(National Sentinel) Work For It: In the mid-1990s, when Republicans and then-President Bill Clinton passed legislation that became known as “Workfare” that required all able-bodied people receiving government assistance to have a job.
Not only would the welfare reform legislation reduce the government’s financial outlays every year, but encouraging work would reduce the “culture of dependency” and instead build “a culture of independence,” Clinton told reporters during a July 1996 press conference.
He also noted that at the time, the current welfare system “undermines the basic values of work, responsibility, and family.”
Under the law, welfare dependency dropped by half. The child poverty rate sank to historic lows.
That was then. A lot has changed in the once-reasonable Democratic Party.
During his tenure, Barack Obama gutted the “workfare” law by ending the work requirements contained in it.
“Increasing welfare dependence has been the result of the Obama’s administration’s agenda from the beginning. Since coming to office, President Obama has increased total welfare spending by more than 30 percent and encouraged growth in participation rates,” Heritage Foundation welfare and family policy expert Rachel Sheffield wrote.
Today’s Democratic Party, which is increasingly being populated by outright socialists, wants to return America to the dark days of massive welfare dependency, exploding the federal budget deficit and creating tens of millions of voting drones.
But a new study by researchers at Yale University shows something remarkable: Even four-year-olds think that’s a dumb idea:
Children as young as age 4 express dislike of and are willing to punish those who freeload off the work of other group members, a new Yale University study has found.
But kids also make a clear distinction between those who freeload intentionally and those who have good reasons why they can’t contribute.
Children from ages 4 to 10 were presented with scenarios in which they had to give up chocolates in order to get a cake or plant seeds in a garden to get tomatoes. All children expressed dislike for those who did not contribute and were even willing to give up stickers to punish them. The youngest subjects exhibited a stronger aversion to free-riders than 9- and 10-year-olds.
However, when a freeloader has a good excuse for not contributing — e.g. her pet ate her chocolate — the aversion was greatly reduced, the researchers report.
“Even young children expect cooperation and are willing to work to sustain it even at cost to themselves,” said Yarrow Dunham, assistant professor of psychology and senior author of the paper published in Psychological Science.
“I find this very positive. The seeds that sustain cooperation seem to emerge early on, and while as a society we need to sustain and nurture these values, we may not need to instill them in the first place.”
Maybe toddlers should handle domestic policy for the Democrats. They seem to have a better grip on reality.