I don't think it should be, especially in these tough economic times.
I don't think that a welfare program is necessarily bad. But it is what the people do with that welfare that can make it a bad thing. In my hometown, I have seen with my own eyes a person who is on welfare and spends almost everything on periphrial things that no one, especially the welfared, needs. So it is not the actual welfare that is bad, but the user's abuse of it. And it is very highly abused in our country. When my family first moved to California, they had to use food stamps because neither of my parents had work. But, once they found work, they weaned themselves off of welfare. And THAT is what our welfare program is for. It is not meant to be a permanent thing, but a temporary thing.
A person would not take themselves out of the welfare program because they think, "Hey, I'm getting paid to sit on my ass and do nothing. This is great! I'm gonna stay here, screw work." Of course they have to show proof that they are actively looking for work in order to keep getting welfare checks. So I would suspect (and I say that because I really do not know for sure) that a person would apply for a job and intentionally sabotage any hopes of getting the job in order that they could stay on the "free money list." When in fact the Congressional Budget Office says that approximately 34.8% of our taxes goes toward programs like this. I am personally angered to know that my tax money is being litterally wasted on some lazy ass who thinks he shouldn't have to "earn his keep."
I wouldn't necessarily vote to have the welfare program eliminated, but modified. Because I know that there are people out there who use it for its intended purpose and don't abuse it. So there you have my thoughts on that. What you do with it is up to you. God bless!
M Cassian says that he's angry that 34.8% of his federal taxes go to welfare like programs. In 2009 the federal budget was $3.1 trillion. Approximately $1.1 trillion went to social security and medicare. Another $224 billion went to chidren's health program and medicaid. Does he propose dropping those programs?
About $360 billion went to unemployment and other "welfare" programs. That's about 11% of the budget. Interest on the debt was over $260 billion.
I think we should spend less on defense and more on the general welfare of the people, including health care and infrastructure repair. We could balance the budget if we reduced the Pentagon spending by about $400 billion and we'd still spend more than any other nation on Earth for defense. As it is we spend more on defense than virtually the rest of the world put together.
Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_Unite … ral_budget to see the real budget
I think the system is highly overabused... I am not saying it should be banned. Sometimes people need a pick-me-up, but the whole thing needs to be reevaluated. I personally know people who abuse the program. I have heard one woman tell me how she isn't going to give her son a birthday party because she can't afford to by the food because her food stamps were temporarily shut off. She sure could afford to by her kid a birthday present though. I have also seen people on the program with big screen TVs, top notch cell phones, and all the hottest game systems out there. How is it fair that I must pay the taxes for them to have a better lifestyle then me!! After all, when they are eating their $20 dollar T0-bone steak I am feeding my kids hamburger helper!
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