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The Comfort of Welfare

... This minimal diet will ward off both starvation and nutritional diseases indefinitely. Anyone who wants more variety and interest in his/her diet is free to work to earn the money to buy more food. Likewise, if the cry about housing is that people will freeze in the streets public housing can be provided as barracks -- bunkbeds, a locker for one's possessions, separation of the sexes, one set of sheets, one blanket, strict discipline about behavior in the facility, and a kitchen where the above minimal diet can be prepared. People who don't like living that way are free to work and earn money for a place of their own. ...
Tony2164 Wrote: Feb 01, 2013 7:48 PM
WE have that. It's called the Salvation Army.
MadisonWannabe Wrote: Feb 01, 2013 7:24 PM
Pretty close to my belief, except that the recipient should be the one going door to door to collect their hand out. Why should a person go to work, come home and then track down the recipient at the bar or crack house to hand it over?
skywalker58 Wrote: Feb 01, 2013 1:51 PM
I have come to the conclusion that "election reform" needs to take place. Since we all know that the more goodies given out by government, the more people there are who receive them who will vote for the candidate that promises more goodies. Eventually when more that 50% are on government handouts, those in power will remain in office forever. Eventually government will run out of money because not enough people will work. Solution - If you receive welfare checks, food stamps, government housing or other monthly stipends, you lose your right to vote. When you get off government assistance, you can vote again.
slk Wrote: Feb 01, 2013 10:14 AM
I continually recommend that welfare checks should be written and hand-delivered to recipients by the workers that pay for the welfare. Welfare should be personal. If you get $400 a week, your neighbors should be required to show up each week with a check they wrote. It would be mandatory, with no middleman.
Mother of 4 -- the original Wrote: Feb 01, 2013 10:05 AM
These measures would provide an adequate safety net to meet people's most basic needs without the current system's perverse disincentives.

And people would have complete freedom to choose to live under these conditions or to choose to better themselves.
This week Japan announced its intention to cut welfare payments by a billion dollars over the next three years because people live too comfortably.

Imagine that, a government would actually tell its citizens you are getting fat and lazy and have no incentive to work because someone else pays your bills. We just found out you can't get government work by telling citizens they're takers. But after its economy derailed, Japan slipped into a two-decade slumber marked by people giving up on old beliefs and traditions like Japan's legendary work ethic. When we thought Japan would conquer the world, including the...
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