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Friday, December 19, 2014

Culture

American culture is changing and apparently the progressives are winning because (LINK) the Census Bureau reported in a study released this week that 65 percent of American children lived in households taking aid from one or more federal program as of the fall of 2011.  
"Almost two-thirds (65 percent) of children," said the Census Bureau, "lived in households that participated in at least one or more of the following government aid programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Medicaid, and the National School Lunch Program."  

It's a battle against self reliance and it's a battle for the culture of the nation. The safety net - for the very poorest Americans now extends upward to 65% of children. Look around you, at your neighborhood, and ask yourself if well over half of the children are needy. These young people are being trained to be dependent on government.

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  1. Sometimes it is not that simple. My youngest son has five children and his family qualifies for nearly all the State and Federal programs. He is also an Army 68W (Medic). An argument can be made that if he was being paid comparable wages to civilians doing the same work (without getting shot at) his family wouldn't need the help.

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    1. I recall a situation many years back in Los Angeles where a US Secret Service Agent was killed in the line of duty. I found out that she was on food stamps because her pay was so low as I was involved in the investigation of the murder. I was personally OUTRAGED. How could we pay secret service agents so poorly?

      I am not indicting everyone on assistance. Often it's the system that simply whacks people. My point here is that 65% seems entirely too large.

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  2. No argument from me on the 65% figure.

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    1. I know of families on welfare. My daughter would have qualified with her husband and two very young children if I had not moved them home with me until they got their legs under them. They didn't take welfare because I was in a position to aid them. He got a good job and for the last year did well. Last week he was laid off again (working in the oil fields in N. Dakota - laid off because oil prices are dropping). Worst case, they may end up with me again until they can turn it around.

      3 of my four daughters ended up moving home at one point or other after the economy collapsed. Times are tough. Tough on me too.

      We need to decide where the safety net is as a people and as a culture, but it need not be pegged where 2/3 of all children are there.

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  3. 65% is huge and a recipe for disaster.

    Where I live, there's a thriving black market in food stamps and associated skullduggery. No shortage of human ingenuity...

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    1. The thriving market is everywhere, and nowhere is it worse than in California. There have been articles about people using their EBT cards here to pay for hundreds of dollars for lap dances in the caverns of sin. I'm not saying that the dancer's weren't pleased to be tipped, but it shouldn't have happened at public expense.

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