Supporting the upwardly mobile poverty line
According to the government, “the Senate Budget Committee ” recently reported its own assessments, which totaled up the true cost of supporting welfare recipients, along with projections of the 2013 costs of them….
It’s official. Taxpayers are no longer simply helping the poor; they’re subsidizing the lives of welfare recipients at a better rate than their own. The Senate Budget Committee has released a report showing households living below the poverty line and receiving welfare payments are raking in the equivalent of $168 per day in benefits which come in the form of food stamps, housing, childcare, healthcare and more. The median household income in 2011 was $50,054, totaling $137.13 per day. The worst part? Welfare payments are equivalent to making $30 per hour for 40 hours a week. The median wage for non-welfare recipients is $25 per hour but because they pay taxes, unlike welfare recipients, the wage is bumped down to $21 per hour. From the report:
For fiscal year 2011, CRS identified roughly 80 overlapping federal means-tested welfare programs that together represented the single largest budget item in 2011—more than the nation spends on Social Security, Medicare, or national defense. The total amount spent on these federal programs, when taken together with approximately $280 billion in state contributions, amounted to roughly $1 trillion. Nearly 95 percent of these costs come from four categories of spending: medical assistance, cash assistance, food assistance, and social / housing assistance. Under the President’s FY13 budget proposal, means-tested spending would increase an additional 30 percent over the next four years.
( governments own report pictured as reported) http://wp.me/a2DfMt-qi
If people are going to look to government for their answers to every problem they face in life. The uncertain problems as well as the self-created problems. Why can’t government then also find answers to lift all people up with positive solutions and policies to their problems, in an effort to build a positive society over that of just slowly eroding society away?
So often the media points out that people need training to have a chance at a better paying jobs to support their families. So with any welfare program why can’t these people who need a helping hand, also get the true help they need to become a more productive part of society? Giving them some new training in doing government maintenance jobs of buildings, grounds, and parks, building low-income housing….. ect, where at this time the welfare program provides no hands on training other than offering some limited schooling! The program itself promotes a life of getting help, without making much an effort on ones own. The welfare program promotes ready-made guilt through the common belief of entitlement in asking for help, without also providing or offering to do something in exchange for help received.
We have become an entitlement society where by we are entitled to get help without ever having to take any responsibilities for our own actions. There are plenty of jobs that “We the people” could do with government help and money’s spend on national, state, and local levels. Why can’t welfare recipients get those jobs in exchange for the support they are getting? By getting the chance to do those jobs they will also get hands on training to a skill, to then market these skills into the economy, with time, be able then support themselves on their own.
We also could have programs in place to have people take jobs at any wage (like Minim wage), the government then to provide any differences between the wage received by work, and that of what the welfare program provides to them currently. A savings to the tax payers and a helping hand to people who need it in a way that empowers them to believe in themselves, while inspiring a can-do attitude, and a up-lifting experience to they’re true potential as a contributing part in society.
Today we only want a pain-free way to house people through government charity. Reserving the right to complained about the charitable work of the government as inefficient, ineffective, socially insulting, personality eroding, supporting a life of irresponsibility’s rewarded. All the while convincing ourselves that government is the best answer, most effective way to administer the work of society’s feel good charity’s, through emotional taxation of its citizenry.
In trying to avoid the total wasted human efforts in society, by wasting human working hours. Government could give a bigger role to those who also work in the economy, who are trying to provide a living for their families. By encouraging them through a tax deduction for contributing to charity, and supporting in a positive way their fellow-man, a positive government policy in finding solutions while preserving liberty and freedoms of choice.
On the other hand, a forced taxation collected in an inefficient government program of redistribution, rewarding irresponsible choices along the way. Is nothing but escalating the costs of society’s managed decay, farther reducing any response to any future emergency that may also arise unexpected.
It seem today the populations view of just what is an emergency, and therefore what government needs to do for them is asking the question—– “Where is my Obama phone?”
What ever happened to; “Ask not what your country can do for you. But ask what you can do for your country?” JFK
It seems that government is taking the easy way out of doing a supportive job of supporting society positively. It is much easier to buy the upwardly mobile poverty lines vote, to remain in power by engineering the social decay!
UPDATE: The report does not say that every household receiving welfare benefits totals $168 but specifically refers to those receiving benefits and living below the poverty line. Also, it should be pointed out the $168 includes all costs incurred by the federal government to deliver benefits, including administrative costs.
Information provided by; The Senate Budget Committee own released report on this subject.