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I'm going to ignore the vague use of the term 'welfare' here. Saying 'welfare' needs reform is like saying 'the economy is bad'. It is too vague to carry any real meaning.
Federal stipulation that you look for a job in order to qualify for unemployment assistance? Sure. Sending out a minimum number of applications/year seems to make sense to me.
Capping the amount of years you can be on unemployment assistance? Why? If you know that someone is applying for jobs, the year cap doesn't make any sense.
Limiting the amount after 2 kids? HORRIBLE idea. All that will happen is that large families will go hungry. You are actually just punishing the kids. If you actually want to stop families without means from having kids, offer them birth control or abortion services.
As for the vocational training - I certainly wouldn't mind seeing some type of assistance program for community colleges or trade schools being implemented. It should be voluntary, however.
It's really not vague at all. Welfare isn't unemployment insurance. I understand the grey area with regards to extended unemployment insurance benefits, as both extended benefits and welfare draw from the same funding pool but that's a debate in and of itself. You have to meet requirements in regards to income and assets to receive a welfare check, not so with unemployment insurance.
Limiting a tax credit would hardly lead to the dramatics you're suggesting. I'm also not suggesting that a limited tax credit be used as some form of birth control, there are many forms of free and readily available contraception available to most Americans at a health department near us.
If we are serious about actually giving folks a ladder out of poverty, than vocational training shouldn't be an option, it should be a requirement. What good is minimum wage employment that nowhere near keeps pace with the cost of living? Currently, there are all kinds of existing government programs for those at or near the poverty line to get an education. Those in need should take advantage of them. To suggest it keep pace with the status quo is a HORRIBLE idea.
Religion bashing. This is shocking.
Yeah, I mean, religions don't ever say anything negative about non-religious people or groups, right?
I'm not sure. I don't go everywhere and listen or read everyone.
Dude. Come on. This thread contains no more religion-bashing than your average church sermon contains non-religious bashing.
I'm just saying, as usual on this board, a political disagreement turns into religion bashing and it wasn't a religious guy that started it. Same story. Same board. Different day.
Wait, what? TroyTide was the first one to bring up the word "worship."
That's what happens when you have an entire political party that bases it's ideals on religious principles.
Which welfare programs specifically are you talking about, then? It's a terribly vague in that there is one program which provides assistance to single mothers, another to unemployed people, etc. etc. etc.
And when their birth control fails (even when used properly, BC is not 100% effective), what then? There is 1 abortion clinic in all of Mississippi, and the governor of the state recently said his major goal in office is to shut it down.
I would be just fine with something like that. Much better than just handing them a check.
Blame them no. But the fact is they are the majority of entitlement recipients in this part of the country, that is just recognizing the situation for what it is. It is something that should be recognized. You can't fix any problem if you can't recognize the scope of it.
Birth control is free at most health departments and God knows abortion is more available than ever and often on the taxpayers dime. Fact is it is financially beneficial under the current system to pop babies out. The current system encourages them to have babies, which is stupid. It needs to be made clear that after such and such date any children you have beyond x amount it will be on you to pay for.
And vocational training shouldn't be voluntary or no one would use it.
It's really not vague. Welfare is welfare. If you are wholly dependent on the government for your income, you are on welfare. Most folks often group government programs such as WIC, medicare and medicaid together when discussing welfare reform, but imo these programs are similar to government subsidies, such as corporate tax breaks and the like and have no place in a discussion involving those on welfare.
Were birth control the only form of contraception that were free or available to us, your argument would have more teeth. However, condoms are also in abundance at every health department and I'd think that if someone is serious about preventing an unwanted birth they should probably take every precaution. Though it is a woman's right to choose, if she can't have an abortion in Mississippi than she'll have to cross state lines. It's certainly less than ideal if you feel that abortion is your only option and I understand that, but that doesn't mean the government should dole out cash for those that have no desire to help themselves. This is why I think any serious welfare reformation proposal should include the mandatory education of those on the program. It will do far more to help those in need, as well as our economy in the long run.
Well they could not ****. I mean if I was poor I would think it would be a bad idea to do anything that might cause me to have kids.
They can't resist the pleasure of sex? Okay well they live with the consequences. Or we take their kids away. They shouldn't ever receive more money for more kids. Handing out checks for each extra child only encourages the poor to reproduce which is the worst possible thing for them, the kids, and the taxpayer.
At the very least they should be required to provide receipts for all expenditures involving funds meant for children.
False. Republicans have been making it increasingly difficult to get abortions of late by dodging every aspect of Roe v. Wade they can. See cases like Virginia, where they are attempting to shut down all abortion clinics by classifying them as hospitals (which require wider entryways, thus expensive repairs), or in Mississippi, where there is only 1 clinic in the entire state. While planned parenthood does get tax dollars for abortions, abortions compromise 3% of the spending at PP. It's not a huge expense.
And this is why you aren't actually "pro-life", you're just anti-sex. If you were actually pro-life, you would do everything you can to make sure that kids born into crappy situations are given the help they need. Instead, you want to force your personal morals about sexuality onto other people.
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There's the fringe talk again. I doubt they're having sex and thinking to themselves, "I'm about to get paid!" I don't think having a tax credit for children leads to more children. However, at some point it becomes a financial burden and it's at that moment the credit should be revoked, but not as some form of birth control. It's really no different with corporate subsidization.
LOL. I do not think abortions should be illegal and have no problem with sex, I do it myself. Help the kids yes, but not the parents.
You assume way too much.
The actually have sex and have kids because they received no sex education.
That's the number of unplanned pregnancies by state.
Here are the number of teen pregnancies:
These are the states (grey) that accept funding for abstinance only sex ed:
No they don't think that, they don't think at all, because they don't have to since there is always a safety net there. So they frolic around and if they have a kid so what, they will get cash from the government. some of which they can use for other things.
The sex ed argument is the dumbest thing ever. Everybody knows about birth control, condoms etc. And everybody knows babies come from sex. Fact is they just don't give a s***.
I mean I have never accused poor people of being all that smart but apparently you think they are downright moronic. lol.
It's just an amazing coincidence that states with better sex ed have lower pregnancy rates. Which is exactly why the spread of HIV is also higher in developed countries with abstinence only sex ed. I'm sure all the horny teenages are like, "Oh yeah I'll get AIDS and die? I don't give a crap."
The idea that people could be that ignorant absolutely makes no sense whatsoever. I live in Alabama I knew you had to wrap your tool when I was in like 7th grade. There is not a person in America over 13 that doesn't know that.
This is a stupid argument...period.
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