Exactly, TrueLib. We need to eliminate perverse incentives from our public policy. Just that seemingly obvious and innocuous (in)action would ignite a ferocious economic boom.
There is nothing "draconian" about it, nothing that will deprive people. Welfare reform during Clinton's presidency reduced poverty rates. We must stop rewarding out-of-wedlock births and punishing work and saving. We must reward educational success and evaluate school and teacher performance. It's just a matter of rational management. Give up the Looking Glass and operate in reality.