Monday, February 9, 2009

Welfare Queens or Desperate Times?

Ain't the internets grand?

I really have no idea how I got there (although that happens more often than I would like to admit when I surf), but I came across an interesting article this morning in Mother Jones, an obviously left-leaning online magazine, which I believe I have stumbled across before.

Now before anyone reacts to the name of the publication, please hear me out.

I have many American friends who tell me how awful the welfare system is in the United States. How so many people abuse it and live high on the hog while ordinary, working people can't seem to do half as well for themselves. And since I don't live there and don't have any particular knowledge about their system, I basically accept what they tell me.

Then, as I said, I stumbled across this article this morning. It's about the welfare system (or perhaps, some might say, the lack of a welfare system) in some of the southern states, like Georgia.

So here is your mission, if you choose to accept it.
Go ye forth, read the article and come back and tell me what you think.

Yes, the article is lengthy but I found it a good read. And yes, the following comments admittedly tend to be the usual political crap so I just ignored them.

But please, just read the article. And tell me.

Pretty please.


Kris, in New England said...

Michelle - like any other government run system that operates fairly independently from state-to-state, there are abuses.

Ms. Clark has clearly suffered the lowest of the low - since birth if you really want to get down to it. The entire system has failed that poor woman from the day she first drew breath.

But it's just one story. For every Ms. Clark and Gabby, there are 100 women who allow themselves to get pregnant by multiple men just to keep themselves on welfare.

The article says the system is dying a slow death. I say that it has happening in equal measure by the corrupt bureaucrats and those who corrupt the system by remaining on it dishonorably.

I have no easy answer - no one does. It's the nuclear football of politics in the US, much like Social Security and abortion.

doorkeeper said...

Yeah, what she said.
Read it, most of it anyway. Kris is right on.

And there's no easy answer.

MMC said...

Thank you, ladies.
Mission accomplished. ;-)