Monday, August 03, 2015

WELFARE STATE SUCCESS STORY #8,091: More Kids Living In Poverty Now Than During Great Recession

By Nick Sorrentino

A picture from an Indian reservation in South Dakota. American Indians have gotten the rawest deal in America as a group, and the US government has managed their affairs to a large degree since conquering them. So what does that tell you?
This is what happens when government layers regulations on top of regulations. When it makes it very difficult to start businesses. When it encourages government dependence for electoral reasons. (It does. I hate that it does, but it does.) When government rewards companies which partner with politicians with taxpayer money and favors.This is what happens when the people running the show in Washington abandon the spirit of free enterprise, the spirit of freedom, and instead embrace the languid mediocrity of the welfare state.

No child should be hungry. But the welfare state is not the way to keep bellies full. Non-profits need to be empowered, and government and the dependence it creates must be reduced in a real way. (This must be done over time but with tangible and verifiable milestones. Corporate dependence needs to be cut tomorrow however.)

Cue this story in USA Today:

A higher percentage of children live in poverty now than did during the Great Recession*, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation released Tuesday.

About 22% of children in the U.S. lived below the poverty line in 2013, compared with 18% in 2008, the foundation’s 2015 Kids Count Data Book reported. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Human and Health Service’s official poverty line was $23,624 for a family with two adults and two children.

*It should be noted that we are still in a depression, and it is deepening in other parts of the world. We are just not in reverse gear. Currently.

I am also compelled as I look at the picture above to post this video by the band (a notoriously leftist band – who made a TON of money thanks to capitalism) Rage Against the Machine. The song in the video is called FREEDOM and though it is full of earnest calls for the release of Leonard Peltier (someone on which who we can not comment from an informed perspective) it is a very good history lesson.

If you like the government running things just look to what it has done to the American Indian.

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