OK, instead of hijacking someone else's blog where this discussion is taking place, I'd just like to point out something.
The fact that I don't support a welfare state does not make me a racist. I love (oh, I really do love) how people jump to the conclusion that because I think many people who are on welfare do not need it, and that many people who are on welfare are not getting the benefit of being able to work with their own two hands and make something of themselves, I am a racist.
Most people who are on welfare are minorities, one commenter said, so therefore, I must be a racist.
Hmmm...let's look at this for a minute.
The system is currently set up so that if you are on welfare, you are making more money than you will make if you have a minimum wage job. How is that empowering people? Can you tell me? Oh, you can't? That is because, quite simply, it is not. You ever heard that old adage about teaching a man to fish instead of handing him the fish and making him dependent on you to get the fish for him? Who is that helping?
It is easier to call me a racist because I do not support Barack Obama than to see that the welfare state helps no one. I have a friend who was raised by a mother who needed that welfare check to get by. You know what I think? I think that welfare SHOULD be used by people who are needing it. Yes, yes, and yes. The mother who is working two 40 hour jobs and still isn't making enough? HELL YES! But if you are able-bodied and are able to have a 40 hour a week job but you are just sitting at home collecting checks, you should have some sort of job. The state should REQUIRE that of you before they hand you money. How do people have a problem with that?
I love how we look at work as a negative in this country. Really, it is not. How satisfied do you feel when you have worked all day for your money? Why do we insist on taking this right away from people and creating dependents?
Thank you to those of you who have left helpful, informative comments. I am finding I just can't get into debates with people who call names and jump to negative conclusions. It makes my blood pressure and stress level rise. And really? SO not worth it. I have a couple of Obama supporter friends whose ideas I find interesting. I think the exchange of ideas is SO vitally important to help each of us grow. (Do I sound like grandmother willow, or what?)
Oh, and I love that people pull the racist oppressionist card out when they have nothing else constructive to say. Really? It's getting OLD.