People need to be educated, trained even given the opportunity to advance in the field of their choice. That choice should come from their innate skills or those skills they have obtained through education or hands on work experience.
Why would you want someone to work in retail or finance that is unable to count money back? Yet we see this very thing happening in today’s day and age. Today’s technology has made the world lazy and ignorant to the needs of its people.
A screen tells a worker how much change to give and they give it. I remember one time not that long ago, there was a storm, systems were down and cashiers became frantic unable to complete a simple task of subtraction.
Why would you require someone to work with animals that hates animals, mistreats animals or has allergies to animal dander?
These are legitimate questions that need to be asked of the current welfare system put into place, which requires applicants to accept any job offered them or get their case file closed.
The total number of Americans on welfare is 12,800,000. If we are to fix the nation we must begin with the root of the problem, which is when the system is broken why are we still filtering people through that very system?
The moment anyone on the system starts to get ahead, benefits are reduced. Why not leave a person with the provided benefits for two additional months, that way they can then support themselves.
Once those two months are up you reduce the benefits in four quarters and remove that applicant off the system. During that two-month period, a financial advisor should work with said applicant putting a strict budget in place, teaching them how to handle their finances better.
By reducing benefits as soon as a person starts to gain additional funds, the current welfare system locks the person in place at the set financial rate of which welfare has allowed. If a person is on welfare, they are not making enough to be self-sufficient. Welfare is not self-sufficient it is taxpayers money.
“Our aim is not only to relieve the symptom of poverty, but to cure it and, above all, to prevent it.” – President Lyndon Johnson
How do you fix a broken system, which continues to filter people through it? In order to fix welfare it would entail putting the correct people in the positions to process people though the system. No one wants a caseworker who is unwilling to help, unwilling to answer questions, and unwilling to inform.
Our nation needs a welfare system that people will benefit from, not chain them to the system of which they can never escape. The current welfare system in place is made up of food stamps, medical and cash assistance.
It is how applicants are approved and added into the system that makes the current welfare system falls short. A revised system created of four branches could correct, accelerate and improve the process by doing just a few simple things.
Interview each applicant in a more thorough manner. I’m sorry but if a person is walking into The Department of Social Services with Nike’s on, in the newest fashion of $150.00 jeans, they should be declined. Those people are not in need of welfare they are in need of financial education not taxpayers money.
If someone has lost a job due to not showing up or other forms of misconduct, they should be in Branch One – Reform. These people need to be educated that all actions have consequences. They should go through a strict training process much like the military.
If you are from an abusive relationship, divorce, unable to get work from no experience Branch Two – Would benefit these people nicely (ETA – educate, train, advance) is right for them. These people will filter through the system a lot faster than those who need to be reformed.
Branch Three – Veterans, Seniors, Non-work related disabilities. These people should be treated with respect, receive top quality care and help above all others. The reason I say non-work related disability is because this person may be born with a physical or mental handicap or have suddenly become disabled to the point of not being able to keep current job.
Branch Four – Work related disability. While there are honest people who have lost so much due to an injuring on the job to many times do we hear about a person collecting disability who is out partying, and committing fraud.
By putting such a system in place those who want help and need it will further themselves in society and get off the system, while others unwilling to work, feel they are owed something or commit fraud will either be reformed or doing jail time.
While some believe, welfare should be removed altogether we must keep in mind that people fall on hard times; businesses close due to hard economic times and changing needs of the people.
This is not to say that such a revision in welfare would not need to be changed again. With all things, change should continue and the overall goal should be a self-sufficient nation.