Persuasive Essay on Abusing Government Assistance

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"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 a... ... middle of paper ... ...people to get off their lazy bums and work. If the people on government assistance had more supervision our welfare program would excel. With the combination of better work ethic, enforced spending restrictions, and constant supervision, people on welfare could have a true second chance in life, without our current form of government assistance coddling them from achieving their potential. Some people just need a push in the right direction before they can soar through the air. If we start to pride people with work ethic, more will duplicate this action striving for praise as well. If we educate the future generation on the actual reasons for welfare, they might listen and create a difference. We need to make a difference, to save ourselves, to save our country, and to save the world from becoming a completely dependent society. Save our country, improve welfare.

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