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.




Quick Post the Poor and Welfare

Many have the tendency to demonize those on any kind of welfare. I submit to you this wrong. There are some poor people who are lazy. The poor are like everyone else. Some of them are wonderful people, and some are not. Despite the previous fact, it shouldn’t matter. A person who isn’t nice still deserves food and other basic needs.

Welfare is not the problem. The problem is lack of work rehabilitation. We need to do more to help the poor find a way to learn skills. Then, they will be able to take jobs that pay enough, so they no longer need assitance.

Many come from poor or broken families and may need life coaches to help understand how to interview for jobs and how to hold on to them. They need training on how to handle work related stress such as a bad boss. No, being poor doesn’t make one stupid, but depending on the family they come from, some things just aren’t common sense.

No one is a queen on welfare. No, instead, finances are so tight some are a candy bar away from over drawing the bank. No one, I’m their right minds, wants to be on welfare, when they could do better being independent.