I have seen this on my Facebook newsfeed many times and each time it angers and offends me to no end. This is a dispicable piece of seperatist propaganda designed to rally the middle class in arms against people on welfare. Firstly, it offends me as a lover of dogs because I know the connotation is negative and they as a species are not deserving of such negative views. Secondly, it pits brother against brother, sister against sister in a way that is simply cruel and unnecessary. It makes several assumptions that are simply untrue. I will attempt to address them here.
- The first assumption is that welfare is a pleasure that people aspire to be on. No one and I do mean no one runs to the welfare office thinking “Yippee!! We get welfare!”
- The second is that welfare is a means of attaining wealth. Wrong, again. Welfare is not profitable, for anyone.
- The third is that people on welfare keep popping out children without fathers to gain more benefits. No woman on welfare says “Yeah! We got another welfare check coming, I’m pregnant. WOO!HOO!”
- According to fair.org the average number of children in homes recieving AFDC benefits is 1.9 hardly the 6 or 8 Fox News, the woman who posted this meme on my feed and this meme would suggest. If you don’t believe me go here: http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/five-media-myths-about-welfare/
- The fourth is that people on welfare are lazy. The requirements to maintain your benefits are a job in and of itself these days.
What follows is the discussion I had on Facebook with the poster of this disgusting meme.
Tamara Nichols “if you don’t want your tax dollars to help the poor, then stop saying you want a country based on Christian values. Because you don’t” John Fugelsang
This meme is exactly what’s wrong with our country. It is disgusting judgemental hate-mongering crap. If you honestly believe that it is a picnic to recieve assistance then I suggest you quit your jobs and give it a try, Nobody says “Yeah! I finally qualify for welfare!” Nobody. Just stop for a second and realize that you are comparing our brothers and sisters to dogs (which, in my opinion, isn’t a bad thing when you truly look at dogs as a species) but the connotation is a negative one intent on keeping people from focusing their attention on the ones that actually have their hands in our cookie jar.
Roxanne Bayard There is a difference in lazy and in need. To have 6 kids, have never worked a day in your life when there is nothing wrong with you other than being lazy. But when you expect me to pay for your health care, your groceries, your rent, your baby food and formula all while you stand in front of me in the grocery store with the wad of $100 bills you pull out your bra and more jewelry on than I could ever I afford I have a big issue. I have no problem helping those in true need, I have a big problem with lazy.
Tamara Nichols How can you tell the difference? We all fall short. We are all unworthy. Remember WWJD? Who are we to judge? Perhaps, this hypothetical woman is a Catholic widow? Or simply a Christian that doesn’t believe in abortion? Even if she could find a job, it wouldn’t pay her child care bill. What if?
Roxanne Bayard Come to New Orleans, I will show you the difference quickly
Tamara Nichols Next time you’re @ Walmart ask your cashier how she feels about having a full time job and still being on welfare. I’m just saying that I’m dumb enough to know I don’t want to make a judgement call that isn’t mine to make. I find this meme personally offensive because I know it to be propaganda that’s meant to keep our country up in arms over an issue that has little to do with what is really happening in the USA. It is your right to think & feel what you want about our brothers & sisters but it is this kind of separatist propaganda that got a nation to turn it’s back on an entire population of what Hitler deemed as “undesirables”. We need to mindful of what we put in our hearts because it can lead to powerful results either way.
Roxanne Bayard Again the difference of in need and lazy. The walmart cashier trying to make a living I don’t mind helping, the lazy person sitting on the sofa all day baby making that is more than capable of working I have a problem supporting.
Jack Russell Don’t. I. Wish.
Tamara Nichols Perhaps they are depressed & feel defeated by the attitudes toward them? We cannot pretend to know & understand what each of us goes through on a daily basis. Then again perhaps we should round up all “lazy” people & do away with them. Maybe if we subsidized abortion, stupid people couldn’t make babies & live a life of luxury on our dime. Truthfully, the majority of America’s budget goes to help corporations pay bonuses to keep their executives in the life to which their accustomed & to defense spending. Those drones don’t go out and kill without maintenance and programming. Just things to consider.
Tamara Nichols Let’s not forget how much our congressmen bring in annually in benefits & salary. There was a time in this nation their wage was tied to that of the average farmer from their district. I’d like to see us get back that to solve our budget issues. They’re hoping we won’t know about that from our history.
Roxanne Bayard Not getting into a political debate.
Tamara Nichols You posted it. It offended me & I was hoping to enlighten you as to what you are perpetuating. If after understanding that it is separatist propaganda meant to keep us fighting amongst each other rather than coming together & dealing with the real problem.
Tamara Nichols You continue to support it. You at least know what it is you are supporting.
C’mon people. We’ve got to at least be internet savvy enough to make the connections here. We have people in power that are spoonfeeding us propaganda about “the other guy”. We have to be smart enough to see that it is a slippery slope we cannot afford to go down. This is the exact type of behavior that Hitler engaged in to “remove undesirables” from his “perfect nation”. I know much of us received public educations. I did and I’m dyslexic. I see the red flags and they are huge. We really can’t continue to forward such cruelty onto our children and their children. After the poor are eliminated, who’s next? The other guy? How many other guys between us and their agenda? We need to wake up from our Game of Thrones, Kardashian, Voice slumber. I welcome educated debate but will not tolerate the spread of seperatist propaganda. Any takers?
For more information check out this article on Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting:
I hope you wil find it as enlightening as I did.