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PA: One Way to Make Welfare More Popular: Use a Different Word
National Journal ^ | July 2, 2013 | Matt Berman

Posted on 07/02/2013 10:52:09 AM PDT by upchuck

Pennsylvania's safety net is in trouble. State Republicans are increasingly critical of it, and, despite an increase from last year, the state's new budget doesn't boost welfare spending to the level desired by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett. But state lawmakers have a way to save Pennsylvania's Department of Public Welfare: Change the name.

The state House approved a bill Monday night that will gradually change the name of the department to the Department of Human Services. The department, which was awarded $11 billion in the budget approved last week, oversees a wide range of safety-net programs, from medical care to services for the elderly, the poor, and those with special needs. The name change has the support of the United Way, state Republicans, and the head of the department. When you look at polling around "welfare," its easy to see why.

When respondents to a June NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll were asked to identify the factor "most responsible for the continuing problem of poverty," the most popular answer given was "too much welfare that prevents initiative." Some 24 percent of poll respondents gave that answer, compared with 18 percent who blamed the lack of job opportunities. This is despite recent polling from Pew that found that 57 percent of Americans say that the government has the responsibility "to care for those who cannot take care of themselves." One way to help connect the negative impression of "welfare" and the positive impression of government help? Use a different word.

Pennsylvania Public Welfare Secretary Bev Mackereth knows this. "A lot of people believe that the word 'welfare' presents a huge stigma to people," she told the York Daily Record/Sunday News. That stigma isn't just about people opposed to "welfare." That stigma is also attached to welfare recipients, who can become the focus of those negative attitudes.


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This is similar to the bureaucratic thugs trying to change the name "food stamps" to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). Fail.
1 posted on 07/02/2013 10:52:09 AM PDT by upchuck
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To: upchuck

More popular! Upwards of 50% of the country are on welfare now.

More popular means less workers, more takers.


2 posted on 07/02/2013 10:53:12 AM PDT by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: upchuck

Why it’s well known and is a magnet! What else do you want!
A billboard the lists the free stuff?
By the way Medicare is not welfare!


3 posted on 07/02/2013 10:55:04 AM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: upchuck

A longtime RINO state legislator from my area who now heads PA DPW is fine with the change and obviously so is the GOP-E Governor Tom Corbett.

“Republicans” support this idea in Pennsylvania.


4 posted on 07/02/2013 10:55:26 AM PDT by Nextrush (A BALANCED BUDGET NOW AND PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN ARE AT THE TOP OF MY LIST)
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To: upchuck
Conservatives don't have to constantly rename things to hide what it really is.

5 posted on 07/02/2013 10:57:08 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: upchuck

Call it 0bama’s stash.


6 posted on 07/02/2013 10:58:00 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Nextrush

Any Republican governor who is not happy with the level of increases to welfare because they’re not large enough needs to be replaced.

The only way Red states will remain Red is if they cut welfare to the bone and drive the low information, low ambition voters out and into the dependency states.


7 posted on 07/02/2013 10:58:29 AM PDT by CarmichaelPatriot
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To: upchuck

Parasite Benefits?


8 posted on 07/02/2013 10:59:43 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: upchuck
The liberal approach is always to change the name without improving reality. "Negro" wasn't popular; they switched to "colored". That seems stupid? Try "Black" then "Afro-American", then "African-American", and now the unhyphenated "African American". "Welfare" has a negative connotation of lazy, useless parasites? Rename it too.

The conservative approach is always to fix the problem. If you don't like being see as a parasite, get a job.

Jobs: the conservative solution to the problem with welfare's image.

9 posted on 07/02/2013 11:02:14 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Paladin2

Voter Bait.


10 posted on 07/02/2013 11:06:09 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: upchuck

Like “Handout”? Money paid to you by people who work for a living and the government taking it from them and giving it to you?


11 posted on 07/02/2013 11:07:40 AM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: CarmichaelPatriot

Corbett can’t raise taxes too much so he is tightening welfare some and he has to keep female voters happy so he throws a little more money at public schools.

Overall the new budget in PA just passed raises spending 2.6 percent and cuts business taxes 300 million dollars.

The GOP in PA is walking a fine line trying to make both sides happy.

