Welfare – a failing way of life

October 30, 2013

She stood there shaking her head, then moving out of the isle Beth tuned away and whispered to herself, “Just plain disrespectful - and embarrassing.”

Beth was shopping for school supplies for her daughters who would soon be returning to school when she encountered two young men roaming the isles both “jailing” their pants. Although Beth was embarrassed and had to leave the school supply isle, the issues related to “jailing” go far deeper than embarrassment. “Jailing” one’s pants clearly demonstrates disrespect for others, a lack of education, social rejection, and an acceptance of failure.

Oh let’s hold on here - maybe some reading this column don’t understand what “jailing” is -“jailing” relates to how many young men wear their pants - best described as “asses out”. If, as some would argue - “jailing” is a “cultural thing”, it’s indeed a sign of a “failing culture”. It reflects a culture where 72 percent of families are without one parent or the other - mostly absent and non-involved fathers. A social culture has emerged that places little importance in education, little interest in the success achieved in hard work, and the generational acceptance of limited effort intended to escape the stench of poverty.

For hundreds of years the struggle for equality and achievement in accomplishing the mountain-high promise of our constitution, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” has yet to be realized. The nation knows the depth of the problems that hold us back - dependency on welfare, a failing education system that embraces “no child left behind” – simply put “teach to test,” and the degeneration of the value and meaning of family.

The statistics are staggering: Total number of Americans on welfare 12.8 million, total number of Americans on food stamps 47.8 million. It’s unbelievable that the federal government will spend more than $668 billion on at least 126 different programs to fight poverty. And that does not even begin to count welfare spending by state and local governments, which adds $284 billion to that figure. In total, the United States spends nearly $1 trillion every year to fight poverty. That amounts to $20,610 for every poor person in America, or $61,830 per poor family of three. There is no doubt that welfare (poverty fighting programs) is indeed a failure.

The welfare demographics are devastating: The percent of recipients who are white 38.8 - percent of recipients who are black 39.8, percent of recipients who are Hispanic 15.7, percent of recipients who are Asian 2.4, percent of other 3.3. We need to wake up to this one absolute fact - this failing system is not “race” based, it is “we” based. If we are to embrace the values of education, hard word, deep family then we must mandate education, eliminate welfare and enforce workfare, and begin an honest effort to restore the great American value of family.

Come on - pull up your pants, stay in school and treasure education, graduate and find a productive and rewarding job, and please - value the sanctity of family, especially the enormous value of children.