I agree with him whole heartedly about the absurdity of the far Right contantly brandishing their Bible when they preach this kind of shit.
As for the ‘culture of dependancy’, this can be a very real problem. Welfare and other safety net programs should be about giving the person a hand up when they fall down, not suuporting people for the rest of their lives. And programs like SS are something people pay in to both for their own safety and to help people who can not take care of themselves even if they want to. Disability fraud needs to be cracked down on, but people who truly can not work, or who can not find work due to disability shouldn’t be told ‘tough luck’ and left to die in the streets. We need to move to the middle on this issue.
One of our biggest problems currently is lack of full time jobs offering livable wages by regional standard. If you took away the safety net without offering people work they can do for pay they can survive on, you’d plunge our nation into chaos. The economy would collapse for one thing, as only the middle class and up would still have spending money, while the working class and lower would not be able to afford anything anymore. You’d see that cause businesses to shut down anywhere where there’s a lot of working and lower class people. Those closings would effects suppliers, manufacturers, and parent companies, causing more Middle class to loose their jobs and investments and slip into poverty. Some companies would begin to fail, not having enough of a market for their goods and services, causing more loss of wealth and job loss. This would hurt tax revenue, deepening our deficit, hurt our status in the world, and would cause chaos in the stock market.
Every time I see people with link cards, I’m saddened that it has come to this, but at the same time grateful I’m not loosing my shitty job, because welfare money is still money, and it keeps the grocery stores in poor areas open.
We also need to address the cost of tuition and student loans these days, as this bars a lot of people from seeking a higher education. It’s hard to get the credentials you need for a better job when the market is saturated with educated and experienced people and expenses are so high, so I don’t want to hear this BS about how younger generations just don’t want to do the work. Make it worth the risk of investment, first!