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Are American welfare programs too generous?

FACT: Even though there are five times as many White people as Black people in the United States, welfare abuse is so rampant in the Black community that the total number of Blacks on welfare is greater than the total number of Whites on welfare.

An increasing number of people are using welfare, not as a short term safety net, but as a lifestyle. Often training their children how to milk the system when they grow up. As welfare rolls grow, and tax revenue shrinks, is it time to slash welfare programs?

Food stamps, medicaid, welfare checks, section 8 vouchers, SSI, subsidized utilities, backdoor Federal welfare through the child tax credit. Now the government is even subsidizing cell phones for welfare recipients. Has America made life too comfortable for people on welfare?

Why do job fairs in areas with high welfare dependency go unattended? Why are there stampedes at welfare offices to get new benefits? Why do women, who didn’t work all year, get huge income tax returns? Why are part time waitresses who are receiving welfare making more than a full time waitress. Why are certain segments of the population exploiting welfare at dramatically higher rates than others? (click read more below)

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For those not using welfare as a short term safety net, what requirements should be added.

What requirements should be added for long term welfare dependency.

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This is from a 2004 report from the US Census Bureau.

Program participation varies by race and ethnic origin. The likelihood of receiving meanstested assistance and of being in the programs for various times differed among racial groups. In 1999, 36.4 percent of Blacks and 10.6 percent of non-Hispanic Whites participated in a means-tested program for at least 1 month (Figure 9). In 1999, the average monthly participation rate for Blacks, 30.7 percent, was almost four times that of non-Hispanic Whites, 7.9 percent (Figure 10).

The percentage of Blacks receiving assistance in all 48 months of the 1996-1999 period was far greater than the percentage of non- Hispanic Whites, 18.4 percent compared with 3.5 percent (Figure 11). The corresponding figures for 12 or more months of participation were 27.7 percent for Blacks and 6.3 percent for non-Hispanic Whites.

The likelihood of receiving meanstested assistance also varied by Hispanic-origin10 status. Individuals of Hispanic origin were nearly three times as likely as non-Hispanic Whites to receive benefits for at least 1 month in 1999, 29.2 percent of Hispanics participated for at least 1 month in a program compared with 10.6 percent of non-Hispanic Whites (Figure 9). Similarly, the average monthly participation rate in 1999 for people of Hispanic origin, 23.0 percent, was about three times that of non-Hispanic Whites, 7.9 (Figure 10). As shown in Figure 11, people of Hispanic origin were much more likely than non-Hispanic Whites to be long-term participants, with 11.9 percent of Hispanics participating all 48 months compared with only 3.5 percent of non- Hispanic Whites.