Most decisions in life are the result of a cost-benefit analysis. When residents in Connecticut consider getting a job, they assume they would be better off having a job than not. They’d be wrong. Because in Connecticut, it pays not to work. Next Monday, the Cato Institute will release a new study looking at the state-by-state value of welfare. Nationwide, our study found that the value of benefits for a typical recipient family ranged from a high of $49,175 in Hawaii to a low of $16,984 in Mississippi.
I find it hard to imagine being satisfied with the lifestyle commensurate with that income level. Not much of that is actual cash but is equivalent. Not much travel budget, not much entertainment budget, life of TV and computer games, ugh.
Living on the dole is a rational and logical decision for many. Not for me and not the rest of the Ldotters but if the state makes it attractive enough to live on welfare they will get plenty of ´customers´. The 16 year old in the ghetto has this choice: Work at a fast food or other menial job for minimum wage or make a thousand a week selling drugs while getting benefits. It can be dangerous, sure, but for a lot of young black men it makes perfect sense.
#6, I totally agree with you. That statement of not blaming those who are gaming the system is what is wrong with our country. That, right there, is what is wrong. "Why should I work when I can make more on welfare?"
The fact that this guy writes for Townhall and says that is equally disturbing. More and more, supposedly bright people just don´t get it.
When I was 23, I came down with bad adult asthma due to an allergic reaction. I deal with it to this day. Back then I worked in an non-air conditioned computer factory. I literally and figuratively sweated it out and would not give up and go on assistance. Years later, I lost the job I was working and worked 3 jobs part time to cover my mortgage and car payments. 6 months of real unpleasantness but I got through it, without taking a dime in unemployment or welfare.
I always ask healthy, strong people....why was it OK for me, but not for you?
The author also misses the larger picture that the sooner you get out in the workforce and stay in a job, the sooner you will rise above the rate of welfare, but you never will if you stay on welfare.
I am so darn sick of listening to people complain about how "hard" life is as they are given tens of thousands of free dollars.
Those numbers reflect an unwed mother not working. It didn´t reflect the tax refunds. How about the ones working menial jobs with kids that receive free daycare and the kids receive free food at school, plus the usual perks ? What is their annual bonus ?
If you are a young uneducated woman in this country, having children to collect seems to be a cottage industry worth looking into. No unemployment.
As a side note. Today was the first day of school here. Yesterday, I was in a dollar store with mothers and kids buying their school supplies without a list. There wasn´t much effort in the endeavor. Why ? Because many spent their money on drugs, cell phones, cable, hair salons, car payments,and other things they can´t live without. When the kids go to school unprepared, their supplies will be given to them because Mom says they can´t afford them.
This has been empirically demonstrated with welfare reform in 1996. Children didn´t starve, there wasn´t a flood of homelessness. Instead, there was a massive increase in family income as people were forced to get a job.
Which is exactly why Obama illegally gutted the welfare reform act. It worked and it got people off the dole, which is the exact opposite of his goal.
By the way, these incentives are incredibly difficult for people to turn away from. I know. When I was a child, my father lost his job and my family had to apply for welfare. My mother was told 1) she could get more money if my father left us and then 2) that we had to sell our car (which my father was using to look for work) before we could get welfare. we did get food stamps for several years. If you are generally uneducated, constantly told that you are in the position you are in because you live in a hateful, racist society, why would you go to work when you can get just as much or more by sitting around at home? And don´t forget, if you do get a job you are also told that you deserve $20 an hour and anything less is unfair/racist/because the boss is an evil Republican.
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