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Category: Welfare State

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.

Mar 18 2021

Open Thread

With savages, the weak in body or mind are soon eliminated. We civilized men, on the other hand, do our utmost to check the process of elimination. We build asylums for the imbecile, the maimed and the sick. Thus the weak members of civilized societies propagate their kind. No one who has attended to the breeding of domestic animals will doubt that this must be highly injurious to the race of man. Hardly anyone is so ignorant as to allow his worst animals to breed. - Charles Darwin
Mar 15 2021

Open Thread

The reason welfare is bad is not because it costs too much, nor because it
Feb 18 2021

Open Thread

By government giveaway programs, individuals are often hurt far more than they are helped. The recipients of these programs become dependent on the government and their dignity is destroyed. Is it compassionate to enslave more and more people by making them a part of the government dependency cycle? I think compassion should be measured by how many people no longer need it. Helping people to become self-sufficient is much more compassionate than drugging them with the narcotic of welfare. - Rush Limbaugh
Jan 28 2021

Marshall Plan for Mooching Moms

Once the “free” money starts flowing, too much is never enough:

A long list of celebrities are calling for the Biden administration to give mothers higher stimulus checks.

Because another $1,400 from out of the sky just won’t do when you can get even more. The free lunch will be financed by their children, who will grow up in a second-rate country crippled by debt and hyperinflation.

A movement called Marshall Plan for Moms, led by Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani, demands monthly payments to mothers. From its website:

COVID has decimated so many of our careers. Two million of us have left the workforce, at a rate of four times that of men in September alone. Millions more have been forced to cut back our hours or work around the clock to keep our jobs and be full-time caregivers.

Here’s an idea: open up the schools. No wait, that would require standing up to unions.

Last month, Saujani was demanding $2,400 monthly payments. More recently, the amount has been left unspecified, suggesting that she thinks she can get even more and will of course take as much as possible.

Once such a program has been implemented, any politician who dares put an end to it will be accused of opposing motherhood. Not that there is any risk of a federal program dying before the entire house of cards comes down.

Unlike stimulus payments, the Marshall Plan for Moms would supposedly be means tested. No need to wonder what happens when you pay poor people to produce more children while avoiding situations that would put them in a position to support their own families. We have been watching the welfare state work its evil magic for generations now. The black family has been destroyed, formerly great cities have rotted into slums, and the pernicious Democrat Party is riding high.

This might appear amid the deluge of executive orders.

On a tip from Steve T.

Dec 18 2020

Open Thread

If you understand liberals at all, you know that they'll never agree to market-based solutions for ideological reasons and because an expanding dependency class is their most essential power source. - David Limbaugh
Oct 23 2020

Open Thread

The only way to break the cycle of unwed motherhood, fatherless children, poverty, crime, and welfare is to recognize that welfare causes more problems than it cures. - David Boaz
Sep 29 2020

Open Thread

The steady expansion of welfare programs can be taken as a measure of the steady disintegration of the Negro family structure over the past generation in the United States. - Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Sep 23 2020

Disrupting the Nuclear Family

Now that Marxist Black Lives Matter maniacs have effectively merged with the Democrat Party, they have found it expedient to scrub from their website some of their most conspicuously malevolent intentions, such as destroying the family as an institution. This has actually been unstated Democrat policy for years, inflicted through the welfare state, resulting in an urban plantation that instead of cotton produces poverty, crime, and votes.

Malcolm X was onto these people decades ago, as Tony Heller demonstrates:

On tips from KirklesWorth and Adam.

Sep 17 2020

Open Thread

Voters who live off taxpayers are the Democrats' ace in the hole. The Democrats created big programs and never let the recipients forget it. This gives them an initial advantage of tens of millions of votes in any presidential election. - Joseph Sobran

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