“We should judge the success of welfare not by how many people are added but rather by how many are taken off of welfare”- President Ronald Reagan
The facts– 108,592,000 people are on welfare, while only 101,716,000 work full time (US Census Bureau). Government Benefits are currently the second largest budget item. According to a report from the Heritage Foundation, the sixty nine means-tested government benefits programs include, but are not limited to 12 food aid programs, 10 housing programs, 10 social service programs, 9 educational programs, 8 cash assistance programs, 8 job training programs, 7 medical assistance programs, 3 energy programs, 2 child programs. Social Security, workers comp, unemployment insurance, and veterans benefits are not included. Currently, there are 35 American states in which welfare pays better than the minimum wage. For example, Pennsylvania single mothers who work a job that pays $29,000 a year earns $57,345 once benefits are included. A single mother who works a $69,000 a year job earns only $57, 045 after taxes are factored in.
A welfare state is the opposite of the type of country that our founding fathers intended:
“When people find that they can vote themselves money, that will be the end of the republic”- Benjamin Franklin
“The Government of The United States is a definite government. It is unlike the state governments, who’s duties are more general. Charity is not the duty of the government.” James Madison, father of the constitution.
“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who are not willing to work” – Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the US, author of the Constitution and declaration of Independence, Vice President, Secretary of State, Minister to France