In the non-profit organization that I created and lead, I propose a way of switching all government programs meant to help the poor to a charity model. I will give you just a brief description on this page and link you to that page within HALEY2024 the Movement for a better understanding.
The main problem of government run welfare programs is that they set up standards that need to be met in order to receive benefits. Many people put themselves in those situations to gain the benefits and become entrapped, thus doing much harm. The greatest harm is the incredible growth of broken families.
The fabric of society can withstand a few fatherless homes. However, when the percentage of fatherless homes becomes too large, the fabric of society can be shredded. We clearly see society break down within large communities of welfare families that are largely fatherless.
Much discernment from very wise people is needed to determine whether the benefits are entrapping people in poverty or empowering them to independence. Government is incapable of these very subjective determinations, however, they are vital. Should work be required to get the benefits? Should you give greater benefits for every additional child? Is the loss of benefits greater than earning a paycheck?
Are new ways of thinking about helping the poor tried? Is the promise of more money, if the father is not around, encouraging single parent homes? Does government welfare crowd out charity efforts? Do people not give to charity because they have so much taken from them in taxes for helping the poor? The list of issues are endless. Government is just a very bad way of taking care of serious unmet personal needs.
The amount required from every citizen to help alleviate serious unmet personal needs will stay the same. I propose lowering taxes by rate cuts to match the amount of money no longer spent on government welfare. At the same time, I propose that the same amount be required to be given to charities through Charitable Distribution Associations(CDA’s).
Every person would pick which CDA they wish to contribute to, given that every CDA has different philosophies of helping the poor. Citizens can change which CDA their required donations are made to, based off results or any reason they choose. Please read much more about the plan on the Haley2024 webpage. There is a 10 year transition.
The main thing to focus on in these four videos is how they talk about the structure of the system entrapping people in the system. I contend that government cannot ‘fix’ this issue. They are not legally allowed to look at situations dynamically to assess whether they are empowering or entrapping.
Government cannot properly assess who needs to work or how. These are highly dynamic decisions that need wisdom on a case by case basis. Government cannot start dozens of trials of ‘business/charity’ models. Furthermore, government must help the poor in the shadow of the wall of separation of Church and state, whereas charity through religion has been a major part of helping the poor.
The U.S. government has spent trillions of dollars in recent decades attempting to combat poverty, yet the poverty rate has remained virtually unmoved. Why? As social economist Michael Tanner explains, the “War on Poverty” has both discouraged work and ensnared people in hardship. The “War on Poverty,” it turns out, is actually a “War on Work.” In five minutes, learn the truth about government’s counterproductive efforts to eliminate poverty.
Presented by MICHAEL TANNER