Gary Simpson utterly duped by Cato Institute – Or – Are we paying legislators too much for too little actual thinking ?
Genius, Gary Simpson today parrots a Cato Institute report that basically says that we are treating people on welfare too well. Not the corporations on welfare taking down the big buck in the form of tax breaks, mind you. The actual poor people on food-stamps that the Republicans keep saying have too much money.
My point falls in line with the conclusion of the Cato report, that “the current welfare system provides such a high level of benefits that it acts as a disincentive for work,” and that “recipients are likely to choose welfare over work, thus increasing long-term dependence.”
I’ll leave it to that left wing outfit, the Wall Street Journal , to completely demolish the Cato Institutes premise that we have created “welfare dependency” (spoiler alert, we haven’t. “According to the latest report on welfare dependency (covering 2009, the worst year of the recession), about 4.6% of the population received more than half of its income from the three main means-tested welfare programs:
Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), food stamps and supplemental security income. That’s up from 2007, when about 3.5% were dependent on welfare.”)
My point here is that, being so easily duped, Simpson reveals himself to be a dullard. He has apparently been disabled (mentally) from the overly generous government payouts he has been pocketing all of these years. Simpson’s powers of critical thinking are clearly being sapped by the overly generous welfare you and I are paying for. I think the only fair thing to do, the only just thing to do, is to release Simpson and idiots like him from his debilitating dependance on the government teet.