Originally Posted by tonton
Back to my initial question, and the point...
So... What company is going to start administrating the I.Q. Tests to determine which of the poor are genetically stupid and which of the poor are just lazy?
We do that now, to an extent. Determining if someone is capable of working should not be all that difficult. We already do this for disability programs, workman's comp, etc. I don't see why an IQ test would be needed. Anyone with an IQ that prevents him from working and taking care of himself would be an obvious case. In fact, one of my wife's uncles fits this bill. He had deprivation of oxygen at birth, and has the mental capacity of perhaps a 10-12 year old. He lives in his mother's house (she is deceased), and his sisters drive for him, portion his meals, etc. But he does work part-time and can somewhat take care of himself. One wouldn't need a formal IQ test to determine he can't completely support himself. Just a conversation would do.
I do take the point, though. I think that the hardest part would be the transition between the two systems. The problems now is we've created an expectation: If you don't make enough money, you get assistance from the government. This creates other problems as well. Often, the money that one does make goes to things that are not necessities.
Example: I was in a grocery store a few years ago. I was behind a woman who was paying for paying for two orders...one with WIC checks and the other with cash. She bought dairy, bread, etc with the WIC check. Then she paid cash for cigs and a few other items (I don't recall exactly...but obviously they weren't WIC items). My first thought was "well that's good...WIC only pays for certain things for children...milk, bread, other food products." But then I thought "Wait...shit! That lady just paid for cigs with a $20 bill. She could have used that for her family instead. I just helped pay for her cigs!!!!"
Therein lies the problem. Here is someone that was likely getting assistance just because she didn't make enough money to live. But due to good ol' Uncle Sam, she got the taxpayers to take care of her basic needs. Man, how awesome would it be if the government bought 80% of my food, gave me a free cell phone, internet, housing and a basic vehicle. Imagine all the crap I could buy! The only difference is I make good money.
Of course, the caveat here is that our public school system is not starting everyone on a level playing field, but that's another matter to be addressed.