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The True Welfare Queens

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(Note from Tim: this is written by a Sloper who stays in touch with me from time to time; someone made a remark about “corporate welfare queens” on the blog recently, which inspired this reader to send me the email below; I have been given permission to make this email into a post:)

Who are the true welfare queens of this country? Suburban elderly or inner city folks?

My position: Inner city folks


It may well be that the money spent on Social Security and Medicare is much higher than money spent on Food Stamps and Aid to Dependent Children. But what about the money spent on subsidized housing (currently assisting more than 3 million households in the US), much of it in the inner cities? Aid to pay for utilities? Emergency rental assistance/homeless prevention programs? Disability benefits obtained from having ailments due to poor lifestyle choices? Free lunches and winter jackets for their needy kids? Free cell phones with minutes (yes, they get that, too)? And what about all those inner city folks who get all of the above, including Social Security and Medicare? There are a plenty of them. I know. I have seen them with my own two sad little eyes. (more…)