So much of the debate on social services and welfare services is on whether or not the people deserve the help. Yes, there are a few people who take advantage of and abuse the system, but most people don't! Is it okay to blame 1,000 people for something that 5 do? No! I think that everyone is deserving of help and it is not fair to either not provide any services, or to not provide sufficient services to the lower income and poor.
There are so many people out there who work at least 40 hour work weeks, doing the jobs that we scrunch up our noses at, and they get minimum wage and unaffordable benefits. Why are these people undeserving?
Why is it okay to force a single parent to work a 40 hour work week and then take away his or her children because they couldn't afford to place them in childcare? The affordable childcare that is supposed to be available is not. Then, if the parent chooses to stay home and collect assistance in order to take care of his or her children, he or she is labeled as undeserving of receiving any assistance because they are lazy.
Much of society only sees the black and white of this issue, but there is so much grey! There is no set choice! How many of you would leave your children in the hands of unqualified strangers so you could go to work? Would you leave them home alone? Would you stay home to ensure their health, safety, and well-being? If you had to choose between a day of work or your children, what would you choose?
Why does all of this matter so much to so many people? This country is so set on taking as much as possible that we have stopped considering our neighbors. This country was founded on Christian values, and yet the social assistance programs and welfare programs are really anything but.
Are you going to let people go hungry, get sick, and live on the streets just because you judge them, without knowing them, as undeserving? Are you going to deny people of their inherent dignity and human rights? Or will you set aside your criticism and judgement and help people pick up their feet?
This blog posting was based off of information found in our textbook:
"Social Welfare Policy and Social Programs - A Values Perspective" By Elizabeth A. Segal, Chapter 6