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America Won't Get Rich by Relying on the Permanent Poor

GAMS Wrote: Apr 18, 2012 12:59 AM
Honest Lib: Are you kidding? The people who work are taxed to provide those checks for welfare recipients. In other words, money is TAKEN from them by the government to give to people who do not work. Don't you think those working people would spend the tax dollars at the mall if they had the opportunity? They might even open up a store of their own and hire some of those who are desperately looking for jobs. The money would be spent - and many times it would be used to generate more money in the way of profits and increased taxes (sales, payroll, etc.). Try looking at history sometime. The government has only one source of income - working people - and we have reached the point in this country where almost 50% pay no taxes.

America is a land of class mobility. That's what makes America a magnet destination for people all over the world: Come to America and make something of yourself. If you want great welfare benefits, try to bust into Europe; if you want to work for a living and get rich, come to the United States.

But for some Americans, there is no class mobility. There is a permanent economic underclass, and those who inhabit it have no ability to rise above their fiscal fate.

There is a reason for that: They make bad decisions.

Take, for example,...