There has been quite a heated discussion taking place in Washington D.C and across the country for a while now regarding the budget and government spending which is causing members of both parties to bicker, hold late night meetings and act like stubborn little children while they fight for their beliefs. Many programs have already been cut by state level lawmakers, but at the national level there is a larger battle being fought. No one can seem to draw up a compromise which would leave both sides feeling content with the areas which will face budget cuts and those that remain funded by citizen tax dollars, but I believe that there may actually be one area that could use reevaluation and is being overlooked.
Much of the debate over budget cuts has to do with cutting large liberal spending like Obamacare, Planned Parenthood and union formation or conservative supported tax breaks for corporations while popular programs like welfare, WIC, and other social support programs like that are being continuously abused and enjoyed by some citizens that do not deserve access to these benefits.
Now don’t get me wrong, I understand there are MANY circumstances where government fiscal support is needed to get people on their feet after illness, losing a spouse or career or help them not straight up die. For example accidental teenage moms who have enough aspiration to get off welfare and become more than just another statistic deserve a chance at a better life through these programs,
but I also know that it is quite easy to apply for these programs and receive benefits when you are not living in the most dire situations you so honestly hope to get yourself out if its the last thing you do in your life.
Keeping the requirements so loose for these social programs only teaches people that no matter what they will always be taken care of and be able to mooch off the government if they don’t feel like being the best and most productive member of society they can be. Additionally the adults who live off of these programs with no guilt are teaching their children that success is not really in the cards for them and having no aspirations is not the end of the world because not everyone is going to make it.
Case in point a child in a Milwaukee Public School 5th grade class could not spell the words teacher and world when she made her student teacher a going away card and lots of college bound seniors are not able to pass the entrance exams forcing them to take Math 90 and 95 while the struggle writing essays for their English 101 courses.
Florida has already taken steps in the right direction to improve their welfare system and I believe that the rest of the country should actually FOLLOW this “extreme” change in legislation in order to cut spending that is absolutely unnecessary. It may seem like the most obvious rule, but for some reason this is not a general qualification for the less fortunate perople many other citizens who have figured out life at least enough to have a job where they pay some taxes have to support.”It’s not right for taxpayer money to be paying for somebody’s drug addiction,” Florida Governor Rick Scott said on CNN on Sunday. “On top of that, this is going to increase personal responsibility, personal accountability. We shouldn’t be subsidizing people’s addiction.”
I DOOOO understand that there are certain circumstances that warrant government support so that individuals are able to get back on their feet, but I refuse to continue to pay for people to sit around and feed themselves off their baby’s WIC just because they think that they are too above getting a “dirty job”, but are not qualified enough for a job that meets the level of laziness they hope to maintain or are too stupid to apply for grants and scholarships for college to better their lives. There needs to be a major mentality change from the people, but the government could also give these people the extra motivation they need to actually fill out a job application and stop hustling because they think thats cool or all they know. Then not only will our budget problems be some what improved, but the population will also start to grow in a positive direction instead of continuing to fall behind all other developed countries in the field of beneficial intelligence. Sorry, but this just doesn’t seem like rocket science to me…..just kinda like a good idea.
oh…and the next step that would help reduce our deficit would be to decriminalize and tax medical marijuana. Not only would it bring in revenue but it would improve a bunch of other social issues…just saying.