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“Zuzu's Petals”

Since: Sep 10

Bedford Falls

#1 Aug 29, 2014
Census figures show more than one-third of Americans receiving welfare benefits.

By Mike Emanuel
Published August 29, 2014
FoxNews.com

Fifty years after the “war on poverty” was first waged, there are signs a new offensive is needed.

Newly released Census data reveals nearly 110 million Americans – more than one-third of the country – are receiving government assistance of some kind.

The number counts people receiving what are known as “means-tested” federal benefits, or subsidies based on income. This includes welfare programs ranging from food stamps to subsidized housing to the program most commonly referred to as “welfare,” Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

At the end of 2012, according to the stats, 51.5 million were on food stamps, while 83 million were collecting Medicaid – with some benefitting from multiple programs.

Though the programs were created to help those in need, some analysts worry that the way they’re designed is, increasingly, incentivizing people not to work. They note that when recipients combine several government assistance programs, in many cases they pay better than going to work.

The Cato Institute’s Michael Tanner said that in the eight most generous states, the benefits can be tantamount to a $20 minimum wage – which would exceed the $7.25 minimum wage in most states.

“So in many cases people could actually do better on welfare than they could in an entry level job," Tanner said.

Supporters say the safety net is necessary to keep Americans from living in dire conditions. As for concerns that these benefits pay better than working, they argue the solution is to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

"I think a lot of people would do the jobs when they pay a living wage,” said Melissa Boteach, from the Center for American Progress.“In addition, there's growing jobs in health care and information technology and energy. There's a lot of places where, if able to make investments, we can really grow our economy in those sectors.”

As millions still rely on government assistance programs, technology and automation have eliminated jobs many Americans used to do with a high school diploma. The challenge for policymakers is helping the economy adjust.

"We have to figure out a way around this. Put innovation in play and really figure out how we're going to create a new economy where we can both raise wages and create more jobs for people," Boteach said.

Tanner said there must be a serious effort to put people back to work because the continued growth of these entitlement programs is unsustainable. The number of people on such benefits is up slightly from 2011.

The government still runs a half-trillion dollar deficit, according to the most recent estimates, and the national debt is nearing $18 trillion.

"You can't in the long run have a society in which you have to rely on a smaller and smaller group of wealth producers who have to support more and more people who are not contributing to that wealth," Tanner said.
Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#2 Aug 29, 2014
That is what industrial efficiency will do for you.

“Zuzu's Petals”

Since: Sep 10

Bedford Falls

#3 Aug 29, 2014
Big Johnson wrote:
That is what industrial efficiency will do for you.
This is what the Obama Administration will do for you.

"The Cato Institute’s Michael Tanner said that in the eight most generous states, the benefits can be tantamount to a $20 minimum wage – which would exceed the $7.25 minimum wage in most states."
Pope Che Reagan Christ I

Medina, OH

#4 Aug 29, 2014
Zoe Regen wrote:
<quoted text>
This is what the Obama Administration will do for you.
"The Cato Institute’s Michael Tanner said that in the eight most generous states, the benefits can be tantamount to a $20 minimum wage – which would exceed the $7.25 minimum wage in most states."
To thinking folks, that indicates something should be done about the minimum wage.
Pope Che Reagan Christ I

Medina, OH

#5 Aug 29, 2014
Zoe Regen wrote:
Census figures show more than one-third of Americans receiving welfare benefits.
By Mike Emanuel
Published August 29, 2014
FoxNews.com
Fifty years after the “war on poverty” was first waged, there are signs a new offensive is needed.
Newly released Census data reveals nearly 110 million Americans – more than one-third of the country – are receiving government assistance of some kind.
The number counts people receiving what are known as “means-tested” federal benefits, or subsidies based on income. This includes welfare programs ranging from food stamps to subsidized housing to the program most commonly referred to as “welfare,” Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
At the end of 2012, according to the stats, 51.5 million were on food stamps, while 83 million were collecting Medicaid – with some benefitting from multiple programs.
Though the programs were created to help those in need, some analysts worry that the way they’re designed is, increasingly, incentivizing people not to work. They note that when recipients combine several government assistance programs, in many cases they pay better than going to work.
The Cato Institute’s Michael Tanner said that in the eight most generous states, the benefits can be tantamount to a $20 minimum wage – which would exceed the $7.25 minimum wage in most states.
“So in many cases people could actually do better on welfare than they could in an entry level job," Tanner said.
Supporters say the safety net is necessary to keep Americans from living in dire conditions. As for concerns that these benefits pay better than working, they argue the solution is to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
"I think a lot of people would do the jobs when they pay a living wage,” said Melissa Boteach, from the Center for American Progress.“In addition, there's growing jobs in health care and information technology and energy. There's a lot of places where, if able to make investments, we can really grow our economy in those sectors.”
As millions still rely on government assistance programs, technology and automation have eliminated jobs many Americans used to do with a high school diploma. The challenge for policymakers is helping the economy adjust.
"We have to figure out a way around this. Put innovation in play and really figure out how we're going to create a new economy where we can both raise wages and create more jobs for people," Boteach said.
Tanner said there must be a serious effort to put people back to work because the continued growth of these entitlement programs is unsustainable. The number of people on such benefits is up slightly from 2011.
The government still runs a half-trillion dollar deficit, according to the most recent estimates, and the national debt is nearing $18 trillion.
"You can't in the long run have a society in which you have to rely on a smaller and smaller group of wealth producers who have to support more and more people who are not contributing to that wealth," Tanner said.
This is what trickle down economics gets you.

