Welfare and Poverty in America

A report by the U. S. Department of Agriculture stated that 43.6 million Americans now receive food stamps. That is more than double the number of Americans depending on food stamps during the Bush administration – which was only 20 million. Every single month since the start of the Obama presidency, the number of Americans depending on welfare has increased, and increased, and increased, and increased.

With more people receiving welfare, there is more and more money needing to be spent by the government on it. Federal welfare spending is the number two reason for the yearly deficit now over $1.5 trillion. So now there is even more burden on the taxpayer. Also, children who grow up under welfare grow up being dependent on it, and therefore are not trained well enough to have good or well-paying jobs.

Clearly, Obama’s redistributionist politics are not good for the taxpayer. But welfare is not good for welfare recipients, either.

The impact of food stamps, Section 8 housing subsidies, Medicaid, and other support programs has been to create a permanent welfare class which, in terms of skills and attitudes, is poorly equipped to return to work. Not only that, the children of welfare moms are nurtured in a mentality that perpetuates dependency from generation to generation. And liberal politicians are in no hurry to end this dependency since the system of welfare patronage serves their interests.

The destructiveness of welfare goes beyond political dependency. As Daniel Patrick Moynihan documented long ago in The Negro Family: The Case for National Action, the welfare system contributes greatly to the breakdown of the family. What Moynihan wrote in the 1960s holds true today. The more welfare that families receive from government, the less necessary fathers are for their support. Lacking the role model of a responsible father, children grow up to believe that dependency is a natural condition of life.

Furthermore, a great deal of evidence points to a close relationship between crime and welfare. It is by no means an urban myth to suggest that housing projects are dangerous locales. Statistical mapping reveals that murder sites in urban areas are clustered around public housing locations.       -The American Thinker

Now, when you hear the word “poverty”, you think of being homeless, not having enough money to live on, or not enough money to buy food or clothing. The news media show the poorest of the poor in America, and the Census bureau reported that 30 million Americans are living in “poverty.” But what is poverty in America?

The actual living conditions of America’s poor are far different from these images. According to the government’s own survey data, in 2005, the average household defined as poor by the government lived in a house or apartment equipped with air conditioning and cable TV. The family had a car (a third of the poor have two or more cars). For entertainment, the household had two color televisions, a DVD player, and a VCR. If there were children in the home (especially boys), the family had a game system, such as an Xbox or PlayStation. In the kitchen, the household had a microwave, refrigerator, and an oven and stove. Other household conveniences included a clothes washer, clothes dryer, ceiling fans, a cordless phone, and a coffee maker.

The home of the average poor family was in good repair and not overcrowded. In fact, the typical poor American had more living space than the average European. (Note: that’s average European, not poor European.) The poor family was able to obtain medical care when needed. When asked, most poor families stated they had had sufficient funds during the past year to meet all essential needs.

By its own report, the family was not hungry. The average intake of protein, vitamins, and minerals by poor children is indistinguishable from children in the upper middle class, and, in most cases, is well above recommended norms. Poor boys today at ages 18 and 19 are actually taller and heavier than middle-class boys of similar age in the late 1950s, and are a full one inch taller and 10 pounds heavier than American soldiers who fought in World War II. The major dietary problem facing poor Americans is eating too much, not too little; the majority of poor adults, like most Americans, are overweight.

–The Heritage Foundation

Yes, this doesn’t represent every poor family – “poor” people could be much better off than this, and some are worse. But exaggerating the statistics of poverty is dangerous. They all say that Republicans are all coldhearted and not caring for the poor – but this is what poor is, as plain as day! You are paying, with your tax dollars, for these programs. See – this is why the liberal agenda doesn’t work. As the conservatives said during the FDR administration, the Democratic agenda is to “Tax and Tax, Spend and Spend, Elect and Elect.”

Let me present to you a staggering number: 50.1 Million Americans are on some kind of government assistance – that’s one out of every six Americans!

