Category: Welfare State

Apr 06 2020

Why Are So Many Americans in Prison?

Moonbats say the incarceration rate proves that America is “racist” and less free than socialist dystopias like Cuba. As always, they are wrong. In the video below, Rafael Mangual gives the real reason for incarceration in the USA. It has to do with the people getting incarcerated having committed violent crimes.

Considering the level of violent crime out there, the incarceration rate is too low, not too high. Crime will not be reduced by letting the criminals run free, as New York has already learned.

If reducing the incarceration rate is the goal, rather than letting criminals loose only to have them return for future crimes, a more constructive approach would be to scale back the welfare state that sires them and stop undermining the traditional two-parent family.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Jan 25 2020

Open Thread

Can the real Constitution be restored? Probably not. Too many Americans depend on government money under programs the Constitution doesn't authorize, and money talks with an eloquence Shakespeare could only envy. Ignorant people don't understand The Federalist Papers, but they understand government checks with their names on them. - Joseph Sobran
Jan 22 2020

Open Thread

The results of the Great Society experiments started coming in and began showing that, for all its good intentions, the War on Poverty was causing irreparable damage to the very communities it was designed to help. - Charles Krauthammer
Nov 29 2019

How New York City Exports Its Welfare State

Put a left-wing punk in charge of a city and you don’t get government. You get a looting spree. New York City presents welfare state liberalism approaching the last extremes of extravagance:

From the tropical shores of Honolulu and Puerto Rico, to the badlands of Utah and backwaters of Louisiana, the Big Apple has sent local homeless families to 373 cities across the country with a full year of rent in their pockets as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Special One-Time Assistance [SOTA] Program.” Usually, the receiving city knows nothing about it.

Neither do taxpayers, or they would rebel. Oh wait, it’s right here in the newspaper, in a story dated last month, yet this is the first I’ve heard about it because no one is making a significant stink. New York taxpayers will never rebel, so long as they are being robbed blind in the name of moonbattery.

City taxpayers have spent $89 million on rent alone since the program’s August 2017 inception to export 5,074 homeless families — 12,482 individuals — to places as close as Newark and as far as the South Pacific, according to Department of Homeless Services [DHS] data obtained by The Post. Families who once lived in city shelters decamped to 32 states and Puerto Rico.

Meanwhile, the city ostentatiously opens its doors to needy Third Worlders who are in the country illegally, freeing thousands of criminal illegal aliens, literally making the term “illegal alien” illegal lest it offend them, creating an ID card that helps them collect taxpayer-financed benefits, promising them free healthcare, moving toward granting them voting rights, et cetera.

The city also paid travel expenses, through a separate taxpayer-funded program called Project Reconnect, but would not divulge how much it spent. A Friday flight to Honolulu for four people would cost about $1,400. …

Add to the tab the cost of furnishings, which the city also did not disclose. One SOTA recipient said she received $1,000 for them.

Bureaucrats say this is actually cheaper than keeping them in city shelters. When the year is up, the lucky recipients will demand that taxpayers provide them with free housing again, but it will be someone else’s problem. Unless of course insanely generous welfare handouts draw them straight back to New York.

[H]undreds of the homeless families are returning to the five boroughs — and some are even suing NYC over being abandoned in barely livable conditions.

That is a characteristic means of expressing gratitude for handouts: sue for abandonment if the torrent of free money slows down.

DHS said 224 SOTA families have ended up back in New York City shelters.

But at least some of them are in other cities’ shelters.

On a tip from Varla.

Nov 25 2019

Academics Confirm Welfare Draws Immigrants

Does welfare draw vast numbers of unproductive people from the Third World, who then proceed to bloat welfare rolls? There are two ways to answer this crucial question: (1) apply common sense, which instantly produces the answer, “Yes, obviously”; or (2) pay academics to pull on their chins and conduct a study, which eventually produces the answer, “Yes, obviously.”

From a translation at Gates of Vienna of an article in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung:

Many refugees only make their way to Europe because they know that they can collect lavish social benefits here. This thesis is particularly persistent in the immigration debate — but this so-called “pull effect” of the welfare state is controversial in research.

It is controversial because some leftists fear that if they admitted they are forcing people to finance their own displacement, resistance could arise.

