Originally posted by SteveR
That is most probably true, but another part of the problem is that some of your corporations are guilty of paying very very low wages, so much that someone with dependents needs to work two or more jobs. If we had an increased minimum wage, and then made welfare an independant system with specific criteria, that might fix the problem.
I might start a flame war with my following opinion and I can also see how it might be insensitive, but I'll chance it.
I'll mention the words "personal responsibility".
I have to agree that some corporations/businesses pay their employees very low wages, BUT I think that the individual has the power to not have to subject him/herself to such treatment. I think the problem stems from people not learning personal responsibility early in life, and failing to properly prepare themselves for life. In other words if you know you don't have the education to get a better-paying job, work toward receiving that education. It might be difficult to do for some, but it is possible. If you still can't get a better job, do everything in your power not to have children until you can properly support them. I feel that there are many people out there who have the option of making better choices, but they don't.
I think the welfare system gives too many (but certainly not all) people the permission to screw up, making a joke of personal responsibility. I don't know if "permission" is the right word,.... it's more like "Damn I'm pregnant, but I don't have a job. Oh well, now I can receive welfare!" There are literally thousands of women/families who continue to give birth to children just so they can keep their welfare checks. They KNOW that if they choose, they won't need to get a job for many years to come, because they're comfortable living the way they are. Not everyone needs a castle to live in. I've also known plenty of immigrant families who continue to take advantage of Welfare, holding jobs illegally in addition to receiving their welfare checks.
There are a lot of needy people out there (the disabled, even the elderly) who deserve help, but there are far more people out there who take advantage of it, leaving less for the deserving ones. Something definitely needs to be done. In addition schools need to stress personal responsibility/cause and effect in a big way, because many parents certainly don't seem to be doing that job these days. I bet that if there was nothing to fall back on, plenty of people would re-think how they lead their lives. But, as always, I could be wrong.
Although this post might make it look unlikely, I do see the issue from both sides. Everyone makes mistakes, and I understand that. I just wish more people wouldn't look to welfare as the first/only solution to their problem.
I come from an immigrant family who came to the U.S. with nothing (we couldn't even speak a word of English), and built itself up to a very comfortable living. It took a few years, but through hard work and determination, it happened.
Sometimes there are uncontrollable circumstances, but I definitely file those under 'help-deserving'.