Originally Posted by Vis
But you then have to take the kids. That's pricey. Jail is expensive, and they do get food there. Some of these people aren't all there mentally, some are damaged from war, some from bad chemicals and bad choices. The system doesn't weed out the cause of the particular problem very well since that costs money and there isn't the public will to pay for lifetime treatment for the mentally incapacitated. Whatever the system, it has costs. The kind of filtering needed to know for sure who the ones who deserve to be pitied vs the ones who deserve to be flushed costs more than is available. But I'm for little tweaks here and there like you suggested. It the "easy answer" people I have a problem with. All the problems with easy answers were solved last week.
Well that goes into a whole myriad of other problems. I'll take it point by point.
If someone has that kind of drug habit, chances are the kids are going to be taken away anyhow. No cost difference. Plus, I don't mind my taxes going to something good like helping out kids who've done nothing wrong. They'll have a better chance of becoming contributing members of society this way.
For the people who aren't there mentally, as I said, for those that are too mentally or physically disabled to find work, there are a number of programs to help them. Those programs as it stands need tweeking, especially our mental health facilities. I'm fine with taxes going to help those as well. If they are truly mentally ill, they shouldn't be in a welfare office to begin with. They should be handled through a different medium. That's a whole other system though that needs dealt with.
As for having the money to pay for stuff like this...we have the money, it's just being wasted on needless government programs, and there are too many of those to list here. Cutting down on military spending and ending the war on drugs could probably by themselves pay for making the welfare system more functional.
These ARE easy solutions, but we are talking about the gov't here, so common sense isn't exactly at the forefront.