I recently listened to Cognitive Dissonance #128 where Tom and Cecil talked about how horrible it is that the poor are being shamed and other liberal mantras. Sorry but I just don’t buy it, mostly because I’m a conservative and I actually care about personal responsibility. Okay, maybe I’m being too hard on the CogDis crew, most of the time they’re really pretty good, but on certain liberal issues, they do the same thing most liberals do and lose all control of their intellectual reasoning and just go full emotion.
They argue that we shouldn’t shame the poor, but to be perfectly honest, I think the poor should be shamed, it’s often their own fault that they’re poor! These are people who had a chance to get an education and they blew it. They had a chance to make good decisions in their lives and they blew it. I know that I’m making some generalizations here, that some people might have had something go spectacularly wrong and therefore, through little or no fault of their own, are currently poor. I’m not talking about them. I’m talking about the people who are poor for a lifetime, or even generationally poor. These are people who grew up learning that their lot in life is a government handout from people whose lot in life was a government handout. Now sure, I can be a little sympathetic toward people who honestly don’t know any better, but there’s a limit to that sympathy. There has to be a point where enough is enough and I think that we, as a nation, have reached that point. I don’t care how you were raised, I don’t care what you were taught, everyone, and I mean everyone, needs to have personal responsibility over their lives.
The second point is that minimum wage has never been intended to be a living wage. It was always intended as a job that teenagers held while they were getting an education and living at home so that when they were ready to get out on their own, they would have the job skills and the work ethic and the education to hold a decent-paying job. Minimum wage jobs are the bottom of the totem pole, only ahead of things like paper routes and babysitting. They are not intended to pay your bills, they are not intended to raise a family on and anyone who is trying to do so is an irresponsible idiot. Now again, there are some people who found themselves unable to find work in the recent recession and were stuck in a low-paying job. I get that. That’s not what I’m talking about though, I’m talking about people who work these jobs and are never qualified to get promoted out of them. We’re not talking about the mentally challenged either, we’re talking about people who are totally unprepared to live in the real world. This is a problem.
Finally, the money that the poor on welfare spend is not their money, it’s the American taxpayer’s money. The poor, in receiving welfare, have done nothing to earn it. The taxpayer has every right to attach strings to their money. If the poor don’t like it, they can get jobs, earn their own way and get off welfare. For the working poor, those strings are only attached to the money they get from the government, not for the money they make at their jobs. I’ve always been an advocate for welfare reform so that people who are working at all are not penalized for holding jobs. This is the general idea of the Welfare-to-Work program that’s been in place since 1990. However, I still see people complaining that they don’t want to get a job because it will reduce the amount of welfare they get and they won’t actually be ahead. I think that, up to a certain threshold, they ought to be able to hold low-paying jobs so they can get the kind of experience they should have learned as teenagers and when they move on to a better job, they will no longer need government assistance. I’m cool with that. I’m entirely fine with helping people to get ahead, but that’s not the liberal agenda, they’re just trying to buy votes by keeping people addicted to Democratic largess. If they actually got people off of welfare, they’d quickly run out of people with their hands out to provide them votes. That’s why the Democrats constantly come up with things like Obamacare and welfare programs. They’re not interested in what’s best for the country or best for the people, only what’s best for the Democrats.
The fact is, what’s best for the country is to get all citizens off of welfare. That means that EVERYONE gets an education when they have the opportunity to do so. EVERYONE gets work experience at minimum wage jobs when they are young enough to take advantage of it. EVERYONE learns proper work ethics. EVERYONE gains enough knowledge and experience to get promoted and this, along with education, allows them to get better paying jobs with more responsibility and THEN they get married, start families, buy houses and the like.
Oh, but I can hear it now… not everyone will do that! I know they won’t, but that needs to be the expectation, that everyone will act this way. Those who do not, we may, as a society, decide to give a second chance. That’s what welfare is. It’s a second chance to meet expectations. That’s why welfare has strings. Because it’s a system to bring everyone up to minimum standards. That’s why welfare ought to require the person to get an education, either a GED or community college degree, if they do not already have one. It ought to require that the people receiving it not have any more kids, religious beliefs be damned. It ought to require that the kids a welfare recipient already has do well in school. It needs to require absolutely no significant criminal activity, I would argue that any felonies committed while on welfare will mean you get no more welfare. You should probably end up in prison anyhow. Welfare, while it’s keeping people going, ought to also modify their behavior such that when they get off welfare, they will most likely not need it again and their children will most likely not need it either because now they’re being raised on the right path.
And what about those people who refuse to change? What about those people who are too stupid or lazy or whatever to get with the program? Fuck ’em. Let them die. That might sound harsh but that ought to be the reality. Survival of the fittest. They either play by society’s rules or they die off and let their place be taken by someone else who will. It’s not cruel, it’s social evolution at it’s finest.
Of course, the liberals will never accept this because they’re not interested in actually fixing society’s problems, they just want to buy more votes for their political causes. I’m not about causes, I’m about corrections. We’ve wasted enough time in this country playing around with agendas. Now we need to actually solve problems.