Wholly Misleading Half Truth: How Many Are Able to Work but Refuse to Do So?

I agree. However, this leads to the question of how many of our welfare(1) recipients are actually able to work? Being able doesn’t just mean being able-bodied, but having the skills and work ethics to be at least <minimum wage>$/hr useful. It also means having the experience and track record to convince a potential employer that you are worth hiring.

Do we have enough low skilled jobs for the people who are on welfare? What about those with a prison history – how many low skill and low trust jobs are there for them? This meme gives the impression that most welfare recipients are able to work, but that is doubtful.

(1) In the most expanded meaning of the term, any economic benefit we give people for being poor.


2 thoughts on “Wholly Misleading Half Truth: How Many Are Able to Work but Refuse to Do So?

  1. Plus, this and others like it are used to support the idea that lower levels of taxation for everyone–no matter what their income level–is the proper taxation policy. The definition of working person is often expanded to include anyone at any income level, plus the concept of “almost to the breaking point” is a very fuzzy one that can be defined in any number of ways.

    My point is not that a particular level of taxation is or is not a good idea, but that this particular type of message is often misused, misunderstood, or designed to simply shut down any attempts at finding ways around disagreements. This usually gets to the point that a workable and reasonable taxation policy concept is impossible to find, because all sides have retreated to their own particular corners and only wish to shout at the other.


    • I don’t think you can define “working person” by income level. I know people who opened startups and managed to get millions of dollars. They worked at it, a lot harder than I do at my upper-middle class job.

      I agree that both sides are so entrenched they won’t agree on any taxation policy. That is why we still have income taxes, despite income being so difficult to measure when it involves businesses.


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