Listening to three powerful speeches broadcasting live from the Republican National Convention on PBS for the last couple of days has invigorated me! Restoring that sense of true hope, and faith in some real results. Definitely not the change we have had to endure in the past almost 4yrs. There is though something that has…
OK my people I am about to get real Black on yall. It’s time for some real talk! The power of life and death is in the tongue, Proverbs 18:21, be careful of what power you serve. I sat and I watched the Republican National Convention tonight. I watched Ann Romney and NJ Governor Chris Christy. Those were the only speakers tonight I really wanted to see. Now while watching I also had my browser open knowing that some of us watching would have some interesting comments.
Some of the comments I saw were deeply disturbing. People were making comments about losing their entitlements. People were speaking about entitlement benefits as if they were a right they had earned. Well hold the presses. Let me take yall to school for a minute. The “entitlements” you so want to defend were started as a part of FDR’s New Deal, and for those of you that are already lost FDR stands for Franklin Delano Roosevelt, our 32nd president. The new deal as it was called was a series of handouts to use as a platform to get our Black behinds to vote for him and it worked.
The handouts of the new deal were not meant to help us they were meant to help him. If welfare for example was truly meant to help us it would value traditional marriage and pay benefits equal to a living wage. It does not and it has not.
When you are at home paying your bills and you don’t have enough money do you write a bad check or do you put it off to the side? Eventually you have to stop and look at what you’re doing. If you ain’t got it you can’t spend it! So all that being said why do you expect the government to writing checks? We are taught in Home Economics, to balance a check book, well we used to be, or better yet do you think there is a leprechaun with a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow in Washington waiting to pay for your entitlements?
We need fiscal responsibility and accountability at home and in OUR government! We need a President that understands money and the economy. We need a President that understands you can’t spend more than you have cause eventually somebodies gotta pay the bill. We need a President that understands the balance between what you want to do and what you need to do.
Please don’t get it twisted, I’m Black, I’ve been on welfare. I know what it’s like to have food stamps and need them. I also know from first-hand experience welfare in its current form is NOT what we need. We need to give folks a hand up not a hand out and there is a big difference! We need a President that understands hard work and values it. We as a people need to understand responsibility and accountability.
Here is an excerpt from the book, White Peoples Guide to the Black Community and get out the Vote which talks and welfare reform that makes sense:
We need Welfare Reform. The current welfare system incentivizes men and women not to be married. In the welfare system, as it is now, women get more support if the father is not around. They are forced to give information on the father, so he can be forced to pay child support. In a lot of cases, that couple is still a couple, and they are trying to see if they can work it out and stay together. That needs to be the other way around. That family needs to get incentives for staying together.
When a couple has a child and stays together that family has a better chance for long term success. That child has the benefit of both parents in the home. They say children learn more from their parents in their first few years on behavior, manners, and morals. They learn their code of conduct at home. With 2 parents in the home, the child has a better chance of becoming a better adjusted member of society. Which costs the taxpayers more, the family stays together, are assigned a life coach, and a stipend to bring them up to the living wage level?
Let’s run the numbers. If a couple is together on welfare and has 2 children, and each works for $8/hr., under this new reform, they would get the following:
1. A life coach $ 500(an)
2. Living wage stipend to $14/hr. $ 23,040 (an)
3. Food stamps $ 1,320(an)
4. Section 8 voucher $ 6,000(an)
Couple not together (family of 3)
1 Life coach (2) $ 500(an)
2 T.A.N.F. $ 5,088(an)
3 Food stamps $ 4,200(an)
4 Section 8 voucher $16,200(an)
5 Medicaid $14,043(an)
As you can see, there is an immediate savings under this reform. You can further incentivize the family by giving them a $1,000 bonus at the end of every year they stay gainfully employed as a requirement of the program. The bonus would be payable at the end of five years in a lump sum. Also, as they remain employed, their wages will go up and taxpayer will save even more.
We need welfare reform that EVERYONE can benefit from and a President smart enough to do it!