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Jackson Lee: Call Welfare ‘Transitional Living Fund’

From CNS News:

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee: Change the Word ‘Welfare’ to ‘Transitional Living Fund’

By Susan Jones | January 8, 2014

(CNSNews.com) – 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.

Except it’s kind of hard to think of welfare as ‘transitional’ when some people are on it for generations.

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.

As part of her five-minute speech, she displayed a photo of people in a long line "who are possibly looking for work." Jackson-Lee said there’s no way to know which of those people "are near the edge of poverty or living in poverty simply because they cannot find work."

She urged Congress to pass emergency unemployment insurance — "a transitional outreach to individuals who are chronically unemployed," as she put it.

So unemployment benefits are an outreach program? Who knew?

"Quite frankly, of all the wealthy nations, we have the lowest safety net and the highest poverty, because we’re not willing to accept the fact that sometimes an American needs help. Even a veteran — even a soldier.

"So today, I honor the 50th anniversary of the war on poverty, Mr. Speaker, and I ask us  not to give up the fight because the American people are looking to us to win the war."

The problem is Sheila Jackson Lee’s side is winning the war. They are poverty pimps. And poverty is winning.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, January 9th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Jackson Lee: Call Welfare ‘Transitional Living Fund’”

  1. mr_bill

    “chronically unemployed”? Is that a reference to somebody who smokes too much dope to get off their butt and work?

  2. BannedbytheTaliban

    Tomorrow she will be on the floor telling us we need to legalize 11 million immigrants so they can fill all the open jobs there aren’t enough American’s to fill.

  3. yadayada

    for crying out loud.
    even bureaucrats have stated openly that subsidizing any activity produces more of that activity.

    so why is it that even idiot lowinfos can’t seem to make the connection that paying people to not work causes more people not working?

    or are they simply queueing up for their own slice?

  4. captstubby

    “If men define situations as real, they are real in their consequences.”

    The Thomas theorem
    in sociology one of the most basic concepts or type of theories:
    Grand Theory, which is a theory which deals with the universal aspects of social processes or problems and is based on abstract ideas and concepts rather than on case specific evidence.

    In 1928, the sociologist W.I. Thomas formulated a statement which later became known as the Thomas Theorem: “If men define situations as real, they are real in their consequences.” Thomas also contributed the phrase “definition of the situation,” meaning that whatever counts as real in any given situation is the result of a consensus reached by the parties. Together these statements were absorbed into a general theory known in the social sciences as the social construction of reality.

    the interpretation of a situation causes the action. This interpretation is not objective. Actions are affected by subjective perceptions of situations. Whether there even is an objectively correct interpretation is not important for the purposes of helping guide individuals’ behavior.
    In 1923, Thomas stated more precisely that any definition of a situation will influence the present. Not only that, but—after a series of definitions in which an individual is involved—such a definition also “gradually [influences] a whole life-policy and the personality of the individual himself.” Consequently, Thomas stressed societal problems such as intimacy, family, or education as fundamental to the role of the situation when detecting a social world “in which subjective impressions can be projected on to life and thereby become real to projectors.
    “The term “self-fulfilling prophecy” (SFP) was coined in 1948 by Robert Merton to describe “a false definition of the situation evoking a new behavior which makes the originally false conception come true”

    “A self-fulfilling prophecy is a prediction that directly or indirectly causes itself to become true, by the very terms of the prophecy itself, due to positive feedback between belief and behavior…people do not react only to the real situations they find themselves in, but also according to their own perception of situations and values that they give to these perceptions.” The classical example of a bank with solid finances which can be affected by gossip and predictions that it is going to bankrupt, something that makes bank clients to withdraw their money, an act that actually leads to bank bankruptcy.

    The 1973 oil crisis resulted in the so-called “toilet paper panic.” The rumour of an expected shortage of toilet paper—resulting from a decline in the importation of oil—caused people to stockpile supplies of toilet paper and this caused a shortage. This shortage, seeming to validate the rumour, is also an example of a self-fulfilling prophecy.
    “The consequences of a situation follow from how it is perceived, not the way it really is,” or “The power to define a situation includes power over its consequences.” It also could simply mean, “Beliefs have consequences, regardless of whether they are true.”
    Many of the examples given in support of the Thomas Theorem are from economics. Speculative bubbles, bank runs, and other kinds of self-reinforcing economic behavior — feedback loops — all can be seen as examples of perception creating its own reality.
    Criticism of the Thomas Theorem has been offered by Frank van Dun. If the theorem means, “The consequences of a situation being believed to be true are the same as if it is actually true,” it is false, because one can’t create or negate a reality by wishing for or denying it.

    [Note from captstubby;]

    the Thomas Theorem seems to be a” reality”,
    it would appear that sociologists practice what they preach to further their Make Believe Science.

    perspectives derive from the work of famous classical sociologists
    The Thomas theorem showed how at an individual level, reality can be constructed. The social construction of reality at a global level has been analysed by Berger and Luckman who argue that “all certainty is basically uncertain: it has a very precarious foundation. Things are real because people believe they are real. There is no universal standard or yardstick against which they can be measured. The universe of meaning is a social construction of reality. One society’s reality is another’s pretence; things defined as meaningful in one society are meaningless in another”

    compiled from various online sites.


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