Okay, first of all I want to get something straight from the get go: I am not an ogre, or a nazi, or an evil person. I like to think that I am considerate, empathetic, and care about other people. Why do I start this way? Because my issue today may be misconstrued by some and perhaps considered prejudicial and possibly racist. Believe me, I am not directing the following toward any particular group other that the group to which this rant is directed.
The United States of America wastes an awful lot of money for the sake of politcal correctness, misdirected compassion, and fear that somebody is going to be offended or have their rights taken away. Our government continuously dishes out money to undeserving entities, which in turn supports and propagates a segment of society that drags down the economy and dilutes the quality of our society. This is true in more ways than one, but the issue I pose today relates to the topic of government subsidized social bodies that act as families.
Here is the question I would like to toss out for discussion:
Should women who stay on government subsidy, and continue to have multiple children, at some point be forced to submit to sterilization? Likewise, for men who in cases where paternity can be proven or are consistent dead-beat dads?
Welfare mothers and their broods of children have been around for decades and in many cases have gone into second and third generations. Often, fathers are or appear to be absent which leads to mothers who cannot support their children themselves and must turn to government programs in order to feed themselves and their children. They are often encouraged to scam the system by having more children so they can collect more money. Or in other cases the women are just plain ignorant, irresponsible, or desperate for a man and they don't seem to figure out how to stem the flood of children pouring from their loins.
I'm not talking population control as has been done in China. Parents who can afford the children and are responsible enough to see that they are getting proper care and upbringing have a right to have all the children that they want and I would argue that these families are beneficial to society and the economy. The problem is with the dysfunctional familial structures which burden all of us who help pay the bill.
This is not the same as forced eugenics like some may immediately compare to the Nazis or other societies which have experimented with the elimination or downsizing of certain ethnic or racial groups or even, for health or other reasons, any groups felt to be inferior to the predominate group. I am strictly referring to the childbearing machines that crank out offspring without any regard to who's going to pay the bill knowing that it's not going to be them.
Now, I understand that sometimes people make mistakes. A young girl may have a child and have difficulty supporting it. A woman may have a second or a third child and need some assistance. But where does it stop before society steps in and says that's enough. My initial suggestion would be stopping at kid number three, if a woman has been on welfare for say five years without any support other than government, then the powers that be should step in and require sterilization. And prior to kid number three counseling should begin with the mother, starting with the first kid, to help her start making better life decisions. We shouldn't just let these people fall through the cracks and just become part of the system, we should educate them so we can fix the system.
Forced sterilization has been a highly controversial subject in the past and the practice has been abused and misused in many instances. But I do not want to get into any of those controversies. I only want to look at sterilization as a means of punishing irresponsible behavior. Some may argue against any government intervention when it comes to issues of morality or responsibilty, but let's face it, the government intervenes all of the time in issues relating to the ways that people behave. If the taxpaying citizens must foot the bill to subsidize people who insist upon a behavior pattern which results in dependence upon the society, then those same citizens should have a right to expect that punitive consequences be exerted by the government upon those irresponsible parties to control their behaviors.
Perhaps I am starting a bad precedent in doing so, but I will give a few analogies that I think are comparable. If a person is an alcoholic or a drug addict, should the government policy provide that person living assistance and supply that person with the substances that cause them harm? It does happen, but I don't think with intent. Some people learn to scam the system. If a person consistently and blatently breaks traffic laws with resultant harm such as multiple accidents where there has been damage to persons or property, is it acceptable to take away that person's privilege to drive, fine that person, or even put that person in prison? If a person is poor and cannot provide adequately for their family, is the acceptable solution for them to steal from a business or commit robbery? In all of these cases there are viable options in place by the government to help these people find solutions to their problems as long as these people agree to conform to certain measures accepted by society. We all must play by certain rules.
The welfare families are not bad or evil and in many cases there is a great deal of love and caring within these units. I have heard many inspirational stories of parents in these circumstances sacrificing a great deal to provide for their kids. I have heard uplifting tales of kids who have come from these types of backgrounds and overcome the odds against them to excel in school, receive scholarships, and go on to do great things. This can happen, but I am quite certain that stories such as these are the exception and far from the norm. For the most part, those that come from the government dependent poverty background remain that way and produce offspring that carry on the tradition of being non-productive members of society.
Am I totally misguided in my thinking? Tell my why if you think so. How should the problem be handled? What method of social engineering is best to get this strata of society to change? Or should we even try to change it? Perhaps you may believe that there will always be people like this and we should be compassionate and accept them as they are. The Bible says that the poor will always with us, but I really don't believe that we should accept that as being the same as the poor should always remain ignorant, immoral, or irresponsible.
This is just something that was on my mind and I'm tossing it out to you. What do you think? Agree? Is there anything that I overlooked? Disagree? Educate us with your defense. I'm sure you have something to say about this so come on and toss it back.