From Stephen Moore at Townhall,
We are in the seventh year of a so-called recovery, yet 45 million Americans depend on taxpayers to put food on the table. This is roughly 5 million more than when President Barack Obama took office. Medicaid rolls have exploded by more than 10 million, and Obama openly boasts about how many people he’s moved into the program. The number of unemployment insurance beneficiaries has fallen, thank goodness, but the number of Americans collecting disability insurance has continued to climb. Wow, this is some recovery.
Please. The reason the number of unemployment insurance beneficiaries is falling is that they have not found work and their benefits have expired. They don’t have jobs but are no longer officially unemployed. They are on dole, not pogey.
That’s why so many unemployment statistics sets are misleading.
So why aren’t Republicans pushing workfare for all federal welfare recipients? Some are afraid that they would be viewed as hardhearted or even cruel. But getting people off welfare and into a productive job is not just a way to reduce costs but also a proven way to rebuild broken lives and move people into the mainstream. There is dignity in work. There is despair in welfare. After three generations of the failed entitlement state, hasn’t welfare done enough harm to the very people it was supposed to help?More.
Reality check: All forms of dependency are good for “helping professionals” and the progressive government they support and are supported by. I wish people like Stephen Moore would quit talking as though that wasn’t manifestly obvious. The dependency farmers will undermine any effort to change the picture as long a they have a chance. The misery is a business opportunity for them.
See also: Minimum wage hike is part of planned jobsolescence