We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The world is full of people who cannot or will not negotiate life very well, or with any pride or honor. Every sort of culture has them; the people who cost you money or detract from your life in some unpleasant way. Often, they have either had misguided or negligent upbringings, terrible karma, or have significant character flaws resulting in poor judgement, poor functioning, or antisocial or dependent traits. Often their families expect them to rely on government for survival or help, as so many do with the frail elderly these days. (That's the Julia story.)
Not everybody is born to be a real, self-sufficient, family-centered American-type. It's not easy. However, we are all fully aware of the grieveous moral and spiritual effects of moral hazard in government benefits, and of the temptation of freebies.
What's the answer? Or is it just the price of civilization that some people just don't or won't get it, and must be paid regardless of moral hazard? In other words, just write them off and absorb the losses. Let them rip you off or live off your labor, even though they are not your relatives.
That's my theory. Ignore moral hazard and people working the system, write them off as losses, give them some money and let them go away. Nothing anybody can do about it. With half of the country on the dole in one way or another, parasitism is becoming acceptable anyway.
When most people farmed, it was not thus. Even today, I think anybody can make themselves useful, and lead a positive existence, if they want to.
This public dependence problem exists only in an affluent society.
It did not exist in America a century ago, where you worked or starved.
It does not exist in many (most?) other countries today, where you work or starve.
Perhaps it's a natural brake on affluence.
Perhaps parasitism increases with affluence.
Perhaps re-impoverishment of America is the only solution, however undesirable that might be.
Perhaps I'll drink a six pack of beer and take a long nap.
The pre-govt system --private charities --did an excellent job on the 'turn over a new leaf' great missing piece. The operations were local, and the charity receivers were known by some if not all the volunteers disapensing 'to-order' aid.
Here's the BIG part: the aid was dear, it came from the organization, the vols felt responsible for it doing some good beyond three hots and a cot.
This virtuous cycle spiraled right into the expectations of all concerned on either side of the transaction: if the aid could be temporary, it would be. If it could not be temporary, let's know why, and let's see what if anything we can do to remedy that situation.
There's a big difference between "handling life well", "scamming the system", and being "independent minds".
Millions of people are forced into being "strong, independent, citizens" when they'd serve much better being controlled, having most decisions made for them.
Not made for them by the government, but by a loving, caring partner.
These people can function perfectly well, hold jobs and have incomes, but they can't handle the day to day stress of having to decide what to have for dinner, and are not suited for managmement jobs (which is exactly the job everyone is expected by society to strive for).
I KNOW I'm not suited for management work, I don't function well if I have to make decisions that influence others (nor would I trust others to carry out my decisions, but that's another matter).
Yet I can hold a job, earning a decent living, own a house, but trusting on the advise of others to know what's the course to sail to remain that way. A manager to assign work, a real estate agent and mortgage advisor to help me in acquiring that house, etc.
We should be thankful our problems include having too many people doing too little in order to exist above their means. Just think of the average life expectancy of a Russian male, or a Chinese laborer, or and Indian lower caste member, or all the rest of the horrors. Think of the slaves in America, real slaves with no choices and a brutal existence in many cases subject to the whims of most people they encountered, and the stain that remains today. That is something to be angry about, not louts and layabouts. Live and let die is not the same as enslave and murder.
In a $15 Trillion economy the amount of waste is unimaginable.
Keeping this in mind will allow, I hope, a mindset of abundance, hence gratitude. I can relate it to the study of Americans who said they would rather make $80000 per year with their friends and neighbors making $65000 than earn $100000 if everyone around them made $125000 (or something approximating that).
Also, we should enforce all laws harshly regarding corruption, and in fact I read stories all the time about fraud being detected and stopped. This doesn't mean I am informed as to just how much waste, fraud, and corruption is out there, but it does help to keep it in context in that there are people, good people, working hard everyday to stop abuse.
As a matter of fact, this website contributes to that. If an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, then the mirror of that locution holds true here, and I thank you for it.
I understand what you are saying. But it just won't work. We don't have enough money. There are already too many on the dole. And once other see them, the others will join them. It spirals out of control, which is where it is now.
The problem with letting parasites exist is they feed off the host. So in a sense, you are encouraging people to suck the lifeblood out of you so long as they don't take too much. That does not really sound like a good idea. Would you let a bunch of ticks live on your dog just because ticks exist and are hard to kill?