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President Obama Admits Welfare Encourages Dependency

Saturday, July 9, 2011

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During his Twitter Townhall on Wednesday, President Obama admitted that government welfare has created dependency. He noted:

I think we should acknowledge that some welfare programs in the past were not well designed and in some cases did encourage dependency.… As somebody who worked in low-income neighborhoods, I’ve seen it where people weren’t encouraged to work, weren’t encouraged to upgrade their skills, were just getting a check, and over time their motivation started to diminish. And I think even if you’re progressive you’ve got to acknowledge that some of these things have not been well designed.

Of the more than 70 welfare programs in operation today, only one requires able-bodied recipients to work or look for work. The President’s suggestion that today “there are work obligations attached to welfare” is vastly out of touch with what is really taking place.

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  • SaneRepublican

    Geez-us-christ! Talk about making a mountain out of a molehill.

    He didn’t say anything nearly as surprising or provocative here as you hope. He said “some welfare programs in the past were not well designed and in some cases did encourage dependency.” Not “all,” but “some.” I love how you people live in a world of absolutely. You people would love to throw the baby out with the bath water.

    Just as “some” Democratic programs didn’t work, some Republican programs haven’t worked out as designed or intended (like the Iraq War). The key to continue with what works and fix what doesn’t – not to make an indictment of the whole system. The world is a lot more grey that you people are able to admit.

    But just keep on whining and complaining about on a issue you really don’t understand beyond what your talking points tell you believe. It’s what you people ultimately do best.

    • Karen

      I am not clear on the point of your rant. I accepted welfare and food stamps as am single mom leaving on the street with an 8 month old, I did it for a very short period of time and saw it as a HAND UP, not a hand out. I AM THE EXCEPTION, I stood in line with liars, cheats and thieves, slackers and other unsavory people. I would have loved to be in a job via a welfare program volunteering or something for the money. The governmentnsystem enables peole to stay disabled ALL the time. Nend all the programs and see how they find G-d and family and religion…

    • SaneRepublican

      Good for you, Karen. There is nothing wrong with getting a little help.

      For one, while there is fraud, waste, and abuse that should be cleaned up, they are the exception…..most people on welfare are like you. Unfortunately we hardly hear the success stories. Pointing out the failures makes better politics, sells more newspapers, and gets people to watch/listen to more news/opinion programs.

      What I do find surprising is that you would deny other down-n-out people the same opportunity to be given the same hand-up you got. Given that you mentioned “G-d,” that’s not very Christian of you, now is it.

    • jan

      Before you say it is not Christian, check your Bible. “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” (2Thess.3:10) Even on welfare people should be working instead of sitting around collecting a check. And they should be drug tested and denied govt. assistance if on drugs.

    • SaneRepublican

      Most people on welfare are trying to find a job and most people on welfare are not on drugs.

      But I know it makes a better story to focus on the small minority of people who do abuse the system. Rather than deal with the bad apples, let’s just throw out the whole barrel.

    • Loha

      Amen to that Sister!

    • Kathryn Sibley

      i totally agree!!!! Some are now considering this as a PERMANENT way of life. That is destroying our economy!

    • SaneDemocrat

      SaneRepublican: You still haven’t responded to Captain PJ’s rebuttle to your ridiculous statement that the Community Reinvestment Act had nothing to do with the Housing meltdown.

    • jb80538

      Ilived in Galveston TX years ago and it was suggested that welfare recipients pick up trash on the beach for their money. They argues and won that they should not have to work for that money. LAZY bums just don’t want to work.

    • 3 Serving

      Jan, AMEN to that, especially the drug testing.

    • Mike Brown

      Sane Democrat, I just had to go make sure I had your title correct. This time I find for you, the CRA was enacted during the Jimma Cahta reign of terror. It was enacted but we bankers did not exactly fall for it at the time. The liberal mob was busy blowing people up and we were “axking” for references and pay stubs before writing loans and mortgages. Then along comes Billy Clinton and his boi, Ba ba barney Fw fw fwank. The reign of bank terror and Fwanks boi-for-hire episode had begun. Fwank should be in jail confined to the 80 year and older crowd. Bank of Amerikkka only required a SSN if one was white, this the trouble they are in today. MJB

    • Dodi

      I have heard people on welfare say, “Why should I work, I can stay home and receive what I need to live on and go fishing everyday if I want.” This one is our neighbors and he says right out that he’s not looking for work. To hell many on welfare are out there looking and can’t find ANYTHING. They are too damn fussy about what they do. I do know that many who have been laid off and are receiving unemployment,
      which in my opinion is different than welfare, are actively looking for work, but not nearly all on welfare are not actively looking for work. There are plenty of ads in our paper looking for someone to take them up on giving them a job. But, either they are not able to do that kind of work or they won’t flip hamburgers or whatever. I see signs on doors in many fast food places looking for help but, that must be beneath the dignity of some people.

    • price66

      The only true mission of the United States Government is to PROTECT OUR NATION FROM ALL HER ENEMIES FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC. IT IS NOT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT TO TAKE CARE OF THE INDIVIDUAL NEEDS OF IT’S CITIZENS.

      The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
      Thomas Jefferson

      Keep Jesus out of your socialism
      Dr. Michael Youssef – Guest Columnist –

      From the words of Jesus and the New Testament, ministering to the poor and the needy among us is the work of Christian individuals and the church, not the secular government. Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. . . .” Today’s Religious Left wants to change that to, “He has anointed the federal government to preach good news to the poor.”

      The Christian gospel is a message of salvation, not a message of income redistribution and raising our neighbor’s taxes. Jesus said that the way to serve the poor is by giving generously of our own resources. “But when you give a banquet,” He said in Luke 14, “invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

      The Religious Left is very generous — with other people’s money. In fact, I believe the founder of the Religious Left was none other than Judas Iscariot. When Mary, the sister of Lazarus, anointed Jesus with costly perfume just days before the crucifixion, Judas lectured her and said, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor?”

