Work vs Welfare



A recent study by the CATO institute (a liberal think-tank) made this statement:

The current welfare system provides such a high level of benefits that it acts as a disincentive for work. Welfare currently pays more than a minimum-wage job in 35 states, even after accounting for the Earned Income Tax Credit,and in 13 states it pays more than $15 per hour.

WOW! And we wonder why folks on welfare want to stay on welfare. Back in the ’50s we lived in DC. Crime rates were going up at an alarming rate and my parents decided to get while the getting was good. We moved to the Maryland suburbs and over the years, moved further and further away from DC.  These days, I watch the news on TV and see folks complaining about the same conditions and wonder why they don’t just move to Maryland or Virginia.  Metro runs to each state and makes commuting very possible.

Now, after reading the CATO study, I can see why. If you live in the district and qualify for housing, food-stamps, welfare and any of the other benefits, you would need a job paying over $50,000 just to break even. Yes, that’s right. Washington DC ranks number two when it comes to welfare benefits, paying out the equivalent of about 50K in welfare benefits. (An hourly-wage equivalent of $24.50 per hour.)

My state (Md) ranks tenth, so we’re not much better than DC when it comes to creating a welfare mentality. Here is the full study(PDF). Check to see where your state ranks and post in the comments.

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