Originally posted by CloudlessKnight
I think that redistribution of income is used to make sure that the poor stay poor. Here's how I see the cycle... The government gives money to the
poor. Not a lot of money, but just enough to keep them alive. The problem with this is that they get stuck with "just enough." They get to live
and feed their children, but they don't get enough money to get their feet out the doors and actually make something of their lives. They get
comfortable with their low income financial situations. If they get jobs and make good income, they'll lose their welfare. But if they do nothing,
they can continue to live with minimal effort.
This is what I like to call too much of the wrong kind of help. The poor are not being properly motivated to get good jobs with good pay. The reason
for this is simple... There's only so much capital to go around. The more money the general public makes, the less money that goes into the pockets
of "them." So, in this case, it's actually cheaper to pay the public to stay poor.
Bravo. That was the best description of a viscious cycle I have ever heard. It is so hard to understand unless one has actually been there.
I used to be a welfare recipient. I had three children too close together (my fault), so while my husband struggled with a job, mortgage, and three
new babies, we had to get a little help to make up for what we couldn't pay.
So we had great medical care, food stamps, and a little extra cash to keep us on our feet. But what happened is exactly what WalksThroughTime
said...we couldn't get past
what "little" we got to get us up and on our own. Eventually I got a job (because I had
to, eve though I
wanted to stay home and raise my babies) to get that little bit more to start paying off debts and get ahead.
I have a friend now who gets SSI because she is unable to work for long periods of time. With the cost of living on the rise, but the pay not on the
rise, she is just able to pay her rent and phone and food bill. That's it. Nothing else. No extra spending on movies, dinners, fairs, "just for the
heck of it" car rides..nada
So is that really living? If she makes $61 more a month than SSI supplies her with, they begin to reduce her rate by $2 a month. Instead, she is a 31
year old, inteligent, bright, wonderful woman...who really can't
It's really sad. A bold ratification needs to be made. Why can't the poor receive better benefits and still make money, so that they can really be
on their feet and able to live
Because people lie, cheat, and steal. People aren't trustworthy. The Department of Public Welfare is like sitting in front of a trial lawyer. They
need proof of anything and everythng in order to get what you "need". Once you go above that quota, all bets are off. The negative conotation comes
from the fact that most of these people on welfare nowadays are the liars and cheats and scammers trying to get a free ride. Go to your local Welfare
office. How many people are in there with gold dripping off of every part of their body, Lexus' and Mercedes all tweaked out in the parking lot, high
end clothes, and brand name shoes on the people's feet?
It's pathetic, really. Those who really need it find it hard to get because people have lied in the past, present and will in the future.