It pays to be on government assistance

May 11, 2013 

According to President Barack Obama, the country was going to suffer greatly because of the $85 billion sequester cuts. This is in spite of the fact that the government is going to spend $1 trillion more this year than last year.

The Senate Budget Committee reports that in Fiscal Year 2011, between food stamps, housing support, child care, Medicaid and other benefits, the average household below the poverty line received $168 a day in government assistance. The median household income in America is just over $50,000, which averages out to $137 a day.

Being on government assistance pays the equivalent of $30 per hour for a 40-hour work week, while the average job pays $20. Why would anyone on welfare want to get a job? By cutting just 10 percent in benefits to these people, the government could just about make up the sequester cuts and the people on welfare would still be making 20 percent more than the average working taxpayer. The Democrats wouldn't do that, because that's their voting base.

DAVID J. SILVA

Los Banos

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