How Democrats and Republicans have Hurt the Poor

Have you ever cringed at internet memes comparing the poor to zoo animals? I’m talking about the ones where they say the reason you don’t feed the animals is so that the animals don’t become dependent. I certainly have. Poor people aren’t zoo animals. Still, is it possible that giving out too much welfare for too long for nothing in return can cause dependency? I believe the answer is yes. The welfare system should exist as a hand up system and not a hand out system, but it seems to be increasingly moving toward a hand out system as the Democrats want to promise voters more and more benefits. But hold on to your seat readers there’s more!

Let’s look at the Republicans. What are the Republicans doing to help the poor? They want to limit how long a person can be on welfare, or they want to introduce drug screenings. They want to tell food stamp recipients what kind of food they are allowed to buy. They refer to them as dependent or even worse “welfare queens.” Nevertheless, I guarantee if you asked a Republican if they cared about the poor they wouldn’t say, “yes.” But are they doing anything to actually help the poor? I would have to say, no.

Both Democrats and Republicans, in my opinion, have indeed failed the poor. The Democrats want votes, so they promise more and more without thinking about the social consequences. Meanwhile, the Republicans dehumanize the poor and want to diminish the welfare system without fixing it.

My solution is simple. Fix the system. Let’s make the welfare system a hand up. Let’s send long term welfare recipients to career counselors who help them make plans and goals to get training and certifications so that they actually qualify for jobs that pay enough to get them off of welfare.  Let’s have them meet with these counselors regularly. For example, if the recipient dropped out of high school. Let’s start by helping them get their GED.




Liberals and Conservatives

Liberals and conservatives stand at opposites, and they seem to grow more and more polarized as the years have gone on. Well-informed liberals and conservatives can see the exact same information and come to different conclusions regarding solutions to issues. Why is that? It is tempting to just say, “different strokes for different folks,” but I suspect their is more to it than that. I think the reason for the divide is much more fundamental than that. Liberals and conservatives deep down have different ways of looking at the world. One group, the liberals, see the world as getting better, and the other group, the conservatives, see it as getting worse.

But, this is a false dichotomy. There are things in the world which have gotten better with time, and there are things in the world which have gotten worse. I’m sure we can all agree that the divide between communities and police have gotten worse, and climate change continues. Still, many things are better. Segregation is gone. Slavery is gone, and women can vote.

As for me, I neither stand with liberals or conservatives. I tend take a part each issue on it’s own. I can’t say that I’m a liberal, conservative, or moderate. I’m neither an alarmist, who believes the world is going to hell, nor am I overly optimistic that we have a bright future ahead.