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Welfare: Modern-Day Slavery in America

How can you oppress a whole group of people and not call it slavery? Liberal Democrats have reintroduced slavery to America through welfare programs.

The mindset among some United States citizens never ceases to amaze me. A few weeks ago, a woman in Peoria, Illinois heckled GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a campaign stop. “So you’re all for like, ‘yay, freedom,’ and all this stuff. And ‘yay, like pursuit of happiness.’ You know what would make me happy? Free birth control.” Romney responded, “Let me tell you something, if you’re looking for free stuff that you don’t have to pay for: vote for the other guy; that’s what he’s all about.” Of course Romney received criticism for his response, but he answered it perfectly. Obama is indeed the “Food Stamp President” and Romney responded truthfully.

According to the Wall Street Journal, more than one in seven United States citizens uses food stamps. While welfare recipients are typically not doing the work to receive the benefits in return, they are slaves – slaves to the “Food Stamp President,” Barack Obama.

The Obama administration embraces this entitlement mentality. Our welfare system perpetuates dependency and fraud — two things common in the Obama administration. President Obama has not only greatly expanded welfare, but also “eliminated a program that aims to reduce the prevalence of single motherhood, one of the greatest contributors to poverty in the United States.” Additionally, the Food Stamp President’s 2011 budget increased total welfare spending to $953 billion, a 42% increase over welfare spending in 2008. Over the next decade, welfare spending is projected to cost taxpayers $10.3 trillion. Rather than the beloved mantra, “Yes We Can,” Obama should pick a new one: “No, you can’t. So I’ll just have the taxpayers pick up your tab.”

Conservatives are often criticized for being “stuck in the past,” while liberals are all about “change,” and “progress.” It’s not true. It’s the conservatives who advocate real reform; it’s just coming from a different angle. Conservative ideology seeks to change the corruption in office, not the foundation of America as manifested in the Constitution. The Constitution allows for the pursuit of happiness; those stuck on welfare for many years aren’t pursuing anything except obtaining others’ money for nothing. The implementation of these programs removes the natural consequences of hardship, so people don’t know how to deal with true devastation because they don’t have to. They don’t have to take care of themselves; the government will do it.

It is now seen as acceptable to “earn” money that way because advertisements and political elite encourage it. When Newt Gingrich labeled Obama as the “food stamp president,” Nancy Pelosi responded to the increase in food stamps by saying, “It is the biggest bang for the buck when you do food stamps and unemployment insurance — the biggest bang for the buck.” This arrogant comment essentially asserts that when the government gives out food stamps and people use them at the grocery store, it stimulates the economy (with taxpayers money) and helps people in poverty at the same time. It’s a question of paychecks or food stamps. Which do you think gives America “the biggest bang for the buck?”  The Obama administration knows what the real “bang for their buck” is — the electorate.

People who live on welfare raise welfare babies who expect the same free ride. This is a self-suppressed group of people who are constrained to a generational cycle of poverty, which is much too similar to slavery to be acceptable in today’s society.

Let’s revive the virtues of the American Dream, which looks different for everyone. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not about obtaining the most “stuff.” It’s about American morality and the freedom to pursue your dream – not the government’s. It’s about the ability to work, explore, and live the way you want to, experiencing the natural consequences of your decisions. The current welfare system keeps people reliant, enslaving them to people in a government who are not reliable and enabling this mess.

Danielle Cleveland | Carthage College | Kenosha, Wisconsin | @DConservative

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  1. Angie
    Mar 02, 2014 - 09:42 AM

    Great article. Some will refuse to see the truth. I bet they collect government funds.

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  2. Logic
    Nov 18, 2012 - 11:20 AM

    This is a terrible argument. Welfare and slavery are LITERALLY exact opposites. Slavery is being forced to work for no money, welfare is being given money for no work.

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    • Cloudy
      Oct 16, 2013 - 08:10 AM

      Yes I do agree that she used the word. Danielle should have used “enslavement.” It is like, If you gave a person a fish you feed him/her for that day (we all have heard this story before). So you have a fish and slowly but surely you become in tuned with what has been given to you. When you become dependent on someone giving you a fish and you can’t do it yourself you have to do what you are told, and therefore you are enslaved. You are enslaved because you cannot truly be free.

