I am afraid that Derp is actually correct here.....because of one big thing: taxes.
I can speak for New Hampshire, the "Live Free of Die" state, which has welfare benefits on the lower end of the spectrum, last I checked. One can actually get this info for themselves in their state. It is all online now....
For myself, a single 28yo male, if I am unemployed I can get about $1650 per month on welfare, if I am able to get the max. This amounts to $412 per week, TAX FREE. If I were to go get a job, I would need about $13 an hour to beat this, once I actually paid my (very low for the poor) taxes, on payroll and MC.
These all change if one does have a job though....which is where it gets interesting, because I am (financially speaking) better off to STAY unemployed than get a low-paying job. If I were to earn $8 an hour, for a little over $300 per week after taxes, my endowment goes down to only about $1000 from the government....
No job = $1600 per month, tax free
Working poor job = $1300 per month, with minor taxes
With this all said, I pin the blame on the fact that wages are stagnant more so than the policy itself....but yes, the welfare system is a mess. Most that are on it DO have a job, even though they could likely get on the dole and for a short time, get more money until their benefits run out.
I don't care about right vs left. I care about stupid vs smart policy. That system we use is stupid, period.
Last edited by TheyCallMeLazarus; 10-08-2013 at 01:03 PM.
"They now look to a single and splendid government of an aristocracy, founded on banking institutions, and moneyed incorporations under the guise and cloak of their favored branches of manufactures, commerce and navigation, riding and ruling over the plundered ploughman and beggared yeomanry." - Thomas Jefferson, 1826