Jeanina Jenkins, a 20-year-old high- school graduate from St. Louis, is stuck in a $7.82-an-hour part-time job at McDonald’s Corp. that she calls a “last resort” because nobody would offer her anything better.
I argued previously in a Feb. 4 BDN OpEd that unconditional cash transfers funded by a carbon tax could bring about substantial reductions in extreme poverty globally. But what about the less-than-extreme poverty in developed countries? Is there a case to be made for unconditional cash transfers for them? More [...]
Switzerland may start paying every adult (whether they work or not) a salary of over $2000 per month, based on the idea that their citizens will have more time to devote to things they are intrinsically interested in, instead of spending the majority of their time worrying about how they are going
I live outside of a little town of about 10,000 people, mostly poor. Here are a few things that I seen and hear.
A teacher in a middle school tells me the girls get pregnant on purpose. They just want a check. The have sex with the "cool guy" in the neighborhood.
I do some work for the Child Support Office. They have many cases where a man has 20-25 children for 4 or 5 women. Of course the man doesn't have a job. Maybe working only odd jobs for cash.
Overheard in supermarket... Girl ask mom to get her something. Mom says, "Have your own child so you can get a check."
Hear on radio. Teacher spends extra time to help a student. The student starts making better grades. The mom burst into the class room cursing out the teacher. She is mad because if her daughter gets better grades she will lose $200 a month for having an indigent child.
I have a friend that works at a bank in a bad neighborhood. The 1st and 3rd are bad days because the government direct deposits come in. The line up at the door an hour before the bank opens. Some withdraw almost everything out of their account. Leaving just enough to keep it open. Others visit the bank 4 or 5 times a day withdrawing smaller amounts, until they run out. This one bank gives out nearly $500,000 a month in our one little town. There are also two other banks near by.
You get more money if you don't graduate from high school. The middle schools here are horrible, they spend their time babysitting and not learning. The High schools are better because lots of the welfare kids drop out to get the extra money.
Some of these people get up to $40,000 a month if you include welfare, housing assistance, food stamps.
After hurricane Katrina, the government started pouring money into this area. We only had minor tree damage. The power only went out for a few days. Not nearly the damage that New Orleans took. Almost everyone got a $2000 check. Didn't matter if you had damage or not. I know of one case where a person got $60,000 for damage to a house trailer. The trailer was in horrible condition before the storm but did not get any more damaged by the storm. No repairs were made on the trailer. The owners did get a tricked out Escalade. There were three new Esclades in town in the months following the storm.
All of the stores in town are hiring. Any business that need low wage workers can't find enough employees. There are help wanted signs everywhere.
Before moving to this area 7 years ago, I had no idea of the damage welfare does. Living here is a real eye opener. Everyone should know what these programs are really about.