Lois W. Kolkhorst, State Representative











July 11, 2012  

Dear Friends:

I read this story in Investor's Business Daily and wanted to pass it along. It's a great example of the challenges facing us all.

The story below describes how 80,000 jobs were created last month while 85,000 people were approved for Social Security Disability Income according to the Social Security Administration.

Likewise, in April, I heard descriptive account of government growth regarding entitlements on the Fox Business Channel. The report quoted the Congressional Budget Office. Accordingly, disability claims have risen to 10.8 million people. Half of those have been added since 2009. In that same time period, our national debt has risen from $10 trillion to over $16 trillion.

Looking back over time, it was not that long ago (1996) when President Bill Clinton worked with a Republican Congress and signed into law welfare reform. At that time, there were 4.6 million families on welfare rolls. By 2002, those rolls had been reduced to 2.1 million families. These numbers include all programs of food stamps, medical assistance and all "help" programs according to the report. Today, we have 45 million people on Food Stamps alone. That's one in seven Americans. In 2000, food stamp expenditures were $17 billion annually. Last year, we spent $76 billion on the food stamps (447% increase).

Indeed, we have challenges ahead. Hopefully, we will have the courage to change our entitlement culture as they did in the 1990's.

Here's a link to the article: "Disability climbs faster than jobs under Obama".

Here is the link to the Fox Business Channel video regarding the entitlement culture.

Let's keep this discussion going and I'll continue to work for you, finding the best solutions for you and fellow Texans.

Lois W. Kolkhorst








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