Updated: Aug 4
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If you are a loving, caring parent, you pay your child an allowance in return for performing productive work for the family. The family and the child benefits; it is the child's first introduction to free-market capitalism.
In MAGA(2), I did not discuss the concept of Workfare versus Welfare; the article was becoming too large to be published on some internet sites.
Just as parents and not the Government are the best positioned to manage a child's allowance, free-market capitalism is best at providing for the general welfare, words taken from the 16th Amendment to the US Constitution. A free market of We The People is the "parents" responsible and motivated to determine allowance and terms of that allowance so that it is efficient and effective. Workfare is not a reason for Big Government. On the contrary, a small competent government must take on the difficult task of motivating a healthy free market capitalistic market to be motivated to take advantage of the Workfare concept to be fair to all the people.
Ok, let's ask AI to help (answer in italics); we ask AI the question:
What is workfare, and how does it work?
Workfare is a government program that requires non-disabled adults who receive welfare benefits to work to maintain their benefits. Workfare programs can vary in their specific requirements, but they typically involve some combination of public service work, job training, and education.
Workfare aims to reduce welfare dependency and help people become self-sufficient. Workfare programs are also seen as a way to give back to the community and build work experience.
There is some debate about the effectiveness of workfare programs. Some studies have shown that workfare can help people get off welfare and into jobs, while others have shown that it has little or no impact.
The following are some of the critical features of workfare programs:
Eligibility: Workfare programs typically require participants to be non-disabled adults receiving welfare benefits.
Work requirements: Workfare programs typically require participants to work a certain number of hours per week. The amount of work needed can vary depending on the program.
Types of work: Workfare programs can involve various work, including public service work, job training, and education.
Pay: Workfare participants typically receive a small wage for their work. The compensation can vary depending on the program.
Benefits: Workfare participants may also be eligible for other benefits, such as childcare assistance and transportation assistance.
Workfare programs have been implemented in several countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. The specific requirements of workfare programs can vary from country to country.
Here are some of the pros and cons of workfare programs:
Workfare can help people get off welfare and into jobs.
Workfare can give people work experience and help them build their skills.
Workfare can help people give back to their communities.
Workfare can be seen as a form of coercion.
Workfare can be challengingly challenging to enforce.
Workfare can be expensive.
Overall, workfare is a controversial program with both potential benefits and drawbacks. The effectiveness of workfare programs is still being debated, and there is no clear consensus on whether or not they are an excellent way to reduce welfare dependency and help people become self-sufficient.
AI's answer depends on how the "government program" is implemented. If the Government administers it, it is ineffective, inefficient, and expensive; it is a Big Government program vulnerable to political manipulation and fraud. If free market capitalism administers it, it is effective, efficient, and inexpensive. To use the football analogy again, the Government is like the 7 or 8 referees in an NFL game; everything else is like the free market capitalist economy; it is a fair, equitable game; I had a great football coach, Jimmy Murphy, an ex-marine who said football is the game of life; life is a free market.
No Strings Attached Free Money/Stuff, Giving
In a successful Constitutional Republic Democracy that referees a Free Market Capitalist Economy, the people, through their elected representatives, can approve transfers of wealth/property for extreme/dire needs or international conditions where no solution is available using free market capitalism. In all other cases, the transfer of wealth domestically must be implemented within the free market by the People.
Traditionally, giving with no strings attached belongs to the US citizen. Over the last 50+ years, a significant wealth transfer has occurred by a much less efficient US Government. This has led to the current debt crisis in the US. Fifty years ago, people's religion drove efficient giving to people in need; 90% of US citizens were religious; today, 64% of US citizens are religious; therefore, the inefficient Government is stealing from the People to hand out money in ways that are much less efficient; therefore much more costly and easy for the taker. Easy money is an easy target for human nature. Government workers are not as motivated to push back because it is not their money.
We must challenge our Government to find real free market capitalistic efficient solutions to:
All the costly, inefficient social spending occurred in the 1960s, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, who, in his inauguration speech, said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."