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Are We Better Off TODAY Than We Were FIFTY Years Ago?

Leslie Brown

What happened fifty years ago? Why, the “War on Poverty” of course. How’s that workin’ out for us? Let’s look at some meanypants-racist-sexist and likely some how, some way, homophobic FACTS shall we?

The data below is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; the chart showing the percentage of Americans employed in the work force. Notable facts: Currently, we are where we were back with Jimmy Carter (who is doing “back-flips” that he is no longer considered the worst-President-ever). Other notable fact: the Republican Congress forced Clinton to enforce the work requirement (graph “high”) for welfare in 1996, which Obama removed (shockingly) without permission of Congress in 2012. (Note the “dip” in late 2001 following 9/11 intended to cause negative economic effects.)

From looking at this chart, do you think we need a large influx of immigrants? Just sayin’.

bls begin. 1964

Aside from the economic impact, let’s look at what the social impact, from a system that literally pays mothers MORE money per child to stay home on welfare WITHOUT a father in the home…..aaaand the more different fathers the bettah! Yay “baby daddies”!

(Don) Lemon said that:

“more than 72 percent of children in the African-American community are born out of wedlock.” (2013)

Federal data confirms that 73 percent of African-American births in 2010 were out of wedlock. Estimates for the percentage of African-American children growing up in single-parent households are slightly lower, at 67 percent. Finally, black children counted in these statistics may have contact outside the household with their biological father. But Lemon’s statistic was accurate, and we rate his statement True.

What was the percentage of African-American out of wedlock births in 1964? 24.5%

During the nine decades between the Emancipation Proclamation and the 1950s, the black family remained a strong, stable institution. Its cataclysmic destruction was subsequently set in motion by such policies as the anti-marriage incentives that are built into the welfare system have served only to exacerbate the problem. As George Mason University professor Walter E. Williams

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“The welfare state has done to black Americans what slavery couldn’t do, what Jim Crow couldn’t do, what the harshest racism couldn’t do. And that is to destroy the black family.” Hoover Institution Fellow Thomas Sowell concurs:

“The black family, which had survived centuries of slavery and discrimination, began rapidly disintegrating in the liberal welfare state that subsidized unwed pregnancy and changed welfare from an emergency rescue to a way of life.”

But wasn’t it Joe Biden that said, “They gonna’ put y’all back in chains”? (Note: people from Pennsylvania don’t generally say “y’all”; instead they say “yenz”, short for you’uns. It’s kinda like Obama’s on-again, off-again Southern preacher talk when he’s never lived a day in his life in the South)



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