$50,184: The salary of a sloth

california ratesHow is your tax money being spent? Is it possible for unscrupulous, lazy, immoral people in the United States to make money by not going to work?

Read the article at Snopes.com provided in the article at this link in which they were trying to dismiss the fact that our government is making wealthy those who sleep all day in their bed. While Snopes.com finds a particular email, telling about the waste in government, to be inaccurate, and while Snopes.com quotes the accurate rates provided by the State of Illinois, I would like to take those same accurate rates that they have provided and show how our government is irresponsible, corrupt, and wasteful in rewarding the slothful for their aberrant behavior.

Imagine this scenario based upon actual foster parent salary data from the state of Illinois:

childrenGrandma calls the Department of Child & Family Services, and states that her unemployed daughter is not capable of caring for all of her ten kids. DCFS agrees, and tells her the children will need to go into foster care. Grandma then volunteers to be the foster parent, and receives a monthly check for each child based upon the foster parent salary data located at this payment rates link.

the-food-stamp-presidentAccording to these rates published by the State of Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and shown in a chart at the end of this article, monthly payments for licensed relative home care correlate to the age of the child.

welfareWhat’s the total yearly income for this grandmother according to the official pay rate chart assuming there are two children in each age bracket?

$50,184.00 and nobody has to go to work!

In fact, they get more money if there is no husband/father in the home. In other words, our corrupt government rewards people for being lazy and irresponsible with their marriage. Do you wonder why the government seems to attract politicians who are lazy and irresponsible with our freedoms, money, and values?

These deadbeats also receive free healthcare (Medicaid), plus a monthly card entitling them to free groceries and a voucher for 250 free “Obama phone” minutes each month. This does not include WIC and other welfare benefits that they are “entitled” to receive.


$ / Mth

# of children

Total $$ / Mth

0 – 11 mo

 $           384.00


 $          768.00

1 – 4 yrs

 $           392.00


 $          784.00

5 – 8 yrs

 $           409.00


 $          818.00

9 – 11 yrs

 $           435.00


 $          870.00

12+ yrs

 $           471.00


 $          942.00

Total monthly cost to taxpayer

 $      4,182.00


 $    50,184.00

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