Democrat Congressman Sheila Jackson Lee: Change Word “Welfare” To “Transitional Living Fund”
It’s ironic that she wants to call it a “transitional living fund” since as a practical matter, Democrats are comfortable with welfare as a lifestyle.
In a brief speech on the House floor Wednesday, 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.
Jackson Lee hailed the Earned Income Credit, food and nutrition programs, jobs training and education programs, Medicaid, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act as “huge safety nets – not handouts, but safety nets, she said.
You could theoretically call unemployment insurance ‘a transitional living fund,’ but welfare is nothing but a hand-out from the makers in the country to the takers. It’s money that’s being forcibly taken from people who work for a living and given to people who don’t. Many of those people choose not to work because it’s easier to sit on their behinds and collect money that other people have earned. It’s shameful to leech off of your fellow citizens and we shouldn’t be using euphemisms to try to reduce the disgrace of taking welfare.