I Don’t Care What Your Circumstance Is – You DON’T Need Welfare For More Than 4 Years

I am a proud semi-socialist. I am NOT a complete Socialist, but I definitely DON’T believe socialism is a BAD word, and I believe it’s important for society to contribute funds towards essential services like the post office and libraries, etc. I also believe in the benefits of Welfare as it is a tool that is necessary to keep some people/families from falling victim to a temporary bout of bad circumstances and ending up in abject poverty. But with that said, seeing Michigan deciding to cap Welfare benefits to 4 years does NOT make me angry – it makes me angry that there are people out there believing that it’s OK to even NEED welfare for up to and beyond 4 years.

Whenever I speak to anyone about welfare my heart goes out to the children who are trapped in these circumstances, because they are the biggest victims of these situations. They did not FAIL at life, or make stupid, irresponsible decisions that led them to being in poverty – they were just born into a situation fraught with financial desperation and hardships. But to be honest, when I hear these stories about families with many children facing the end of their welfare benefits and facing SEVERE financial consequences because of it, I get more filled with RAGE at the fact that their frowsy parents refused to take advantage of the most affordable subsidy they could ever get their hands on: A Condom.

Hearing that fat white man cry about not being able to support his 3 kids with 1 on the way is an atypical situation of MANY people on welfare [whether you want to accept that FACT or not]. That man has been without a job for 3 years, and on social assistance for 2, but has a baby on the way, which means well into his welfare run, his no job-having ass decided to run up in his old lady bareback and didn’t even have the common decency to PULL OUT. And instead of subsidizing his own children by leaving them at the end of his condom, he bust inside of her and is now going to beg the state for funds to support this new child. That is NOT what welfare is about.

Welfare was created to be a social safety net – not an alternative choice of income. Welfare was created to help people get back on their feet – not act as someone’s shoes so they can walk around collecting money as if it’s a PAYCHECK when it’s really just a temporary benefit.

But here’s the crux of the issue: Don’t you go feeling sorry for people who will be having their multi-year welfare streaks come crashing to an end. As someone who has extensive experience with financial planning, I will tell you this: Though most people live paycheck to paycheck, everyone has the opportunity to secure and procure a better life for themselves and their families. Hell, you don’t need to hear it from a financial planner’s mouth, all you need to do is watch an episode of “Til Debt Do Us Part” to know what I’m talking about. Everyday, people are making horrible on top of horrible financial decisions, mismanaging their careers and their money, and then finding themselves in a sticky situation.

But I do have an idea: Since welfare cuts will be enacted on the people, I think it’s time to repeal the Bush Tax cuts, stop pouring so much money into “job creators” [since these DOUCHEBAG tycoons are not REALLY creating jobs anyways] and then take some of this new freed-up welfare money and start thinking about seriously investing in the arts, after school programs and non profits so these underpriviliged kids would actually have a creative outlet at their disposal. But as far as letting their parents stay on welfare forever – F*^K ‘EM.

This Is Your Conscience

When Lincoln Anthony Blades is not writing for his controversial and critically acclaimed blog ThisIsYourConscience.com, he can be found contributing articles for Uptown Magazine. Lincoln wrote the hilarious and insightful book "You're Not A Victim, You're A Volunteer: How To Stop Letting Love Kick Your Ass". He is also a public speaker who has sat on panels all over North America and the Caribbean.