The sops to keep conservatives happy with pushes for pension reform and getting rid of state owned liquor stores bogged down by RINO’s in the State Senate.

But there is also a push to raise the price of gasoline by backdoor means. Some Republicans want to raise it at the wholesale level instead of the pump which is a meaningless thing.

If the new tax passes, we end up paying more at the pump anyway.

That’s how the GOP-E plays the political game here in PA.


12 posted on 07/02/2013 11:08:22 AM PDT by Nextrush (A BALANCED BUDGET NOW AND PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN ARE AT THE TOP OF MY LIST)
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To: TurboZamboni

“Societal leach pay”


13 posted on 07/02/2013 11:08:36 AM PDT by No Socialist
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To: upchuck

Sounds similar to the way Government Motors markets its cars. The small Chevy model is on at least its fourth different name.


14 posted on 07/02/2013 11:10:02 AM PDT by GeorgeTex (Obama-Four M President (Mendacious Manchurian Muslim Marxist))
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To: upchuck

SUE - Society of Useless Eaters


15 posted on 07/02/2013 11:11:18 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: upchuck

So we won’t “ensure welfare”, we will “service humans”? That’s an improvement?


16 posted on 07/02/2013 11:12:13 AM PDT by Teacher317 (The public is being manipulated to fleece the taxpayer. That is the real industry in Washington.)
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To: upchuck

Back in 1965 I worked for the county department I worked for was Child Welfare. Can’t remember at what point they changed it to Children’s Services and/or Child Protection Services. Public Assistance (welfare) was provided by the county Welfare Department. That got changed to Social Services. Back then, people got surplus food. Then it was changed to Food Stamps. The names just keep evolving as time goes on.


17 posted on 07/02/2013 11:14:39 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: upchuck

And this is mind you in a state where REPUBLICANS hold the Governorship and BOTH HOUSES of the State Legislature.

I suppose if the Dems were running things it would now be the Department of Skittles and Dreams.


18 posted on 07/02/2013 11:15:43 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: BitWielder1
Conservatives don't have to constantly rename things to hide what it really is.

If only that would fit on a bumper sticker. Perfect. It needs to be restated and shoved down leftists throats every time they use some new term for an out of favor concept - like "progressive".

19 posted on 07/02/2013 11:16:40 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Conserev1
By the way Medicare is not welfare!

I beg to differ. All old-age payments from the government to individuals are welfare. (The one exception that could possibly be argued is the old railroad workers retirement system.) There never was a savings account with anyone's name on it... instead, the monies retiree's paid in over the years went to right back out to pay for the old age welfare payments of the then current retiree's or it went into the general fund and was spent on other things. Once the state gets their hands on the money we pay in, it stops being our money.

20 posted on 07/02/2013 11:23:26 AM PDT by Sparticus (Tar and feathers for the next dumb@ss Republican that uses the word bipartisanship.)
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To: upchuck
I want them to change the name to “office of dead-weight management”
21 posted on 07/02/2013 11:26:58 AM PDT by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: upchuck
Pennsylvania Public Welfare Secretary Bev Mackereth knows this. "A lot of people believe that the word 'welfare' presents a huge stigma to people,"

It should!

she told the York Daily Record/Sunday News. That stigma isn't just about people opposed to "welfare." That stigma is also attached to welfare recipients, who can become the focus of those negative attitudes.

These people should have a stigma attached to them! They are living off of the earnings of people who worked for the bread they are eating. They are growing fat off of the food that came from the tables of people who work.

People on welfare should be ashamed that they are living off the sweat of another’s brow. They should hate being idle while others work to feed them.

I want to live in a country where a healthy man would rather go hungry than accept government aid. I want to live in a country where people are proud and self sufficient. I want to live in a country where it is manly to earn a living for you and your family and that a man would consider himself less than a man if he was to accept government aid.

Call me old fashioned, call me a chauvinist or a Neanderthal but that is who I am.

22 posted on 07/02/2013 11:28:19 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: upchuck

Philadelphia schools have a $304 million budget shortfall and have fired over 3,000 teachers and staff, eliminating art, music, PE, and many elective programs. Yet there is moey for a massive welfare system and a huge, new prison.


