Yes, Should Be Fixed Price (Quebec)
Yes, Means-Tested (France)
No, It Should Not Be Subsidized
The consequences of government action that puts money in people's pockets (whether via tax cuts or welfare programs or both) have upsides (economic stimulus and minor temporary upticks to people's financial situation or quality of life) and they have downsides (fostered dependence, increasing expectation of government freebies over time, deficits and debt, etc.). The benefits are almost always short-term and the costs are almost always long-term.
Politicians (and people who are in the habit of trusting them) tend to overemphasize the short-term benefits and ignore the long-term costs, and they do this because their election or re-election will be bolstered most by short-term results.
"The knowledge and prudence of the poor themselves, are absolutely the only means by which any general and permanent improvement in their condition can be effected." - Thomas Malthus
Last edited by Carjosse; 08-12-13 at 06:07 PM.
They also enjoy people who move out of their parents' home to "make it on their own", then beg for public funds.
You're trading one mommy for another. Congratulations. Hope the government teet isn't quite as sensitive.
A Canadian conservative is one who believes in limited government and that the government should stay out of our wallets and out of our bedrooms.