3 in 10 is bad, but could be worse

Still, there are those that the state must help.

Three in 10 working Georgia families still struggle to get by, according to a report issued Tuesday by a public policy study group.

“It used to be that if you worked hard with your muscle and showed up on time you could earn enough” to support a family, said Brandon Roberts, the principal author of the study produced by the Working Poor Families Project. “That’s increasingly no longer the case.”

The report counts how many working families are low-income, defined as making less than $41,228 a year. The percentage of Georgia working families the report classified as low-income was also about 30 percent four years ago when the Working Poor Families Project last crunched the numbers. WPFP’s Web site says it was launched in 2002 by national philanthropic leaders who saw the need to strengthen state policies affecting working families. Both reports used 2-year-old data from the census, the latest available numbers.

I guess this is why I’m conservative and not libertarian. I think there are programs for aid to the poor that the government must run, though I do think they could be run better if outsourced to the private sector.


  1. ramblinwreck says:

    “there are those that the state must help”? Wow, what did people do before the state started “helping”? I believe neighbors and churches helped the ones that deserved help did they not? When I was a kid in the 50’s there were some poor people who got help from the community but they didn’t expect the stinking government to take them from cradle to grave like they do today. I’d much rather have the ability for a church or my responsible neighbors decide who is worthy of help rather than some bureaucrat who has a vested interest in an ever-increasing number of people who need “help”.

    Today the state “helps” everyone without any determination whether they should be entitled to resources stolen from the rest of us. This removal of the “actions have consequences” moral lesson is emblematic of why the government always gets larger instead of smaller. Maybe if more people knew that the government wasn’t automatically going to “help” them they’d be more responsible for themselves.

    Of course, all this will magically change when Obama is sworn in and the point will be moot.

  2. IndyInjun says:

    The WELFARE that is bestowed by keeping one middle level AIG manager in his job dwarfs the welfare that the poor get by a factor of ten or more.

    REPUBLICANS as Christians should ask why they begrudge helping the later, when the former stole from everyone.

  3. David says:

    At least those companies or evil corporations who get what is described as corporate welfare create jobs and employ people unlike the non-productive welfare recipient who just sits on his backside doing nothing to earn the assistance he receives from the taxpayer’s back pocket. It really boils down to who is productive and pulls his weight in society versus those who aren’t.

  4. IndyInjun says:


    The market ruled AIG positions unneeded.

    Make work government jobs that do not fill a marketable purpose ARE welfare.

  5. ramblinwreck says:

    Indy, no Chrisitan I know of begrudges helping the truly needy. The difference is that those of us who do so apply some judgement ( I know that’s a bad word to some people ) when deciding who gets helped and who doesn’t.

    I just don’t think it’s compassionate to steal money from me to give to someone else. That isn’t a Christian value.

    If I can’t do it to you, and you can’t do it to me, the government shouldn’t be able to do it to either of us.

  6. Chris says:

    $40,000 per year is not poverty.

    Poverty is US$365 per year. Poverty isn’t only being able to afford 1 flatscreen tv. Poverty is watching a child die of starvation. Poverty isn’t not being able to get the newest most expensive medical procedure to save you from your stupid life choices. Poverty is having to decide which of your children will get to sleep under the mosquito net and not catch malaria while the rest of your children take their chances.

    Phil Gramm is right – this is a nation of whiners.

  7. IndyInjun says:

    AIG whined at a deafing pace…..now their managers enjoy make work jobs selling poison finance.

    The common folk out here are wising up pretty fast.Instead of bailouts, most of the criminals would be well advised to make their escape plans……IF there is any corner of the world where they can hide from the victims of the grandest theft the world has ever known.

    AIG threw a $445,ooo party after their bailout……enmity for flat-screen TV’s seems ill-placed from this vantage point.

  8. Game Fan says:

    Neocons love to outsource, meanwhile they don’t give a flip about real private charity (such as Churches, Synagogues, Salvation Army, Goodwill, ect…) Outsourcing in many cases still leaves the taxpayer on the hook without real competition.

  9. David says:

    Hey Game,
    Conservatives don’t care about real charities? Really? Then why did Palin give more to charity that Biden over the last number of years. As a statistical fact, those who are identified as Republicans give significantly more to charity than those who identify themselves as Democrats. Nice try, though. As for outsourcing, companies have a responsibility to make money for their shareholders. Because of the outrageous union mandated hourly wages for unskilled labor, companies go elsewhere where they don’t have to pay people more than they are worth. $50 an hour for a GM assembly line worker? Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Say thanks to the unions for the outsourcing.

  10. IndyInjun says:

    Will David love Bush when the DOW stands at 4500 by the first week in January?

    The natives around here are more than a mite restless.

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