A Critique of Social Welfare

 

The figures below speak for themselves and do not need much interpretation, but I will state the obvious on this tidbit of a rant to elucidate any audaciousness of the observations of a common man.

I must admit that after years of observing a decaying culture, one tends to become pessimistic and risks becoming more closely aligned to the misanthropist.  For in many industries and careers; we can probably find some interesting insights to the ways our nation functions, and yet there are possibly some careers that do not show to the observer the symptoms of chaos and mismanaged markets that insulate people from the reality of the state of the union.  There are many indicators to understand the market system and the monetary system of which we are all bound to.  The price of basic economic commodities are a direct indicator of the state of our economies, but in stating this premise, price itself has many other subordinate intricacies that are often overlooked by the average person.

Most people probably do not know about how the federal reserve private banking cartel works within our nation.  How they inflate and deflate the value of the currency they create out of thin air, a proprietorship that our forefathers warned us about many years ago.

The term identical sales is the measure that many companies monitor and keep track of the health of their sales base.  This statistic used in retail industry analysis compares the sales of stores that have been open for at least one year, or same-store sales compare revenues earned by a retail chain’s established outlets over a certain time period, such as a fiscal quarter or on a seasonal basis, for the current period and the same period in the past (usually the same period of the previous year.)  Same-store sales allow investors to determine what part of new sales has come from sales growth and what part can be attributed to the opening of new stores.  The financial statistics that contribute to our sales base is also people on receiving SNAP benefits.  I have monitored and studied these figures, and over time I have seen the increase in frequency of these benefits.

For a reflective man, I have held a very unique position for over three decades in a career that has afforded me the ability to observe behaviors from a very large sampling of the population in my geographical area.  I have seen the direct results of a welfare state overrun with a bureaucracy that self-perpetuates itself.  If your employment has something to do with welfare, then you would want to protect your own employment by perpetuating the welfare system.

In the last three decades I was able to examine the spending habits from all socioeconomic statuses of our population, and their means of which to make these payments for their life sustaining sustenance: their consumption of food.  The choices of goods, and how theses purchases were effectuated led me to consider that many welfare recipients are truly governed by gluttonous and wasteful habits, and that they clearly have became more dependent on a system that ultimately robs those who contribute to it; the working American of their capital.  This money should probably stay in their own pocket after you discover just how these abuses of our capital are put to use, and how many people are misusing the system.  The criticism should be mainly directed at the system itself, since it has been reckless in its inception, and account-less in its auditing.

The criticism of my observations are clearly identified by responding to me and suggest that I cannot possibly know the reasons for every case this money is granted, and ask me “Who am I to judge such decisions?”  I would reply that it is a meaningless point to refute my evaluation, that I needn’t know every case, and that if using a statistical linear regression, one could determine the burdens of our welfare system, and that should be explanation enough for the inquiry.  My experience alone would reflect on the people that tend to abuse the system at taxpayers’ expense.  The fact that some of these recipients are able to enjoy meals far better than I do, and that many are not accountable to find work, or eliminate a drug habit they have is unsettling, but what is reprehensible is that many are middle class, able-bodied young people who choose not to work.  The SNAP benefit usage in my city has been an increase of +47% since 2007.  I’ve personally witnessed people deciding to collect these benefits and therefore continue dragging the system down by birthing children that they cannot afford, only to have living costs subsidized by taxpayers.  This is immoral!  I’d really hate to start in on the anchor baby issues, but having porous borders is also perpetuating the problems.

 

 

People simply will take things for granted, and depend on these means when there are not many solutions to the economic downturn in the United States.  They are anesthetized to the burden they pose since they believe it is a “right”, or that it is an obligation to their “entitlement!”  This sickness is why millions upon millions flood into our country because they know the US government will redistribute the wealth.

The welfare system is bankrupted, and cannot sustain itself if the middle classes are targeted by progressive taxes they cannot continue to afford, and the diminishing numbers of the population are eroding under the weight of bureaucratic stipulations and ineffective cost measures.  The lack of jobs created in the United States is another part of the same problem.  If people cannot work, then they will be forced to find what work is possible, (if indeed they do choose this work), and furthermore they at the same time may qualify and rely on collecting government handouts for the interim.  Unfortunately the jobs are being outsourced, the manufacturing base of the U.S. is being attacked by taxation and bureaucracy, and the trade agreements our government manages are harmful to the sovereign rights of the nation we live in.

Much of what our taxpayers fund, has enabled a government with no sound economic strategy to sustain these policies in assisted food benefits that create nothing other than a welfare state unable to become solvent.

It is my view after many years of observations that these policies are introduced and implemented on the intent for America to economically fail.  If you study the policy choices of our government,  if you attend to the decisions of the monetary policy implemented, and if you study history, then you can clearly see the correlation in these events.  There is no difference in choice from the left and the right, or from congress and the senate.  Not even the president has the hutzpa to stop the money masters; just ask JFK.

America: The Food Stamp Nation

America has over 44 million people on Food Stamps. The food stamps program’s real name is Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The Food Stamp program is “hidden” from view through Electronic Benefit Transfer Cards that work just as credit cards. This article visualizes the size of the program and the vast amounts of people participating.
One Hundred Dollars $100 – Most counterfeited money denomination in the world.
Keeps the world moving.

