This article will continue to be on the outrageous spending of the welfare program and how out of control this free program is. I will outline the reasons there are 12.8 million people in this country on this free program paid for by the U.S. taxpayer.
About 4.1 percent of those living in this country are on welfare. The total annual spending for this program is $131.9 billion.
In the last five years, trillions of dollars were spent just on welfare. That means it jumped up 32 percent during this administration. There are eight states that pay more for welfare than a U.S. teacher receives. New York state has more people on welfare than working people. A welfare person averages $38,000 a year.
New York state is the seventh-highest in the nation for welfare. One-third of the population of New York City is on welfare. With all this money spent on the welfare program, no one in Washington seems to care enough to do anything about it.
Instead, they cut the workers' Medicare program which they are entitled to. They cut our military. They cut all the important programs, but don't touch welfare, which is cutting into our way of life. So you work your whole life to retire and enjoy life, but instead have to work two jobs for health benefits and taxes and watch while others who don't work, and some who have no intention to work, get all the free entitlements that you are paying for.
But you will not see any of those benefits because you work for a living. So retire from work, get another job just to pay for your health insurance and maybe you will survive this rat race in this mess called free everything for those who don't care.
God help us all. Just don't go shopping the first of the month because you might lose your cool watching your tax money being spent by a generation of freeloaders. More to come because this will never end in your lifetime or mine. Too bad.
Richard Makuch is a Dunkirk resident.