It's official. Taxpayers are no longer simply helping the poor, they're subsidizing the lives of welfare recipients at a better rate than their own. The Senate Budget Committee has released a report showing households living below the poverty line and receiving welfare payments are raking in the equivalent of $168 per day in benefits which come in the form of food stamps, housing, childcare, healthcare and more. The median household income in 2011 was $50,054, totaling $137.13 per day. The worst part? Welfare payments are equivalent to making $30 per hour for 40 hours a week. The median wage for...
The problem when govt benefits are pretty close to the wages the family can earn is that most people would rather not work and still get enough money to live. Some people have a work ethic and would rather work than take the benefits, but many others don't see why they should work when they don't have to. If these benefits go on forever and unemployment benefits are given whether a person looks for work or not, then there's no incentive to actually take a job, especially if the wages are close to the benefit levels.
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