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Which State Has the Most Self-Reliant People?

Which State Has the Most Self-Reliant People?

Back in 2010, I put together a “Moocher Index” as a rough measure of which states had the highest levels of welfare dependency after adjusting for poverty rates. My goal… Read more »

How the Welfare State Erodes Social Capital, as Illustrated by a Chuck Asay Cartoon

How the Welfare State Erodes Social Capital, as Illustrated by a Chuck Asay Cartoon

I’m a big fan of Chuck Asay’s political cartoons. My favorite is his nothing-left-to-steal masterpiece. And his tractor cartoon and his regime-uncertainty cartoon are brilliant indictments of Obamanomics. Here’s another classic…. Read more »

Another Horrifying and Depressing Look at the Human Cost of the Welfare State

Another Horrifying and Depressing Look at the Human Cost of the Welfare State

When we think of Julia, the mythical moocher created by the Obama campaign, our first instinct is probably to grab our wallets and purses. After all, she symbolizes the entitlement… Read more »

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Which State Has the Highest Food Stamp Usage of All?

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Which State Has the Highest Food Stamp Usage of All?

The food stamp program seems to be a breeding ground of waste, fraud, and abuse. Some of the horror stories I’ve shared include: Using food stamps to buy luxury coffee… Read more »

Will Growing Dependency and Erosion of Social Capital Turn America into Europe?

Will Growing Dependency and Erosion of Social Capital Turn America into Europe?

One of my favorite political cartoons is this Michael Ramirez gem showing President Obama following the European lemmings over the cliff of statism. But this isn’t a laughing matter. As… Read more »

A Real-Life Example of How Government Handouts Create Life-Sapping Dependency

A Real-Life Example of How Government Handouts Create Life-Sapping Dependency

Remember Julia, the mythical moocher created by the Obama campaign to show the joys of government dependency? As illustrated by this Ramirez cartoon, Julia symbolizes the entitlement mentality. Unfortunately, there… Read more »

Thanks to the Welfare Hammock, Here’s another Horror Story about Deadbeats Sponging Off British Taxpayers

Thanks to the Welfare Hammock, Here’s another Horror Story about Deadbeats Sponging Off British Taxpayers

Here are some odious details from the UK-based Sun. Danny Creamer, 21, and Gina Allan, 18, spend each day watching their 47in flatscreen TV and smoking 40 cigarettes between them… Read more »

Obama’s Vision of a Nation of Takers

Obama’s Vision of a Nation of Takers

If you don’t want to be depressed, you should stop reading right now. You probably know that we’ve been suffering because of a rising burden of government spending. And you… Read more »

If You Could Reform only One Major Entitlement Program, Which One Would You Pick?

If You Could Reform only One Major Entitlement Program, Which One Would You Pick?

This is a tough question. I obviously want comprehensive reform of all entitlement programs, so selecting just one is a bit of a challenge. Sort of like being asked to… Read more »

Do You Live in a “Death Spiral” State?

Do You Live in a “Death Spiral” State?

Three years ago, I put together a “Moocher Index” that measured the degree to which non-poor people in a state were benefiting from redistribution programs. As you can see if… Read more »