“Zuzu's Petals”

Since: Sep 10

Bedford Falls

#6 Aug 29, 2014
Pope Che Reagan Christ I wrote:
<quoted text>
To thinking folks, that indicates something should be done about the minimum wage.
Good grief, you are a lunatic!

“Zuzu's Petals”

Since: Sep 10

Bedford Falls

#7 Aug 29, 2014
Pope Che Reagan Christ I wrote:
<quoted text>
This is what trickle down economics gets you.
Prove it!
Pope Che Reagan Christ I

Medina, OH

#8 Aug 29, 2014
Zoe Regen wrote:
<quoted text>
Prove it!
The rich are richer than ever before and everyone else is poorer. What more evidence do you need?
Duke for Mayor

Mason, OH

#9 Aug 29, 2014
Pope Che Reagan Christ I wrote:
<quoted text>
The rich are richer than ever before and everyone else is poorer. What more evidence do you need?
Not your twitty opinion, evidence, including charts and graphs.

woof
Colbert

United States

#10 Aug 29, 2014
Zoe Regen wrote:
<quoted text>This is what the Obama Administration will do for you.

"The Cato Institute’s Michael Tanner said that in the eight most generous states, the benefits can be tantamount to a $20 minimum wage – which would exceed the $7.25 minimum wage in most states."
What have YOU done for you? YOU spend an awful amount of time complaining. Instead, spend this time for self improvement.
Duke for Mayor

Mason, OH

#11 Aug 29, 2014
Colbert wrote:
<quoted text>
What have YOU done for you? YOU spend an awful amount of time complaining. Instead, spend this time for self improvement.
Does this make any sense to anyone? Did you read the title? Another twit. This is about the welfare president and socialism. Not racism. You know, obese and lazy Americans and illegal Americans.

woof
Duke for Mayor

Akron, OH

#12 Aug 29, 2014
Obese and lazy?

That includes you fake Duke. Too lazy to create your own persona.

woof
Colbert

United States

#13 Aug 29, 2014
Duke for Mayor wrote:
<quoted text>Does this make any sense to anyone? Did you read the title? Another twit. This is about the welfare president and socialism. Not racism. You know, obese and lazy Americans and illegal Americans.

woof
That was LBJ's great society for mostly poor whites...Not Obama. Ummm, What are "illegal Americans".

Nevermind. You seem pretty dense.
Duke for Mayor

Mason, OH

#14 Aug 29, 2014
Colbert wrote:
<quoted text>
That was LBJ's great society for mostly poor whites...Not Obama. Ummm, What are "illegal Americans".
Nevermind. You seem pretty dense.
Did you attend Columbus Public Schools? Attend not graduate, because you sure are stupid.....

woof
Colbert

United States

#15 Aug 29, 2014
Duke for Mayor wrote:
<quoted text>Did you attend Columbus Public Schools? Attend not graduate, because you sure are stupid.....

woof

Stay focused, FD..

What is an illegal American?
Duke for Mayor

Mason, OH

#16 Aug 29, 2014
Colbert wrote:
<quoted text>
Stay focused, FD..
What is an illegal American?
You.....stay tuned..

woof
Colbert

Columbus, OH

#17 Aug 31, 2014
Duke for Mayor wrote:
<quoted text>You.....stay tuned..

woof
Illegal American. What is that? Just answer the cot dam question, man...
They cannot kill a Spook

Toledo, OH

#18 Aug 31, 2014
Pope Che Reagan Christ I wrote:
<quoted text>
To thinking folks, that indicates something should be done about the minimum wage.
No to thinking people it indicates that welfare should be eliminated and that all invading trash needs to be exterminated. Thinking people realize that there is no population shortage. We also know there is far too much redistribution of wealth under the guise of.helping people that iz actually just theft.
Duke for Mayor

Brecksville, OH

#19 Sep 3, 2014
Colbert wrote:
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Illegal American. What is that? Just answer the cot dam question, man...
You are one dumb democrat. Illegal central Americans.

woof

What is cot dam?

woof
Colbert

United States

#20 Sep 5, 2014
Duke for Mayor wrote:
<quoted text>You are one dumb democrat. Illegal central Americans.

woof

What is cot dam?

woof
Damage control. Lol!!!

You lose.

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