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Mazzei Minute: 09/23/22

Are you exhausted from having to work hard to pay your own bills plus everyone else's? High taxes and inflation are making the pursuit of the American dream difficult. The generous people of America already pay for low-income citizens to have food, housing, healthcare, and childcare, but the list continues to grow.

Even though the economy was recovering, earlier this year President Biden handed out direct cash payments to nearly every man, woman, and child in the low to middle-income brackets. The Biden team also wants Americans to pay for the education, health, and welfare of 200,000 illegal immigrants pouring into the country every month and to bear the cost burden to wipe out most of the national college debt.

And they wonder why we have a workforce shortage in all 50 states, even as the cost-of-living skyrockets! If everything is paid for or subsidized, then why bother getting a job?

Even well-intentioned Oklahoma leaders from a new task force want to add more people to the already enormous welfare rolls. Over one million Oklahomans, 25% of our population, already receive free health care. This new task force has recommended adding more people to this group by increasing the income threshold from 138% of the federal poverty level to 205%.

Would it make more sense to issue grants to faith-based organizations to help lift people out of poverty and into the workforce rather than just adding more people to the welfare rolls? A family of four making $56,000 per year would benefit from this new recommendation. That’s not much to live on, and we certainly want people to get the help they need. But at a certain point, we must stop subsidizing all of life’s basic expenses and taking away the incentive to work.

I’m curious to know what you think. Please share your thoughts at


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