posted on Jul, 15 2012 @ 06:13 AM
personally, I don't mind helping the poor and needy people in society.
my problem comes in when they are lifting the standard of living for those people ABOVE what I could achieve with my income. I know for a fact that
this was happening in the 90's, and well, according to the information in the op, it is still happening, only the numbers are much, much larger!!
and I believe the gap between they amount that is defines the needy, and the need (the amount that is given out) is much larger!
regardless of weather you are very much against the social safety net or very much pro safety net, weather you agree with these numbers or think they
are inflated (I hope the heck they are inflated!!!), you should agree, this gap shouldn't exists! people shouldn't be working hard, just so those
who aren't working as hard as them can have a better standard of living as they are able to provide for their own families!! if the poor are able to
obtain healthcare, then every one of the taxpayers who aren't defined as poor should also be able to obtain the same quality of healthcare! if the
poor are being provided with the means to obtain three well balanced meals a day, so should the taxpayers, if the poor can be provided decent housing
with adequate plumbing and sewage systems, so shouldn't the taxpayers who are footing the bill!!!
for it to be like it is has to be causing some negative repercussions...
it's more advantageous to kick your bread winning husband out onto the streets and rely on his child support and the gov't handouts to provide for
your kids....and not work...
and, if those numbers are correct, well, it seems to indicate that the inflation rate of the basic necessities (those things that are provided through
the gov;t programs) is far above the rate that we are giving by the economists! we have college degreed professional women now leaving the workforce
because they are finding it more economically feasible to just stay home! thier checks are barely making the cost of them working and in some cases
might not be!!
this shouldn't be a debate as to weather or not there should be a safety net, but rather, how in the world can we come up with a way to eliminate
that gap! the total value of the benefits needs to be held in line with the amount that is determined to be defined as needy. which, considering
that these benefits are coming from a number of different agencies, well, once wrote letters to various elected officials including the governor of
NY, the president, members of congress, and member of the state legislator asking them what the value of all those benefits were. I made sure that
the people I wrote to were from both sides of the political arena.. the answers I got weren't even close to the facts, as near as I could determine
what the facts were. I kind of came to the conclusion that they didn't even know what they were!!!
eliminate all the different programs, and replace them with one programs, then you know for sure how much you are giving. then make and honest
attempt to determine what is needed in this country to live, that's the benefit amount, add a little to it to reflect taxes and the expenses
incurred for working (which shouldn't be hard to do, since when the welfare mom goes to work, she is provided with extra cash that they say is for
these expenses, and that should be the guideline for eligibility. and then give the states the freedom to adjust them based on the actual costs in
their own states....with the requirement that the amounts are kept in line with each other!!