      Notice that Judas put on a show of caring for the poor — even though the money was Mary’s, not his! The motives of Judas, John 12:6 tells us, were corrupt and self-centered — and Jesus responded with a stinging rebuke.

      At least one of the Lord’s disciples was a “social action Christian” in the Sojourners mold: Simon Zelotes (Simon the Zealot). Just as Sojourners president Jim Wallis was once president of the Michigan State chapter of the militant Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Simon Zelotes was a young political radical who attached himself to Jesus because he thought Jesus would lead a revolt against the Roman Empire.

      Simon saw Jesus as a political Messiah who would topple the powerful while lifting up the poor and oppressed. But Jesus was not a political Messiah. He didn’t attack the Roman Empire. He did battle with the Evil Empire of Satan himself.

      Jesus didn’t tell the Roman government what its budget priorities should be. Why? Because His agenda was much larger than the agenda of Simon Zelotes or the Religious Left. His eyes were fixed on eternity. He said, “My kingdom is not of this world.”

      The Religious Left has missed the meaning of that statement. Yes, there is a place for Christian social action — but that place is in a personal lifestyle of generosity and compassion to the poor. Jesus didn’t tell the rich young ruler to become a political activist and affect public policy. He said, “Go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

      It’s true, there’s poverty in America, and some of the poor can’t lift themselves out of poverty without help. Some are physically or socially disadvantaged. Some are down on their luck. They need and deserve Christian compassion and the good news of the gospel.

      But a huge number of people receiving government assistance are substance abusers, welfare cheats, or chronically lazy. Doesn’t the Bible tell us, “If a man will not work, he shall not eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10)? Why must the “makers” of society support the “takers” of society? That’s not compassion. That’s theft. Wouldn’t it be more compassionate to encourage the takers to develop self-respect by becoming productive citizens?

      Would Jesus endorse government policies that encourage and enable addiction, indolence, and welfare fraud? Certainly not. The Religious Left should read His parables, especially the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30), the Parable of the Vineyards (Matthew 20:1-16), and the Parable of the Tenants (Matthew 21:33-46). In those parables, Jesus blesses hard work, personal responsibility, and the freedom to achieve.

      Government programs can’t separate the truly needy from the welfare cheats — but private Christian charities can. Private charities are far more effective than government at meeting needs, changing lives, eliminating fraud and waste, and dispensing compassion. Our stance as Christians should be pro-compassion, not pro-bureaucracy.

      The place for compassionate Christian social action is in the church, and in the lives of individual believers. When the church becomes a political pressure group, telling the government, “Confiscate more wealth from those who earned it and give it to those who have not,” then the church has formed an unholy union with the kingdoms of this world.

      Income redistribution is not Christianity. It’s Marxism — and mixing the two only pollutes the Gospel and betrays the Great Commission.

    • Michelle in MA

      And what reality do you live in???? the majority of people on welfare have no intention of working, do not want to work and do nothing but complain that they deserve more and better! They live in gimme world and think they deserve more and more yet do nothing to help themselves. Sick and tired of it.

    • Bill

      Well-spoken Karen. As a public housing commissioner in a medium size city, I am appalled by the programs that encourage a person to sit and do nothing. we have 3rd generation families in some of our unites. pretty soon they will start trying to write public housing into their wills.

      we need to stop killing the incentive to climb and work by removing the double edged sword that public entitlement is today. congrats on climbing out and standing on your own two feet.

      Sane Republican(?) clearly has no experience in the matter.

    • Carol Linde

      Karen if you’d keep your legs closed & be a responsible adult you wouldn’t be wandering the street with an 8 month old. Get a job and quit being a bum!

    • RVN1967

      If someone is actually attempting to obtain gainful employment and is forced by circumstance to go on welfare I believe it is acceptable if…they are seeking work and on welfare only about six months. Otherwise, the gov’t has adopted them.

    • Todd Shrull

      Karen,

      You are one of the few exceptions. There needs to be a way to weed out the cheats, and help those who wish to help themselves.

      I know a cheat, and she revels in it. She uses what she can get to further an addiction, and cares about no one but herself. I detest what she is, and I admit it is difficult to not detest her.

      I am ANTI government right now, because they try to fix things by using my money, and making many new laws to “right” things that cannot be righted by legislation and taxation.

      I detest the mindset, I trust no one, and really do like everyone. I just CANNOT like what they are. Hats off to you!

    • Spidermike

      “You people”? What is “you people” code for? If a conservative were to say “you people”, the looney left would call them racist. And while we’re at it, your handle is a poor attempt at subterfuge. No way are you a “sane Republican”. We Bible reading, gun lovin’, bitter clingers know exactly what and who you are, comrade.

    • Dave

      Please step forward for the moron award.

    • Jackie

      (in)Sane is just a poor little obamabot getting his jollies by coming here, looking down his nose at us, making up stuff and pretending to be the smartest person in the room. Oh wait, maybe it IS obama!

    • Lee Baldwin

      that Obamabot probably IS the real deal, Jackie, so don’t say anything to get arrested!

    • Dan az

      Wow
      sounds like some one fell off the welfare rolls or just ran out of free money that you didn’t have to work for.whats the matter your 99 weeks are up?To bad go get a job!I hear there looking for garbage police hey its a job.And just think of all the people you can harass and still get paid.Because honey your not earning anything here.Looser!Go back to huff an puff and take some more lessons.Your wasting your time here.

    • SaneDemocrat

      SaneRepublican: You still haven’t responded to Captain PJ’s rebuttle to your ridiculous statement that the Community Reinvestment Act had nothing to do with the Housing meltdown.

