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Fed Workers, Handout Poor Next to Fact Cuts

The three richest per-capita counties in America surround Washington, DC. They are Montgomery County, Maryland and Fairfax and Loudoun Counties in Virginia.

 

Who lives there? Corporate titans? Hedge-fund managers from Wall Street? Movie stars? Wealthy TV talk-show hosts?

 

No, they are the home of hundreds of thousands of highly-paid bureaucrats working for the federal government. Their individual pay does not give them each millionaire or billionaire status, but the cumulative wealth of their average per-household income is such as to give their counties the status of the wealthiest overall in America. Amazing. The washingtonpost.com recently reported that:

 

‘The Washington area’s affluence and education levels make it the wealthiest and most educated region in the nation, according to census data released Tuesday that reflect five years of relative prosperity compared with the rest of the country.

 

 …Fairfax and Loudoun were the only two U.S. counties with median household incomes surpassing $100,000. Tiny Falls Church (Virginia), which is an independent city and counted separately, had that median income level, as well. Five of the region’s suburban counties – Fairfax, Arlington, Loudoun, Montgomery and Howard – plus Alexandria and Falls Church, were among 17 places in the United States in which more than half of the residents have at least a bachelor’s degree.’ (end of excerpt)

 

Notice that they are not only the richest places, but the best educated. Because educated people are flocking like moths to a flame to the money in and around the nation’s capital now that Obama is undermining the private economy and is concentrating more and more wealth in the government.

 

But that all is about to come to an end. The American taxpayer, like those in Wisconsin, no longer is going to pay these  exorbitant federal salaries, benefits, pensions and early retirements. The jig is up. This is the next fraud to be exposed.

 

And  many of these jobs in the federal bureaucracy are completely unnecessary. And there is nothing more galling to the American taxpayer than to think of someone who is not needed but who actually is getting some of the best pay scales in America. Which is typical socialism.

 

For instance, the entire Internal Revenue Service and its tens of thousands of auditors and employees can easily be closed down and replaced with an efficient National Sales Tax that would collect federal taxes like states do with their sales taxes. The IRS would fade into history and the April 15 deadline and all the tax forms would become irrelevant too. Wouldn’t that be great?

 

Alternative systems like this (national sales tax, flat tax etc.) have been implemented in many nations and they are very effective not only in reducing bureaucracy but in promoting growth. Just imagine all the time and money and energy taxpayers would save by not having to figure all those tax forms every year. That could go into making our economy stronger.

 

Do you know who else is going to face the chopping block Wisconsin-style?

 

The handout poor, millions and millions of whom each are getting literally many tens of thousands of dollars annually in federal and state support money, sitting around doing nothing for years on end, getting “free” cable TV and air conditioning and medical care and housing subsidies while many taxpayers can no longer afford any of them. It is a travesty.

 

Below is most of the executive summary of a report by Robert Rector,  senior research fellow in domestic policy studies at the Heritage Foundation called How Poor Are America’s Poor? Examining the “Plague” of Poverty in America published on August 27, 2007.

 

This overall report  shows how the handout poor in America are living very well and have been showered with money, services and benefits over the last 30 years by Democrats seeking to shift wealth and power to themselves and their low-income supporters. Rector’s report said:

 

‘Each year, the U.S. Census Bureau counts the number of “poor” persons in the U.S. In 2005, the Bureau found 37 million “poor” Americans. However, an examination of the living standards of the 37 million persons, whom the government defines as “poor,” reveals that what (2004 Democrat presidential candidate John) Edwards calls “the plague” of American poverty might not be as “terrible” or “incredible” as candidate Edwards contends.

 

But, if poverty means (as Edwards asserts) a lack of nutritious food, adequate warm housing, and clothing for a family, then very few of the 37 million people identified as living “in poverty” by the Census Bureau would, in fact, be characterized as poor. Clearly, material hardship does exist in the United States, but it is quite restricted in scope and severity.

 

The average “poor” person, as defined by the government, has a living standard far higher than the public imagines. The following are facts about persons defined as “poor” by the Census Bureau, taken from various government reports:

 

*Forty-three percent of all poor households actually own their own homes. The average home owned by persons classified as poor by the Cen­sus Bureau is a three-bedroom house with one-and-a-half baths, a garage, and a porch or patio.

 

*Eighty percent of poor households have air conditioning. By contrast, in 1970, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning.

 

*Only 6 percent of poor households are over­crowded; two-thirds have more than two rooms per person.

 

*The typical poor American has more living space than the average individual living in Paris, London, Vienna, Athens, and other cities throughout Europe. (These comparisons are to the average citizens in foreign countries, not to those classified as poor.)

 

*Nearly three-quarters of poor households own a car; 31 percent own two or more cars.

 

*Ninety-seven percent of poor households have a color television; over half own two or more color televisions.

 

*Seventy-eight percent have a VCR or DVD player; 62 percent have cable or satellite TV reception.

 

*Eighty-nine percent own microwave ovens, more than half have a stereo, and a more than a third have an automatic dishwasher.

 

*Overall, the typical American defined as poor by the government has a car, air conditioning, a refrigerator, a stove, a clothes washer and dryer, and a microwave. He has two color televisions, cable or satellite TV reception, a VCR or DVD player, and a stereo. He is able to obtain medical care. His home is in good repair and is not overcrowded. By his own report, his family is not hungry, and he had sufficient funds in the past year to meet his family’s essential needs. While this individual’s life is not opulent, it is equally far from the popular images of dire poverty conveyed by the press, liberal activists, and politicians.

 

Of course, the living conditions of the average poor American should not be taken as representing all of the nation’s poor: There is a wide range of living conditions among the poor. A third of “poor” households have both cell and landline telephones. A third also have telephone answering machines. At the other extreme, approximately one-tenth of fam­ilies in poverty have no telephone at all. Similarly, while the majority of poor households do not experience significant material problems, roughly a third do experience at least one problem such as over­crowding, temporary hunger, or difficulty getting medical care.

 

Much poverty that does exist in the United States can be reduced, particularly among children. There are two main reasons that American children are poor: Their parents don’t work much, and their fathers are absent from the home.

 

In both good and bad economic environments, the typical American poor family with children is supported by only 800 hours of work during a year-the equivalent of 16 hours of work per week. If work in each family were raised to 2,000 hours per year – the equivalent of one adult working 40 hours per week throughout the year – nearly 75 percent of poor children would be lifted out of official poverty.

 

As noted above, father absence is another major cause of child poverty. Nearly two-thirds of poor children reside in single-parent homes; each year, an additional 1.5 million children are born out of wedlock. If poor mothers married the fathers of their children, nearly three-quarters of the nation’s impoverished youth would immediately be lifted out of poverty.

 

Yet, although work and marriage are reliable ladders out of poverty, the welfare system perversely remains hostile to both. Major programs such as food stamps, public housing, and Medicaid continue to reward idleness and penalize marriage. If welfare could be turned around to encourage work and marriage, the nation’s remaining poverty could be reduced.’ (end of Rector excerpt)

 

Once the exorbitant packages of the bureaucrats and the middle-class living standards of many of the entitled poor are exposed, there is going to be a revolt across America. Wisconsin lifted up the rug on these outrageous packages and the ball is just starting to roll.

 

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