For Leftist love the poor so much…that they create more of them!!
I saw this Wall Street Journal article that said, “NYC’s Homeless Spending Surges to $1.6 Billion” and I found myself immediately doing the Charlie Brown “sigh”. The subtitle said, “Mayor Bill de Blasio spends record amount on services as shelter numbers climb; quest for ‘magic bullet’ You know, I have yet to meet a true believing Leftist/Regressive/Socialist minded Democrat who didn’t feel that if you can just get the right public policy in place, spend enough tax payer money, and then sprinkle some pixie dust and get a unicorn to pass gas, you can create a Utopia.
Lets talk numbers, shall we.
According to the last U.S. Census Bureau update in 2014, the Median Household Income in NYC is $52,737. According to the CoalitionForTheHomeless.org, in September 2016, there were 61,931 homeless people (which includes children) in NYC. Then, remember the Wall Street Journal article said that the city will spend $1,600,000,000 to take care of the poor and homeless in the next fiscal year.
So, doing basic math, that means that NYC will be spending $25,835.20 PER PERSON to “take care of the poor and homeless”. It’s pretty well established that most “poor” families in America are single-parent (usually female headed) households. So, for example, a single-mother with two children is costing NYC Tax Payers $77,505.60 annually to provide for her and her children.
When I looked at that, what immediately came to my mind was this passage from “THE SPEECH”, given by THAT DUDE, Ronald Reagan, on October 27, 1964. He said:
“We have so many people who can’t see a fat man standing beside a thin one without coming to the conclusion the fat man got that way by taking advantage of the thin one. So they’re going to solve all the problems of human misery through government and government planning. Well, now, if government planning and welfare had the answer — and they’ve had almost 30 years of it — shouldn’t we expect government to read the score to us once in a while? Shouldn’t they be telling us about the decline each year in the number of people needing help? The reduction in the need for public housing?
But the reverse is true. Each year the need grows greater; the program grows greater. We were told four years ago that 17 million people went to bed hungry each night. Well that was probably true. They were all on a diet. But now we’re told that 9.3 million families in this country are poverty-stricken on the basis of earning less than 3,000 dollars a year. Welfare spending [is] 10 times greater than in the dark depths of the Depression. We’re spending 45 billion dollars on welfare. Now do a little arithmetic, and you’ll find that if we divided the 45 billion dollars up equally among those 9 million poor families, we’d be able to give each family 4,600 dollars a year. And this added to their present income should eliminate poverty. Direct aid to the poor, however, is only running only about 600 dollars per family. It would seem that someplace there must be some overhead.”
Now here is something interesting to give you some perspective. That $45 Billion of tax payer money that was being spent in 1964 is the equivalent of $347 Billion ($347,550,715,093.44 to be exact) in 2015 dollars. According to website, U.S. Government Spending.com, “In FY 2017 total US government spending on welfare — federal, state, and local — is “guesstimated” to be $1,086 billion, including $612 billion for Medicaid, and $474 billion in other welfare.” Yep, that means we will spend, $1,086,000,000,000 on “welfare” in 2017, which is over three times as much as was spent in 1964.
Referring back to the WSJ article, it also said, “When Mr. de Blasio took office in 2014, the city shelter system had a budget of about $1 billion and a population of about 50,700”. So it seems that the avowed Socialist, de Blasio, has been successful at encouraging more violent crime, and creating more poverty and homelessness…just like a good little Community Organizer should.
According the New York State Department of labor, “as of December 31, 2015, the Minimum Wage for individuals working in the fast food industry is $10.50 per hour in New York City, and $9.75 per hour in the rest of the state. As of December 31, 2015, the Minimum Cash Wage for Tipped Workers in the Hospitality Industry is $7.50 per hour if they earn enough in tips.”
So that means, if you are a person living in NYC with minimum knowledge, skills, and abilities, who found full-time (40hr/week, 52week/year) employment that compensated you according to the knowledge, skills, and abilities that you bring to the labor market, you would earn $21,840 per year. So if you’re a single mother earning the minimum wage that your knowledge, skills, and abilities warrant, and you’re trying to raise a family of two kids on that income, you’re still more than $30,000 below the median income for NYC.
The Bible speaks of helping the poor to help themselves. In Leviticus 19:9-10 (NKJV), it says, “9 ‘When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. 10 And you shall not glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather every grape of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger: I am the Lord your God.” As you read more into the Bible, it speaks more about “Generosity to the Poor”, and in Deuteronomy 15:7 (NKJV) it says, “If there is among you a poor man of your brethren, within any of the gates in your land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother,” When I read that, what comes to my mind is that it’s important to help and be generous to “the poor”, but it’s also important for them to be able to maintain some human dignity. There is no dignity in making an able bodied human be dependent upon you and your largess for their survival. There is no dignity or self-worth for an adult to constantly be taken care, without having to put forth any effort themselves.
Wouldn’t it make more financial sense (as well as help them have some dignity) to help those folks find at least minimum wage jobs, and then you could simply temporarily supplement and assist them by giving $30,897 (broken down into bi-monthly payments of $1,287.37) per year to those folks in need, which would bring them to the median household income for NYC? Furthermore, you would save $46,608.60 of tax payer money on that one family alone.
Interestingly enough, if you go back to Ronald Reagan’s 1964 speech, and adjust the numbers for inflation, that $4,600 per year per family that he mentioned would be $35,869.46 in today’s dollars. With all that money being spent, I do find myself wondering how much of that $1.6 Billion is actually reaching those families and individuals who are in need as “direct aid”. I guess that once again, Ronald Reagan proved to be rather sage when he said, “It would seem that someplace there must be some overhead.” I just wish that Leftist would stop “caring about the poor” so much that they keep creating more of them.