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Sep 04, 12 at 4:28pm ^re: Paul Ryan: Vice President?
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It's the same with welfare; you don't hear many Republicans crying for the outright revocation of welfare benefits, but rather imposing limits on it. Things like mandatory drug testing, limiting the number of consecutive years you're eligible for welfare, mandating that you have to be actively looking for a job and have x number of job applications per month to continue to remain eligible, etc. I think few reasonable people can argue that having a safety net when people get into trouble and can't get out on their own is a bad thing, but the current system is absurdly easy to abuse and we're wasting a lot of resources that could be better utilized. Even I'm eligible for partial welfare benefits, and I don't have it rough at all with regards to finances. It's a question of efficiency, which benefits everyone in the long haul because the programs are able to stay viable long-term when they're as efficient as reasonably possible.
Personally I'd like to be able to have some kind of social security benefits when I retire, even if it's scaled back from what people currently receive. With our current system, that's not going to happen. My dad, who doesn't retire for another 15ish years, isn't necessarily going to have benefits with the current system, and it's even less likely there will be anything left for my generation. I'm all for an overhaul of social security and welfare. Plug the hole and the ship stops sinking. At least try, anyway.
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