I feel that providing huge amounts of Welfare (like we currently do) is insulting and in place to make the providers feel good. Catch a Fish for a Man and Feed him for a Day, Teach a Man to Fish and He will Feed Himself for a Lifetime.
Yes, the Teach A Man To Fish concept would be a massive overhaul of the welfare system. That's what we need to end the poverty/welfare cycle. Mentoring and quality education from birth through young adult could get people off of welfare, but it would cost even more to implement. That could give people hope for a better life.
Give a man another man's fish and he'll vote DemocRat for life !
The 'fish' platitude is reasonable, so what would you do? 'Welfare' is not really a way of life, it's a temporary stopgap to help people out for a short period. But if you want to teach people to fish...how do you do it? Free college for everyone? Do you cover living expenses for poor and homeless so they can take the time to get an education? Do you cover childcare for single parents? Do you cover medical bills for a person so they can get healed and return to school? And what about corporate welfare? The US spends hundreds of billions subsidizing US companies each year....how do we get them off of that? Do we allow the government to negotiate with drug companies on prescription drug prices so the public isn't getting shafted? I can support your platitude...but I would like to hear your ideas besides 'f-you, get a job.'
Huge? Define welfare? Medicaid - 565 billion (shall we deny medical care?). Subsidies for housing? Shall we add millions to our homeless population? How about the kids? Set up orphanages? - Food stamps - shall the richest nation on earth let people starve? - I actually agree with you in general. I'm libertarian and it's a bit of everybody takes responsibility for their own lives. Welfare - however - you define it has hurt our population, but just pull the plug? You see the devil is in the details. Whole systems need reworking, public mindset adjusted, and allocations of funding restructured. It's not just a yes or no thing as your poll try's to make it..IMHO
Disagree strongly. It's a vital tool to help people who are disabled, elderly, or trying to survive and climb out of poverty. It helped my family move from homeless to homed and with a car in a matter of months.
How does it feel being the exception? Welfare is designed to keep people dependent on the government. Turns independents into democrats overnight.
That's just not true. I'm not an exception but the norm. People who take advantage are the exception.
Let's be fair end welfare for the Middle class, businesses and poor and disabled.
Absolutely! Very few use it just long enough to better themselves. My aunt is the only person I know that used it short term and not as a lifetime means of support. (She got divorced and was a single mom of 3 pre-teen boys. She was on it long enough to get through nursing school.)