Now would probably be a really bad time to mention again that Federal ‘workers’ – the 17th highest paid employees – owe $ billions in back taxes…
Quit Your Job! Household Welfare Now $168 Per Day, $30 Higher Than Median Income
(Independent Journal Review) On average the government spends $168 per household on various assistance programs, one-fifth more than the median income of $137.
As the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee reported (after all, who else in government is going to do it?), welfare spending per hour per household in poverty is $30.60, which is higher than the $25.03 median income per hour.
The Weekly Standard points out that direct welfare payments are not taxed:
After accounting for federal taxes, the median hourly wage drops to between $21.50 and $23.45, depending on a household’s deductions and filing status. State and local taxes further reduce the median household’s hourly earnings. By contrast, welfare benefits are not taxed.”
Welfare recipients never had it so good. This is not to say that poor people are rich, or that life is easy for everyone on food stamps or on some other form of government assistance. It’s just that conservatives would rather poor people be working, rather than paying their way through life on other people’s dime (which at this point, is their children’s dime).
[...] Progressives have been gushing about big government programs since the invention of the telephone, and this is the logical consequence of welfare state spending without limit: people find it easier to go on the government dole than to strive for a work paycheck.
From Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member:
Why work? Seriously, why not everyone quit their jobs and go sign up for government welfare? It’s compassionate and oh-so-progressive. That’s the message the Democrat Party has been churning out for decades, and even some Republicans like George W. Bush fell for it.
It’s much wiser to heed the words of Benjamin Franklin:
“I am for doing good to the poor, but… I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”
But, but… making people uncomfortable is cruel! And intergenerational poverty and a collapsed economy isn’t?
Oh get a job!: HERE
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1-in-6 Floridians now depend on food stamps: HERE
New York Times and CBS polls soon to reflect Obama popularity @ 99%: HERE
Economic news from Big Brother, ‘The recession is over!’: HERE
False unemployment and phony jobs claim: HERE
The Associated Press conspiracy: HERE
Bailout Payback? Realtors double-counting homes sales for last 5 years: HERE
Oops! HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admits to double-counting in ObamaCare budget: HERE
Federal ‘workers’ 17th highest paid employees owe $ billions in back taxes: HERE