Here’s What Happens When a Government Prefers Its Own People
Despite the booming economy of President Trump’s first term – and don’t get me wrong, that is a fantastic thing – America is still suffering from systemic rot and misery. Our birth rates and life expectancy are falling. We’re losing more lives to drug overdoses every year than we lost in the entire Vietnam War.
Despite raging and out-of-control housing costs in most states and all urban areas, the federal government continues to bring in more than 100,000 largely unskilled and uneducated legal immigrants every month.
We have more than 14 million millennials between the ages of 25 and 35 who still live at home with their parents. They can’t afford to rent an apartment, thanks to crippling student loans, low starting wages for their careers, and the immigrant-driven housing shortage which has driven prices up.
Despite all of these social ills, the priorities of everyday Americans remain largely the same: They want to work hard, get married, make a decent enough wage to have kids and raise a family, possibly retire one day, and see their kids have a better life than they did. None of that is happening for the middle class in this country any longer.
What do you suppose would happen in America if the out-of-touch ruling class in DC actually cared about the people they were supposed to be representing? We’re starting to see an answer to that question. Unfortunately, it’s in another country.
Hungary has begun an aggressive policy of boosting its own population improving the lives of its own citizens. Instead of importing millions of people from the Third World to prop up their failing financial system, Hungary’s finest minds went to work trying to figure out how to improve life for Hungarians. Their solution was to totally restrict immigration, for starters: No legal immigrants, no migrants from the Middle East or Africa, and no refugees from the civil war that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton started in Syria.
Last year, Hungary passed major tax reforms to boost their own population and marriage rates. If a Hungarian woman has a child, her income tax rate declines significantly. If she has four children, she pays no income tax for the rest of her life. But Hungary didn’t stop there.
The nation’s leaders were also courageous enough to admit that single motherhood is a net drain on a nation. If you doubt this, check with the 94% of the US prison population, or examine 26 of the 27 worst mass shooters in American history. Ask them how much single motherhood benefited them.
Tax cuts for fecund mothers is great, but Hungary wanted to ensure that those mothers were married. So, the government created an additional tax incentive to encourage Hungarian men and women to marry each other.
If Hungarian couples marry, they become eligible for up to $33,000 in tax subsidized loans. If the couple has two children together, $11,000 of the loan is forgiven. If they have three little Hungarian babies together, the tax subsidized loan becomes a gift that they never have to pay back. That works out to a down payment for a pretty nice house in Hungary.
That sounds spectacular on paper, but will it work? It will take several more months, or possibly another year, before we start to see whether Hungary will experience a baby boom due to the tax incentives. But the marriage incentives are already bearing fruit.
According to the latest national statistics in Hungary, the marriage rate has jumped by 20% since the incentives started on January 1. In September, the marriage rate was 29% higher than in the same month last year. That’s the most September weddings that Hungary has seen since 1979.
And so far, 50,000 couples have already applied for the subsidized $33,000 loan package. It appears to be working.
That’s what it looks like when a government cares more about the citizens of its own country, than it does for uneducated peasants from foreign lands. Those policies are working so far in Hungary.
Could similar policies work in the United States?
Probably, but it’s too bad that we’ll never know. Congress is too busy rubber-stamping immigration applications to pause and notice that the country is, in a lot of ways, falling apart on their watch.