Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Welfare Reform

Seems like the hot topic these days is welfare reform. Everyone has their opinions and fiscally we know that things have to change.  As a country we can't continue to pay out at the rate we are paying and expect the program to survive.

Now I am not well versed in all the in and outs of the system but I do know that the intent with which these programs were started has long since been forgotten.

The programs were intended to help people get back on their feet after life had knocked them down.  It was not intended for those who just want to set back and put their feet up.  There is a big difference.

I know some great hard working people that have reluctantly utilized these resources to sustain them during tough times.  That is exactly how they should be used.

They should not be a means for anyone to continue to grow their families and stay home in lieu of seeking employment.  They should not be used by folks who are working and getting paid cash to avoid the taxes the rest of us pay and they shouldn't be used because you are hiding the cash income from your business. If you are living in a expensive home and driving an expensive vehicle your kids should not qualify for the free lunch program at school.

If there is a way to reform this system it would be a very positive thing for our country.  Weed out those who refuse to work to make the benefits available to those they can't work.  Making drug testing mandatory just like it is when you apply for a job.  The private sector doesn't pay you if you fail a drug test, should the public assistance be any different.?

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