As food prices skyrocket and the cost of other everyday items continues to increase it is only a matter of time before welfare benefits increase. Welfare is an old school term but for lack of a more simplistic way to say it, I’ll use it. It includes housing, food stamps (these are no longer referred to, or issued, as food stamps – now it is EBT or SNAP benefits), utility payments, mobile phone access, drug and health care costs and others. For many of these items, housing for example, include assets owned by private citizens (or corporate entities). As more money is allocated to housing, the citizen landlords will increase rent accordingly.
The people that pay for this increase are the taxpayers. The welfare population, who in many cases do not work and are not required to pay any of their rent (or only pay a portion of it) will not feel the brunt of this increase. As taxes rise, or additional money is printed to support the increase, the taxpayer will feel the proverbial burn on top of the hurt caused by inflation. Whether it is taxes that are direct or money printing that dilutes the value of the dollar and its corresponding purchasing power, the “welfare” recipient will spectate as the citizen is made to pay.
Why don’t we make them work?
Before that question is answered, why are businesses permitted to pay people a wage that requires subsidization through welfare? Again, go to housing. If a person makes “x” per hour, where “2000x (…there are roughly 2000 hours in a working year 40 x 52=2080)” is below the poverty line and allows this person to qualify for housing subsidization, why is any company allowed to pay “x” per hour? Companies should be required to pay a wage that allows a person to live. As has been stated in prior blog posts, this is part of the problem. It has also been acknowledged “x” per hour is abstruse (what is a living wage).
But this is not the whole problem.
People need to work, at something. Picking up trash, cutting grass or a host of other unskilled and skilled tasks that are beneficial to society. Many of these are not fun, dirty, gross and are generally avoided. How about sorting trash, if done diligently, it could reduce the amount of trash entering a landfill by a significant portion. This task is smelly, dirty and mundane, but it would benefit society. How about answering phones or pushing a lawnmower? One of my least favorites, picking weeds. Noxious weeds are big business.
Business screams when government competes with them and every aspect of our lives has a business that will help you address it. They may do it for you or ensure you don’t have to do it. Lawn care companies are happy to apply “stuff” to your lawn to prevent weeds, for a small fee. The local lawn care companies don’t want cities using welfare labor to cut its grass. It needs that contract to make money. These small businesses, just like Walmart and Amazon, make money for each person on welfare. The taxpaying citizen pays the price while the welfare recipient stays home watching General Hospital, or worse, CNN.
It will continue until we the people demand a change.