Joe Miller, the Tea Party extremist who ran unsuccessfully for the Senate from Alaska and is now doing it again, told the Tea Party Express in an interview that welfare programs are a “scam” that do nothing but create dependency and destroy economic opportunities:
The real inequality that’s occurred here is what Obama’s done to the economy and what that has done to job opportunity compared to what could happen if the correct approach were taken, and that is getting government out of the way. And, again, that’s kind of an oversimplification, but what we mean by that is cutting taxes, cutting regulation, creating opportunity, allowing American ingenuity, allowing that productivity that I referred to before to be fully rewarded without the government slowing it down.
And that is the answer, it’s not to shift wealth or create additional government dependancy. I mean, that’s really what the left and some on the right like — not on the right, but some, shall we call them RINOs, like. They like creating programs that increase government control, governmental dependency. And that’s all that these scams that they call income redistribution do, is that they just create more of a hook the government puts into people that does not allow them to be fully released to pursue those opportunities and abilities that God has given them to actually create income for their families.
The problem with this is that Miller himself was a recipient of farm subsidies in the 1990s. And that he and his family were on Medicaid and a similar Alaska state program. Gee Joe, you mean people get on assistance for a while and then move on to get jobs and support themselves like you did? So much for your argument. And you’re still a hypocrite.