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The Lazy Man's Way To Social Wealth

Updated on July 13, 2009

Welfare and Poverty Across the World

Criminalization of Poverty

Is Welfare Fraud?

In Ireland, it is reported from that welfare recipients receive an average monetary benefit of $285.57 (USD) weekly. That is more than most people in America make at minimum wage jobs!


Before the 1930's, welfare was relatively unheard of and not an ordinary part of the woven fabric of the world. It was geared, originally, to assist those returning from WWII to compensate their earnings while recovering from war and adjusting to civilian life.


In 1996, The United States put a permanent ceiling or cap on benefits received. One drawing welfare benefits could only access those benefits for five years in a lifetime.


Great Britian has an interesting angle on welfare. Your benefits are determined by how long you worked and how much you paid into the government pool. Then, a percentage of what you used to earn before losing your job and requesting welfare is awarded to you. For example, someone who was making $41,867 a year will get a mere $89.75 a week on welfare. British citizens are ony permited to receive welfare for 6 months over the course of a lifetime. It is a deterent to ever getting on welfare, the British government believes.


In France, Germany, or Finland, the benefits are higher. They have a 2 year cap for a liftime on welfare benefits. And, they issue 40%-75% of a person's former income to the recipient.


The overall message is that you won't get a gravy train from the govrnment to help with all your basic needs anymore. Those who think they can just not work are in for a shock. Those who just need a little boost between jobs in tis rough economy won't be able to make ends meet either. Once on welfare, it's tough to get back on your feet and recover from job loss. You become a slave to poverty without the tools to get ahead.


People on welfare must take personal action on their part to further themselves, not relying on the government to take care of them. I realize not everyone on welfare is lazy, but a few are.


Please understand that three-quarters of those on welfare in the US are white. Though the video below is about how reform affects African-Americans, they don't make up the majority of those on welfare. We must end our prejudices and utilize some personal responsibility over our own lives!

Welfare Reform


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    • AsherKade profile image

      AsherKade 8 years ago from Texas

      Yes, you are right about all the above. I was on welfare with my ex-spouse for a couple of years. That was a hell of a marriage! Anyway, I can testify to the fact that there is such a 5 yr cap in US since 1996....

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      advisor4qb 8 years ago from On New Footing

      Hmmm. Maybe I should retire in Ireland in about 20 years....:)

      Seriously though, I used to determine eligilbility for benefits, including cash assistance, and I never heard of any 5 year cap in the US. They must have changed that between 1996 and 2001.

      I was on welfare for a few years, but I pulled myself out of that slump. I did notice many people during the years I worked in the welfare office that had developed a type of "learned helplessness." I think that many people will take and take until they are forced to take other measures. Necessity being the mother of invention and all.

      There were some pretty strict policies, which made it hard for me, because I would see people that I KNEW were hiding income but couldn't prove it. On the other end of the spectrum, there were people who had a definite need for help, and I couldn't help them because they had too much in the way of assets or they just didn't qualify somehow. They did change the policy regarding assets somewhat. At least when I left there, they had begin to take people's word about not having certain cars anymore. At one point the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) wouldn't remove old cars from your records until you provided proof they had been junked or whatever, and DCF (Department of Children and Families, the welfare agency) would count those cars in your assets, simply because they were listed as yours.

      I have seen people bend the rules a lot. Once people know how the system works, they tend to take advantage.

      I agree about not stereotyping any race, though. There were just as many white clients as African American (and many OTHER races) clients. And I saw good and bad attitudes in both groups.


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