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November 23, 2015

Compassion for Syrian refugees AND taxpayers

The U.S. broke Syria, now it’s bought the refugee crisis. Retweet

You might disagree with what you’re about to read. Or you might want to offer encouragement. Either way…

Jim Babka guess hosts the Gary Nolan Show Tuesday (11/24) and Wednesday (11/25). The show starts at 9 AM Central time, and Jim plans to kick-off the Tuesday program talking about the Syrian refugees and the following editorial. You’re invited to call-in and give your feedback! See the “P.S.” for more details.


We encourage you to copy and paste the following editorial to your “representatives” in Congress. You can use our NEW Syrian refugees campaign.

Syrian refugees: Sanctuary YES, tax-funding no.

by Jim Babka & Perry Willis

The Syrian refugees are fleeing three things…


2. Bombs dropped to fight ISIS

3. Bombs dropped to fight Syria’s dictator, Assad

The United States government shares responsibility for all three things…

* Our invasion of Iraq created the seedbed in which ISIS grew

* Our politicians then supported ISIS [

* Our politicians then sent planes to bomb Assad, and later ISIS too (reversing their earlier policy of supporting ISIS)

* Our politicians have also armed other terrorist groups in Syria []

This is what the refugees are fleeing — conditions the United States created.

But we can be even more precise about who is responsible for this crisis. If you

* Supported the Iraq invasion

* Supported the idea of overthrowing the Assad government in Syria

* Voted for either of the last two presidents ( Bush and Obama)

Then you share responsibility for the Syrian refugee crisis.

Please notice…

People who supported the policies that created this crisis also tend to oppose letting Syrian refugees come to America.

This is evil piled upon evil. Here’s what justice requires…

Those who supported the policies that created the Syrian refugee crisis must now make amends. They broke Syria, now they bought a refugee crisis. They should quit doing bad things and start doing good things. Most importantly, they must come to the aid of those they helped victimize — the Syrian refugees. In short…

The U.S. made this mess, so the U.S. must take the lead in fixing it.

This means that the Syrian refugees must be given sanctuary, no matter what happens with the issue of how they’re supported once they get here. The existence of tax-funded support for such refugees is NOT a sufficient excuse for stranding people the U.S. victimized. Still…

The best position, both morally and practically, is to support sanctuary while also opposing tax-funded support for those refugees. That’s the position Downsize DC is taking…

Syrian immigration yes. Tax-funded support no.

But we want to go further than that. We want to ask Congress to…

1. Accept voluntary donations to support the incoming refugees

2. Allow American citizens, charities, and other institutions to sponsor Syrian individuals and families — because it’s presently illegal to do such a good deed []. The State monopolizes this process.

It would be good for the federal government to start learning a new approach to problem solving. This crisis is the perfect opportunity to begin. Permit the use of a thousand new projects. Americans are a generous, big-hearted people. Let voluntary actors innovate and privately fund solutions to social problems like the Syrian refugee challenge, rather than rely upon violence-based taxation and one-sized-fits all, monopolistic programs.


Our next message will deal with the following objections…

  • What about the risk of terrorism from refugees?
  • What about screening programs?

TODAY, we encourage you to take the following actions…

TOMORROW, call Jim Babka on the radio and give him your feedback.

Thank you for being a DC Downsizer,

Jim Babka & Perry Willis

Co-founders, Downsize DC

P.S. November 24 and 25, Jim Babka guest-hosts the Gary Nolan Show from from 9 AM to Noon Central time, in Columbia and Jefferson City, MO. But you can listen at — click on “Listen Live,” on the top right side of the page. Here’s the call-in number: 800-529-5572

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