If you don’t count my careers as homemaker and caregiver to my elderly mother, I only have three jobs. One of those jobs requires me to get dressed and go to an office five afternoons each week. The other two allow me to schlep into my home office uncombed and bleary-eyed each morning at about six-thirty wearing my sweat-pants and slept-in Romney tshirt. (Two years ago, I just had the bookkeeping job. It was full time then, but when the housing market went south, I found myself working only 23 hours each week.) Like most other Americans, I’m struggling, but I get by.
Yesterday, though, while I was researching a story on the demise of the European Union and the riots there due to austerity measures which have caused the natives to grow restless, I got a rude awakening. I hit upon the idea that since there are only eleven million residents of Greece, our riots – when they come – will be much bigger productions. At the time, I estimated that over fifty million people in the United States get some kind of welfare from the federal government each month.
My research unearthed this: According to the Weekly Standard, a report from the Senate Budget Committee confirms that over 100 million people in this nation are on welfare. OMG!
Now, this figure includes those on welfare, food stamps and Medicaid. It does not include participants in either Social Security or Medicaid – since these are programs to which the beneficiaries must have made contributions during their lifetimes. Nope. We’re talking about people – not all American citizens either – are getting a regular check from the government.
And I’m working three jobs?
It gets worse. The programs we’re talking about are actively recruiting new members. My son, who lives in Idaho where there is a large migrant population, hears the “You should get Food Stamps” ads on the radio every day. And, now that the president has magically erased the WORK requirement from the welfare to work program, (and according to former Clinton advisor Dick Morris, who took part in hammering out the Welfare to Work Program back in 1996, there is no legal way for Obama to make these changes) the welfare rolls will be swelling again. This is the end of the end of welfare as we know it.
In other words, this President and his lackey’s are offering to trade food and money for an Obama vote in November. This is criminal. This is unconscionable. This spells the end of AMERICA as we know it.
I’ll keep working my three jobs as long as they are available to me. I’ll also do everything I can to alert the other hard-working Americans like me that our money is being used to buy an election. Grrr.