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"I do not believe that the power and duty of the general Government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering. . . . A prevalent tendency to disregard the limited mission of this power should, I think, be steadfastly resisted, to the end that the lesson should be constantly enforced that though the people support the Government the Government should not support the people Federal aid in such cases encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the Government and weakens the sturdiness of our National character."

ideas > Entitlement Programs in Hawaii... What a waste.

Entitlement Programs in Hawaii... What a waste.
I went shopping today at Times Supermarket and noticed the little pink WIC sign in the frozen juice section. I am not a believer in entitlement programs like WIC for a couple of reasons.

First, the WIC program takes money from people via taxes and redistributes to other people regardless of the reasons that they are below some government determined poverty line. There are many reasons that someone could be poor, and to me, if someone continues to make poor choices in their life, they should never receive government assistant. The government, in essence, forcibly takes away the money of hard-working people and gives it to less deserving people who havenít worked at all for it. This is immoral to redistribute money in this way. It is called organized plunder.

Second, if someone cannot afford to live in Hawaii, then they need to move somewhere else in the United States where they can afford it. There are plenty of places in the United States that are affordable, where someone can work hard, get an education, get skills, and then move back to Hawaii where they can be a productive member of this society, pulling their full weight. By taking away my money and redistributing it to others, the government is making it more difficult for me to afford living here, so that I can subsidize people that do not have the skills to afford to live here. I am aware that there are many bleeding heart liberals out there who feel it is their duty to help these people. I believe it is everyoneís duty to help, but it is an individual choice to help. To use the government to extract my money and then give it to someone else for free is theft. Some people will argue that these people work hard as well, but they work at jobs that wonít pay them enough to afford living here. I have two responses to that. First, businesses know that government assistance is available for people that donít make enough money, so they know that they donít have to pay people enough to do the menial jobs. So they do not have an incentive to pay them more. If all government assistance was taken away, the businesses would be forced to pay more or not be able to hire someone to do the work. This has several benefits. It forces people to work to get their money. No more free rides. It also forces businesses to pay their employees more. It also removes the government bureaucracy, which is an expensive entity. Government employees arenít cheap. They have the best benefits and the easiest hours of work. Second, by allowing people to remain on government assistance, it provides those who donít have skills no incentive to get skills. They know that they can put their 40 hours in a no-load 7-11 job and collect government assistance and be fine. But they are forced to improve their own lives and experience the joy of developing self-sufficiency and skills that pay more.

Government assistance programs do not motivate people to improve their lives as a whole. If anything, the amount of money paid out in these types of programs increases year after year. Businesses know they can underpay menial jobs because the government will pick up the slack. Those hard-working middle class folks bear the biggest burden in the system. They must subsidize slackers and make their own ends meet. I know that government entitlement programs are the holy grail of many politicians here, but itís time that we got rid of the holy grail and made people stand on their own two feet. I have to stand on my own two feet. Why shouldnít everyone? Stealing my money to give it to someone else is stealing not matter how you slice it. You can say that it is a government tax, but really it is government extortion. It is immoral, more immoral than letting the poor suffer. Government entitlement programs provide an incentive to not improve your life and to not work. That is all they do. When will the citizens of Hawaii wake up? Do they enjoy struggling to make ends meet while tens of thousands of their fellow citizens enjoy the fruits of their labors, being lazy and making poor choices. I am aware that there are some people who work hard to get out of the system and use it for what it is worth, but I would bet that most people do not. Are you willing to bet me on it?
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