Poor People Deserve Our Money To Buy Nice Things?

The conversation around welfare is always an emotional one; many on the left believe that those who seek to limit access to welfare are rich, cold-hearted jerks who hate the poor. In my opinion though, this topic shouldn't be one of emotional appeals, but rather a pragmatic look at whether the government has the right to redistribute wealth and, if so, what ammenities are actually needed in order for people to function in our society.

Basically, what I'm trying to say is no, poor people don't "deserve" nice things, but then again, neither does anyone else.

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KasperBV
KasperBV

What about relative poverty? This is shown to be more damaging to society then absolute poverty. General living standards in the US are way above the basic needs you describe and should be to be regarded as I first world country. These people have families aswell and on children it is especially hard and something they will carry for the rest of their lives. Imagine eating plain rice for christmas then showing up at school to see all the new stuff your friends got.

You can have an interesting debate about what is the most effective policy, but poverty should be abolished to way beyond survival. In Western Europe this is basically the standard, we try to give people a good life instead of just keeping them alive.

Wolfbeckett
Wolfbeckett

This shit was infuriating to watch. Riley talks about how it's true that the money in question was not earned by the welfare recipients, and then 5 seconds later is right back to describing it as "their money". It's not their money Riley! It was taken by force from the people who earned it and then redistributed to them! If someone mugs you, describing what they took from you as "theirs" isn't quite accurate!

Omphaloskepsis
Omphaloskepsis

Some of the happiest times of my life were spent without a refrigerator and smart phone. But then again, I grew up during the time of rotary phones so... My wife and I both come from poor families, but we got the education and made the choices that we needed to make in order to succeed. Yes, poor people need to work really hard and make good choices in order to not be poor anymore. Or they can learn to live happily with their limited resources. Either way, poor people do not "deserve" the money that I've had to sacrifice my time, energy, and health to earn.

Odineye
Odineye

I'm a disabled veteran, why isn't Riley buying me a house?

bitter-clinger
bitter-clinger

I think a boxing match between Riley Dennis and Blaire White should be arranged, since they both live in Commiefornia. GO BLAIRE



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