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Top Five Reasons Democrats’ Welfare Expansion Fails Struggling Families and Threatens Jobs Recovery

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Coming out of a pandemic, the last thing Americans need are higher prices, fewer jobs, and the largest expansion of our welfare state in a lifetime.

Here are the top five reasons Democrats’ welfare state expansion will fail America’s needy families, and threaten our jobs recovery.

1. Democrats’ dangerous expansion of the welfare state disincentivizes work and hooks a new generation on government dependency.

  • Democrats have turned the GOP-created Child Tax Credit (CTC) into a “welfare without work” program — providing endless government checks that pay more to stay at home than to work.
  • Democrats’ untargeted welfare-without-work policies are holding back our jobs recovery by forcing Main Street businesses to compete with government benefits to fill record job openings.
  • Even Senator Manchin agrees: parents should work to receive the CTC.

2. Democrats have declared War on Work.

  • According to scholars at the University of Chicago Democrats’ plan to end CTC work requirements would cause1.5 million workers to exit the labor force.
  • September’s jobs report showed President Biden is already a whopping 944,000 jobs short of what he promised from his last stimulus, while American families are falling behind as real wages decline with Bidenflation.
  • In the midst of a national worker shortage, we can’t afford to relegate an entire generation of workers to the sidelines.
  • With inflation on track to be the highest in 40 years, American families cannot afford higher taxes to pay for Democrats’ untargeted welfare-without-work policies.

3. Struggling families need good paying jobs, not endless government checks. 

  • In what has been called the “soft bigotry of low expectations,” Democrats want to send checks to poor families indefinitely, and then walk away .
  • Our safety net should be designed to provide temporary assistance and invest in growing the capacity of individuals to thrive.
  • No amount of endless government checks can address the underlying challenges families face. The best way to help American families is with good paying jobs, not endless government checks.

READ: America’s Struggling Families Need Good-Paying Jobs, Not More Emergency Spending and Endless Government Checks

4. Studies find that the CTC expansion helps the rich — not America’s neediest families.

  • 40 percent of the benefits would go to the top half of the household income distribution–rather than focusing on reducing inequality for lower and middle-income Americans.
  • Wealthy Americans earning well over $200,000 a year will receive CTC checks whether they want them or not.
  • Meanwhile, Democrats are paying for their welfare expansion with steep taxes on the middle class and Main Street businesses.

5. Democrats’ tax hikes and welfare-without-work policies reverse the gains made under bipartisan welfare reform.

  • Twenty-five years ago, in the face of rising welfare caseloads, long durations in poverty, and no work for millions, Republicans and Democrats came together to reform the nation’s welfare system. These reforms were based on one simple idea: the best way out of poverty is a job.
  • Democrats are taking us backward using emergency COVID relief to create permanent new welfare-without-work entitlement programs.

Reprinted with Permission from - US Committee on Ways and Means by - J.P. Freire, Jessica Henrichs, & Leo Lutz

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1 year ago

The commie Dems show more garbage each and every day. They are in it for the power and money and don’t give a hoot about people who voted for them or the people who did not vote for them. Hopefully, it 2022, this all changes and we get back the life we loved living with Trump.

1 year ago

The president is ruining our country. So many businesses are needing workers…the government needs to stop giving out money and people need to get out and get a job! Why do they think so many immigrants are leaving their socialistic countries and wanting to come to America! Why are they wanting to change our country to a socialistic government! This is America the land of the free, brave and we are supposed to be a Godly nation. They want to remove God from our pledge of allegiance, take God off our money, and out of America! They want to control our lives! America you better wake up!!!!

1 year ago

It’s the age old adage: “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and he can feed himself for a lifetime.”Why is that so difficult for people to understand?

1 year ago

That’s what the communist regime wants dependency on the government so they can take over the country !

Peter Wolf
1 year ago

Maybe Americans will finally learn that elections really DO have consequences… SERIOUS consequences!

1 year ago

George soros started a lot of these ideas an helping to destroy America.

1 year ago

As a retired father and grandfather, with a 96 yr old dad, what’s going on here? I was in a life that wasn’t controlled by polititions. Now everything’s gonna be controlled by theses hoodlums. My family has never had to rely on government handouts. Everyone knows exactly where a good percentage of these programs goes. I say, green new deals etc., should be reviewed completely, after we extinguish Covid. Doing it now would only blow up. Look, this administration has shown incompetence with everything it does. This is not the time to rock the boat, it’s a time to be sure of leadership being unquestionably qualified.

1 year ago

Everything this admin has done destroys the American way of life. The young voters that have had everything handed to them will find out soon enough, they can’t have everything they want anymore. They can cry me a river, too. They want everyone to give up driving cars and staying warm, until they are cold and hungry, then they will start crying. Too late, their future looks pretty bleak right now.

1 year ago
Reply to  Blondie

Blonde, you are so right !

1 year ago

Democrats have never been concerned with “the People” they supposedly care so much about. It’s always been about them acquiring more and more power and personal wealth at the expense of the people they supposedly serve. That’s it! It has always been that simple and straight-forward. No need to run endless articles outlining why their latest social welfare schemes don’t differ in any significant way from those they have promoted in the past. It’s NOT about any perceived benefits those programs are supposed to achieve. That is ALL a smoke screen to fool the average low I.Q. Democrat voter, who thinks it’s all about them. All the Democrats want from them is their votes, so they can steal with impunity and laugh all the way to the bank.

If you were to do an honest economic analysis of Democrat proposals, they all fail on the basics. Again, nothing the Democrats are proposing is designed to succeed in the way they are telling the public. The ONLY purpose of any of these efforts is to acquire more and more power and personal wealth for themselves. That so many Americans still don’t understand the repetitive game that the Democrats have been running on them for decades is a testament to the lack of critical thinking skills that exist in our country. That deficit is causing the ruination of our country.

1 year ago
Reply to  PaulE

Correct with your analysis of the situation.

1 year ago
Reply to  Max

I just wish more than a handful of Congressional Republicans were able to articulate this simple message on a regular basis. It’s not that hard, if they actually wanted to do it. Instead all we continue to get from the vast majority of Congressional Republicans is same, tired, poll-tested talking points that are so diluted and ineffective, in order to NOT potentially offend the delicate sensibilities of some on our side, that it amounts to saying nothing.

1 year ago
Reply to  PaulE

Unfortunately as you well know, there are too many professional “POLI-TICKS” in Congress than those who actually care for their constituents.

1 year ago
Reply to  Max

PaulE, this answer was subject to censor approval (LOL).

Bill on the Hill
1 year ago
Reply to  PaulE

I agree with your assessment on this Paul, however as Max has pointed out, the weak kneed republican’s are every bit as guilty in this as well & for decades now…They go along to get along, a narrative that never seems to change…
None of them are concerned for us, they didn’t go to Washington, DC for We The People, they are there for their greedy personal enrichment as all of us have seen first hand in the O’Biden Covid stimulus pkg. that gave all members of Congress an endless credit card of FREE FOR ALL spending on the taxpayer’s dime out of those off shore accts to T/F the funds back to themselves…
I believe this was the FINAL straw where the Congressmen & women & Donald Trump were concerned as he EXPOSED them all for what they really are, hence the silent majority of Republicans NOT lifting a finger to help their President in his hour of need, in fact quite the opposite in many instances, sadly enough…
The American people loved Donald Trump for exposing all of this, the very people he had to work with on a daily basis despised the man & here we are today, a fraudulently elected potus now on the cusp of destroying a nation after 250 years as a free independent Republic…
Bill on the Hill… :~)

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