Welfarepays More Than Get an Entry-Level Job in 34 States

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  1. Stacie L profile image90
    Stacie Lposted 9 years ago

    The Blaze
    Becket Adams 2 hours ago Budget, Tax & EconomyPolitics

    If it paid better to stay at home and not work, what would you do? That's a question being asked in more than 30 states.

    Thirty-four states and the District of Columbia have made it more attractive to seek welfare benefits than entry-level employment, according to a new report from the libertarian Cato Institute.
    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/201307 … egov.shtml
    Would anyone work if they were paid more to stay home? Not many I think

    1. psycheskinner profile image83
      psycheskinnerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      First I would want to check the facts which I suspect are skewed, at best--and that link does not help.

  2. LindaSmith1 profile image60
    LindaSmith1posted 9 years ago

    link takes you to site, but not the article.   I would love to know they figures they come up with.  I don't know anyone who has been able to pay rent, utilities on welfare, plus buy gas, soap, laundry detergent,  etc from welfare along with other bills.   If they do, they have another income that is not reported.

    1. Stacie L profile image90
      Stacie Lposted 9 years agoin reply to this
  3. LindaSmith1 profile image60
    LindaSmith1posted 9 years ago

    A single person in PA gets less than 300 a month.

  4. psycheskinner profile image83
    psycheskinnerposted 9 years ago

    As I suspected they used a single parent [they said "mother" but gender is irrelevant] with two (infant) children as the typical person.  A single parent with multiple infant children would be the one you would choose to most overstate the welfare rates.  And is arguably the person with the best reason not to be working full time outside the home.

    If they had use a single person without children, or with school aged children, or a person with a partner it would have looked rather different.

    I mean, what is the message here.  Take benefits from mother so they have to work a minimum wage job and leave two babies under the age of 4 locked alone in the house or with other free/cheap care that may be bad from them?  It is in the public interest that those kids get a good start in life.

    My proposal to solve this issue: free high quality kindergarten.

    1. wilderness profile image96
      wildernessposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      How about simple daycare staffed by others on welfare?

      1. psycheskinner profile image83
        psycheskinnerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        That would be one way of doing it.

  5. LindaSmith1 profile image60
    LindaSmith1posted 9 years ago

    What is nuts is the Earned Income credit which can be several thousand dollars.  Also, those who adopt should not get the whopping tax credit they get.

  6. LindaSmith1 profile image60
    LindaSmith1posted 9 years ago

    How about those within a certain age group be forced to get their GED and return to college or a technical school and provide child care to them if needed.  But, the true new welfare, is the Social Security system for disability because they are depressed because they are a drug addict.  Wanna get mad, find out what these jerks get.

    1. gmwilliams profile image84
      gmwilliamsposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      +1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000-welcome to the BRAVE NEW WORLD! Very very sad that we as taxpayers have to pay for others' irresponsibility.  SOMETHING needs to be done to cut welfare by 75%.   In my opinion, I really DON'T care what the entry level jobs pay, at least these people will be contributing to society.  These entry level jobs are A STEP UP from welfare.  Let's face these people have NO marketable skills nor sufficient education.  Who are THEY to be choosy? Really, come on now!  Take THE JOB please.  IT'S better than welfare no matter how YOU cut or slice it!

  7. LindaSmith1 profile image60
    LindaSmith1posted 9 years ago

    The worst of it is that let's say a single parent finds a lousy 15 hour a week, low paying job, She uses that money to buy shoes for her child. What does Welfare do? Welfare punishes this parent by decreasing cash and food stamp benefits which in total, the decrease is more than this parent even earns.  Yet, they reward illegals, those who have never worked a day in their life, in this county, drug addicts, criminals with cash, food stamps, free health care.


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