I work for the Department of Social Services (Welfare) in Humboldt County, California. We’re up in the northern half of the state, and we’re one of the economincally depressed counties in all of CA, mostly due to the loss of fishing and lumber jobs in recent years. Needless to say, we have ample job security.
I remember several years back when George McGovern was running for office, he proposed we eliminate the current welfare program and institute a simpler alternative in which each household recieves a check for $500.00 a month from the government, no strings attached. That means every household, millionaire and dirt farmer alike. The cash is theirs to spend any way they choose, and no household will recieve over the allotted $500.00 under any circumstances. If you want more, you must work for it.
This plan would actually cost the federal government LESS than what is spent annually on welfare. How many working class families do you know that could actually make it with that money coming in?
I’d lose my job, as would thousands of other employees of the welfare system. But I’d get the $500.00, and I’d still be able to find another job relatively easy.
Of course, there are disadvantages. Certain people would use the money unwisely (drugs and alcohol come to mind), but the same is true of the welfare check needy families currently recieve.
Can anyone on this board (and there are some mighty intelligent folks out there) prove to me why this plan should not be initiated immediately?