Recently, liberal commentator Kirsten Powers told Bill O’Reilly that the poor are starving throughout America. He challenged her to find one family that is starving and that isn’t involved in drugs or something of that nature. Ms. Powers is working on finding the family that is also willing to come on TV. O’Reilly’s contention is that if poor children are starving it’s because the parents are neglecting them and not because there aren’t enough social welfare services to help them.
Bill O’Reilly had a tax attorney on as a guest two nights ago, a good person who is very dedicated to the poor. In her view, O’Reilly was shaming poor parents and accusing them all of neglecting their children. O’Reilly said that is not what he was saying and he made the point that welfare is a safety net, suggesting there should be limits.
O’Reilly gave her the facts from Philadelphia where she works and they are quite shocking.
A person living on $19,000 a year is eligible for more than $6,000 in food stamps, more than $7,000 in housing, about $15,000 in day care subsidies, and about $7500 per child credit and $10,000 for HeadStart. That comes to over $40,000 which is more than what most Americans make.
The attorney, Nikki Johnson-Huston, said that it is money that doesn’t come directly to the parent and children are suffering. O’Reilly said that many of these parents are drug addicts and that is why they are suffering.
That sample welfare payment is true on Long Island also. One woman I know turned down a good job because it would only pay $40,000 to start and she does better on welfare. Welfare as a wage system instead of a safety net encourages people to stay mediocre.
O’Reilly believes parents who neglect their children and choose drugs are abusing their children. Far-left Media Matters published the video of his discussion with the attorney to mock him and claim he is “shaming poor parents.”
Ms. Johnson-Huston, said, “You are confusing an economic status of someone with their character.”
Comments on the Media Matters site indicate that their leftist readers believe putting limits on helping the so-called poor or claiming there is enough welfare in the country is the same as dismissing the poor and treating them with derision.
What do you think?