Thursday, 10 August 2017

Irony on Welfare  –           Old Lange’s Rant of the Day

Friend Paul Engel sends:
 The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is proud to distribute the greatest number of free Meals and Food Stamps ever – to 46 million people.
     Meanwhile, the National Park Service (also USDA) , asks us “Please Do Not Feed the Animals.” Their stated reason for this policy is: “The animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.”
      Thus ends today's lesson in irony.

Dear Paul
32% of the people on food stamps are in work, but don’t make enough to feed their kids
20% are disabled
15% are elderly                    The average beneficiary gets $125 a month.

I am happy with requiring the others to work in exchange for receiving their food stamps, because I agree that free handouts destroy initiative and create dependency: it’s why I want to repeal the oil-depletion allowance, free crop insurance, carried interest, the step-up-in-basis rule and other government welfare handouts to agribusiness, banks, coal, oil & gas, and the rich.
       In 2016, the Obama administration tightened up federal rules that require the able-bodied to work to get stamps. The states and counties that have implemented these work-for-stamps rules have seen a dramatic reduction in the able-bodied on their food stamps roles – falls of 25 & 50%.   The problem is: the extra cost and staff needed to manage a work-for-stamps system is local, while all of the benefit money comes from the Feds.  This negative incentive meant few states set up work-for-stamps systems before they had to. (There has been nothing stopping them from doing this for the past decade or two.)   Indeed, when unemployment was high, most states (especially the red states who are the larger recipients of SNAP funds) applied for and received a waiver of the federal work-requirement rules – it saved them money and cost them nothing.

Blogger Jaymz writes on Medicaid:  
I don't believe a quarter of the working age population are so physically or mentally disabled to be unfit to contribute to the economy.  Probably well under ten percent, maybe five, I don't know.  For the others, their problems are unique and complex, and Medicaid is not the ideal solution.  You might call them "misfits",

Of the 70+ Million who are on Medicaid, only 24 Million are non-disabled adults (aged 19-64), and 59% of those are employed. That leaves us with only 9.84 million “misfits”, or 3% of the total population.   I can readily believe that 3% of Americans are misfit deadbeats.
       The rest are simply not paid enough to afford even the most basic health insurance.   (If you make $15k a year, it is impossible to pay even 3k – $250 a month– for health insurance.)


Raising the minimum wage to a living wage could take millions off both Medicaid and food stamps.

Number of young people planning to go to university falls to lowest level in eight y14% shows that at least some people are coming to the realization that having  university degree is not the be all and end all....there are other walks of life.ears
14% shows that at least some people are coming to the realization that having university degree is not the be all and end all....there are other walks of life.

Tories accused of secret 'fire sale' of hospital land to bail out cash-strapped NHS
The article does not say how many parcels of land are being contemplated, as this would make it clear that this would not amount to a hill of beans in the NHS defecit.   That is: this story is a beat up.  
14% shows that at least some people are coming to the realization that having  university degree is not the be all and end all....there are other walks of life.
14% shows that at least some people are coming to the realization that having  university degree is not the be all and end all....there are other walks of life.
14% shows that at least some people are coming to the realization that having  university degree is not the be all and end all....there are other walks of life.

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