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“So next time some people say government is bad or complain about people on welfare, think about companies who

rip off government.”

Jim Granger

Weedsport

 

When watching cable news one night I observed Bill O’Reilly talking with Lou Dobbs about people on welfare and how they should pay back some  money received while on welfare when they get a job or how so many people cheat the welfare system. Then there was a clip of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Halley saying to people about Hurricane Irene “do not depend on the government.” 

What bothers me with news clips and what the governor said was that they are both wrong. I work with people who use all parts of the social safety net. Trust me, there is accountability for applicants on cash assistance or people who use other welfare benefits. If you think government is bad then maybe we should leave bridge inspections, road maintenance, public safety and education to the private sector and ask them to police themselves. It worked really well with Wall Street the past 30 years.

What I do not hear from people who start talking about welfare recipients and saying government is bad, are any complaints when a state asks the federal government for money for natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Texas Governor Rick Perry says he balanced his state’s budget. What he did not tell America is he used the dreaded Obama stimulus money. So I would like to remind libertarians, non-pragmatic conservatives or any other people who think no taxes and very little government are the best things for people’s  lives. I have a solution. Move to Somalia and tell others how swell it is to live there in this libertarian paradise.

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What I do not hear from libertarians or conservatives at all is why companies who take tax breaks from local governments and then move away overseas do not have to pay the government back. Tax breaks for companies is a form of welfare.  

So next time some people say government is bad or complain about people on welfare, think about companies who rip off government.

Jim Granger

Weedsport

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