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Topic: Handout (04/14/11)
TITLE: Beast of Burden
By Kim Hamlin
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Welfare reform didn’t save taxpayer dollars. Our tax dollars are still spent to help welfare recipients get a job. Tax dollars are still used by state governments to subsidize private-sector jobs. Tax dollars still allow states to create government jobs, and tax dollars still pay for health and day care for welfare recipients. Does it seem ironic to you that if you make it attractive for some to get off welfare, it also makes it attractive for others to join the ranks? If I lost my job, it might be worthwhile to sign up and let the state find me a new job in a couple years. They can also provide me with some health and day care while I get some writing done.
Other reforms have been suggested and researched. But, any reform would have been ridiculous because the core of welfare is rotten. It begins with a flawed principle that can never be corrected or improved upon. The nature of the beast forces self-supporting people to fork over money to those who don’t. The needs of those who don't have adequate means are then the responsibility of those who do. The beast discourages production and defeats us all.
The beast fosters dependence and mediocrity, but we must all remember that no one is forced to take welfare. Big Brother may tempt you to become dependent, but the choice is always yours. The abolishment of welfare will leave some people struggling. There are those who truly lack the wherewithal, work ethic or ambition to thrive. They will fail. Private charitable acts will help some, but not all people. This assistance cannot be guaranteed. The reality is that neither wellness nor success is a right. Fortunately, we all have the right to liberty.
Both welfare recipients and taxpayers are victims. Government licensing requirements, the minimum-wage law, NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), lack of immigration reform and other government intrusions into the free market all choke the weakest in society. The state has blocked the pathway out. People have to contend with bureaucrats enforcing labor legislation designed to keep people unemployed. But unmistakably, some manage to overcome those obstacles and succeed.
Many will clamor that we have a moral obligation to help the poor. Even if you are one of these people, does it seem logical that the government should coerce or enforce it? Compelling morality is an oxymoron. If an act is coerced, it’s no longer a choice. If it isn’t a choice, then it has no place in any discussion of morality. Some argue that if we have a right to life, then we must have the means to continue living, and welfare provides those resources. A right to life that endorses the right to steal from others is a contradiction. All justification for welfare is rationalization of theft.
Welfare cannot make the donor moral or defend the right to life. It just redistributes assets. The only solution is eradication. Reform is an illusion. For those who want to give their money to those in need, they may do so. Once welfare has been abolished, we will then live in a free country.
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