The Daily Mail has reported the story of Anna Broom. A thirty something year old woman who has been claiming benefits for over 12 years.
She has met the man of her dreams and now wants the government to help pay for her wedding.
She has requested the government pay several thousand pounds to help her. She also has some other items she wants. She hopes for a designer dress, a champagne toast for her fifty guests, and a horse-drawn carriage ride to the ceremony which she hopes to hold in an English Castle.
She is also looking for some money for the dream honeymoon. 1500 pounds in total
She said to the Daily Mail “I’ve dreamed about being a bride since I was 12-years-old. I deserve a fairy tale church wedding and a party in a castle. but there’s no way I could afford it on benefits and I can’t work because I’m overweight.”
She had previously been a public assistant for 14 years until she became ill with depression and other medical issues.
This caricature of the classic welfare recipient as lazy slob has persisted for decades, but does it bear any semblance to the reality of life on state aid in the United States? While it has been repeatedly proved a myth through research conducted by state and federal agencies, universities and think tanks, and religious and private charities, it continues to be a commonly held stereotype among a large segment of the population.
Conservative writer Terry Jeffrey claimed that, according to the US government’s own numbers, ”109,631,000 Americans on welfare, outnumbering the ‘105,862,000 full-time year-round workers in the United States.”
However, upon closer scrutiny, his claim is a bit disingenuous. While his numbers are technically accurate, he is making an apples to oranges comparison.
You might ask how this is possible?
The majority of welfare recipients are women and children who are actually not apart of the workforce.
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Second, it also uses an extremely broad definition of the term “welfare.” In addition to Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, or TANF, he also includes such programs as Women, Infants, and Children, or WIC, which is a food subsidy program specifically for minors, and Medicaid, which are far larger programs than TANF.
Finally, and most importantly, there is an extremely large crossover between households that receive government benefits and the workforce. As much as forty percent of our nation’s full-time workers must receive assistance.
Basically there are loads of full time workers who cannot get enough money to feed or support their families.
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