Right Wing News writer Terresa Monroe-Hamilton took an opportunity to muse about a bumper sticker she saw a few years ago that tickled her because of the way liberals must have reacted whenever they saw it.
The bumper sticker said, “I’m a Republican, because everyone can’t be on welfare.”
Using this as a jumping off point, Monroe-Hamilton explains that when polled in pre-Obama years, Republicans were more likely to steer clear of government hand-outs of any kind simply because it wasn’t in their mindset. Republicans (and particularly, Conservatives) tend to be all about living the motto, “You will be rewarded for hard work.”
That’s not so much the case anymore, as Right Wing News explains: “The…stats…are much, much worse today as we end the eight-year nightmare of an Obama presidency. More than half of the US is on federal benefits and it has all been by design.”
The stats referred to come from a Real Clear Politics piece that delves into actual unemployment and government benefits recipients numbers and they are staggering!
From Real Clear Politics:
In 2011, payments to individuals were 65 percent of federal spending, up from 26 percent in 1960. America has created a welfare state, whether or not Americans admit it.
[T]he share of people who receive federal benefits exceeds Romney’s 47 percent. Based on its Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), the Census Bureau estimates that in mid-2011 — the latest available figures — the number of people with benefits came to 149.8 million, or 49 percent of the population. But this figure is too low, because SIPP doesn’t include several major programs (farm subsidies and college loans and grants). With these, the total probably exceeds 50 percent.
The big programs are well-known. In 2011, Social Security had 49.6 million recipients and Medicare 45.6 million, most of them overlapping. There were 5.2 million Americans with unemployment compensation and 3.2 million with veterans’ benefits. An estimated 107.2 million people received “means-tested” benefits available to those with low incomes. Medicaid had 80.5 million beneficiaries, food stamps 48.3 million and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) 23.1 million. Among households with means-tested benefits, almost a third received three or more.
That is just, point-blank, scary. It has been said that the nation cannot survive with a top-heavy balance sheet of unfunded liabilities (those services and administrative costs that are paying out more than they are taking in; Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, etc.) We are currently looking at more than $125T in unfunded liability debt. That’s trillion with a capital “T”, people!
Right Wing News:
Many states are passing bills that force welfare recipients to prove they are looking for work and require them either to get training or to do community service before they can get their benefits. [A] Trump presidency will radically reduce the welfare state…by deporting illegal aliens and stopping the flow of unvetted Islamic refugees into the country. If you cut off entitlements, most illegal aliens will leave… they will self-deport.
That could be, but we shouldn’t depend on those breaking federal law to punish themselves. Laws are on the books to keep our nation safe. And, this, for no other reason, should be enough of an argument to enforce the laws to their fullest extent.
Getting back to the awesome bumper stickers, here’s one: “A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have.”
Source: Right Wing News