    • SaneRepublican

      I did respond….but my guess is that you did not like my response, and as such it doesn’t count in your view.

      ====

      Btw, you didn’t respond to when I called you out on your lie about Democrats not supporting the space program.

      Is this what we’ve been reduced to: grade school “you didn’t respond” tactics? LOL!!!!

      Such typical childish behavior from a Democrat.

    • SaneDemocrat

      Really? I kept checking and it was off the posting board and you still hadn’t responded. But yes we’re reduced to such childishe behavor since you kept badgering the Capytain to respond to one of your posts.

      That’s okay, I knope when i see and read a hypocrite. You make your ridiciulous statements in your arrogant way suggesting that everyone but you is so stupid…you arrogant pricK. if you are what the Libertarians are all about–so narcissistic and superior–then the hell with you.

    • SaneRepublican

      Typical Democrat, when the truth is inconvenience, make stuff up. What other pieces of fiction would you like to share with us?

    • SaneRepublican

      Btw, I knope [sic] when I see and read a liar. Just like when I caught you in your lie about Democrats and the space program. Funny how you didn’t bother to reply to that.

    • http://Facebook Que Dub

      SO JUST WHAT THE H3LL WILL “he”” DO ABOUT THIS ISSUE ?????? WE KNOW; NOTHING!!!!!
      MEANS MORE VOTES FOR “”him” !!!!!

    • Rex

      Well, let’s get something straight here. Just becouse Obama says that his programs were not well designed, does not make it so. His plans were well designed to function just as he planed.He wants as many on well fair as he can get, to over loade the system.then he will half to come and rebuled another part of America, the way he wants it.

    • Billy

      How did you get that stupid? What a joke your comments are…Hope you find yourself in the next life…Fool!

    • Edward Koziol

      The Iraqi war couldn’t be won as the same in Afghanastan because were fighting a cowardly enemy who use civilians to hide behind these camel jockeys are crazier then the proverbial shithouse loon.They’ll kill their own kids to blow up the enemy.Most blacks and lowlife whites think welfare is a right and most democrats believe this also

    • An American Patriot

      No. we can’t win this war or any war. Because our politicians won’t let the military do their job. We can’t fight a war and be P.C. at the same time. How can we ever hope to win a war when our politicians demand that we give enemy combatants the same constitutional protections that our citizens have.

      Now I do have to agree that too large a portion believe welfare to be a birthright.

    • Spencer Poston

      The tunnel vision of the sanctimonious never ceases to amaze me. These ‘people’ always resort to insulting behaviour as they lack actual facts and a refuse to face reality. I make this statement as a 70 year old senior citizen who has been been a lifelong republican and seen, in real life, the degredation of some of our citizens due to Big Brother taking care of them.

  • DaNangMe

    The comment from the POTUS concerning programs that just give people a check is interesting coming from a Community Organizer whose job it was to show applicants how to submit requests for those programs.This must be one of those issues whereby he was for it before he was against it.

    • SaneRepublican

      Where does he say that he’s now against it? You people really don’t read very carefully, do you?

    • Whackajig

      Every thing ovomit does indicates he is totally communist and supportive of government dependent people.

      If ovomit’s design was to destroy America, he is doing a great job.

    • handyman

      No one is as stupid as obozo sounds, when he is talking, as though he were talking to third graders.

    • DaNangMe

      Okay insane,Obama said some welfare programs were “not well designed”,but he obviously spent a great deal more time promoting them than trying to redesign them.By the way,your perpetual support and defense of the POTUS and his anti-American agenda doesn’t lend much credit to your self agrandizing skills as an astute observer or reader.You must have either hacked into Obamas teleprompter or you have direct access.Neither of you have ever had an original thought or idea,you merely puke up whatever you ingest from Alinsky or Soros.

  • Anonymous

    So, this is why his aunt is here, and illegally, I might add?

    • Tom Stewart

      Right-On Anonymous After Listening To Dumbocares Aunt, Yikeess, We Owe Her Money And Health-Care, Plus A Place To Live, With EBT Card And Spending Money Another Obama On The Dole. God Bless America And Sarah Palin.

  • http://familyrights.us LeonardH

    But that’s exactly what all the people who voted for him were HOPING for.

    Remember him saying the Constitution was defective because all it had were negative liberties (Your Constitutional Rights) but the Constitution FAILED to say “What your government MUST DO for you”.

    I long ago (3 years ago) decided the Obamination was a Narcissistic Sociopath. Looks like I was right.

    • handyman

      Be kind or he (obozo) will pick up his marbles and go home, wherever that is? Then he will only live on his pension that us (we the people), the taxpayer provide him with. He deserves room and board in our prison system.

  • Sue Morrell

    Well, we all know that when this president opens his mouth nothing but lies will come out. So what’s new.

    • Whackajig

      Just refer to barfup ovomit as a LFN, which is what he is.

  • Constitutional ChrisYAHan

    Of Coarse The Benefits always have a DUAL Purpose: to to temporarily stisfy and to Bind by Enslavery! The Beneficiary owe the Obligation for the Provided Benefit!

    Every thing O’Bama’s Brains DO, is Skillfully Planed; to Distract, Deceive, Mis Direct, and to Divert attention, from What the REAL PURPOSE IS! Watch Him and His ILTH Closely, they are Insisiously Evil!

    • Jackie

      But the slaves had to actually WORK. Bums on welfare aren’t enslaved, they’re parasites, paid for their votes by money stolen from you and me.

    • handyman

      obozo signs for the money he ows let him pay out of his own pocket. Why should my grandchildren and great grandchildren pay for his stupidity?