A group of researchers led by Princeton economist Henrik Kleven now counters this skepticism about the pull of a strong welfare state with hard figures from Denmark: According to the figures, there have been significantly fewer immigrants from countries outside the EU every year since the Danish government cut benefits specifically for migrants from this group.

Denmark goes back and forth on generous welfare benefits to immigrants, depending on whether the center-right or center-left is in power.

The effect the researchers found in the data was large. With the reduction in social benefits for non-EU nationals in 2002, net immigration from this immigrant group decreased by 5,000 persons per year compared to average annual migration movements before the change in the law. And that’s not all: when the centre-left government reversed the law, immigration figures from the affected group of countries immediately rose again — to almost the same level as before.

Fortunately, the center-right got back in and restored the welfare cuts.

Five thousand per year is a significant number when you consider that the population of Denmark is smaller than that of greater Houston (5.77 million vs 6.16 million). Plus, many of the immigrants who were already there sponging probably left for greener pastures when the benefits went down.

Tightening family reunification rules had a similar effect, causing immigrants in Denmark to move on to Sweden. Once again, the canary in coalmine of moonbattery loses.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair.

Aug 05 2019

Reparations for Indians in Minnesota

When leftist demagogues like Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren demand reparations for blacks, taxpayers can’t help but think of the $trillions already flushed down the welfare state. Likewise, Indians are already getting reparations from the white man — or rather, the taxpayer — at least in Minnesota:

The Minnesota Department of Human Services overpaid two American Indian tribes more than $25 million for substance abuse treatments covered by Medicaid…

Tribes have been getting reimbursed for in-person visits when actually the substance abusers take their medication at home.

Medicaid payments to tribal providers are fully funded by the federal government, with the state agency acting as an intermediary.

The overpayments have been going on for years.

The tribes say it is the state’s fault. I say it is the federal government’s fault. When you start handing out free money, it corrupts everyone.

On a tip from Don W.

Apr 20 2019

Sedgwick Gardens as a Microcosm of Liberalized America

Since the only difference between the poor and the rich is that the poor have been dealt a lousy hand by capitalism through no fault of their own, why not house the homeless in fancy luxury apartments? That will turn them into rich people. Or maybe not — as even WaPo admits:

The SWAT team, the overdose, the complaints of pot smoke in the air and feces in the stairwell — it would be hard to pinpoint a moment when things took a turn for the worse at Sedgwick Gardens, a stately apartment building in Northwest Washington.

Actually, the moment is not so hard to pinpoint:

In late 2016, the board of the D.C. Housing Authority — which sets payment standards for vouchers issued in the city — increased the maximum value of vouchers to 175 percent of fair market rent, as set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

That meant vouchers could be used for one-bedroom apartments renting at up to $2,648 a month, according to Housing Authority documents.

Tenants are supposed to contribute 30% of their income toward rent, with the city covering the rest. Since undeclared panhandling, mugging, petty theft, prostitution, and drug-dealing are the primary sources of income in this sector of the population, the taxpayer share probably rounds off to 100%.

This was meant to address what WaPo calls “the twin crises of homelessness and gentrification.” Social engineers managed to fill nearly half the building with freeloaders.

Many of the new tenants are previously homeless men and women who came directly from shelters or the streets, some still struggling with severe behavioral problems.

In the name of liberal ideology, the high-class apartment building has been transformed into “a dumping ground for people unprepared to live on their own.” Paying tenants have been bailing out to escape the chaos.

How tragic to work hard to be able to afford a nice place to live and then have moonbats import a ghetto into your building. But don’t waste your tears on the residents of Sedgwick Gardens, which is located in the hoity-toity Cleveland Park part of DC.

Cleveland Park is a bastion of urbane liberalism where just 1 in 20 voters supported President Trump in the 2016 election. Yet from the beginning, [former Sedgwick Gardens property manager Naimah] Simkins said, it was clear that some of the building’s older residents were discomfited by the new basement dwellers.

In addition to feces on the stairwell landing, discomfiting aspects of this adventure in egalitarianism include a woman who “moans and screams incomprehensibly for long stretches of the day and night.”

Don’t blame the owners.

A spokeswoman for Daro, which owns and manages Sedgwick Gardens, said the company had not taken steps either “to solicit or discourage voucher holders from applying” and noted that it was illegal for landlords to discriminate against tenants receiving government rental subsidies.

