Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck said Thursday that air conditioning and television are the “ugly side” of welfare.
Hasselbeck cited a report from Fox business host John Stossel claiming that entitlements have created a culture of dependence and that the tax-payer is footing the bill while recipients live the good life.
“Do these folks really need to be on welfare?” Hasselbeck asked, playing Stossel’s street interviews with welfare recipients who claim they have air conditioner, television and even cable.
“You have a cell phone?” Stosell asked a man on the street.
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“Yeah of course I do,” he responds.
Speaking with Stossel on “Fox & Friends” Thursday morning, Hasselbeck asked, “So is welfare creating more victims than its actually helping?”
Stossel claimed that welfare is a new idea and that private charities did it better than the government “because they knew who needs help and who needed a kick in the rear."
Stossel says since the war on poverty began in the 1960s, the rate has only gone up. He did not report how the growing population in America influenced those numbers.
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He said he does enjoy the “free stuff” he’s gotten since President Barack Obama took office.
“I mean, I’m getting Medicare now, that feels like free stuff,” he said.
“Way to go! You earned it though,” said co-host Steve Doocy.
Hasselbeck claimed people can earn more money in some states being on welfare than they can working a minimum wage job.
“The motivation to go get a job is almost non-existent in 35 states,” Hasselbeck said.
Since the government shutdown began, Stossel was quoted as boldly claiming that “the Earth won’t notice the difference if you shut the EPA for ten years.”