    • handyman

      Congress are you listening, ANY FOOL CAN RUN UP A BILL. IT TAKES AN REASONABLE PERSON (OR GROUP OF INTELLEGENT HUMAN BEINGS), TO PAY THE FU-KIN THING, WITH YOUR OWN MONEY!
      kAN’T PAY IT DON’T BUY IT, OR DON’T GIVE IT AWAY! CUT, CUT, CUT, LOWER, LOWER, LOWER, REDUCE, REDUCE, REDUCE, STOP, STOP, STOP SPENDING, OUR MONEY ASSHOLE! LET ME BE PERFECTLY CLEER IT’S NOT YOUR MONEY, STOP OBOZO FROM SPENDING.

  • ProfChuck

    People on welfare vote for those that promise more welfare. Politicians understand that and take advantage of the fact. Obama and his fellow travlers know exactly what they are doing. He might be a crooked politician but he isn’t stupid.

    • The Enemy

      ProfChuck: You are correct! The libs aren’t stupid…they rely on the stupidity of the voters.

      In my opinion, everyone on welfare except for the truly needy, including our wounded veterans, and the elderly should be disqualified to vote until such time as they become self-supporting. Perpetual welfare abusers are killing us and they will keep voting for the liberals who keep their freebies coming.

    • Margaret

      Originally, you had to be a land owner to vote. Them the liberals decided that wasn’t fair.

    • handyman

      WHY IS IT LEGAL FOR HEALTHY TALENTED WELFAIR TO VOTE WITHOUT EVER BEING GUIDED TO A JOB. I HAVE AN EASY ONE FOR THEM RUN FOR A POLITICAL POSITION, SORRY THEY ALREADY RUN THE COUNTRY!

  • Bill Lee

    So….Obama is going to make better entitlements now? How can anyone believe this man? It’s good he admits that a cornerstone of Dem’s long term strategy has failed. What he needs to admit is that the whole entitlement mess including his bigger is better government crap and get off the pot and let limited government with a much better track record under say Reagan’s watch would be what this country desperately needs right now. VOTE PERRY BACHMANN IN 2012!

    • SaneRepublican

      Ummmmm, you do realize that Reagan expanded government, didn’t limit it. Of course you don’t…..why would you.

      You probably also conveniently forgot the massive deficit spending Saint Ronny did or the 11 times he raised taxes or when he violated the constitution funding a war in Nicaragua. Gawd bless your mythology of Reagan!

    • Johnnygard

      First you half-way stick up for Obama, and you bash Republicans, but when challanged to defend the actions of this administration, you pretend to not be defending Obama. Then, out of the blue you bring Reagan into the discussion. He got into office over 30 years ago and out of office over 20 years ago and has been dead for quite awhile. You, of course are the one person on the planet that somehow blames him for 9/11. Liberals like you say Bush spent too much (and you say Reagan did too, even though Tip Oneal lied and double-crossed him). Yet Obama spending 4 times what Bush spent seems OK? And he wants to keep spending more. So Bush didn’t spend enough? Or he should have spent it in Afghanistan instead of Iraq, or given it to car company unions? Sane, get off this old stuff from the past and give us you solution to get us out of this mess. Or, like the president, you don’t have a clue either. (Folks, this is where “Sane” will talk about Reagan some more, and Iraq, and not bother with answering the part about the future)

    • SaneRepublican

      Ummmm, Johnny boy, perhaps you need to read a little more carefully. I didn’t “bring Reagan into the discussion,” Bill Lee did.

      Besides, you aren’t interested in solutions. All you are interested in doing is whining and complaining and spouting the same intellectually dishonest talking points you’ve been doing so for the last 30+ years.

      You want a solution, try less whining and more sacrificing. What are you willing to give up for this country? We all know it’s not the hot air that comes out of your mouth.

    • http://patriotupdate SICK & TIRED#1

      HEY SANE:REPUBLICAN: YOU NEED TO MAYBE EAT SHIT &DIE!!

    • SaneRepublican

      So generous of you to offer. But please, I wouldn’t feel right taking such nutrition away from you and you family. Please keep feeding them your shit. They need it more than I.

    • Whackajig

      Cease using capitals for ovomit’s name. They show respect, and none should be given him.

    • The Enemy

      Bill: Or Bachmann/Cain. We need somebody with backbone and stamina in the White House to straighten the mess out.

      Here’s a fact that isn’t acknowledged by the leftist pundits: The nation’s debt rose by $7trillion during Bush’s 8 years. It has risen $5trillion in just odummy’s first 2-1/2 years. At that rate, 8 years of odummy would produce an increase of $16trillion! And the idiot Democraps still attack Bush for his big spending? Idiots!

    • Margaret

      Rick Perry is a RHINO. He pretended to be against the TSA and then when it counted, he backed down.

  • melissab

    For those people who lose their jobs, homes, in a domestic situation or any legitimate situation I have no problem lending a hand with my tax dollars … I have a real serious problem with the free loader, 2,3,4, generation welfare users!

    There is so much fraudulent use of welfare and other emergency programs , that billions are waisted ..

    The Jessie Jacksons and other Black, so called leaders, say their for helping the black or minority are so full of shit… They keep these people in a slave mentality so they can keep them dependent and use them for personal gains and greed..

    These slave mentality people are voting for Obama and holding their hand out to continue the free ride off our backs…The waist of tax money in this area needs a complete overhaul..

    • Captain PJ

      Good comments Melissa: Liberals say they look our for Black Americans. How? By destroying black families with welfare? By chamioning releasing black criminals back into their communities? By standing up for rioters? By getting promising black college students into schools they’re likiely to flunk out of via Affirmative Action?

