Here's some statistics on the "entitlement society" I referred to:
http://cnsnews.com/news/article/welfare ... llion-year
Since FY 2007, state welfare spending has stayed relatively flat, averaging $190.2 billion per year. Federal spending, however, has increased 53 percent, going from $468.7 billion in 2007 ($717.1 billion) to $717.1 billion in 2011.
Entitlements have been here for a long, long time. I'm not referring to their existence, I'm referring to their abuse and Obama is setting a record. They are being used to buy votes and further an evil, nation weakening agenda. When I was a teenager, it was my shame and my family's shame to be on welfare. Today it's considered prudent (trying to be kind) to figure out how to get a SNAP card or whatever else I can without working for it.
It's pitiful and every person that lives with such an attitude makes this country that much weaker and poorer. It needs to be reversed and that's not going to happen in the next 4 years.
The worst parts about this whole mentality is that it permeates Washington starting with the Whitehouse. What's in it for me or my agenda is foremost in every decision.
By the way Samhill, you're wrong to say nothing has been done. Clinton signed a bill to get people to work for assistance. Welfare was to be temporary and for those that needed it, not just wanted it. All that's been changed to our current massive giveaway.
Did you ever hear the radio advertisements trying to get more people to sign up for SNAP?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_R ... tunity_Act
The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) is a United States federal law considered to be a fundamental shift in both the method and goal of federal cash assistance to the poor. The bill added a workforce development component to welfare legislation, encouraging employment among the poor. The bill was a cornerstone of the Republican Contract with America and was introduced by Rep. E. Clay Shaw, Jr. (R-FL-22) who believed welfare was partly responsible for bringing immigrants to the United States. Bill Clinton signed PRWORA into law on August 22, 1996, fulfilling his 1992 campaign promise to "end welfare as we have come to know it."
PRWORA instituted Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), which became effective July 1, 1997. TANF replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program, which had been in effect since 1935 and supplanted the Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Training program (JOBS) of 1988. The law was heralded as a "reassertion of America's work ethic" by the US Chamber of Commerce, largely in response to the bill's workfare component. TANF was reauthorized in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.