If this country is going to get out of the financial mess that we're in, this shit has got to stop. Corporate welfare is nothing compared to handouts to people who don't want to work. Don't even start me on aid to foreign countries that hate us.
Please, spare me the stories of the people who really need this. I know they exist, but more and more I see that they are the minority, not the majority.
To which, I can only say "Ah-yup."
If I were the Benevolent Supreme Lord and Ruler of the USA, I'd push HARD for a serious reform to the Welfare system: You get capped at two children (unless you, by some freak accident, birth triplets.) You get 50% more money for those two, and for yourself.
And there's a maximum three year limit. That's it. 36 months. No more, and exceptions would be EXTREMELY rare (birth defect, serious diseases, etc. No, "ADHD" doesn't count: That's a bullshit diagnosis. When I was a kid, ADHD was called "boredom" and the kid was given things to challenge him, not pills to "treat" him.)
Three years is plenty of time for a single, working parent to get an education in a vocational program, Associate's Degree from a community college, or other advanced skill. People will, as a general rule, not work if they don't have to. And if they have to, they'll either find a way to succeed, or they'll fail. Either way, society is better off. You've heard the old adage about giving a man a fish and teaching a man how to fish? Same thing here.
Yes, it's harsh. Don't like it? Too bad.