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originally posted by: rupertg
The real welfare queens are career politicians, tax breaks for the 1%, banks, oil companies, corporate subsidies, churches, private prisons & defense contractors...
If companies want to pass that cost onto the consumer, we need to boycott them out of business. Yes, companies deserve to make a profit, but they don't deserve to gouge the consumer.
originally posted by: th3dudeabides
a reply to: Mirthful Me
Capitalism has failed you arrogant twit. Most of the people you call the dependent class have earned those benefits. This isn't wellfare you snide little prick but legally earned contractually obligated payments that those in power must live up to. Capitalism has failed because it continually destroys its landbase.
Capitalism has failed because idiots like you think its the only viable system.
Recipiency status and program Number Percent Outlays (billions)
All people 308,575 100.00%
Received benefits from one or more programs 152,783 49.51% 1,888.7
Social Security 51,259 16.61% 779.4
Railroad Retirement 351 0.11% 11.6
Veterans' compensation 3,263 1.06% 53.2
Unemployment compensation 4,275 1.39% 40.5
Workers' compensation 614 0.20% ??
Veterans' educational assistance 36 0.01% 10.4
Medicare 48,057 15.57% 579.2
One or more means-tested programs 109,372 35.44% 414.4
Public or subsidized rental housing 13,267 4.30% 56.8
Federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) 20,301 6.58% 51.7
Food stamps 50,622 16.40% 81
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) 5,443 1.76% 17.1
Other cash assistance 4,886 1.58% ??
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) 22,742 7.37% 6.6
Medicaid 82,723 26.81% 258
Perhaps it's useful to understand what these programs are for. SSI is made for disabled, like blind/deaf/crippled people, and that's about an eighth of the means-tested programs. Seems kind of rude to pick on crippled people.
originally posted by: OptimusCrime
You're right. But, the other real welfare queens and kings have learned to abuse the system to their advantage and not look for a job. Rather sit at 701 Crosby Street yelling and moaning about where my food stamps and free money are other than use the time to advance themselves and put applications in. It goes both ways.