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Four in Ten Americans on Welfare

If I tell you that this post is in response to an article entitled, “Immigrant Households Have Higher Usage Rates of Welfare Programs than Native Households, Report Finds”, you might expect that I was going to rant about immigration and the drain those who come here for free handouts put on the system. Today, you’d be wrong.

The stunner in this article is not that fifty-seven percent of immigrant headed households are on at least one welfare program. No, the flabbergasting, shocking, horrifying stat that comes out of this article is that THIRTY-NINE PERCENT of “native households” participate in at least one welfare program!!!!

There is no hope for a society where more than 40% of the population is on the take from a government who can only continue to win favor by “giving” more and more. Folks, if I’ve left any doubt, let me be clear; WE ARE SCREWED!

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Work for Welfare, What a Crazy Idea

Nothing like a budget crisis to get bureaucrats to actually use their heads. In today’s, “Well, yeah, duh!” moment, the New York Daily News reports, that NY City and the Mass Transit Authority have decided people who get welfare checks and/or unemployment benefits, should maybe do something to earn their hand-out. They are planning to put recipients to work cleaning subway cars in exchange for their money.

Imagine that, people actually earning their keep; what a novel concept. You don’t suppose people might be more likely to get a job when the government money stops being free do you? While we’re at it, I can think of some litter that needs picking up, some streets that need sweeping, some cemeteries that need mowing; I could go on all day. But don’t misunderstand, I’m not complaining; this is a nice first step. Congrats to those who proposed it.

Of course, good luck getting it through. I can already hear the City Councilor of minority descent calling it slavery or racism… or both.

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What Happens When the Government Teat Runs Dry?

Things like this…

and this…

What are these violent protests about? The Greek government is bankrupt, and the European Union and the International Monetary Fund are going to bail them out to the tune of $968 billion (your welcome). As a stipulation to that bailout, those organizations are demanding that the Greek government cut its out of control expenditures – namely exorbitant pay to government workers (half of all people employed in Greece are employed by the government!) This makes perfect sense; after all, it is the current level of spending that got Greece into this mess, so why would anyone loan them money if they planned to keep spending at these levels? But the government workers and their unions don’t want to hear it. They expect the mother’s milk of government dollars to keep flowing forever. Socialism has trained them to look to their government for their survival rather than to themselves, and they are terrified at the prospect of even the slightest reduction in their allotted handouts.

This scene is coming to America, and it’s coming soon! Margaret Thatcher famously said, “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” That has happened in Greece, and it will happen here. Moody’s Investor Service has recently said that U.S. could lose its AAA credit rating as soon as 2013 if current trends continue. The welfare spending, cushy government pensions, union protected government jobs with exorbitant benefits, bailouts for homeowners who make stupid buying decisions, unemployment benefit extensions to two years and beyond… it’s all going away when the Government teat runs dry. When that happens we will have tens of millions of American citizens with no idea how to care for themselves or function in a real world, and they will quite literally go bezerk like their government dependent cousins in Greece.

The next time someone tells you that conservatives are mean or don’t have compassion for their fellow man, remember Greece. It is not compassionate to create dependent citizens who know no other way to survive but to suckle at the government teat. That is perhaps the least compassionate thing a government can do, for it is a virtual certainty that eventually that teat will run dry.

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You Can Not Make This Stuff Up!

In the latest sign that the apocalypse is upon us the United States government is now providing free cell phones to people on welfare. I AM NOT KIDDING! Apparently a monthly check, free medical insurance, free or subsidized housing and food stamps is not enough.  No, now the American taxpayer is being forced to pay for free cell phones and free monthly minutes for qualifying welfare recipients. Since no rational person would believe this, here is some information from the site:

Lifeline Assistance is part of a program that was created by the government to provide discounted or free telephone service to income-eligible consumers. To help bring you this important benefit, SafeLink Wireless is proud to offer Lifeline Service. Through our Lifeline Service you will receive FREE cellular service, a FREE cell phone, and FREE Minutes every month! SafeLink Wireless Service does not cost anything – there are no contracts, no recurring fees and no monthly charges.

Any Minutes you do not use will roll-over. Features such as caller ID, call waiting and voicemail are all also included with your service. If you need additional Minutes, you can buy TracFone Airtime Cards at any TracFone retailer Walmart, Walgreens, Family Dollar, etc). SafeLink Airtime Cards will be available soon.

Your exact benefits, including the number of free Minutes you will receive, depend on the state you live in. Please enter your ZIP code to get the details for your state.

My favorite part is the free roll-over minutes.  My carrier doesn’t offer that benefit and my wife and I pay more than $200 per month!

No one is going to argue that those on welfare are living in the lap of luxury, and certainly some people genuinely need assistance for a period of time to stabilize their lives, but this takes all Common Sense and tosses it out the window. The U.S. is more than 11 Trillion Dollars in debt and has decided that giving out free cell phones is a good use of the money it doesn’t have. Well, at least everyone will be able to communicate as the Country spins down the drain.

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