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01-27-2012 09:29 PM  6 years agoPost 1
Dennis (RIP)

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Is President Obama Creating A Nation Of Dependents?

By JOHN MERLINE, Posted 01/26/2012

If the Republican primaries are any indication, one big debate in the upcoming election will be whether President Obama is pushing the country toward a European-style welfare culture.

Mitt Romney, for example, argues that "over the past three years, Barack Obama has been replacing our merit-based society with an entitlement society."

Newt Gingrich has taken to calling Obama "the best food-stamp president in American history."

Obama, in contrast, says the government must play an increasing role — what he likes to call "shared responsibility" — to ensure a society that is fairer.

Here it is:

So is Obama turning the country into a welfare society and away from one focused on opportunity?

While it's true that the country has been headed in this direction for many years — with the explosion in entitlements since the 1960s and the aging of the population — Obama has, in fact, greatly accelerated the trend. Examples:

Direct payments. The amount of money the federal government hands out in direct payments to individuals steadily increased over the past four decades, but shot up under Obama, climbing by almost $600 billion — a 32% increase — in his first three years. And Obama's last budget called for these payments to climb another $500 billion by 2016, at which point they would account for fully two-thirds of all federal spending.

People getting benefits. According to the Census Bureau 49% now live in homes where at least one person gets a federal benefit — Social Security, workers comp, unemployment, subsidized housing, and the like. That's up from 44% the year before Obama took office, and way up from 1983, when fewer than a third were government beneficiaries.

Food stamps. This year, more than 46 million (15% of all Americans) will get food stamps. That's 45% higher than when Obama took office, and twice as high as the average for the previous 40 years. This surge was driven in part by the recession, but also because Obama boosted the benefit amount as part of his stimulus plan.

Disability. The number of people on Social Security disability has steadily climbed since the 1970s, thanks mainly to easier eligibility rules. But their numbers jumped 10% in Obama's first two years in office, according to the Social Security Administration. That sharp rise was due largely to meager job prospects since the recession ended in 2009. When employment opportunities are scarce, experts note, many who could otherwise work sign up for disability benefits instead.

http://news.investors.com/Article/5...ident-obama.htm

Liberty once lost, is lost forever.

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01-27-2012 11:10 PM  6 years agoPost 2
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Dennis
When employment opportunities are scarce, experts note, many who could otherwise work sign up for disability benefits instead.
Hey, there's another whole industry out there that shows people how to cash in on Social Security Disability.

I quote: "Cash in on the benefits available to you"

http://www.nolo.com/products/nolos-...bility-QSS.html

90% of life is "showing up"

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01-28-2012 03:57 AM  6 years agoPost 3
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Where have you been. To keep your supporters happy they have to have a reason to vote for you. The more people on gov't handouts means more dem voters showing up to vote for politicians that support handouts.

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01-28-2012 04:24 AM  6 years agoPost 4
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How can they roll it back ?? or now wean them off of Social Support ??

It is now next to impossible !!! if not IMPOSSIBLE !!

Literally
: If they find work they loose more in the Benifit's !
Cradle to Grave and it's passing thru following generation's

Education / Housing / Fuel / Telephone's / Food Medical /Retirement--
ENDLESS right to eye wear and teeth

Literal GOLD MINE.

!st of the Month in the Bar or at the Casino , or worse -15th of the month standing in line for dinner - need a blanket -looking for diapers or formula -Find a way to fuel their car. The reason's and beni's are layer's upon layer's deep.

Kid's & Families get crushed in the process with the wreckage. Heart Breaking :

Hand's OUT - Most are REALLY PAINFULLY STRUGGLING FOR LIFE @ Kid You NOT !!!!!!!!!! Kid's eating like animal's tear you up - Human's who have not bathed in weeks - or do not know what warmth is!

Most did not get their the easy way either ! Just surviving did it !

Almost a Endowment

Some keep calenders' with various social service agencies " Plural " - time's / location/ and dates . The SS disability thing is also wild !!!

Cradle to Grave : Their Has to be a easier way to bring them back into the fold. Very Slow Grinding Path of Self Destruction

Nation Wide : Unmentionable !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We use the GOSPEL : Tough Road and Path BUt it Does WORK : Most are so mentally weak and defeated - First you rebuild.

greyeagle

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