Thursday, August 25, 2011

Retraction Of The Welfare Story

The story, "Making Obama-babies and Money in the Good Old USA" posted on August 20 was allegedly  about a welfare ggrandmother receiving $1,500 per child and more than $144,000 annually by serving a a foster parent for her daughters children appears to have several misstated facts and maybe entirely untrue.  It was supposed to be based on a letter from a Sebastian J. Ciancio, M.D. Urologist, Danville Polyclinic, LTD.  This doctor reported that he heard the story from someone who was admitted to the emergency room.  The State of Illinois pays more like $400 per child instead of the reported $1,500.  Several other things in the report are highly questionable. 

I sincerely apologize for not fact checking this letter before I posted it.  I am also grateful for a regular blog reader calling this to my attention.

This unfortunant report does not change the fact that our welfare system is out of control and fraught with fraud as evidenced by the following facts:

Despite spending $4 Trillion from 2002 to 2009 our poverty rate increased from 12% to 14%, a 16% increase.

So is our spending at fault in not preventing additional proverty?  From the year 2002 to 2011 we had the following percentage increases in spending in these welfare categories:

Medicaid up 87%
Food Stamps 256%
Child Nutrition 82%
Energy Assistance 190%
Tax Credits 353%

Today 53% of immigrants to the USA receive some form of government assistance.  Many of these are illegals.

The most destructive aspect of this wealth redistribution is the creation of a culture of dependence and reliance. Some call it a "nanny state".  While that is clearly the intent of the elite ruling class it will ultimately destroy our way of life if it remains unchecked.  Our country is built on self reliance and hard work, and then charity only in rare situations and always under close supervision.  Today welfare is not rare and the 50+ million Americans that receive it are not means tested nor monitored.

Again sorry for the misinformation, but not for the message.

Think about it,


P. S.  One reader objected to the title.  I guess this person found "Obama-babies" insulting.  I feel those who are perpetrating these wealth redistribution plans to buy votes  (Obama, Reid, Pelosi, etc.) should be insulted along with those who participate in milking the system.  An Obama-baby would be one that was born out of wedlock to increase a mother's welfare check.  No child should be used for this purpose.

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