Friday, August 29, 2014

One-third of Country on Government Assistance: Stagnant declining paychecks in new low wage service economy at fault? No-Brainer Stumps GOP.

Government assistance! Fox News does a wonderful job of acting like they just don't get it. And if it's not act, then why the hell are they still allowed to be on the air?

The video report below even mentions raising the minimum wage as a way of solving the nations increased dependence on government assistance, and still Fox News doesn't make the connection.

It's the GOP's "blame Americans first" policy, devoid of any real solutions, except perhaps making people do some kind of work, or kicking them off the programs. There's one problem though, most people getting assistance already work; are children; are vets and seniors (the unexpected Baby Boomers bubble).

I also blame Democrats for not drawing a line connecting wages to government assistance. How hard can it be for gods sake.

Over and over again, the Fox News reporter falsely claims we need to put more people to work when the real problem is low service industry wages. This false "pity the wealth producers" spin is driving me crazy:

Here's the story containing a solution to the problem Fox News refuses to acknowledge. You'll notice the power of suggestion focuses mostly on lazy people who don't work and the wealthy who are burdened by all that dead weight:
Newly released Census data reveals nearly 110 million Americans – more than one-third of the country – are receiving government assistance of some kind. At the end of 2012, according to the stats, 51.5 million were on food stamps, while 83 million were collecting Medicaid – with some benefitting from multiple programs. 

Though the programs were created to help those in need, some analysts worry that the way they’re designed is, increasingly, incentivizing people not to work. They note that when recipients combine several government assistance programs, in many cases they pay better than going to work.  

As for concerns that these benefits pay better than working, they argue the solution is to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. "I think a lot of people would do the jobs when they pay a living wage,” said Melissa Boteach, from the Center for American Progress.

The challenge for policymakers is helping the economy adjust. "We have to figure out a way around this. Put innovation in play and really figure out how we're going to create a new economy where we can both raise wages and create more jobs for people," Boteach said.
Leave it to the Cato Institute to sympathize with the comical term "wealth producers:"
The Cato Institute’s Michael Tanner said "You can't in the long run have a society in which you have to rely on a smaller and smaller group of wealth producers who have to support more and more people who are not contributing to that wealth."

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