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Persuasive Essay On Abusing Government Assistance

1242 words - 5 pages

"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it." This is one of Mitt Romneys famous quotes. The scary part about this quote is that he is right. About half of our country is dependent upon government assistance, and some are passing this way of life on to their many children. This is the main problem, if the future generations begin to think this is a good way of life our government will crash, again. Government assistance is a problem due to the fact that; there is no incentive to work, people get handed money with no enforced restrictions, and there is no constant supervision for people, “needing” this assistance.
$17.50 sounds like a pretty good hourly wage, especially to someone employed at Walmart making only about $12.83. This is Hawaiis’ hourly wage equivalent when someone is on welfare. Granted this is the highest hourly wage equivalent, but all states offer an hourly wage equivalent greater than minimum wage. Someone can accumulate a higher “income” if they sit on their bottom at home than if they go out and work for a living. This makes it hard for anyone to have an incentive to work. One of the other reasons why it is hard to create an incentive for work ethic is the lack of embarrassment from the people who “need” government assistance. It used to be people dreaded being on welfare because of the humiliation of being incapable to provide for yourself. Now people strut around like they are proud of the fact they are taking advantage of the system. This system was designed to aid people at a low point until they get back on their feet, not provide for a family their entire life. It is causing a problem in our future generations when their parents are on a form of government assistance. Children with working parents completely independent from the system understand the values of working hard to receive something they want. When a child has a parent who lives off of the system these values are sometimes lost and the child believes it is okay to not work because they witness their parents doing it everyday, and the child still receives everything they want. This almost insures this child will take on the same lifestyle as their parent because of the lack of incentive to work. Although having a lack of work ethic is one of the many problems with government assistance so is aid in the form of money.
In 1976 a woman was found to accumulate over $150,000 per year in financial aid benefits. By taking advantage of all the governments programs she was able to live more than comfortably without working at all. When a person “needs” help from the government it is usually a sign they do not know how to make the best choices. Why the...

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