If you look at how much they pay you for food stamps, which makes up the majority of your people on "welfare," they only get a few hundred dollars. Minimum wage in ANY STATE earns you MUCH MORE than 300 dollars.
And hell, here is an idea...make the rates welfare federal (not that this would make any sense, since the cost of living varies by state) but then at least you would not have these dumbass states giving all of these lazy people free money. Maybe that states should learn how not to give away free money. Ever thought of that? Also, look at the cost of living in those states and tell me how much money they need to make a year and how much those types of wages would pay for. I imagine $11.59 an hour in Cali isn't going to get you much because I make $12 bucks an hour and working full time that is less than $25,000 a year. Do you realize how little $25,000 a year is? My wife makes $60,000 a year and we are still lower middle class in Minnesota. $25,000 a year is considered poverty for a family of 4. What I am saying is they are not living in a relaxing situation either way.
If you think 12 or 13 bucks an hour is "good money," I suggest going to college and getting a degree because anyone with a degree should make WAY more than that.
....and I'm not heartless...I know full well how much things cost in different states...the point I am making is not how 'well off' they have it...or how 'they are getting over on the man' or any such thing... some of them are just plain lazy and don't want to work...so they aren't going to even if they were offered a good paying job.
Here is the point:
When you are given a government check...and I don't care what kind...unemployment, food stamps, welfare...it doesn't matter...the effect on the human psyche is the same. It robs the person of incentive...not necessarily all incentive but it does indeed lessen the 'need' to make something happen...it is a psychological point rather than a financial point. I know...I drew unemployment benefits once...it sucked...I couldn't afford to pay my bills and eat...so I applied for Food Stamps...I was told that I made too much money because I was drawing unemployment. And there really honestly were not any jobs to be had where I was living...and then...Reagan said he would not under any circumstances increase the length of drawing unemployment, which, at the time was 6 months...so after 6 months...I was cut off...and I was also consequently evicted from the house I was renting...I remember searching for pennies so I could buy a loaf of bread...literally going through all the crevices in the chairs and couches...
So...I know what all that is about....but the thing is...if Reagan had extended benefits for 6 more months...I wouldn't have done anything...the little I was getting was better than nothing and I would have just set there...but...that didn't happen so I HAD to ACT, out of necessity I had to do something...I was homeless...I had to do something. so I did...I pawned my guitar, moved my stuff into a mini-storage unit and left for Dallas...after two days my money ran out and I went to my parents home...but I did find a job...I got a bank loan of 500 bucks against my car, rented a room in a house and went to work...after 6 years...I gave a two month notice and started my own business and I have been doing that for 20+ years....
The incentive HuttonetAl...the incentive...it is everything...the deisire...Napolean Hill said that, Desire is the starting point for all achievement. So, yeah, if you don't have the desire, if there is little incentive to do anything else...then you don't...and you stay in poverty...in my particular case...if Reagan had extended my benefits...I would have missed out huge on making my own life happen...and when Obama says, You didn't build that...I say...Kiss my ass...I did!