Susie the Welfare Recipient
Enough about Joe the Plumber! I haven’t heard either candidate discuss what they plan to do about Susie the Welfare Recipient. Able-bodied but illiterate Susie, who has never worked a day in her life and has no intention of starting, is the role model for her five uneducated kids.
Barack Obama said he would help welfare recipients willing to work. What about the others?
People who get up and go to work every day resent funding Susie’s lifestyle, and politicians underestimate our anger. Many of us would like to know what the next president has in mind to remedy the situation.
Americans already spread wealth
It is important to note that Paul Newman made a personal choice to direct profits from the sales of his food products to charities (10/25, Opinion, “U.S. excerpts: Newman’s example of giving”). The government did not mandate that he do this, as it might, through regulation or taxation, to redistribute wealth. Many businesses and individuals make similar choices as a part of their personal or business plans.
Syracuse University professor Arthur Brooks’ book Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth about Compassionate Conservatism points out that Americans give more than the citizens of any other country. We also volunteer more.
Despite high gas and food prices and falling home values, Americans gave away a record $306 billion last year — an increase of $11 billion from the previous record year (2006).
We don’t need Obama’s plan to have the government redistribute wealth. Like Paul Newman, we do it pretty well on our own.