It pays to be on welfare

May 13, 2014 

The following states have more people on welfare than they do employed: California, New Mexico, Illinois, Mississippi, Alabama, Ohio, Kentucky, New York and Maine.

The Senate budget committee reported that for the fiscal year 2012, between food stamps, housing support, child care, education expenses and meals, Medicaid and other benefits, the average household below the poverty line received $168 per day in government support.

What's the problem with that much support? Well, the median household income in America is just over $50,000 which averages out to $137.13 per day.

To put it another way, being on welfare now pays the equivalent of $30 an hour for a 40-hour work week, while the average job pays $20 an hour.

Out of the last 19 presidents since Teddy Roosevelt, President Obama's administration has the lowest number of officials who have ever worked in private business -- only 8 percent. They are supposed to know how to create jobs when they have spent their entire lives working in academia, government or non-profit organizations.

Obama's jobs plan to date: Tax the rich, redistribute the wealth and level the playing field. Shovel-ready jobs, anyone? The consequences are increased welfare rolls, a record unemployment compensation period, record deficit spending and now, record disability claims.

Four more years. Four more years.

Roddy D. Riggs

Highland

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