Where did I say that half of the people living off the working taxpayers are all on welfare?<quoted text>
You definition of welfare seems to vary from post to post.
It is true, half of our population is living off of the taxpayers. That doesn't mean welfare the way I define it. Again, welfare to me are programs one doesn't pay into ( or paid little into )but gets plenty out of.
I don't consider our disabled veterans on welfare. They earned everything they get. I don't consider people who worked their entire lives paying into SS and Medicare as welfare. I DO consider Medicaid welfare because it's free healthcare likely being used by the non-working. I don't consider people who collect SS disability as welfare because those people likely paid into the system while they were working. The problem I have with SS disability today is that some of these people can work, but fall within the guidelines of being able to collect. Let me give you some personal examples:
One of my tenants is a guy around my age, and he's been on SS disability since he moved in three years ago. He fell in love with this girl from Australia. She spent half of the summer here. Now he wants to stay with her in Australia for a month or so, but didn't have the money. He found a job to pay for that trip. He can only work X amount of hours before it interferes with his SS checks, but he's working.
My neighbor is legally deaf. She and her deaf live-in boyfriend are both collecting SS disability. However, her family owns a restaurant that she works at. During the summer, she goes all over the country working rib cook-offs. In the winter, she works at the restaurant.
The point I make here is that people like my tenant and neighbor can work, it's just they don't have to if they don't feel like it. Legally, they are within the parameters of being able to collect instead. If one can work part-time, then why not full-time? One more:
I'm evicting one of my tenants. They are not married but have two children. She collects $250.00 in food stamps every month. But they both smoke, support their 15 year old daughters cigarette habit, have high-speed internet and cable, and have three cats and a very large dog. We taxpayers are paying to provide food to this family, and they are providing dog and cat food plus kitty litter for their animals. You don't see anything wrong with our safety net system?