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Category: Welfare State

Jul 16 2021

Economic Lessons Compliments of Big Government

These days, schools are too focused on critical race theory to cover reading, writing, and math effectively, much less economics. Yet thanks to liberal rule, Americans don’t need school to learn the fundamentals of economics. For example:

The Morning Consult reported Wednesday that an estimated 1.8 million Americans rejected job offers over the past year due specifically to the generosity of federal and state unemployment benefits — which ranged from $300-$900 a week over the course of the pandemic.

Pay people not to work and they don’t work. You might get a PhD in economics and not learn that, but because Democrats insanely extended these handouts even after the initial Covid panic had passed, we all know it from direct observation.

Good thing we have an open border, so that there is an endless supply of unskilled labor. This also helps keep wages down.

Getting loafers off the government dole and back into jobs takes time, and…

…even if all 1.8 million do reenter the workforce, the U.S. economy will still be roughly 4.7 million jobs short of where it was in February 2020 before the pandemic started.

This illustrates two more valuable lessons in economics: (1) Do not coercively shut down the economy no matter what, and especially not over a virus that is not serious for the large majority of the working population; and (2) Do not replace a president under whom the economy had been booming with an incremental Marxist whose promised policies were certain to smother the economy.

Next, Big Government will teach us a lesson regarding inflation that will be remembered for generations.

Germans have already learned the next lesson.

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.

Jul 10 2021

Open Thread

The dependency on the dole, formerly limited in pre-Clinton days to 14 million women and children on AFDC, will now grow to a clear majority of the U.S. population. - Dick Morris
May 24 2021

American Dream Updated

In the olden days, immigrants pursued the American dream by assimilating and working hard. Times have changed. Now it often works more like this:

A Fridley [Minnesota] couple is facing felony charges of wrongfully obtaining public assistance after investigators discovered the couple had deposited over $1 million into their bank accounts during the same time period they received assistance.

According to felony charges filed in Anoka County against Amino Abdullahi Mohamed and Liban Beddel Mohamud, both 47, the couple was not entitled to collect nearly $25,000 in medical-assistance benefits they received between August 2015 to June 2018.

The Mohamuds have seven children. American women currently average 1.7 children. The future belongs to the Mohamuds. Unfortunately for them, we won’t be around to help fund their lifestyle.

Liban moved to Kenya in October 2017 to find work and continued to contribute to the household by sending money to Amino. From November 2017 to February 2018, over $14,400 was deposited into Amino’s bank account. However, Amino reported that Liban did not work and did not report the money he gave her as income on her application for public assistance. At the time the investigation began in March 2018, Liban reported that there had been no marital breakdown, and although he lived overseas, he was a member of the household. Any income Liban received was joint and should have been considered income for purposes of receiving public assistance, the complaint says.

Let that be a lesson to moochers. The Welfare State frowns upon marriage.

On a tip from R F.

May 21 2021

Covid Scammers Dumb Enough to Get Caught

One thing police have in their favor is the stupidity of most criminals who don’t go into politics. Unfortunately, it is so easy to scam a government that regards our money as free that even morons are able to pull it off.

Via Foundation for Economic Education:

A group of scammers in New York City allegedly ripped off millions from the state’s super-charged pandemic welfare system. They were busted after (rather foolishly) posting pictures of themselves with massive money stacks on social media and now face prosecution.

The youths acquired $2 million in Covid relief funds by stealing other people’s personal information in scams that lasted from last June through last month.

The scammers’ target was the state’s unemployment benefits system. During the pandemic, the government greatly increased benefit payouts and hastily expanded eligibility to new categories of workers. In its rush to get taxpayer money out the door, the government created a target-rich system flush with cash and light on verification.

Under Biden, the spending spree is so out of control that top bureaucrats openly admit they don’t care if the free money goes to people in the country illegally.

A report shows that the federal government has potentially lost up to $200 billion in taxpayer money to scammers ripping off the system [during the pandemic]. …

[T]he total money lost to fraud is more than 5 times as much as the feds spent on vaccine development. According to the American Enterprise Institute, “unemployment fraud” now ranks as the 4th biggest federal COVID expenditure

[W]hen it comes to big government, fraud, waste, and dysfunction are baked into the cake.

See where Covid cash has been flowing, as your savings are inflated into oblivion.

On a tip from R F.

May 19 2021

Free Housing: No Priority for US Citizens

You might hope that at least people who are in the country legally would get priority for all the free money being thrown around. But that’s not how things work during a looting spree:

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge said HUD is not prioritizing U.S. citizens over illegal immigrants for public housing assistance, despite a shortage of available units in certain areas during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You put people like Marcia Fudge in positions of power and what do you expect, responsibility?