€100

Ten Thousand Dollars
$10,000 – Enough for a great vacation or to buy a used car.
Approximately one year of work for the average human on earth.

€10,000

One Million Dollars
$1,000,000 – Not as big of a pile as you thought, huh?
Still, this is 92 years of work for the average human on earth.

€1 Million Euro

Food Stamp Cards – EBT Cards ($23.4 Million in 14,588x cards)
44.5 Million people are on Food Stamps in America, that’s 14,588 participants for each Walmart Super Center. The program is called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). To remove the stigma of food stamps, the EBT card was created and is used the same way as a credit card.
$23,428,328

Total money loaded into the 14,588 EBT cards that are stacked in the shopping cart

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14,588 EBT Cards

There are 14,588 Food Stamp participants for each Walmart in America.

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EBT Card

The average Food Stamp participant had $1,606 loaded into the participant’s card in 2011.

458 People in each line @ 1/4 mile

2x lines, each of 458 food stamp participants.
Total of 916 in two rows span 1/4 mile.

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1/4 Mile Bread Line
During the Great Depression of the 1930’s there were bread lines, where people waited in line to get food at a soup kitchen.

Today bread lines have been removed with the help of technology; EBT cards are filled with Government money for Food Stamp participants to purchase food at local retailers.

Walmart is Americas’ biggest retailer. The Walmart Super Center can be seen in the background. There are 3051 Walmart Super Centers in America as of October 2012.

Bread Lines during the 1930’s– The Great Depression
During the Great Depression people lined up to get food at soup kitchens. Skilled and non-skilled workers stood in lines for hours to get some food.
The lines were visible to everyone, a reflection of the hard economic times.
Bread Lines of the Modern Era– The Great Recession
IF all EBT recipients shopped at only Walmart Super Centers for ALL their SNAP benefits, then this is how the Bread Line would look each month– 14,588 people.
There are 3051 Walmart Super Centers in USA and 44,510,598 participants in SNAP (2011), making the average SNAP line at each Walmart at 14,588 people.
The Modern Era’s Bread Lines are not visible because the business is handled discreetly through EBT Cards.
According to this Food Stamps report pg 16-17, Walmart receives half of all SNAP dollars in Oklahoma.
Walmart is the largest retailer in America.Short Facts:
47% of Food Stamp participants are children.
78.6% of all SNAP participants are in metropolitan areas.
93.2% of all SNAP benefits go to US citizens.
Only 4% are self-employed.
7731 SNAP Adults per Month,
per Walmart Super Center
The bread line is 4.1+ miles (6.6km) long.
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6856 SNAP Children per Month,
per Walmart Super Center
The bread line is 3.67+ miles (5.9km+) long.
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€100 Million Euro

One Hundred Million Dollars
$100,000,000 – Plenty to go around for everyone.
Fits nicely on an ISO / Military standard sized pallet.

€100 Million Euro

$100 Million Dollars = 1 year of work for 3500 average Americans
Here are 2000 people standing shoulder to shoulder, looking for a job.
The Federal Reserve’s mandate is to maintain price stability and low unemployment.
The Federal Reserve prints money based on the assumption that increasing money supply will boost jobs

Demonocracy.info - $100,000,000 - One Hundred Million Dollars

One Billion Dollars
$1,000,000,000 – You will need some help when robbing the bank.
Interesting fact: $1 million dollars weighs 10kg exactly.
You are looking at 10 tons of money on those pallets.
The couch is worth $46.7 million. Made out of crispy $100 bills.

Food Stamp Budget / Cost in 2011 for United States – $75.7 Billion Dollars
United States spent $75,706,080,000 dollars on Food Stamps in 2011.
Here you see the money on trucks with Walmart Super Center as a backdrop.The most SNAP participating states are (by % of population):
Mississippi (20.9%), Oregon (19.96%), Tennessee (19.92%), New Mexico (19.90%), Michigan (19.53%), Louisiana (19.33%) and Alabama (19.16%).

The least SNAP participating states are (by % of population):
Wyoming (6.34%), New Hampshire (8.60%), New Jersey (8.61%), Colorado (8.86%), North Dakota (8.90%), Nebraska (9.45%), Minnesota (9.47%) and California (9.74%).

Sources: SNAP Annual Summary, SNAP Program Data 2011, Walmart, Population by States, see individual SNAP state data compiled here: Excel Data Sheet.

* US territories Washington DC, Puerto Rico, Guam, were are excluded from above calculations (No Walmart Super Centers in those territories).
Special thanks to BWM for preliminary data mining.

$2 Billion per truck  Each truck fits $2 billion in $100 bills.
Demonocracy.info - $16,394 Trillion - US Debt Ceiling
US Debt Ceiling – $16.394 Trillion in 2013
The US debt ceiling limit D-Day is estimated for September 14, 2012. US Debt has now surpassed the size of US economy in 2011– rated @ $15,064 Trillion.

Statue of Liberty seems rather worried as United States national debt is soon to pass 20% of the entire world’s combined economy (GDP / Gross Domestic Product).

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” – Thomas Jefferson

If the national debt would be laid in a single line of $1 bills, it would stretch from Earth, past Uranus.

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