Yes. Nothing wrong with soup kitchens
No. Freebies are great
How about we just fix the system that creates a need for so many on welfare? Maybe equalize our education system and fund all of our schools well so kids have a better opportunity to break the cycle and get out of these sh*tty neighborhoods.
Welfare reform is just one small component to a greater societal issue, and we have difficulty with doing that correctly.
Each component is being worked or or advocated for to better work the poor, and there is enormous political tugging toward what that better is. This means even *if* we have a clue as to what works (and often we don't have that certainty among researchers, let alone lawmakers and the public at large), there is usually no agreement on action when it gets outside the all-too-certain researchers. Then after that implementation runs into an unknown quantity of issues.
"No religion is true, but some religion, any religion, is politically necessary. Law and morality are insufficient for the large majority of men. Obedience to the law and to the morals are insufficient for making men happy. […]Law and morality are therefore in need of being supplemented by divine rewards and punishments."
That's not my problem or yours.
Yes but how about this.. how about making it so that the welfare programs are not needed? That is the root of the problem, like it or not. Low wage growth, a medical system based on having a job, a debt based economy and massive income inequality.. that is why you need the welfare programs in the first place. So telling people.. you are slackers, and are your own because we wont pay for you.. wont work. It never has and never will. All it will do, is increase criminality and poverty.An October 2012 report by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service indicates that as of 2011, federal spending on these programs had reached $746 billion per year—more than expenditures for Medicare ($480 billion), Social Security ($725 billion), or the military ($540 billion). In addition, state contributions into federal welfare programs amounted to $201 billion annually, while independent state programs contributed another $9 billion. All told, means-tested welfare spending from federal and state sources (combined) was $956 billion.
And how much did these same people spend on bailing out the banking industry 8 years ago?Divide that by the entire population of the U.S., and you get nearly 10,000 dollars per person
Now dont get mad, because I am trying to make a point here.
Welfare should be a stop gap and temporary.. I think most people would agree to that. Problem is that to keep it temporary, then the ability to have jobs that actually pay enough to live off must be prioritized and it is here the US and some western European countries have failed big time the last many decades. We have used failed economic theories that have prioritized the big companies and wealthy over the small/medium companies and middle class. The so called trickle down effect is and always has been bogus and THAT is one of the reasons for more and more being used on welfare. When wages dont keep up with inflation, then at some point people have to go to welfare systems to make up the difference... so while Paris Hilton earns millions a year and pays next to nothing in taxes, the pay checks of the average Joe stay the same at best, but they can buy less and less for it.
And before you go on about me being anti-American and a damn foreigner, then I have to tell you that all nations suffer from these problems to some degree or another. In my own country we are having a debate right now about the 800k people living off the state. Now over half the population get some sort of state aid (pensions and such), but the 800k number is the one people are talking about. Now in this case there is a lot of right wing bull**** involved.. from my own party (yes I am ashamed that they use such tactics), because in the 800k are 40k or so women on maternity leave (yes we have paid maternity leave) and 250k on early retirement. But the point is, that even in "socialist" welfare Denmark we are talking about the slackers in society and what to do about it and how to bring down welfare costs.
Just going back to the numbers for a second: how many people actually need government handouts because they're poor? I'm not taking about disabled or sick or old people (they are covered under a different program), just how many need goodies for being poor? One in ten at most?
If we spend a trillion dollars a year and one in ten really needs it, that's 100,000 dollars allocated per needy person. That's a lot of money. Since the poor are hardly living the high life, that siggests A.) more people are taking handouts than likely need it, b.). Money is disappearing and c.). Fraud and system abuse are a problem here.
So I say get rid of it and start fresh. Let the govt open up soup kitchens and housing projects. Let them open up goodwill shops to provide these poor with used clothing. But don't give them a dime of spending money.