The Biden stimulus package includes $5 billion in vouchers to house homeless individuals over a three-year period.

Long before then, the ChiCom virus will be a fading memory. Even Joy Reid will have stopped double-masking. We will be dealing with worse problems, mainly caused by excessive spending. But if Democrats are still in power, they will still be throwing our money to the four winds — it just won’t be worth as much.

On a tip from R F.

May 11 2021

Welfare for the Rich

Big Government only seems to be flinging our money randomly to the four winds. Actually, the money tends to go to those with a seat at the table. These are often the people who need it the least, as John Stossel reports:

No wonder pro sports have gone so far overboard with left-wing politics that many fans have sworn them off. Pleasing the audience may be less important than pleasing the leftist bureaucrats who pass out the free money. We pay for their extravagant stadiums regardless of how little interest we may have in the games played inside.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

May 08 2021

Open Thread

When you start paying people to be poor, you wind up with an awful lot of poor people. - Milton Friedman

Hat tip: Joann.

Apr 22 2021

Open Thread

It's hard to do it because you gotta look people in the eye and tell 'em they're irresponsible and lazy. And who's gonna wanna do that? Because that's what poverty is, ladies and gentlemen. In this country, you can succeed if you get educated and work hard. Period. Period. - Bill O'Reilly
Apr 02 2021

Open Thread

In too many cases, if our Government had set out determined to destroy the family, it couldn't have done greater damage than some of what we see today. - Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Apr 01 2021

Open Thread

Liberals measure compassion by counting the number of people receiving government help. - Rush Limbaugh
Mar 29 2021

San Francisco to Give Free Money to Artists

With the radical left in charge in Washington, we don’t need a crystal ball to see what’s coming next. We can just look to San Francisco. What happens there today will be national policy tomorrow. This is great news for people claiming to be artists, some of whom will be handed $1,000 per month in free money:

Starting sometime in May, 130 local artists in San Francisco — “whose artistic practice is rooted in a historically marginalized community” — will begin receiving the money, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced Thursday. The payments are scheduled to last for six months in total, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

“Rooted in a historically marginalized community” means that this guy likely does not qualify; he needs to also identify as nonwhite:

In nearby Oakland, you only get $500/month free money, but you don’t have to identify as an artist; you just have to be nonwhite. Whites get taxed to pay for it though.

In San Francisco,

The program, which was designed to provide support during the pandemic, is open to artists working in a number of different mediums — including music, dance, creative writing, visual art, performance art, installation, photography, theater, and film.

The ChiCom virus is winding down. But exploiting it as a pretext for wealth redistribution just got into high gear. Many temporary measures will be made permanent.

On a tip from Varla.

Mar 28 2021

Democrat Strategy Explained in a Graph

Just as we began to come out of the artificially induced Covid depression, with the economy poised to boom, Democrats rammed through a $1.9 trillion “relief” bill that pays people not to work. It dramatically expands the welfare state for the first time since Lyndon Johnson’s catastrophic “Great Society.”

Specifically, it offers cash incentives for women to produce children they cannot afford to raise, which tends to result from not being married. The provisions are temporary for now, but will soon be made permanent.

This graph explains the close correlation between poverty and birth out of wedlock:

The Democrats are spending outrageous sums of money we don’t have to pay women to have more children out of wedlock because they want to create more poor people.

It worked for LBJ. His welfare programs caused out of wedlock birth to explode among blacks. Democrats have been getting about 90% of the black vote ever since.

This not only explains welfare policy, it also explains why the liberal establishment relentlessly promotes moral degeneracy.

A typical liberal response to the tweet above explains both cancel culture and the Democrat obsession with race:

In other words, don’t call attention to what we are doing or we will destroy you by calling you a racist and getting you canceled.

Someone who means blacks well would want to make them aware of how the welfare state and the decay of marriage have held them down. Someone who despises them would want them to wallow in poverty, where they can be bred for their votes by the liberal ruling class the way farmers breed chickens for eggs.

Combine a massive expansion of the welfare state with Biden’s call for the entire Third World to pour across the open border and institutionalizing election fraud with HR1 may not be necessary. Unless they are stopped soon, Democrats will rule the ruins of our future.

On a tip from Varla.

Mar 25 2021

Opening the Border While Expanding the Welfare State

One thing all reasonable people can agree on is Milton Friedman’s observation that you cannot have both open borders and a welfare state — at least, not for long. The Third World has an infinite capacity to generate more mouths to feed. We taxpayers do not have an infinite capacity to shovel money into the maw of Big Government.

