Originally Posted by YelloJeep
I must ask... How many people in here think that everyone should make about the same amount of money? Regardless of their ability or work?
No. No damn way. I could not support the "right" of a shiftless layabout to earn the same amount as a talented workaholic. I have no problem paying a pittance for certain jobs if people are willing to accept a pittance. I would support a minimum wage that is significantly below the poverty line even for a single person, let alone a family. BUT, I think that employers should be expected to be a net benefit to society, not a drain, and I don't see anything wrong with requiring them to do so. I think that if the average employee at a company is eligible for public assistance, that employer needs to fix the problem.
I have no problem with supporting people who can't work - I've got three of them running around my house, jumping on me, calling me "daddy". Like I really need THAT after a hard day's work?
I have no problem supporting disabled neighbors and the like. I really don't even have a problem supporting workers between jobs (although I would say from the short time I was on unemployment between my military service and subsequent civilian job that unemployment laws are inadequately enforced)
I would support efforts to help the homeless become gainfully employed - providing food, clothing, shelters, mailing addresses, public transportation to and from work, etc.
I would support efforts to protect those living paycheck-to-paycheck from banking exploitation. Payday lending and check cashing businesses scrape tons of money solely from people who can least afford their "services". It was only very recently that overdraft fees were reformed enough that banks were forced to stop re-ordering deposits and withdrawals to generate overdrafts where none actually existed.
I would generally support, but I have a few qualms about socialized health care, in that a person's life choices and basic hygiene play a big part of their need for health care, and I have no intention of either regulating or supporting risky behavior or fining someone for refusing to wash their hands in a filthy gas station restroom.
These are all things that people deserve to have, whether they can pay for them or not. We're social creatures. Just because someone can never be anything be an economic drain doesn't mean that we should drop them in a blender and use them to fertilize our crops.