Sheila Jackson Lee: Don’t Call it “Welfare”; Call it “Transitional Living Fund”

Sheila Jackson Lee is proposing changing the word welfare to “transitional living fund.” Maybe this will make people not feel so bad about taking advantage of taxpayer money; money that was taken by force through taxation (theft) and given to a money-wasting, bureaucratic jumble that has absolutely no use for budgets. [Budgets? Budgets?! We don’t need no stinking budgets!]

In a speech recently, Jackson Lee lauded the failed War on Poverty, a war that has only seen poverty increase ever since it was declared. Government wars tend to do that.

The War on Terror has produced more terrorists and more excuses for domestic big brother laws. The War on Drugs has resulted in increased drug usage, increased profits of drug dealers and traffickers, and the largest non-violent prison population in the world.

Speaking of budgets, perhaps our government should declare war on fiscal responsibility. Then maybe they’d live within their means.

In any event, the term welfare has a lot of bad connotations. I’m sure some would claim that the term itself is racist. Here’s CNS News on Jackson Lee’s solution:

“Maybe the word welfare should be changed to something of, ‘a transitional living fund.’ For that is what it is – for people to be able to live,” she said.

Jackson Lee hailed the Earned Income Credit, food and nutrition programs, jobs training and education programs, Medicaid, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act as “huge safety nets – not handouts, but safety nets,” she said.

As part of her five-minute speech, she displayed a photo of people in a long line “who are possibly looking for work.” Jackson-Lee said there’s no way to know which of those people “are near the edge of poverty or living in poverty simply because they cannot find work.”

She urged Congress to pass emergency unemployment insurance – “a transitional outreach to individuals who are chronically unemployed,” as she put it.

“Quite frankly, of all the wealthy nations, we have the lowest safety net and the highest poverty, because we’re not willing to accept the fact that sometimes an American needs help. Even a veteran – even a soldier.

“So today, I honor the 50th anniversary of the war on poverty, Mr. Speaker, and I ask us  not to give up the fight because the American people are looking to us to win the war.”

“Chronically unemployed?” She makes it sound like it’s some sort of disease. Perhaps the unemployed should also apply for disability benefits.

I’m not going to blame government programs entirely for making this country as poor as it is. It is true that those who classify as poor have increased substantially since LBJ’s “War on Poverty” was declared. But a lot of this has to do with the people themselves taking advantage of the system. It was wrong for the government to make these promises of “safety nets” for Americans. But it was just as wrong for people to turn to the government for sustenance. The poverty we’re seeing now is the fruit of socialism, er…excuse me, “social justice. LBJ called it the Great Society. Great for them; horrible for us.