I’m a bit reluctant to go to the Chuck Asay well too often, but this one stands out to me because he’s used the ‘Ant and the Grasshopper’ analogy before.
It’s a perfect illustration of how people opposed to welfare in whatever form always try to frame it as not that they don’t want to help people who need it. It’s just that the people on welfare are all lazy and shiftless (wink wink) and they don’t deserve any help. Helping orphans or victims of a natural disaster or soldiers wounded in combat is perfectly fine. But the people who don’t want to work are in trouble because of their own decisions, so why bother?
This view requires maintaining the belief that not only are there people content to coast on welfare and whatever handouts they can get, but that such people make up a majority of people on welfare. One needs to ignore how high the unemployment rate is and how high it has been over the past couple years, because you can’t have the conversation go like this
"Hey Grasshopper, did you find a job yet?"
"No, Ant, there still aren’t any jobs since the plant moved to China, and you got the last 20-hour a week opening at McDonald’s."
and still have your point hold up.

I’m a bit reluctant to go to the Chuck Asay well too often, but this one stands out to me because he’s used the ‘Ant and the Grasshopper’ analogy before.

It’s a perfect illustration of how people opposed to welfare in whatever form always try to frame it as not that they don’t want to help people who need it. It’s just that the people on welfare are all lazy and shiftless (wink wink) and they don’t deserve any help. Helping orphans or victims of a natural disaster or soldiers wounded in combat is perfectly fine. But the people who don’t want to work are in trouble because of their own decisions, so why bother?

This view requires maintaining the belief that not only are there people content to coast on welfare and whatever handouts they can get, but that such people make up a majority of people on welfare. One needs to ignore how high the unemployment rate is and how high it has been over the past couple years, because you can’t have the conversation go like this

"Hey Grasshopper, did you find a job yet?"

"No, Ant, there still aren’t any jobs since the plant moved to China, and you got the last 20-hour a week opening at McDonald’s."

and still have your point hold up.