Welfare as it exist in America today should not exist.
It is illogical to use limited resourses to maintain intentionally non-productive members of our society or to limit the negative affects of poor choices. Workfare, not welfare, is the only logical choice as it makes all participating in it to make positive contributions to society.
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Poor choices, lots of them. Not getting the education you need to stay employable even though you had plenty of opportunities. Quiting school and not getting the education you need to become employable and ending up on welfare. Choosing to open your legs and getting knocked up at 13-14 thus limiting you education options that later affect your employment options. Choosing not to wear a seat belt and you eat a windshield and now society has to support you.
Each an every individual is in their current situation, unless born disabled (including mentally), because of the choices they have made in thier life. This country is in the shape it is in because of choices the people made politically in the past. We were once the Country of opportunity, there were few limits (discrimination falls under this) on what individuals could accomplish other than their own unwillingness to do for themselves, now we have beome a society where many are selfish, lazy and want socialistic methods to provide for them by stealing from those who do to give to those who won't.
I don't agree. There are a large percentage on Welfare who have no assets and there's a good probability they'd be homeless without it. I've been very poor and am well aware of the alternative methods and addon's that assist in making ends meet. And IMO there's not that many that really add much. Many of the more illegal activities that make the most get you landed in jail. Decades ago poor people had less help and lived with less than in today's world but the cost of the basic necessities has also increased. To hear you put it those in poverty would do just as well without gov programs, though I sincerely doubt it.
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If Mom (who knows where or even who dad is) doesn't have a high school education, then she doesn't get public assistance. What happens next?REQUIRING a highschool eduction, drug testing and public service to get ANY public assistance.
Drug testing: Mom smokes dope. What happens next?
Florida tried that, BTW, and discovered that fewer welfare recipients than a random sample of the general public were on drugs, but that's an aside.
Public service: Now, that might have some merit. Of course, there would have to be some provisions for child care.
But: Mom doesn't show up, or shows up drunk or stoned. What happens next?
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
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A rich man goes to college,And a poor man goes to work.
A drunkard wants another drink of wine,And a politician wants a vote.
I don't want much of nothin' at all,But I will take another toke.
'Cos I ain't askin' nobody for nothin',If I can't get it on my own.
If you don't like the way I'm livin',
You just leave this long-haired country boy alone."
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