never got anyone pregnant in my life, and don't really want children either, but I live off benifits. Why should I work, when the higher-paying jobs that would make it are all forever out of my reach? I will never be famous (nor do I want to be famous, it's frankly not worth it.) I will never own car parks or be a lawyer or a doctor or a politician or a published writer.Why give up my freedom and answer to a boss when I can be free,as long as I don't break the law?
Why should you work? As a tax payer, because I shouldn't have to support anyone too lazy to get a job and support themselves. Why should those who are working -- who are earning
their way -- have to support you because you've made the choice to be lazy? Average Joe didn't go to college and get a job, and Average Jane didn't land the gas store job, just to support Person C because Person C doesn't want to earn their living.
If you don't want to work, I think it's grossly wrong and highly immoral for you to feel it's "Just dandy!" to live off everyone else's hard work and to "steal" what they're making for your own selfish ends. No one can make you work, but no one should be expected to feed, clothe and shelter you with their money, either.
Personally, that's what I think the biggest problem is for the welfare systems. No one wants to earn their way anymore -- it's become too easy to feed off the government. "Oh, I don't want to work. I'd rather stay home all day, or go fishing, or [insert here]" instead of taking control of their lives, doing something with it, and making a go at it. No one thinks working is fun (unless you're a bit sick, or have a really awesome job or one you just simply like), but it's always been a mandatory part of life.
You worked to eat.
You worked to survive.
You worked to build shelter.
You worked to live.
It shouldn't be the government's, or your society's, responsibility to support you when you are perfectly capable of finding work. There's a job for anyone -- even if it's stuffing envelopes for eight hours a day, it's a paying job. Maybe you aren't making what you'd like to make at the time, or it's even less than your standard living. Lower your standard of living until you can get there. Too many people are expecting the world to drop at their feet and feeling it's expected just because... why? They're alive? Please show me any government document that says, "We'll support you for living just because you're here."
The Daveys in this situation? I wholeheartedly agree with sterilization in cases like this. They cannot
afford to have children, to keep having children, and yet they are, without assistance. If a family, or a person, cannot financially afford to have a child then they shouldn't. If the family or parent is on government assistance I fully support the government stepping in and doing a temporary sterilization. Frankly, they are living off the government's money, and under the current laws, having more children means getting more money from the government. Yeah, you can opt not to get sterilized by not going onto the government system.
(On a side note, I'm really curious how long The Daveys have been on government assistance, or around which child they got on the money train.)
Am I saying it's not a flawed idea? Not in the least. For me, though, it comes down to that if you're expecting for your fellow citizens to support you and your children, which is impending on their rights, salary, lifestyle, and family, then your fellow citizens should have a right to say, "No more!" Or even if the government stopped giving out additional benefits after the first or second child, not giving an increase for more children. (Sterilization is rather dramatic, but the way the systems are out of control and being abused is even more dramatic for everyone else.)