This – from the Daily Mail:
While many families are worrying about how to afford Christmas this year, one jobless single mother has revealed she receives so much in benefits she has £2,000 to spend on designer gifts, clothes and partying.
Mother-of-two Leanna Broderick plans to buy 20 presents for each of her children, including Burberry and Ralph Lauren outfits, iPads and gold jewellery.
The 20-year-old, who has never worked, claims nearly £15,500 a year in state handouts…
Whatever you do, don’t you dare get mad at the girl. She’s just doing what she’s been told to do.
She was told it was ok to have sex before marriage, then she was told it was ok to be on welfare…and then the welfare system pays her more than entry-level work and, presto, you’ve got a “welfare queen”. If you get mad at her then you are just being absurd: this is the system of incentives provided and she has reacted to them in a perfectly reasonable manner.
And, of course, this does happen here in the United States as well – there are millions here who have no incentive to work because welfare benefits, of various types, are either equal to or greater than what can be earned by entry-level work…and even if you have a circumstance where the welfare is slightly less than a 40 hour a week, minimum wage job, not having to go to work beats going to work if its only a matter of 10-15% total income difference.
Yes, of course it is a disgrace – it is better than a lot of welfare situations where mom is a drug addict or some such (at least she does seem to be treating the kids well), but its still a horrid destruction of a human being, and apt to be repeated in the next generation by her daughters who will likely live by their mother’s example…and may not be so lucky on the drug-addiction issue. We have, in some areas, several generations of people who live like this – who don’t work, never have worked and don’t even know what working is like. And as liberal policies go their natural course, more and more people are hooked on welfare of one sort of another and yet more and more people develope a disconnect between work and reward.
There is a way to cure this, but it would take some guts and some willingness to genuinely reform the economy.
The guts part of it is this:
Total welfare benefits – from whatever source – for a physically fit person under retirement age must never exceed 80% of the value of a full time, minimum wage job. They can be up to 100% of a minimum wage job if the welfare recipient is married and both persons have resided at the same address for 365 consecutive days or longer. No additional benefits may be provided for children born while receiving welfare benefits. That will take guts because to propose it is to immediately get howls of “racist!” and “hater!” and other such nonsense thrown at you.
The reform the economy part goes like this:
If we are to restrict welfare benefits like that, then we’d better buckets of entry-level jobs for these people to start working at – and that means manufacturing, farming and mining jobs, so we’d better restructure our economy for production rather than consumption and that will require much smaller government, a hard currency and a high cost for personal debt.
Or, we can just keep going as we are until we reach that tipping point where too many hands are in the till and the whole thing collapses. That is, at most, four or five years from now. So we’d better choose wisely…