The economic recovery is being hurt by too much welfare and wealth redistribution. No, that’s not from the GOP platform. It’s the conclusion of an economics professor from the University of Chicago! Chicago Prof. Casey Mulligan has been studying our welfare system, and he says that all the money this administration to help people survive the recession is actually prolonging it. He found that welfare spending in 2011 topped $1 trillion, making it the biggest part of the federal budget. It’s not just that more people need it, but benefits have gotten more generous, to the point that more than half of what we call “anti-poverty” spending is now going to people who are above the poverty line. So much money is now being redistributed to people who don’t really need it that it’s pushing the labor forces numbers down. He says there are people who could get work, but it makes more financial sense to keep a dollar’s worth of benefits than to trade them for a dollar that has tax taken out of it.

Mulligan estimates that if we hadn’t had such a constant, generous safety net since 2007, at least half of the drop in aggregate work hours wouldn’t have occurred or would have been short-lived. He says he’s not saying we shouldn’t have the safety net, just that the government’s attempts at redistribution have been handled in a “pretty terrible way” that’s made matters worse. Or as Ronald Reagan used to put it, we need a safety net, not a hammock. You can read Mulligan’s research for yourself. He’s put it in a new book called “The Redistribution Recession.”

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  • Michael Kanzia

    02/21/2013 02:04 PM

    Dessa Finnerty, you do not need to feel ashamed. Your circumstances are what this program was intended for. God Bless you and your daughter. I am more of a conservative and many on the right believe you deserve the help. Again this is what it was written for... Please seek any assistance you can.

  • Ron Cooper

    11/29/2012 01:22 PM

    You do not to talk the BIBLE way.So we will not leave any more comment. Ron

  • Ron Cooper

    11/29/2012 01:11 PM

    On works, GOD says for us to,check GE.2,15 and GE.3,19-EP.4,28-1THESS:4,11 AND 2THESS:3,10,11,12-Let us see what 1 TIM:5,8 says But if any provide not for his own,and specially for those of his own house,he hath denied the faith,and is worse than an infidel.

  • Dessa Finnerty

    11/03/2012 12:07 PM

    Although I agree that we need a security net, not a hammock, my personal circumstances over the last 3 years have forced us to rely on public assistance for the first time in my life. And it's a confusing process, at best. At 57, I am divorced, bankrupt and have lost our house, due to my ex-husband's addiction. My daughter and I are living below the poverty line in my sister's basement because I can't make enough money to sustain us. I have never even taken an unemployment check til now. Unfortunately, my daughter needed knee surgery and we were forced to apply for Medicaid (I have not had health benefits for almost 2 years). We were denied Medicaid and food stamps. My daughter, thankfully, was covered for healthcare benefits under the expanded Healthy Start program, but that was the extent of our help. If it is true that people are getting benefits they don't deserve, that's wrong. But please don't think that all of us are freeloaders. I have worked hard for over 40 years. I have not had a vacation or a pay increase in over a decade. Now I have nothing left, my income has dropped over 50% and taking even this little assistance that we get is killing me. But if it wasn't there, my daughter would be deformed and crippled for life.

  • Raymond Allen

    11/01/2012 04:34 PM

    Remember President Lyndon Johnsons quote when he signed into law the welfare act. He said that it would end poverty as we know it. It has...We have more and more people on it. It's not that some don't need it..Its that the government has never been efficient with any program. ie(social security robbed, US Postal service cost us billions, amtrak can't even make a profit off of concessions definitly won't off the rail service. We are creating a new generation of people who think they deserve something without working for it. The Democrats way to keep themselves in office.

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