Chances are, if you are a small business owner or employee, your business does not get much business from welfare recipients. Big business get more of the business from welfare recipients. So, what’s going on is that you are paying taxes on your productive labor, that money is being handed to a person who is not working, and that person is then patronizing a big business.
It’s no wonder that big business is never leading the charge against welfare reform. Many of them are great beneficiaries of it and it allows them to also “receive a handout” from the government. Corporate cronyism. The lobbying dollars the big businesses spend ensures that Big Government favors Big Business over Small Business.
Government regulations impose higher costs on small businesses, because the “cost per employee” to meet the demands of the regulation are much higher for small businesses. No wonder some corporations actually advocate for more legislation and restriction on business – it keeps upstart competitors out of their market.
Perhaps most disturbing is the way welfare funds are used.
Think about this. If you as a small business owner or as a small business employee were able to keep more of your money, you could actually create more jobs (by expanding your business and hiring others if you are an owner) and spend more in your local enonomy (if you had more take-home pay after taxes), THEREBY LOWERING THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AND ACTUALLY LOWERING THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ASKING FOR WELFARE HANDOUNTS. (I’m shouting this because it’s a fact no one seems to get!)
Taxation for welfare programs BEGETS the need for more welfare programs (and therefore more taxation).
Now, let’s talk about the consequences of Welfare dependency. It makes us all worse off and actually enables bad behavior while diminishing the need to be personally responsible.
I received the following email this week from a member of the SBABG facebook group. He works at a large national convenience grocery chain, but is very sympathetic to our small government message. He writes:
You know what would be nice? If welfare could have more restrictions. 99% of all Electronic Benefit Transfers (EBT) transactions for welfare recipients at my store are for candy, chips and pop. Very, very rarely do I see someone actually use EBT for a necessity.
It would be interesting if there was data that showed how much junk food vs necessities was purchased with EBT.
At least energy drinks such as Rockstar or Red Bull are not covered. A guy tried to buy one a few months back and when EBT wouldn’t cover it exclaimed “They should pay for that!!”. Ummm, No!, I should not have to pay for you to drink sugar water! I know there are people who actually need welfare, but I think the majority of people on welfare are too lazy to try and find a job (even before the economy went down).
Welcome to the harm that Big Government does. Apparently, we are unable to work out social problems in our local communities, so Big Government takes from the most productive among us, gives handouts that do not fulfill their stated objective, and thereby ensures that the problems are permanently with us.
As we like to say, “Way to go Big Government!”
Do you have any “nightmare stories” you’d like to share? Please leave them in the comments below!