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      • Cloudy
        Oct 16, 2013 - 08:15 AM

        CORRECTION – Yes I do agree that she used the WRONG word.

    • Angie
      Mar 02, 2014 - 09:39 AM

      You are right, that they look totally different, but the outcome on the people is the same. Loss of freedom. btw, slaves did get paid, but the amount was very small, just enough to get by. Plus they had to use that money at stores owned and operated by the slave owners. How is that different than welfare? There are very smart people at the top who keep welfae in place. Why do you think they do that?

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  3. Theo
    Nov 02, 2012 - 12:11 AM

    For whatever good it might do in stimulating local ecomies, welfare dependency is a cancer on the people it was meant to help. This “temporary” help becomes an accustomed way of life for people, which traps them in a mindset that they pass down to their children.

    I dated a woman who was on welfare. She got job training from them. But on the morning she was to report to work, she said to me, “You know, I get ‘paid’ whether I work or not. So why work?’” She stayed home.

    I don’t blame her. It’s human nature.

    One more thing: I work in a State administrative dept. of one of the programs mentioned. Our leaders make it clear that we have one, and only one goal: “building caseload.” See, more caseload means more federal dollars. So we beg people to be on the dole. We advertise. We reach out to illegal immigrants. We waive eligibility roles. Caseload, caseload, caseload.

    Maybe 1 tenth of the people on our Program really need it. The rest are on it because we begged them to help us spend federal dollars. Isn’t it nice to see your tax dollars at work?

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  4. Daniel
    Oct 10, 2012 - 03:25 PM

    You make a very good point from an economic perspective. There are many things holding people in generational cycles of poverty, but there is so much more to it than the welfare aspect. In reality, there are over 20 million actual modern-day slaves in our world today. These are forced laborers making bricks in India as well as young girls forced into prostitution in the United States. That is what slavery looks like, not government welfare programs. Please make this distinction as to not deny the pain experienced by those most cruelly exploited and forced to work and have sex while having their dignity stripped from them.

    The real question is, what have we all done to help this people on welfare? Have we come alongside them and had compassion on them to help them with the challenges they face? I’m afraid we, including myself, have only given our opinions.

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  5. Darna Stewart
    Oct 04, 2012 - 09:17 PM

    My problem with welfare is to many people misuse it. Their are those who really need it and I’m fine with helping them but then you have have those who take advantage of the program and many like it. This type of mine sit didn’t come about over night, so it’s not going to go away any time soon. Once people start to take pride in one self then and only then will people look to brack that mine sit. The goverment wants to keep you depend it on them its a form of slave. The key to freedom isn’t holding your hand out looking for a hand out. The key to freedom is knowing that everything you earn you work your butt off to have, now that you can feed your kids on.

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  6. brian
    Sep 03, 2012 - 12:15 PM

    Ben, I don’t disagree with all your comments and think you make some fine points. EBT for example does stimulate local economy. Go to any inner city corner store and you will find that business is booming. My issue here in Ohio (not sure about other states) is when I see an individual walk in, buy two bottles of mountain dew and a can of red bull and pay with an EBT card. This is legal and both items are approved for EBT program. I fully support an individual using the card for milk, bread, meat, and cheese. But the the previous listed items. This is a waste of tax payers money and churns my belly .

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  7. Ben Gworek
    Apr 22, 2012 - 09:14 PM

    “self-suppressed slaves?” Can you help me tease the inherent contradictions out of that statement? 47% of food stamp beneficiaries are either minors or of retirement age. 30% of participants work, and 47% of participants live in households with employment income. Looks like that means that your statement that “while welfare recipients are typically not doing the work to receive the benefits in return,” is pretty far off base.

    Your statement that “It’s a question of paychecks or food stamps” is also incorrect. Not only are needy families given assistance, but the assistance is ultimately put back into the local economy where the families spend their TANF or other EBT benefits. That economy employs people, and gives them paychecks for their work.

    There is no reason that public assistance and opportunity should be mutually exclusive. In fact, one starts with the other. For example, how do you expect a homeless person to make a living before having a roof over their head?