Opening the borders while expanding the welfare state is like playing Russian roulette with all six chambers loaded, except that it is not suicide, but genocide, which Merriam-Webster defines as “the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group.” Democrats are combining open borders with welfare to kill off the American people by washing us away in an unending tsunami of grasping foreigners while collapsing our system of government under mountains of unsustainable debt.

As Jason Riley observes,

Biden’s plans to expand the welfare state are the most ambitious since LBJ’s, though one significant difference is that Democrats today are borrowing money to fund it, and simply crossing their fingers that interest rates don’t rise. Another concern is the left’s determination to sever any connection between work and benefits, something all the more worrisome since it is occurring while destitute foreign nationals with little education are being lured here en masse.

In the past, people have come to America to work. Democrats will change this. Their immigration policy filters out the law abiding in favor of people who sneak into the country on an illegitimate basis. Their ever-expanding welfare state will make low-wage work illogical.

The government used to be run by people who meant the country well. No longer:

The first major piece of immigration legislation, passed in 1882, prohibited entry “to any person unable to take care of himself or herself without becoming a public charge,” and a similar stipulation was included in a 1930 executive order signed by President Herbert Hoover. Earlier this month, the Biden administration quietly announced that it would no longer enforce a policy that limited the admission of immigrants who were deemed likely to become overly dependent on government benefits.

Just as a crooked business keeps two sets of books, Democrats have two separate moralities. According to their public morality, political correctness (a.k.a. cultural Marxism, critical race theory), it is the epitome of moral virtue to confiscate from wealthy white people so as to bestow upon poor people with darker skin. According to their actual morality, anything that makes them more powerful is good. Both moralities justify what they are doing to our country.

Biden and his handlers would rather rule ruins than govern a thriving America, where they would risk having to share power with the opposing party.

Vidkun Quisling was as a traitor for allowing the Nazis to occupy his country rather than put up a fight. But you could understand his reasoning. Norway would lose anyway; many Norwegians would be killed. The Nazis only wanted to rule Norway, not collapse Norwegian society into squalid poverty and displace the population. Compared to Biden and his handlers, Quisling was a patriot.

On a tip from Varla.

Mar 25 2021

Guaranteed Basic Income Rolls Out in Oakland

Incremental Marxism has escalated from the welfare state to indiscriminate coronavirus payments to the next illogical step: guaranteed basic income.

The mayor of Oakland, California, on Tuesday announced a privately funded program that will give low-income families of color $500 per month with no rules on how they can spend it.

Private will be replaced by coercive funding after this concept takes root. Liberal fools and their money may be easily parted, but taxpayers in general have deeper pockets. The idea of guaranteed basic income is…

…having a revival across the U.S. after some mayors launched small, temporary programs across the country in a coordinated campaign to convince Congress to adopt a national guaranteed income program.

The free money will be passed out on an explicitly racist basis.

Oakland’s project is significant because it is one of the largest efforts in the U.S. so far, targeting up to 600 families. And it is the first program to limit participation strictly to Black, Indigenous and people of color communities.

This is in part justified as “a nod to the legacy of the Black Panther Party, the political movement that was founded in Oakland in the 1960s.”

The Black Panthers were a violent revolutionary organization founded on Marxism and black supremacism. They were involved in drug dealing, pimping, rape, extortion, assault, and murder. With their focus on protesting against the police and America’s imaginary racist power structure, they served as a forerunner to today’s Black Lives Matter movement.

“Guaranteed income has been a goal of the Black Panther platform since its founding,” said Jesús Gerena, CEO of Family Independence Initiative, which is partnering with the program in Oakland. “Direct investment in the community in response to systemic injustices isn’t new.”

Bark “systemic injustice” and demand the government give you someone else’s money. It’s easier than working.

A form of guaranteed income could take effect for many parents this year as part of the latest federal stimulus package. Congress expanded the child tax credit, with the goal of giving many parents monthly payments of up to $300 per month. Those payments are temporary.

That plan to generate more poverty and thereby more Democrat voters by paying women to have children they can’t afford to raise will not be temporary for long.

In California, a proposal by Assemblyman Evan Low to give $1,000 a month to adults with certain incomes could cost up to $129 billion annually — more than half the state’s total budget — paid for by a new 1% tax on incomes above $2 million. Low said that bill is unlikely to pass this year, but he said his goal is to get people comfortable with the idea.

Once Democrats dispense with the filibuster, that can be imposed nationally.

You know what comes next after $1,000 per month: $2,000 per month. Soon people will demand $20,000, then $200,000, then $2,000,000 to keep pace with inflation. Every election will be won by whoever promises the largest increase in free money, until the money becomes worthless.

On tips from Dragon’s Lair, Bluto, and ABC of the ANC.

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