Thursday, November 01, 2012

CHART: Yo, Johnson -- How's that "Great Society" workin' out for ya?

Not too well, if both quantitative and qualitative measures are to be trusted.

Majority of Americans Say Government Spends Too Much on Welfare

Welfare spending has been growing for decades and is at a record level, approaching $1 trillion annually. Putting that amount in perspective, if the cost of welfare were converted to cash, it would be five times the amount necessary to pull all poor Americans out of poverty. Yet under President Obama’s plan, welfare spending is on track to keep climbing...

...Such low confidence in government welfare may be due to the fact that despite massive rates of spending, the number of Americans considered “poor” has stayed roughly the same. Instead of eliminating poverty and promoting self-sufficiency, welfare has led to government dependency. Today, roughly one-third of the U.S. population—100 million—receives some type of welfare aid.

The vast majority of government programs don’t require work for able-bodied recipients. Tragically, the Obama Administration has been whittling away at the very few programs that have included a work requirement, gutting work requirements from the 1996 welfare reform law and suspending work requirements in the food stamps program.

This course of dependence is not helpful to the poor, and it’s not helpful to taxpayers. The American people know this, too. The vast majority—84 percent—say that work for able-bodied adults should be a requirement to receive welfare.

...Work requirements led to the successes of the 1996 welfare reform. Within just five years of the law’s implementation, which inserted work requirements into the largest cash assistance welfare program, welfare rolls dropped by half. Child poverty rates plummeted, and employment rates among low-income individuals climbed.

Work requirements should be applied to the rest of the government’s 80 welfare programs. The food stamps program, which has seen massive growth in spending and participation rates during the last decade, would be a good place to start...

But don't worry: facts, logic, reason, history and a track record of unmitigated failure never dissuaded a "progressive".


Steve D said...

Poverty kicked our butts.

The MUSEman said...

But, looking for a job is itself a full-time job! How can you expect an unemployed person to find work when you require that they be working while looking for work, which itself is a full-time job? If you did that, then they would already be working, and thus would not need the unemployment benefits in the first place. The only way to avoid that circular argument is to not force them to look for work while paying them Unemployment Benefits.

See? Problem solved, thanks to Liberal logic! ;-)

Thanks for reading!