Tuesday, August 30, 2011

PRESS 2: For A Handout!

According to a recent Fox Business News Network report American families are now getting more cash hand outs ($2.3 Trillion) from our government than they are paying in taxes. ($2.2 Trillion) . In 2010 American families got more handouts from the federal government since the great depression. For some reason I cannot compare the handouts in the Great Depression to the handouts by our government today. They are two different handouts. The handouts in the Great Depression were to a people who because of no fault of their own were in need of help. The handouts today are not like that.

 According to Fox News “HANDOUTS” includes expanded unemployment benefits, as well as payments for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and stimulus spending, among other things. According to fox News, an estimated 59% of the 308.7 million Americans in this country get at least one federal benefit, according to the Census Bureau, based on 2009 data. An estimated 46.5 million get Social Security; 42.6 million get Medicare; 42.4 million get Medicaid; 36.1 million get food stamps; 12.4 million get housing subsidies; and 3.2 million get Veterans' benefits. And the handouts from the government have been growing. Government cash handouts account for 79% of household growth since 2007, even as household tax payments--for things like the income and payroll tax, among other taxes--have fallen by $312 billion.

As much as I like watching Fox News for their reliable and honest news reporting I have to take issue with their reporting of the facts you see here. The word that I’m having difficulty with is handout. I agree that food stamps, free housing, Free medical, free government paid education and free everything for illegals and the people who will not work is a handout, but to call Social Security, Medicare, and Veteran benefits a handout is just not right! According to several online dictionaries and a couple that I have laying around here the word HANDOUT is defined this way:

  •         Aid, gifts, donations, assistance, offerings
  •         Something giving free to a needy person
  •        Giving clothes, money, or food, to a needy person.

There are many more of the same definitions for handouts, if you look. The trouble is I cannot find any definition in the dictionaries that I looked at that the word “HANDOUT” fits several of the ones that Fox News has listed.

 Whatever our veterans receive from the government is not a handout. When men and women sign on to help protect our country with their time by going in harm’s way, leaving their love ones behind, spilling their blood in foreign lands to keep us free, and even dying, you cannot call anything they get from the government a handout. We are the ones who got the handout from them when they went to war to defend this great country of ours.

Social Security and Medicare are not handouts either. When American citizens have deducted from their pay checks each week a certain amount of money to pay for these benefits when they retire it is no handout. For a example if a person put money into a savings account all there life, when they go to withdraw some of it or all of it, you cannot call that a handout because it is not. That is the same way it is with social security and Medicare. Those benefits are deducted (by law) from a person’s pay check every week.  Also let me add this to the mix; Social Security was signed into law as something the American worker had no say over. The money from the deductions in the paycheck was to go into a separate account to be used only for the workers retirement. It was never the government’s money ,in the first place, for them to give, as a so called handouts. The fact is the government robbed the Social Security account (my money and your money) to help cover some of their runaway spending.  The government is not giving you a handout when you receive your Social Security Check each month. How can they give you something that was not theirs n the first place?

Who are getting the true handouts by our government? That is easy to answer!  Since the great society was started in 1964 by Lyndon Baines Johnson and the Democrat party there has been people who have lived off the backs of the tax payer. Their kids, and their kid’s kids are doing the same thing. Why work when the government gives all the handouts that a person needs to survive and live. Free food, free housing, free college education, free medical, free cell phones, and free cash money to spend. This is a handout!

Then we have the millions of illegals who receive all the benefits of this great nation. Just walk over the border and they get all kinds of handouts. Free everything and the tax payer is paying for all of it. Not only that but our prison systems are becoming crowded by illegals and taxpayers are footing the bill. These people are like termites. They are under minding the very foundation of this country. They are eating away at a system that was never designed for such. This is a handout.

The American government is giving away millions of taxpayer’s dollars to foreign countries to help the poor of those countries. A great jester, but most of it never gets to the masses. It goes to line the pockets of their corrupt leaders who are living like fat cats off of the taxpayers dime. This is a hand out!

The American people have the government, not private enterprise, to thank for their resent wealth growth. Clearly, there are big implications to this. For a example, if the family have the government to thank for their wealth instead of honest work, does that mean those households are more prone to re-elect the corrupt politicians who are pushing for more government handouts? Does the American workforce wear down and erode because it is easier to collect a check from the government than it is to answer to an alarm clock each morning? Can the taxpayers of this country, afford to carry the burden of government-sponsored HANDOUTS?

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