ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Why The Republican Welfare Queen Narrative is False

Updated on December 5, 2015
  • One of the Republican's main narratives involves their despise for poor welfare recipients.

  • They are hugely hesitant about giving poor people welfare, but have no problem about wealthy people receiving more money. The picture they're trying to portray reminds me of a spoiled teenager receiving a big allowance from their rich parents as long as they do the chores, but they don't do the chores.

  • In the 70's, Ronald Reagan told a tale about this character, except he named it the "welfare queen."

  • Luckily for people that find this narrative to be bullocks, there have been studies done that prove its falseness.

  • The main argument by the right-wing is that financial support from the government encourages people to be lazy and not work. Interestingly enough, since so many political narratives are absolutely true *cough*, a study by Harvard and MIT economists proves the right-wing claims are false.

  • The economists who conducted the study took a look at studies done on cash programs in poor countries. They found "no systematic evidence that cash transfer programs discourage work."

  • In other words, there was no significant change of the amount of people who work, within the sample of people who receive money from the cash transfer programs. The cash programs that were part of the study are not within a localized area of countries; instead they are dispersed around the world: two in Mexico and one each in Morocco, Indonesia, the Philippines, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

  • In some studies work went down, and others the work went up, but it was never a substantial difference. The difference in the amount of employment, affected by the programs, was from a 0.9 percentage point increase to a 1.9 decrease; a very tiny change, but I'm sure Republicans can find an angle to make it appear mesmerizing and significant.

  • Some of the studies found that the financial assistance encouraged people to work. A paper by Christopher Blattman, Eric Green, Julian Jamison and Jeannie Annan found a 61 percent increase in the amount of hours worked in Uganda after a program was implemented. This specific program gave certain women $150 and taught them some job skills; they worked more hours after receiving these gifts.

  • Most of the programs in the study are "conditional cash transfers", which means they give cash on the condition that the offspring enroll in school, or receive health services; so, the cash is going towards a morally right cause, instead of giving "Tony" money to buy more drugs.

  • Although these studies weren't done in the United States, Republicans will use them as leverage to angle their "welfare queen" narrative down the public's throat.

  • The largest percentage of people who receive welfare are elderly, disabled, and children

  • The most people who receive welfare are people who cannot sufficiently take care of themselves on their own, and or, don't make enough money to survive on their own because of old age and possibly a number of other reasons.

  • More than half of welfare recipients are part of the "working poor" class. There are also military verterans and their families who make up a large slice of the pie of people who receive financial assistance. Together, the working poor, elderly, children and veteran families make up ninety percent of the recipients of government financed subsidies.

  • According to the hard data, a large amount of the people who receive subsidies are not "people who refuse to work". Imagine back to the time you saw a child, screaming and laying down on the floor of your local Toys R' Us because they weren't getting the toy they wanted; I bet the child may even have called their parent crass, absurd names that are lies.

  • Now imagine some full grown politicians, usually Republicans, laying on the floor screaming within a Congress building, because their political ideologies are not being enacted in reality.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)