Keep our safety net

If the new Congress is truly dedicated to combatting inequality and assuring the well-being of hard-working Americans, they are now in a position to prove it.


More than 43 million people in this country still live below the poverty line, and that number would be more than twice as high were it not for federal anti-poverty policies, according to the Census Bureau. Why would the new Congress be attempting to attack some of these programs?


I hope we can count on Rep. Rick Allen, and Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, to reject proposals that would take us backward — whether turning SNAP into a “block grant” or reducing access to Medicaid. They should focus on expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit to childless workers, who are being taxed deeper into poverty.

Now more than ever, we need to focus on making things better for all Americans. Dismantling our safety net is definitely not the way to do that.

Bethany Moore


Dee STAFFORD More than 1 year ago
Here are two stories that relate to poverty:

Once upon a time a little boy watched a butterfly struggle to escape the cocoon.  He decided to help the butterfly by opening the cocoon.  Without the struggle to be free of the cocoon, the butterfly was unable to develop the muscles needed to fly and be independent.  The butterfly soon died.

Once upon a time in America, some politicians thought they knew how to help poor people better their lives. So, they passed laws and made it easy to get "free" food paid for by the taxpayer, "free" government housing, and other "free" programs to "help" the poor.  However, the politicians were not as innocent as the young boy who freed the butterfly. No, they understood that by giving "free" food, housing, medicine, and entitlement programs, the poor failed to develop the muscles need to make them independent. Instead, they became dependent on government handouts and in doing so destroyed their family for generations.

When the government makes poverty more comfortable than working it creates generational poverty. This  is shown in decades of American history and over 500 years of British history.
chas cushman More than 1 year ago
This quote by Ben Franklin has proven to be very true.
“I am for doing good to the poor, but...I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed...that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”
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Dee STAFFORD More than 1 year ago
Sandy, The government refuses to issue fishing licence to certain people to keep them in line and voting Democrat.
Dee STAFFORD More than 1 year ago
Thomas Jefferson wrote, "Our Republic will cease to  exist when we take away from those willing to work and give it to those who would not."

The "poverty level" is an arbitrary bureaucratic established level of money needed. It is used by the left to build a case for identifying "victims" upon whom  they can prey for votes. 

It was the Great Society that primarily put into motion the concept that the government was going to replace the male as the head of the household and the breadwinner for the family. As a matter of fact, the family was punished when if a man was in the household when it came to government benefits.

Over time this took away the male mentality in too much of society that he was responsible for a family he created. With this lack of responsibility it created a culture of whereby a male would impregnate many females as he desired with no responsibility for the illegitimate off-spring.  This resulted in females having numerous illegitimate off spring and many cases with multiple fathers. 

The illegitimate off spring has a higher chance of being criminals. Additionally, it created generational welfare.

The way to stay out of poverty is to do the following in order: finish high school, get a job, get married, stay married, have children, and refrain from criminal activity.  Do those things in that order and the chances of being in "poverty" is less than 10%.
Roy Whitley More than 1 year ago
Move to Cuba if you want a "gubmint safety net". "Communism is the definition" of a safety net. Every American is trying to move to Cuba because they are so literate and rich because of the "forward" outlook they give each Cuban. Not one starving, home owning Cuban has ever tried to leave their safety net to come to America. I don't owe you my hard earned money for your safety net.


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