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September 29, 2011

Reform welfare system

Reform of our system must include much tougher rules for the duration of welfare benefits. Government should be just, or it will be regarded as illegitimate.

Where is the justice in a system that limits unemployment to six months while paying welfare much longer? I don’t advocate longer unemployment payouts. I just think that two years is plenty of time to find work.

I’ve paid 12 percent of my income into Social Security for 42 years now. If my money had been set aside and grown at 7 percent, I could draw more than Social Security pays at retirement.

I understand my money is gone. I’ll never recover what I should. But investment managers recommend that I save 10 percent for retirement, not 12 percent. We are paying too many who have never paid into the system. This is an injustice.

Other welfare costs are transferred to taxpayers through higher costs of goods and services, i.e. “free” cell phones for the poor in some states.

Call me old-fashioned, but I believe that someone who works and pays taxes should have more and better than those who don’t.

Jon Bucher


Michael L

Jon, I agree with you 100%. My formally mixed race working class neighborhood has been ruined by welfare, section 8, lower class Blacks who don't respect the neighborhood, don't cut their grass or pick up the trash they throw. Crime has increased in our neighborhood because of these people. The welfare system gives these people more than working people or those who through know fault of their own lose their jobs. They also get more when you add food stamps and medicaid than the working poor. How do we end this? I am a middle age African-American who is basically a prisoner in my own home because of these type of people who get everything from the system.

steven klein

Jon, I sincerely doubt that the poor and unemployed in contemporary America are living quite the sweet life which you seem to attribute to them. I doubt that you've been paying 12% of your income into social security for 42 yrs unless your income has been comparatively low. Payroll taxes would have been applied to only a portion of your income during that 42 yr period and for most of those years the maximum level of contribution was far lower than it currently is. I don't quite understand your arithmetic. And one would agree that under normal circumstances one should be able to find a job in two years but that is predicated on the assumption that the economy is creating sufficient jobs to provide people with such an opportunity. The economy stopped doing that over three yrs ago.

You seem like a hard-working person. Few people are very happy with the current state of affairs and with good reason.

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