23 posted on 07/02/2013 11:36:35 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Sparticus
All old-age payments from the government to individuals are welfare.
BS. The people who receive SS worked and paid into the system for years - including me - forty five years worth including three years in the military.
All your other comments like no real savings accounts, or gov't money is no longer our money, are just inane sophistry.
24 posted on 07/02/2013 11:47:54 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Sparticus

Bookmark so I can check back later and see how many people flamed you for pointing out that taxes are taxes.


25 posted on 07/02/2013 11:50:56 AM PDT by Pan_Yan (I believe in God. All else is dubious.)
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To: Sparticus

I’m sorry but Welfare is an item you did not pay for.
SSI and Medicare was taken from my check for 40 years!
And I paid for it! Do you need a check stub? Well you can look at as a freebie for your SSI but I myself have a different veiwpoint! Regardless of where it went it was paid!


26 posted on 07/02/2013 12:02:53 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: upchuck

In California, one of the welfare programs is called “CalFresh”. How wonderful! How healthy! Who wouldn’t want a CalFresh card to provide good food for you and your family?

I remember this one particularly because the local news interviewed an illiterate Somali woman fresh off the boat who was using her CalFresh card at a local market. She was very excited to be getting all this free stuff for her husband and family.


27 posted on 07/02/2013 12:09:01 PM PDT by barefoot_hiker
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To: upchuck
Why not call it what it is? GFSFW...which stands for "Gettin' Free Sh*t From Whitey". If anything could make welfare more popular with the Gibsmedats, that would be it.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

28 posted on 07/02/2013 12:13:49 PM PDT by wku man (Amnesty? No Way, Jose (No Se Puede!) by 10 Pound Test http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsTUQ8yOI2c)
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To: Conserev1
By the way Medicare is not welfare!

I didn't make that claim. And AFAIK, the article did not either.

29 posted on 07/02/2013 12:21:40 PM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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To: upchuck
The department, which was awarded $11 billion in the budget approved last week, oversees a wide range of safety-net programs, from medical care to services for the elderly, ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ That was just a statement maybe you were above me when I posted!
30 posted on 07/02/2013 12:27:07 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: Conserev1

After reading the quote it does say, “from medical care to services to the elderly.” What those services are, is not defined!
However the Medical services must be for Illegal Aliens.
Or ones not on Medicaid.


31 posted on 07/02/2013 12:33:53 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: Conserev1
I’m sorry but Welfare is an item you did not pay for. SSI and Medicare was taken from my check for 40 years! And I paid for it! Do you need a check stub? Well you can look at as a freebie for your SSI but I myself have a different veiwpoint! Regardless of where it went it was paid!

Your argument is half correct. You paid, but you weren't actually paying for your own old-age welfare in advance, you were paying for your parents' and other folks' old-age welfare. That's the way the system was designed from the start. The money we've all paid in over the years was spent as fast as it came in. As such, current seniors are in reality receiving transfer payments from the current working generation. You may feel you are "owed" your old age welfare, but don't think that you are getting "your money" back, because it is long, long gone. You're getting your kid's and grandkids (mortgaged) money, which you most certainly didn't earn yourself.

32 posted on 07/02/2013 2:20:39 PM PDT by Sparticus (Tar and feathers for the next dumb@ss Republican that uses the word bipartisanship.)
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To: Sparticus

Well if that is the case you should petition that no one recieves SSI because we did not earn it! Earn it? What I worked 52 hrs a week and it was taken from me. If I did not earn it to put in your pot who did! Why do I have a SSN that says I’m entitled to x amount! Evidently you did not earn it either! I would imagine you are no where near retirement and are so rich you will not need your SSI so send a letter to the SSI and terminate all your paid in and never recieve a dime!
That money could be used to support a few good illegals!


33 posted on 07/02/2013 2:36:29 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: Conserev1
Well if that is the case you should petition that no one recieves SSI because we did not earn it! Earn it? What I worked 52 hrs a week and it was taken from me. If I did not earn it to put in your pot who did! Why do I have a SSN that says I’m entitled to x amount! Evidently you did not earn it either! I would imagine you are no where near retirement and are so rich you will not need your SSI so send a letter to the SSI and terminate all your paid in and never recieve a dime!
That money could be used to support a few good illegals!

