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Welfare: Is it by choice or because recipients have no other choice?

A guy walked into the local welfare office to pick up his check. He walked up to the counter and said, “Hi. You know, I just HATE drawing welfare. I’d really rather have a job.”

The social worker behind the counter said, “Your timing is excellent. We just got a job opening from a very wealthy old man who wants a chauffeur and bodyguard for his beautiful daughter. You’ll have to drive around in his Mercedes, and he’ll supply all of your clothes. Because of the long hours, meals will be provided. You’ll be expected to escort the daughter on her overseas holiday trips and you will have to satisfy her sexual urges.
You’ll be provided a two-bedroom apartment above the garage. The salary is $200,000 per year.”

The guy, wide-eyed with excitement, said, “You’re bullshitting me”!

The social worker said,” Yeah, well, you started it.”

Now seriously, do most people really choose to be on welfare? Or do they go on welfare because they have no other choice? Are there people who wake up in their trailer parks daily and say, “forget a real house or a real apartment, I just want to stay in this trailer park and collect welfare for the rest of my life?”

It should be fair to assume that those who are able to work must be actively trying to get a job in order to collect a welfare check, and once they land a job, they can no longer collect welfare.

Plus if welfare is just enough to survive, who want to just survive when life is for living? It is hard call waiting around for a welfare check, living.

So it is fair to say people go on welfare out of necessity. Maybe some got laid off recently and did not find a new job immediately. Maybe some, for whatever reason, find themselves in a difficult spot in life and just need some help to get through the rough. No one should frown upon welfare recipients or look at them with scorn.

The primary duty of those who are in a position to help others should be to help those who need the help.




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