If you’re looking for a fast track to the good life, you may want to look a little closer at collecting welfare.
That’s because in 35 states, welfare pays more than a minimum-wage job. And thanks to Obama’s elimination of the welfare-work requirement, you can live a life of leisure, collecting more than $15 an hour in sometimes states.
A new study by the free-market Cato Institute, titled “The Work versus Welfare Trade-off,” concludes that the “current welfare system provides such a high level of benefits that it acts as a disincentive for work.”
“One of the single best ways to climb out of poverty is taking a job, but as long as welfare provides a better standard of living than an entry-level job, recipients will continue to choose it over work,” author of the study and Cato Senior Fellow Michael Tanner in a statement.
“Welfare recipients aren’t lazy, and they’re not stupid either,” Tanner adds.
“Until the government takes serious steps to reduce welfare dependence and reward work, there will be little incentive for welfare reliant individuals to enter the workforce.”
According to the census bureau, only 2.6 percent of full-time workers are poor. Alternatively, 23.9 percent of adults who don’t work are poor.
The research does not conclude that welfare recipients are not willing to work, “surveys of welfare recipients consistently show their desire for a job,” the study finds.
The study concludes, however, that the generous hand-out creates a huge disincentive for many to gain employment.
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