dudejcb wrote:And, I want things, like food, gas and a new boat motor.
and what if you were looking for little more than a six pack and getting laid now and again? You can shack up with some single mother living off of the government, you know she puts out, she already had at least one, and if you leave another bun in the oven, not your problem, the ever benevolent Uncle Sam's got your back and you can be off to the next babe before you have to change the first diaper.
Welfare is not destructive to the people that set a moderate bar for their life's goals. It is destructive to those that set a low bar.
I have a cousin quit college because she didn't like it, go to beauty school and finish but never pursue a job, and she know shacks up with her loser boyfriend living off of my Aunt and I guess technically off of her loser father who's aspirations for years were to get on disability which he finally succeeded in doing because he wrecked his body by not controlling his diabetes and is about 60 years old and looks like he is 110 and can't even hunt anymore which the increased free time to hunt was probably one of the big reasons he wanted to get on disability and not have to go to work 5 days a week. Although when he got his 2nd DUI while waiting for trial on his 1st DUI, he lost the right to own guns, not sure if it was temporary while on parole or permanent because he is a felon.
This is not uncommon. I can go on and on about all the
up things that result from the moral hazard created by the welfare incentives combined with the adverse selection that results from their ignorance of basic common sense or misunderstanding of implications of the long run impact that these choices will have upon them. My cousin could easily be making $50k/yr today, but she would improve her economic fortunes if she could get a job at Walmart like her half-brother did. Yes, her half-brother really improved his families economic condition when he got a job at Walmart, but that was because he married the mother of his child before they had the kid, so they missed out on all the benefits of being a single motherhood, so he has to work to have the same standard of living.
Stupid people can cause problems, but it usually takes brilliant people to create a real catastrophe. Thomas Sowell