Federal decisions versus society’s decisions:
Day to day we try to make our own decisions in life, hoping that those we make will enhance our lives in some way. Admittedly, some of these decisions are good and some are bad, but at least we know they were our decisions. In chapter five it discusses the Delivery of Social Welfare Services and its much decision making. We know there are many different functions within the government, one of them being decision making for us, the citizens. As you may suspect, there are times we agree with these decisions and times we completely oppose them. Today it seems at times some citizens depend so much on the government to make decisions for all of us, that their own real decision making almost does not exist.
One type of decision individuals seem to leave to the government more often than not are those pertaining to their financial well-being. The government has made it so easy for many to collect from programs such as welfare that some people believe that this is the way they should be living. As a citizen, I do not think that the government takes into consideration how people actually live, and the expectations they have. The government has been so involved that I believe that they have caused more harm than help.
In my estimation, areas that the government should be helping more include jobs and housing. However it appears that they would rather stick their noses in things that should be decisions made by and for individuals. One personal example I have in reference to this involves a friend of mine who was having a truancy issue with her son. The government, which makes these laws, refused to understand that she tried to have better control over her son and his being absent from school as much as she could, but she was having a lot of trouble and no one would listen to her side of the situation, and she received a citation. Knowing this situation first hand and how poorly the ‘local’ government dealt with it remains one reason why I feel the way I do about the government making decisions for us. The government comes up with decisions that they feel are beneficial and acceptable for citizens, but in the end most of us feel the way I do, which is that they make decisions for us in areas that don’t help and don’t get involved where we need them. Many citizens are aware of what is going on and have a better chance of voicing their concerns and making better decisions than the government.