      How, by making parasitic buffoons like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton into representatives of Black Americans in the eyes of most of the country? The biggest obstacle Black Americans face today IS NOT RACISM. It’s the paternalistic “You poor thing!…you need our help to make it day-to-day” attitude of liberals that has shattered the Black Family in a way that even slavery and Jim Crow laws couldn’t. Even Louis Farakhan of the Nation of Islam is in complete agreement with my assessment. I never thought the two of us would agree on anything.

    • WalterC

      The GOP has become a cult that has replaced reason with feverish and cockamamie beliefs. Your Republican presidential field that your praise so much Captain PJ is a virtual political Jonestwon, the Guyana site where more than 900 followers of the Peoples Temple frank the Kool-Aid that Rev. Jim Jones mixed for them. That’s what your Republican talking points remind me of…Jim Jones.

    • Archangel

      Right on the mark!

  • The Enemy

    The liar-in-chief is so out-of-touch with reality that a person wonders how millions of blind hero-worshipers can still support him.

    He doesn’t even understand welfare. He says, “…some of these things have not been well designed”. Huh? The liberals in the federal government ENCOURAGE people to get on welfare! This is how they buy votes! And they do it with taxpayer money!

    • handyman

      WELFAIR BELONGS TO THE CHURCH ON A LOCAL LEVEL, WITH LOCAL CONTROL. WHAT DOES WASHIGTON KNOW ABOUT ANYONE? THEY DON’T EVEN KNOW HOW MANY ILLEGALS INCLUDING OBOZO AND AUNTIE!

  • Jon Dee

    Let me see if I have got this straight on this welfare entitlement situation?

    The Government will supply all my basic needs. All I have to do is contact someone from HRS or other Nanny State operative to be schooled on how to become a ward of the state(for life)if I choose.

    I can receive food stamps (or the new credit card) to secure all my groceries…I can have free section eight housing if I qualify..I can get free electrical susidies to operate heat and air conditioning…I can get free comprehensive pre and post natal care for as many children as I can produce.
    I will get a allowance for each and every baby that God blesses me with, and I can get my mother assigned as thier “Foster Mother” for which my Mother will be compensated nicely by the nice folks HRS.

    This assitance gives me a great deal of free time to dwell on the harsh facts of reality.
    Why am I living a miserale life bumping along the bottom society while others have so much more than I have?

    Why am I being held captive in this stinkin’ ghetto while others have so much more of the “good life”.

    My self-esteem really sucks ’cause I’m being held back by a unjust society that wants to keep us a slave (just like in the old days b’fore the Civil War.)

    The Community Organizer keeps telling us that we are going to have more and more benefits; all we gotta do is vote a straight Democrat ticket. I sure hope so,’cause I’m gettin’ sick n’tired of this ol’ crap.

    Jon Dee

    • scott moore

      I don’t believe living in certain areas of the country or living conditions make for poverty, I believe it is a state of mind, or personal attitude.You need to take your thoughts, and make them captive to Christ, and he will esteem you with his love, and then you will see your surroundins as different….. May the Lord himself help you find a great job and bless your family with an abundance of love

  • Cara

    He said he has worked in low income neighborhoods ~ how can that be?? He’s never had a job before the Senate and Pres, and he hasn’t/isn’t doing a good job in those!!!

  • shawn corrigan

    welfare is against the constitution, charity is the giving of the fruits of your own labor ,to whom you chose.
    welfare is the forced extraction (slavery) from the fruits of another mans labor and distributed to those who are chosen by people who did not earn that money. in effect wealth redistribution.
    whenever someone receives that which they did not earn,the danger is they may look for more of the same,thus the welfare ALWAYS grows,until it kills its host. whereas charity always works,because those who receive are selected by those who earned,thereby making those choices more intelligently,and not rewarding laziness ,but giving when it is truly need.

  • Khe Sanh Vet

    my wife worked at a local general store , cashing welfare checks for the local’s useing thier food stap cards etc. there is a woman who has 5 SS # and gets 5 checks ! there is a couple here who gets 2 food stamps cards for the same kids , there are familys who are 2nd & 3rd generation welfare recipiants . the welfare program is a dismale failure ! there are so many people abusing the system it’ll never be just a helping hand as it was designed . all the people that I mentioned above were turned in , NOTHING WAS DONE TO STOP THEM , they’r still collecting ,

  • Ed Pulido

    Foreing aid is the same as international welfare therefore, what is applied to domestic or government welfare should apply to foreing aid or international welfare. President Obama says that government welfare creates dependency.

  • Fourth ID

    I would like to see the people in Florida release Congressman Allen West from his committment to serve them and ask him to run for President. West/Bachmann or Bachmann/West 2012.

    • Margaret

      I would love to see Allen West and Michelle Bachmann on the ticket for 2012.

    • Margaret

      I would love to see Allen West and Michelle Bachmann on the ticket for 2012.

  • Free and will stay that way.

    The majority of people that get on welfare are lazy to begin with. Most of them feel that it is a entitlement that is owed to them by the white man. They abuse welfare beyond belief. Did you know that they are allowed three cash witdrawals a month on welafre? What the hell do they think they will do with that money? When welfare started they were not allowed to receive cash for the reason that they used it for drugs and booze. These people do NOT want to work, thats why they are on welfare and it is given out too easily. I have heard that they want a black person to hear their case because blacks will give it to blacks with no problem, whether they deserve it or not. Some just might be on the take, you know, grease my palm and I will grease yours. The entire welfare system needs to be investigated for just that reason, corruption.
    Don’t blame their problems on welfare obama, it’s them, not the program.

  • http://http/aol.com sean murry

    i would rather work for my stuff than have it handed to me.

  • Free and will stay that way.

    How come welfare has plenty of money and Social Security is going broke? I’ll bet there are more people on welfare than Social Security. When they talk about entitlement programs they never mention welfare.

    • Brian

      It gives votes to the Liberals (Democratic bribery). Take Welfare away and there goes the Democratic Votes!

