A Cynical Look on Welfare

Welfare, a system where money is given to the needy, is a valiant effort to help those in need. It is, unfortunately, an impossible system. For who decides whether the homeless veteran or single mother is more needy? The government, of course! While nearly everyone can agree that some situations offer impossible choices, the government is always there to provide solutions. Horrible misguided solutions that often create a problem bigger than the original one, but solutions nonetheless. Now that the purpose and reason of existence for welfare have been outlined in a manner quick and brutal enough to make Genghis Khan wince, I'll outline the problems that make welfare worse than no help at all.

Welfare encourages continuing to receive money for doing nothing. Why work for minimum wage when you can get a comparable amount of money for doing absolutely nothing? Why try to climb the corporate ladder when that would take work? Why advance yourself when the government is making sure you'll be fine either way? The answer to all of these questions vary depending on who you ask, but the fact that they are serious questions at all is the problem with welfare. Not to mention the drain welfare puts on the government and economy, nor the fact that it's a step towards socialism.

Welfare encourages complacency. It's a well intentioned misguided program. The people who can work obviously shouldn't be on welfare, yet there are literally millions of people on welfare at any given time. The myth that single mothers are the majority of people on welfare, is, of course, false. The fact is that many people from every race and parenting statistic can be found on welfare, and obviously not all of them are unable to work. Those unable to work should be aided, those capable of working shouldn't be. Why reward laziness with your tax dollars?

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

You might want to educate yourself a little more on the subject of welfare. look up welfare reform--it's quite different then what you think.

Mr. Sam said...

The topic he was writing about was not welfare reform, but rather welfare in general and in its current state. Welfare most certainly does the things that he outlined.

Anonymous said...

Yes, but because of welfare reform, the current state is way different from what he says. Research it, people must be working/looking for jobs while on welfare. Plus, people only have a limited amount of time to be on welfare also.

FY707 said...

Ah, but you can be on welfare with no intention of finding a job while looking for one. And in 2 states there are no limits on how long you can be on welfare, and in another 8 one can remain on welfare for reduced benefits. Oh, and HALF the nation's welfare money is spent in those places.

Greg said...

fy707, antagonizing people reading your blog isn't a way to keep readers. However, as to the point, welfare is definitely broken. I worked at a grocery store and saw only too often people on welfare who did not need it. Drug addicts, prostitutes, and people who used WICs for free food and then followed that up with a $200 order of name brand groceries. Also, a man in our gaming clan who needs these benefits sad he went to the local office, was given $20 of food stamps a week, while richer people of better means were given $100 a week (same number of people in family). So you see, from a firsthand account, welfare is definitely a worthy cause, but the state it is in today is just crap.

Anonymous said...

My brother lives in Milwaukee... His house, and all the surrounding houses value roughly at $75,000. Parked in his neighborhood, there are $50,000 dollar Escalades, Hummer H2s, and other fancy cars.

These people have multiple children, running around their small 8th of an acre lot with little clothing on. Also, they appear to care little about these children's health. They appear to be underfed, and ask me whenever I'm up there for some money. Of coarse I say no because I work hard for the little amount of money I earn, and I feel no remorse for these children.

The point is, these people don't work, and get a large percentage of my paycheck, that is small enough the way it is, and purchase cars that I could not even dream of buying with the income I earn.