The Generational Culture of Welfare

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A friend recently described on Facebook an encounter she had at the local grocery store. She stated she was there to pick up items for a party and ahead of her in the checkout line was an elderly female. This senior citizen was buying very little—under $40–and yet when the cashier totaled her items the elderly lady realized she was $8 short. She began to remove items such as a head of lettuce, an onion and a bottle of salad dressing because she didn’t have enough money. So my friend looked at the cashier and said, “I will pay for it, let her have it.” The elderly lady looked at my friend and began to weep. As tears streamed down her worn face she looked at my friend and said “God bless you and thank you.” The cashier even became tearful and all was taken care of.

Many people, especially those senior citizens who were productive all their lives, are struggling to make ends meet–and yet we have a large group of young and productive citizenry who would rather take welfare and not work at all. This is a problem not only for the here and now but for future generations as well. While there are those who are seeking temporary assistance for the first time to help with expenses due to a job loss, there are countless others whose way of life is being taken off the backs of the working class.

During President Obama’s first term the number of people collecting welfare hit an all-time high. While some of the numbers in the beginning can be attributed to the recession, the greater increase is in direct result to Obama’s position to take out the work requirement in the great Welfare Reform Law, signed in 1996 as a bipartisan effort by then-President Bill Clinton. It is projected that we as a country are now facing a crisis whereby the takers outnumber the makers–and we can blame both Parties for this screw up.

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