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The president has no intention of reducing spending. He wants to expand the welfare state, raise taxes even more and "level the playing field," as he likes to say, meaning everyone should take home the same lower amount of pay for their work.
The U.S. unemployment rate fell last month to 7.7 percent. Even the Washington Post had to admit it was due to more people dropping out of the workforce, frustrated they can't find a job. So the latest figure is nothing to brag about.
Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, reached another high in September, according to new data released by the United States Department of Agriculture. The new numbers mean that an estimated one in 6.5 people in America were on food stamps in America.
Federal welfare spending has grown by 32 percent over the past four years, swelled by President Obama's stimulus spending and a growing number of Americans whose recession-depleted incomes now qualify them for public assistance.
Being raised in a married family reduces a child's probability of living in poverty by more than 80 percent, according to a recent report by The Heritage Foundation that found the chief cause of child poverty is the absence of married fathers in the home.
Forced "charity" that takes from the successful and merely redirects it to the unsuccessful provides the wrong kind of incentives. Our tax and welfare systems should reward thrift, entrepreneurship and industry, not indolence, timidity and profligacy.