Comment 36477

By A Smith (anonymous) | Posted December 19, 2009 at 15:24:34

Grassroots >> A system that listens to the people, not dictate.

This should be the agreement between those who accept handouts and those who give them, either study hard and improve your work prospects, or say good bye to the free money. You talk a lot about poverty and a living wage, but how does allowindg people to remain uneducated help in this regard?

If people were given the choice to either study or starve to death, 99.9% of them would study. The current system, where people are allowed to remain ignorant doesn't help anyone, taxpayers nor welfare recipients.

I am all for freedom, but sometimes people need to be forced to do things they don't want to do. Getting a high school diploma is one of those things. furthermore, this will not only help those individuals getting the education, it will help their children and likely the whole community.

According to the following link,

www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm

people in the U.S. without a high school diploma earn a median wage of $10.65/hour. In contrast, those with just a high school diploma earn a median wage of $14.78/hour.

If society got even tougher and forced people on welfare to get a two year college degree, their median wage would rise further to $18.40/hour. I don't know about you, but forcing someone to study so that they can help themselves and their family doesn't make me feel guilty. Call me mean, but the time for simply handing our cash to people needs to come to an end. The sooner the better.

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