Gideon's Trumpet

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Monday, May 22, 2006

Put Welfare Recipients on Highway Cleanup Detail!

OK, this one's gonna draw flames from the left. But you know what? I don't care!

I still believe the food stamp program needs to be eliminated, but the elimination can't be done overnight. It needs to be done over time.

And so, I feel, for the short term at least, that food stamp and other public aid recipients need to put on orange jumpsuits and put on highway cleanup detail. If they're too disabled to do that, they can show up and shred or collate papers at the welfare office (even VERY low functioning developmentally disabled adults can do this; it would be hard to argue their way out of it).

Is that demeaning or robbing them of their dignity? Hell no! You see, as someone who has RECEIVED aid, I would gladly have done anything for the aid, which was NEEDED at the time. Simply giving me a handout and implicitly stating that I was too worthless to have anything to contribute BACK to the system that helped me was demeaning. I would GLADLY have donned a jumpsuit and picked up trash on the roadside!

But I would have tried to get on to something better as soon as I could. Sure, I did that anyway, but my point is, a lot more people would be motivated to self improvement if they were assigned tasks they felt to be "beneath them" to receive aid. And the mooches? Well, they'd hit the highway pretty quick...and I DON'T mean in an orange jumpsuit.

The idea of something for nothing is killing us as a nation. It is robbing us of our national dignity, our self worth, and the work ethic that drove our ancestors here in search of a better life. We have somehow gotten the idea that the poorest among us deserve a "milk and honey" lifestyle, while ignoring the fact that the poorest among us live better than about 95% of the world's population.

Capitalism is based on the idea that there is something better, something that can be attained through hard work and perseverance. If we simply GIVE those luxuries to the poor, their value is lost. They should be gained through work and dedication. Then there will always be a value to them.

9 Comments:

At 4:19 PM, Blogger Angel said...

I totally agree. My dh's boss is a quadrapalegic and is a lawyer. My mom managed to get on disability because she's "depressed" meaning..she's never ever worked because she had financial aid by being a single mother and when the kids left home she couldn't be bothered to start working so went for disability.

 
At 4:48 AM, Anonymous marytoddlincoln said...

I'm on your side!

 
At 4:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree. I work full time to put myself through school so I feel people need to work for what they want, but there are always exceptions. My friend, a stay at home mother of four, caught her husband abusing their daughter and quickly took action. Now, she's left with four mouths to feed and daycare to worry about while she puts herself through school...alone (because the father is obviously on his way to prison.) Should she take time out of her day to stand in an orange jumpsuit by the side of the road? People like us are lucky to be able to point fingers and generalize about people on public assistance. I hope you never find out the hard way that some things we look down on are necessary means of survival to others.

 
At 4:09 PM, Blogger CM Edwards said...

Does this include people on corporate welfare like Dick Cheney an dthe Waltons?

 
At 10:12 AM, Blogger Gideon MacLeish said...

Chad,

Excellent question. If you read me regularly, you know I do believe that corporate welfare should be abolished first. What it is costing us is unthinkable.

Anonymous,

Don't ever assume I don't know what it's like to be down and out. I wound up laid off with insufficient income to even pay the rent in the middle of the Nevada desert due to a boss who canned me because I had to take time off for the birth of our youngest. Education is not a right, it is a privilege, and those who want it will FIND A WAY to obtain it somehow. I feel for your friend's situation, and would probably even help contribute to private charities that help families like hers, but I strongly resent money being taken from my pocket and that of others by a government that INSISTS we care for her. That's not charity, that's ROBBERY.

 
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At 11:02 AM, Blogger Curly said...

I don't think I could agree with the orange boiler suits, would that be to remind them, and everybody else, of their unfortunate staus?

 
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