The country has become a nation of takers. Fewer and fewer folks contribute to the economy than those who depend on it. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a paltry 62.5 percent participation rate, resulting in big welfare, less employment, fewer makers, and way more takers.
Ten of our fifty states have more people on welfare than they do people who are employed. Those living in Alabama, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, and South Carolina are more likely to live off government largesse than they are to earn their own living.
That government largesse leads to an annual household income of more than $61,000 for families on the dole, according to Weekly Standard. Median family income is $50,000 for those who work to earn it. An annual $11,000 premium awaits for those on the dole. It pays people not to participate in the labor force.
“Welfare spending is the largest item in the federal budget” reports Jeff Sessions, ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee. “Welfare programs amount to roughly $1.03 trillion” he continues, “not counting the programs to which people contribute such as Social Security and Medicare.”
And, all the recipients of this government largesse have to do is vote Democrat.
Sessions suggests that it is Democrat-designed federal policies that explicitly encourage growth in welfare enrollment. Those policies would do better if they encouraged growth in employment enrollment enabled by enterprise. But, the liberal worldview demands that those who work must share their earned rewards with those who do not. Policies demand this of makers, much to the delight of the takers.
It used to be that taking welfare was the shame, if not the bane, of individuals and families. Not any more. The poor — however they got that way — regard their government-bestowed collections as entitlement. “It’s only fair” or “the rich can afford it” or “government owes me” are comments that demonstrate the entitlement attitude.
A mayor in Maine, Robert MacDonald of Lewiston, wants to expose that entitlement attitude with legislation that would publicly list welfare recipients. “The public has a right to know how its money is being spent,” he said. “Our liberal, progressive legislators and their social-service allies have made [welfare recipients] a victimized, protected class.”
Ask the earners what they think of welfare. Ask the workers whose income dwindles with every thieving policy designed to “share” monies they earned from their own efforts. Ask the thrifty whose savings are ravaged by government grabs for folks with less. Ask healthy hard-working youths why they must buy government-mandated medical insurance to fund others’ illnesses. Ask where the shame went in welfare.
Ask why the takers have taken over.