Anyone who thinks that Government programs don’t keep people in perpetual and abject poverty needs to take a history lesson in Cabrini Green I offer this link as a quick refresher http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabrini_Green. By the time they tore down that little bit of hell we had 3rd and 4th generation welfare mothers living off the government dole.
These are REAL unintended consequences of the war on poverty. Unless you limit the use of the safety net to a fixed period – There will be a group of people who will use it as a hammock. And that group Grew and Grew and Grew during the downturn of the late 2000s.
I honestly believe in a Social Safety net to carry people through short periods of unemployment (6months to a year tops). But I cannot stomach these constant calls to help the long term unemployed.
I look in the paper and online and there are jobs out there. Many of them are dirty, menial, miserable jobs but they are out there. But many Americans, today, won’t take those jobs as long as it ’s easier to file for unemployment.