“I’m Tryin’ to Get Some Obama Bucks”

That’s one of the responses from a man standing in line at the welfare office.  If your stomach can take it, please watch this video.  Our country is spending money faster than we can print it and there’s no doubt in my mind that we’re heading in the same direction as Greece – a big fat entitlement society.

Our national debt is now $15.6 trillion dollars and we’re spending over a billion dollars a day just on the interest payments.  If anyone doesn’t grasp the enormity of the problem, they must have their head in the sand.  And these problems continue to trickle down to every state and local government.

That’s why 23 states are tightening their belts and trying to enact stricter laws regarding public aid.  I wrote about this whenFlorida enacted its law to require prospective aid recipients to drug test.  To be expected, the ACLU filed a lawsuit arguing that the law scapegoats poor people.  For the time being, a federal judge has temporarily blocked the law stating it violated the Constitution’s ban on illegal search and seizure.  It’ll now make its way through the court system.

Once people get on government aid/assistance, government is incapable of tracking fraud and I’ve read story after story which proves there is no accountability after the fact.  So why not do better screening of potential recipients of government assistance?  Sounds reasonable to me.

Last month, USA Today reported some states are making changes to the way they do business.  They’re trying to implement asset limits for food-stamp recipients, longer waiting periods for welfare benefits and mandatory substance abuse counseling for people receiving housing assistance.

At least ten states are considering bills that would require photo identification for food stamps or electronic benefit cards.  (If the voter identification brouhaha is any indication, just consider the uproar over these changes!)

Ohio and Tennessee are considering restricting or eliminating eligibility for those convicted of drug felonies.  (Haven’t the good people in these states already paid enough for the criminals’ room and board, cable, air conditioning, utilities, gym memberships, medical and dental, etc. etc., while they were in prison?)

North Carolina and New Jersey are considering requiring people to perform community service to receive government help.  (This is a no-brainer for me and sounds perfectly reasonable.  Why this was never a quid pro quo for receiving any type of welfare, I’ll never know.)

Here’s my suggestion.  Why not implement a test for recipients?  Someone has to take a citizenship test to become a citizen or to drive a car, why not require people to answer simple questions about money?

A couple of years ago, friends of mine told me about one of their customers who worked for minimum wage at MacDonald’s.  She told them she had just qualified for a home loan.  (I didn’t believe it either.)  Anyway, she said her mortgage was X number of dollars and her salary was only X number of dollars (obviously not enough to pay for the monthly mortgage, food, utilities, etc.)  When my friends asked her how she planned to pay for all this out of her salary, she kept saying, “but I qualified.” She didn’t have a clue about income and expenses.  Scary, huh?

How about testing their knowledge of their state government?   Why shouldn’t someone be required to know the name of their governor?  Or their State representatives?  Or who the Vice President is?

Someone asking to benefit from our generosity should, at least, know something about our political system.  After all, there is no Constitutional right to public aid and people should have to do/give something in return.

Hell, even that crazy show “Repo Games” requires people to answer three out of five questions before they actually get their car back – free and clear!  On the other hand, it is incredibly frightening to realize how dumb some people really are.  In answer to “What metropolis is known as the “City of Brotherly Love?” the contestant answered “California.”  And asked to name the three states, except for Alaska and Hawaii, bordering on the Pacific Ocean, the contestant said, “North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida.”

And what about all those man-on-the-street interviews I’ve seen of people, old enough to know better, who can’t identify a photo of Jimmy Carter, or thought Dwight Eisenhower was Franklin Roosevelt or said a photo of Ronald was actually George W.H. Bush?

What’s even more frightening is that, in the end, all these people get to vote in November.

I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
Author website: http://www.idontgetit.us
  • Neil1981

    This video is frighteningly to the point with those
    interviewed.

    Sadly, this is very representative of today’s vision of those who feel
    entitled.
    Even scarier is that this is the next generation!!!!!

  • robin in fl

    awwwww come on,why not give all these sweet people and all the darling little children they seem to be able to produce without being able to support, all the FREE money and FREE food and subsidies they want?? after all someone has to support them..why not the average tax payer..??oh and don’t’ forget to pay their medical bills and give them their WIC stuff too,wouldn’t want them to go without now would we?..and throw in those free school breakfast,lunch and now in some places dinners now and the school supplies and free christmas dinners and gifts for the kiddies,after all,they earned it ..or perhaps NOT!!but “what about the children”?? wouldn’t want them to be taught that they can’t have it all just because they deserve it ,or at least they think they do!

    well either way we wouldn’t want them to go without having a nice car so they can drive and get their nails and hair done and some nice clothes for when they go out ‘clubbing’…yep.the good ol’ American way..ya’ gotta’ love it!

