When someone who grew up in the Soviet Union tells you that your country is doing socialism wrong, you know you’ve got problems.
My friend and I would go out to lunch sometimes – just the two of us – so we could get away from the office to someplace where we could talk about the socially forbidden subjects of politics and religion by ourselves. I would tease her about being a “Russian spy.” And we would refer to our lunchtime discussions as our “world takeover plans.”
She was a teenager in Soviet Russia when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. And she got her degree in Economics at the University of Moscow after the Soviet Communist system fell apart in Russia in the 1990s. She’s a very independent minded person and is very much in favor of the United States of America as the “Land of Opportunity” and the American Dream.
And, in discussing the American welfare system, she said we are doing it all wrong.
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She said in Soviet Russia, you don’t just get payments from the government. They make you work or you don’t get paid.
We definitely should have free-market capitalism. It’s the way for independent thinking people to create wealth.
We should have systems (at the federal or state level) to help people in need.
If we are going to have both, we should implement them both correctly. She proposed separate systems where people who were using the welfare system would be required to act as though they are working productively for the system in order to get paid.
We never worked out the details in our little lunchtime discussions. But she had a point.
Welfare systems should incentivize being productive. Should include training programs, if necessary.
A reference here should include some of our experiences in Memphis.
Some welfare is necessitated by mental or physical health issues. There are people who are incapable of working on a par with others. I am unfamiliar with all of the details. This part of the topic particularly requires some more research.
But the essence of the discussion should be that there should be requirements. And an overriding principle is: People do not value that which they do not work for.