zartan, on 31 January 2013 - 04:12 AM, said:
Well, I don't approve of lazy people exploiting welfare. However, how can we maintain a temporary safety net for decent people who get laid off and what not?
Giving people a safety net teaches them not to make their own. I was intelligent (stupid) enough to quit my job last May without first securing another job. I've been unemployed since then and I'm almost through all of my savings now, but I still haven't tried to get or accepted any governmental aid because I don't believe in it. How have I been able to survive for nearly an entire year of being unemployed? Well, I've sold an XBoX, I've sold guitars, I've taken any temp. job opportunity available, I've played music, and most importantly of all I don't have many bills because I don't have debt and I have lived as cheaply as possible. I'll sell my 2010 Challenger, as much as I love it, before I take welfare. It would kill me to do it, but I'll do what I have to.
Obviously when you bring kids into the question it becomes harder to live off of nothing, but if I can do it I'm pretty sure that most people can do it as well. There are some situations where people genuinely need a helping hand and I get that, but the vast majority of the people we have on welfare don't need it at all, they just want it. People who genuinely need help can find help; friends can help them, churches can help them, charities can help them, etc. I'd rather leave it in the hands f real people than a government that doesn't see where the money goes or what it is used for. Also, when you're receiving money from actual people you tend to appreciate it more rather than feel entitled.
And I'm not saying the government needs to cut all aid right now; I'm not that naive. I do think unemployment should be massively limited - three months with NO extension options and if you take it you're not eligible to get it again for at least five years. That's not as strong as I'd like it to be but it would save a lot of money even like that. It would cut out the main problem, which is millions of people who have literally been on welfare their entire lives.