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  8. LYNN
    Apr 17, 2012 - 02:48 AM

    Of course “welfare” spending was up substantially between 2008-2011. We are/were in a substantial recession. Leaving out that information seems a bit opportunistic.

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  9. Michelle
    Apr 16, 2012 - 11:03 PM

    And you didn’t mention Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act in your article why?

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  10. Kristian Leyrer
    Apr 16, 2012 - 12:31 PM

    Great point. But historically destryoing the cohesion of the African-American culture has always been the Democratic agenda. This is best done at culture’s most important and basic institution: the family.

    The Republican Party was founded upon a platform of Abolition. Slavery, of course, was defended by Democrats. During Federal occupation of the Southern States after the Civil war a larger number of black Senators was elected than in any time since. But when Federal occupation ended the Democrats regained control of the various southern states and passed ‘Negro Laws’ that made common activity serious crimes. This fed a new system of Convict Leasing. David Orshinsky’s book on the subject, ‘Worse Than Slavery’, points out that this was even cheaper and more brutal than slavery in part because there was no initial capital investment to protect. The life expectancy for a black man in this system was only two to three years.

    Convict leasing finally ceased in 1928, but by then Jim Crow laws were in place creating in essence many small, isolated, black reservations where education and opportunity were denied and the population lived in abject fear that any inference of resistance would reap burnings and lynchings. Of course, every barrier possible was placed toward suppression of the vote.

    Brown vs. Board of Education (1954) began the dismantling of Jim Crow. It was enforced by Pres. Eisenhower sending Federal troops to enforce the de-segregation of the Little Rock schools in 1957 sent the message that things were changing. Eisenhower had supported the passing of a Civil Rights Act in 1956 but it was blocked by Senate Democrats led by Mojority Leader Lyndon Johnson. The Civil Rights movement carried most ot the weight of this struggle, and in 1964 the Democrats passed the Civil Rights Act.

    Pres. Johnson then began his ‘War on Poverty’ which removed restrictions on welfare and created the welfare state we are familiar with today. The poor on welfare are financially punished for admitting monagamous relationships and rewarded for having single mothers raise their children. Saving for college or to start a business is strictly prohibited and results in the loss of benefit. Young men growing up without a male role-model in the home commit crimes at a much higher rate.

    Seventy percent of black children are now born to unsed mothers. Over a third of black men will face prison. Black men in their ‘criminogenic years’ (18-25 statistically) commit over 40% of all violent crime in America although they represent only 2-3% of the population. Some black neighborhoods, such as in northest Detroit, have over 50% of the adult population in prison, on parole, or probation. This ofo course means that as ‘convicted felons’ they have no voting rights.

    Welfare is the latest and perhaps most insidious oppression in the history of our nation.

    The intriguing point is that it is a model for socialist policy in this country.

    End welfare and replace it with opportunity. The real revolution in human rights and human thought is outlined in the Declaration of Independence and the writings of our founders.

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  11. dawn
    Apr 16, 2012 - 12:01 PM

    Food stamps are the only the first drop in a five gallon bucket. For many people you can add in the U.S. and state programs paying the cost of subsidized housing, utility payments, paying for college, paying for transportation, paying for daycare, cell phone, health insurance, and the icing on the cake, getting an income tax return commonly between 40 & 60 percent of their gross earnings. Yes, I said”gross income”! You can receive all of the above programs throughout the year, each year. I have worked in subsidized housing for 22 years and can safely say the food stamp program is the entry point for all other programs. I have watched the government spend more than 40k, on average, per year, year after year, on the same families. This is the what the”average”person in subsidized housing receives.

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  12. Roberto Guerrero
    Apr 16, 2012 - 05:10 AM

    It really amazes me how brave and intelligent the writers and staff here at the TCC are beyond informed and intelligent. Hats off and god bless to these fine men and women here.

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  13. Anthony Boerio
    Apr 16, 2012 - 04:37 AM

    This reminds me of an article I read several years ago in a Vermont newspaper about schools strating to serve breakfasts for kids. Not only were the people interviewed all giddy, but so, too, was the whole tone of the article. They just couldn’t wait until they got MORE kids enrolled in the program………sad….

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