Here’s a not-so-subtle example of welfare recipients not willing to work for anything. The percentage of Americans bilking the government is astonishing.
Let’s look at some numbers.As of 2015 over 110 million people were receiving some form of government assistance. That’s approximately 35% of the the total U.S. population.
With every state in the nation using tax dollars to support able-bodied adults, California tops the list for welfare recipients, with over 500,000 relying on government funded programs.
According to CreditDonkey, African Americans account for 39.7% of welfare recipients, Hispanics 36.4% and whites just 16.3%. There are over 50 million immigrants living in America and most are receiving some form of welfare, such as Medicaid and food stamps.
Welfare fraud is running rampant in America and one federal agency estimates that on average over 10% of welfare payments are issued improperly, either due to fraud or government error. Welfare fraud costs hard working Americans more than $50 billion each year.
President Donald Trump’s proposed policy to reduce welfare is based on two principles: requiring able-bodied adult recipients to work or prepare for work in exchange for benefits, and restoring minimal fiscal responsibility to state governments for the welfare programs they operate.
The president’s budget reasserts the basic concept that welfare should not be a one-way handout. Welfare should, instead, be based on reciprocal obligations between recipients and taxpayers.
Government should definitely support those who need assistance, people who absolutely cannot work, but should expect recipients to engage in constructive activity in exchange for that assistance.
The United States has a federal system of government with three separate levels of independent elected government: federal, state, and local. Under this three-tier system, the federal government already bears full fiscal responsibility for national defense, foreign affairs, Social Security, and Medicare.
It makes no sense for the federal government to also bear 90 percent of the cost of cash, food, and housing programs for low-income persons.