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Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
reply to post by beezzer
There are probably many places where I would agree with you. We actually need to get rid of a LOT of laws. But some laws are necessary.
It's only right (IMO) that funds from the government designed to help people with the basic needs of life, be spent on the basic needs of life. I'm not saying we should go into these people's houses to search for Twinkies or do drug testing to make sure they're clean, but if there's something to be done about people who abuse the system (and I consider this abuse of the system), without invading anyone's privacy, then I'm all for that.
Originally posted by xuenchen
Maybe the answer is to eliminate all direct welfare completely.
No food stamps, no cash welfare, no unemployment, etc.
Most recipients are able to work.
Most cities have plenty of unattended projects that need labor that the cities don't have the money for.
If the governments set up work details instead of welfare offices, and pay local minimum wages, that would solve the problem.
Even if people only work a few hours a day, that would equal the welfare amounts.
Of course, this would only apply to people who are not disabled or handicapped.
(probably the majority of recipients)
Then they could do whatever they want with the money.
It could be tax free money too, just like most of the welfare.
Isn't a welfare check just a payment for doing nothing? (or just looking for work?)
If you CAN'T find a private sector job but WANT to work, then pay for work done is a practical solution.
Originally posted by ExPostFacto
reply to post by xuenchen
I see this article in a few different ways. People that are living on those programs have in their neighborhood strip clubs and casinos. Middle class and rich hardly ever live near those facilities. So if the only place you can withdraw money at an ATM is at your local casino, which is in walking distance to your house then you might just use that ATM.
I think the lady in the article who states this is a smoke screen for the real issues has a point. Every place I have ever lived which was in the Ghetto had a strip club or a casino nearby.
Originally posted by beezzer
Drug tests? Invasive.
Strip bars? *meh* kay.
I mean, why have one and not the other?
Now we have government providing funds to ADULTS for their "lifestyle"
It's akin to slavery but people are going to it willingly!