NO SURPRISE: Tamerlan Tsarnaev Was On Welfare

The Boston Herald has the story…

Marathon bombings mastermind Tamerlan Tsarnaev was living on taxpayer-funded state welfare benefits even as he was delving deep into the world of radical anti-American Islamism, the Herald has learned.

State officials confirmed last night that Tsarnaev, slain in a raging gun battle with police last Friday, was receiving benefits along with his wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, and their 3-year-old daughter. The state’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services said those benefits ended in 2012 when the couple stopped meeting income eligibility limits. Russell Tsarnaev’s attorney has claimed Katherine — who had converted to Islam — was working up to 80 hours a week as a home health aide while Tsarnaev stayed at home.

In addition, both of Tsarnaev’s parents received benefits, and accused brother bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan were recipients through their parents when they were younger, according to the state.

So this guy was a layabout who depended on the nanny-state until he could pimp his wife out as a meal ticket, and rather than earn a living and be a productive citizen he planned a terrorist spree.

We took in people from Chechnya, a haven for jihadist radicals, and put them on welfare rather than demand they at least contribute something to society.

And an able-bodied guy like Tamerlan Tsarnaev had nothing to do all day but to withdraw from American society. “I don’t have a single American friend” – remember that?

Nothing good comes from people on public assistance. The best that can be said is that public assistance might prevent something really bad from happening, but that’s at the cost of nothing good happening. Public assistance means you have no pressure put on you to use your time wisely or productively; you instead have lots of leisure time to work with and no particular reason to use that leisure time to your advantage.

And by “advantage,” we mean self-improvement or personal development. Those things are difficult. Few people stay motivated to carry through such activities when they can just sit around and do nothing instead. What people who spend their lives on public assistance usually do for “advantage” is figure out ways to game the system. The welfare culture is all about how to get a few more nickels and dimes out of the nanny-state without actually doing anything to earn them. It almost never involves providing value in a consensual marketplace in return for real rewards (unless illegal activity is involved).

And the Herald piece indicates that Tamerlan Tsarnaev grew up in a welfare culture all his life, so it was never in his head to make something of himself. He boxed a little, but for the most part he moved from the drug culture to radical Islam – and might well have murdered three people, including his buddy he used to smoke weed with – to terrorism. And along the way he dragged his wife, whose life he ruined, and his brother into his brand of evil.

At the end of the day – can anyone say it was a good idea to subsidize Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s lifestyle?

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