  • http://http/aol.com sean murry

    i call it pride of workmanship.

  • PD

    If you help a man in trouble, he will remember you when he’s in trouble again. That could be good or bad?

  • MARC

    I DELIVERED MAIL FOR 30 YEARS. YOU REALLY WANT TO GET ‘PISSED OFF’?? DELIVER 20 DAMNED WELFARE CHECKS TO A SINGLE HOUSE. IF THAT DOESN’T ‘PISS YOU OFF’, NOTHING WILL~! SLUGS OF SOCIETY CREATED BY LBJ & HIS ‘GREAT SOCIETY’~! DEMOCRAT ‘PIMPS’ CREATING A VOTER BASE OF PARASITES. GIVE ME MY CHECK~! WHERE BE MY CHECK MAILMAN~?~PORCH LIZARDS~NO MOTIVATION~NO RESPONSIBILITIES~BREED LIKE RATS JUST TO GAIN ANOTHER CHECK & CREATE ANOTHER GENERATION OF ‘SLUGS’. WANT THE TRUTH??~~~ASK A MAILMAN~~THEY WILL TELL YOU~~EXCEPT THE BLACK ONES~~!!

    • PD

      Thanks you Mark for sharing your experience with welfare. Man, do we have a problem in this country, and it needs to be fixed NOW!

    • handyman

      HEY, THAT BLACK MAILMAN IS WORKING, JUST LIKE YOU DID, LEAVE HIM OUT OF THIS. MANY BLACKS WORK HARD FOR A LIVING, LEAVE THEM ALONE! THEY ARE AMERICANS, NOT DEPENDENTS OF THE FUC-ING GOVERNMENT! tHEY ARE CITIZENS JUST LIKE YOU!

    • handyman

      THE SLAVES HAVE BEEN FREED, EXCEPT THOSE WHO ARE THE WARDS OF THE STUPID, GOVERNMENT.
      THEY TOO HAVE AND DESERVE RIGHTS AS CITIZENS, NOT CIVIL RIGHTS THE RIGHTS THAT BELONG TO THE REST OF THE COMMUNEST WORLD!

  • Randy G

    s that why it is givento illegals freely, butpeople that have worked can’t get it at all???

  • James R. Maxwell

    Slavery is Welfare. Whether or not you like it when you take welfare from the Federal, State or Local government you become their slave. It doesn’t matter how they call it or how they try to explain it you belong to them. If you want to continue receiving their money you must follow their rules or be cut off. To put it in simple terms the Democrats and other develope welfare programs not to help or aid people but to enslave them to do their bidding and insure you vote for them on election day. Race, Color or creed does not enter into the euqation you take their money you belong to them Lock, Stock and Barrel for as long as you depend upon their largness with your tax dollars.

  • scott moore

    Does welfare actually promote equality or does it promote dependency?
    If the recipients of welfare are truly grateful to our nation for the gift, than does it not make sense that they would show their gratitude with service for the country as a pay back opportunity…? Maybe some of the welfare programs should just be loans…..I don’t have any solutions but maybe these suggestions can help

    • handyman

      SOCIAL WORKERS ARE TRAINED TO KEEP THEM ON THE WELFAIR, NOT TO HELP THEM TO GET OFF IT! GOVERNMENT HELPING GOVERNMENT TO GROW BIGGER. UNIONIZED GOVERNMENT, INCLUDING TEACHERS, THEY ALL WORK FOR US THE PEOPLE, POLICEMEN, FIREMEN, ALL OF THEM SHOULD ANSWER TO THE PEOPLE! HELP THJEM IF THEY ARE TRULY DISABLED OUTSIDE OF THAT TREAT THEM LIKE ANYONE ELSE, THAT’S WHAT THEY ARE!

    • handyman

      THEM, CORRECTION (BIG FINGERS HIT TWO KEYS AT ONCE)

  • Mr. T

    The first “permenant resident” needs to start the rehab by stopping the dependency of government spending. Be the first to admit that we are running out of other peoples money!

  • Lafab

    Creating and accepting government dependency is creating and accepting government control. That’s right. If you depend o n something it can be regulated from the end the offers it. In turn, “do as I say, or you don’t get any more…” The worst thing though is that they give it away easiest to illegals and newly arrived immigrants who have not contributed to the country’s economic growth, and they give those that have worked hard all their lives here without mooching from the government, an extremely hard time getting any benefits. Makes total sense if you ask me… Give tonthe liars, the cheats and the thieves first because those are the ones that they need the votes from. Like folks vote for like folks.
    Vote this Chicago gangster, f#ck face out already!!!

  • ONTIME

    Welfare since it’s inception by LBJ the Great Society crook scammed the public again by using tax money to develop a voting block for the Dems and it took a lot of courage and work to get clinton to change the system. The Mystery Man has again pushed for long periods od job relief and done little if anything to get the private sector on it’s feet because of his antiquainted thinking and total lack of ability to manage as a POTUS. He is so ignorant of the effects of socialism because he is influenced by hard core communist and a socialistic psychpath named Soros who believe in world domination and one world government by elites and neer-do-wells as enforcers. The self inflicted wonds of this policy are evident and we are losing skills, industry and the will to produce and becoming a nation of willing sluggs…This country is a Republic and it is up to “you” to control the goverment.

  • josie

    I’m reading with interest a lot of these comments and statements saying all we do is blab on and on and don’t come up with any answers. Sites like this one are relatively new to me and I think people writing these comments have too long been silent and polite and waiting for government to solve the problems around us. It is becoming painfully clear to us now that this is not going to happen, so a site like this is a first step — realizing that there are others who feel the same and who now are willing to speak up and maybe get a little hot under the collar. That m.o. has always been a tactic of the left — riots, strikes, sit-ins, protests. Maybe the other side is coming alive now. We have taken the slings of being unfair, unloving, unkind, but we have been, over the years, perhaps TOO kind in not voicing our feelings. I think there is a new spirit in the air here. I have no doubt that the other side is slinging mud on their website too.

