Welfare, Keeping America’s Nobility Safe

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The United States welfare system is a system managed and implemented by the government to ensure economic stability for an individual or a family. In 1935 the United States Social Security Administration was the first of several very large welfare programs in the United States. Currently total social welfare expenditure constitutes roughly 35% of GDP (Gross Domestic Product), with purely public expenditure constituting 21%, publicly supported but privately provided welfare services constituting 10% of GDP and purely privately services constituting 4% of GDP. The American welfare system is the GOP’s favorite attacking point. “People have to make their own way” is a common rationale for removing the Welfare system on all levels for Americans.

Now we all know the direct consequences for this action. Millions of Americans being left out in the streets without the basic necessities, access to an education, or opportunity to advance and move up the economic ladder. Things like unemployment insurance for displaced workers and food stamps, to help those with children to ensure they have food to feed their families, have helped ensure the stability of the citizens of this nation for decades.

Now what are some of the indirect consequences? The French Revolution, in the late 1700’s, was a perfect example of problems with right winged ideology toward the common man in early France, and how it affected the people.  The royalty in France were wealthy and not too concerned with others outside of their economic class bracket. The Clergy and the Nobility where the ones who were taken care of by the French Monarchy. Everyone else sort of fell by the wayside and were told to “fend for themselves” and “find their own prosperity”. Sound familiar? Unfortunately a lot of the Nobility hired only within their circle and most of the commoners in France were too uneducated to be noticed by them.  The rest were too hungry, young or old, and frail for manual labor.

Although we have institutionalized ourselves since those times, when it comes to basic nourishment, we are not that different from the 1790 French. The French began to get cold because they could not afford housing. And the ones that could afford to live in a house couldn’t afford to keep them warm. The cost and availability of food began to grow more and more out of the commoners’ reach and an education for a commoner was a near impossible dream. Now meanwhile, while the economic decline was beginning to worsen on the common level, in the upper class life couldn’t be better. Marie Antoinette threw fancy dinner parties, and purchased expensive wigs, jewelry, and dresses all on the Frenchman dime. Sound familiar? As the French saw this they got angry and began organized bargaining against the royalty and nobility. When that did not work they began more brutish measures of destroying public property and the rest, well, is history.

When welfare was implemented here in the United States it was, of course, security and equality that was on the minds of the legislature; but so was safety for local business owners and government officials. Welfare keeps the common American content and allows them to have a chance to move up in class. As history has proven, more than once, if the commoners are not content bad things happen, on catastrophic levels, to wealthy fat cat business owners. Remember, “They only call it class warfare when we fight back”. Now we understand that the GOP does not think this far ahead when feeding into these ridiculous talking points. So what are the only differences between the French in the late 1700’s and America today? We have a bit more patience. We’re a bit more civilized. And the GOP likes to refer to the prosperity sucking nobility as the “Job Creators”. So keep this in mind when the GOP is making laws that continuously defeat the middle class and allow companies and the nobility to stomp all over them. History has proven that the middle and lower class will stomp back and the middle and lower class will win!

Edited By: Alexis Atherton