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A ‘Conservative’ vision for America – ‘What The Right Doesn’t Want You To Know About Welfare


When we attempt to have an intelligent, rational conversation about something like various soicial safety net programs, we have to have accurate information.

And that is where Republicans are bombarded by Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Riely and FOX (cough) “news’ with false information.

An early computer term was GIGO….Garbage in…Garbage out.

That is a truism.

And why we can’t have an intelligent and rational conversation with Republicans when it comes to social safety net programs.

Because this is what Conservatives actually believe….

Myth: “People who go on welfare stay on it forever.”

Fact:’According to, the vast majority of TANF recipients, 80.4 percent, receive benefits for five years or less’.

Myth: “There’s a woman in Chicago. She has 80 names, 30 addresses, 12 Social Security cards. … She’s got Medicaid, getting food stamps and she is collecting welfare under each of her names. Her tax-free cash income alone is over $150,000? – Ronald Reagan’

Fact: ‘Ah, the “welfare queen.” Ronny loved to tell his stories, and his welfare queen story is one of the most popular. The only problem is, the woman he talked about didn’t exist’.

Myth: “Welfare recipients keep having more kids so they can get more benefits.”

Fact: ‘According to a 2010 report released by the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the average family receiving TANF benefits has 1.8 children, which is about the same as the national average’.

Myth: “Where Is The U.S. Headed If More Than 100 Million People Get Welfare?” – Headline of August 2012 column by CNN’s Jack Cafferty’
Fact: ‘100 million Americans on welfare? According to the 2010 federal HHS report, 1,084,828 adults and 3,280,153 children received TANF benefits that year, a far cry from 100 million’.


Myth: “Most welfare recipients are drug users.”

Fact: ‘That’s apparently what Florida governor Rick Scott thought, too. The state of Florida began drug testing welfare recipients in 2011. About 2 percent tested positive for drug use. According to the New York Times, federal statistics show that the rate of drug use among welfare recipients is about the same as it is for the public at large’.

Myth: “Most welfare recipients are minorities and illegal immigrants.”

Fact: ‘TANF benefits were paid out to roughly the same percentage of white and black recipients in 2010, according to the HHS report. In fact, the percentage of black families receiving welfare benefits has declined by almost 7 percent since 2000. Regarding illegal immigrants: those who are in the United States illegally are ineligible for benefits other than emergency Medicaid’.

Myth: ”People collect welfare instead of work, and they get rich. They all have iPhones, drive new cars, have widescreen tv’s, etc. I work and I can’t afford any of that!”

Fact: ‘Since welfare payments vary by state and by the size of the family, it’s hard to provide all the pertinent numbers here, but here are some ranges’:

“A family of four can expect up to $500 a month in food stamp benefits. A single person can expect an average of $200 a month”.
“The average monthly allowance under TANF/AFDC is $900 for a family of four. For a single person the average is about $300”.

‘It would be interesting to see what kind of “new car” anyone could buy on that income, or even an iPhone, for that matter. (Remember, despite what Newt Gingrich may have claimed during the 2012 election campaign, you can’t use food stamps for anything except food, so when you’re figuring how much money someone might have for an iPhone or a car, take that money out of the equation.)

‘It is also worth observing that the people who sneer about welfare recipients having those things don’t take into consideration that the person may have had that iPhone or car before having to go on welfare’.

‘Along these lines, perhaps the most laughable criticism is of welfare recipients who have tattoos. Tattoos are permanent, folks! How do you know that someone got a tattoo after starting to receive welfare’?

‘One final fact about welfare. Would anybody like to guess who makes up the single largest group on welfare in the United States? It’s children. One out of every four children in the United States receives welfare benefits’.
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3 thoughts on “A ‘Conservative’ vision for America – ‘What The Right Doesn’t Want You To Know About Welfare

  1. Very well reported!! I have to share because I know people who say these very same things. They sure don’t know what it is to “need” welfare!! TY .. Reblog ….

  2. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    “Queen of welfare” ….. please, read this. It may change your point of view!!!

  3. Jueseppi B. on said:

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat.Com™.

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