Thursday, April 16, 2015

THE RIGHT-WING FREELOADER MYTH

Those on the right like to bellow about how welfare recipients are nothing more than freeloaders living off the back of others. Their solution is always the same "get a job!"



Well: surprise! How do all these Ayan Rand fans explain this?




The majority of American families on public assistance or Medicaid are headed by at least one full-time worker, according to a report released Monday by the University of California at Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education.

Researchers who analyzed annual state and federal spending on public assistance programs — including food stamps, Medicaid, Temporary Aid to Needy Families and the earned income tax credit — found that more than 56 percent of that spending goes to working families.

In other words, employers, such fast-food restaurants, are paying their employees so little that they must rely on government assistance to make ends meet. In total, these employees seek an estimated $153 billion in public assistance each year, according to the report (PDF).