Daily Archives: June 6, 2011
There are many reasons why welfare programs fail to actually help the way they are intended to. Programs like Medicaid and foodstamps at least make an attempt to control what the money is spent on (although my sister used to work at a grocery store, and would come home very angry after seeing people spend foodstamps on gourmet items like lobster tails. I don’t live in poverty, but it has still been a while since I’ve had lobster). When the government is sending out a check they can’t control what it is used for. A study done in 1993 (over 15 years ago) showed that 28% of adults on welfare (90% of whom are women) abuse or are addicted to drugs or alcohol21. The following statistics all come from the same study. It reports that 37% of women on welfare ages 18 to 24 abuse or are addicted to alcohol and drugs. It also says that 50% smoke cigarettes. The study also indicates that these numbers likely underestimate the actual problem, because they are all self-reported and people tend to be reluctant to admitting things like illegal drug use. Read the rest of this entry →
Let’s say someone broke into your house. They went to your wallet, pulled out $100, and left. Then they gave that $100 to charity. How would you feel about that? Would you feel like you were being charitable? Or would you be annoyed because it was your money? What if someone broke into your house, stole $100, and gave $30 of it to charity. They used the other $70 to cover their expenses; the time it took them to take your money, the rent on the office they work out of, and they are paid $160,000 a year to do what they do. Would you be happy if someone took $100 from you, without your consent, and only $30 of it ended up helping someone? What if someone broke into your house and stole $100. They used $70 to cover their expenses; apparently there is a lot of overhead when it comes to redistributing wealth. Then they took the remaining $30 and sent a check to someone. The recipient has no guidelines, they got the $30 check and they can spend it one whatever they want. You’ll never know what your $100 ended up doing. Conservatives don’t consider this charity. Read the rest of this entry →
A good friend sent me the following story, which illustrates how taxes work in America;
Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:
The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59. Read the rest of this entry →