Why would an individual work minimum wage just to have his/her income deducted for health-care coverage, Social Security, FICA, & State tax while an individual on welfare receives slightly more than minimum wage without all the deduction & reduced benefits? Is it not better to sit in the couch all day than having to earn a living? After all, food stamps, spending money, health care, & housing (HUD/Section 8) are provided for by taxpayers.
A recipient can indulge in living like a socialite with affordable things like busying shoes every month or 2 & clothing ranging from 20 to 50 dollars, accumulate about 200 pairs of shoes, & over 500 pairs of clothing, Flat screen TVs, Magazine subscriptions, & gives away slightly used shoes/clothing & sometimes even new ones. Eat past food twice or 5 times every week. Some recipients has been on Government assistance for over 15 years yet not of retirement age.
Welfare doesn't eliminate poverty but sustains & increase it on the backs of business, consumers, blue & white collar workers. It has gone far beyond keeping them from starving, it's never enough for them & want even more. Since When was Leisure's, Luxuries, accessories, electricity, flat screen TV, entertainment, & modern medicine personal transportation was a necessity for survival. Did nature provide all this or did individuals who invested their minds, wealth, & time, created & provided all this. Did these necessities of indulgence existed before the Conquest of the New World, WWI, or WWII. Instead of helping people to be self reliant, people are spoiled into dependency corrupting them to become zombies for handouts adding to the high cost of living. Are they thankful to the rich & middle class who provides for them?, rather arrogantly complains for more. Where's the gratitude? Those they call greedy are more reflective of themselves.
Some or half of those with principles will seek welfare, not because they want to, but it is legally binding & available, empowered not to be ashamed because everybody is on it.
Welfare recipients wouldn't want to pay taxes, but who does?, not even the incumbent, some appointees, & cronies like GE would like to, and why they would gladly take any deduction they can get. Others work for cash to avoid taxes. reduced benefits. They wan't to get rich but not the way steve jobs or talented, resourceful, skillful, creative, & bright individuals does it.
Hey, If you qualify why not? It's not like its your personal savings your dipping in to, & way better than living with dignity & self respect like freegans or bushmen.
Compare Singapore to Haiti. Haiti has been independent for nearly 2 century with natural resources while Singapore has only been independent for 1/2 a century without natural resources. Singapore & Hong Kong were devastated into oblivion during World War II & Rose above it's Ashes like a phoenix to climb into prosperity, how much foreign aid did they receive compare to Haiti. Hong Kong & Singapore gets respect for their resilience & independence despite the lack of resources.
“We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work.” - Henry Morgenthau Jr