Welfare dependency is all around us, in both middle-class and poor neighborhoods everywhere – especially by young, married, single, black and white fathers who are content to support their families on social welfare and other entitlement programs.
Forget about getting a job, why should they have to go out and work hard when they can feed their children and spouses and supply them with housing on the taxpayer’s dime?
Lots of advocates of social progressivism will not like those comments. Obviously, the truth hurts, and it is hard to admit that programs that help people survive are the very same ones that are allowing fathers to become complacent and lazy.
You can see it everywhere. Young families who have been on welfare, food stamps and other handouts for years. They run the social welfare programs to the limit, then have another baby to get back on them.
Welfare dependency is what happens when you offer young fathers an attractive alternative to seeking gainful employment.
Granted, there are lots of situations where young families have an increased amount of trouble finding suitable jobs. But when you see a lot of young fathers and their families on welfare for three or more years, and then progressively renewing it, their motives become obvious.
The scam is simple. As soon as you have a baby you automatically qualify for an enormous amount of welfare assistance in most states. All one needs to do is to walk into any homeless shelter with a young child and declare being destitute. Immediately, they are given everything they need to survive: housing, food, medical coverage and even emergency cash.
Even after they exhaust welfare benefits in one state, they can move to another and take up residence there and begin the cycle all over again.
Once they have a free home, then they can go out and get a job (required) and have plenty of pocket cash to go to Foot Locker and buy $100 sneakers for themselves while the rest of us pay their monthly bills.
These welfare programs should not be compared to unemployment benefits, where the recipients have to use that cash to pay for rent, food, utilities and other bills.
Do they have no shame? Do they have no sense of responsibility? What kind of man is content to see his own family being supported for years by welfare and other handouts?
Where is a young man’s pride when society tells him that it is the government’s responsibility to support his family?
Surely, many people will hit back at this article and say thoughts like these are out of touch with reality and on the wrong side of history. But what happened to the logic of planning for a family before you begin to start one?
Does that make any sense?
It is a lot of fun for young men to go out and make babies without the forethought of how they are going to support it later. Of course, mistakes happen. But before you use the excuse of religious beliefs and convictions to play house make sure you have planned accordingly.
That’s called responsibility.
Young fathers today need to stop relying on parents, in-laws and welfare programs to support their families. It is time for them to man-up and become the responsible father that the rest of society expects them to become.
Joseph E. Rathjen is a freelance writer and an Opinion Writer at 1World Online – America’s Fastest Growing Research Engine.