Part of an ongoing series about things I hate in my facebook timeline.
- Contrary to popular belief, taxes are lower under Obama than they were under Reagan
- Obama’s policies have temporarily increased deficits. Reagan’s policies permanently increased them.
So next time you think to complain about taxes or those who "live off the system" remember many of them are just like you. We want to be treated like normal people, not like a charity case or someone who is lazy. We work hard and desperately want to provide for our families that we love.And so we are clear, many of the people who receive these benefits are kids. In 2010, over 40 percent of families receiving cash assistance through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program were "child-only," meaning the adults in the household were not included in the benefit calculation, and aid was provided only for the children (source). And many of the rest are households that include children, as well as adults. So it looks like the only thing this annoying little meme got right was that Obama is going to give something to a child. A damn lazy child who naps all day! (that was over the top sarcasm, ICYMI.) And if you are going to argue those children should go hungry or without shelter, then congratulations on not having a soul.
I'm not saying our safety net programs are perfect or above reproach. Nicolas Kristof made some important (although somewhat data-less) criticisms this past year about problems with incentive programs (Profiting From a Child’s Illiteracy). And I'm the first to say that government isn't the always known for at being effective or evidenced-based or competent or whatever. There is always room for improvement. But stuff like this Obama/Lego meme? That's just stupid and offensive. Kindly knock it off, people who like/share crap like this.