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[[File:Gary Skinner - 1.png|thumb|Gary Skinner explains that welfare makes people more dependent, and claims that living off {{l/ip|other people's money}} is celebrated in the US.]]
 
[[File:Gary Skinner - 1.png|thumb|Gary Skinner explains that welfare makes people more dependent, and claims that living off {{l/ip|other people's money}} is celebrated in the US.]]
 
==Examples==
 
==Examples==
* "Look how people have been deceived into becoming dependent upon the government and having the government telling them that they’re going to take care of them from the cradle to the grave. It has destroyed the American dream, destroyed these people’s lives, they no longer strive to better themselves and to provide for their family." ... "I keep going back to how that destroys the American dream, that destroys the incentive for somebody to better themselves [...] and they become serfs of the government, and that just makes them locked into a slavery relationship with the government."<ref name=rww />
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<blockquote>Look how people have been deceived into becoming dependent upon the government and having the government telling them that they’re going to take care of them from the cradle to the grave. It has destroyed the American dream, destroyed these people’s lives, they no longer strive to better themselves and to provide for their family." ... "I keep going back to how that destroys the American dream, that destroys the incentive for somebody to better themselves [...] and they become serfs of the government, and that just makes them locked into a slavery relationship with the government."<ref name=rww /></blockquote>
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==Reality==
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<blockquote>In the United States it is widely believed that public assistance may have harmful effects on the social and political orientations of those who receive it. Certain kinds of government support &ndash; particularly welfare &ndash; may foster a ‘culture of dependence’...
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[...but...]
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There is no evidence that a distinctive 'culture of dependence' has developed among people who rely on financial support from the federal government.<ref name=bjps2003 /></blockquote>
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It should be noted that US welfare programs tend to have unemployment and/or extreme poverty a precondition of receiving benefits, where benefits are cut off immediately once the thresholds are exceeded. This does indeed provide a disincentive to be employed or to do at all well financially. Such provisions, however, are invariably demanded by those most strongly arguing against welfare in general (typically Republicans), often citing phenomena caused by those specific features as justification.
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(This is consistent with the general Republican tendency to wreck public services and then argue that they should be wrecked further because of how terrible they are.)
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==Further Reading==
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* Why Republicans Suck: {{l/wrs|Government Dependence}}
 
==Footnotes==
 
==Footnotes==
 
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<ref name=rww>'''2015-06-23''' Rafael Cruz, father of wingnut Senator [[Ted Cruz]]: [http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rafael-cruz-aid-recipients-locked-slavery-relationship-government Rafael Cruz: Aid Recipients 'Locked Into A Slavery Relationship With The Government'] (RightWingWatch, [http://freethoughtblogs.com/dispatches/2015/06/25/rafael-cruz-government-assistance-is-slavery/ via FtB])</ref>
 
<ref name=rww>'''2015-06-23''' Rafael Cruz, father of wingnut Senator [[Ted Cruz]]: [http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rafael-cruz-aid-recipients-locked-slavery-relationship-government Rafael Cruz: Aid Recipients 'Locked Into A Slavery Relationship With The Government'] (RightWingWatch, [http://freethoughtblogs.com/dispatches/2015/06/25/rafael-cruz-government-assistance-is-slavery/ via FtB])</ref>
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<ref name=bjps2003>'''2003-04''' British Journal of Political Science: [https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/british-journal-of-political-science/article/culture-of-dependence-the-relationship-between-public-assistance-and-public-opinion/05640B8D08043FDBD3BC2EACEED2C192 A Culture of Dependence? The Relationship Between Public Assistance and Public Opinion]</ref>
 
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==Notes==
 
==Notes==
 
* [http://www.meanprogressive.com/2015/07/OKGOP.html This] ([https://plus.google.com/u/0/101379250784564336486/posts/WwLreHF698y via]) seems to be another example, but I don't have time to dig into it right now.
 
* [http://www.meanprogressive.com/2015/07/OKGOP.html This] ([https://plus.google.com/u/0/101379250784564336486/posts/WwLreHF698y via]) seems to be another example, but I don't have time to dig into it right now.

Revision as of 01:10, 17 October 2019

Myth: Providing people with regular assistance makes them more dependent, not less.
Gary Skinner explains that welfare makes people more dependent, and claims that living off other people's money is celebrated in the US.

Examples

Look how people have been deceived into becoming dependent upon the government and having the government telling them that they’re going to take care of them from the cradle to the grave. It has destroyed the American dream, destroyed these people’s lives, they no longer strive to better themselves and to provide for their family." ... "I keep going back to how that destroys the American dream, that destroys the incentive for somebody to better themselves [...] and they become serfs of the government, and that just makes them locked into a slavery relationship with the government."[1]

Reality

In the United States it is widely believed that public assistance may have harmful effects on the social and political orientations of those who receive it. Certain kinds of government support – particularly welfare – may foster a ‘culture of dependence’...

[...but...]

There is no evidence that a distinctive 'culture of dependence' has developed among people who rely on financial support from the federal government.[2]

It should be noted that US welfare programs tend to have unemployment and/or extreme poverty a precondition of receiving benefits, where benefits are cut off immediately once the thresholds are exceeded. This does indeed provide a disincentive to be employed or to do at all well financially. Such provisions, however, are invariably demanded by those most strongly arguing against welfare in general (typically Republicans), often citing phenomena caused by those specific features as justification.

(This is consistent with the general Republican tendency to wreck public services and then argue that they should be wrecked further because of how terrible they are.)

Further Reading

Footnotes

Notes

  • This (via) seems to be another example, but I don't have time to dig into it right now.