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Thread #63553   Message #1033496
Posted By: John Hardly
10-Oct-03 - 09:15 PM
Thread Name: BS: Benefits/Welfare.
Subject: RE: BS: Benefits/Welfare.
Don, I'm not saying there is a set ratio that determines wealth and work. We all know people wealthier than we are that work no harder, and hard workers who profit little (I, as a potter, fall in the latter category).

And I'm not saying that welfare is unnecessary.

What I am saying is that it is easily corruptable (for so many reasons--f'rinstance the very first point of this thread -- that it is used to keep politicians in power), and it is fighting the natural tendencies of mankind in order to succeed.

And I am also saying we have lived for quite a while now thinking that the safety net should be big enough to save us from our bad decisions and destructive lifestyles -- in part because we think welfare best when given with no judgement -- in a society that holds us to no moral or behavioral accountability except what is legal.

And envy of the wealthy doesn't help the poor. Hate the wealthy all you want, but hatred seems to me to build barriers...and make success seem even less achievable.

Of course, maybe I can one day be wise too after I've "...seen a bit of real life"