U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) wants to rebrand welfare by giving it a new name. Instead of using the term “welfare,” the dishonest congresswoman wants to call it “transitional living fund.” So generations of families living on welfare can use a term that makes it sound like they’re actually looking for a job…instead of using it as an inter-generational way of life to collect unearned government paychecks indefinitely.
According to SHTFPlan.com,
The Texas Congresswoman who once urged a Congressional oversight panel to study how Christian militants and other radicals might bring down the country has some new progressive ideas she’d like House members to begin implementing.
In a brief speech on the House floor about safety nets that touches on all manner of government assistance, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee suggested that the term “welfare” is no longer politically correct, and like all masters of doublespeak, wants Congress to change its name to a “transitional living fund.”
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) hailed the war on poverty, endorsed government welfare programs, and said the “safety net has to be something for all of us.”
“Maybe the word welfare should be changed to something of, ‘a transitional living fund.’ For that is what it is — for people to be able to live,” she said.
Source: CNS News
Following the financial crisis of 2008 when millions lost their jobs, homes and life savings, it is certainly understandable that emergency programs were established to help people transition and get back on their feet.
The operative term here is “transition” – a period of changing from one state or condition to another. Normally, when we think of a transition, especially as it relates to emergency funds from the government, we think short-term assistance. That could mean several months, or as is the case with unemployment benefits, 99 weeks.
However, no matter how Ms. Lee tries to spin this, welfare is no longer a short-term program for the majority of people on it. The “transition” the Congresswoman refers to is one in which a person simply stops working and starts collecting a monthly check from the government for producing absolutely nothing in return.
As we highlighted in a recent interview, and though it’s not necessarily descriptive of everyone who receives welfare assistance, the program itself is being abused on a massive scale.
It’s not surprising Sheila Jackson Lee is passing on LBJ’s sad legacy of Democrats in Texas. LBJ’s grand War On Poverty has become an inter-generational poverty trap. The ideals of hard work or free enterprise no longer hold any meaning in these multi-generational dependent families. It’s sad that the few families that use this program appropriately, as a temporary bridge, are scarred with a stigma belonging to the majority who abuse it.