This is what Republicans want to do:

  • Lower Taxes, especially on businesses. This gives the businesses more incentive to hire people, because more money is left over to pay new people’s salaries. That will LOWER the unemployment rate.
  • Cut down on welfare. As mentioned, welfare often hurts the very people it is supposed to help!
  • Reduce government spending by cutting down on unneeded services like OBAMACARE.
  • Have a smaller government, and let private companies do their thing. More companies doing the same thing, like gas stations, means more competition and less prices; and in turn less money out of the pocket of ‘poor’ Americans.
  • Believe in the Constitution! It isn’t an ancient document from 300 years ago making rules only specific to that time period – no! It’s the law of the land, that should be followed! Some Democrats don’t really care about what the Constitution says, and some believe that it should be rewritten.

That over with, the economy will soar and grow healthy. Who wants higher taxes anyways?

OH YES, THE RICH PEOPLE DO!!! No they don’t. No one does. Contrary to the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters’ beliefs, the wealthy Americans do much to stimulate the economy. THEY are the ones who invest a lot, making the stocks go UP, and they are also the people who create large corporations like Microsoft! We can’t overlook that fact. And, even if you took ALL of the money from the rich people as some people want to do, that would only create a small dent in the humongous federal debt. And, in addition to that, they would have nothing to give the government the next year, or the next, or the next!

If you all point your fingers at the rich, let me explain to you further. Get ready for this. Half of all Americans do NOT pay federal income tax! Get that digested before reading further.

Yes, seriously. More numbers from the Tax Policy Center – 89 PERCENT of all people making less than $30,000 a year do NOT pay income tax. Just 2 percent of people making over $200,000 do not pay income tax. So now you see how corrupted the tax system is.

After we achieved independence from England, the federal and state governments basically stepped aside allowing businesses and communities to grow without much interference. If you failed, there was no safety net. You were on your own. And so the folks became strong out of self-preservation.

The foundation of America’s growing power was a code of conduct based on honest labor and neighborly charity. We looked out for each other, but did not tolerate cowardice or narcissism. Judeo-Christian philosophy dominated the public square.

The Germans and Japanese tested America in the 1940s and found out exactly what our fathers and grandfathers were made of. That war united the country and brought us a common purpose.

But in the late 1960s, the winds of change swept in. The Vietnam War divided us and led to a suspicion of authority and purpose. No longer was America seen as a noble nation by many of its own citizens. The war brought enormous change. Out went the baby with the bathwater, in came drugs, free love and doing your own thing no matter what the social consequence.

Since then, America has evolved into a country of two minds. Self-reliance remains the key to economic success, but for those who don’t want to compete in the marketplace, or simply can’t, the federal government has become their lifeblood. The collapse of the family has led to massive entitlement spending on children and single mothers. In addition, the liberal belief that the feds have a moral obligation to provide for the have-nots has led to massive debt. That, in turn, has weakened our economy and robbed America of power, thus the decline.

President Obama and to lesser extents Presidents Bush and Clinton before him believed in imposing social and worldwide justice using the U.S. Treasury. But the American worker cannot keep up with the tax burden that imposes, so now we’re in trouble.

The USA needs a philosophy overhaul. We have to get back to self-reliance and away from the nanny state. We can’t remain dominant in the world unless we do that.

Imposing discipline on the federal government will be difficult, and many liberal Americans will scream all day long. But if it is not done, [America’s] decline will become permanent.

-Bill O’Reilly

Sources: The American Thinker, The Heritage Foundation, The O’Reilly Factor


4 thoughts on “Welfare and Poverty in America

  1. I found this to be a very trenchant criticism of the maladies of the welfare states. It demonstrates some careful research and reflection. It raises some important points about the baneful effects of prolonged welfare spending on many of the intended beneficiares, as well as the fiscal distortions that welfarism can cause. As Lady Margaret Thatcher of the UK once said, “the problem with socialism is that sooner or later, you run out of other people’s money.”

    Mr. Hughes (I’m a friend a Stephen’s Dad, who told me about this excellent new website.)

  2. You really dislike poor people. I think you do. Because you’re posting these quotes that try to make them look like they’re doing just fine and “pretending” to have financial issues. Owning devices such as video game systems, televisions and AC is not something exclusive to the upper-classes; such electronic devices are as basic household items to any household in America as pianos were in the 50’s. I would expect a site with a tech section to know something like this. It doesn’t change the fact that people still have to pay tough mortgages, work lousy dead-end jobs they can’t escape from because they don’t have the money to go to college, and put up with social issues in their unsteady communities. Take this from someone who lived in Park Slope, New York City and actually knows a thing or two about economic hardship.

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