• charlie hayward

    1. CATO didn’t depict anyone as lazy and unproductive. The straw-man argumentation undercuts your credibility. If you cool off and actually read the report, page 21 shows CATO concluded “poor people are not lazy.”

    2. CATO also didn’t report all families in poverty received every benefit to which they were entitled. Chill out dude. CATO showed “Benefit Packages” as entitlements, not paid benefits.

    3. The Congressional Budget Office, whose resources dwarf any of the author’s sources, reported in February 2014 that “…expanded Medicaid eligibility under the ACA will, on balance, reduce incentives to work.” Google it and add balance to your story because you don’t seem to understand the effects of regressive tax rates (principally for Social Security) on behavior of workers considering low-paid employment.

  • Stop the excuses and the manipulation of stats. The bottom line is : “It’s clear that welfare benefits in Maryland are sufficiently high that they can act as a disincentive to work,” People should want to get off of welfare as fast as possible, in this country the opposite is true and that is a disgrace. Stop robbing us (through taxes) to fund this obscenity!

  • Jake Mohorovic

    The money in the federal budget for these welfare programs should all be in a work for pay program. Staying home and receiving a welfare check provides no incentive for self development.

  • aureliusjb

    I only have personal experience to go by. Once at the grocery counter I had sticker shock with my gourmet zucchini I was about to purchase. I told the clerk the price was exhorbitant and I did not want to buy it after all. At that moment a young lady in line offered to purchase it for me with her WIC card. It was a kind gesture, but I was struck by the fact that here was a presumably poor person in desperate straits willing to buy a premium yuppie treat for a stranger.