Im fine with people on welfare or disability, as long as that money is spent responsibly and not on shit like drugs, booze, smokes.
i have ZERO respect for people that capable to work and still sit on welfare keep saying they cant find a job, its bullshit, if you want to work you will always find a job. Where there is a will there is a way.
As for having many children, if parents can give them roof over their heads, food, education then its up to them, otherwise no. Personaly i dont plan on having more then 2 so i can send them to private school and give them good future.
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No, but the state shouldn't support more than two.
As I see it, the cap on claiming benefits should be for the first 2 children (from that family there is no population increase or decrease).
While it is the right of all people to reproduce (as many times as they want), there is the fact that they are responsible for those children and should not be reliant on others to care for them.
If planning for children, most people will look to see if they can afford to have a child and be able to care for it. If not the will hold off on having children. They should live within their means, if they cannot afford to care for three children then don't have three.
Cap on how many children? No
Cap on how many children will receive welfare support? Yes
If you think about it, people will say "well then only rich people can have as many children as they want". When i'd imagine alot of them are very conservative in their life style and have very few children. Either to keep the 'empire' together and not splitting it between multiple children, or to ensure the children will receive a large amount of money from wills and enable them to live as they have. (also with more children thats potentially more money they need to give away to keep all of them happy, and that will reduce how much money they make)
They didn't ask to be born into poverty because their parents are irresponsible.
You can say, "take them away from the parents, then", but if you understand the magnitude of what you're suggesting, then the current system (which sucks, admittedly) is by far the cheapest. Think about it - if you took kids away from every irresponsible parent, you'd have millions of children taken. Foster care, aside from being a potentially very awful environment for a child to grow up in, is a great deal more expensive than a few hundred dollars more a month given to the parent(s) by welfare and social services. The fact that we'd split up homes - even homes where the parents are not going to be winning any "X of the year" awards - in order to spend more money is ridiculous.
It's disturbing to see such care given for children in other countries, but so little for the children in our own communities, who face squalor all the same.
Last edited by Atrea; 2013-03-25 at 10:16 AM.
I hate those rich smarty pants as you as you think you know everything and you know situations around the world. It's fucking financial crisis here and unemployment rate is 15% and rising 1% every month. Unemployment rate of people under 30 years is almost 40% already. When you search for job they ask you if you have a graduate degree for cleaning toilets!!! Average wage here is like 600-800€ with which you can only sweep your bottom. (minimum wage by law is 738€) This in barely enough to buy food and roof over your head. Efficient tax here is over 70%. Yes you read it right, over 70% of money you make in company, government takes away. First you need to pay around 400€ for health and pension insurance, after that 16-45% tax, depending how much you earn. After that you pay yearly income tax that takes another 10-25% and then you have VAT tax of 8% for food and 20% for everything else.
People have other needs as well, not only to be fed. In some of EU countries is even worse.
Spain: almost 25% unemployment rate and more than 50% under 30 years old.
Greece: over 25% unemployment rate and around 45% under 30 years old.
Cyprus: no money in banks, only cash transactions, you can only get 100€ per day from cash machine. They have no oil, medicine and food supply anymore, as they can't pay it unless they have cash on hand. Their country in on edge of collapse and civil war.
It isn't everything and everywhere so shiny as in america where it seems people bath in money...
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I think we should get rid of all welfare. Let the people that can't take care of themselves die off. Soon there will only be intelligent hard working people remaining.
I think they should limit benefits after 2 children. I also think those benefits should diminish after x amount of time to encourage people to actually get a job. Some people need help, i understand that. I was on unemployment for a month but i worked my butt off to find a new job.
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The world isn't overpopulated there's plenty of resources for everyone and more. We just have to manage it better. We waste way too much in the western world.
Also I don't think many understand the value kids have to society. Not everyone from poor areas sticks to a life of government support. Rich people aren't having kids cause its not cool anymore, who the fuck will pay our pensions?
It wasn't easy, it was bloody hard work, but I forced myself to do it, while most people just sit around crying about how life isn't fair or how hard it is. I'm not wanting to dramatise things, or my story, but there were nights where I choose to go hungry, so I could buy some Software or Recording Equipment for the company.
Life isn't fair, it is going to absolutely obliterate you, so quit whining and educate yourself!
Oceans are acidifying and warming, killing off corals and reef ecosystems are an astonishing rate. Global fish stocks are down ~70% from 60 years ago. Forests are being cleared and vital wildlife habitat destroyed. Species are going extinct due to habitat loss and pollution. Hardly a river exists outside of the extreme latitudes that isn't horribly polluted. 300 wolves exist in Sweden and yet their government thinks they need to cull them because some people think their pocketbook is more important.
But sure, go ahead and breed more. Clearly we have a people shortage on this planet.