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North America: A Welfare State

Updated on February 17, 2012
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I've spent my entire life understanding the people work for a living. That is how one makes their way in this world, that is how they pay for what they need. But there is a ever growing number of people in North America that continue to find loopholes that allow them to live off of hard working tax paying citizens. These people contribute nothing and pay their bills from taxes we pay. They are probably one of the main reasons our taxes have continued to rise year after year.

Now I know many are thinking, people collecting welfare and disability must need it because they can't work and sometimes this is true. Someone with a true disability a parapalegic or a quadripalegic, someone in a wheelchair or with a debilitating disease does need disability to survive and I have no qualms about paying taxes that support them. Someone who collects welfare due to the fact that they can't find a job and need it to survive I have no problem supporting either. Keeping in mind that the welfare recipient has done everything and continues to do everything he or she can every single day to try and find a job.

But the people I speak of are those who make no efforts to find work they apply for welfare, receive their checks each month and don't think twice about it. They don't care to work and have a long line of excuses why they just can't find a job, even though they've made no real effort to find one. The bottom line is that these people are just lazy and should be cut off and forced to find work.

We have one member on my wife's extended side of the family who is about 30 years old. He grew up living at his grandmother's. Never had to pay rent on an apartment has had a few jobs but apparently quit the few jobs he had because he doesn't enjoy authority figures telling him what to do. Well what do you expect when you have a job your boss gives you your tasks and you complete them. That's what a job is. Sometimes they aren't enjoyable but you do what you must and you receive a paycheck.

More recently he went to the doctor who said that his not being able to deal with authority figures is enough to get him on disability. So again the soft system is giving disability to someone who doesn't like his boss telling him what to do and this is a disability? I don't like working or being told what to do am I disabled? Do I deserve free money taken from the taxes of hard working people. Suffice to say I feel ashamed to admit that I even know him.

In contrast our glorious system can't find it in their hearts to grant my mother disability. She is older and fell shattering several vertebra in her back and this injury didn't heal. She was then diagnosed Osteoporosis and also has thyroid problems. But due to unfeeling doctors who are unwilling to submit paperwork for her to seek disability she continues to barely get by financially from her savings. She soon will have to face the possibility of returning to work in a state where she can barely stand or walk. How that will happen I'm not sure.

In the long run the people that leech to our system and those enabling them will be our societies undoing. We will continue to drown in debt until we see the mistake we're making and cut them loose.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      maxoxam41 - I think I would have to educate myself more on the subject before I could offer an informed opinion on it. There are many companies that receive subsidies through the government, whether they are entitled or not would depend on a lot of criteria. Either way thank you for commenting on this article, I appreciate it.

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      Deforest 5 years ago from USA

      I will go against the main stream that consists of lynching "leeches" like him however I will not accept that the oil industry and co benefit of tax exmptions! Millions are also granted as subsidies, are you as revolted by this info?

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Credence2 - true, I do think it is needed for those that really must have it. In an ideal situation it would be those that are truly in need receiving it. Possibly with time and a lot of hard work these programs could be cleaned up.

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      Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Terrek, I don't think that anyone regardless of ideological bent wishes to maintain a program that is being abused. As you said in this article, the program does serve a purpose when administered properly. Obviously, we have to make modifications and up the oversight to limit waste just that much more. Thanks Cred2

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      sgbrown - Well I thank you for the follow and your comments, happy to know we're on the same page with this issue. Often I think that many on hubpages may stay away from opinion pieces because their worried about getting their articles voted down by people who disagree. But sometimes you just have to say it like it is. Glad your on my side :)

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi terrektwo! You don't even want to get me started here...I worked for the Dept. of Human Services here in Oklahoma for about 15 years. I had to leave, couldn't take the abuse of the system any longer. It is a good thing for people that really need it, but too many people are allowe to abuse it. I am sharing this on my personal blog and stumble. I hope it is read by someone to whom it will make a difference. Great hub, voted up and awesome! (I actually thought I was already following you, but apparently not, I have fixed that! :)

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      tobusiness - I know what you mean a lot of those who really shouldn't be getting it feel like it is their right to get free money for nothing, even when they are quite capable of working, it is sickening.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      teaches12345 - true, if only we could just know who is in need and who isn't, but even though we can't I know there has to be a better way to do things.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      I couldn't say much on the tax front but shelling out money to people who don't need it for disabilities that don't exist is a problem for everyone. Thanks for commenting.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Unfortunately, this is not isolated to your part of the world.

