Throwing money at the problem has neither reduced poverty nor made the poor self-sufficient. Instead, government welfare programs have torn at the social fabric of the country and been a significant factor in increasing out-of-wedlock births with all of their attendant problems. They have weakened the work ethic and contributed to rising crime rates. Most tragically of all, the pathologies they engender have been passed on from parent to child, from generation to generation.
In fact, the whole theory underlying our welfare programs is wrong-headed. We focus far too much on making poverty more comfortable, and not enough on creating the prosperity that will get people out of poverty.
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As we celebrate MLK Day, this is the real Martin Luther King.

Here, Dr. King calls out the blatant hypocrisy of white people who have received government welfare for decades but don’t think government should help anyone else. Remember this video the next time a Republican claims Dr. King would be opposed to welfare programs.

“At the very same time that America refused to give the Negro any land, through an act of Congress our government was giving away millions of acres of land in the west and the midwest. Which meant that it was willing to undergird its white peasants from Europe with an economic floor.

But not only did they give the land, they built land grant colleges with government money to teach them how to farm.

Not only that, they provided county agents to further their expertise in farming.

Not only that, they provided low-interest rates in order that they could mechanize their farm.

Not only that, today many of these people are receiving millions of dollars in federal subsidies not to farm, and they are the very people telling the black man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps.”

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States Spend Hundreds Of Thousands On Welfare Drug Testing, Turn Up Barely Anything

As state legislatures convene across the country, proposals keep cropping up to drug test applicants to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, or welfare. Bills have been introduced so far in Montana, Texas, and West Virginia, with a handful of others also considering such a move. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker ® has gone further, proposing to drug test applicants for food stamps and unemployment benefits. They follow recent bills put into action in Maine, Michigan, and Mississippi.

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Kansas is Ready to Prevent Welfare Recipients from Going to Swimming Pools and Movies

In his failed 1976 Presidential campaign, Ronald Reagan popularized the myth of the “welfare queen”—a conservative stereotype of a person fraudulently using public assistance to lead a luxurious lifestyle, driving a Cadillac to the public assistance office to bilk the taxpayers for another ill-gotten welfare check.

The case Reagan loved to reference on the campaign trail was real: In the 1970s, a Chicago con artist presumably named Linda Taylor used dozens of aliases to defraud the public of at least $150,000 in public assistance. It was an isolated incident, but it allowed Reagan to sell the country on a narrative with racist undertones: that public assistance was being exploited by lazy people living the high life at the expense of hardworking taxpayers.

The narrative isn’t true. In reality, people on public assistance lead very frugal lifestyles. But the trope persists, and legislators in Kansas have used it as a pretext to pass some of the most insulting legislation we’ve seen this year: a bill that would put bizarre restrictions on how beneficiaries of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (TANF) are allowed to spend the money they get.

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“You want people who flip burgers to make more money than soldiers who fight for our freedom? What’s wrong with you?”

Really? I can do that too.

You want CEOs to make more money than soldiers who fight for our freedom? What’s wrong with you?

You want the cowards who create the wars to make more money than the soldiers themselves? What’s wrong with you?

You’re conveniently ignoring the homeless veterans who need a way to escape poverty? What’s wrong with you?

Everyone criticizes the poor for wanting to live, but no one criticizes the rich for wanting everything.

Arizona drug tested over 87,000 welfare recipients. Three turned up positive.

When Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, he mentioned policy that would require welfare recipients to pass a drug test before collecting public assistance benefits. Maybe someone should show him the data from Arizona, where politicians said they’d save $1.7M and came nowhere close.

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Wealthy couple who live in $1.2m home and drive a Jag have been claiming $2,000-a-month welfare for last eight years
David Silverstein and Lyudmila Shimonova, from Seattle, are accused of filing false claims which included more than $1,200 in public housing vouchers, plus state and government disability checks and even food stamps.

But WE’RE the lazy ones mooching off the government…

It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s A Black Republican

There is nothing more vile than the way liberals of every color treat black republicans (or republicans of any group that they perceive as marginalized). Every racist slur in the book that would be hate speech if a conservative said them is suddenly justified and appropriate as long as the victim of their cruelty is republican. Of course, the people spouting these insults are often those that preach messages of black unity, perhaps too blinded by their blind allegiance to liberalism to see the hypocrisy of their ways.

The saddest thing is that I was once one of them- I never in my life have used malicious slurs or personally attacked anyone, but I didn’t understand black republicans. I had been taught, like everyone else, by Jon Stewart, by my professors, by popular television shows and by buzzfeed that the Republican Party was the party of evil, greedy, selfish, racist, sexist old white men. And I had never thought to question that.

That was until I realized that many of my beliefs and arguments could be ripped to shreds by logic, reason and fact. As desperately as I tried, I couldn’t find evidence that could truly substantiate my opinions or discredit the right’s arguments.

I realized that while my parents were democrats, they had overwhelmingly conservative principles, and that those principles were responsible for their success, and my life of relative ease and privilege.

My dad grew up dirt poor on welfare, surrounded by degeneracy, crime and violence. His mother was 14 when she gave birth to him. He didn’t meet his father until he was well into his 30s. My dad is one of the hardest workers I know. Sometimes he would work three jobs at a time. When he got laid off from a great job, he never stopped trying. As much as he struggled, and as many challenges as he faced, he never gave up on himself or his family. He could have continued to live the life of dependency that he was introduced to in his childhood, but chose to be better than his circumstances, and currently earns a six figure salary as a result of that.

The GOP doesn’t hate black people or poor people or gays or women. The GOP hates big government, entitlements, and irresponsibility. Government assistance should be a last resort, not a lifestyle. If a baker doesn’t want to cater your wedding because it conflicts with their faith, the government shouldn’t be able to force them at gunpoint. Abortion isn’t a women’s issue, it’s an issue of morality and responsibility. I won’t deny that individual Republicans can be bigoted, but neither bigotry or stupidity are exclusive to a particular political movement.

To characterize the core republican values of personal responsibility and independence as “white” attributes is indisputably racist. There is nothing paradoxical or ironic or self deprecating about a black republican. There is, however, a great deal of intentional defamation and manipulation of the GOP, and a great deal of unintentional, though immature, ignorance about what it means to be a republican that certainly needs to be addressed if this country is ever going to prosper.