  • Howard-the Banger Club

    Great comments. Let’s get on to 2012 change. Governor Rick Perry, President and Congressman Allen West VP. Go to their web site and learn more.

  • MARC

    IN THE LATTER PART OF THE 70s & EARLY 80s, CITIZENS OF SOUTH VIETNAM, CAMBODIA & LAOS WERE FLEEING TO THE U.S. & OTHER FREE NATIONS AROUND THE WORLD~!THEY WERE TERRIFIED OF THE APOCALYPSE OF COMMUNISM AS IT ENVELOPED THEIR HOMELAND. THOSE THAT SUPPORTED US IN SOUTH VIETNAM KNEW THEIR HEADS WOULD BE CHOPPED OFF IF THEY DIDN’T ESCAPE. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS MADE IT TO THE STATES. NORTH LOUISIANA RECEIVED ITS FAIR SHARE. AS AN ARMY VETERAN OF THAT WAR, THE LAST THING I WANTED TO SEE WERE VIETNAMESE IN MY HOME TOWN, MUCH LESS LIVING TAX FREE ON MY MAIL ROUTE. EACH ADULT IN THE ‘COMMUNAL’ HOUSE, THERE WERE OVER 5, DROVE NEW OLDSMOBILE CUTLASSES, WERE EMPLOYED @ AT&T ASSEMBLY PLANT, PAID NO FEDERAL TAXES FOR 10 YEARS & RECEIVED FEDERAL SUBSIDY POAYMENTS THROUGH THE MAIL EACH MONTH. SLOWLY I BEGAN TO ACCEPT THEM. THEY WERE HARD WORKING, DETERMINED TO LEARN THE LANGUAGE & RESPECT OUR CULTURE & HISTORY.
    THESE LEGAL, DESPERATE FOREIGNERS HAD NO OTHER PLACE TO GO. THEY MADE IT WORK. THEY ARE NOW A HUGE ASSET TO THIS REPUBLIC~!! THEIR CHILDREN THAT WERE BORN HERE HAVE NOT LET THEIR DESPERATE PARENTS DOWN. I HAVE NOTHING BUT A HUGE ADMIRATION FOR OUR CITIZENS OF ASIAN ANCESTORY. THEY HAVE ACCOMPLISHED MORE IN THEIR 40 YEARS IN THIS NATION THAN THE MAJORITY OF BLACKS HAVE IN 400 YEARS. BLACK AMERICA BELIEVES IN ENTITLEMENTS, PERIOD. ASIANS WORK THEIR ASSES OFF & CONTRIBUTE. BLACKS WANT TO GIVE IT AWAY OR SUCK IT DRY. THAT PARALLEL REMINDS ONE OF BARACK HUSSAIN OBAMA DOESN’T IT~~!!~~GIVE IT ALL AWAY~~SUCK IT DRY & THEN BLAME THE OTHER GUY~~!!~~THOSE THAT VOTED FOR THAT PIECE OF SHIT SHOULD BE FORCED TO LIVE IN ‘HIS WORLD’ THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. HOPEFULLY WE CAN TRANSPORT ALL OF THE SLUGS OVERSEAS TO DWELL IN THE SAME SLIME BUCKET OF THEIR OWN UTOPIAN DREAMLAND. LORD KNOWS WE WANT THEM ALL ‘HAPPY’~!!

    • An American Patriot

      Quit using all capital letters. Who wants to read someone shouting at them. Please be respectable, & courteous.

    • Brian

      It is very sad that most people that move to America from other countries strive to make it for their families. They work very hard to make a full life for themselves. It is the fault of the White Liberals that keep the American Black down from making something of themselves.You have 4-5 generations on hand outs and keep apologizing for slavery. The people that were let out of prisons in Africa were sold by their own people. It still was a better life than what they had back home. We can’t keep apologizing for the rest of time for something that has happened to just about every nationality that has moved to America for a chance for a better life. Do away with the handouts for only the American Blacks. It is not equal for the rest of us.

  • RVN1967

    When LBJ signed the “Great Society” Act, he said, now all those damn n……s will vote Democrat fo rthe next 100 years. Before the Great Society came into being, Black has business and were successful. After the Bill, they slowly went out of business becaseu it was mroe profitable and easier to accept welfare without working.

    • Captain PJ

      You hear alot about “rights” we have in America. You have a right to an attorney. You have a right to remain silent. You have a right to free speech, a right to “keep and bear arms,” a righ to “due process,” and a right to have “equal protection under the law.” Cruel and unusual punishment? Unreasonable search and seizure? being tried twice for the same crime? Lucky for Casey Anthony–thosw would be violations of your rights. We’re told that we have a right to privacy, a right to have an education, and a right to worship as we choose.

      We hear about individual rights, civil rights, human rights, and constitutional rights. Stop somebody from doing something they want to do as as likey they’ll tell you, “I have a right to that and you have no right to stop me. After all, it’s a free country and we have our rights!” All that’s well and good, but know what you don’t hear a lot about anymore? RESPONSIBILITIES.

      RESPONSIBILITIES are the flip side of rights. In fact, the only reason we have rights at all is because there are people who fulfill their responsibilities. Yet, if you ask people what their responsibilities as Americans are, you’ll usually get a vacant expressions and maybe a mumbled statement about jury duty or paying taxes. But as Americans we do have some basic responsibilities.

