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    Default Change the Word 'Welfare' to 'Transitional Living Fund'

    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.

    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.

    "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."



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    never understood that unemployment benefits have an expiration date but welfare is a multi generational lifestyle

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    I would be interested to hear how long the "transition" is supposed to take. Some people NEVER "transition" from welfare. What terminology do we use for them? I think they were called "freeloaders" previously. What is the NEWSPEAK word for this?

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    Why risk any reason why someone receiving these benefits might feel any sense of shame?

    Let's call it "You're as good as everyone else, you've tried as hard as everyone else, and unlike what those asshole conservatives say, there is nothing about you that has caused you to be in this position."

    Might be wordy, however.

    Look, in all seriousness, why do we give a FUCK what it's called? Call it Shitburger Benefits for all I care. We need to actually address reforming how it is given out and implemented, not what it's called.

    There are people who genuinely get down on their luck and need this to "transition." I also know for a fact that there are people whose GOAL it is to get knocked up and get assistance. I have heard it come out of their mouths. So let's make sure it's getting to the people who need it.

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    That's a bitchin' 'do on that broad.
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    It's obviously a societal issue. Address the problems in social structures that cause the problem instead of individualizing it and your problem will be solved.

 

 

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