Out here in CA there is an issue that is becoming more and more pressing in my eyes, CALworks.(welfare) Welfare is NOT meant to be a way of life.
Welfare is simply meant to be transitional assistance when hard times fall on a family (haven't we all been there at some point?) I myself have never
been on public assistance, I have gone hungry (on my own without children involved) and would understand people in this situation especially with
The whole welfare issue has a lot more to do than just benefits to illegals. The entire welfare system is disgusting. Here is something specific to
CA, i'm mainly talking about CA because of exactly how bad it is here.
California has about 12 percent of the nation’s population. Under a rational system, we’d expect the state to have about 12 percent of the
nation’s welfare recipients. But the reality is far worse—our state has about 30 percent of the nation’s welfare recipients. In comparison,
Texas has 8 percent of the nation’s population, but just 3 percent of the nation’s welfare recipients.
What right minded individual or group of individuals would promote "baby factory families." (Which are the families you see with an kids ages
10,9,7,6,4,3,2, infant. And yes, I see a lot of these in California....90% of the welfare recipients simply abuse the system. They are rewarded for
their laziness and refusal to work. For example, I had a friends son recently have a child.
Here is what they get for an unplanned, irresponsible birth.
An 800/mo 2 bedroom apartment.
~450 in CASH AID (can buy drugs/alcohol etc with)
~500 in food stamp aid
~Countless dollars in family planning, free doctor visit etc etc
Granted he lives in Oregon, which is probably the most pro-welfare state in the Union (Grew up there, and its worse up there than in California, which
is widely known as the welfare state)
This system horribly needs to be reformed. First, there needs to be a time limit on benefits within a certain period of time. Second there needs to be
some kind of "work for benefits" program, such as litter pickup or other things that benefits that specific community as a whole. If you read that
article, it says 22% of work eligible people actually reach their weekly work goals, while 64% didn't work a SINGLE hour. NOT A SINGLE HOUR IN A YEAR
WHERE THEY MAY HAVE RECEIVED THOUSANDS OR TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN BENEFITS.
I'm sorry for my unorganized rant ATS, I had to get up and interrupt the rant for about an hour, and I could write so much on this subject that
sometimes I think I try to cram too much info into too few words.
Maybe my thoughts align more with the animal kingdom on this one, if you can't get your own, you don't get any. You WORK for everything you have. I
think the U.S welfare system is a joke. It needs to be severely refined. If these people were seriously just experiencing a rough patch in their life
and are out of work and need a hand up. You got it. If the person has a genuine desire to provide for himself and family on his own and has been
searching for a job? Provide him with a job that benefits the whole community as I've said earlier. Put them to work. They want to work, so why not
tap into an available asset?
If you're a lazy, worthless non contributing person to society and you expect ME to sweat to put food on YOUR table? I'd like to.....well, I don't
think it would be appropriate for ATS for me to say exactly what I'd like to do, but I'd like to see them all rounded up, taken far out into the
woods and left to do all their OWN foraging and work. Yes, a little harsh I know. But, if they can't providefor themselves in the incredibly cushy
lifestyle that civilized society has provided us the chance to experience, then I'd REALLY like to see them actually have to SURVIVE (sub provide
here) for themselves out in the REAL world. (nature)
I'd like to hear other Californians and non Californians thoughts on welfare in general