I am struggling with a philosophical dilemma. I used to be very liberal, an inclusive-tree hugging-social worker at large, prepared to pick up the pieces of the forlorn. Not so much any more.
Life has taught me that people make choices contrary to their own well being. My own behavior has yielded direct evidence of that. At 30, generally, people have enough life experience to discern the subtle differences between mistakes and choices. Some people are better attuned to logic and grasp the relationship between actions and consequences at a much earlier age; they have my admiration.
I know able-bodied adults, well into their 40s, who have received some form of general assistance for their entire lives. Men and women who delude themselves regarding society’s responsibility for their soundness and safety; people, who are reluctant to work and define themselves as “poor”, oppressed by the greed of the man.
I have been oppressed by the man’s greed too but it doesn’t hinder me from working like a freaking indentured servant.
Suffering troubles me. I don’t want anyone to be sick, cold, hungry, or dirty. I don’t believe receiving public assistance should be demeaning. I know people need help, that sometimes the only place to get help is from total strangers at a government agency.
BUT it is galling to me that there are individuals who have been afforded several education opportunities, from the taxpayer, yet they never complete the course of study and spiral downward as they age until they are completely dependent on society.
Jobs are scarce. Employers are more likely to hire people with consistent resumés. In Maine, the governor is haggling with the legislature over welfare benefits for childless adults. Those patients enrolled in disability and Medicare would, presumably, be unaffected. The Guv would like to exclude childless adults from receiving Medicaid benefits. As much as I hate to admit it, I understand his position.
Disclosure- I do not accept invitations to Tea Parties. I believe in social programs and advocate for a healthcare system based on the Finnish model.