Framing the Dialogue

Posts Tagged ‘welfare’

War On Work

welfare stateThe Senate Budget Committee reports that in fiscal year 2012, between food stamps, housing support, child care, Medicaid and other benefits, the average U.S. Household below the poverty line received $168.00 a day in government support.  What’s the problem with that much support? Well, the median household income in America is just over $50,000, which averages out to $137.13 a day. To put it another way, being on welfare now pays the equivalent of $30.00 an hour for a 40-hour week, while the average job pays $20.00 an hour.

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Economics In Many Lessons – Welfare

Another of my favorite economists, Thomas Sowell, schools a liberal on welfare. It is interesting how the arguments never change. You should watch the post on “do gooders” after this.

By the way for you Glenn Beck fans out there the liberal is Francis Fox Piven who Glenn regularly talks about.

Ghost of America’s Future?

tytler-cycleIn 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior:

“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent Form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until The time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous Gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.”

America The Beautiful

“I would like to see scientists and engineers get much more involved in the political process, bringing their no-nonsense common sense and logic to the table.”

Update – Give A Man A Fish

ProverbsOld Proverb:

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.

Obama Version:

 Give a man a welfare check, free childcare, a free cell phone, free Internet, cash for his clunker, food stamps, section 8 housing, free contraceptives, Medicaid, ninety-nine weeks of unemployment, free medicine, and he will vote Democrat the rest of his life…even after he’s dead.

 

 

Parsimony – Taxing Effort

I find it very interesting that a good number of these posts use an Associated Press story as the baseline for my commentary. I don’t seek out AP stories, but it often seems like their reporting often shows the bias of the mainstream media.

First the headline (with a link to the original story)…

GOP moves toward slashing, nixing states’ income tax

…Now the story

OKLAHOMA CITY — A year after Republicans swept into office across the country, many have trained their sights on what has long been a fiscal conservative’s dream: the steep reduction or elimination of state income taxes. [So far so good]

Liberal Alters – Minority-Friendly Politics

Perhaps the most successful aspect of liberal politics has been their stranglehold on what is called the “main-stream” media. Though that has diminished over the last decade it is still an extremely powerful tool for progressive/liberal. I can think of no better example of this than the mischaracterization that Republicans/conservatives hate minorities while the Democrats/liberals are their champions. The evidence to the contrary is staggering yet is rarely noted when discussions of race enter the dialogue. The blatant disregard of FACTS when making arguments about race boggles my mind though I can understand that as long as liberals get away with it they’ll use it.

50/Fifty

How many of you have attended a high school football game on a fall Friday evening? Have you ever attended a church picnic or a school function?  One of the standard fund-raising activities at these events is the 50/50 raffle.  In case you are not sure what this is, you purchase raffle tickets and the winner gets one half of the total take of the raffle.  I have been to some where the prize is well over one thousand dollars.  The other half of the take is given to the fund-raising group or some charity.  It is all good.