The U.S. government has cleverly designed a social entitlement system that pays people more than the minimum wage in 35 states according to the Cato Institute, a system that deincentivizes work and encourages lifelong dependence on the welfare state, not to mention solidifies a solid and reliable voting block.
“Welfare currently pays more than a minimum-wage job in 35 states, even after accounting for the Earned Income Tax Credit, and in 13 states it pays more than $15 per hour,” Cato found. “If Congress and state legislatures are serious about reducing welfare dependence and rewarding work, they should consider strengthening welfare work requirements, removing exemptions, and narrowing the definition of work.”
The problem is Congress is NOT serious about reducing welfare dependence. In fact, the opposite is true. Welfare creates a society of dependence that drains Americans of any motivation to find work, instead relying on taxpayer funded handouts that keep voters placing their vote for the politician who promises them more. The fact that welfare pays more than minimum wage proves that the welfare state has no interest in getting its participants off of it. Welfare pays more than the average non-skilled hourly-wage job. So, why get one?
In 13 states, welfare pays more than $15 an hour. D.C., Massachusetts and Connecticut pay more than $20 an hour. But in Hawaii, welfare recipients see $29 an hour, which equates to more than $60,500 a year. Not bad for doing nothing.
Work harder. Millions on welfare depend on you.