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Why and how the welfare state should be policed
Criminals shall face consequences
Welfare is not that well
There is no secret that the welfare system is hugely beneficial to those in need. The handicapped, the temporarily unemployed, the mentally challenged, struggling single parents and so on. But this state- one where they receive welfare- shouldn't be a permanent state, since a jobless person is, in most cases, eligible to find a job, a single parent should work to provide for his or her children, rather than just sit around and wait for the help of the government, which itself sets a bad example for the children.
There are the needy and there are the greedy. Sometimes the needy can just become the greedy. Then those who don't want to act like they can't, feeling confident enough that the state can take care of their daily needs just fine.
Kiara, a self proclaimed welfare queen of 12 years
Consequences of the unguarded system
The welfare system, like it was described earlier, can create people who live off this system. The best(or, rather, the worst) example of this is the welfare queen. The welfare queen is a person, usually a woman, who has more than 1 child, usually a lot more, and who is not employed. The welfare queen, then, makes money off her children, that is, off the welfare checks that she gets for these children. She might receive even more due to being unemployed. People like this tend to avoid work for as long as they can, even if it means giving birth to more children.
Sure, a single welfare queen, or few tens of welfare queens aren't that big of a deal, but, in a nation of hundreds of millions, such as USA, there might be thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands or even millions of welfare queens, who leech off the state and are noting else but a burden on society.
A job is a privilege, a right and a duty.
What must be done
In order to prevent this kind of looting in unthinkable amounts with the help of the system that itself was created to help, not to create an easy life for slacking leeches, the system must be thoroughly guarded and monitored.
Since the people who receive welfare are registered in a certain data base, or, if they aren't, they should be, the state should know if they are or aren't employed- and the state does know, in most cases. The state should also know if these people are both physically and psychologically eligible for work.
To maintain control, there should be regular inspections of the homes of these people by those who work for the welfare department, partial online monitoring of those, who live off welfare. Also, these people themselves should keep the welfare department up to date with their employment situation.
When all is clear, the state should give the able-bodied and able-minded people a deadline, by the end of which they should find themselves a job. If that has not been done, the state should help these people, by getting them a job interview, at the very least.
Now, if the person refuses to obey the state, there should be repercussions- fines, prison sentences, or worse. The fins could vary depending on the seriousness of the offense. In the end, the state should, if nothing else works, force the offender to work.
A typical sight near a welfare office in the US
The welfare system, when it is being abused, can create huge holes in the budget of the state, causing unnecessary loss of funds to professional thieves. These stolen funds could be used to benefit both the state and it's people- hospitals, schools, libraries and kindergartens could be built, roads could be repaired, these funds could even go to the education system and so on. In the very end, the welfare leeches steal not only from the state, but from the people, who work hard and pay their taxes.
The state, just like any of it's residents, has full rights to punish those who have stolen from it. The punishment should not only fit the crime, but should also set an example for all the other offenders.
The people decide
Do you support the policing of the welfare system?
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© 2016 David