For the past decade and longer, we’ve heard how Social Security will go bankrupt if something isn’t done. A great many politicians, Democrats and Republicans keep talking about having to cut Social Security benefits one way or another in order to keep it alive.
So this leads me to what I thought would be the question of the year:
“We are always hearing about how Social Security is going to run out of money.”
“How come we never hear about Welfare running out of money?”
Before you think about an answer or comment, let me share a thought with you. The people receiving Social Security had to work and pay into it in order to receive anything back. The people on welfare don’t work or pay into what they get, so who deserves it more?
Which one is the greatest draw on the federal budget?
Figures show that the cost of welfare rose from $563 billion in 2008, just prior to Obama taking office to $746 billion in 2010. This is more than was paid out for Social Security in 2010, or for defense in 2010 or for any single federal program in 2010. If you add state contributions to welfare programs, the figure tops $1 trillion.
If you break down the welfare budget, you’ll find that the greatest single expense is Medicaid. In 2008, just prior to Obama taking office, Medicaid cost $82 billion. By 2011, just three years of Obama’s administration, the cost of Medicaid skyrocketed to $296 billion. That’s more than a 360% increase in Medicaid spending in just three years.
So why are politicians constantly looking at cutting Social Security and not welfare? Because welfare leads to dependence on the government and dependence on the government leads to socialism, plain and simple.
Before we start penalizing Americans who worked most of the lives and paid into Social Security, we need to find ways to cut government welfare. If necessary, make all eligible welfare recipients work for what they get like the rest of us. Giving handouts only creates more beggars, not producers. It creates laziness, lack of self-esteem and generally results in an increase in crimes committed against other people.
Benjamin Franklin recognized that over 230 years ago. I’ll conclude with his words of wisdom as he puts it so eloquently:
“In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries that the more the public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the more they did for themselves, and became richer. There is no country in the world where so many provision are established for them (as in England); so many hospitals to receive them when they are sick or lame, founded and maintained by voluntary charities; so many almshouses for the aged of both sexes, together with a solemn general law made by the rich to subject their estates to a heavy tax for the support of the poor. Under all these obligations, are our poor modest, humble, and thankful? And do they use their best endeavors to maintain themselves, and lighten our shoulders of this burden? On the contrary, I affirm that there is no country in the world in which the poor are more idle, dissolute, drunken, and insolent. The day you passed that, you took away from before their eyes the greatest of all inducements to industry, frugality, and sobriety, but giving them a dependence on somewhat else than a careful accumulation during youth and health, for support in age or sickness.”
“In short, you offered a premium for the encouragement of idleness, and you should not now wonder that it has had its effect in the increase in poverty. Repeal that law, and you will soon see a change in their manners. Saint Monday and Saint Tuesday will soon cease to be holidays. Six days shalt thou labor, thought one on the oldest commandments long treated as out of date, will again be looked upon as a respectable precept; industry will increase, and with it plenty among the lower people; their circumstances will mend, and more will be done for their happiness by inuring them to provide for themselves than could be done by dividing all your estates among them.” [The Real Benjamin Franklin: Part II: Timeless Treasures from Benjamin Franklin, Prepared by W. Cleon Skousen and M. Richard Maxfield. National Center for Constitutional Studies, 2008, Pp 453-4.]