Why is is so many people look to the government for handouts?
They have no desire to better themselves though hard work or for that matter any work.
My experience is that the people who propagate this nonsense, the nonsense embedded in the fibers of your question, have no experience with what they are talking about, have never needed assistance, and thus, are worthless as far as context is concerned.
Unfortunately people are taught to expect something for nothing. The days of teaching a work ethic seems to have left the building. I have no problem with someone who needs a hand recieving one. That being said if you are able to work, then you should work, if you recieve welfare then maybe you should do some work for the city,state,province...ect. There are a lot of things that could be done and skills learned. If this was offered though I am sure there would be an uprising. Protesters would take to the streets, flipping cars and smashing windows...but on the bright side there would be more things for them to clean up.
I could not server in the military due to a existing health reason but my family has served in every major conflict as far back as the civil war. With the current generation serving in Iraq with the marines in some of the worse fighting seen there.
I know so many people who are out for nothing but themselves they live off their "disability" even though they work under the table. They have children they cant take care of or afford and it all falls back to the taxpayer to pick up the tab. Currently one in 7 people are on food stamps. The US is the richest country on the planet yet so many of the people need "assistance" to survive.
I was once told if you want to open a business to lose money let the government run it.
You are right I have never needed it why because I work 15 + hour days running 2 business and employing people who actually want to work.
You do make a point, though it may seem a bit general. Some people on welfare payments have a disability and need it and are genuine hard workers.
However the lazy people you seem to be disliking are often referred to as "the lowest common denominator". Governments 'shut them up' through minimal payouts for them to eke out a miserable existence.
The generations that survived on pioneer grit and grimace are dead (most of them). In their place are people who are emotionally soft and looking for a way to cut corners. Couple this with a larger population and fewer opportunities and you have the welfare state. Without writing a book (or a hub), this is a different America. Manufacturing is gone. Jobs are shipped overseas. We no longer produce our food but instead import it. Etc., etc. This is all in the name of globalization. Still, we must survive. For many, this means turning to an entity called government for survival. It's scary not knowing if you can pay rent or buy food. It's easier to suckle on the proffered teat.
I know people who work 40 hours and qualify for food stamps. What about Tarp? That was was welfare for the rich. What about the GM bailout? They are hiring now - overseas. What about farm subsidies that go mostly to corporations? There is a long list of handouts that go to people and corporations that don't need to worry about their next meal.
in some cases , it's the government who caused this need. they have cost people their jobs and in many cases they have in turn cost people everything they have.
now in too many cases people like to use the government as a crutch and blame everything around them for their crappy lives. it's easy to sit in one place and state how you can get a job then go to the government for support. the problem is who really deserves the help and who is just being either lazy or selfish.
then we have things like bailouts, huge loans with no rules and the rich getting handouts to help create so-called jobs.
A lot of people learn not to work at home. Parents and grandparents have all been on benefits all their lives, and it is the only way they know. Some people will always need help through medical conditions, but benefits should not be a long term way of life for people who wont work.
There is a system where people can get more in benefits for not working than they would through going to work. By working they would lose money and are not prepared to do this.
I used to work with people looking to get into employment and it is normally when the meet someone and want to settle down. Suddenly they realise that this person wont settle for the weekly/monthly benefit cheque but by then they are way behind their cohorts in the skills/experience stake.
There are many who work hard and cannot pay normal bills.
Once I hired laborers to work on my residential project, the heat index was 115 F and the work was back breaking.. They worked till they fell flat. The agency who provided me these laborer charged me US$20.00/hr, but gave them only minimum wage. They probably took home about US$5.00 to $US 6.00/hr. They have no health coverage. They cannot afford an apartment, medical bills, or private transportation. The meals they got from me was charity. Sometimes even when they are ready to work there is no work available.
If you have not been poor before, you cannot understand what it mean surviving on minimum wage. It is not workable however hard you work. The maths will show you cannot support yourself and it is worse if you have dependents.
These people who have less or no opportunities like the rich, need to survive. The government becomes a lifeline. What is more, money given to them has to be spent to survive. The rich however, have enough and any additional money they get from say tax-breaks or windfalls is not likely to be spent. Therefore money to the poor will more likely stimulate the economy. Gains by the rich will have minimum impact on the economy. Read my hub on Government Spending and Taxes during recession.
Therefore government entitlements provide benefit to the economy and provide relief to those you don't yet have opportunities to rise. It makes spiritual and monetary sense.
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