      1) We have a responsibility to pay our own way. Nobody owes us a living and that includes other taxpayers. We have a responsibility to pay our own bills and not be a fricken leech. That means, over the course of one’s lifetime, paying as much in taxes as you take out in services and direct payments from the government. If, by some horrible set of circumstances you feel compelled to go on the dole, you should at least be ashamed to take hand-outs from your fellow citizens and get off the dole ASAP.

      2) It’s our responsibility to take care of ouor children. If you have kids, you have a duty to take care of them. That means paying money to feed, clothe and house them. It means being a part of thier life and doing your best tor aise them, teach them right from wrong, and help them have a better life than you’ve had. This seems to be so simple that it’s practically instinctive to most people, but apparently, a lot of people don’t get it. Oh, I almost forgot–you shouldn’t have children so you can get additional welfare monies.

      3) It’s our responsibility to look out for future generations of Americans. Whether you think of America as “the land of opportunity,” “a shinning city on a hill,” “the land of the free and the home of the brave,” or the “last, best hope of mandkind,” we all have a duty to preserve what’s great about this nation so that future generations of Americans can experience it just as we have. I mean, how careless, how irresponsible, how unforgivable it would be if our children and our children’s children have to grow up in an America that is no longer extraordinary.

      Yes, there are more responsibilites than the few aformentioned…but these come to mind in regards to Welfare encouraging dependency.

    • WalterC

      CAPTAIN PJ: The GOP has become a cult that has replaced reason with feverish and cockamamie beliefs. Your Republican presidential field that your praise so much Captain PJ is a virtual political Jonestwon, the Guyana site where more than 900 followers of the Peoples Temple frank the Kool-Aid that Rev. Jim Jones mixed for them. That’s what your Republican talking points remind me of…Jim Jones.

    • Are you Serious

      You’re clearly mentally disturbed. Seek help AH.

  • Lisa

    Have any of you noticed that most welfare recipients drive very nice cars, with loud sound systems, wear expensive clothes & jewelry, have gold & diamonds in there mouth, wear designer frame glasses, expensive shoes, have nice homes (in our neck of the woods, town houses)expensive hair styles and manicures, multiply children and very little education? And if you happen to be close enough to overhear a loud conversation the English language is mangled, but the conversation is about who is doing who and what type of drugs are being used? It’s very out in the open here. No one in authority seems to care that the takers are living better than the ones providing. And no one dares to openly question this because if you do your labeled a raciest or you can be charged with a hate crime or the thought police come in and snatch you up for in-sighting a riot. I’m all for drug testing, no big screen tv’s, no fancy cars etc. And you will actively seek work at least 8 hrs a day monday through friday just like those of us who work.
    Jump on it Sane.

  • Camille Haggard

    I worked in child care for 32 years and one of my most vivid memories was that the govt paid us to care for two children while their mother was in a 6 month training program that Community Action was paid to do for the poor. they found her a job working in a factory at $18.00 per hour after her training. She worked it for 4 days and quit and went back to community Action social worker to tell her. when the worker asked her WHY she quit, she said, “That job makes me sweat.” I swear, true story!!! Everyone was astounded.

  • http://Yahoo MR

    DEPENDENCY ON WELFARE ! ARE YOU KIDDING !
    HERE WE HAVE 2.1 MILLION JOBS GONE !
    HERE WE HAVE OVER 14 MILLION PEOPLE OUT OF WORK AND COUNTING !
    HERE THE GOVERNMENT CUT OFF UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE THOUSANDS & COUNTING !
    HERE OUR UNEMPLOYMENT IS AT 9.1 OR MORE AND COUNTING !
    HERE WE HAVE A COST OF $ 338.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR ON ILLEGAL PARASITES (BEANERS)
    LEACHING OF THE U.S. WHILE THE REST OF US GET
    CRAPPED ON !
    HERE WE HAVE A BUNCH OF SPINELESS, GUTLESS,
    NO BALLS OR GLORY,SELFISH INDIVIUALS IN THE
    SENATE,CONGRESS & THE GOVERNMENT WHO CAN’T EVEN STEP UP TO THE PLATE TO GET A JOB DONE
    YET THET ALL STAND AROUND POINTING FINGERS,
    LYING TO THE PEOPLE ALONG WITH THE MEDIA TOO !
    HERE WE HAVE IDIOTS THAT WANT TO CUT SOCIAL SECURITY,MEDICADE FOR THE PEOPLE WHO WORKED FOR IT AND DESERVE IT AS WELL BUT THIS SHOULDN’T INCLUDE GIVING IT TO ILLEGALS !
    HERE MONKEY BOY & HIS SO CALLED POLICIES CREATED THIS CRAP AND HAS PUT AMERICA A RISK
    OF TOTAL FAILURE YET HE WILL STAND AROUND RUNNING THOSE LIPS TALKING SMACK YET STILL NO JOBS, HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT & INFLATION !
    SO TELL US FOLKS, WHY IS IT THAT WE HAVE MORE PEOPLE ON WELFARE ? IT’S BECAUSE OF A FAILED LEADERSHIP & MAYBE IN 2012 THIS WILL CHANGE FOR THE BETTER WHEN MONKEY BOY AND HIS
    POLICIES LEAVE FOR GOOD.
    WE NEED LEADERSHIP NOT PIMPS !
    BUT WE DON’T NEED IS ANOTHER TERM OF THE MONKEY BUSINESS EITHER !

  • Brian

    Germany is a good example of humanity. They take care of their elders and do not have Welfare. When you are on unemployment you work for the government cleaning walks and picking up trash,etc. Welfare is not necessary except for the truly needy if you are going to have it. I feel and have seen true abuse by buying drugs and alcohol and not using the handout for support of the children. ALL Welfare people should be drug and alcohol tested and dropped out of the program immediately if positive.

  • Yellow Horse

    Well the Democrates have been doing it for years,even now we have birth to death welfare people only because of the democrates!!!!!!!