Hey all. So I know many people here have strong views in regards to the welfare system: some think it's the best social program we've got while others feel it should be abolished entirely. Nevertheless, I think we can all attempt to look at the situation objectively and consider whether or not certain changes would at least constitute an improvement on the current state of affairs. Here's an idea I had: I do not know how large this subsection of the welfare-receiving population is but consider the group of those getting monthly checks who are of working age, unemployed, and do not spend their days directly looking after their children (as in the person either does not have children or they are looked after by some other person/institution during the daytime hours). Rather than give this group a simple check every month, why not enroll them (on a voluntary basis of course) in a government works program that would end up paying the person a total monthly salary around what they were otherwise receiving under the current welfare system (perhaps a bit more as an additional incentive). Governmental administrative jobs would be available vis a vis secretarial work (filing, typing, etc.) or perhaps general labor positions like trash-cleanup, construction work, etc. I feel this would be an improvement on the current system in that this specific subsection of the welfare-receiving population would be able to gain some valuable work experience that I imagine would directly translate in increased odds of achieving gainful employment; a prospective employer is certainly going to be more impressed with someone that has such a work history vs. someone that does not. I also imagine this would help quell some of the voices screaming "handouts" in that, with the public works aspects of these jobs anyways, there would be a much greater visible effect of this government aid. Thoughts?