I figure since I’m busy reforming everything, I’ll tackle this one
too. It’s one of my pet peeves and I’m going to give you a story from
a friend to illustrate why. My friend is from Jamacia, where everyone
wears braids, and she makes a nice living here braiding hair. We’ll
call my friend Tina. She makes about $200 per client and she can do
three a day. The salon she works in hired a massage therapist. Tina
starts chatting with the new massage therapist, who we’ll call
Melinda. Tina finds out that Melinda has been on welfare for years,
that our tax dollars sent her to massage therapy school, and that
Melinda is now making $700-800 per week plus tips. Unlike waitresses,
massage therapists aren’t required to report their tips as income to
the IRS. Melinda says that she makes another $300-$500 per week in
tips. That’s $1000-$1300 per week as her new income. When Melinda
finds out how much money she’s made, she promply quits her job since
she’ll loose all of her federal aid if she makes that much money.
She’d rather have food stamps, Section 8 housing, etc than actually
work for a living. She felt it was more lucrative to remain on public assistance than to earn $52,000 – $63, 000 per year.
That’s just wrong and it needs to be fixed immediately. As a tax paying american that’s funding this B.S., I have to tell you
that I’m not very happy and while we’re reforming the immigration
system, let’s just broaden our scope and reform the rest of world while we’re at it. I have a few basic tenants, which I’ll try to incorporate into this. One, charity begins at home. Two, mooching and handouts are bad for your soul. Three, working for what you want brings pride and self respect. Four, the goal of welfare should not be to perpetuate generations of poverty but to rehabiliate people and get them off public assistance. Now, item #4 may take a good boot in the pants, but hey, who hasn’t needed one at least once in their life?
My new welfare rules:
- If you aren’t a citizen, you don’t get it. If you’re a permanent resident, we’ll give it you but your home country pays for it. If you aren’t a permanent resident, we’ll let you work to pay for your ticket home if you can’t afford one.
- If you are getting paid by the government, you will be working for the government. No more lounging around. If all else fails, you can pick up trash on the side of the highway, answer the phone, or just hold the door open . There are a variety of jobs for a variety of skills. I’m sure we can find something you can do unless you’re bedridden and even then, we might be able to come up with something.
- Unless you are totally physically disabled, you can work doing something. It may not be your dream job, but my job isn’t my dream job either. Get over it.
- You will come up with a plan to get yourself off welfare. You have 5 years – figure it out. We will provide testing, councellors, and training to help you. We suggest you get started right away.
- You should have to be off welfare for at least 3 years before you’re allowed to reapply.
- If you are on welfare, you are obviously not in a position to care for yourself. Society is having to care for you. Kindly don’t add to my burden as a tax payer by increasing the number of people I’m supporting willy-nilly. Rephrased, any children that are conceived while you are on welfare do not entitle you to any additional benefits of any kind. In short, abstain, use the pill, or whatever else your concience directs you to do. Just understand that I don’t feel obligated to bear the burden of your poor decisions (i.e. getting pregnant or getting someone pregnant when you can’t even support yourself).
- We should identify specific niche areas, like machinists, where the population is aging rapidly but new members are not coming into the profession. We should try to interest as many people as possible in this as means to keep them off public assistance permanently.