1 out of 6 Americans depend on programs for poor

Seattle Times | Feb 26, 2007 

If you think this is a good thing, you are a fool. This means that fewer and fewer people can make it on their own in this society. It means that the government is getting bigger and bigger by the day. It means that people are becoming more and more dependent on government to allow them the “privilege” to survive. It means that the elites are turning up the pressure financially to destroy the middle class and force more and more people into debt and dependency. Through job exportation, fake shortages (such as “Peak Oil”), the deliberate destruction of the family, the deliberately created drug epidemic, mercantilist/monopolist practices, expanding national debt, increasing taxation at all levels, the open border policy of rampant illegal immigration and “totalization” with Mexico, unconstitutional wars and federal spending run amok and the resultant rampant inflation, fewer and fewer have the ability to make it on their own. This is all being orchestrated by design to weaken freedom in this country. The only solution is to start a revolt that gets the crooks out of the government and puts true patriots in office. Ron Paul is the best candidate for president, so get behind him and a wave of constitutionalist candidates for congress will follow in his wake. This could be the revolution we have desperately needed to get control of our country and put it back on the path to freedom and prosperity.

PW

The welfare state is bigger than ever despite a decade of policies designed to wean poor people from public aid.

The number of families receiving cash benefits from welfare has plummeted since the government imposed time limits on the payments a decade ago. But other programs for the poor, including Medicaid, food stamps and disability benefits, are bursting with new enrollees.

The result, according to an Associated Press analysis: Nearly one in six people rely on some form of public assistance, a larger share than at any time since the government started measuring two decades ago.

Critics of the welfare overhaul say the numbers offer fresh evidence that few former recipients have become self-sufficient, even though millions have moved from welfare to work. They say the vast majority have been forced into low-paying jobs without benefits and few opportunities to advance.

“If the goal of welfare reform was to get people off the welfare rolls, bravo,” said Vivyan Adair, a former welfare recipient and now an assistant professor of women’s studies at Hamilton College in upstate New York. “If the goal was to reduce poverty and give people economic and job stability, it was not a success.”

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