In his run for Congress, the Republican state senator from Campbellsport said welfare reform would be his top priority in Washington, and in the interview broadcast Sunday, he said educating the public is a first step.
“So your viewers are aware, a single parent with a couple kids can easily get $35,000 a year in total benefits between the health care and the earned income credit and the FoodShare and the low-income housing and what have you,” Grothman said. “And that’s after taxes. How many people make $35,000 a year after taxes? Most people don’t.
“When you look at that amount of money, which is in essence a bribe not to work that hard or a bribe not to marry someone with a full-time job, people immediately realize you have a problem. Then as soon as you realize you have a problem and something has to be done, then you look at the generosity of the benefits and see what you can do to pare them back.”
Replied Gousha: “Bribe’s a pretty strong word, don’t you think?”
“Well, if you tell somebody you’re going to get $35,000 if you don’t get married and you’re not going to get anything if you marry somebody making 50 grand a year, it’s certainly a strong incentive not to raise children in wedlock,” Grothman said.
While I would not call it a “bribe,” Grothman is completely correct. As a general rule, if you subsidize something, you get more of it (see: college tuition). In this case, the taxpayers are subsidizing single parenthood.
On another note, it looks strange to see “Glenn Grothman (R – Campbellsport).”