Last edited by jdmt37; December 6th, 2012 at 10:55 PM.
The author does not understand what welfare is.
It is obvious from the statistics he is quoting that he is talking about food stamps, and probably SSI, Medicaid.
Traditionally, Welfare is a reference to cash support or what is now called TANF.
a very small percentage of Americans receive TANF (or welfare checks)
unfortunately i have had many people tell me that the advice given to them by wic/tanf etc was that they should have kids...to get school assistance, food, whatever it is the advice is always have more kids...the system is built to get rid of the father figure and make families dependent up it's services which is sad because it should be there for tough times and not have to bring more people into this world just to get a few more bucks
I have long said we should have work programs in place for cash assistance, a reworked food program and that SSI and Medicare are paid out of my check and should not be considered welfare. However anyone who has not worked or is using medicaid for their health care and is on SSI can fall into a welfare category but it should not be loosely tossed in with cash assistance and food stamp figures. Disabled people and mentally ill people should get benefits if unable to work. Fat people getting disability should get one year to get healthy with the help of a program and get back into the job market because fat is not a disability it is 99% of the time poor life style choices..
I hate when people do a lump statistical article to try to prove a point. Yes there are things that should be fixed but often the numbers are skewed to cause a stir.
We have licensed professionals That are legalized drug pushers. licensing helps control some manipulation Of the system but it by no means stops manipulation of the system.
The system is manipulated and abused much much more than most people want To acknowledge.
I can't speak to medical doctors but I do know that pain management clinics are alive and well.
It would seem a bit far fetched that more than, say, 30% of these cases are misdiagnosed or fraud...wouldn't you agree?
ADHD is misdiagnosed probably a much higher rate than 30%. Additionally it's not a disability and therein lies the problem
I can see where the Psychiatric side could operate more freely without something like XRays or Catscans serving up a definitive case for possible anxiety...most of it is based upon patient interaction.
I'd say 100%. The problem is whenever your solution creates a bigger problem than it solves then we have issues.
Back when "welfare reform" was passed it was hailed as a solution to the problem, but it really did nothing.
I know a manager of large apartment company that is all section 8 housing. When "welfare reform" was passed people were supposed to be kicked off of welfare after a certain period of time. This did happen for the most part, but what happened was that they just moved to another program. Most moved over to Social Security Disability. Now these people that were on welfare for generations are now on various forms of disability. Their kids are all on disability. One kid actually told this manager his mom wouldn't let him study or do homework because "he said, and I quote, 'we get money because I'm dumb' ".
While there are legitimate reasons for these programs, they are being abused by a large percentage of the population. The sad fact is that these programs are designed in a way that the people scamming the system are the people that get hurt the worst in the long run. It's easier to stay in the programs, than to get a entry level job somewhere and earn an honest living. So the cycle repeats generation after generation, they become less educated and then it's harder and harder to get out out of the cycle.
Now these people in the system depend on the government assistance for everything and vote for whatever politician will keep the money rolling in. So the politicians giving them the most are the same politicians keeping them on the government hamster wheel. The more people on the wheel the more votes they get to keep the wheel spinning.
The problem is at some point the people paying into the system won't be enough to fund the "welfare population". In fact we are pretty close to that point right now.
You want welfare reform? Get rid of it. That said, you sure better have some jobs available or anarchy will soon follow.
People that need help should be able to get it. But that help shouldn't be never-ending unless they absolutely cannot work and make a living.
Also, if that graph in the article is correct and a mom can bring home more money (with the addition of assistance) with an income of only $29,000 than she can with an income of $69,000 that is beyond stupid. That is what needs to get fixed.