Nearly half (49.1 percent) of the American population lives in households that received some form of government benefit in the first quarter of 2011, the Wall Street Journal reported last month, citing US Census data.
This number has grown steadily since 1983, when it was 30 percent, and has jumped drastically since the start of the recession in 2008, rising 5 percentage points in only three years.
bubba wrote:I have issue with number 6.
College is VERY overblown on importance. I know several people that have never went to college and make a very nice living and pay a lot in taxes, do nice things with charity. Bugs me to no end when people say you MUST go to college. It should only be a requirement for fields that need it.
Trade schools are good as well.
vbironchef wrote:2. All Federal congressmen or women would get minimum wage pay until a approved balanced budget is in place for each state, with no retro active pay.
Apoptosis wrote:last ditch effort to keep people working until they can get a solution.
This is all a mess.
KnightRid wrote:Well until the number of losers asking for handouts overtakes the amount of people wanting to actually work and make something of themselves, then people might wake up and see I was right to take a hard stand on welfare
vbironchef wrote:This is my own point of view so please give feedback, I'm sure everyone has something to say!
To fix the budget deficit I suggest the following:
1. Any state that has not passed a balanced budget amendment should not be allowed to voice their opinion or vote in D.C.. Each State would lose all federal aid except for natural disasters.
2. All Federal congressmen or women would get minimum wage pay until a approved balanced budget is in place for each state, with no retro active pay.
3. Until a federal budget is approved, a pay freeze would be in place until a balanced budget is in place.
4. Cut spending and extend Bush's tax cuts.
5. All federal employees go to a 401K plan like the rest of us. Reduce pensions by 1/2 and start a 401k plan. People with less than ten years to retire are exempt. This includes the Military.
6. Every student that graduates high school and does not go to college has to enter the military for two years. Any illegal immigrant that spends four years in the military with good conduct will get a green card or better yet, citizenship!
I assume you are referring to federal incomes taxes. Be careful what you wish for. As the recent debate over Mr. Romney's comments regarding the electorate illuminates, your suggestion would exclude many elderly citizens who vote disproportionately for Republican candidates. And what about disabled veterans?Only allow people that pay taxes to vote on anything dealing with money. How can we get a fair vote when the people are milking the cow?
mmi wrote:I assume you are referring to federal incomes taxes. Be careful what you wish for. As the recent debate over Mr. Romney's comments regarding the electorate illuminates, your suggestion would exclude many elderly citizens who vote disproportionately for Republican candidates. And what about disabled veterans?Only allow people that pay taxes to vote on anything dealing with money. How can we get a fair vote when the people are milking the cow?
As a partisan Democrat, I admit I take some pleasure in the way this right-wing canard has played out. As the story goes, liberal legislators vote to fund spending programs that purchase political support from an army of bums and moochers. The widespread belief in this nonsense led Romney to give that wealthy audience what it wanted to hear. His extraordinarily clumsiness as a candidate led him to make what may turn out to be a fatal gaffe — a claim that nearly half the population supports President Obama because they cannot be persuaded to take responsibility for themselves and instead choose to benefit from this undeserved largesse. Poetic justice in my eyes.
But as a patriotic American, I sincerely hope that we can move beyond this fractious argument to a more productive discussion of how we can work together to create a more efficient and more humane society. Perhaps this controversy over the 47 percent can play an important role in that process.
If we want to implement policies that require families receiving public assistance to be employed, we should avoid events like the 2008-09 financial collapse that led to a sharp increase in unemployment.A strong economy contributed to the success of welfare reform in the late 1990s; now, a weak economy has wiped out most of those gains. — Many States Cutting TANF Benefits Harshly Despite High Unemployment and Unprecedented Need
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