Air-Conditioning Is The Ugly Side of Welfare

Hasselbeck on Welfare

Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck believes that air conditioning and television are the “ugly side” of welfare.

On Thursday’s episode of Fox & Friends, Hasselbeck brought up a report from libertarian Fox Business host John Stossel, which claims that entitlements have created a culture of dependence and that the taxpayer is footing the bill while recipients live the good life.

Stossel goes undercover as a journalist and asks welfare recipients questions about the “good life” that they’re leading.

“You have a cell phone?” Stosell asked a man on the street.

“Yeah of course I do,” he responds.

“Yeah, I have a TV,” one woman admits.

“Yeah, I have a television,” a man tells Stossel.

“Do you have air conditioning?” Stossel questions.

“Yes,” the man replies.

HOW DARE THEY – was Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s first reaction after watching the clips.

“Do these folks really need to be on welfare?” she asked. “Is welfare creating more victims than it’s actually helping?”

Yes says Stossel! Taxpayers are victims for having to fund it and welfare recipients are victims because now they are hooked on free stuff and totally lazy. Stossel claims that welfare is a new idea and before that private charities were used to help the poor. And of course the private charities did it better than the government “because they knew who needs help and who needed a kick in the rear.”

Hasselbeck agreed that welfare makes people far too dependent on the government, claiming people lack motivation because they can earn more money in some states being on welfare than they can working a minimum wage job.

“The motivation to go get a job is almost non-existent in 35 states,” Hasselbeck said.

So to sum up Fox & Friends’ general outlook, the poor should have:

  • no health care
  • no livable wages
  • no easily accessible contraception
  • no food stamps
  • no form of entertainment (television, games)
  • no form of communication (phones)

And they must be able survive summer in the south without air conditioning. Maybe that’ll give ‘em some motivation! Nothing gets people off their feet quite like extreme heat…

Via: Raw Story

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