    I have seen at least 6 people recently on permanent disability that absolutely are capable of work,they work off the books just fine.nothing is wrong with them that would stop them from working,but why bother if the money is free.

    when I bought this home I am in ,the sales man told me I should get a bigger home,the home he recommended was 3 x’s what I paid for this one.He said I “qualified” for a bigger loan amount.didn’t matter that I never could have afford the payments on the bigger home.I passed and settled for the smaller place to be put on my property,but of course I actually had to “think” to come to that conclusion.

    I knew a man that did not want to be on disability because he couldn’t wait to go back to work.he had terminal pancreatic cancer and would never be able to go back to the work he so loved and wanted to go back to.He died ,never did take the disability. He was my step father and a wonderful man.does it make me bitter to see the people with their hands out for EVERYTHING..oh hell yea..very!

  • Bruce A.

    Leona, since you mentioned  I am afraid we are close to becoming another Greece including the rioting.  What will happen here when the govt. decides there is no money to keep paying the parasites.  BTW, if you have money for drugs, tattos, a new TV etc., you do not govt. aid.  I have seen enough of that.

  • Chris S

    Why not say where you got the video from in the article?

    • LeonaSalazar

      Youtube.com.  It was filmed by Alexandra Pelosi, the daughter of Nancy Pelosi.

      • DanMarino

        Pelosi is not even ashamed of this crap? I knew she was moronic, but this takes the cake. You would think the mom would disown a daughter who films what working people would be offended by, but what a former house speaker spent her entire life fighting for. It doesn’t matter to this family that they fought for not only crap, but actually going broke and becoming a 3rd world country.

  • Ron F

    I can undersand work, job training and drug counseling  requirements for welfare recipients but why should they have to take a civics test?  Welfare is based on need and the other requirements effect the recipient’s ability to gain employment but a civics test does not.

    • LeonaSalazar

      Well, Ron, maybe we should start taking a new approach to handouts.  Maybe people who receive taxpayer money should actually know a little about their country which provides them with all sorts of free stuff.  One of my husband’s clients was from Vietnam.  She told him, “You people live in Heaven.  In Vietnam, if you don’t have food, you starve; if you don’t have clothes, you go naked; if you’re sick, you just die.” 

      • Ron F

        But who gets to decide what civics test they have to pass and what a passing grade is?  Would this test apply only to single welfare recipients or would children whose parents flunked the test not be entitled to welfare?  To me it should remain a need based system.

        • LeonaSalazar

          If I were Empress, I would make the decisions.   Until then, things will remain the same.  

  • Roger Ward

    It has always been the fashion to decry the times and to say the old days were better …. but I don’t see how anyone can not see that we are spending our way into oblivion …. and at a billion dollars a day (with a “b”) spent just on interest, it won’t be long.

    Of course, you’re right about tightening our belts, ACLU lawsuits, tracking fraud, limits for recipients, knowlege of government, and all the rest …. but what’s the use?  Congress will keep expanding programs, courts will keep on making law and policy, liberal organizations such as the ACLU and MALDEF will keep on suing …. it won’t end.

    There is one way to bring entitlement programs under control:  establish a benchmark for each recipient and begin to immediately reduce all payments to recipients by five percent the first year, ten percent the second, fifteen percent the third, and so on.  No increases for additional children, no increases for inflation, no new recipients, no increase in the number of welfare workers, no new offices allowed to open.

    Draconian?  Yeah, maybe, but the present system is working badly at best …. and will stop working entirely when the American worker runs out of money  

  • Michael

     
     And the pendulum swings . . .
     

  • http://shawmut.blogspot.com/ Dave O’Connor

    Leona and NANCYE:  Just try to get that across to your local school-board. “Civics” which was a regular class in middle-schools was broomed aside for “gender studies” and other forms of self-esteem themes.  Even “phys-ed” has been on ‘virtual’.
    Here’s the biggest problem of all:  That is while it was happening, this deterioration of civic life and politics as a vehicle for social climbing; we were all right here
    And if we’re – ALL OF US – not big enough to stand up to ourselves over it then lets not find ourselves pouting, moping and grumbling.
    I’m not suggesting a national self-flaguation, but, it might do wonders.
    By the way, I’m not preaching, just sounding off from gound-level; where the action really should be.
    Great article, complimented by a good comment.

  • NANCYE

    When I registered to vote (a longggg time ago) I had to take a test such as you mentioned in your article to qualify.  So why doesn’t everybody have to NOW??? 

    • Ron F

      Probably because it is not a Constitutional requirement for voting, at least in federal elections.  It would be interesting to see if states could do it for state elections.  In any event, I do not want a legislature deciding what knowledge I need to be able to vote.