Brian Carlton - 3/3/2005 3:31 PM
kvining - 3/3/2005 7:45 AM
It's just old racist crap. The "welfare chiselers" are just waiting around for handouts. Tell me, how does an orphan "help himself"? Or a person who is terminally ill and has no insurance? Or the mother of a large family who has no money for food for her children? Or a parapelgic? This generalized view of humanity you "libertarians" have allows you to fool yourselves into thinking you somehow have a solution for the vagaries of the human condition. Every one of you should volunteer a few hours a week of your time down at the local soup kitchen so you can see just who the hell it is who is on welfare.
As usual, you raise excellent points.
Personally, I am an advocate that an individual should be responsible for his life. If he is of sound mind and body, I do not wish the government to help this individual get along in society.
However, your examples of the terminally ill or the paraplegic clearly fall under the condition "not of sound mind and body" and, therefore, meet the conditions needed, IMHO, for assistance by the government.
The situation with a mother with ten children is different, however. This person made a choice to have these children and should be responsible, to a large degree, to provide the proper support for them.
The current system does provide this support to a limited degree and you won't find any of these people starving in the streets, AFAIK
. But, their lifestyle is certainly not what any of us would want for our own families, that is for sure.
The question begs to what economic equality does a person deserve in this society? I think we need to limit the discussion to those "of sound mind and body". Everyone else clearly deserves assistance in some shape or form.