Are You a Welfare Queen?

13 Mar

Do you live in a community that has received federal aid as part of a recovery from a natural disaster like a hurricane, flood or tornado? Have you ever participated in a job training program? Have you, your spouse or child ever received an education grant, like a Pell Grant as part of a student college loan? Did your child ever attend a Head Start for pre-schoolers program?  Was money ever spent on your behalf to enforce child support orders? Did you partake in a program that helped to improve your teachers’ skills? Have you been involved in any screening programs to detect breast and cervical cancer in you community? Has anyone in your family ever attended a college or university that received federal money as part of a program to strengthen their management and fiscal operations? Did you work for Americorps- which trains and places teachers in low income communities? Or do you live in a community that has received federal assistance in upgrading their water and sewage systems? Maybe you take a child tax credit or earned income credit on your tax return. Does your elderly parent or perhaps you, if you are a senior citizen, receive housing assistance?

Well then, according to the Republican party members in Congress, operating conservative think tanks and Fox news, you’re on Welfare!

Because, When so called conservatives lump all of these programs together and call them welfare and then calculate how much money is being spent on these programs and then divide that number by only those folks who are living under the poverty line, they come up with a whopping total of $61,320 spent by the federal government on welfare recipients, which is 168 dollars per day which means that people on welfare are making 21 dollars an hour per day, everyday, even on Saturday and Sunday, to sit around and do nothing! That’s 11,000 dollars more than the average middle class family earns in America! Aren’t you outraged?????

And then when you consider that President Obama himself is writing these checks, and licking the envelopes and stamps and then mailing them out to all of these welfare recipients (all of whom he knows personally… because they used to go to school together) (or rather skipped school and smoked marijuana together) Then aren’t you doubly outraged!!!

It’s no wonder the good old USA is going to hell in a hand basket. You work hard every day and pay taxes and yet no good lazy bums are lounging around all day with 61,000 dollars and change in their pockets doing nothing. And they get free healthcare too! Don’t forget that! All in all, when you consider all of the extra perks, besides the welfare checks, these good for nothing poor folks are making upwards of $80,000 and using food stamps to buy lobster and fresh fish and organic foods!

Aren’t you mad? Didn’t you get the Email about this? Didn’t you hear the Congressmen and Senators rage on TV about this inequality? Didn’t you see every single Fox News program air this story over and over again? Didn’t you notice the pretty blonde lady who occupies the conservative pundit’s chair on every day time talk show practically break down in tears over how her country is falling apart because of these entitlement programs for the undeserving poor?

I know that I certainly am appalled! I just want to know why all of these poor welfare recipients continue to live in squalor and degradation in some of the saddest inner cities the world has ever known, when they are each making over $80,000 per year in cash and prizes?! For goodness sakes, four of them put together have over a 1/4 of a million dollars at their disposal! Why are so many of them homeless and refusing to live in decent and safe housing?

I just don’t get it. Why do the poor live like they don’t have any money when they apparently have all of it? Why haven’t they moved into my neighborhood…or yours? They could all afford a nice townhouse in the pretty blonde lady’s co-op couldn’t they…or live in the high rise next to that middle aged guy with the rolled up sleeves, suspenders and bow tie, who gets red in the face and practically faints from apoplexy each night while commenting on TV about how entitled these poor people are?

According to Republicans We spend 1 trillion dollars on the poor each year, more than we spend on Social Security, Medicare and National Defense…put together! And all of it spent just so that the President’s lazy friends can pretend they are poor, sit around all day, pay no taxes, eat lobster and smoke crack in a whore house!

And if you believe all that…Then I just may have another tax break for the rich, and a food stamp cut for the poor, that I can sell you!

Moral of the story?: Stay in school, don’t believe everything anyone tells you, fact check and learn how to do math. The result is that a lot of Americans are woefully misinformed about what we spend on anti-poverty programs, and what those programs look like. Traditional welfare, now known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, costs the federal government just $16.5 billion (out of a 3.6 Trillion dollar budget)In the real world we spend about $25 per day on the needy or about $753 per month for each lower income American (persons in the lowest income-third of the population) and NOT the $61,320++, per year that Republicans and conservative pundits claim.

7 Responses to “Are You a Welfare Queen?”

  1. salpal1 March 13, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

    Where’s my “super like” button?

    I work for a community action agency – one of those welfare programs, doncha know? No, we are NOT a government Agency. Yes, we do administer some government programs locally. No we do not get paid enough to cover the costs of administering these programs. We work hard to raise the difference in our communities. Every day we work with people who do not have enough oil (free or otherwise) to heat their homes. They are in true survival mode, and it is not pretty. They are not always polite, they are not always pleasant and understanding. If you were living in a house so cold the pipes were freezing, and you were working to hold your family together on part time work that only pays 8 dollars an hour, and you were being told that you are “over income” for assistance, how nice would you be? Would you be a little dirty and smelly because you had no water? Would you be focused on meeting the heating need so that you could then move on to the next need, food? Would you not be able to even comprehend a person telling you that you are lazy and should just work full time? Perhaps.

    An how many of these “welfare queens” would give anything to be able to find a job that was not part time, that did pay enough to live on? How many would be thrilled to be healthy enough to work? How many would LOVE for their children to get an education and a good job?

    I have never met anyone who CHOSE to live this life. Yes, I have met amny who were thrilled to qualify for assistance, but not so they could freeload. Instead, it is because they can suddenly see a little light at the end of the survival tunnel.

    By all means, cut the funding, these people deserve it.

    And won’t we just love what our country looks like when we stop all support to our friends and neighbors who are unable to support themselves?

  2. apoliticalinquiry March 14, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

    Reblogged this on apolitical.

  3. womanseyeview March 15, 2014 at 3:52 am #

    What’s that old saying – figures never lie but liars sure can figure…

  4. Michele Anderson March 15, 2014 at 11:43 pm #

    A very good post–thank you 🙂

  5. skinnyuz2b March 18, 2014 at 8:40 pm #

    So many people believe whatever is posted or shared on Facebook or other social media.

  6. Outlier Babe March 20, 2014 at 5:14 am #

    Excellent. But the way these things work, as you know, is that those who believe the opposite won’t entertain anything contrary to their existing notions, and you, sir, are preaching to the choir. Still, the choir likes having the facts at our disposal in a neatly-worded package. Thank you.

  7. the author August 19, 2014 at 11:29 pm #

    BRAVO, sir. Bravo. Totally enjoyed this.

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