Q: Generational welfare is a problem in Augusta and elsewhere. Why won’t our city leaders call for proper oversight and enforcement of laws against fraud and abuse of the system?
I have no problem with the use of government assistance as the short-term safety net it’s supposed to be. However, abuse of the system is real, and hard-working taxpayers have every right to complain when they see it.
For example: Some Section 8 residents receiving Electronic Benefit Transfer and assistance with power bills apparently allow boyfriends/friends/family members who have good jobs to move in. Since the bills are pretty much covered by taxpayers, practically all income in that household is disposable, therefore enabling them to have iPhones, nice late-model cars, huge flat-screen televisions, etc. I hear their loud, expensive stereos blaring and smell the free steaks cooking on the grill – and yes, I resent it.
I have worked hard my entire life, made decent money most of those years, and I never dreamed of having a couple thousand dollars per month to spend on luxuries. I have always had to save for what I want or go in debt to get it. After taxes, insurance premiums and a small contribution to savings, a couple grand a month was what I had left to pay everything, including child support and expenses for two kids.
Even though the current state of our economy makes success a lot harder to achieve, I don’t believe anybody is inherently stuck in a cycle of poverty permanently.
Generational welfare has taken away incentive to try to break the cycle.