Gas on the Fire, Biden Permanently Increases Welfare Benefits

Gas on the Fire, Biden Permanently Increases Welfare Benefits

Throwing gas on a fire is the typical Democrat response to a problem, and Joe Biden is no different. The United States has a serious problem with welfare dependence, and instead of trying to fix the problem, Biden just wants to throw more money at it.


The Democrats’ history of throwing money at problems instead of solving them is extensive. Look at the public education system, teachers unions make tons of money, bad teachers can almost never be fired, and students are failing miserably at even the basics. Instead of trying to fix that problem by creating competition or improving teaching methods, the left just increases the funding for these terrible schools, essentially rewarding the bad behavior.

The issue of welfare is no different. Everyone remembers the old adage, “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

In other words, people should not be dependent on being given food and money without having to put in work for it, they should be taught how to work and earn their own money. Welfare should be a temporary placeholder, while welfare programs’ ultimate goal should be to make someone employable and get them a job. The money should be just enough to barely get by, or else there is no motivation to strive for employment.

Joe Biden apparently doesn’t agree. Maybe he’s terrified that his failure as a leader is going to cost his party dearly in upcoming elections, or maybe he’s just throwing more money at the problem because that is all he knows how to do. Either way, the consequences of his pending actions could make the country’s economic problems much worse.

The Associated Press reports: “The Biden administration has approved a significant and permanent increase in the levels of food stamp assistance available to needy families—the largest single increase in the program’s history. Starting in October, average benefits for food stamps (officially known as the SNAP program) will rise more than 25 percent above pre-pandemic levels. The increased assistance will be available indefinitely to all 42 million SNAP beneficiaries.”

The 25 percent increase in benefits will reportedly be permanent.

What makes this even worse is the fact that none of this was done through the legislative process. Instead, the Biden administration is achieving their socialist goals through the unelected bureaucrats at the USDA.

American Journal Daily makes an excellent point, writing: “We don’t have to point to the many studies that show welfare causes more harm than good. Instead of encouraging Americans to work out of poverty, welfare keeps them in poverty. It discourages people from working. Now that the food stamp level will increase, there is even less incentive for 42 million Americans to go find good-paying jobs.”

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is this: increasing welfare benefits does nothing to benefit the economy, or the poor.

In my personal opinion, welfare should include a mandatory job training program run and funded by charity, not by taxpayer money. The charity would provide several classes on resumes, applications, interview training, a donation bin filled with suitable work attire, and training for specialized jobs that have room for advancement, or even just simple jobs. This would be a sensible alternative to the current (failing) system, which is exactly why members of the federal government haven’t brought it up.

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