When it comes to economic entitlements, many can’t see the forest for the trees. Most socially well-meaning Democrats seem to fall under one of two opposite ends of the spectrum. On one hand, they’re represented by the entitled poor, who are disproportionately minority. Their party keeps the hook baited just enough with entitlements to keep them from straying - a legal way to buy votes, financed by us all.
Great post... but may I suggest dropping the red background and going with something more neutral? It makes it hard to read, especially on a small phone. Many of my readers have told me that red is a very negative color for them, one they often choose to avoid. Just my 2 cents as someone who was in the printing and graphics business for years...
I'm old enough to remember debates about this back in the 70s. I remember someone saying something to the effect of "Why can't people receiving welfare be hired to pick up litter on the streets and highways?" A congressman (I think it was Ted Kennedy, but don't quote me on that) replied that doing such work was harmful to a man's self-esteem. My grandfather looked at me and said, "There's nothing worse for a man's self-respect than to get something for nothing." So here we are.
I'd love to see a public works program like we had during the Depression -- it could provide jobs and job training, plus repair to our crumbling infrastructure.
A relative of mine went to work recently when her children were not babies. Her husband’s disability payments stopped, food stamps stopped, she had to buy a second car so husband can get the children where they need to be. She works a second job as she is starting at the bottom of wage rates. She is betting that eventually she will become more easily self supporting. I feel for her. I wish she could have kept the food stamps for a transition period.
I’m pretty sure she is earning only slightly more than the lost benefits. I can see how a person might wonder if working helps at all, compared to government benefits. It is a puzzle to me. There should be a way to encourage working, without being cruel.