      Here in the UK, we also have a massive problem.

      Sadly, the very people the system was meant to protect are falling through the cracks, while the lazy scroungers sit on their backsides all day, What angers most people is the attitude, that it is their God given right.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      You bring out an interesting perspective on the welfare system. I've heard the abuses and good stories around the program while working in the government jobworks program. We really need to revamp the system to address the needs of those who truly cannot live without welfare and screen out those who are simply on for a free ride.

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      I agree with you. I also don't like the fact that many of the wealthy pay far less in taxes than the middle class. The whole system is bizarre in my opinion.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      mena7thefamily - very true tis a bad system, a broken system and needs to be fixed.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Michele Travis - your right of course because that money is meant for those who need it and when people that don't need it are taking, they are taking it away from people who do and that is horrible. What sort of person would steal from a disabled person? It probably makes it harder sometimes for those who really need it to get it as well. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      mena7thefamily 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      It is very sad how someone who needs it for real or for a short period of time gets treated like scum and the ones that has been on it forever slide right through. It is the system its self that's all screwed up. That's who I blame, the SYSTEM! Great Hub!

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      This is a good hub. I am on disability, but wish I could work but I can't. The people who steal it are the worst ones. The people who are sick, or have physical problems and cannot get help are hurt more then anyone can even know.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Melonie - I wouldn't be against anyone who really needs it but like you said people abuse it and the working class have to pay their price. This tyoe of thing should be checked into often and if it is found people don't need they should be assisted in getting back to work. Thanks for commenting though Melonie, glad to see you in this conversation.

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      Melonie 5 years ago

      I totally agree with you. I also understand that not all disabilities are life long, this is a major issue. There are people getting on long term disability that should be on short term disability.

      For example; drug addicts. When they choose to get clean and are given disability money which gives them time to recover and rejoin society as functioning citizens. The only problem is that most are put on long term disability and never go out and get jobs.

      I know 3 examples of people who have already been helped and are perfectly fine now. They should be looking for work and moving on with their lives. However when they get paid 2000$ a month to stay home and do nothing they don't want to look for work. Some of these people put their spouses on their disability so that they don't have to work either. It is not a good situation in any way for honest hard working people when there are no checks and balances to ease people back into work if and when they are capable.

      I agree that some people need social systems, that's why they are there.

      You are right though they are too lenient.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      That's exactly what I love to hear. You moved beyond the system and I'm sure conquered a lot of adversity to earn your degree and I totally respect that. Thanks for reading and commenting :)

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      Leaderofmany 5 years ago from Back Home in Indiana

      That I truly agree too, I believe that system should be a short term solution. I come from a family of living off the system. I lived on the system for a short time, but went to school and got a degree, a job and made it without the system. This is how it should work.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Leaderofmany - I think if a disability can be diagnosed without a doubt of the condition that is something I'll agree too. Throughout my late teens and 20s I saw person after person living off the system, to such a ridiculous level that I know there is a major problem. One thing we'd need to ask ourselves is how many people can convert from working to living off the system before it collapses? I believe we are at that impasse and need to make some very hard decisions if we are to continue on.

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      Leaderofmany 5 years ago from Back Home in Indiana

      I can agree and disagree with you, I agree that some are on the welfare system that have no business being there. Also remember all disablities are not seen with the eye. We will be seeing many more of our nations finest on disability due to the trauma that they experinced in war and that is an unseen disabilty. They have days when they are just as well as you and I and days when they are not. I enjoyed your Hub and I think you have good points.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Roy Patterson - thanks for reading and passing it on I also hope more read it :)

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      Roy Patterson 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona USA

      Great article. Just Seeded it on Newsvine.Hope more people read it.