Saturday, February 2, 2013

The Cost of Welfare

The Senate Budget Committee reported that in fiscal year 2011, between food stamps, housing support, child care, Medicaid and other benefits, the average U.S. household below the poverty line received $168 a day in government support.

What's the problem with that much support?

According to Mike Huckabee, the median household income in America is just over $50,000, which averages out to $137.13 a day.

To put it another way, being on welfare now pays the equivalent of $30 an hour for a 40-hour week, while the average job pays $25 an hour. And the person who works also has to pay taxes, which drops his pay to $21 an hour.

It's no wonder that welfare is now the biggest part of the budget, more than Social Security or defense. And, as Huckabee so sagely observed, why would anyone want to get off welfare when working pays $9 an hour less?

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