You Won’t Believe What People Think is the Leading Cause of Poverty in America
June 8, 2013  //  By:   //  Economy, President Obama, Welfare  //  9 Comments

Well, I certainly didn’t believe it when I saw it.

Given a list of eight factors to vote on, Americans chose “too much welfare” as the root cause of persistent poverty.  24% of respondents chose government welfare, over six times as many people chose “lack of government funding”.

Via NBC News:

Two decades after President Bill Clinton promised to “end welfare as we know it,” Americans blame government handouts for persistent poverty in the United States more than any other single factor, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday.

Given a list of eight factors and asked to choose the one most responsible for the continuing problem of poverty, 24 percent of respondents in the poll chose “too much government welfare that prevents initiative.”

Whether Americans are too dependent on government was a flashpoint of the presidential campaign last year, and shrinking government has been a focus of the Tea Party movement, which has risen since the election of President Barack Obama.

The fact that overwhelming amounts of welfare lead to a lack of initiative is indisputable.  So I have a question for you, America.


Why the *#@! did you vote for the guy who promised more welfare, and by extension more poverty?  Do you not recall the conversation initiated by Newt Gingrich involving ‘paychecks versus food stamps’?

No, Newt was pilloried for that tactic, chastised in the media for using racial tones, because in Liberal-land, only minorities are incapable of overcoming poverty.

Congratulations, America.  You’re officially all racist too.

About the Author :

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

9 Comments to “You Won’t Believe What People Think is the Leading Cause of Poverty in America”
  • Davis Emille
    June 8, 2013 - Reply

    To solve the problem of poverty without dealing with it’s root cause is to invite failure before we start Project Poverty Elimination. Since the creators of the system that generates the multi-generations of poverty are not willing to address the issue correctly and the disempowered are resource-less to address the issue, the status co must prevail to the dismay of all involved and concerned. Until US leadership recognizes that workable concepts and ideas can emerge from any level of society, we will be poverty stricken, intellectually as a nation and people collectively. One size fits all has never, can not and will never work in a society as diverse as the USA. Grassroots efforts that are supported by public and private sector will have more lasting effect than anything the US Gov’t does.

  • Blake Cash
    June 10, 2013 - Reply

    over six times as many people *AS* chose lack of government spending.

  • gene frohnhoefer
    June 10, 2013 - Reply

    Isn’t that the truth. When you suppress people by giving them what they need, to stay in the situation they are in, you create a semi-slave culture.You also create a voter base to support your party.

    • jeffreyk3
      June 10, 2013 - Reply

      “[A] semi-slave culture”–I think you hit the nail on the head.

  • Razorcaps
    June 10, 2013 - Reply

    To be at 1966 living wage you would have to take home 700.00 a week. Most people take home half of that. Yet the WSJ failed to use ( Does pay keep pace with cost of living.) that as one of their choices. Funny no one wants to point at Republicans and their work like slave for free ideas. And the Democrats and their idea that somehow 8.00 an hour in 2013 is a living wage. One party enslaves out of greed the other out of the need the public’s dependence on them.Then you people have the balls to talk about America’s work ethics of the poor? I say if you see Mexicans at a job be it lawn serves or fast food restaurants refuse to do business with these greedy SOB’s that own it. They hire them to keep wages down, then they all want amnesty for them so they can lower your wages even lower. All of this so the rich owners can tell you your lazy! And have you seen the price of their poor quality food? Or the 50.00 a week to cut a 1/3 of an acre lawn. PLEASE!!! Who is really making out here?

  • tara
    June 10, 2013 - Reply

    This is not a very accurate source. Its corporate welfare causing the problems. But will let you people continue to believe its the poor people.

  • Lance Huffman
    June 12, 2013 - Reply

    he got in the white house the chicago way did you not know that? from 1925 until 1932 you had Al Capon and us inthe 21st century we have Obama clan

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