Yes. Nothing wrong with soup kitchens
No. Freebies are great
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I'm for ending welfare completely only because I think it would force America to actually deal with issues it hides via welfare.
That said, ending welfare would massively "Finish Off" Rural Poor White America just as it would Inner City Poor Black/Hispanic America.
The US would become a much more dangerous place and crime would essentially hit South American levels. What nobody really likes to talk about is Welfare is, much like abortion, "Basic Societal Crime Prevention 101". Without Welfare you remove a large, unemployable (for all sorts of reasons) segment of the population from even basic economic participation in society. Welfare is paying someone to not steal. Nobody likes to go into that truth because it's ugly. Yet you remove welfare and crime goes up. All welfare has ever been in any society is a plug to stop the unemployable from robbing the employed. Take that plug away and the inevitable will occur.
I would rather see "welfare" more pro-actively combat poverty. Such as subsidies for higher education (or more subsidies, at least). Healthcare reform (Obamacare does too little, America's healthcare is one of the most expensive in the world and these issues haven't been addressed). Investment in communities, in the form of jobs to fix our crumbling infrastructure. Children should never have to worry about eating or having a roof over their heads, period. But they also shouldn't be used as anchors either.
These issues are far too complex to address, and will continue to be.
But look at your post. "Welfare subsidies for higher education"? It's totally out there. Upper class mysticism stuff.
Sir.. the average welfare person often just barely passed high school if at all, often they are HS dropouts. Even if they did pass HS they usually barely did and that was more thanks to their teachers "pushing them through and making a 50 and 70". These people are nowhere near capable of "higher education". Most can't spell or read beyond a 7th grade level.
You're paying people to not rob the guy in the Lexus, in the Mercedes. That's what Welfare is (harsh but true). There simply aren't enough jobs. I'd just like welfare to be done away with mostly because I'd find the ensuing chaos amusing and frankly it is "sanctioned theft" essentially taking from one set of citizens and giving their money to another set.
Welfare ultimately doesn't help the people it is given to because it can't. It just furthers their hopelessness.
Last edited by Ryan5; 05-19-15 at 10:28 PM.
"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
Crime in the United States has been recorded since colonization. Crime rates have varied over time, with a sharp rise after 1963, reaching a broad peak between the 1970s and early 1990s. Since then, crime has declined significantly in the United States, and current crime rates are approximately the same as those of the 1960s.
Crime is up from Depression-era levels because of increased urbanization.
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