reply to post by jimmiec
I'm not so sure I agree with the "people care" sentiment. Not back then or today. Not saying that all people don't. I'm sure that a huge amount
of people out there would be willing to give someone less fortunate the shirt off their back,..but I don't think they'd be in the majority. Nor were
Back in the 1800's, one of the main reasons marriage before sex was pushed, was so the man would be responsible for any offspring. The community was
NOT going to take care of kids out of wedlock if a man ran off, so it was very adamantly requested that people get married before having kids. That
way at least it was documented who the father was, so he would be responsible. This wasn't the only reason of course..there was another major reason
- religion. Not much has changed in that area.
Before welfare, many communities had "people auctions". The poor, the mentally ill, the elderly, any and all of those that couldn't take care of
themselves, and had no family to do so, were shoved on stage in front of the community. People then took turns bidding on them. Whoever bid the least
(as in, "I will take care of this person for X amount of $"), took their poor, or handicap, or elderly person home with them and took care of them.
The town then cut them a check for the amount they had bid.
Then we get into the mentally ill. People with severe mental health disorders were simply seen as demon possessed, and would be abused to "beat the
devil" out of them.
If a woman was a single mother she had it incredibly hard. No one was looking out for her and she was often ostracized from the "religious"
Conditions were not kind to those that were poor, and fewer people truly cared about one another than we may like to believe.
While welfare may not be a perfect system, it is helpful to those that otherwise would go without. Having people leech of the system is a problem, but
not one that would be corrected by simply getting rid of welfare.