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A stunning new survey showing a big jump -- Americans on welfare this is governor Romney goes.
On the offensive against President Obama for what he says is he dismantling of welfare reform.
US Census Bureau reports of more than a hundred million Americans are now receiving some form.
A federal welfare and if you take a look at the chart the number's been rising steadily since 2009.
Art Laffer is a former.
Advisor the architect of reaganomics and -- Howard good morning to you and I'm very well bill how are you doing today and fine thank you for your time but help us understand what my -- -- -- -- -- Hello this is a huge increase -- paying people who don't work or who worked very little because that's what needs means -- means.
And you know it misses all Social Security Medicare to so there -- a lot of categories that are not included in those numbers.
And what it really means is that we can help you pay people not to work.
And if you tax them -- they do work if you know you're gonna get a lot of people not working the way this see this number clearly.
Is -- -- do we have a two person world farmer in farmer B and that's all there is in the world -- nothing else.
If -- -- gets unemployment benefits who do you think pays for.
You know government spending is taxation.
And I have yet to ever see an economy that is taxed and the prosperity.
We -- on a crash course and collision course and and it's got to stop -- whether it stops how how do you break this cycle arts.
Or better yet cut -- cut the spending.
Yeah that's -- you just gotta make eligibility requirements much tougher.
You've got to raise the average age for Social Security you've got to make the criteria for food stamps for unemployment benefits.
Much tougher than they are now you've got to make it so that the web best form of well offers a good high paying job rather than a handout what we -- -- -- questioning got to do we seem to be moving in the opposite direction what is the ads cracked how as a society change when it becomes more and more dependent.
On this -- well it beat it it sooner or later crashes because when you get fewer people working you don't get enough on tax revenues to pay these people and.
The checks stop I mean that's what's happening California today you can see in those cities -- that you just can't pay those retirement benefits to the.
So the visit government workers so.
It will crash it will stop the question is whether we do it through logic.
Or whether we let it crash into the system and its own and and that's what this election is all about and that's what Romney's talk about you know -- what Obama what I've -- -- saying is that he suggests in the White House is getting welfare.
And taking -- did that program the way it was set up in 1996 between Bill Clinton and then speaker of the house Newt Gingrich you agree with that.
Give me an exit what he's happy to be working.
Yet he's cutting the work requirement to get welfare.
In 1996 Clinton in the congress agreed that you had actually look for work to get welfare.
That was welfare reform he is now -- you don't have to look for work to get welfare.
That's what Obama just put through that you could drop the work requirement.
In order to receive welfare so he is is not got -- increase in the eligibility dramatically.
President Obama isn't met Robbie would go the opposite direction and I think Clinton and Romney here right now I think Obama's probably -- -- -- million Americans as 13 of the nation.
It's healed it at that and they want number number -- thank you for coming and we're gonna watch this okay help thank you you -- art Laffer at a Nashville is always happy.
I'm your -- coming on deliver in this this.
This terrible offense.
I saw the direction in the future but you do with a smile so kudos -- Thank -- --
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