In Obama’s America, you’re better off on welfare

Posted by: Phineas on November 29, 2012 at 1:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Oh, I know. I know. I’m RAAAAACIST!!! for even suggesting that. But numbers, while subject to interpretation, don’t lie. And in this case, they’re pretty hard to read any other way. From Zero Hedge:

Exactly two years ago, some of the more politically biased progressive media outlets (who are quite adept at creating and taking down their own strawmen arguments, if not quite as adept at using an abacus, let alone a calculator) took offense at our article “In Entitlement America, The Head Of A Household Of Four Making Minimum Wage Has More Disposable Income Than A Family Making $60,000 A Year.” In it we merely explained what has become the painful reality in America: for increasingly more it is now more lucrative – in the form of actual disposable income – to sit, do nothing, and collect various welfare entitlements, than to work. This is graphically, and very painfully confirmed, in the below chart from Gary Alexander, Secretary of Public Welfare, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (a state best known for its broke capital Harrisburg). As quantitied, and explained by Alexander, “the single mom is better off earnings gross income of $29,000 with $57,327 in net income & benefits than to earn gross income of $69,000 with net income and benefits of $57,045.

And here’s the chart that illustrates the point:

(You’ll find a larger view, here.)

Talk about perverse incentives. As structured now, a rational individual would look at this and conclude that he’s better off collecting rents from the rest of us, than working to better himself.

Be sure to read the rest. There’s much more — and it’s scary.

Not that we’ll have to worry for long, though, since the economy will simply shut down in 2027.

via Power Line

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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3 Responses to “In Obama’s America, you’re better off on welfare”


  1. Kate says:

    I knew I was not helping my family by training myself and finding my own job!!! I would rather sit home and eat bon-bons on the gov’t dole….LOL.

    I guess this is the ultimate workers paradise then?

  2. This puts the election results into perspective; Romney could not win running against Santa Claus. He lost because he embodied such old-fashioned assets as self-reliance, self-actualization, sense of accomplishment, initiative, and other qualities not exclusive to one demographic but not found in leeching welfare addicts either. Obhammud’s anti-colonial world view drives his agenda and is the easier path to follow for them. As pointed out above, people of wealth know how to hang on to it by not making it available for the IRS’s grubby mitts.

  3. Carlos says:

    The sad thing is that many, if not most, of those sucking on the teat of Uncle Sugar don’t see themselves as “takers” but rather “makers.”

    How they get there is that, at one time years ago, they flipped burgers or swept up the floor at the local big box. When they were fired because they couldn’t even do that right they found it was easier to justify the thought that no one appreciates all their effort than to find another job.

    But IF they had a job they’d sure be good at it!