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originally posted by: ChefSlug
I disagree. I feel the needy should be better educated. There is always around the fact, and there is always a path to happiness, it just depends on what paths you know. Funding education , as Obama has, while funding helathcare, seems to me to be the safest and more steadforth course.
originally posted by: ketsuko
First off, I think that aid payments should be needs based and a hand-up. It should not be an all or nothing system like it is today because that disincentivizes people who try to get out of their hole.
I also think that instead of simply disbursing subsidies, the government should make the payments directly to those who need the aid. There should be a requirement to attend budgeting classes, but simply put, the rest of us have to learn how to manage our money, so why should government aid be any different? If we want people on aid to get off of aid, they need to learn how to manage their money anyhow. Besides, they real costs of things ought to serve as an eye-opener. I sometimes wonder how many of those people who pay with their EBT while wearing their fancy acrylic nails and name brand clothing have any idea what the real costs of some things actually are. This way, they might gain an appreciation for it.
Also, if we did the above, we could dramatically cut the federal work force. You don't need nearly as many bureaucrats to administer the subsidies if they are no longer subsidies.
I also think that we should move to get people a means of taking ownership of something as quickly as possible. People value more what they earn for themselves. Perhaps programs where the prospective tenants of a project come together to work to refurbish that project with the end result being part ownership of their unit? Then build schools in partnership with the community of the project. Kids need to sign agreements to work and achieve academically and follow certain rules, and maybe over time, local businesses can come into partnership with the schools to provide internship/apprenticeships to students in order to expose them to both the professional world and a variety of potential trades and future career outlets.