As we have come to expect, Big Government steps forward to fix the problem it caused through ham-fisted coercion with more ham-fisted coercion:

A majority of the D.C. Council is backing a bill, introduced by [Councilmember Brianne K.] Nadeau, that would require buildings with at least 20 units and 30 percent or more of them occupied by tenants receiving housing assistance to offer on-site access to social services such as health care, nutrition counseling and child care.

No wonder cities ruled by moonbats so often have housing shortages. Who would want to be a landlord in a place like Seattle, Portland, or DC?

If moonbats could turn Sedgwick Gardens into a slum, they can do the same for the USA as a whole. Don’t believe me? Elect Bernie Sanders and find out for yourself.

Mar 24 2019

Open Thread

We must recognize that personal freedoms diminish as the welfare state grows. The price of more and more public programs is less and less private freedom. - Caspar Weinberger
Feb 09 2019

Chicago Might Start $1,000/Month Handouts

Let’s see, what could we do to render Chicago even more dysfunctional and therefore even more certain to elect only Democrats, in accordance with the principle of the Democrat Death Spiral? I know: hand people $1,000 of other people’s money as a reward for nothing:

Some Chicago families could start collecting a $1,000 check every month with no strings attached. That’s the new proposal from a task force created by Mayor Emanuel.

The idea is to break the cycle of poverty. The pilot program would give 1,000 struggling Chicagoans $1,000 a month.

As George Orwell might say, “Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them.” Trying to break the cycle of poverty by subsidizing poverty is one of those ideas.

Then again, whether this idea is stupid depends on the desired outcome.

To get less of something, tax it. To get more of something, subsidize it. Big Government taxes work and subsidizes indolence. This results in poverty, social disintegration, and government dependence. Only one group benefits from these inevitable consequences: Democrat bureaucrats of the type running Chicago, who are assured of a steady source of votes.

So maybe this is not such a stupid idea after all — so long as they expect votes but not gratitude.

On tips from Becky in WA and 1-Bodhisattva.

Jan 16 2019

How to Dispose of Dirty Diapers in Public Housing

Nothing could be more emblematic of the culture imported from the Third World and bred by the welfare state. Lowlifes infesting a public housing project on New York’s Lower East Side have been throwing dirty diapers out the window:

Soiled diapers and trash have been thrown out of windows for months, falling on the canopy and sidewalk of the Seward Park Extension building, according to NYCHA [New York City Housing Authority].

One resident reports nearly being hit by the falling diapers.

Due to safety precautions, NYCHA secured a vendor to assist with the cleanup of the overhead canopy.

You can’t expect government workers to engage in such dangerous dirty work. That’s for the private sector. So is paying for the housing project.

On tips from 1-Bodhisattva and American Lizard Gothic.

Jan 07 2019

Government Shutdown Tactic Exploits Welfare Dependence

Prolonging a government shutdown rather than allowing so much as a penny to go toward the desperately needed wall is not just a matter of displacing the population with the Third Worlders who have been flooding across the border. It is also a matter of rallying the base.

Who gets hurt in a government shutdown? Those who depend on the government. That doesn’t only mean predominantly Democrat-voting federal bureaucrats. It also means even more predominantly Democrat-voting welfare recipients:

If the government is not reopened before February, millions of Americans who receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — the nation’s food stamp program — could have their assistance disrupted.

It isn’t just SNAP. Other handouts are threatened:

The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) are not receiving federal funds at all during the shutdown, but “can continue to operate at the State and local level with any funding and commodity resources that remain available,” according to the USDA. …

Child Nutrition Programs, including School Lunch, School Breakfast, Child and Adult Care Feeding, Summer Food Service and Special Milk will continue operations through February, according to the USDA.

However,

Staffing for Food and Nutrition Services, which oversees the Child Nutrition Programs, SNAP, and WIC, has been cut by 95 percent since the shutdown began.

All they have to do is blame the Schumer Shutdown on Trump. With the media’s assistance, this is child’s play.

Consider the mileage the media got out of two sick children who died on US soil after their illegal alien parents dragged them across the border. If the shutdown continues, expect a profusion of pouting children alleged to be starving to dominate the evening news.

What good is the welfare state if cannot be leveraged for political advantage?

On a tip from 1-Bodhisattva.

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