The question assumes that people on government assistance want government assistance. Most folks on unemployment compensation would rather have jobs. Ditto for many people on welfare. Folks on Social Security are likely to be old enough to remember the way the country used to be and want their grandchildren to have a chance to grow up in America-as-America, rather than America-as-Peronist-Argentina, and are not, for the most part, of the entitlement mind-set, but rather expect the government to keep faith with them after taxing them all their working lives purportedly to provide them with a minimal pension.
That is a POLLYANA VIEW for sure these days. I have been harping on this issue for some time.
There are only TWO real Classes in USA today:
(1) The PRODUCERS (These are people who work for a living, and actually CREATE something while doing so, that someone else is willing to expend effort to acquire. That definition obviously excludes ALL the leeches working in ANY gubmint job or “service” industry like wall streeters and the useless “case manager” crowd that got inserted between healthcare providers and patients who only push paper around to justify their existence.)
(2) The TAKERS (that’s everyone who is not in Class #1)
The ONLY justification for the polling numbers showing Obamination STILL anywhere close to Romney (ignoring the inherent bias in most polls caused by oversampling libtards)is rooted in this single fact of life in these United States today.
Like it or not, agreeing or not, the simple fact is that The TAKERS are fast approaching 51%. They are presently way above 40% and with the “enlightened” and “progressive” among the Independents, CLASS #2 often controls the issue of the moment.
November 2012 will indeed be the most critical election ever, because it will be our last chance to slow down the headlong rush towards the cliff edge.
WRT your comment about”
“Most folks on unemployment compensation would rather have jobs. Ditto for many people on welfare. “
Once again, I’m afraid you’re taking the Pollyana view. While your quantitative descriptors “Most” and “many” are at least debatable, the fact remains that there are WAY TOO MANY people who are just fine with gaming the system to collect unemployment until it runs out then get a new job just long enough to reset the UI clock.
And, there are legions of welfare supported baby factories out there who can’t and in fact don’t want to keep their legs together (or take advantage of all that “free” womens’ healthcare) because they can make a very comfortable living by popping new humans out as often as they can.
We are in VERY DEEP yogurt on this issue. It’s dire effects were foreseen long ago and we have not spent enough effort to protect this once great nation from the ravages that Class #2 is wreaking on the rest of us.
I know of a couple with two kids, that once BOTH had jobs. He an admin of some sort and she an RN. They slowly became addicted to gambling of any form, mostly video games and VFW bingo, etc.
Round about the time when Obama became elected, both of them ‘lost’ their jobs. Their daughter supposedly has epilepsy and is on SSI/DI I guess (she never worked). Neither of them still has a job although I’ll be damned if I can figure out how an RN can’t get a job.
Both of them are complete slobs, on UIC, getting disability money for their daughter. If you could take a gander at their wallets, there’s likely EBT and SNAP documentation there. Their car is adorned with Obama sticker.
I listen to them occasionally, they complain how tough it is for them, yet put $20 bills in the video games consistently. They can’t scratch up a hundred dollars between them, yet they can gamble. Overheard the wife the other day - their home airconditioner broke down and they didn’t have enough to repair it - they went and bought three $60 window airconditioners and are dumb enough to claim “the electric bill is less.” They know their house looks like white trash central but don’t care. Their likely unrepossessed PT Cruiser has two completely bald front tires. In short they are leeching, disgusting sloths.
They will NEVER go back to work because all they do is show up in what looks like the clothes they slept in and gamble each morning. They then proceed to make their ‘rounds’. If I knew where to call, I’d drop a dime on them with whoever is responsible for making sure the daughter with epilepsy is being taken care of with the money we give them.
There is no value added with these two. I’m afraid their type outnumber the legitimately needy people who don’t intend to be leeches.