Originally Posted by Hands Sandon
So what effect do you think that would have on people who no longer get the money?
Well let's get one of your assumptions out in the open, shall we?
You make the assumption that the people who truly need help would not be cared for at all if not "cared for" by government welfare. There are (and would continue to be) plenty of private charitable options for those who are truly in need. These options would likely increase as Americans, some of the most charitable and generous people on the planet, would have additional money in their pockets after taxes are cut corresponding to welfare spending cuts.
Now, onto the question. It depends. I would need to know the specifics of the individual people who are currently receiving government welfare and, under this approach, would not be. The Poor are not some large, aggregate, abstract, vague thing. It is a collection of individual human beings each with different situations and circumstances. Furthermore, poverty is much more complicated and multi-faceted than many assume.
If you have someone specific in mind that would help move the discussion beyond the vague and abstract and hypothetical, that might be interesting.
P.S. And since government welfare, by and large, has been a terrible failure, it seems its about time to try something different.