Leftists are getting to the end of ideas so they are attempting to redefine a very inconvenient truth – Decades of Liberal entitlements in an attempt to win the war on poverty have failed.
Exhibit A – The Poverty rate has remained unchanged for decades.
Exhibit B – US Welfare spending has skyrocketed for decades.
Heck no, NPR has figured out a way to dodge this haymaker of truth – Redefine the incomes of those living on Government assistance.
Here are the pertinent quotes from the story and if click the link on the NPR site to listen to the full story, there is a section that isn’t in the text where Ms. Valdez makes the comment that she and her son are in perfect health so thankfully they don’t have a lot of medical bills. Keep that in mind, Ms. Valdez is in perfect health.
Here’s the quote with emphasis mine:
Consider the case of Ann Valdez. She’s a 47-year-old single mom who lives in an apartment in Brooklyn with her teenage son. She doesn’t have a job. She gets a cash payment of about $130 every two weeks from the government. That’s all that’s counted for her income in the government’s poverty measure.
But Valdez also gets $367 a month in food stamps. The government pays $283 a month for her apartment, which she says would rent for $1,100 or so on the open market. And the government pays for her health care, through Medicaid.
Still, if you include the value of her benefits, Valdez’s income is far higher than the official poverty numbers suggest. This raises a question: If you count all her benefits, is Valdez still living in poverty?
Yes, that is the new Liberal tactic. Let’s include the dollar values of welfare assistance, food stamps, subsidized housed, Medicaid, etc. and then their income is above the poverty level. Problem solved!
And they say this with a straight face.
No! Providing enough Government assistance to bring peoples’ income out of the poverty level was not the goal of Welfare and they know it. Government assistance was supposed to be a ‘helping hand’ to those who needed some time to get back on their feet, get a job and earn a living. Paying perfectly healthy people to stay home and collect checks from the Government shouldn’t be the goal unless we are trying to move the US to Socialism.
Ms. Valdez had a very poignant quote in the NPR story:
“Poverty is like being trapped in a room you can’t get out of, with straps restraining you, tight enough that you feel sometimes you can’t breathe.”
No Ms. Valdez, what you just described is how people feel under Socialism which is exactly where we are heading under current Leftist leadership.