I wish I was rich. I also have to work many hours and have to pay the old-age tax. I am young enough, though, that I get to be part of the first generation since Roosevelt that won't get to retire... because the system is about to implode. You're probably a member of the last generation that will enjoy that luxury. Your're welcome.

34 posted on 07/02/2013 3:00:50 PM PDT by Sparticus (Tar and feathers for the next dumb@ss Republican that uses the word bipartisanship.)
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To: Sparticus

And we boomers did not take care of the generation older than us? Did we not work to have witholding to support our elders?
You are above that and need not contribute to the system?
Plus the increase for medicaid and welfare where did that money come from. You act as though we as an older generation owe you for what was promised to us from the feds for fueling their add on programs. Sorry you feel that way but We paid our way!
This is not a gift from anyone! We as citizens did not make policy we only paid the system. So if you feel SSI is welfare I guess I will soon be on welfare!


35 posted on 07/02/2013 3:34:56 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: Conserev1
Again, you did not pay your way. You paid the previous generation's way. Also, I don't believe I ever said that we should stiff current retirees. You'll get yours. Just realize that your old-age welfare is on the backs of your offspring who will not partake of the benefit you'll receive. You seem to think I'm blaming you when I'm not. I just wish everyone understood how the system really works. Repeating liberal talking points like, "I paid in, so I'm owed," just confuses the issue and stifles chances for reforming the system.
36 posted on 07/02/2013 3:52:51 PM PDT by Sparticus (Tar and feathers for the next dumb@ss Republican that uses the word bipartisanship.)
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To: Sparticus

Go away! You make no sense! All I know is Mine is paid and if the Gov did not take it it could have been invested and it would be tripple what it’s worth!
Thats where the real deal is but I still have that as a bonus! And I will revel in it! I really could care less if your’s matures or not with you attitude! Uncle Sam may be broke by then!
But like my father before me rest his soul that only drew 1 year of SSI before his death! MAybe he left a little for you!


37 posted on 07/02/2013 4:03:07 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: Conserev1

OK, I’ll go away. Enjoy your transfer payments. Say thanks to your kids and grandkids if you please.


38 posted on 07/02/2013 4:19:38 PM PDT by Sparticus (Tar and feathers for the next dumb@ss Republican that uses the word bipartisanship.)
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To: Paladin2

Then what will they call Obamas stash?


39 posted on 07/02/2013 4:20:53 PM PDT by uncitizen (Our days are numbered)
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To: uncitizen

I’ll do that when they decide to repay the 60k stolen out of my bank account! See you think everthing is cut and dry!
But it’s not you have a lot to learn in life my friend!


40 posted on 07/02/2013 4:46:31 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: upchuck

Corbett sure has turned out to be a disappointment. He wants more tax money dumped down the moocher toilet?
Wow... What a scumbag.


41 posted on 07/02/2013 4:49:12 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Conserev1

What? I mustve misread your post. My post was supposed to be a joke, not to upset you. Relax FRiend.


42 posted on 07/02/2013 4:50:48 PM PDT by uncitizen (Our days are numbered)
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To: Sparticus
...just confuses the issue and stifles chances for reforming the system.

How would you "reform the system"?

43 posted on 07/02/2013 4:52:24 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: upchuck

I can play that game.....

Parasite salvation
Laziness inducement

free collards

Self esteem enhancement payments


44 posted on 07/02/2013 4:52:37 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Who will shoot Liberty Valence?)
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To: uncitizen

No you were just caught in the middle man!
That was for spart sometimes you have to keep up with the posts!


45 posted on 07/02/2013 4:54:25 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: Conserev1

Your post make no sense so I can’t respond to it. All ill say is, I’m not looking for trouble over this. We all have bigger fish to fry than to worry about what other people think of our posts. Ill move on and you should too.


46 posted on 07/02/2013 5:14:39 PM PDT by uncitizen (Our days are numbered)
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To: Lancey Howard

Transition away from the ponzi scheme we’ve got today to a market based system based on personal savings accounts. I’m no expert, though. I’m sure there are people with more letters after their name who can screw things up better than I can. </grin>


47 posted on 07/02/2013 5:44:33 PM PDT by Sparticus (Tar and feathers for the next dumb@ss Republican that uses the word bipartisanship.)
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