Now if you raised issues like workfare over welfare and ending the welfare dependency through policy changes, we might have had a conversation. Instead, you decided to just stand there and having a pissing contest with yourself and the funniest part of all is you were dumb enough to piss against the wind.
Do Teenage Mothers Save Taxpayers Money?
If we update Hotz’s estimates to 2007 dollars and apply them to California teen birth trends, a surprising result indeed ensues. Rates of births by mothers under age 18 declined by 54% from 1991 to 2005, occasioning loud self-congratulation by various “teen pregnancy” prevention lobbies led by the Public Health Institute. Indeed, these lobbies, based on several “studies” by PHI and others that can only be called fraudulent, claimed teen mothers cost California taxpayers several billion dollars per year. They further claimed, without evidence, that their programs caused the decline in births by teen mothers and saved taxpayers money, meriting more funding for prevention lobbies.
However, the Hotz et al. analysis persuasively argues just the opposite...[t]hus—if “teen pregnancy prevention” programs actually are responsible for the reduction in teen births as they claim—then their efforts cost poorer younger mothers nearly $72 million in income and the state of California nearly $4 million in tax revenues in 2005. If the costs of the reduced teen births are apportioned over the entire 1991-2005 period, teen birth prevention has cost young mothers over $280,000,000 in income and the state $15 million in income and sales tax revenues in 2007 dollars.
Any person who makes a career of, or abuses any system of Public Assistance robs the taxpayers, including me. Small children can understand this with ease.
When I'm in line at the checkout with bread and hot dogs to make a dinner, and the person in front of me is purchasing fine beef, exotic fruits, and expensive seasonings but pays with food stamps, they are robbing the taxpaters.
Every legitimate inmate of a modern American hotel-prison is robbing the taxpayers.
Any recreational drug abuser getting rehab, especially outside of a jail, and using public funds to do so, is robbing the taxpayers.
Any illegal alien receiving any publicly funded service whatever, is robbing the taxpayers.
Do I need to go on? I get bored pointing out such obvious facts.
Last edited by Oftencold; 06-09-09 at 06:57 PM.
Quod scripsi, scripsi
Now how about we address the real beef you have and discuss the government spending policies that create these injustices you percieve. And let's do so without the backhanded swipes at each other's intelligence like big boys, mkay?
I have been referring to a class of people since the start here, I do not understand your demand for a specific individual.
Second, if we cannot use obvious metaphor and literary style in a forum such as this, we are lost. This is not a doctoral thesis on the empirical properties of an organic molecule. The use of such devices is evidence of respect for the intelligence of those who agree with us, and those who do not.
Third, your intelligence I have respect for-- much more so than you might suspect.
Quod scripsi, scripsi