What I find interesting is that people (whether minority or not) who are on welfare don't really see it for what it is. Yes, I know what and why welfare was designed but the reality is it is not being successful. It's created quite the opposite of 'fighting against poverty.' The reality of many of these programs, I would argue they are inflicting more harm than good.
First many of them establish an 'entitlement' mentality. That others are obligated to 'help' them. This is also has resulted in a victim mentality. Yet they are supposed to feel 'empowered' by these programs. Complete opposite of intention (or is it?).
Secondly, there is no incentive to get OFF these programs. In fact there is a detrimental effect of getting off these programs. Instead of receiving monies and so called aid, they would have to do the opposite and actually pay into the system they were receiving from.
Third, as a result of the first two they strip people of their 'human right.' Yeah that's right it strips them of their G-D given HUMAN RIGHT. Might be surprising to some people that I say this but I know several of you well enough you'll agree. As a result of staying on these programs there is no opportunity for achievement. They are essentially slaves to the system yielding little responsibility for themselves. They've removed the human right to feel like a man or woman. No sense of accomplishment when you are constantly being given everything for NOTHING in return. What a cheap value system. How can you feel like a man or woman when you are working just enough to stay below the max requirement to receive system benefits? Never releasing that potential inside. So many of the people I have met in this category are miserable and rightfully so. They have essentially lost the soul of mankind.
I am in support of helping people but there must be an incentive of helping people to get on their feet. If it is a disability case that is completely different case. I see very little (if any) programs that teach them how to budget, save, develop skills to improve themselves. Even if they are offered what incentive is there for them to actually try to improve? Very little imo.
Infidel, I would agree the welfare program does indeed oppress those that I believe it was 'intended' to actually help. It's been a number of years since the 'war on poverty' began. If you consider the number of years they have been at it and their results this is significantly worse than any Vietnam because it IS an endless war with the strategy they are using. They've created a voluntary slavery system and yet they scream the loudest about slavery at the conservatives?