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.