Leftists play Santa with your tax dollars, giving massive handouts to those who don’t work

E.J. Antoni, a research fellow for The Heritage Foundation, wrote an illuminating piece at Fox News detailing how government benefits are Christmas for those who don’t want to work and instead are living off Americans’ tax dollars provided by those who do work.

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Antoni went on to discuss via Fox News how many receiving government benefits can make a very nice income of six figures or more doing absolutely nothing but sitting at home.

“Professor Casey Mulligan of the University of Chicago and I have found that some families can receive the annualized equivalent of a six-figure income with no one working – and you’re paying for it,” he contended, referring to their study.

“During the pandemic, idled workers received unemployment ‘bonuses’ so high that many were pocketing more than twice what they had been making on the job. Even without these extra weekly payments, unemployment benefits can reach unexpected high levels in many states. In New Jersey, for instance, a family of four with no one working can receive unemployment benefits equivalent to a job paying over $96,000. That’s more than the median household earns in wages and benefits combined,” he explained.

The researcher then went on to address unemployment benefits and how a family can actually receive more than the average household would normally make.

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“High unemployment benefits are not unique to the Garden State. In 13 states, a family can receive annualized unemployment benefits worth more than the median household income. The value of unemployment benefits comes not just from their sheer size, but their tax advantages as well. Unlike earned income, unemployment benefits are exempt from payroll taxes, and six states also exempt them from the respective state income tax,” Antoni noted.

“And while the pandemic-related unemployment benefits have ended, the Affordable Care Act (‘Obamacare’) subsidies have just kept expanding. A program that was sold to the American people as a hand up for the poor has quickly been transformed into a handout for upper income earners,” he asserted.

The handouts look an awful lot like socialism and wealth redistribution at play and the wealthy are benefiting from them.

“In some parts of the country, a family of four earning over half a million dollars still qualifies for Obamacare subsidies. Those with a quarter-million-dollar income qualify in nearly the entire country,” Antoni reported. “The annualized value of these healthcare subsidies and unemployment benefits for a family of four can exceed a six-figure income. In Washington state, the amount is more than $122,000, substantially more than many blue-collar incomes.”

“In fact, it is 32 percent more than the wages and benefits of the median household; 51 percent more than the median secondary school teacher’s wages and benefits; 95 percent more the median machinist’s salary and benefits, and 220 percent more than the median retail associate’s salary and benefits,” he added.

Antoni pointed out that Washington state is not the only one that is doling out huge amounts of benefits. In 29 states, unemployment benefits and Obamacare subsidies reportedly total to more than the wages and benefits earned by your average truck driver or firefighter. In 14 states, they allegedly exceed the wages and benefits of the average electrician.

He continued to elaborate on other programs that also add to some of the unemployed’s higher-than-expected standard of living.

“In Loudoun County, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C., you can receive over $25,000 in annual rental assistance alone – and that is just one program. Add to that food stamps, which have just been expanded, and subsidies for everything from education to transportation, and you have not just a robust social safety net but a perverse incentive not to work because even a small amount of income disqualifies you from receiving these means-tested benefits,” the author charged.

“Many economists have been scratching their heads, wondering why so many workers are sitting on the sidelines today, despite four-decade-high inflation and the resulting record-high number of unfilled job openings. The expansion of welfare benefits—both in terms of eligibility and size of benefits—has provided a substantial disincentive to working. Businesses must not only compete against one another for workers, but against the dole as well,” he remarked.

“While Americans are preparing for the most expensive Christmas ever, they are justifiably frustrated that they are working hard to earn a living while being forced to support so many others who aren’t working. That’s what happens when liberals play Santa Claus with your tax dollars,” Antoni concluded.

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