There's a new facebook page that I've become aware of, called "Not giving welfare to lazy people" It features memes, jokes, and hard hitting social commentary like this gem:
That's some damn fine barely coded racist bullshit there, isn't it? Don't worry, it's been liked and shared plenty. Of course it's not all racist, lots of it is just plain delusional. Like these that think "welfare checks" are five figures monthly:
Apparently this facebook page, which has 84,954 likes as I write this, is frequented by good, hardworking Americans, who are just sick and tired of all those lazy welfare queens buying nicer cars then those hardworking Americans can buy. Which of course makes me wonder why they don't all just say fuck it, quit their jobs and collect welfare.
I mean if the gravy is that good, if it's really that easy, why aren't we all doing it? What kind of idiot would keep slaving away at a job they hate to barely afford their Hyundai, when they could have a Cadillac for nothing?
Of course the gravy isn't that good. It's actually really hard to get cash assistance, and depending on what state you live in, it might be impossible as it's one of the hardest hit entitlements every time there's a budget cutback, like you know, the ones the whole country's been having for like almost a decade now.
But "welfare" to these fucking douchecannons is just shorthand for any government assistance; WIC benefits, SNAP, EBT (food stamps) Social Security/disability, Medicaid or actual cash assistance. It's all the government tit to this lot, and they aren't about to start learning about these programs, what it actually takes to receive benefits, or what the value of those benefits actually is, because fuck your facts, that's why.
Now I went through their posts, looking for a single complaint about their hard earned and stolen taxes going to such freeloaders as the Oil and Gas industry or Wal-Mart, or any of the other corporate freeloaders who by the way collect way more in government handouts and tax breaks then all of the other social welfare programs combined, and wouldn't you know it? I couldn't find a single one.
I'm also left to wonder how many of those 89,000 fans of this shitshow receive mortgage deductions, child dependent deductions, or education deductions on their own taxes. All breaks, that I don't get, of course I haven't felt the need to start a facebook page to cry about it on just yet.
But wait, surely there are people in the system taking advantage right? I mean these "welfare queen" stories have to come from somewhere, we can't possibly be only helping the people who need it right? Maybe I'm being unfair. At the top of the page it does say
If you work and still need welfare, the this page doesn't apply to you. It is only for the people who can work, but refuse and collect welfareAnd they feel the need to repeat this a lot:
Makes it all better right? They're only talking about a specific kind of welfare recipient. The ever elusive "lazy welfare queen" This page is not here to complain about corporate welfare, legitimate disability, or you know, themselves because the fact is, we all get something back from the government sometime, and that's totally cool with us you guys, so stop bringing it up!
So how bad is this problem? This welfare receiving, couch laying, Rolex wearing, iphone talking, Cadillac driving menace.... How many of them are there that 89,000 people feel the need to like and share and jump on this ignorance bandwagon?
Well, in 2012 fraud seems to have accounted for 2.6% of all social welfare transactions. Clearly, it's a pervasive fucking problem.
See, that's I think what bothers me the most. Not that these assholes hate the poor, despite largely being poor themselves. It's not that they have no sense of solidarity, or that they turn their resentment with their own station in life and their career choices onto the people who are actually worse off then them. No it's that they are jealous of a myth. No one is out there living large on welfare. And the few criminals who figure out how to? They get arrested. The shit they're mad about is already illegal, and aggressively prosecuted. Anyone notice what's actually missing from these stupid memes? Names. Because they don't know anyone who actually fits the description they are so fucking busy being angry at. Because they're assholes