Welfare cost $746 Billion last year – more than social security or basic defense
Godfather Politics - Giacomo – 10/20/2012
In time, the poverty level dropped significantly in the
, but not
necessarily because of Johnson’s War on Poverty, but largely due to an overall
change in the nation’s economy. The poverty level in 2006 was only 12.3%.
However, that level has been steadily climbing ever since and President Barack
Obama’s War on Middle Class has been a large contributor the
When Obama took office, 12.5% of the American people lived at or below the poverty line. In 2009, that jumped to 13.2%. In 2010 it jumped up to 14.3% and in 2011 it reached 15.1%. That equates to over 46 million Americans living at or below the poverty line and there is no indication that the steady climb will end anytime soon.
The vast majority of these people turn to welfare to feed and clothe their families. What originally started out to be a band-aid to fix a temporary economic wound has now become a permanent life-support system for millions of Americans. And like the medical field, life-support costs a great deal more than band-aids.
It’s been a long proven fact that just giving money to the poor only creates more poor people. We need to stop just giving them money without anything in return. Think how much more productive it would be to pay the poor to work at various jobs rather than to just give them the money lay around home. They would learn skills and how to be self-sufficient and become contributing members of society instead of people who just sit back and feed off the rest of us like leaches.
Benjamin Franklin recognized that over 230 years ago and states so eloquently:
“In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries that the more the public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the more they did for themselves, and became richer. There is no country in the world where so many provision are established for them (as in England); so many hospitals to receive them when they are sick or lame, founded and maintained by voluntary charities; so many almshouses for the aged of both sexes, together with a solemn general law made by the rich to subject their estates to a heavy tax for the support of the poor. Under all these obligations, are our poor modest, humble, and thankful? And do they use their best endeavors to maintain themselves, and lighten our shoulders of this burden? On the contrary, I affirm that there is no country in the world in which the poor are more idle, dissolute, drunken, and insolent. The day you passed that, you took away from before their eyes the greatest of all inducements to industry, frugality, and sobriety, but giving them a dependence on somewhat else than a careful accumulation during youth and health, for support in age or sickness.”
“In short, you offered a premium for the encouragement of idleness, and you should not now wonder that it has had its effect in the increase in poverty. Repeal that law, and you will soon see a change in their manners. Saint Monday and Saint Tuesday will soon cease to be holidays. Six days shalt thou labor, thought one on the oldest commandments long treated as out of date, will again be looked upon as a respectable precept; industry will increase, and with it plenty among the lower people; their circumstances will mend, and more will be done for their happiness by inuring them to provide for themselves than could be done by dividing all your estates among them.” [The Real Benjamin Franklin: Part II: Timeless Treasures from Benjamin Franklin, Prepared by W. Cleon Skousen and M. Richard Maxfield.
for Constitutional Studies, 2008,
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