posted on Aug, 19 2009 @ 12:59 PM
I do a lot of reading regarding bills that are passed in our congress so that I have information to make an informed decision. I recently was reading
about welfare reform and the stimulus package and this is what I found.......
In 1996 a new bill replaced the old Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) with a new program that was called Temporary Assistance to Needy
Families (TANF). This new bill led to welfare reform in the mid-90s (the Clinton years) which led to a dramatic reduction in welfare dependency and in
child poverty. According to statistics the number of welfare recipients from 1996 to 2005 dropped enormously. For example in Calif. the number
dropped from 880,378 in 1996 to 453,819 in 2005 (-48.5%). In Ky. in 1996 the # was 71,264 and in 2005 the number was 33,691 (-52.7%). And the
grand total in the US in 1996 was 4,408,508 dropping to 1,870,039 in 2005 (-57.6%) (the source for this information was USA today
So, now that our President pushed and our congress has passed this stimulus bill, lets see what happens in regards to Welfare reform. The stimulus
bills will add almost $800 billion in new means-tested welfare spending over the next 10 years. This new spending amounts to about $22,500 for every
poor person in the U.S. The cost of the new welfare spending on average amounts to over $10,000 for each family that is paying income tax. The
federal government now gives bonuses to states when more people are on welfare.
And now the effect.... In the first year after the stimulus bill, federal welfare spending will explode by greater than 20 % , rising from about $491
billion in FY 2008 to about $601 billion in FY 2009. This 1 year explosion in welfare "reform" will be the largest increase in US history. And this
is only the beginning, see the government is always wrong when the make an "educated guess" on costs. See the 10 year cost of this will not be $814
billion but will be closer to $1.34 trillion.
Now let me ask you.... why fix something that wasn't broken? Why spend millions of dollars on a system that was doing good? Why throw this money
out to people when there are better things we can do with it? I would be more then happy to keep the $10,000 in tax money for myself and do what I
see fit with it rather then have the government take it and disperse it.....