I've written about the damage that government welfare programs cause in individuals that are told they're forced to depend on them (see here, here, here, and here). The reforms signed in 1996 did a lot to get people who fell into the government safety net back on their feet and off of assistance as quickly as possible. Katherine Bradley of the National Review Online describes how that reform worked.
And how Dear Leader plans to try to reverse those reforms. That, combined with the extension of unemployment (again and again and again), I believe is designed to get as many people dependent upon the government as possible. The more people depend on the government for their income and livelihood, the fewer vote against the bread and circuses as the current administration works to turn us into the USSR in its heyday.
Indeed, once they get as many of us as possible put on welfare, they've already half succeeded. Mandatory Medicaid will put us closer. And if we let them take our guns, we no longer have a chance to keep any of our other freedoms.
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