I've brought this up in other discussions about the US and the Republican view on social welfare systems... it's all good to simply say "punish those
who abuse the system", but what do you do with them?
If you remove their right to claim assistance, crime rates rise, society becomes increasingly unstable, and we're back to the turn of the century with
workhouses, slums, massive poverty, disease outbreaks...
We just need to look around the world at other cultures without such systems in place to see what happens when some don't get assistance. Look at
India and Pakistan, look at China, North Korea, Russia... there are plenty of examples of what happens when there is no social care systems in place
or access to it is difficult or limited.
Removing the social welfare system is not the answer, selecting who has access to it is not that simple. There needs to be a way of making it less
attractive as a career choice.
I also agree that this is vastly unfair on the hardworking single people in this country.
The one thing that enrages me the most is that I am used as a piggy bank by my government. As a single working male I am not entitled to housing. I
don't have a child, so I'm not a priority. It's completely backwards that I can work all my life and pay taxes into the system, but I am not deserving
of a roof over my head. I'm supposed to carry on paying my taxes to pay for everyone else to have a home, but I'm not permitted that same luxury.
As a single person by choice, I cannot afford the high rent of a decent place to live. I can't afford a mortgage, because I can't save the deposit - I
have to pay rent!
People like me are squeezed dry to pay for people who contribute little, or nothing at all, to society. We are penalized and used as a funding source;
the idiot worker who chooses not to play the system and is rewarded with poverty, while those who do abuse it are given everything they could ever
edit on 24-9-2012 by detachedindividual because: (no reason given)