Controversial Pastor James David Manning has a bold policy of ending all welfare almost immediately. He says that he’d allow for a time period of less than two years (17 months) for people on welfare to prepare themselves for the responsibility of taking care of oneself.
He believes welfare takes away the honor from the people in his own community. He says his people find it more convenient to live off of welfare than to work which puts their families in a horrendous downward spiral — describing it as "children born on welfare and dying on welfare".
We do need to keep people off of welfare and we need to fundamentally transform it. It should be a way to get by during a tough time, NOT a way of life.
But we cannot address the welfare problem without also addressing the jobs problem. Why aren’t people investing in the inner city? Because the taxes make it a bad investment. Imagine putting in a million dollars to open up a restaurant in a ghetto. You have the risk of crime. Minority employees can sue under the anti-discrimination act. Obamacare, regulations, taxes are going to suck up any profits that you make. The reward is not worth the risk. Reverse that. Make it profitable again for businesses to go hire again and everywhere.
We could get this done all at once immediately. But politicians find it easier to give away free stuff than to expect us to raise ourselves up from our bootstraps.