Politics: According to Government, Not Enough People Rely On Government
Published by: Robert Laurie on Tuesday August 28th, 2012
By ROBERT LAURIE – Government thinks Americans simply aren’t taking advantage of enough welfare.
Right now, over 108 Million people are receiving some form of federal assistance. 10 Million of these recipients have been added in just the last two years. This number does not include people receiving Social Security, and it doesn’t count the Medicare rolls. As of July 2011, the population of the United States was around 311 Million people, meaning almost 1 in 3 Americans are now receiving some form of federal aid.
Your Government feels this is unacceptable. Not because too many people are on the public dole, but because too many haven’t yet succumb.
According to a recent Washington Examiner article, the US Government took a poll to find out what methods people were using to cope during “these tough times.” The results showed that most people went to their savings in order to scrape by. 15% of respondents said they used federal assistance.
Apparently, Americans just aren’t aware of how easy it is to get government money.
To remedy this, USA.gov has set up a new webpage called “Help for Difficult Financial Times.” The site’s mission is spelled out at as follows: “Given that only 15 percent of you turn to government assistance in tough times, we want to make sure you know about benefits that could help you.”
At the link, you’ll find all sorts of information designed to aid you in everything from managing your checkbook to applying for a federal job. If you’re having trouble making your rent, they’ll offer you some handy tips for that as well.
There’s even a section designed to help you manage your debt – an area where the Obama administration (and the government as a whole) seems supremely unqualified. However, if you’re the kind of person who thinks taking debt advice from the same people who’ve saddled your grandchildren with trillions in unpaid bills, you’ll feel right at home.
To top it all off, the site offers convenient links to applications for Government loans, housing assistance, food stamps, and unemployment benefits. Think of it as a roadmap to the left-wing welfare state.
Aside from potential government employment, there’s little at the site which would lead you to believe they have any interest in getting you off of these programs and visitors are warned that they should “Beware of Job and education scams.” It’s your one-stop-shop for taxpayer money, and it’s all designed to make getting public funds easier for the average person.
What’s wrong with this?
First, there’s no need to qualify the 15% figure with the word “only.” 15% is a lot of people, especially at a time when the federal government is just as broke as those they wish to assist. Second, rather than growing it, we should be doing everything possible to get that number to zero. Instead of making it easier to bring people into an endless, sorrowful, cycle like welfare, we should be fighting towards a day when there’s no longer a reason to have one.
This line of thinking is, obviously, anathema to the liberal progressive mindset, which judges compassion and success by the number of people reliant upon the federal teat. Given how aggressive Obama has been in this regard, we can only assume he wants to go down in history as the most “compassionate” President ever.