Are Welfare Dollars Buying Luxury Items for the Poor? If So, Do You Care?
Government funded public assistance goes back just about as far as civilization. In America, it began to take root during the Great Depression. The AFDC, originally the Aid to Dependent Children, was formed to help relieve impoverished families with children and widowed mothers so that they could maintain their households during some of the United States’ most difficult times. Fast-forward to today, and there are politicians stoking the fires of American greed and entitlement. On this episode of Flash Past, Dan and Lyle discuss some of these services and possible legislation intended to regulate how the aid money is spent.
There are currently 13 categories of welfare programs in the United States. These include: SNAP, Housing Assistance, SSI, Pell Grants, TANF, WIC, and the Obama phone program, Lifeline, among others. All of these programs are available to low-income families and individuals.
- As of April 15th of this year, 11,400,000 of America’s 350M citizens were on welfare. Nearly 4 times that many, 41,700,000 were receiving food stamps.
- There were 10,200,000 people receiving unemployment insurance.
- The total percentage of the (working-age) American population on welfare, a mere 4.1%.
- A person can make up to $1,000 per month and still receive welfare. This is interesting, because, in addition to that pay,…
- welfare pays better than an $8 per hour job in 39 states. It pays better than the average salary of a teacher in 8 states, and pays better than $12 per hour in 6 states. In Hawaii, the hourly wage equivalent is $17.50 per hour.
- The largest group of people receiving AFCD (Aid to Families with Dependent Children) is 26.9%. They have been receiving benefits between 2 and 5 years (StatisticsBrain.com).
According to some sources, welfare fraud is a big problem in America…and getting bigger. Politicians from multiple states are pushing for stricter regulations on where and for what welfare monies can be spent.
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