The American Bear



Evangelical minister Rick Warren has a warped understanding of poverty and self-worth. Warren recently told ABC’s Jake Tapper (h/t theamericanbear):

The only way to get people out of poverty is J-O-B-S. Create jobs. To create wealth, not to subsidize wealth. When you subsidize people, you create the dependency. You — you rob them of dignity.

The evidence supporting the necessity for food assistance is overwhelming and of course sharply clashes with Warren’s ideology. 85 percent of households receiving SNAP benefits live below the poverty line ($22,000/year for a family of four and $11,000/year for an individual). And in case you’re like Warren and incessantly equate all government assistance with joblessness, keep in mind that about half of SNAP beneficiaries with children are employed.

I’m more inclined to believe that a single mother with children to feed is only worrying about the loss of dignity when she struggles to feed her children. Same goes for the 21-year-old mother of two who moved back in with her violent-tempered boyfriend after she lost her welfare check. Same goes for the mother who pays rent by selling groceries she purchased with food stamps and keeps her children fed with help from neighbors and school lunches. Same goes for the 37 percent of SNAP recipients who are elderly and/or disabled.

The only morally ambiguous characters here are those who want to slash programs that benefit low-income individuals, all in the name of “prosperity.”

[Graphs via CBPP]

(Source: pantslessprogressive)

So Rick Warren really went on TV and said that “subsidizing” poor people”robs them of their dignity?” On Easter? I just love it when people who pay no taxes make this case. Especially when all they have to do is crook their fingers and millions of tax free dollars flow in to them.


more about Rick Warren’s jackassery here.