Tuesday, May 29, 2012

We Have Become a Welfare State!

Now, more than 50% of U.S. households are receiving some sort of government assistance. This compares to 30% in 1983.

As a Catholic, I strongly agree that we must help our neighbor, and I agree we must help those in need. But we have become a welfare state largely because many want a hand-out rather than work. I have seen some of the vehicles drive up to the food pantry in cars a lot newer and more expensive than mine; I have need the woman in a full length fur coat walk into a public disability vehicle for a free ride door to door. But the Bible also tells us "For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: "If a man will not work, he shall not eat." (2 Thess 3:10 NIV)

There are 305 million people in the U.S. 107 million are means tested to receive government aid. So the many who deserve it due to age or disability - God bless them. But what about the others who are cheating us? We now spend 2.3 Trillion on these programs. We cannot pay for all this. So 1.4 Trillion goes against the Debt, which our children and their children will have to pay. The national debt right now is at $127,584 per person - man, woman, child.

Now we cannot even imagine a Trillion dollars. Let's make an effort to understand this. H/T to PageTutor.com.

A one hundred dollar bill.

A pack of 100 100 Dollar Bills = $10,000

One Million

100 Million - 100 Packs

One Billion Dollars

One Trillion Dollars
Note: these are $100 dollar bills and they are double stacked.

Now double this and add a bit more and you can visualize how much we are providing in entitlements - in ONE year.

God help us!

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