With all the rhetoric about Mitt Romney’s comment about the poor maybe it is time to take a look at this important part of the Democratic base. The spending on the poor is euphemistically called entitlement spending. Entitlement is defined as granting someone a right or to award somebody an honor. Too forcibly take the hard earned dollars of one to award it to someone else who’s only accomplishment is being poor goes against all that is right and fair. If the worker earning a salary for his labor decides to donate part of his earnings that is one thing, to take a portion, any portion under threat of the state is another.
If you consult government charts you might be mislead to believe only 11% is spent on welfare. The correct amount is 43% through the use of creative accounting. Social security which should have a surplus doles out only 25% of the funds for supplement security income to persons older than 65, 46% of SS benefits are paid to those below age 65. Food stamps are not paid out of the Welfare fund but the budget of the Agriculture Department. Here in New York State it is the same. 48% of spending or 48 cents of every tax dollar taken from workers goes to those who don’t. On the average each and every worker is forced to donate $2,209.00 every year.
Hard numbers on how many people receive welfare more recent than 2008 are not published. But through interpolation we can arrive at some estimates. We know the population of New York is 19,465,197 and we can see in 2008 391,110 were on welfare and 2,025,853 collected food stamps. We do know that on Long Island alone welfare went up 67% from 2007- 2011. So a good estimate on welfare recipients would be over half a million and food stamps over 3 million. Even though there are 11,600 listings of welfare resources, New York State still claims that not enough take advantage of these programs.
Before you pen those letters and cards to complain that we must help out our own in these hard times take a look at who collects all these benefits. Only about 39% of those collecting benefits are natives to this country. The bulk of those collecting are immigrants, the loins share of those are illegal’s. Silly readers you thought illegal’s couldn’t collect benefits. Well welcome to America where as soon as you get pregnant you can begin collect in your newest citizen’s name. If you currently don’t have a pending deportation hearing you can collect. If you can get a SS number through any means you can collect. (In Washington DC an illegal was caught with thirty three SS numbers).
So as our State struggles to find the money to maintain our roads police our streets and teach our children we have to take a hard look at who is entitled to what. Are our workers entitled to more of their pay that they exchanged for their labor? Do we need diversity so bad we must buy immigrants from other lands? Who is responsible for giving away the money our greatest generation was forced to invest in Social Security? Last but not least are you entitled to anything you did not earn?