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May 27, 2009

Why Is Welfare A Bad Word?

-- by Dave Johnson

"Welfare" has been turned into a bad word in the U.S. Like "liberal." How many people even know what the word really means, reacting instead of the negative spin it has? Many of us are so conditioned by propaganda that we can't even think about the meanings of words.

Merriam-Webster:

1: the state of doing well especially in respect to good fortune, happiness, well-being, or prosperity
2 a: aid in the form of money or necessities for those in need b: an agency or program through which such aid is distributed
Oxford:
• noun 1 the health, happiness, and fortunes of a person or group. 2 action or procedure designed to promote the basic physical and material well-being of people in need. 3 chiefly N. Amer. financial support given for this purpose.

"the state of being or doing well; condition of health, happiness, and comfort; well-being; prosperity" OOH - Bad!

So what about "welfare state?" Wikipedia on "welfare state": "A model in which the state assumes primary responsibility for the welfare of its citizens."

Your government watching out for your welfare. Imagine that.

Bad, bad, run away, run away.

Posted by Dave Johnson at May 27, 2009 7:06 AM


Comments

It's a "bad word" not because of what it means literally but because of what it has come to be associated with: rampant abuse.

Posted by: Bunnyfeet [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 30, 2009 11:12 PM

It's a "bad word" not because of what it means literally but because of what it has come to be associated with: rampant abuse. The dictionary defines it as aid to "people in need" but in practice many (not all) of the people receiving it "need" it only because they are not motivated to find other resources.

Posted by: Bunnyfeet [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 30, 2009 11:15 PM

It's a "bad word" not because of what it means literally but because of what it has come to be associated with: rampant abuse. The dictionary defines it as aid to "people in need" but in practice, many (not all) of the people receiving it "need" it only because its easy availability disincentives them to find other available resources.

Posted by: Bunnyfeet [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 30, 2009 11:17 PM

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