Can we live on social welfare for a long time without working?
- 2 months agoFavorite Answer
Filthy rich corporations and the nation's wealthiest 1% of radicalized billionaire Republicans certainly think they can without harming our already great (but now in deep peril) nation: Read "DARK MONEY: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right" (2017) by Jane Mayer to learn more.
The old adage is true, that a chain (metaphor for nation) can only be as strong as its weakest link. In this sense, it behooves us as a wise and wealthy nation to reach out to our nation's weakest and most vulnerable citizens with taxpayer-funded social programs. After all, a rising tide does lift ALL boats, not just the yachts.
Most Americans want decent-paying self-sustaining jobs to support themselves and their families with dignity and hope for a better future for their children. Once the GOP had their Alzheimer's-afflicted affable pliable puppet Ronald Reagan unleash bottomless-pit corporate greed by abruptly firing PATCO in 1988 (the Air Traffic Controllers Union), corporate greedy guts declared ALL-OUT WAR on their full-time workers, especially workers with life-enhancing benefits such as overtime pay, paid vacations, a vested (employer-contributes) pension plan, employer-provided health care. Overpaid CEOs decided to rid themselves of all full-time workers, mistreating them so these workers would STRIKE in protest, then hiring permanent part-time workers in these workers' place---part-timers with NO BENEFITS at all, thus not making a livable wage and without any health care or retirement plan to fall back on as Americans had been used to having. "Expanding profit margins" became the Republican party's campaign-dollars-soliciting new anti-America plan---an economy-destroying, deficit-exploding, GDP-decreasing destructive "upside-down pyramid scheme" plan that the Democrats have historically been elected to reverse.
Bill Clinton and his moderate Democrats-passed revenues-generating, economy-growing 39% tax rate for these GOP-deregulated greedy-gut corporations and their multibillionaire bosses actually BALANCE THE BUDGET, and did so without a single "aye" vote from the criminally partisan Congressional Republicans. That new revenue paid our nation's bills, funded our social programs for the most vulnerable so they had an opportunity to better their lives, repaired our GOP-neglected infrastructure, generated more private-sector jobs than any of his predecessors (until fellow Leo Barack Obama came along and had the longest consecutive run of jobs growth taking us all the way into 2019 while he final FY budget was in place), and he went on to build up a huge $362 billion economic SURPLUS---all while eliminating corporate welfare and funding low-income folks' supplemental services to give them a fighting change for building a better future. Put the welfare where it can lift all boats and the answer is yes. Behave like a corporate-colluding domestic-terrorist right-wing white nationalist Republican and give UNPAID-FOR and UNWARRANTED tax cuts to the wealthiest elites, and the answer is no.
- kswck2Lv 72 months ago
Welfare is welfare. No matter what it is called.
- oldprofLv 72 months ago
Depends on what nation you are living in. Those nations that have universal social security and universal healthcare can sustain welfare recipients for a long time. Of course as that's a drain on tax payers, those nations typically have programs that encourage the welfare recipients to seek employment and be self-sustaining.
In the State of California, USA, for example, those who are on unemployment welfare must show that they are seeking employment in order to receive the unemployment benefits. I know this first-hand as I was unemployed for 18 months one time.
- NightwolfLv 52 months ago
In order to live comfortably in the US one needs $10,000,000 over a 50 year period.
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- Ryde,0nLv 72 months ago
We have passive income ( from rentals ) and so could ,,,,,,, but our intention was that money go toward retirement .
- RickLv 62 months ago
most of the dems do it now ..................................
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- u_bin_calledLv 72 months ago
a few million can....
30-40 million cannot....