If there’s one thing that’s increased faster than inflation, it’s the number of Americans on the welfare dole. What used to be a country full of gumptious workers, brilliant innovators, and hard-charging industrialists transformed into a country with a few oligarchs, a few hard workers struggling to get by, and a huge chunk on the welfare dole.
While that transition from a free nation to an “everything is free” welfare nation is disturbing, there is a glimmer of hope: it hasn’t gone unnoticed by the American public. According to a recently conducted Rasmussen poll, 55% of Americans get that and are tired of watching their countrymen sit on the couch instead of going to work.
Here’s what the poll found:
Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters believe that too many people are receiving federal benefits rather than working. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 34% disagree and believe that too many people are not receiving the government help they need to get by.
The data highlights a significant divide within the Democratic coalition.
- Among those who support policies like those of Senator Bernie Sanders, 59% believe too many people are not receiving the government help they need. Just 28% of Sanders’ voters believe too many people are receiving benefits.
- Voters who prefer traditional Democratic policies are evenly divided on the question.
Most Republicans and Independents tend to believe that too many people are receiving benefits rather than working.
Specifically, when asked “Generally speaking, which of the following is the bigger problem today: too many people are receiving federal benefits rather than working or too many people are not receiving the government help they need to get by?” poll respondents said:
- 55% Too many people are receiving federal benefits rather than working
- 34% Too many people are not receiving the government help they need to get by
- 11% Not sure
While the 55% number is still far too low, it’s at least a step in the right direction. It would be better if everyone grasped that the welfare state is a problem, but at least a majority understand that a nation where no one works can’t survive for long. For, as Ayn Rand said:
“Morally and economically, the welfare state creates an ever accelerating downward pull. Morally, the chance to satisfy demands by force spreads the demands wider and wider, with less and less pretense at justification. Economically, the forced demands of one group create hardships for all others, thus producing an inextricable mixture of actual victims and plain parasites.”
She’s right. The welfare state is a vicious plague that saps states morally, by turning people into either serfs or leeches, and economically, by draining wealth from the productive and dropping it in the lap of the unproductive bums. If our country is to survive, we can’t be a nation of leeches and serfs nor can we be a nation where those that produce are flogged and those that leech off the system are rewarded for their lack of productivity.
We’ve forgotten that common sense wisdom for far too long. Year after year we’ve let people leech off the taxpayer, sitting at home doing nothing while their countrymen labor tirelessly. That problem has only grown worse thanks to the Covid nonsense. But, if the Rasmussen poll is to be believed, perhaps we’ve reached an inflection point and Americans are finally recovering the common sense of their forefathers. Down with the welfare state!
By: Gen Z Conservative, editor of GenZConservative.com. Follow me on Parler and Gettr.