for new clothes, let those migrants be given a much smaller allowance, and told to shop in thrift stores, or perhaps have such used but serviceable clothes distributed to them. We have all had quite enough of seeing migrants rioting for better treatment in the West, while incongruously wearing their designer jeans and expensive sneakers. Muslim immigrants need not be given cell phones or smartphones, nor computers. They will have basic housing, food staples, and used clothes. And if they don’t like that arrangement, they are free to go. The German state will be glad to provide a ticket home.

Furthermore, these migrants could be required to work for the state, as a condition of receiving those benefits of housing and food and clothing. This is not an unreasonable requirement; it has long been in force in many cities and states in this country. That work would also be the most basic: road repairs, cleaning of subway and bus stations, picking up litter by the sides of highways, and similar menial tasks. Those who refuse to fulfill this minimal requirement should be deported, without further discussion, to their countries of origin. At this point, for many Muslim migrants in Germany who object to having such a work requirement (how outrageous can the Infidels be?) that 10,000 euros incentive to leave the country will look increasingly attractive. And Germany’s Ship of State, which had become  a listing Narrenschiff, a Ship of Fools, under the catastrophic captainship of Angela Merkel, might just right itself in time.

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