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Originally posted by Karlhungis
I think this is a good idea as well. However, couldn't the other side of the coin be the government looking to increase the unemployment numbers so that there becomes a large workforce of people doing menial labor for next to nothing? Kind of creating a workforce of slave labor, if you will...
It would be kind of like the prison industrial complex, without the prison.
Originally posted by wheresthetruth
Well, I dont necessarily agree with forcing them to do the work
Originally posted by TheRedneck
It is not the state's responsibility to pay someone for doing nothing. There are provisions for those truly unable to work; they are exempt from the requirement, as they should be. But for those who are able to perform work, any productive work, they must be required to either work, or do without. Anything less is pure textbook Communism, and we all know how that tends to work out.
I am all in favor of a social safety net to help those who are down on their luck. It can happen to anyone, and has happened to me several times in my life. But each time, I either pulled myself up by my bootstraps or used enough social assistance to get myself back on my feet. Too many people are using the social safety net for a hammock. That hammock can only hold so many before it breaks, and then there is no help for anyone.
Yes, it sounds strange, but I support limiting social programs because I favor helping those who need help.
Originally posted by C.C.Benjamin
Jobless to work 'clearing litter'
(visit the link for the full news article)
Benefit claimants could be forced to pick up litter and clean graffiti under plans to be unveiled by ministers.
Originally posted by CPYKOmega
Does the word freedom even exist anymore?
Remember, remember the 5th of November.
Most people on welfare either lack the mental capacity to work, have disabilities, or some other mental disorder which is debilitating and prevents them from working a normal job. This kind of resolution is utter nonsense and nothing short of police state mentality.
Next the government will be telling us when we can and can't take a dump.
totally agree with you
please take this into account when you get slashed by a schizo litter picker/graffiti remover
[edit on 7-21-2008 by CPYKOmega]
Originally posted by Firefly_
We are all slaves, whether we want to admit it or not. You can try starting your own company, but its most likely to fail (the system is set up for this). Personally I refuse to work in any form of company that has shareholders, companies who get rich off all the work their labour forces do while giving them the bare minimum they can get away with. Does this make me a bad person? Im sure people will hate me for it.
Personally I think the entire work system is wrong. Why should people work a 9-5 job 5-6 days a week just to be able to eat and pay the bills, when fat cats in government and the companies they work for just get richer and richer while living costs go up for the average person, putting them further into poverty?