The civil war was supposed to end slavery and it did for a while. The Welfare system in the United States began in the 1930s. According to Wiklipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welfare – History), “In 1968, 4.1% of families were headed by a woman receiving Welfare assistance; by 1980, the percentage increased to 10%. The poverty rate for single-mother families in 2010 jumped to 40.7% compared to 8.8% for married-couple families. In the 1970s, California was the U.S. state with the most generous Welfare system. In 2012, the states with the highest percentage of people using food stamps were Mississippi (20.7%), Oregon (20.1%), New Mexico (19.8%), Tennessee (19.8%), and Michigan (19.7%).[ California, with 12% of the U.S. population, has one-third of the nation's welfare recipients. ... According to the U.S. Census Bureau data released September 13, 2011, the nation's poverty rate rose to 15.1% (46.2 million) in 2010] up from 14.3% (approximately 43.6 million) in 2009 and to its highest level since 1993. In 2008, 13.2% (39.8 million) Americans lived in relative poverty”
This increase in welfare payments and services reflects the statistics of welfare slavery. Government records show the welfare spending has gone from $34.29 billion in 1965 to $395.4 billion in 2009 (http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/downchart_gs.php?year=1960_2009&view=1&expand=40&units=b&fy=fy10&chart=40-total&bar=1&stack=1&size=m&title=Welfare Spending Chart&state=US&color=c&local=s).
Fox News (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/02/16/rep-west-government-handouts-worlds-most-insidious-form-slavery/) offers, ” According to federal government statistics for 2010, the bulk of food stamps recipients are not black. Though race was not reported for a fifth of recipients, federal data for the rest showed 34 percent were white and 22 percent were black.”
Think about those numbers. If you are on welfare, they reflect your enslavement. If you are not on welfare you are still enslaved because you are forced to pay for the welfare through your taxes. Welfare is doubly insidious because it enslaves both the recipients and the providers of the money paying for welfare.
Stephen Bailey (http://stephenbaileyforcongress.com/wordpress/issues/welfare-and-corruption/) “Our welfare state programs are called entitlements. The damage to our values and civility created by entitlement programs cannot be overstated. When people believe they are entitled to something, then they will demand that they get it. They will behave in an angry and belligerent manner as long as they perceive that their entitlement is being withheld. Instead of gratitude, the deliverers of entitlements are treated, at best, with indifference and, at worse, contempt. Entitlements make people dependent. As the opposite of independence, dependence is a form of slavery. The welfare state pits one group of citizens against another. One group is entitled. The other group is obligated. If you are a parent, did you bring your children into the world with the understanding that they will be either dependent on entitlements or enslaved to provide the entitlement?
Ralph Mag (http://www.ralphmag.org/FL/poverty-reading.html) writes, “American relief has also functioned to regulate the sexual, reproductive, and labor market behavior of vulnerable populations. (In fact, Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward have long argued that the principal functions of relief are to regulate the low-wage labor supply and to placate disruptive poor and unemployed people.) … American welfare state histories have not included slavery, and from the perspective of white America, this makes sense. But from the perspective of most African Americans, until its abolition, slavery defi[n]ed their encounters with state power, fundamentally affecting their ability to secure food, shelter, health care, and work for themselves and their families. The denial of the right to work must surely be seen as just as important a state activity as programs (like child care, disability insurance, occupational health and safety laws, job training programs, or tax subsidies) that enable or encourage it. This is the first argument in favor of treating slavery as a WFS [welfare state] institution. What other government-sponsored program so affected the well-being of so many Americans?”
Thurber’s Thoughts (http://thurbersthoughts.blogspot.com/2009/02/another-form-of-slavery.html) point out:
* If government gives you housing and food, tells you where you can send your kids for day care or school, and tells you where to go to a job or training, are you really ‘free’?
* Is today’s welfare ‘society’ (for lack of better term) the same as a slave plantation from the 1850′s? The ‘master’ (government) takes care of all your needs and you, in return, do as they say. You may not be out in the fields working, but you’re going through the programs they dictate and following their rules in order to maintain your handouts…
* How is today’s welfare system any different from slavery? Is it the same concept with a nicer package and the ‘illusion’ of freedom?
We’ve been wondering about these things and talking about the differences and similarities. And then today I found Star Parker’s column, “Back on Uncle Sam’s Plantation,” and I realized that others are considering the same things – but in a broader way. Parker, whose personal story is inspiring, expanded the scope of the idea from the individual to industry and she hits the nail on the head with this observation:
“Instead of poor America on socialism becoming more like rich America on capitalism, rich America on capitalism is becoming like poor America on socialism.”
Representative Allen West defines welfare as a modern form of slavery, ” For this reason, the Republican value of minimizing government dependence is particularly beneficial to the poorest among us,” he continued. “Conversely, the Democratic appetite for ever-increasing redistributionary handouts is in fact the most insidious form of slavery remaining in the world today, and it does not promote economic freedom.” (http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/211055-rep-west-democratic-handouts-an-insidious-form-of-slavery)
Politicians have been promoting welfare since The Great Depression. They promise to “take care of you and your family for free”. Just because they promise “free stuff” is no reason to vote for them. Free stuff is not free. Someone has to pay for it and our government is so far in debt, it can NEVER get out. Our economy is on the brink of failure. You must realize your children and their children will not be able to receive anything once the government has failed to save the economy. YOU will not receive anything either. There will be no more food stamps. No more 250 free minutes on a free cell phone. No more free or subsidized housing. No more free medical care. No more payments for foster care.
Some have threatened assassination and riots if they do not get their “rights” and entitlements. When the United States goes bankrupt, there will be no military. There will be no police. There will be no government. There will be no one to provide their demands. They will be killed by alert citizens defending what they have rightfully earned or they will starve to death because they do not know how to take care of themselves. You have accepted the new form of slavery for so long, you will not be able to cope or even to survive. You have never learned to rely on yourself. You have never learned to break the yoke of slavery. Your providers know how to cope and survive. It is time you learned it too. Your very life may depend on it.