Study: Massachusetts welfare pays better than entry-level jobs
Massachusetts pays its welfare recipients what would amount an pre-tax wage of more than $24 an hour, and ranks third in the nation in terms of dollars doled out per welfare collector, according to a new study released by the Cato Institute.YA THINK?
The libertarian think tank based in Washington D.C., estimates the total value of the state’s “typical” welfare package — which can include cash, food, housing and medical assistance — if it were taxable income, at $50,540, more than most entry-level wages. The report said that creates an incentive to remain on government assistance.
Jesus H. Tap-Dancing Christ. $50K a year on welfare. The big question is why aren't more people on welfare, then. Now, I'm assuming that they're factoring in food stamp assistance, heating assistance, health insurance benefits, etc. to arrive at that figure. Even at that, though, it's a pretty comfortable existence - even in Massachusetts - and it's troubling that this isn't a bigger story.
Another part that has me shaking my head is the part about "entry-level jobs". $50K a year compensation is better than a lot of jobs, period. Even among white collar jobs, the "entry level" is considered low $40s - so the total compensation is equivalent to a few years' service complete with pay raises.
And lastly, Hawaii I can understand being the highest - the COL in Hawaii is higher than in the rest of the US simply because of the logistics involved in living on an island. What I don't get, though, is DC. I thought that the only people living in DC were politicians and associated staffers - why is anyone getting welfare benefits in DC?
I know, I know. This is all part of the socialist plan: get more and more people hooked on government assistance so that they continue to vote for more of the same. They will continue to elect whoever promises them the most stuff, so that the party that plays Santa Claus the most convincingly can be assured of a longer stint moving the levers of power.
What happens, though, when the number of producers falls short of the number of consumers? That day is coming, and there's going to be one hell of a reckoning. Oh, it'll be one of the last dominoes to fall - "sequestration" has been the big bad bogeyman so far, but it appears to only be affecting military and EPA as far as budget restrictions. We're falling back on the "peace dividend" like we did in the 1990s, and it's only a matter of time before that bites us.
"May you live in interesting times" indeed - especially if you're a worker in Massachusetts.
That is all.