Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Federal government: not down with this whole "self-reliance" schtick

Dear Rubes, why are you depleting your savings and leaning on family members when your Big Daddy Warbucks in D.C. is waiting with open arms? Seriously. The welfare state: you didn't build that - we did and we demand kindly request you use it.

More Americans rely on their families for assistance than the government, so federal officials have undertaken an effort to help people to apply for federal assistance.

“Given that only 15 percent of you turn to government assistance in tough times, we want to make sure you know about benefits that could help you,” USA.gov announced today. The ”government made easy’ website has created a “help for difficult financial times” page for people to learn more about the programs.

The government got that statistic from a poll asking Americans what helps them the most during tough times. Here are the results:

Savings 44%
Family 21%
Credit cards/loans 20%
Government assistance 15%
“Government assistance comes in different forms—from unemployment checks and food assistance to credit counseling and medical treatment,” USA.gov reminded readers.

This leg of the financial assistance push has ended. “Although our campaign to highlight Help for Difficult Financial Times has ended, we know that your struggles may continue,” said USA.gov today. “We will keep updating the tools and information we provide to help you get back on your feet.”

This represents precisely why it is you don't want the government operating like a business. You see, relying on stuff you built, like your savings, or loved ones in your family is competition for the government and as the federal government has just freely admitted, that sort of competition is unacceptable and must be eschewed.

We assume the federal government is astounded that nearly two-thirds of the assistance Americans receive during tough times comes from vested parties in your life given the clear competitive advantage enjoyed by the government over these forms of assistance. You see, it's because that assistance is free to you, hell, it's free as far as the government is concerned, as well, as long as they have access to the printing presses which they always will.

From a set of people that believes food stamps are an economic stimulus, should we expect anything else?

1 comment:

SarahB said...

Now we're too stupid to ask for help? This Darwin loving crowd should know better than to help such a deficient gene pool.